11/6 Zim's WWE NXT Coverage: Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze, Charlotte and Bayley vs. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, and the debut of Hideo Itami's new partner
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired November 6, 2014
Taped September 25, 2014 at Full Sail University
The show opened with a brief video package recapping Sami Zayn's road to redemption... The opening video played... In the NXT Arena, Tyler Breeze made his entrance. The ever-popular Sami Zayn was out next.
1. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze. The commentators put emphasis on Zayn being 0-2 against Breeze in his career. The two traded armlocks before Breeze attempted a backslide pin to no avail. Moments later he got another quick two-count with an O'Connor roll. Zayn used a springboard over Breeze and briefly took control, however Breeze rolled to the apron and hung Zayn up on the top rope to regain momentum.
Breeze settled into a chinlock after the three-minute mark and quelled a comeback attempt by Zayn with a bulldog that drove Zayn head-first into the middle turnbuckle. [C] Back from break, Breeze used a vertical suplex and then went right back to the chinlock. Zayn tried to mount another comeback but was put right back down with a back-elbow from Breeze. Breeze lost a few tassels off his boots before he hit a running back elbow in the corner for a two-count.
The crowd rallied and Zayn fought out of a chinlock and then fired up with clotheslines and his flapjack dropkick. Zayn went for the Blue Thunder Bomb but Breeze reversed into a great looking neckbreaker. Zayn rolled to the apron and caught Breeze with a shoulder to the gut, but when he looked to follow up with his high crossbody he ate a dropkick from Breeze for yet another two-count.
Breeze yelled for Zayn to give up when Zayn connected on the reverse STO, but wasn't able to lock it in. The two traded counters to their signature moves before Breeze dropped Zayn with the Supermodel Kick for a good near-fall. Breeze went after Zayn in the corner, but Zayn caught him and drove him into the turnbuckles with an exploder suplex. Zayn retreated to the other corner and charged with the Helluva Kick – connecting and securing the pinfall.
Sami Zayn defeated Tyler Breeze in about 10:30.
Replays showed the highlights of the match before Zayn was shown celebrating in the ring doing the title belt motion around his waist... The commentators hyped a face-to-face confrontation between Hideo Itami and The Ascension for later in the show. They also hyped Bayley and Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch for later in the show... [C]
Zim Says: Nice match from these two. They didn't break out the high-spots like they did in their match at the first Takeover, but it was definitely entertaining throughout. I have yet to see a performance from Breeze that solidifies him as a top worker in NXT, but he and Zayn work well together. I also would've liked a little bit more emphasis put on the No. 1 contender aspect of the match which (unless I missed it) I don't think they even alluded to.
Backstage, Renee Young (woohoo!) welcomed NXT champ Adrian Neville onto the interview set. She asked for his thoughts on Sami Zayn's win and he replied that he was impressed. He said he considers Sami the No. 1 contender at this point which makes him happy as a competitor. He said he has no qualms defending the NXT Championship against Zayn anywhere and anytime because Zayn just can't win the big one...
Back in the arena, Dash Wilder made his entrance solo. The commentators talked about how he wasn't on anyone's radar yet, but he and his partner Scott Dawson have been impressing everyone at the WWEPC. (They also work NXT live events as The Mechanics). Tyson Kidd was out next solo as well.
2. Tyson Kidd vs. Dash Wilder. Wilder got the first takedown with a shoulder block that sent Kidd retreating to the corner. Kidd quickly took control and used a catapult to drive Wilder face-first into the bottom turnbuckle. Kidd continued to aggressively work Wilder over with a choke and repeated crossface strikes before settling into a chinlock.
Wilder managed to get an elbow up in the corner before firing up with clotheslines. Wilder used a scoop powerslam for a two-count, but Kidd rolled to the apron and rocked Wilder with a high kick. Kidd used his swinging fisherman's neckbreaker and applied The Sharpshooter to force the submission...
Tyson Kidd over Dash Wilder in about 4:30.
Backstage, Marcus Louis was having a mental breakdown. He was in a dark room with a towel over his head playing with his shadow and was manically repeating "They won't stop making fun of me..." The commentators hyped the ladies' tag match coming up next...
Zim Says: Well that was weird. Anyways, the match was fine as is just about anything involving Tyson Kidd lately. I can't really say Wilder made a super strong impression as a singles guy, but I'd like to see more from The Mechanics tag team.
Backstage, Renee Young welcomed Sami Zayn onto the interview set. Zayn said he's feeling great. He referenced The Count of Monte Cristo which went over Renee's head, but Zayn clarified that basically he's regaining everything he lost along the way. He said he's been beating everyone who he previously lost significant matches to. He said this road to redemption is real and he feels like it's just about at its end. He said next week, it's time to end it. He wants a shot at Adrian Neville and the NXT Championship. Renee Young said she'd be getting a word with William Regal later in the show so we'll find out then...
Back in the arena, Sasha Banks made her entrance. Becky Lynch was out next. On her way to the ring, she yelled that she's going to do whatever she wants to do. Bayley and her tubemen were next, followed by NXT Women's Champion Charlotte to round out the competitors in this matchup.
3. Bayley and Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Bayley came out aggressively and went after Becky with back clubs. Becky briefly returned fire and tagged in Sasha, but Bayley immediately regained control and hit a running knee drop. Charlotte wanted to get her hands on Sasha, but Sasha scrambled back to her corner and tagged in Becky who Charlotte brought in the hard way.
Charlotte chopped away at Becky before settling into a grounded cravat. [C] Back from break, Charlotte wore Becky down with knee strikes with the cravat applied as the crowd went back and forth with chants about Sasha being ratchet and not. Sasha distracted Charlotte from the apron, allowing Becky to attack her from behind at which point Sasha wanted in. Sasha immedietly tagged back out, however, and Bayley began to go to work on Becky.
Bayley and Becky traded forearm shots which left Becky getting the better of Bayley. Sasha entered the ring and began to work Bayley over. Sasha settled into Charlotte's figure-four headlock on Bayley and woo'd to mock her. The crowd continued to debate on whether or not Sasha is ratchet as the heel ladies continued to put a beatdown on Bayley.
Sasha hooked for a suplex, but Bayley reversed with one of her own. Becky ran in and distracted Bayley long enough to prevent her from making the much-needed tag. Moments later, Sasha knocked Charlotte off the apron before reversing a Bayley rollup into a rollup of her own with a handful of tights for the win...
Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch beat Bayley and Charlotte in about 8:00.
William Regal was in his office when Renee Young knocked on the door and entered. Renee mentioned her interviews with Neville and Zayn, and asked if Regal was going to make the title match for next week. Regal said that at the risk of sounding callous, he can't always be concerned with what the talent wants. However, he said that in recent weeks Zayn had picked up impressive wins over Tyson, Titus, and Tyler. He said that perhaps that does make Zayn the No. 1 contender, and therefore he's going to sign the match. Adrian Neville defends the NXT Championship against Sami Zayn in next week's main event...
Zim Says: This is a small thing, but the best part of that Regal interview was how he went back to doing what he was doing after Renee left, rather than doing the typical WWE-style extended stare at the person leaving. Solid tag match from the ladies. The layout was a bit odd in that the babyfaces seemed to control the majority of the match, but it was entertaining and effective and that's really all one can ask for. It's a bit concerning that half of the crowd is taking to Sasha right as she's about to get her first major-player heel run, but the NXT crowd seems to play by their own rules. Hopefully this story between Charlotte and Sasha plays out in a way that endears fans to Charlotte and keeps them solidly against Sasha.
Back in the arena, The Ascension made their entrance. Viktor took a microphone and said that they tried to be patient with Itami, but he clearly doesn't get the message. Konnor said that if Hideo wants to make threats, he should just get out there so they can finish what they started. Hideo Itami's music hit and he slowly walked out onto the stage. Itami waited there before looking back towards the curtain.
Then, new music hit and the name Finn Bálor appeared on the screen. The man formerly known as Prince Devitt walked out to a big pop and was all business. He and Itami stood side-by-side; staring down The Ascension before they hit the ring. They each took a member of The Ascension and wore them out with boots in the corner as the crowd chanted "Finn! Finn! Finn!" Itami and Bálor exchanged looks before charging into each other's corner and nailing The Ascension with two simultaneous hesitation dropkicks.
Konnor rolled out of the ring, but Bálor went out to the apron and killed Konnor on the floor with a double stomp. Back in the ring, Bálor hit his Pele kick on Viktor before Itami nailed him with the Busaiku Knee. The crowd chanted "dream team" before Itami egged-on Konnor who had rolled back in the ring and was trying to get back to his feet. Bálor came off the top and killed him with a diving double stomp to the back or back of the head. Itami and Bálor stood tall in the ring as Bálor declared that he had arrived in NXT. They jawed at The Ascension and then hit the ropes to close the show...
Zim Says: That was a very cool segment and a great way to introduce Bálor. I have some slight concern that Bálor is going to overshadow Itami and make him second-fiddle, but that's just personal concern until we see how this plays out in the lead up to the next NXT special on 12/11. Overall this was a very enjoyable show. The matches got plenty of time, the interviews were all well done, they promoted a big main event for next week's show, and closed this week with a hot debut. I have a hard time coming away from this show with anything to complain about; here's hoping the momentum that this week's show provides carries through the next four weeks of shows heading into Takeover III.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for my Member-Exclusive NXT Audio Recap.
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