WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 2/5 - Week 84: Triple H makes an announcement, Neville/Pac vs. Graves, Sin Cara, Kidd, Rusev, Emma, more; Overall Reax
Feb 6, 2014 - 10:35:07 AM
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WWE NXT Results
February 5, 2014
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] Another week without a pre-credits video.
In NXT news, Emma and Alexander Rusev are being slowly introduced to the Raw audience.
Sin Cara is out for a match. It sounds like Tensai, Tom Philips, and Byron Saxton have the call. Lana announces the Bulgarian Brute, Alexander Rusev, to face Sin Cara. Rusev has new music, more gladiatorial. Meanwhile, Saxton is being produced to sound like an idiotic heel.
1 - SIN CARA vs. ALEXANDER RUSEV
Mood lighting doesn't give Sin Cara the advantage, but his speed keeps Rusev from dominating the match. Moonsault gets the first cover of the night. Rusev with a leaping side kick to take Sin Cara out of the air and build sustained offense. Rusev nearly kicks Sin Cara's head off for a two count. Sin Cara rallies in the corner. Sin Cara leaps on Rusev's back and pounds his face, but Rusev dumps him and cinches in The Accolade for the victory.
WINNER: Alexander Rusev in 5:00. Another strong victory for Rusev.
Post-match, Rusev re-applies The Accolade to put more pain on. Oddly, his old music played after the win, but his new music played after the second Accolade.
Alicia Fox is facing Emma, whose recent Raw appearances are acknowledged by the announcers. Renee Young is out to join the announcers, and Tensai pops big for Emma, including his own version of the Emma dance. The announcers mention that Paige is injured and remind us that Emma is owed a championship match.
2 - EMMA vs. ALICIA FOX
Fox looks incredulous at Emma, then tries to knock some sense into her with a wristlock. Emma with a shoulder tackle but a dropkick puts her down. Dil-emma in the corner, but Fox continues her attack. Northern Lights into a bridge cover. Emma Sandwich, then a catapult, then the Emma-lock gets the win.
WINNER: Emma in 3:30. Bad night for main roster members tonight, and Emma is looking strong going into her Raw debut.
[Q2] Emma gets a mic after the match to wish Paige a speedy recovery, because she's looking forwards to her rematch for the Women's Championship. Sasha Banks tries jumping Emma, but Emma dodges and Banks goes to the ringside. Rae wants in but a Thesz Press puts her down. Fox joins in to give the heels an advantage, then Charlotte joins in. Natalya and Bayley make the save.
There's a lot of confusion from non-NXT viewers with regards to Emma. To put it bluntly, her gimmick and introduction don't make a big, favorable impact. Go back a while to her debut, and you'll see that I was pretty down on her, too. But there is something special about Emma and the way she carries herself, and it slowly makes you cheer for her. She grows on you in a very good way with her goofy gimmick.
Sylvester Lefort is out to face Mason Ryan, if he wins, Mason Ryan will be his next Legionnaire.
3 - MASON RYAN vs. SYLVESTER LEFORT
Lefort gets a cheap shot in thanks to the ref, but his offense isn't sustained. Running big boot sets up Ryan's finisher.
WINNER: Mason Ryan in 1:00. Ryan is getting cheers at FSU, which is a sign that something is working.
Backstage, Aiden English sits in his director's chair and demands a spotlight and somehow gets it. He addresses his actions against that "little greaseball Goodfella's wanna be" last week. He says that he is moving on to Tyson Kidd. He mocks "Oh Canada" and departs.
They have a post-match interview with Sylvester Lefort. He vows revenge.
Aiden English gives himself a singing entrance. Someone he didn't work "WWE" into his song, and he gets dumped on a bit by the audience.
4 - TYSON KIDD vs. AIDEN ENGLISH
Kidd with lightning offense, but English ducks a cross-body to let English get in his signature crisp offense. Kidd makes a comeback, but he gets kneed in the face through the ropes. The crowd chants "SAWFT" at English as Colin Casady comes out, and grabs English's scarf and beret. Kidd takes advantage of the distraction to prep a top rope blockbuster for the win.
WINNER: Tyson Kidd in 2:30. Byson Saxton rightfully calls out Kidd for getting a win with a distraction. Kidd looked great in this match and English did nicely, too. Match length has been an issue all night, though.
5 - ADRIAN NEVILLE vs. COREY GRAVES
Graves lounges in the ropes to frustrate Neville early on. Neville shows off the speed that has made him a fan favorite and Graves takes a rest outside the ring. The match quickly becomes a brawl for a minute or two. Neville forces Graves out of the ring then hits a beautiful dive over the top and lands on his feet. Once again, Graves takes out Neville as he tries to re-enter the ring.
[ Commercial Break ]
Graves is working Neville's knee and keeping him grounded. Neville kicks Graves in the face as he gloats, which angers Graves even more. Neville with a surprise schoolboy, but Graves kicks out and continues to work the knee. Graves puts the boots to Neville who is isn't able to stand at this point. Fireman's carry into a backbreak gets a trio of two counts for Graves. Graves looks like he wants a powerbomb or piledriver ringside, but Neville reverses it and gets into the ring and crawls to a corner.
After some recovery time, Neville is able to get in some offense, but he can barely walk. Missile dropkick but Neville can't capitalize. Graves hits a chop block and Neville is back on the mat. Neville with a roundhouse to put Graves down, but he can barely get to the top rope. Neville barely is able to hit the Red Arrow and pick up the win.
WINNER: Adrian Neville in 11:30. Graves's offense was too Randy Orton and not enough William Regal for the crowd to buy into the idea that he really hates Neville, and the silence from the audience reflected it. It was competent, but it felt plodding and slow.
[Q4] Post-match, Bo Dallas slowly enters the ring, taking off his suit, to menace Neville. Triple H interrupts before he can attack Neville, and says he was glad for the chance to talk to the both of them at once. He reminds us of their upcoming championship match. Triple H says he will do what is best for business, and books a ladder match. Neville is ecstatic and so is the crowd, while Dallas is smarmy. Triple H points out that this will be NXT's first ladder match. I think the last gimmick match in NXT was the infamous Kidd vs. Yoshi Tatsu "action figure on a pole" match.
Final Reax: If Neville can't win the title in a ladder match, I don't know what to say. The match length has been an issue for the last few weeks, but they have been having more matches which has helped. Nice developments in all storylines, though, as things progressed in a logical, consistent, and well-paced fashion with attention to detail in terms of long-term history.
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