WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 4/24 - Week 95: Paige stripped of NXT Women's Title, plus WWE tag champs vs. NXT tag champs in six-man tag main event, Overall Reax
Apr 24, 2014 - 9:54:44 PM
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WWE NXT Results
April 24, 2014
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] Pre-credits, JBL greets Paige in the hallway and congratulates her on her double title reign. He says it isn't fair to NXT for her to be bringing the NXT Women's championship on the road. He tells her that he is going to strip her of the title. She blows up. He agrees that she does not deserve to lose the NXT Women's Championship, but he can't change this. He announces a tournament to fill it, and she reluctantly agrees and hands him the NXT Women's belt.
[ J.J.'s Reax: You knew it was going to happen, but this was kind of a let down in how it happened. JBL was completely out of character here. ]
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, and Jason Albert have the call.
Lana announces Alexander Rusev. He's facing Travis Tyler.
1 - TRAVIS TYLER vs. ALEXANDER RUSEV (w/Lana)
Tyler tries a dropkick, and pays the price as the crowd sings Adam Rose's music. Tyler taps to The Accolade.
WINNER: Alexander Rusev in 2:00. The crowd dumped on this with irony.
Backstage, Devin Taylor is in an Adam Rose party, and some revelers bring him in. Rose responds to Camacho and calls him a "party pooper" and "boring."
Charlotte and Sasha Banks come out. This was booked as a tag team match last week. Emma comes out without a partner heading into commercial. During the break, Paige came out to be Emma's partner.
2 - EMMA & PAIGE vs. CHARLOTTE & SASHA BANKS - Tag Team match
Emma and Banks to start. Paige and Emma work together, with a double suplex on Charlotte. Paige manages to flip Charlotte over while escaping from a toelock. Paige with back elbows in the corner. Charlotte fights out of the corner after Emma tags in. Charlotte mocks Paige, letting Emma recover. Blind tag and Emma eats a Thesz Press from Banks.
[Q2] Emma is in jeopardy. Charlotte wraps her legs around Emma and does some very unique work just using her legs. Emma Emma with a bridge while in a leg scissors to get Charlotte's shoulders on the mat, but she can't tag. Charlotte whiffs an elbow drop, drawing a double tag.
Paige off the hot tag to clobber Banks. Charlotte sneaks into the ring to dropkick Paige in the back of her knee, then she dumps Emma. Charlotte tags in, hits a blockbuster or reverse DDT of sorts, and picks up the win.
WINNER: Charlotte in 6:00. Charlotte's look has been radically overhauled for the better. She showed some innovative work in this match. The presentation of Paige as a total after-thought was nothing less than a letdown and a total misuse, especially considering that they wanted to use her to get Charlotte over. It's good to see this heading where it is supposed to, with Charlotte proving that she can do what Banks couldn't, thanks to dirty tricks.
Tyson Kidd returns from... well... wherever he has been. He's facing Mason Ryan, which makes no sense from a booking standpoint because they are both faces.
3 - TYSON KIDD vs. MASON RYAN
Kidd gets a "Total Divas" chant. Ryan keeps Kidd out of mat wrestling range, then shrugs off a monkey flip attempt. Ryan catches a cross-body, but Kidd slips out. Kidd tries his speed, but Ryan tosses him into the corner. Leg drop gets two for Ryan. Ryan telegraphs a body drop and Kidd takes him down. Kidd showing a more aggressive side. Slingshot guillotine leg drop from Kidd. Ryan catches Kidd on a springboard attempt, military presses him and dumps him. Kidd gets boots up in the corner, then hits a top-rope blockbuster for the win.
WINNER: Tyson Kidd in 3:30. The booking here made zero sense in that it was face-against-face. That said, Kidd looked great to get a win over over the large Mason Ryan. Ryan was good here. He's come a long way.
Post-match, Renee Young interviews Tyson Kidd. He says that with the WWE Network, NXT is the place to be, and he will take on anyone. He looks a bit like Jean Claude Van Damme here. This may be the best promo I've every heard from him.
[Q3] Angelo Dawkins comes out to some generic music. He is wearing Percy Watson's old Yo Gabba Gabba glasses, a backpack, and some flannel. What a horrid look. He's facing Tyler Breeze. The announcers remind us that Breeze has dropped his "don't touch the face" routine.
4 - ANGELO DAWKINS vs. TYLER BREEZE
Dawkins wants a quick schoolboy but it is only good for one. Quick amateur-style takedown. Breeze takes the ropes, then explodes on Dawkins. Breeze grinds on Dawkins with a hold. Breeze pummels Dawkins on the mat, then hits the Beauty Shot.
WINNER: Tyler Breeze in 2:00. Quick squash to continue to give Breeze some credibility. Breeze has shifted flawlessly from comedy act to upper mid-card heel, thanks to careful booking.
Backstage footage shows that Clay beat up Adrian Neville and knocked out some of his teeth backstage last week. Creepy looking.
Corey Graves comes out, looking smug as usual. He is so dialed into his character right now it isn't funny. He's partnering with The Ascension against The Usos and Sami Zayn. This feels like an audition for someone to go to the main roster. Zayn is already doing house shows, but I could see them trying to send The Ascension up to Raw and Smackdown to invigorate the title scene.
5 - WWE tag champs THE USOS (JIMMY USO & JEY USO) & SAMI ZAYN vs. NXT tag champs THE ASCENSION (KONNOR O'BRIAN & RICK VICTOR) & COREY GRAVES - non-title six-man tag match
Jimmy fends off Victor, so Graves tags in. Jimmy tags in Zayn, so Graves slithers to the corner and brings in O'Brian. As soon as O'Brian gets in some offense, Graves tags in. It's a bit of a brawl and Zayn sends Graves to the corner for a tag. Zayn gets the better of Victor. Jey Uso in. Victor is isolated for a bit, then Jey gets surprised with a clothesline and gets cornered.
[ Commercial Break ]
[Q4] Jey is still in trouble. Graves finally has some time in the ring. Jey and Victor go back-and-forth with chops. Jey finally gets some separation, but O'Brian tags in before he can tag out. Jey with a big slap to the head, then dumps O'Brian from the ring. O'Brian gets in, but Jey kicks him away. Jimmy finally gets the tag and it is typical Usos offense. Jimmy keeps O'Brian out of the ring and superkicks Victor to set up the butt splash.
Graves in and he chop-blocks Jimmy. Roundhouse to Graves and a top rope cross-body from Zayn for a nearfall. Zayn with the spinning Doctor bomb to draw The Ascension into the match, but they get dumped. The big running kick from Zayn, then Zayn and Jimmy keep The Ascension down. Jey with the Samoan Splash for the win.
WINNERS: The Usos & Sami Zayn in 12:00. What a wasteful match. Zayn did not get to shine at all, too much physicality between Zayn and Graves took juice out of their feud, The Ascension looked like chumps for repeatedly getting dumped out of the ring in the typical WWE Tag Match formula, The Usos put on their usual match routine, and ... you get the idea. I would have much rather have seen something to properly continue their feud instead of doing this match where nobody really got any benefit from it.
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