7/31 Gutteridge's WWE NXT review: Adam Rose vs. Tyson Kidd, Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch, Tyler Breeze vs. Angelo Dawkins, and The Ascension are in action
By Darren Gutteridge
Aired July 31, 2014
Taped July 17, 2014 at Full Sail University
[Q1] After titles, Tyler Breeze made his way out, as Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Renee Young checked in on commentary. Angelo Dawkins was already in the ring. . .
1. Tyler Breeze vs. Angelo Dawkins. Dawkins got the jump on Breeze at the start, dumping him with a waistlock takedown. This angered Breeze, who laid into Dawkins, throwing him to the outside at one point and slamming him into the barricade. Breeze threw him back inside, and quickly hit the Beauty Shot. . .
Tyler Breeze defeated Angelo Dawkins in 1:07.
After the match, Breeze threw Dawkins to the outside before grabbing a mic. "That was annoying". He said he didn't come out to have a match, he just wanted to show everybody "this". A replay of last weeks main event between Adrian Neville and Rusev aired, where Breeze's interference led to Neville being put in the Accolade. Breeze said he hadn't intended to show everybody that video either, but it was hilarious.
He said he actually wanted to announce something major. He invited all of the "Uggos" to get their phones out so they could tweet about it. He said that after weeks of fans asking for it, he had finally submitted his music video to the Oscars panel, "in the documentary category". The crowd broke out in a "Thank you Tyler" chant. He insisted that they play his video again.
Instead, Neville's music played, and he walked out in a suit. He made his way to the ring, saying he didn't want to see the video again, but he did want to ask a question. He asked when Breeze was going to stop delaying the inevitable, and take his shot at the NXT Title, so he could get around to beating him already. Breeze looked at his phone and said he was getting a call from Peter Jackson, as Neville was wanted back on the set of The Hobbit. Neville fired back by saying he had got a Snapchat from Breeze's mom, saying Tyler wasn't the only member of the Breeze family who liked taking selfies.
Breeze took a swing at Neville, put Neville ducked and started landing kicks. He went for a running legdrop, but Breeze rolled to the outside and retreated up the ramp. The pair had a stare down as we went to commercial. . . [C]
Gutt Reaction: Another week, another great Breeze line. I cracked up at the "documentary" bit. The match didn't sit right with me. I appreciate the effort to make Breeze look vicious, but the ending was weird. He threw a few forearms, then the Beauty Shot with no run up. I can't put my finger on why it was odd, but it just was. The post match was good (if a little overdue), but I hope we now see a turn towards the serious as we ramp up to Breeze's first title match.
[Q2] The commentators were stood facing the camera at their table, and announced a No. 1 Contender Tag Team Tournament, which would start next week. . .
Eden Styles announced that Tyler Breeze had left the building. Charlotte made her entrance, accompanied by her awful, awful music. Seizure inducing white lights appeared, heralding the arrival of Becky Lynch. Please mean this is the end of the Irish jig crap. . .
2. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte. The pace early on was electric. Both ladies showed off their athleticism before Charlotte look control with a variety of leg holds. All offence was focussed on the left leg of Lynch, but Charlotte wasn't able to capitalise before Lynch found some momentum. She hit running clotheslines before taking it to Charlotte with a dropkick and a legdrop. This brought her a two count, but as both ladies got back up, Charlotte landed a forearm to Lynch's leg. This dropped her to her knees, and Charlotte planted her with the Bow Down for the 1-2-3. . .
Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in 3:56.
Gutt Reaction: Where the hell did that come from?! That was a really enjoyable match, that got off to a rapid start, cruised through the rest holds thanks to some variety from Charlotte, and had a sound finish. Wow. I think I may have doubted Charlotte at my peril.
Oh boy. The Ascension came out. There were jobbers in the ring. I wonder where this is going. . .
3. The Ascension vs. Matt Cutler and Matt Miles. The Ascension destroyed Cutler, taking him down with The Fall of Man. . .
The Ascension defeated Matt Cutler and Matt Miles in 2:19.
After the match, Viktor grabbed a mic. He said they were the longest reigning champions in NXT history, and he knew the fate of the winners of the Tag Tournament. He passed the mic to Konnor, who said, and I quote, "Total. Anni-YA-lation!!". The both of them then jumped around a little bit and started shouting . . . [C]
Gutt Reaction: Lets move on and never speak of this putrid crap again.
[Q3] A CJ Parker PSA style video package aired. It cut clips of "waste" with clips of Parker writhing in pain in the ring. It essentially summarised all of Parker's points of view on the environment. It morphed into a normal package when it recapped his run ins with Xavier Woods. . .
Back in the arena, Phillips announced that Woods vs. Parker would take place next week, as Mojo Rawley sprinted to the ring. Not only do I get an Ascension match, but a Rawley match too. Zack Zimmerman is the luckiest man alive. Mojo's partner is Bull Dempsey. The pair shared no "moment" together before debuting team, The Mechanics, sauntered to ringside. The team is comprised debutant Dash Wilder and the returning Scott Dawson. . .
4. Mojo Rawley and Bull Dempsey vs. The Mechanics. Mojo annoyed Bull by tagging himself in early on. Dawson managed to land a few strikes on Rawley, and the Mechanics isolated him in their half of the ring.
It wasn't long however before Rawley out powered Wilder, driving him into the corner and giving him a running corner splash. As he ran past his corner, Bull tagged himself in, but Rawley didn't seem to mind. One Bulldozer body slam later and it was all over. . .
Mojo Rawley and Bull Dempsey defeated The Mechanics in 2:39.
The winning team continued to show disinterest in each other after the bell. . .
Gutt Reaction: Far be it from NXT creative to let the tag division get <i>too</i> interesting. The big man team that went over does nothing for me, as they didn't even attempt to explain why they are together, and it seems destined to be over within a week. I want to see The Mechanics in a longer form match soon though, as Dawson always had the air of technical ability before his long injury lay off. If Wilder can bring the skills too, this could be a good workhorse tag team for NXT.
Backstage, Rich Brennan introduced Bayley. He asked for her opinions on the BFF's break-up. She said she was glad they broke up because they were always mean to her. She brought up the fact that she pinned Charlotte a few weeks ago (in a tag match). She started to think about what it would be like to beat her again, and become NXT Women's Champion, when Charlotte walked in.
She called Bayley adorable, and questioned why she thought one win was good enough reason for her to have a title shot. She called herself "Genetically Superior", before saying she pitied Bayley. She told her never to mention her name again. . .
Back in the arena, the Exotic Express came out to little response. Adam Rose didn't get much of a pop either, but the fans did sing along with his song when he got in the ring. His opponent, Tyson Kidd, came out with Natalya. . .
5. Adam Rose vs. Tyson Kidd. At one point, Rose got out of the ring and gave Natalya his lollipop. She took a suck (calm down) which popped the crowd (seriously, settle down). Kidd got out and shouted at Natalya, throwing the lollipop under the bottom turnbuckle. Rose enjoyed the lion's share of control, slamming Kidd into apron before we went to commercial. . .[C]
[Q4] Tyson took control after we returned, eventually putting Rose in the Tree of Woe position. He took it to Rose with kicks before getting him down and applying a headlock. Rose escaped with a back suplex, and looked to capitalise with running forearms. He tee'd off with left hands, before planting Kidd in the corner with the Slice clothesline. He followed up with a double A spinebuster for a close two count.
Rose attempted the Party Foul, but Kidd took him to the mat and looked for the Sharpshooter. Rose got between the ropes, so Kidd turned it into a slingshot. Kidd grabbed the lollipop while jawing with Natalya, but as he went back to Rose, Rose rolled him up to get the surprise win. . .
Adam Rose defeated Tyson Kidd in 8:39.
Rose left quickly as Kidd looked dejected. Natalya went to put her hand on his shoulder, but Kidd jerked away. The commentators questioned if cracks were showing in the relationship as NXT went off the air. . .
Gutt Reaction: Probably the best match the Adam Rose character has had. He showed previously unknown levels of aggression, which clashed with the character somewhat, but made for a more enjoyable bout. The quick post-match segment felt undercooked. I'd rather have had them really push the boat out by having Kidd either bellow in his wife's face, or leave up the ramp without her. More could have been accomplished here had they given them 1 minute more to tell a story.
Overall, this was a nice hour of NXT. The main event held my attention just fine, and I really, really liked the unexpected treat from Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Check that one out for sure. It did feel like a night of somewhat missed opportunities (the opening segment not being more serious, the main event not letting things simmer long enough), and no show with both a Mojo match and an Ascension match could be truly good, but it felt like a small step in the right direction for NXT.
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