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NXT - July 3, 2014

Date: July 3, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: William Regal, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Last week's show saw some new names rise up on the NXT roster with the Vaudevillians providing as much entertaining as you could ask for from a single act. Other than that we're getting ready for some new stories to get going this week, which usually makes for a good show. Let's get to it.

Opening sequence.

Colin Cassady vs. Sylvester LeFort

Big Cass says that Pepe Le Pew is about to get dissed. First he's going to get disfigured, then he's going to get dismissed. LeFort continues to look better than half of the roster and can talk better than most of them as well. Big Cass starts in a hurry and it's the East River Crossing and the Empire Elbow for the in at 55 seconds.

Adrian Neville says it was an honor to beat Rob Van Dam. Tyler Breeze comes in and says he's impressed that Neville could focus that well with Breeze just twenty feet away. It must be killing Neville not knowing when Tyler is cashing in his title shot. “Just like your uggo face is killing me.” Neville offers to give Breeze a title shot tonight but Breeze claims a finger injury during a hand modeling session.

Video on Bull Dempsey, the last of a dying breed and the last real man in professional wrestling.

Charlotte/Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch/Bayley

Bayley says Becky is her BFF: Bayley Friend Forever. Sasha and Bayley get things going with Bayley taking her down by the arm. Off to Becky, drawing a great Irish accent from Regal. Charlotte comes in and gets caught in an armbar before Bayley comes in to work over the arm as well. A double suplex drops Charlotte and a double clothesline does the same to Sasha as we take a break.

Back with Bayley getting sent into the apron before Charlotte works her over in the ring. The BFFs double team Bayley in the corner and Charlotte gets two off a knee drop. Sasha works on a chinlock before it's back to the champ for a choke in the corner. Bayley finally kicks Sasha into Charlotte and Becky gets the hot tag. A series of legdrops get two on Sasha and everything breaks down. Bayley is sent to the floor and Charlotte comes in legally for Bow Down to the Queen on Becky for the pin at 9:06.

Rating: C. Basic formula match here and there's nothing wrong with that. The BFFs aren't likely to be around much longer as Charlotte doesn't need Sasha at this point. Sasha isn't holding her down but there's just no need for her. Becky was much like over the top Irish here and that's a good thing for her.

Bayley shoves Sasha to the floor to prevent an attack on Becky.

Justin Gabriel is ready for Sami Zayn tonight when Tyson Kidd comes in. Tyson tries to get him to turn to the dark side but Gabriel says Tyson is wrong, and he'll prove it tonight.

Sasha yells at Charlotte for not having her back after the match. Charlotte says the team is done because she's the champion. Sasha implies that she's coming for the belt.

CJ Parker vs. Steve Cutler

Parker's sign now has the word Woods crossed out. He runs over Cutler to start and says that Steve is ruining the world, just like all of them. Parker hammers away and hits a side kick for the pin at 1:30.

Parker rants about Xavier Woods being so educated but doing nothing on the main roster. If he had Woods' chances, he'd win titles and change the world along the way.

We get a sitdown interview with Tyson Kidd who says he wasn't in a mood to do the fallout show at Takeover and left before he said something stupid. He didn't know Natayla was there and didn't blow her off on purpose. Interviewer Renee Young asks what was up with freaking out on Natayla for telling the referee that Neville had his foot on the ropes. He went nuts during the match and is glad Natalya calmed him down. Tyson goes on in a calm manner about not wanting to win the titles that way but walks off when Renee asks about possible marital problems.

Summer Rae vs. Bayley next week for the #1 contendership.

Sami Zayn vs. Justin Gabriel

Tyson Kidd is at ringside, drawing a Nattie's Husband chant. They trade wristlocks to start as Regal thinks Kidd and Natayla are having issues. Justin wrenches on the arm to escape a chinlock. Sami cranks on one of his own but Justin makes it to the ropes. They're still in first gear here. Gabriel runs him over with a clothesline for the first hard move of the match. He hammers away at Sami's head and we take a break.

Back with Gabriel getting two off a kick to the head and putting on a double arm crank. Gabriel gets another two and seems to be getting frustrated. He hammers at Sami's head but Zayn fights back with dropkicks and a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. The Helluva Kick misses though and Justin hits a middle rope kick to the chest for two. Sami blocks a German suplex but gets caught in an over the shoulder backbreaker for two. A huge moonsault gets two and Justin can't believe this. He loads up the 450 but Sami rolls out of the way. A downward spiral into a Koji Clutch makes Justin tap at 13:00.

Rating: B-. My goodness it's nice to see Sami get a win for a change. It's not a great match or against a top level opponent but Sami did his underdog thing and then came back to get the win. That's a nice change for him and the best thing is he hasn't lose his heat with all the losing.

Tyson jumps Sami post match and Justin turns heel and joins in. Adrian Neville comes in for the save and I'm sure we've got a tag match coming up.

Overall Rating: B. The main event scene has gone from nothing to awesome in a single hour. We have the tag match coming up which could spin off into some more matches and Tyler Breeze looming over the whole thing. This was a really solid episode for storytelling and we had a solid main event to cap it off. As usual, NXT knows how to run a wrestling show.

Colin Cassady b. Sylvester LeFort – Empire Elbow
Charlotte/Sasha Banks b. Bayley/Becky Lynch – Bow Down to the Queen to Lynch
CJ Parker b. Steve Cutler – Side kick
Sami Zayn b. Justin Gabriel – Koji Clutch

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  1. I'm okay with Kidd/Gabriel as a heel team; that should be some good matches.

  2. What days is impact on again....?

  3. HAHAHA wow

    From the same image selection. Awesome Spot.!!!%3B317%3B228

  4. I understand certain people dont have the greatest genes in term of body type, etc. But FUCK dude, how do you not take an opportunity given to you like that seriously and say fuck you to HHH by half-assing your diet/workouts

  5. "Becky was much like over the top Irish here and that's a good thing for her."

    It's not. It's really, really not.

    We get it. She wears green and gold gear and her name is BECKY LYNCH. That's enough.

    All the shitty jigging and fiddly-diddly-diddlies are awful.

  6. kbwrestlingreviewsJuly 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    That's a typo. It was supposed to say "much less".

  7. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  8. if only there was someone who just signed with the company that would make for the perfect ally for Sami…hmmmm…

  9. With punk gone and bryan hurt is Sami the best wrestler under contract by the wwe? Rollins, Harper,cena?

  10. Cesaro in the mix.

  11. We know who Beard Money did NOT vote for

  12. Sounds like a good tag match is going to happen soon.

  13. Ok, what is this? Seriously, honestly? Hillbilly Jim in last place? Is this a rib? Are you guys ribbing me? Look, however you feel about me personally, don't take it out on the favorite son of Mudlick, KY. What's King Kong Bundy going to talk about that you're so interested in? Being a jerk to midgets? Doc Luke Festus?!?! Puh-leaze. You guys want to hear about Aces and 8-balls or him being in a team that's way lamer than the Killer Elite Squad who should have never NJPW tag-titles off the aforementioned team. And One Man Gang. Yeah, it will be funny when he talks about becoming Akeem, but that's basically it. The rest of the interview will probably be him recounting his epic US title match with Kensuke Sasaki.

    This is a no-brainer. Hillybilly Jim helped build the Rock N' Wrestling era. The man has been animated. He's saved Hulk Hogan's hide more times than a cat's got lives. He's suffered huge setbacks and came back against all odds. He's worn overalls in the ring. He's a member of one of the most prestigious families in professional wrestling history.

    Look, I can't tell you how to vote. You have to do what you believe in your heart to be best. But Hillbilly Jim is one of the most genuine individuals in the history of the sport. Aren't you tired of all the sexual and scatological depravity that usually litter these shoot interviews? Hillbilly Jim has never ordered a ringrat to eat his vomit nor has he left an upperdecker in the restroom of a Red Lobster. This is a pure soul. Let's for once hear from a guy who loved the business for what it was and came out of the other end a better human being. Vote Jim. Hillbilly Jim. Come one, go votin' for a country boy.

  14. One of those, the one that's not Bundy.

  15. Yeah, Bundy clearly doesn't care about being interesting.

  16. Yeah, Bundy's probably about as funny as his head is full of hair.

    Bullet Club?! More like the Bulls**t club, 'cause that's all you're going to get from Gallows.

  17. Always felt the team of Kidd/Gabriel should have been given a big push. They could have been an immense high-flying spotfest team to counteract a lot of the big power teams that were around at the time.

    Plus, tell me you wouldn't enjoy those two and a partner v The Shield?

  18. I'd say Rollins, Cena and Cesaro are the top three active guys at the moment, with Goldust not far behind. Haven't seen enough of Harper to say for sure.

  19. Yes! Epic Meltdown!

  20. Always nice to see some love for Goldie.

  21. Stranger in the AlpsJuly 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    So....Hillbilly Jim then?

  22. It's awesome seeing the main event seen heat up with the inclusion of Gabriel and a solid angle for Zayne.

    It would be equally awesome to see the Hillbilly Jim Shoot Interview heat up in the Which Shoot Interview Should Be Reviewed Next voting poll. Come on Doom Buggies, get to the poll and do the right thing this Fourth of July. A vote for Hillybilly Jim is a vote for America.

  23. One nitpick: it's Vaudvill(AI)ns, not Vaudvill(IA)ns. Because they're villains. Olde tyme moustache-twirling villains.

  24. Uh, yeah. That would pretty much be who I had in mind as the superior to either of these two candidates.

  25. I wanted to see the Jim shoot -- because he talks about the infamous Uncle Elmer walk out, but then "Uncle Elmer showed up." And I don't expect Jim to cuss every other word either like Bundy probably will. Although, I'd love to hear Bundy talk about his ***** matches with Hogan in the Boston Gardens.

  26. I do remember once seeing a promo from Bundy at JCW -- where he called himself the Great Bundy and started shooting on the Rock N Roll express for getting paid $500.00 -- while they were paying him $50.00. I'm actually ashamed that I actually admitted to watching that promo.

  27. Patrick BrandmeyerJuly 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I hear Zayn's old friend Stan Keveen may be appearing soon.

  28. CJ Parker could make a good heel jobber on the main roster.


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