WWE NXT – 11/6/13
NXT opens with Sylvester Lefort talking with the mystery blonde women that has been courting Alexander Rusev. He tells her knows nothing about her but he doesn’t understand, as he has never had a problem with the brute and has always paid well. She responds angrily in Russian and shoos Lefort away.
Lefort comes out worried, counting his cash and seemingly to Scott Dawson’s trucker theme.
We cut to the announce team of Alex Riley, Tom Phillips and Renee Young.
The blonde lady comes out and introduces Rusev in Russian. The match graphic identifies this mystery lady as Lana.
Sylvester Lefort vs. Alexander Rusev
Alexander Rusev immediately pummels Lefort and places him in his Accolade submission hold. He pulls a little bit of Vintage Million Dollar Man by shoving Lefort’s money in his mouth as he struggles.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
Lana looks happily at her Bulgarian Brute. I am just sad he doesn’t break the wood anymore.
Bayley and Charlotte are backstage. Bayley got her headband fixed and lets out a WOO. Charlotte points out she is not her dad, the Nature Boy. Summer and Sasha come in and force an apology to Bayley by giving her a headband. Bayley loves it because it has kittens on it. Charlotte says she doesn’t need Summer, who probably wants to be another stepmom. The mean girls try to cause dissension between Bayley and Charlotte, as Bayley thinks Summer and Sasha are cool. Bayley tries to calm down Charlotte, who shoos her off.
Match graphic advertising the match hyped last week between Luke Harper and Kassius Ohno, which we have found out since this aired, will be the final WWE appearance of Ohno.
A graphic advertised Leo Kruger will return tonight.
El Local enters the NXT Arena next and the announcers mention his Smackdown appearance versus Los Matadores.
Leo Kruger back on the ramp. The announcers talk about how Kruger’s encounter with Cesaro has changed him.
EL Local vs. Leo Kruger
Kruger hits a huge spinebuster to open the match but Local manages to kick out, avoiding two straight under one minute matches to open the show.
Kruger pummels Local, aside from one quick boot to the face the South African receives on a charge. Kruger continues to toss Local around to the delight of the crowd.
Kruger nails his nasty lariat on Local before still going for more punishment on El Local. A couple sharp snap suplexes and he plays to the crowd, while Renee talks about catching Kruger googling ghost prisons.
Kruger ties Local up in a new double underhook submission for the victory.
Winner: Leo Kruger
The announcers discuss the old Leo Kruger being back. As he has a South African background, I wouldn’t mind him showing up on the main roster to form a South African tag team with Justin Gabriel with the complimentary powerhouse and high-flier.
We see a recap of the tension between Paige and Emma, as well as a backstage argument between the two.
In the ring are Travis Tyler and Troy McClain, looking like some goofy 80s fall guys. The crowd is digging whatever interactions they were doing.
Won’t last long as The Ascension’s intro begins and the Tag Team Champions come to the ring. The duo changed the spelling of their names on Twitter this week. Not sure if that is a sign of an impending call up or not. If you are a big Ascension fan, I suggest searching the site for the tag Ascension, as the tags for these two will likely change soon.
Travis Tyler & Troy McClain vs. The Ascension
Viktor and Tyler start the match. The crowd does their LET’S GO THESE GUYS chants and they usually are not so fond of Viktor.
Konor comes in quick and starts doing rolling headlock takeovers. Viktor back in with an impactful clothesline and another quick tag.
Konor drops Tyler, tags Viktor. Viktor back in, they hit their double team finisher.
Winners: The Ascension
The tag champs easily retain and we never even get to see Troy McClain. Which is sad because he should be like John McClaine meets Troy McClure.
I DON’T GET HYPED. I STAY HYPED.
It’s Mojo Rawley.
The crowd seems to dig Mojo and his energy. Renee questions his need to take naps, as she needs to. Gotta love Renee.
Mojo Rawley vs. Ty Dillenger
We hear how cordial Dillenger is, as he is likely to be the next squash of the evening. The former Maryland Terrapin knocks down Dillenger and we hear about Mojo Rawley’s time with the Arizona Cardinals and his nickname given by Darnell Dockett.
Dillenger gets a couple chops in but Mojo, clearly staying hyped, stares him down. Dillenger takes down Mojo and applies a chinlock while Riley talks about how much the NXT Universe loves this guy after only one previous match.
Mojo does some standard ex-football offense, as I think he is going to be Jim Duggan 2K. Probably no surgery plea videos, as we hear in high school and college he worked with Merrill Lynch and WWE prides itself with hiring smart people.
I wonder if they shock A-Ry with electrodes if he doesn’t say that.
Rawley picks up the win but I get distracted because his post match celebration includes filling the ring with some fog.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
As I try to figure out the fog in the ring, I realize my precious NXT is starting to be sullied, as they find the need to show a RAW Rebound of the Big Show/HHH feud. Can’t get enough.
Graphic to once again show the Harper-Ohno main event. They read the same script about Ohno being Harper’s new play thing.
Next week we will see Charlotte & Bayley vs. Summer & Sasha. They put over the attempted recruitment of Bayley. Methinks a swerve is in order, as Charlotte seems to fit right in. Maybe they can drag this out and make Charlotte be like Tatanka circa Summerslam 94.
Corey Graves vs. Adrian Neville is advertised for a 2 out of 3 Falls match next week. NXT gets to do these a bit.
Luke Harper makes his way out solo as the crowd sways to the Wyatt music.
The last Harper-Ohno match was five weeks ago. Didn’t seem like it was that long ago.
Ohno out next, looking to be in good shape. DON’T BELIEVE THE INTERNET.
Luke Harper vs. Kassius Ohno
Ohno comes out on fire and throws a flurry of offense at Harper.
Ohno with fists, kicks and knees. Harper knocks Ohno back with a blow, however Ohno maintains control until a sudden back body drop.
The two exchange hits but eventually Harper takes control. As Harper places Ohno in a chinlock, the announcers talk about Ohno looking the best he has physically in a long time…
Harper methodically paces above Ohno, one again enforcing the play thing. Phillips talks about Ohno’s pre-WWE encounters with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, among others.
Harper plods along but after a bit of dragging, Ohno gets a spark, taking control leading into a commercial break.
Both men are back in the ring, exchanging punches following the break. Harper tries to toss Kassius out of the ring, Ohno catches himself but gets a nasty big boot from the apron.
We get a replay as Ohno is collapsed outside with the referee’s count growing. Kassius dives in right before ten hits but gets a series of elbow drops from Harper. Failed pin attempt.
Harper knocks Ohno in the jaw and leaves him crumpled. Harper does some rolling submission. Harper slows things down and holds Ohno but Ohno does nail a kick to the ehad out of nowhere.
The crowd gets more into the match as Ohno wails away on Harper. He maintains control for a little bit but Harper is just too much.
Harper lays waste to Ohno, gets him in the corner and splashes him. As Harper carries him back, Ohno hits his super elbow out of nowhere.
Harper kicks out!
Harper hits his lariat and gets the win, shutting down Ohno not only again but for good in NXT.
Winner: Luke Harper
Ohno is out cold, we see the replay. Harper creepily makes his way up the ramp as Ohno looks dejected in the ring.
Ohno drops to 1-4 since I’ve been recapping NXT for Culture Crossfire. The lone win? He and Corey Graves won the right to be #1 Contenders to the tag titles. Then they wrote him out and replaced him with Adrian Neville.
The parting words talk about the valiant effort of Ohno as the show closes.
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
Mason Ryan 5-2
Garrett Dylan 2-1
Antonio Cesaro 5-3
Alexander Rusev 5-3
Leo Kruger 5-4
Tyler Breeze 4-3
Sasha Banks 3-3
Dean Ambrose 1-1
Sylvester Lefort 1-1
Corey Graves 6-7
Sami Zayn 6-7
Adrian Neville 5-6
Colin Cassidy 4-5
CJ Parker 3-4
Summer Rae 3-5
Enzo Amore 4-6
Scott Dawson 4-7
Aiden English 2-4
Alicia Fox 1-2
Kassius Ohno 1-4
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
Briley Pierce 0-1
William Regal 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