WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 2/4 - Week 138: Final hype for "Takeover" special, Balor vs. Itami in #1 contender tournament, Zayn-Owens video packages, more; Overall Reax
Feb 4, 2015 - 11:55:54 PM
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WWE NXT Results
February 4, 2015
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] No pre-credits video this week. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady kick the show off.
Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, and Corey Graves are the announcers. Jojo is the ring announcer.
The crowd is totally into Amore and Cassady as usual. They still can't get much support for Carmella. The crowd asks for Blue Pants, and Carmella says she went back to the clearance rack. She cuts a weak promo on Emma, he opponent for the night.
[ J.J.'s Reax: I still don't understand why they pair the heelish Carmella with the popular Amore and Cassady. ]
Emma comes out to a much smaller pop than she used to get at FSU.
1 - EMMA vs. CARMELLA (w/Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady)
Thesz Press takes Carmella down. Carmella knocks Emma down then goes on a heelish attack. Emma turns it around. Dil-Emma in the corner to the four count. Drop toehold and Emma taps out to a submission move.
WINNER: Carmella in 2:00. Not a good match. Emma did not seem very motivated, the character of Carmella is awful, and there wasn't enough time in the ring.
Adrian Neville is out to be Baron Corbin's first credible opponent in a #1 contender tournament match. Interesting that this tournament has all babyfaces in the semi-finals.
2 - ADRIAN NEVILLE vs. BARON CORBIN - #1 Contender Tournament match
Corbin puts Neville into the corner on a lockup, and they have a clean break to show respect and wariness. Neville with kicks to the legs, but Corbin catches a cross-body. Corbin wants End of Days for Neville escapes. Neville continues to frustrate Corbin until a clothesline plants Neville. Neville rolls to the outside. Corbin starts to grind Neville with hard-hitting offense. Irish whip gets two for Corbin. Corbin with the Orton chinlock. Big powerslam from Corbin gets a nearfall.
Just as Graves questions Corbin's pacing, Neville takes advantage of his slowness to return to offense. Neville dropkicks Corbin out of the ring.
[Q2] Neville slingshots to the outside but gets caught and dumped onto the barricade. Corbin rolls Neville into the ring, but Bull Dempsey ambushes Corbin behind the ref's back. Corbin barely beats the count. Neville with a low dropkick to Corbin's head, then Red Arrow for the win.
WINNER: Adrian Neville in 5:30. Corbin reminded me of Randy Orton in so many ways on offense. Nice to see Neville proceed to a match-up against Hideo Itami or Finn Balor, but it is a shame that it was a tainted victory.
"Earlier this week" with Sami Zayn. He calls Kevin Owens a "master manipulator" in wrangling his way to a match. If this was "only business," Owens tricked both Zayn and even William Regal. Zayn with a strong finish that he will prevail.
A voice over-announcement is made that Bull Dempsey and Baron Corbin will have a no disqualification match at Takeover next week.
Bayley is out to face Becky Lynch. It will be interesting to see how this match goes.
3 - BAYLEY vs. BECKY LYNCH
Headlock takedown for Bayley. Lynch turns things around and works Bayley's leg. Set up an injury angle to make it a Triple Threat next week? Lynch with repeated leg drops for a two count. Corey Graves just rips on Lynch, accusing her of "misusing the devil's horns" and being the kind of person who wears the band's shirt to a concert. That's harsh. Bayley slips under an attack and sends Lynch to the outside, then keeps Lynch outside.
Banks comes out to encourage Lynch as Bayley mounts a comeback. Bayley puts herself into the ringpost, then Lynch with a dragon screen. Bayley with a surprise cover, then starts to work Lynch's leg. Single leg crab, but Lynch makes it to the ropes. Lynch rolls outside after the rope break, and Banks yells at her to get back in tthe ring... then throws her into the ring... right into the Bayley to Belly. Banks looks pleased with her handiwork.
WINNER: Bayley in 4:24. Some good action here.
Post-match, Lynch gets into Banks's face. They jaw until Banks shoves Lynch, who retaliates. Charlotte's music hits to bring the champ out. Charlotte on the top of the ramp, Bayley at the bottom, Lynch in the ring, and Banks outside it.
"Earlier this week" with Kevin Owens. He said he got what he wanted, and that Zayn knows him well enough to have expected it. He says that he will take the NXT championship two months to the day after his debut.
[Q3] The Lucha Dragons are announced to have a re-match with Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake at Takeover for the NXT Tag Team Titles.
Backstage, Tyler Breeze is admiring himself. Devin Taylor interrupts to ask him about his elimination from the tournament. He blows off the question. He plans on watching the rest of the tournament closely, then rudely ends the interview.
Adrian Neville is in the announcer booth for the Hideo Itami vs. Finn Balor match.
4 - FINN BALOR vs. HIDEO ITAMI - #1 Contender Tournament match
The crowd with a "this is awesome" chant before they even lock up. They carefully feel each other out then go into some very fast-paced technical wrestling. Dropkick from Balor provides the first decisive attack of the match.
[ Break ]
Itami on offense out of the break. Riley throws Neville some softball questions in an impromptu interview. Brennan does a great job at focusing on the match at the right times and letting them talk when appropriate. Lots of innovative offense from Balor. More back-and-forth. Enziguiri clears Itami off the top of the ringpost.
[ Break ]
Very rare to see two breaks in one NXT match, as they must be saving room for a long segment at the end.
Balor chops Itami in the corner. Itami gets a break and goes on the attack. Tornado DDT into the ropes, following by a flying clothesline for a two count. Itami teases the GTS, but Balor elbows out and wants a reverse DDT, but Itami escapes. Itami hits a roundhouse, but Balor nails a Pele Kick to the face as he hits the mat. The ref has the rubber gloves on.
[Q4] Balor is bleeding from the mouth, selling a knee injury as the ref starts a double count. They are both barely mobile as Riley asks Neville if this reminds him of his matches with Zayn. Itami fires up with kicks, then hits the corner dropkick. Balor dodges a kick and hits the Slingblade to put Itami down, but he's too injured to follow up. Balor with a dropkick that sends Itami's head flying into the turnbuckle. Coup de Grace ends it.
WINNER: Finn Balor in 12:03. Really good match here. They both put it all out on the line. The final dropkick from Balor looked amazing. I can't remember ever seeing a dropkick replayed this many times. It will be good to see these two in a match with build and story behind it. I really liked Riley giving Neville lots of chances to talk uninterrupted, and Rich Brennan made sure to keep the announcing on track. Balor is definitely the right one to go on to face Neville next week at Takeover.
Post-match, Itami sells frustration at losing, but Balor offers him a hand up off the mat. Itami is too proud to accept the help, but he shakes the hand and shows respect on his way out. Neville stands on the announcer booth to clap for Balor and congratulate him. They meet at the top of the ramp and shake hands.
Video package on Kevin Owens, congratulating himself on the success of his plan to get the title shot. Zayn talks about how proud he was of Owens in his first match. Owens says he was, and still is, really happy for Sami Zayn. Owens says he waited long enough. More of the "they called him first" from Owens. Zayn blames Owens getting married and having a kid. Owens says that Zayn doesn't have anyone counting on him. Zayn promises to hurt Kevin Owens. Clips of their amazing contract signing last week.
Final Reax: Great episode that did a fantastic job of promoting Takeover next week, with the exception of the messy Carmella segment.
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