WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 8/21 - Week 112: Tag Tournament continues, Women's champ Charlotte in action, Triple H makes announcement for "Takeover 2," Overall Reax
Aug 21, 2014 - 10:01:35 PM
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WWE NXT Results
August 21, 2014
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady start the show off with a promo to get the audience hot. They are facing the Vaudevillains in the semi-finals of the Tag Team Tournament.
The booth is Renee Young, Byron Saxton, and Tom Philips.
1 - ENZO AMORE & COLIN CASSADY vs. THE VAUDEVILLAINS (AIDEN ENGLISH & SIMON GOTCH) - Tag Team Tournament match
Cassady and Amore are in the "heel corner" for some reason. Cassady and English lockup. Cassady gets the edge. English tags in Gotch but Cassady gets the better of Gotch off the tag. Amore wants a piece of Gotch and gets it. Fun tag team move as Cassady throws Amore into Gotch in the corner. Gotcha catches Amore coming off the top and they land the "That's a Wrap" team finisher.
WINNERS: The Vaudevillains in 2:55 to move on to the finals. That was a mighty quick match.
Post-match, The Legionnaires ambush Amore and Cassady. Sylvester Lefort has a hair clippers and trims Amore's beard a bit. Amore is in total shock and enraged.
Triple H with a special announcement in the ring. The crowd forgot that he is a heel, but in the NXT corner of the WWE Universe, he is a face. He puts over NXT and says it is time for NXT to "takeover." On September 11, NXT will "takeover" the WWE Network with a live, two-hour special. There will be an NXT Championship match, NXT Women's Championship match, and the winner of the Tag Team Tournament will face The Ascension for the NXT Tag Team Championship. And it will be overseen by the brand-new NXT General Manager. The new GM will be on NXT next week. He assures us that "you have seen nothing yet."
[ J.J.'s Reax: I usually do not care so much about authority figure stories, but NXT has done such a good job at keeping the use of them moderate that I am rather intrigued at who it could be and how they will handle it. Perhaps it is a way to introduce one of the newly signed roster members, or get an injured player back on the air? ]
Backstage, Devin Taylor is interviewing Tyler Breeze. He's angry that his championship match with Adrian Neville was broken up by Tyson Kidd. He vows revenge on Tyson Kidd. Tweener-turn for Breeze?
2 - TYLER BREEZE vs. TYSON KIDD
Breeze with a hard kick to start the match, then he kicks the stuffing out of Kidd in the corner. Ref break lets Kidd unload and turn it around. Suplex and Kidd rolls through to a headlock into a neckbreaker. I can't remember when I saw Kidd this motivated. Breeze scrambles to the ropes to escape a Sharpshooter. Breeze grabs his phone and ditches the match. Kidd takes the count out win.
WINNER: Tyson Kidd in 1:54. Interesting outcome after months of building Breeze up.
Backstage, Breeze refuses to discuss his issues with Kidd, even though pre-match he vowed revenge.
Becky Lynch out to face Charlotte. Lynch has totally revised her presentation, feeling more like Lita-meets-Paige, a huge improvement.
3 - NXT Women's champion CHARLOTTE vs. BECKY LYNCH - non-title match
Lynch and Charlotte try to intimidate each other. Charlotte sneaks behind and takes Lynch down. Lynch rolls into a cover for one, then into a leg hold, Charlotte rolls through into a cover for one and then leg work of her own. Tons of rolling around on the mat, jockeying for advantage. Lynch suddenly goes to RVD and Kofi Kingston territory. Figure-four headlock wears Lynch down. Lynch bridges into a cover so Charlotte breaks the hold.
Charlotte with a right hand and a headbutt. Lynch elbows out of the corner. Lynch with fire and a pair of leg drops gets two. Lynch wants a suplex but Charlotte blocks and responds with a suplex of her own. "Bow Down to the Queen" picks up the win for Charlotte.
WINNER: Charlotte in 4:30. I heard a ton of hype about Becky Lynch, but her first match did not not giver her much opportunity, and her second match gave her more opportunity. This match she looked great, and I would love to see a 10-15 minute match between Lynch and Charlotte, Natalya, A.J. Lee, or Paige.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady come out. Amore is nuts and calls out The Legionnaires. He demands a hair vs. hair match with Lefort at Takeover.
Lots of face time for the announcers as they discuss the state of affairs in preparation for Takeover.
[Q3] Mojo Rawley is hyped to face Steve Cutler, who looks like he could be John Cena's stunt double. The announcers tell us that he is a former Marine who served overseas.
4 - MOJO RAWLEY vs. STEVE CUTLER
Rawley goes nuts on Cutler out of the bell. Cutler fights out of the corner. Some of the vocal males cheer for Cutler. A pair of stinger splashes, the rear view, and Hyper Drive get Rawley the win.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley in 1:40. It's hard for me or the audience to cheer for Rawley when he's facing a guy billed as a Marine veteran who served overseas.
Post-match, Rawley says he is still standing and can't be stopped by Bull Dempsey. The males cheer for Bull Dempsey. He says he is more than a smile.
[ J.J.'s Reax: This is starting to feel like a Bo Dallas-style, slow feel burn for Rawley, as the crowd turned on him in the span of a week or too, tired of the John Cena booking. ]
Sin Cara and Kalisto have matching outfits, share an entrance, and coordinate their ring antics, a good sign for them as a team.
5 - ADAM ROSE & SAMI ZAYN vs. SIN CARA & KALISTO - Tag Team Tournament match
Rose and Kalisto start. Rose celebrates after a shoulder block. Kalisto cartwheels out of a wristlock. Zayn tags in, but Sin Cara wants a shot. They trade acrobatics. Sin Cara wants a crossbody, Zayn ducks so Sin Cara lands an arm drag from mid-air. Zayn bails to the outside. The luchas tease a stereo dive over the top, but choose to dance inside the ring instead.
The "Don't try this at home" video has been refreshed.
Kalisto with a springboard spinning plancha for two. Suplex breaks Rose free and he tags in Zayn. Zayn on the attack, then some insane acrobatics ensue. Holy cow, Kalisto is awesome. Sin Cara wheelbarrows Kalisto onto Zayn.
[Q4] Zayn runs under a moonsault, Sin Cara lands on his feet bounces back and covers for two. Desperation backbreaker lets Zayn turn things around. Rose with kicks in the corner to Kalisto, snapmare, and a chinlock. Kalisto fights out of the corner but runs into a spinebuster for two. Rose leans over but Kalisto kicks from the mat to get a tag to Sin cara.
Sin Cara with hot offense, drawing Zayn into the match. Sin Cara sends Zayn outside. Zayn breaks up another tag so Kalisto comes in. Sin Cara takes out Zayn, Rose with The Slice to Kalisto, Kalisto recovers and hits an enziguri and "Salita del Sol," Sin Cara with a top rope senton for the win before Zayn can break up the tag.
WINNERS: Sin Cara and Kaliston in 9:17. Hot, hot match. Zayn and Rose really came off as heelish here, which I did not care for very much. I am completely surprised by the booking here, as I had assumed that Zayn and Rose were the natural choice to face the Vaudevillains and then The Ascension.
Final Reax: Lots of good matches here, though few as long as I would have liked. Zayn/Rose vs. Sin Cara/Kalisto was red hot, never a dull moment in an almost ten-minute match. Lynch vs. Charlotte looks like a really awesome match-up if given more time. Where does Tyler Breeze go from here? Triple Threat for the title, or something else? Who is the new NXT general manager? I am hoping for Corey Graves, but I would be certain that he wouldn't be the pick for it.
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