Date: June 26, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Renee Young, Alex Riley
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
NXT is coming in off a bad show which isn't something I have to say all that often. Last week's show was pretty boring with Tyler Breeze having one of the least interesting matches I've ever seen from the promotion and the main event being an angle instead of a match. Things down here have a habit of turning around quickly though so let's get to it.
T. Perkins/Matt Sugarman vs. Vaudevillians
The Vaudevillians are introduced at a combined height of 12'7. Renee says Sugarman is a Bastion Booger fan because that's how awesome she is. Gotch takes Sugarman down with an armbar before putting on a headscissors so he can do clap pushups. A slam puts Sugerman down and the top rope Swanton (That's A Wrap) from English gets the pin at 2:45.
We recap the main event from last week. Zayn says Tyson is a weird kind of cat because he never learned how to lose. They'll be hearing from each other again.
Xavier Woods vs. Bull Dempsey
CJ Parker's crusade in the crowd continues. Dempsey gets a full entrance and has a theme song with the word BULL being shouted over and over. Dempsey grabs a headlock to start and hammers Woods down with pure power. A headbutt gets two before Dempsey just drills Woods with forearms to the chest. Dempsey is in a short singlet, earning him a PUT SOME PANTS ON chant from the lively crowd. Woods fights out of a chinlock with a jawbreaker but jumps into a right hand to the face. A sitout slam (the Bulldozer) gets Bull the pin at 4:40.
Rating: D+. Total squash here and Dempsey looked good the whole way. There's nothing wrong with a powerful brute like this and the match worked well. His music is really catchy too and was stuck in my head the entire time. That's a good sign as it's just his name over and over, set to music.
Bull says the children have run NXT for too long and he's the last of a dying breed.
Summer Rae vs. Becky Lynch
Becky is an Irish redhead in green. The fans chant for her to start and Lynch does a jig. Becky takes her down with an armbar but she gets kicked in the face for two. Charlotte tries to interfere but Summer shouts that it's her match, allowing Lynch to get a VERY close two off a rollup. Lynch hits three straight legdrops for two followed by a capture suplex for the pin at 2:59.
Sawyer Fulton vs. Colin Cassady
They circle each other for a bit as the announcers hype Cassady up as a future NXT Champion. Fulton shoves Cassady to start but walks into a big boot and the S-A-W-F-T Elbow gets the pin at 1:26.
The Legionnaires come out to go after Colin but Enzo Amore runs out for the save. Catchphrases are spoken.
Adrian Neville vs. Rob Van Dam
Tyler Breeze is on commentary. Non-title and set up as RVD wanted to face the best NXT had to offer. Neville takes over with a headscissors on the mat and an armdrag sends Van Dam out to the floor. Back in and a rollup gets two for Adrian as Renee says Van Dam is Neville's idol. Van Dam kicks Adrian to the floor and nails a shot off the apron to put both guys down. Adrian is back up first for a big moonsault to take Rob down again.
We take a break and come back with Adrian holding a front facelock but getting caught in an atomic drop. Renee asks Tyler about a potential full length album but Breeze says his one hit will last for awhile. Van Dam kicks Neville in the face and does it again in the corner. Neville's sunset flip is countered for two and he gets tied up in the Tree of Woe. A running kick to the ribs has Neville in even more trouble but he escapes a German suplex.
Adrian's springboard clothesline gets two on Van Dam but he comes back with a jawbreaker. The split legged moonsault only hits mat and a small package gets two for the champion. Van Dam throws Adrian into the air for a kick to the chest to take over again. The Five Star misses though and Neville comes back with a running DDT, followed by the Red Arrow for the pin at 13:56 shown of 16:26.
Rating: C+. There was a nice story here with Neville knowing Van Dam so well due to being a fan for so many years. I'm not the biggest Van Dam fan in the world but it's nice to see him putting people over clean like this. I expected Van Dam to get the pin so this was a very nice surprise.
They shake hands post match and the announcers don't treat this like a big upset.
Overall Rating: C+. And of course NXT bounces back with a good show this week. This was about bringing in some new stars and giving some new people pushes, which is necessary when WWE brings people up so often. Neville is reaching a point where losing the title is going to be a big deal and that's a very good thing. Solid show this week.
Vaudevillians b. T. Perkins/Matt Sugarman – That's A Wrap to Sugerman
Bull Dempsey b. Xavier Woods – Bulldozer
Becky Lynch b. Summer Rae – Capture suplex
Colin Cassady b. Sawyer Fulton – S-A-W-F-T Elbow
Adrian Neville b. Rob Van Dam – Red Arrow
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