WWE NXT – 10/9/13
The Return of RVD promo that ran in July opens the show because RVD will be at NXT in this episode.
Full Sail opens up in darkness as Leo Kruger makes his entrance.
The music of the Real Americans hits and Antonio Cesaro makes his way to the ring, to try to settle his conflict with Kruger from last week’s Bo Dallas Invitational.
Leo Kruger vs. Antonio Cesaro
As soon as the bell rings, Cesaro flies in with a boot and after impressively knocking down his South African foe, rips off his shirt.
Leo gets back in the game a little bit and clotheslines Cesaro over the top. He plays up to the crowd and seems like he may be a babyface these days.
The two brawl around ringside before climbing back in the ring around the count of five. The two strong men brawl back and forth. Antonio takes control and the smarky crowd starts a “PUSH CESARO” chant.
Cesaro chokes Kruger in the ropes and the crowd continues to love the Swiss Superman. Cesaro works over the back of Kruger and starts attempting to nail a suplex, which Kruger blocks twice before reversing it. Leo gets up to his feet and lays into Cesaro in the corner.
After downing Antonio, Kruger pulls him up and nails a Side Russian Leg Sweep for a two count.
Cesaro regains control and hits one of his nasty flying European Uppercuts after a Irish Whip to the corner. As Antonio makes a failed pin attempt, Alex Riley starts telling a story about how much Dolph Ziggler puts over Cesaro’s wrestling abilities. Meanwhile, Cesaro performs another innovative slam on Kruger before ascending to the top rope. As he climbs up top, Kruger leaps up, knocking the former United States Champion dizzy enough to successfully connect with a superplex.
Both men suffer from the superplex while the show enters a commercial.
The show returns from break with Kruger knocking Cesaro to the floor. Kruger controls for a short while, looking to set up some of his big spots before Antonio lures him outside and throttles the hunter in the ring-steps.
Antonio uses his strength to drop Kruger in almost a back suplex variant onto the ring apron, which nearly gets Leo counted out. He makes it in the ring to break the count, only to be immediately thrown outside by Cesaro.
Antonio follows out and once again does a big power move to Leo onto the ramp.
Kruger starts crawling to try avoiding the count out once more and is successful. Cesaro points at Kruger, who is down at his feet. The crowd starts chanting “GIANT SWING” so Antonio brings Kruger to his feet and lays into him with several uppercuts before doing a move much like a Torture Rack into a slam.
Despite targeting the back, Kruger is able to kick out. Cesaro cracks his head and goes for the Neutralizer, however Kruger is able to counter.
Antonio makes it to his feet first but Kruger knocks him back. Cesaro bounces right back in by tossing him for the big uppercut, yet Kruger kicks out once more.
As the crowd chants “ONE MORE TIME”, Cesaro goes for his big chinlock. He starts telling Kruger to pass out as he wraps his legs around the body trying to secure the submission win.
Kruger fights his way out again, only to meet a Neutralizer.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
The announcers put over the heart of Kruger while Cesaro, not yet done, ascends the top and drops a knee across the face of Leo Kruger.
Match graphic for Rob Van Dam’s match tonight and it is against Aiden English. Makes sense to bring in RVD to knock down the hottest new act.
Charlotte makes her way to the ring accompanied by Bayley and Renee Young is back in the announce position for this Divas match.
Charlotte vs. Santana Garrett
Charlotte is in control early on while the announcers discuss the relationship between Bayley and Charlotte.
Garrett reverses a wristlock briefly but Charlotte bounces back. Garrett does get some quick offense in as Sasha Banks and Summer Rae come ringside.
Garrett locks in an armbreaker and Bayley tries to get the crowd fired up to get the daughter of the Nature Boy back in the contest.
Charlotte fights the hold and turns it into a pin attempt for two.
Back up, Charlotte goes with her usual combination of Flair chops and gymnastic moves. The NXT Mean Girls distract her for a roll up but Charlotte hits the rest of her regular spots to get the win.
Replays air but the match winner has disappeared and the BFF (Beautiful Fierce Females) Summer and Sasha talk about how they are taking over NXT. Summer credits Sasha for taking out Paige, so of course, Paige comes out and takes down the duo. Paige maintains control but the numbers game doesn’t work out. The crowd starts chanting for Emma and loses it when she runs in. Summer and Sasha run off as Emma checks on the NXT Women’s Champion.
Another Mojo Rawley promo plays. He stays hyped and he debuts next. Yay…
Summer and Sasha are stopped backstage. They challenge Paige and Emma to tag team action next week.
Danny Burch comes out next and actually gets a ring entrance. He will be the first victim of staying hyped.
Oh boy, his theme music begins with “I DON’T GET HYPED, I STAY HYPED”. Almost as good as Bob Holly’s “HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?”
They talk about Rawley playing for the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, which means there are two former Cardinals in NXT (the previously seen Baron Corbin).
Danny Burch vs. Mojo Rawley
Burch surprisingly takes the early advantage. Rawley must be too hyped.
Riley puts over the battle of two different kinds of football stars because Burch is British. Boring offense keeps Burch in control until some quick HYPE turns Mojo around.
He essentially hits three spots – the three point stance, Naomi’s butt bump and then Earthquake’s splash.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
We hear how he is a true rookie and all this good stuff. For the NFL fans not remembering someone named Mojo Rawley, remember that everyone must be renamed and you will really need to look up Dean Muhtadi. Interesting note, his Cardinals teammates did nickname him the Iron Sheik due to his strength. Best thing for this guy would clearly be bringing B. Brian Blair to Full Sail.
Sylvester Lefort introduces his Legionnaires, Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev. Rusev has the name ENZO etched on his plank.
Enzo and Colin come out with their microphones in hand. Really interesting to see how much Colin has grown since being paired with Amore. I hadn’t been big on the two before they were paired but the duo could be a decent lower card tag team on the main roster.
Scott Dawson & Alexander Rusev vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassidy
As the match begins, Riley says Amore is the individual in NXT that is most likely to draw money, which seems like a little unlikely.
Big Cass and Rusev start the match.
Cassidy sends Rusev to the corner and they trade offense before Enzo is tagged in. Amore gets bounced around by Rusev who quickly brings in Scott Dawson.
Dawson is interesting in the sense that he does a lot of things to make it seem like a real fight – quick tags, several pin attempts – but that may make the match seem somewhat generic.
Dawson brings Rusev back in, and after knocking away Cassidy, he squishes Enzo and makes him tap to the same submission that he beat Mason Ryan with.
Winners: Alexander Rusev & Scott Dawson
Lefort’s duo starts working over Colin Cassidy after the match and gives him the same treatment that took out Amore.
Renee Young welcomes Sami Zayn backstage and Sami discusses becoming the Number One contender. Bo Dallas comes in looking sad before he tells Zayn what he did wasn’t cool and that his feelings were hurt.
Bo wants Sami to be his friend and team up for the Tag Team Championships to rule NXT. Sami says that is a great idea and shakes his hand on doing it… but Sami tells him after he beats Bo for that NXT championship, to the disbelief of Bo.
One more bumper for RVD vs. English.
The Dallas-Zayn Championship match is announced for next week.
Aiden English is introduced with another new song for the crowd.
We are introduced to Rob Van Dam’s Numero Uno Amigo, Ricardo Rodriguez, who introduces us to the man making his NXT debut, RVD.
Aiden English vs. Rob Van Dam
The two men tie up and after English tosses Van Dam, he takes a bow. The classless RVD shoves English and as Aiden tells the referee to pull him back, RVD yells that English cannot sing either.
To me, that hooligan should’ve been disqualified.
RVD downs English and does his RVD thumbs for the crowd to sing along with. RVD hits some of his signature kicks and monkey flip before clotheslining the Artiste over the top.
Van Dam does a moonsault from the apron to English who was signaling NO as Van Dam came down.
RVD gets the crowd to chant his initials again as he drops a leg across English, who simply wants a timeout.
He is able to get up and kick Van Dam in the gut but RVD responds with a slam. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder but English escapes out of the ring, which makes those petty fans turn on him.
English gets back in the ring and lays boots to RVD. He yells that this is his show before hitting a suplex on the former WWE Champion for a two count.
English supports a chinlock while Ricardo tries to get the crowd back in the match. The crowd is going nuts chanting for Van Dam, so Aiden tries to apply more pressure on the ECW original.
Van Dam starts throwing fists to get out but English knees him and blows a kiss to the crowd. RVD rolls up the Artiste for a two-count.
RVD nails a kick, where he is able to take control and successfully hit the Rolling Thunder. Ricardo starts yelling and RVD goes up top for a 5-star Frog Splash.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Ricardo practices being a WWE good guy by talking trash to the downed Aiden English.
RVD and Ricardo celebrate in the ring to end another episode of NXT.
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
Bo Dallas 6-2
Luke Harper 6-2
Conor O’Brian 6-2
Mason Ryan 5-2
Rick Victor 4-2
Garrett Dylan 2-1
Antonio Cesaro 5-3
Adrian Neville 5-4
Tyler Breeze 3-2
Sami Zayn 6-6
Colin Cassidy 4-4
Leo Kruger 4-4
CJ Parker 2-2
Dean Ambrose 1-1
Corey Graves 5-6
Enzo Amore 4-5
Scott Dawson 4-7
Alexander Rusev 2-3
Aiden English 2-4
Summer Rae 2-4
Alicia Fox 1-2
Sasha Banks 1-3
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
Briley Pierce 0-1
William Regal 0-1
Damien Sandow 0-1
Tamina Snuka 0-1
Yoshi Tatsu 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