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.
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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