February 19, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Tensai
the go home show for Arrival, meaning I wouldn’t expect much of
interest tonight. The main stories are Neville vs. Dallas for the
NXT Title in a ladder match and Cesaro vs. Zayn in a 2/3 falls match
because HHH wanted it to happen. Hopefully the boss isn’t around to
impose his will on a promotion that doesn’t need him at all. Let’s
get to it.
Heyman, Bret Hart and Diesel will be doing an NXT Kickoff show on the
Network next week.
vs. Mike Lebosca/Casey Marion
Viktor runs over Mike to start and gets two off a hard clothesline.
Off to Konnor for a double powerbomb and the Fall of Man is good for
the pin on Marion at 1:21.
Breeze is officially in the building.
Rae vs. Emma
plays Lodi with Emma’s signs as the bubbles fill the entrance.
Tensai: “BUBBLES AND HUGS! BUBBLES AND HUGS!” Summer can’t rip
up the sign and Emma gets a quick two count off a rollup. Off to an
armbar on Summer but she has to kick out of a dancing sunset flip.
Emma gets knocked off the apron to the floor before it’s off to Rae
for an armbar of her own. We get some choking with those long legs,
drawing an ultra rare boring chant. Emma gets caught in a
bodyscissors and we take a break.
with Summer getting two off something we didn’t see before she does
her stretching choke on the apron. Rae gets frustrated and hammers
away for two before we hit the chinlock. Emma fights up and hooks
the Dilemma for a few seconds followed by the cross body in the
corner. Sasha Banks gets in a quick slap to give Summer a two count
but it’s the Emma Lock for the submission at 7:14 shown of 10:44.
D. The match was really boring
as they were clearly just filling time for the most part. Instead of
going over this boring mess, let’s look at why Emma is bombing on
Raw. It’s really simple: they’re not playing to her strengths at
all. Instead of being the goofy dancer that we can laugh with at
stuff like fighting to be able to skin the cat before the matches and
the bubbles, she’s second banana to one of the most annoying
characters in the company. Santino has his fans, but he’s one of
those guys that people either love or hate and it’s alienating a big
chunk of the audience. Let Emma be herself and she’ll get over.
top of that look at how she dresses on both shows. On Raw she wears
a white t-shirt and black pants. She looks good enough in the
outfit, but here she’s in shorts and looks like she got caught in a
confetti explosion. Emma may not be the hottest Diva on the roster,
but wearing more clothes hardly ever gets a female wrestler over.
Let her look fun and people will have fun with her.
Breeze is NOT cool with Adrian Neville being the face of NXT.
the break we got an Elimination Chamber ad. When we come back, we
get a video on Elimination Chamber. You can see the yellow and black
turning red before your eyes.
get a sitdown interview with Zayn and Cesaro. Sami congratulates
Cesaro on getting into the Elimination Chamber but Cesaro cuts him
off and says he’ll win. Renee stops them both and explains the rules
of the interview (seriously): if Sami touches Cesaro, he loses any
future chances at the NXT Title. If Cesaro touches Sami, he’s out of
is asked about being medically cleared but Cesaro cuts him off again,
saying it’s his Achilles. Cesaro cuts him off again so Sami gets to
his feet and says he knows what’s going on. This is already behind
personal and it’s on to being professional. Sami takes his
profession personally and after February 27, Cesaro won’t have
anything left to say.
is asked about the BFFs but would rather talk about her sign and
title shot next week. She’ll
say something to Paige’s face next week.
Neville vs. Tyler Breeze
out process to start until Breeze stomps him down in the corner and
scores with a running dropkick. Before he follows up though, time
for a quick picture. Neville
comes back with kicks to the ribs and a ram into the buckle as Tensai
talks about ladder matches, name dropping Jeff Hardy and the Dudley
Boys. A running uppercut in the corner puts Breeze down but Neville
walks around instead of covering. Breeze misses a dropkick and gets
kicked to the floor, setting up a big dive as we take a break.
with another Elimination Chamber ad because that’s why this show
exists. Adrian gets two off a top rope dropkick and
picks Breeze up for a nice sitout powerbomb for two. In one of the
few nice sequences of the night, Neville loads up a springboard dive
but stops on the top as Breeze tries to dropkick him out of the air
but Neville hasn’t even jumped yet. Breeze pops up and scores with a
superkick to put both guys down. The
Beauty Shot misses and a kick in the corner sets up the Red Arrow for
the pin by Neville at 8:25 shown of 11:25.
C. The match was fine and that
fake out spot by Neville was a nice touch. There’s nothing wrong
with giving Neville a win to set up the ladder match, but
unfortunately it comes at the end of a very boring show. Breeze
needs to add something new to his act because the appeal is starting
to wear off.
match Neville grabs the mic but Bo Dallas’ music cuts him off. Bo
congratulates Neville on his climb up the ladder of success. “Look
what I did there. Ladder?” Adrian has gone as far as he can
though because the title reign isn’t ending next week. Neville has
finally figured Bo out: he’s scared of Adrian but doesn’t hate him.
Adrian is going to win the title next week but right now he’ll let Bo
have a free shot. Bo takes off his jacket and walks away to end the
Rating: D. I always knew this
day would come but I’ve been dreading it the entire time. NXT is
officially a Raw clone which takes away all of its appeal. It used
to be this fun underground show that offered a retreat from WWE and
gave you some old school wrestling fun. Now it’s sitdown interviews
and the Face of NXT and Deus Ex Helmsley coming out and taking five
minutes to make a match instead of it just being made before the
show. This show is becoming
less and less fun every week and I get more and more worried about
what we’ll be seeing after Arrival. The show is definitely not a
lost cause, but I’m scared.
b. Mike Lebosca/Casey Marion – Fall of Man to Marion
b. Summer Rae – Emma Lock
Neville b. Tyler Breeze – Red Arrow
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