WWE NXT – 11/20/13
Byron Saxton welcomes us to NXT and prepares us for the self-thrown Homecoming Celebration of Bo Dallas, who enters to balloons, streamers and boos. Saxton questions Bo, who stops to put a party hat on before entering the ring. William Regal and Alex Riley essentially tell him to shut his mouth.
Bo tells us how he is loved world round and gives us a clearly photoshopped slideshow to prove it. The Canadians are so crazy they call Bo-lievers Bo-nuts.
Some embarrassing photos accidentally come up for Bo but he decides he wants to give people cookies. As he offers cookies to the crowd, the theme music of JBL hits and the interim General Manager of NXT makes his way to the ring with a smile.
JBL shakes the champion’s hand and lets Dallas know how proud the company is of Bo, calling him the face of NXT akin to Randy Orton being the face of the WWE.
This prompts Sami Zayn to come to the ramp in a blazer and a Misfits t-shirt.
Bo tries to speak but is drowned out by the “OLE” from the crowd. He finally asks Zayn if he came for one of Bo’s cookies. Zayn thanks Bo but tells him no, before reminding the crowd that JBL had suspended him.
JBL does not appreciate Sami interrupting both the champion and his boss, while Bo busts out the third grade “I told him that Mr. JBL”.
Sami points out he doesn’t need to learn respect, he just wants to take the title off the delusional cheeseball in the ring. JBL corrects Zayn for his actions and threatens to suspend him indefinitely. The crowd chants cheeseball, leading JBL threatening to suspend the entire NXT Universe.
JBL lets Sami know he took his medicine with his suspension and in doing what is best for business, Sami is reinstated. Bo congratulates Sami but then reminds him that he already beat him for the NXT Championship, calling Zayn a sore loser.
Zayn states he has no problem starting from the bottom and working his way up but rest assured, the next time he meets Bo for that title, he will take it.
JBL announces the first ever NXT Beat the Clock challenge for the #1 Contender spot, letting Sami know he will have a match in the tournament on this very show.
Sami welcomes Bo back and as the depressed Dallas stands in the ring, the crowd chants “CHEESEBALL” some more.
Match graphics show up tonight will feature a few other Beat the Clock matches – Adrian Neville vs. Aiden English as well as Colin Cassidy vs. Alexander Rusev.
Colin Cassidy makes his way out to the ring while the announcers cover the recent injury of Enzo Amore.
Lana appears on the rant and does her introduction of Alexander Rusev, not in English to prove he is a bad guy.
Colin Cassidy vs. Alexander Rusev
Cassidy, a seven-footer himself, sells the intimidation factor of the massive Rusev. Rusev gets Cassidy in the corner with his mean streak, throwing kicks and headbutts but nothing strong enough to earn a quick pinfall.
Cassidy starts throwing some fists back and takes a slight advantage until Rusev is able to reverse and Irish Whip and return to punishing the Queens native.
Regal points out Rusev’s headbutts aim for the temple as Rusev continues a flurry of headbutt-based offense.
Rusev, for some reason, ascends to the second rope and misses the dive, giving Colin an opening. Colin takes down Rusev a few times but cannot get better than a two count on the Bulgarian powerhouse.
Saxton puts over how two and a half minutes have passed and time is of the essence to these men, as Cassidy maintains more control than one would expect.
Cassidy misses a stinger splash and Rusev tosses him into the opposite ringpost. Rusev smashes Colin once more before locking in his Accolade submission. At three and a half minutes he starts cinching back. Cassidy surprisingly becomes the first man able to successfully break out of the hold.
Rusev, flustered, tries a quick pin but is not successful.
Rusev continues to methodically work over Cassidy with zero sense of urgency in this time-based matchup. Rusev works over Cassidy before finally getting Cassidy to submit to The Accolade at 5:33.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Lana comes in the ring to celebrate with Rusev while Regal puts over the valiant effort of Cassidy.
Time to Beat – Alexander Rusev (5:33)
Devin Taylor introduces herself to the NXT Universe before revealing she is backstage to interview Adrian Neville. She asks him about his match with Corey Graves last week, mentioning Corey is out with a concussion. Neville mentions the nature of this sport and that he would not wish that on anyone, before talking about his specialty and how that can play out against Aiden English tonight.
Match graphic for Kassius Ohno vs. Tyler Breeze, also part of the Beat the Clock Challenge.
Backstage, Bayley looks on at her headband sadly. Devin appears and asks Bayley about Charlotte’s betrayal. Bayley is confused, saying they were Patrick and Spongebob and Tommy and Chuckie. She wraps up the Nicktoon comparisons to take about their experiences together and giving a smiley threat before apologizing to Devin for potentially scaring her. She then does the robot.
The Gorgeous One, Tyler Breeze makes his way out, cell phone in hand.
Ohno comes out next, fairly pumped up.
Tyler Breeze vs. Kassius Ohno
The bell rings and Breeze allows time to run as he checks himself in the phone. Kassius goes toward Breeze and essentially gets manhandled by Breeze.
Breeze completely dominates Ohno for a stretch before Ohno gets knocked to the outside. Kassius not getting in the ring. Tyler goes out to throw Kassius in the ring, which baffles Regal. Riley suggests maybe he can shave some time by getting him in the ring for a pin but Tyler wastes a bunch of time.
The clock approaches 2 minutes remaining and Ohno has essentially been a punching bag with a name and face. The crowd has dueling chants for the competitors and a frustrated Breeze stares at the clock, wasting time.
With about a minute left, Ohno surprises Breeze with some rollups. After a few failed attempts, Ohno and Breeze trade roll-up attempts before Kassius actually pulls off one with 0:45 remaining on the clock.
Winner: Kassius Ohno
Regal discusses what a great comeback this has been for Kassius while Breeze looks on from the ring.
Time to Beat – Kassius Ohno (4:48)
As Breeze leaves, Byron Saxton mentions Hunico and Camacho will be returning to NXT tonight before a graphic advertises Sami Zayn’s challenge tonight will be against Leo Kruger.
Hunico and Camacho come out smiling and Regal mentions they are one of his favorite pairs and he is glad to see them back. A couple of generic opponents await them inside the ring.
Hunico & Camacho vs. John Ornagan & Chris Rockwell
Saxton mentions the two men in ring will have their hands full with Hunico and Camacho before Riley jokes they may have met in the parking lot.
Camacho instantly hits a Samoan Drop after tagging Hunico, who hits a swan dive for the victory.
Winners: Hunico & Camacho
So much for being worried about spelling the opponent names… Devin Taylor comes out and asks Hunico and Camacho how it is to be back. They cut a babyface-like promo briefly calling out the Ascension for the tag belts.
Some goofy guy who looks like a microwaved Jerry O’Connell, introduces himself. I cannot understand what he says before he brings in Kassius Ohno. Ohno puts this goofball over before talking about how big the victory over Breeze is in getting him back on track. Lana interrupts Kassius and lets him know that he made a big mistake by beating Rusev.
Ohno makes some Boris & Natasha jokes before telling Rusev he can have the first shot when he becomes NXT champion.
Neville vs. English is advertised as the next match in Beat the Clock.
Aiden English comes out with a take-off of a song from Rent. Hopefully they did a blood test on him before letting him compete.
Neville comes out ready for business and the match starts pretty quickly.
Aiden English vs. Adrian Neville
Once again, the competitors stall a little to start the match. Saxton mentions Neville’s speed favors him in the Beat the Clock setting. As he points this out, English takes control, watching the clock on the big screen as he works.
Neville pulls over several athletic counters before English delivers a big blow the knee and takes the steam out of Adrian.
Aiden works over the Jumpin Jordy, pointing out that this is his spotlight.
English hits his signature slam and legdrop spot but after a kickout, tries to figure out how to keep Neville down with a little more than two minutes on the clock.
English looking good against some of NXT’s top competition here but Neville manages to fight back some.
At 1:42, Neville hits a back suplex and both men struggle to get to their feet. English up first but Neville takes control and starts throwing some kicks.
Neville takes down Enlgish a few times with dives before a big kick for a two count. Neville hits a slam at the one minute mark and goes up top. While the announcers speculate the Red Arrow, English scurries away, praised for his ring awareness.
English hits a big move but no luck on the pin fall. He positions Neville for a superplex with under 20 seconds left.
Riley questions putting Neville on the top rope, while English gets shoved off. Neville hits a Red Arrow and Beats the Clock with three seconds to spare.
Winner: Adrian Neville
Time to Beat – Kassius Ohno (4:45)
Neville celebrates before a graphic revealing Zayn vs. Kruger will be next.
The Ascension cut a promo in the dark to tell Hunico and Camacho their challenge has been accepted. Hooray.
Leo Kruger makes his way to the ring first, while his viciousness is put over.
Sami Zayn comes out next and we are reminded how close he was to being NXT champion. Riley questions Zayn getting to be in this spot as we set up for the final match of the night.
Before the match can start, the music of champion Bo Dallas hits. Bo, now in his ring gear, comes out with a chair and his championship to watch from the ramp.
Leo Kruger vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn immediately goes for a crossbody and a pinfall. Kickout.
Crucifix pin, kickout.
Zayn may be the first competitor all night to sell the immediacy of the stipulation.
Regal mentions these men won’t just have to watch the clock but the champion, as Kruger takes control of the match, capitalized with a back suplex.
Kruger smashes Zayn in the corner and A-Ry puts over his battles with animals. Zayn works his way free and kicks Kruger before hitting a top rope crossbody for a nearfall.
Kruger gets up and grounds Sami, going for a few failed pin attempts. As the clock approaches two minutes, the crowd starts up the “OLE” chants.
Kruger wraps up Sami in a chinlock, knocking Sami with a fist as he tries to fight out.
Sami starts using his speed to rally but is only able to score another nearfall.
With a little over a minute to beat Neville’s time, Zayn misses his signature boot in the corner, which allows Kruger to hit a nasty spinebuster for a two counter.
Leo waits for Zayn while the announce team points out his wasting time.
Only thirty seconds left. Kruger is pinning Zayn with fifteen seconds left.
Zayn is on the mat and he rolls Kruger up. The three count finalizes just as the clock hits zero.
Winner: Sami Zayn
JBL comes out and berates the referee a little bit. He mentions that he will not allow controversy, this ends in a tie. JBL announces Neville vs. Zayn next week, with the winner facing Dallas for the championship the following week.
The referee holds up Zayn’s arm. Dallas looks unsure, we will have another #1 Contender match next week on NXT.
NXT Win/Loss Totals (as of 5/15/2013)
Mojo Rawley 2-0
AJ Lee 1-0
Santino Marella 1-0
Roman Reigns 1-0
Seth Rollins 1-0
Jack Swagger 1-0
Rob Van Dam 1-0
Dolph Ziggler 1-0
Erick Rowan 5-1
Big E Langston 4-1
Xavier Woods 4-1
Bray Wyatt 4-1
Conor O’Brian 9-2
Bo Dallas 7-2
Luke Harper 7-2
Rick Victor 7-2
Alexander Rusev 6-3
Mason Ryan 5-2
Garrett Dylan 2-1
Antonio Cesaro 5-3
Adrian Neville 7-6
Sasha Banks 4-3
Sami Zayn 7-7
Leo Kruger 5-5
Tyler Breeze 4-4
Dean Ambrose 1-1
Sylvester Lefort 1-1
Summer Rae 4-5
CJ Parker 3-4
Corey Graves 6-8
Enzo Amore 4-6
Colin Cassidy 4-6
Scott Dawson 4-7
Aiden English 3-5
Kassius Ohno 2-4
Alicia Fox 1-2
Audrey Marie 0-1
Curtis Axel 0-1
Andy Baker 0-1
Derrick Bateman 0-1
Michael Cuellari 0-1
Dante Dash 0-1
Ty Dillenger 0-1
Sawyer Fulton 0-1
Santana Garrett 0-1
Ron Hicks 0-1
Casey Maron 0-1
Troy McClaine 0-1
John Ornagan 0-1
Briley Pierce 0-1
William Regal 0-1
Chris Rockwell 0-1
Damien Sandow 0-1
Tamina Snuka 0-1
Yoshi Tatsu 0-1
Tommy Taylor 0-1
Brandon Travern 0-1
Michael Zaki 0-1
Jake Carter 0-2
Baron Corbin 0-2
Angelo Dawkins 0-2
El Local 0-2
Curt Hawkins 0-2
Danny Burch 0-3
Mickey Keegan 0-3
Travis Tyler 0-3