WWE NXT – 11/27/13
This week’s NXT opens with a recap of the Beat the Clock matches from last week, highlighted by the time tie between Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, setting up tonight’s main event.
Yoshi Tatsu’s familiar music hits. How I have missed that. Byron Saxton back on ring announcing duties this week, so Phillips must be back home.
Antonio Cesaro comes out next. Last time we had a Tatsu-Cesaro match, it was about a minute long and led into the rise of Sami Zayn.
Cesaro gets in the ring and starts threatening Saxton. I wish they let him record commentary so he could talk about himself getting threatened at the same time.
Regal has seen enough. He leaves the announce table, saves Saxton and has a staredown with Antonio. YES.
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Antonio Cesaro
As Antonio continues to stare down Regal, Yoshi tries a rollup.
Does not work. Yoshi gets some brief offense before Cesaro slams him. Regal is back in the booth telling Phillips that he saved Saxton for being better than Phillips.
Cesaro toys with Yoshi and signals the swing to a massive pop from the crowd. The crowd chants to about 26 and despite their fast counts, is still impressive.
The crowd does a “YOU ARE AWESOME” chant while Regal still seethes at the booth.
Yoshi struggles to try to get to his feet as Cesaro continues to taunt Regal. Antonio delivers a nasty uppercut to the back of Tatsu’s skull. Renee talks about the uncomfortable stare and Regal tells Renee he would like her to stare at him like that.
Yoshi gets knocked out with Cesaro’s sleeper and as the ragdoll body of the once promising Japanese prospect is positioned for the Neutralizer. Cesaro maintains his glare at Regal.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Bo Dallas is backstage comparing his experiences with The Voice and mentions a need for Cee Lo Green. For some reason, CJ Parker comes in and stands around. Bo tries to dismiss him and the Moon Child gets sensitive. Bo asks him when he last won a match and Parker does well in learning how to be an unlikable “face” in the WWE. This sets up a match later.
The Moon Child makes his way to the ring first.
Bo Dallas enters next and we hear about how he is now the longest reigning NXT Champion as the #1 Contenders bout for later tonight is discussed.
CJ Parker vs. NXT Champion Bo Dallas
The announcers are playing up Parker feeling “left out” of the Beat the Clock challenge so maybe they will turn him based on the lack of care from the audience.
Dallas easily handles Parker, taking him down and using a plethora of restholds as we hear about Bo-nuts around the world.
Shortly after Parker breaks free, he goes up top but Dallas is able to crotch him on the ropes.
Dallas leads a very plodding match until running up the corner for a bulldog and getting the win.
Winner: Bo Dallas
The NXT Champion holds his title high as the announcers put over both men.
Devin Taylor once again backstage, this time with the shuffling Emma. Devin asks about Emma’s injuries. Emma talks about her head injury but successfully manages to point to her head. The Women’s Champion Paige shows up telling Emma she wishes her well, so that way there are no excuses when Paige successfully defends her title. They argue for a brief moment before Emma dances away.
Match graphic highlights an Ohno-Breeze rematch, up next.
Natalya comes backstage telling Paige she can’t believe how Paige has treated her lately. Paige says she is surprised Natalya even cares now that she is Hollywood and a “Total Diva”. Paige tells Nattie she doesn’t believe she cares about championships anymore. The two set up a title match.
The fabulous boots of Tyler Breeze march around the entryway before the Gorgeous One makes his entrance.
As the announcers put over Breeze and his good looks, Regal lets Phillips know that he looks as if he was embalmed.
The man known as Kassius Ohno makes his way out to the ring but before he can enter the ring, he is laid out by Alexander Rusev. Rusev stares down KO and backs up the ramp.
Ohno writhes around in severe pain and we see Breeze still checking himself out with his phone in the ring.
Officials ry to get Ohno to his feet. Ohno slides into the ring, he doesn’t want to quit. Breeze keeps a gleeful look on his face and puts down the phone.
Tyler Breeze vs. Kassius Ohno
Breeze immediately hits his Beauty Shot and makes the cover.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
William Regal points out it does not matter Rusev got involved, a win is a win. Then he calls Renee a flower.
Charlotte, Sasha and Summer are ranking hotness on a cell phone. They send Charlotte away, which is because Bayley is present. Bayley looks sad in her intergalactic cat shirt and she demands to talk to Charlotte. Summer and Sasha tell her to scram but the loser term hurts Bayley. Bayley says she will show them who the loser is in their tag match tonight. The BFFs questions what friend she could even have. Bayley smiles and leaves.
Match graphic for the Zayn-Neville matchup, scheduled next.
Backstage Neville and Zayn are with Taylor. They talk about their history and friendship but point out the importance of getting to RAW and Smackdown. They point out what the NXT Championship will do, highlighting Langston and Rollins competing at Wrestlemania 29.
Hunico and Camacho enter the ring next. Hunico’s tattoo looks a lot like Sin Cara’s new one…
The darkness descends upon Full Sail and the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Ascension, make their way to the ring.
Weeks back it was rumored the Ascension were changing the spelling of their names or going to one name but they are still being called their full names. I stop caring about typing this because Regal is discussing the barrio.
Hunico & Camacho vs. NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension
Camacho and Victor start the match. We are told about how close Hunico and Camacho are, which led to Camacho’s limited activity during Hunico’s ACL injury.
Camacho drops Victor and brings in Hunico with a flying senton. Victor tries to use his speed to throw Hunico but the former Sin Cara impersonator (and now Sin Cara) uses his agility to avoid damage.
As Victor finally catches Hunico, he drags the Mexican high-flyer to the Ascension corner and brings O’Brian. Conor destroys Hunico in the corner before bringing Victor back in to stomp down Hunico. Rick taunts Camacho before making another tag.
Ascension trade tags to pummel Hunico. They eventually nail a double team drop and O’Brian brings Camacho over the top.
Victor tries to toy with Hunico, who is able to roll him up for an upset.
Winners: Hunico & Camacho
Hunico and Camacho signal they want the belts to the frustrated champions as NXT goes quickly to break.
The Beat the Clock recap re-airs.
Neville comes to the ring first, as we see Bo Dallas is sitting at the announce booth with Phillips and Young.
Zayn comes out next. Both men shake hands prior to the bell.
#1 Contender Match
Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn and Neville circle off. Phillips puts over their battles around the world while Bo Dallas tells us they are both good kids.
The two begin with the traditional babyface respect “I will one up you, you will pause and smile, before getting back into the match”. After this exchange, the two men start doing some fast-paced action that would be expected.
Zayn and Neville circle off and Zayn wraps up Neville’s legs. His bad knee is seemingly cured. As they get up, Neville hits a swinging hurricanrana, knocking Sami to the outside. Neville goes to charge but Zayn back in the ring, takes out Neville. Adrian on the outside and Sami flies out of the ring and onto the Jumpin Jordy.
As both men are on the outside, the shows sends to one more commercial break.
Returning to action, Neville is preventing Zayn from throwing him into the turnbuckle. The two fan favorites exchange chops before Sami locks Adrian up in a chinlock. Bo provides some insight as Neville fights his way out. As he approaches Zayn, Sami counters with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.
Zayn sizes up Neville, who is pulling himself to his feet in the corner. Sami charges and misses, going to the outside. Both men know how to counter each other. Neville pushes Zayn back and nails a springboard moonsault on the outside.
As the crowd goes nuts, Neville rolls Sami in before nailing a springboard dropkick to the inside of the ring. Only a nearfall.
Neville takes his time to decide his next move. As he starts to move, Zayn trips the Englishman. Adrian catches him with a kick but as he tries for a bigger move following a cartwheel, Sami catches him into a sitdown powerbomb for a two count.
Counter after counter, both men are fading. Zayn hits a Michinoku Driver for a two count.
Zayn sees Neville in the corner and charges again, only to receive a boot to the face this time. Regardless of how hard both men are going at each other, Dallas tells us how GM JBL is a huge Bo-liever.
Neville is able to pull a crazy roll-up but still a two-count as the crowd goes nuts.
Dallas calls them talented kids again when Renee finally points out they are older than him.
Neville ascends the top and the two men keep blocking each other from doing anything productive.
Zayn puts himself in the same superplex spot that cost Aiden English last week. Neville once again counters it. Zayn is downed on the mat and Neville is up for the Red Arrow.
Red Arrow connects.
Winner: Adrian Neville
Adrian Neville is the new #1 Contender to the NXT Championship. Bo Dallas tells us he has trained hard and had his vitamins, so he is okay with it.
Neville celebrates in the ring as he gets a shot at the Championship next week. Zayn is still in pain on the mat. He looks over at Adrian, who approaches Zayn. Neville extends his hand. Zayn knocks it down. The crowd is shocked but it was so he could HUG HIM! They love each other!
Neville celebrates a little more as NXT comes to a close.
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 9-3
Bo Dallas 8-2
Luke Harper 7-2
Rick Victor 7-3
Antonio Cesaro 6-3
Alexander Rusev 6-3
Mason Ryan 5-2
Garrett Dylan 2-1
Adrian Neville 8-6
Tyler Breeze 5-4
Sasha Banks 4-3
Leo Kruger 5-5
Dean Ambrose 1-1
Sylvester Lefort 1-1
Sami Zayn 7-8
Summer Rae 4-5
CJ Parker 3-5
Corey Graves 6-8
Enzo Amore 4-6
Colin Cassidy 4-6
Scott Dawson 4-7
Aiden English 3-5
Kassius Ohno 2-5
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
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
Yoshi Tatsu 0-2
Danny Burch 0-3
Mickey Keegan 0-3
Travis Tyler 0-3