WWE NXT – 10/23/13
A video package opens the show highlighting Graves/Neville losing the tag title rematch last week and the subsequent heel turn of Graves.
Corey Graves stands on the entrance ramp, in front of Susan G. Komen logos being booed. Graves starts saying how Neville and the NXT Universe must want explanations in typical smarmy heel fashion but he doesn’t get too far before Adrian Neville is out assaulting him. The crowd is chanting for Neville as the two trade blows into the ring. A referee pulls Neville away to allow Graves a chance to escape, only for Neville to break free and dive on Corey to the outside. As Neville starts to get revenge, the NXT opening video starts.
We join the Phillips/A-Ry commentary team, who are for some reason joined by Tensai.
Emma enters first for Divas action, as we get more replays of the first segment and Tensai talking about revenge being sweet.
THE BOSS, Sasha Banks comes out accompanied by the First Lady of NXT, Summer Rae. From Boston, I am guessing she likes the Celtics, which cannot be approved by her cousin and huge Lakers fan, Snoop Dogg.
Emma vs. Sasha Banks
A-Ry confesses his love to Emma while Tensai puts over Summer Rae’s work with Fandango. Meanwhile, Emma takes an early advantage.
Emma puts an armlock on Emma while A-Ry talks about how cute she is when she turns him down. I hope if she is so coy that he instructs her to “SAY IT TO MY FACE”.
Sasha takes control as Tensai mumbles something about Boston Strong. No idea why he is there. Emma makes a comeback where she smashes Sasha’s face in the turnbuckle. As Emma goes to set up something bigger, Sasha does a hairpull to take advantage. The NXT broadcasters go to commercial as I am pretty sure the Full Sail crowd is oddly chanting “WE WANT TABLES”.
I have started to skip a lot of the bumpers as far as the same standard commercials that are run. Weekly we tend to get the same promos from the main shows, but they actually made a Mojo Rawley Susan G. Komen video where he talks about his aunt. As I feel bad for thinking about making a STAY HYPED joke, he actually manages to squeeze it in during the same part of the commercial where Layla cries in hers…
Back to action, Sasha keeps Emma in a chinlock while the announcers discuss the manipulative ways of Summer Rae. Sasha, keeping the hold on way too long, gets knocked away by Emma but the rally is short lived, as Sasha knocks her back down and yells at the Australian about being “THE MOST PRETTIEST”.
Emma manages to get a slap in but Sasha rages on Emma and throws several fists. Tensai points out not to give Emma an inch, based on her training by Lance Storm. A-Ry compliments his research as Emma turns the tide once more and locks in the DilEMMA.
Emma marches and does her butt bump in the corner, which I guess is now called the Emma Sandwich. It gets a two count.
Emma starts to set up the Emma lock when Summer Rae is on the apron. Paige comes out to take care of Summer but this still allows Sasha to roll up Emma for the win.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Paige comes in the ring to go after Sasha, who is distracted mocking Emma. As Paige charges her, Sasha ducks and Paige inadvertently clotheslines Emma. The “Mean Girls” laugh on the ramp as Paige and Emma are clearly having problems in the ring.
Backstage, someone stops Bo Dallas, who is so happy to still be NXT Champion. He dismisses any controversy from last week. He says he has a huge announcement where he lets everyone know he needs to take a much deserved vacation. He is going to tour the world, hopefully going to BO-livia to deliver thousands of squirt guns to underprivileged children.
Match graphic displays Adrian Neville vs. Corey Graves will happen tonight.
Casey Maron and Tommy Taylor are in the ring. My guess that the tag team champions come out next is confirmed when the lights go out (When the Lights Go Out is also a great 1990s song by Five, much more entertaining than the Ascension).
Casey Maron & Tommy Taylor vs. NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension
The crowd chants “LET’S GO THESE GUYS” as A-Ry tries to figure out who Maron and Taylor are. O’Brian destroys the first guy before quickly brining in Rick Victor for more destruction.
Apparently Maron is the victim in the ring, who is identified as O’Brian comes back in to steamroll him, call him “NOTHING” and then bring Victor back in. Victor toys with Maron. He allows him to crawl toward Tommy Taylor before clobbering Tommy and bringing in Conor for the Fall of Man double-team finish.
Winners: The Ascension
The champs stand over the fallen Maron while O’Brian holds up the titles.
Replays show of Sami’s initial title win last week before General Manager JBL restarts the match allowing Bo Dallas to steal a victory.
A video of Sami stopped backstage much like Bo’s is shown. Sami says he had the title in his hands, he has no problem with JBL restarting the match when the feet were on the ropes but he does have issue with the match not restarting after Bo used the exposed turnbuckle. Sami likens it to Daniel Bryan’s situation and he calls out JBL and HHH while stating if the title gets in his hands again, it won’t be taken away.
Match graphic shows CJ Parker will meet Alexander Rusev next.
Renee Young is backstage with new GM, JBL. Renee starts to ask about Sami when JBL questions her wardrobe. JBL talks about how he cannot be bought and HHH does what is best for business. He shoots down Sami Zayn and lets us know we won’t see Sami for a while, telling us Sami needs to apologize. He takes one more shot telling Renee to get a new shirt before leaving.
CJ Parker is out next dancing, still with Tyler Breeze’s phone, taking selfies. Can’t wait til Rusev breaks him.
Rusev comes out alone. No Dawson. No Lefort. No board with CJ’s name to break. THIS IS BULL.
CJ Parker vs. Alexander Rusev
Rusev takes Parker right to the corner as the announcers try to liken Parker’s laid back lifestyle to Tensai. Rusev flattens Parker despite being on his own.
Rusev starts stomping as Parker tries to crawl back to his feet. Meanwhile, a blonde woman comes to ringside.
Rusev locks in his Accolade submission win and it is over quick.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
The blonde woman continues to circle the ring, smiling at Rusev’s success. He flexes before staring up the ramp at the woman who left.
Another match graphic for Neville/Graves.
The announcers let us know during the break Tyler Breeze came out to beat up the fallen Parker, while also cutting off some of Parker’s hair. Another Parker-Breeze encounter is advertised for next week’s show.
Corey Graves makes his way out for tonight’s main event. We get one more break before the main event is set to start.
Graphics show the Breeze-Parker match-up for next week, as well as Paige in action against Summer Rae.
Corey Graves vs. Adrian Neville
Neville comes flying in with a kick right as bell goes off and immediately lays into Graves. We get told that Neville is the only individual to hold an NXT title more than once, with his tag titles reigns with Oliver Gray and Graves.
Neville sends Graves to the outside and he does a corkscrew suicide dive to wipe out Graves.
Back in the ring, Graves kicks out as we are reminded about Graves fighting through his rib issues. They discuss the suit Graves was wearing in the opening segment, saying Graves says he did the whole grungy act for attention, despite wearing the same gear to the ring tonight.
Graves starts working over the leg of Neville, most likely in hopes to secure his Lucky 13 submission. He starts pounding on the head of Adrian and pulls him into the center of the ring to work on the leg again.
Graves methodically goes after Neville and continues on the knee, as the crowd chants their disapproval. Phillips asks Tensai if he could imagine turning on Brodus Clay the way Graves has on Neville. Tensai states yes. Excellent babyface commentary.
Graves pulls Neville to his feet, nails a headbutt and continues to work over his former tag partner. Graves is rolled up briefly but he kicks out quickly. Graves tries for a pin of his own before resuming the stomp parade on Adrian.
Graves locks on a submission as the announcers point out that the team was formed to beat the Wyatts and Graves called the rest of the partnership a “lie for the sake of the titles”. Doesn’t sound that much like a bad guy move…
Neville gets to his feet and up top but is having knee problems. He tries to roll up Graves.
Graves lays another nasty hit to Neville’s knee before locking in the Lucky 13. Neville fights for a little bit but eventually has to tap.
Winner: Corey Graves
Corey Graves poses on the ropes as Neville writhes in pain on the mat.
The replays break to show Graves has locked Neville in the Lucky 13 again on the ramp. During all this, Full Sail is chanting for Alex Riley. Smart crowd. Graves appears pleased with himself as NXT goes off the air.
NXT Win/Loss Totals (as of 5/15/2013)
AJ Lee 1-0
Santino Marella 1-0
Mojo Rawley 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 8-2
Bo Dallas 7-2
Rick Victor 6-2
Luke Harper 6-2
Mason Ryan 5-2
Garrett Dylan 2-1
Antonio Cesaro 5-3
Tyler Breeze 4-2
Colin Cassidy 4-4
Leo Kruger 4-4
Sasha Banks 3-3
Alexander Rusev 3-3
Dean Ambrose 1-1
Corey Graves 6-7
Sami Zayn 6-7
Adrian Neville 5-6
Enzo Amore 4-5
Summer Rae 3-4
Scott Dawson 4-7
Aiden English 2-4
CJ Parker 2-4
Alicia Fox 1-2
Kassius Ohno 1-3
Audrey Marie 0-1
Curtis Axel 0-1
Andy Baker 0-1
Derrick Bateman 0-1
Michael Cuellari 0-1
Dante Dash 0-1
Sawyer Fulton 0-1
Santana Garrett 0-1
Ron Hicks 0-1
El Local 0-1
Casey Maron 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
Curt Hawkins 0-2
Travis Tyler 0-2
Danny Burch 0-3
Mickey Keegan 0-3