10/30 Zim's WWE NXT Coverage: Sami Zayn vs. Titus O'Neil, No.1 Contender's tag team battle royal, Carmella vs. Emma, Bull Dempsey vs. Justin Gabriel, Marcus Louis vs. Sylvester Lefort, and Hideo Itami
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired October 30, 2014
Taped September 25, 2014 at Full Sail University
Backstage, the roving reporter asked Sami Zayn for his thoughts on Adrian Neville claiming Zayn can't win the big one. Zayn admitted that he's lost a few big ones, but that doesn't mean he can't do it. He said that's all in the past and now he's on his road to redemption. Titus O'Neil walked in and said that Sami would have to get through him if he wanted to get at Adrian Neville. Zayn said this is a roadblock on his road to redemption, but he's going to run right through it... The opening video played...
In the arena, the tag teams of Enzo and Cass, Blake and Murphy, and Jordan and Dillinger were waiting in the ring. The Vaudevillains made their entrance minus the usual introduction schtick. The Ascension were out next.
1. No. 1 Contender's Tag Team Battle Royal. Typical battle royal non-action throughout the opening minutes. The commentators clarified that if one member of a team is eliminated, so is the other. Shortly before the four minute mark, each member of the Ascension eliminated a member from both Dillinger/Jordan and Blake/Murphy. The commentators and wrestlers acted like it was down to Enzo/Cass and The Ascension because the Vaudevillains had slipped out to the floor.
The Ascension got the better of Enzo and Cass. At one point, Enzo jumped on Viktor's back and began hammering away. Renee called it a "brute attack," but it was probably closer to a toddler play-wrestling with his father. The Vaudevillains re-entered the ring but just awkwardly laid in the corner. The Ascension sent Cassady out onto the apron and then threw Enzo over the top rope into Cass, knocking both buys to the floor and eliminating them. Just then, Hideo Itami's music hit and he walked out onto the stage. With The Ascension facing the ramp, The Vaudevillains snuck up behind and eliminated The Ascension.
The Vaudevillains won the Battle Royal to become No. 1 Contenders in about 6:30.
After the match, Itami hit the ring. Once again, he fired away but was quickly overcome by the numbers disadvantage. The Ascension planted him with a sky-high slam and then Konnor took a mic. He said that they don't want Itami in NXT. He told Itami to go back where he belongs or they'll send him home to Japan in a box... The main event was hyped... Carmella vs. Emma was hyped up next... [C]
Zim Says: Battle royals suck. The one positive I can find is that they set up the next challengers to the tag titles while playing up on the Ascension/Itami story. That said, the Ascension were made to look dumb and the Itami storyline is a whole other issue. Itami is just a total jabroni already. That's all supposed to change next week, but it won't erase the significant damage done to him at this point. I never would've imagined Itami's first couple of months going this badly.
Back in the arena, Emma made her entrance; bubbles and all. Carmella was out next with a mic in-hand. She introduced herself and said she's the princess of Staten Island. She said Emma has never met a chick like her, so she suggested Emma watches her back. "Bada-bing, hottest chick in the ring" she closed.
2. Emma vs. Carmella. The crowd chanted "Emma Emma Emma – Oi! Oi! Oi!" as Emma got a takedown with a shoulder block. Carmella dropped down when Emma hit the ropes, but Emma just laid down next to her and asked what the heck she was doing. Funny spot. Emma hit a reverse fulcrum kick, but Carmella dropped Emma face-first into the bottom turnbuckle. Carmella choked Emma on the ropes and then whipped her down to the mat before settling into a body scissors.
Emma managed to turn around and lift Carmella to plant her with a spinebuster. Emma fired up a short time later and applied the DilEmma in the ropes. She rolled across the ring and charged with the Emma Sandwich for a two-count. Emma looked to apply her Emma Lock, but Carmella tripped her up and locked in her headscissors crossface to force the submission.
Carmella forced Emma to submit in about 4:55.
The commentators put over Enzo and Cass for doing a good job of training Carmella. They once again hyped the main event... [C]
Zim Says: Carmella may have more wins in her career at this point then Enzo and Cass. Jokes aside, the match was fine. I get a kick out of the Emma character and Carmella doesn't do much, but she's not noticeably in over her head in the ring. I'm still not ready to judge Carmella's in-ring prowess, but I don't have any complaints about this one aside from Albert on commentary. Man, is he bad on this show.
A video package aired featuring Muscle & Fitness editor Sean Hyson going through a try-out at the WWEPC. Notable cameos included independent wrestle Rich Swann, Bill Demott, and Robbie Brookside. Hyson put over wrestlers as athletes on par with the best in the world. It closed with him cutting a promo in promo class, referring to himself as Mr. Cool, and popping his pecks (which popped the other trainees)...
Back in the arena, Justin Gabriel made his entrance. For some reason, he was all smiles and acted like the past several months never happened.
3. Justin Gabriel vs. Bull Dempsey. Gabriel tried to wear Bull down with kicks and chops but Bull just kept pushing forward. Gabriel looked for a wheelbarrow maneuver, but got a face full of mat for his efforts. Bull went to work on Gabriel from there. Gabriel attempted a headscissors, but Bull dropped him down with a sidewalk slam. Bull settled into a grounded cobra clutch around the two minute mark.
A short time later, Gabriel broke free and hit a tilt-a-whirl inverted DDT before connecting with a high springboard moonsault for a two-count. Bull caught Gabriel coming off the ropes and then ran him over with a body block. Bull went up top and came down with a diving headbutt for the win...
Bull Dempsey over Justin Gabriel in about 3:45.
Backstage, a female roving reporter asked Bayley about what happened last week with Becky Lynch. Bayley said her friends have turned on her befre, but she didn't expect it from Becky. She said Sasha brainwashed Becky. Bayley said that if Sasha wants to take Becky, Bayley is going to bring her friend Charlotte with her next week... Marcus Louis vs. Sylvester Lefort was hyped up next...
Zim Says: Funny (not ha-ha funny) how they failed to mention that the other friend who turned on Bayley was actually Charlotte. This is perhaps the first time I'm calling the depth of the NXT ladies' division into question. Somewhat related, did creative forget that Gabriel turned heel to team with Kidd like a month ago or do they just not care? I'm going with the latter. Combined with the loss to Bull, things don't look so promising for Gabriel.
Back from break, Baron Corbin made his entrance. So much for Louis and Lefort. His opponent was already waiting ringside.
4. Baron Corbin vs. Tony Briggs. The crowd counted the match time aloud. Corbin hit the End of Days and scored the pinfall...
Baron Corbin squashed Tony Briggs in about 0:20.
The camera settled onto the commentators who promoted WWE's partnership with Susan G. Komen... Sylvester Lefort made his entrance. Marcus Louis charged the ring without music and went right after Lefort.
5. Marcus Louis vs. Sylvester Lefort. Louis mounted and rained punches down on Lefort who tried to escape the ring to no avail. Louis repeatedly yelled "You did this to me!" before planting Lefort with a standing uranage for the win.
Marcus Louis beat Sylvester Lefort in about 1:20.
Backstage, Hideo Itami was selling the beating from The Ascension. He said he's tired of these two-on-one attacks. He said he's not leaving NXT. He said that if The Ascension wants a fight, he's going to bring a friend next week... The main event was hyped up next... [C]
Zim Says: Frankly, I don't think either of the previous matches require analysis or comment. They're probably nothing I'll even remem... What was I writing about? I'll keep this spoiler-free for those of you who have managed to avoid them to this point, but let's just say Itami's partner is going to live up to the hype.
Back in the arena, Sami Zayn made his entrance. He was a bit more laid-back than usual this week and didn't skank. Of course, the crowd serenaded him with the "Ole" chants that will never die (hell, they're even part of Zayn's entrance in WWE2K15). Titus O'Neil was out next.
6. Sami Zayn vs. Titus O'Neil. Titus overpowered Zayn right out of the gate and bealed him across the ring repeatedly. Titus was working way way way too fast and didn't give Zayn time to sell or react to a thing. Titus clubbed away at Zayn and stood on his throat. Zayn fired back with a hard slap to the chest, but Titus came right back with repeated rib-breakers before rag-dolling to the side. [C]
Back from break, Titus had Zayn locked in the dreaded bearhug and continued to work his boring style of offense. Titus encouraged the crowd to chant "Ole" and Zayn showed some fight, but Titus put him right back down with a body slam. Titus chanted "Ole" and mocked Zayn before dumping him to ringside. Zayn made it back in the ring at about 6 or 7, but Titus sent him right out the other side of the ring.
Once again, Zayn made it back into the ring. Titus tried to dump him out again, but Sami caught him with a shoulder through the ropes and a hangman on the top rope. Zayn came off the top with a high crossbody, but he ran right into a hard clothesline from Titus for a two-count. Titus hoisted Zayn onto his shoulder and dropped down with a Canadian backbreaker for another two-count.
Titus just rag-dolled Zayn across the ring again before Zayn managed to catch Titus and drive him into the turnbuckle with an exploder suplex. Zayn retreated to the opposite corner and then charged; connecting with the Helluva Kick and scoring the three-count.
Sami Zayn defeated Titus O'Neil in about 8:00.
Replays aired and Sami Zayn was shown celebrating in the ring before Tyler Breeze's music hit and he walked onto the stage with a mic in-hand. He asked Sami if he really thought he'd get a title shot for beating the uggos Titus and Tyson. He said if Zayn wants to make it to the top, he'd have to beat the one person he's never beaten, Prince Pretty. Breeze said that he's already talked to William Regal and Zayn's road to redemption will be taking a detour through Cuteville. He said next week will be Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze. Zayn stood in the ring and appeared to accept the challenge as the show went off air...
Zim Says: Thank goodness the era of Titus O'Neil NXT main events is over. If Zayn and Neville can't get a good match out of a guy, that's a pretty huge exposé. This show isn't worth giving much second thought, as pretty much every segment was either forgettable or building to something much bigger next week. With Breeze vs. Zayn, Bayley/Charlotte vs. Sasha/Becky, and Hideo Itami revealing his tag partner in the can for next week, I'd rather spend this time being excited about that than breaking down this show for everything it wasn't.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the ALL-ACCESS NXT Audio Recap. That means you freeloaders can listen too.
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