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NXT - July 24, 2014

NXT
Date: July 24, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

As usual with NXT, there are a few matches already set for this week. Tonight we're getting Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the Women's Title to likely blow off the BFFs once and for all as well as Kalisto finding a partner to help him fight off the Vaudevillains. That's one of the things I like best about NXT: they don't have to start from scratch every week and it saves them so much time. Let's get to it.


We open with a recap of the collapse of the BFFs and Charlotte's rise to the Women's Title.

Opening sequence.

Ascension vs. ???/???

Viktor destroys Jobber #1 to start and throws him into Jobber #2 in the corner. Konnor comes in and Jobber #2's chop just ticks him off. Jobber #2 gets destroyed for a bit and Fall of Man ends Jobber #2 at 2:37.

Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley

Beauty Shot ends this at 30 seconds in the only move of the match. So much for Rawley.

Women's Title: Summer Rae vs. Charlotte

Charlotte is defending. Heaven help me but Summer's theme song is growing on me. They get in each others' faces to start before Charlotte shoves Summer down. She mocks Summer's dancing and we go into the catfight. Charlotte takes over with some knees to the back and a Figure Four Neck Lock. We take a break and come back with Summer in the same hold and shouting about her beautiful face.

Charlotte flips her forward but gets sent to the floor to give Summer control. She slams Charlotte face first into the mat for two and puts on a bodyscissors. We get the very rare BORING chant in NXT as Charlotte gets caught in a half crab. Charlotte bites her way out and now the fans are doing the wave. A double clothesline puts both girls down but it's Charlotte up first and taking control. She grabs a quick Bow Down to the Queen to retain at 9:50.

Rating: D+. Summer is no Natalya for sure. This was a really dull match and thankfully they kept this a lot shorter than the Takeover match. Both girls are almost all character, but it's nice to see them trying to have a match instead of doing the stupid catfight stuff. Summer needs a lot more work though.

Video on Alexa Bliss.

Sin Cara/Kalisto vs. Vaudevillains

Not a huge surprise but it's the right choice for a partner. English and Kalisto get things going with the masked man taking him down in a headlock. Off to Sin Cara for a loud chop and a cross body into a series of right hands to the head. Aiden dropkicks a springboard cross body out of the air for two and it's off to Gotch. Renee: “Gotch isn't allowed in England for trying to capture the Loch Ness Monster but getting Giant Haystacks.”

Gotch hammers away and gets two off a sunset flip before it's back to English for a hard stomping. English gets caught in an armdrag into a powerbomb and it's off to Kalisto to speed things up. Everything breaks down and Sin dives out onto English and Kalisto hits a standing Sliced Bread #2 for the pin on Gotch at 6:00.

Rating: C-. This was fine and the match made the new team look good. The Vaudevillains are going to be over because of how zany they are and a loss really doesn't hurt them all that much. Also adding in a new face team that could eventually challenge the Ascension is a good thing.

Rusev vs. Adrian Neville

Non-title. Lana does her thing and talks about America's obsessions with stars before the match. Rusev even speaks some English and talks about being the super athlete. Neville moves around as much as he can to start but gets caught in the corner and the beating begins.

The champion gets up some boots in the corner to stop a charge but the rest of his kicks don't have much of an effect. Rusev grabs the leg and gets choked in the air. Neville comes back with a springboard missile dropkick. Tyler Breeze comes out for a distraction though and Rusev runs Neville over. Adrian escapes the fall away slam and nails a big kick. He loads up the Red Arrow but Breeze shoves him off for the DQ at 4:02.

Rating: D+. This was an angle instead of a match. They've done a REALLY good job at making Neville look like a superhero in the NXT Arena though and that's going to make his title loss look like a big deal. Breeze is still a really good choice for #1 contender and I'm actually buying him as a possible champion.

Rusev puts him in the Accolade and makes Neville tap after the bell.

Overall Rating: C-. Not a very good episode this week as it felt like a placeholder. It's still very acceptable for an hour long show but it wasn't very entertaining. I'm glad Rusev didn't beat Neville and it's nice to see him coming off as a treat for the fans. Breeze vs. Neville is going to be a clash when it finally happens.

ResultsAscension b. ???/??? – Fall of Man to ???
Tyler Breeze b. Mojo Rawley – Beauty Shot
Charlotte b. Summer Rae – Bow Down to the Queen
Sin Cara/Kalisto b. Vaudevillains – Standing Sliced Bread #2 to Gotch
Adrian Neville b. Rusev via DQ when Tyler Breeze interfered

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Comments

  1. I finally started watching NXT regularly in the last month, and it's great and all. Flies by. But the downside of an hour-long show is getting into a wrestler and then there just isn't time for them every week. I dug that Bull Dempsey dude when he debuted three weeks ago, haven't seen him since. No Sami Zayn this week. No Tyson Kidd. This week was the first Ascension match in the last few shows, I think. And so on.

    I actually wouldn't mind it as much on Raw or Smackdown, where it'd make appearances by established stars more special. But these are new characters, mostly, that need the exposure and more importantly, the TV experience.

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  2. Patrick BrandmeyerJuly 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    For reference, jobbers were Johnny Vandal and Aaron Solo.

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  3. kbwrestlingreviewsJuly 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Noted. Even the announcers were just calling them "this guy".

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  5. The Vaudevillains as nothing more than a sideshow act? I believe that's the perfect amount of irony.

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  6. You lost me with your love of Bull. Feels too jobber to me, idk.

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  7. But, at the same time...you don't want to burn out on the characters too quickly (I'm looking at you, Mojo Rawley).

    I grew up with AWA's All-Star Wrestling. You didn't get Jesse The Body or The Crusher or Baron Von Raschke (etc) every Sunday...but when you did, hoooo boy!

    (Of course, we DID get to see Scrap Iron Gadaski & Kenny "Sodbuster" Jay almost every week.)

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  8. Surprised you didn't mention Cara picking up English with one arm. That impressed the hell out of me.

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  9. Good character and unique look. But yeah he doesn't impress me in the ring.

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  10. Yeah I thought that was awesome too.

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  11. Mojo's a job guy. Pushing him as anything more is folly.


    But WWE needs job guys.

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  12. WWE used to exist on this model. You had a an hour of Superstars and an hour of Challenge and way too much talent for every guy to wrestle between both shows.

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  13. Adam "Colorado" CurryJuly 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Random: Ed Reed got 2 games? What the FUCK? And Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for weed? Fuck Goodell and fuck the NFL.

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  14. Goodell isn't in charge anymore.

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  15. Adam "Colorado" CurryJuly 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Who is?

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  16. Oops, was thinking about the NBA.

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  17. CJ Parker would be so perfect in that role.

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  18. Adam "Colorado" CurryJuly 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Oh, Adam Gold or whatever? The Sterling thing was horseshit too, but he needed to be gone long ago anyway.

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  19. Next week starts a fresh taping cycle so the crowd should pick back up. Also I'm assuming the next live show is August 21st? Or is there one more taping cycle to go through?

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  20. There are no live shows. Last week's show, tonight's show, and the next 3 shows (July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14) were all taped over three days back on June 25, 26, and 27.
    On Aug. 5, 6, and 7, they'll be taping shows that will begin airing on Aug. 21. Assuming they tape two per night, the last one will air September 25.

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  21. AverageJoeEverymanJuly 25, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    and possibly also Josh Gordon instead of Blackmon (can't remember if its weed for Blackmon) but either work possibly.

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  22. Oh, you're probably right. But he's a throwback, surly ruffian type and I kinda liked his debut. Whether he's good or not isn't the point, really, he debuted and then he's just not there for the next 2-3 weeks because there's not enough time.

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  23. I absolutely agree about not burning out characters, which is why I said it wouldn't bother me if this was how Raw still worked (and, like everyone else, it obviously sure as hell wouldn't bother me if Raw would lose the third hour, but that's a barely related discussion).

    But more than just my edification as a viewer, these are new performers who need the TV experience, because they're the WWE's future.

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