JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 3/4 - Week 142: Sasha vs. Charlotte for Women's Title, Crowe's in-ring debut, Alex Riley fires up, message from Sami Zayn, more; Overall Reax
Mar 4, 2015 - 11:26:50 PM
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WWE NXT Results
March 4, 2015
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] Pre-credits video on new NXT champion Kevin Owens's quick rise to the top.
Backstage, Alex Riley says he wants a match with Kevin Owens. William Regal says he needs to pick "wrestler" or "announcer." Riley gets angry and points out that Regal did it. Regal reminds us what happened when he faced Cesaro. Riley claims to be in his prime with tons of tread on the tires. Regal tells Riley he can't be a great competitor if he is also in the booth. Riley walks out without giving an answer.
The Exotic Express brings out Adam Rose. He's facing Tyler Breeze. Breeze uses the selfie-stick to keep the Rosebuds away. I guess he's a lemon.
The announcers are Jason Albert, Rich Brennan, and Alex Riley, with Jojo as the ring announcer.
1 - ADAM ROSE vs. TYLER BREEZE
Stalling as Rose and Breeze make eyes at each other. Breeze gets tripped up, so he rests on the ropes. Breeze tries to take advantage of Rose's posturing, but Rose catches him and hits a nasty atomic drop. Rose wants an axehandle from the turnbuckle, but Breeze ducks, so Rose lands crotch-first on Breeze's shoulder. Rose with a trio of shoulder blocks, then a bodyslam. The Slice in the corner, but Rose runs into the Beauty Shot.
WINNER: Tyler Breeze in 2:30. Absolutely awful match, likely the worst I have ever seen Breeze in. Rose leaves so much to be desired.
Post-match, Breeze uses the selfie-stick to slip through the pack of Rosebuds.
Backstage talk with Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, and Carmella. Amore and Cassady trash Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy. Carmella tells them that they have to win. Cassady says they will "beat the bacon off their backs." Another prime Amore/Cassady moment with a Bray Wyatt level of bizarre mixed with over-the-top humor and personality.
Backstage, a cameraman catches up with Alexa Bliss. She explains that she needed to heal from her nose injury. She says she is coming for Sasha Banks even if she fails to retain against Charlotte tonight.
Dubstep brings out Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy. They are facing Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins, dressed up like collegiate wrestlers.
2 - NXT Tag Team champions WESLEY BLAKE & BUDDY MURPHY vs. ANGELO DAWKINS & SAWYER FULTON - non-title tag match
Fulton shows early success against Murphy. Murphy tags in and keeps Fulton on the mat. Fulton manages to get to Dawkins, who unloads on Murphy. Dawkins walks into a kick, brainbuster from Murphy followed by a huge cross-ring splash from Blake.
WINNERS: Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy in 2:30. Short match to help the champs look good. The presentation of Fulton and Dawkins was so bad I thought they were a pair of jobbers at first.
[Q2] Backstage, Bayley compliments Charlotte, then wishes Charlotte good luck. Charlotte leaves and Emma comes in. Bayley asks if Emma wants to watch the match with her, and Emma heelishly reminds her that she could have been in the match, but Bayley is so nice... then says that she did the same thing on Raw and now she is back on NXT. "Just something to think about."
Intense video package on Rhyno and his presence in NXT.
Baron Corbin hits the ramp for his weekly squash match. He's facing some green bean named Tony Briggs.
3 - BARON CORBIN vs. TONY BRIGGS
Briggs survives the lockup. Kevin Owens appears behind Alex Riley and Brennan and Albert remind Riley to stay focused. In the ring, a punch and End of Days end the match after a lot of staring.
WINNER: Baron Corbin in 1:05.
Post-match, Owens is right in Riley's space and Riley looks very uncomfortable. Albert tries to get Riley to focus on the match and think about his family. Owens takes Riley's water, has a sip, then dumps it on Riley. Riley jumps up and Albert gets involved. Riley is fired up but Albert calms him down. The crowd is chanting for Riley as Owens just kind of walks away.
[ J.J.'s Reax: Who would have thought that I'd be hoping to see Alex Riley clock someone this badly? Great work by Owens, Riley, and Albert in really making this feel tense. ]
Selfie video from Sami Zayn. He's someplace cold and snowy. He's in Montreal and says that Abu Dhabi was great. He says that NXT has changed a lot in a few weeks with him being away, mentioning Solomon Crowe, Rhyno, The Brian Kendrick, and Kevin Owens as champion. He apologizes for not being at FSU in-person. He says that first the first time in 13 years he does not feel mentally prepared to be in the ring. He's taking some time off to get perspective on life. He says he hasn't watched "Takeover: Rival" yet, but when he does, he'll be ready to face Kevin Owens.
[Q3] Backstage, C.J. Parker complains about Solomon Crowe beating him up. Riley bursts in, but Regal doesn't know what's going on because Parker's been hassling him. Riley explodes and says that he quits being a commentator and demands an immediate match with Owens. Regal respects his decision and says that Riley won't face Owens until Regal thinks he is ready. Parker laughs at the idea that Riley will face Owens and reminds us that he is the only person to put a mark on Owens (fair point). Regal tells Riley to get ready, and Riley vows to beat C.J. Parker next week.
[ J.J.'s Reax: I always thought Riley made a decent heel, but he just delivered an insanely powerful face presence there. Great passion and desire to put the heel in his place. ]
4 - SOLOMON CROWE vs. BULL DEMPSEY
Crowe runs right into a boot and Dempsey kicks him to the mat. Crowe with offense, but Dempsey grabs his face and headbutts him, then mounts and punches. Crowe tries to bodyslam Dempsey, but Dempsey falls in him and covers for two. Dempsey continues to kick the stuffing out of Crowe. Crowe managers to bodyslam Dempsey, sells a back injury, then runs into Dempsey. Dempsey to the top, but Crowe runs under the diving headbutt. Crowe bounces off the mat and hits a headbutt for the win.
WINNER: Solomon Crowe in 3:19. Crowe didn't look that strong against Dempsey. Hoping to see more, there wasn't enough here to make a strong judgement.
5 - NXT Women's champion SASHA BANKS vs. CHARLOTTE - NXT Women's Title match
The crowd seems split between Banks and Charlotte. Banks avoids Charlotte and Charlotte asks if she's scared. Banks tries a kick, gets her foot caught and Charlotte picks her apart with chops. Banks tries to hide behind the ref. Banks ditches the ring, grabs her belt and starts to leave. She makes the mistake of turning her back on Charlotte to leave. Charlotte starts to put the hurt on Charlotte. Front facelock hold and knees to the nose, then a mid-ring figure four. Banks manages to get to the ropes.
[ Break ]
During the break, Balor - Owens looks to be set for March 25.
[Q4] Banks is on offense, delivering a running slap to a seated Charlotte. Charlotte catches Banks and wants a sideslam, but Banks transitions to a head scissors takedown and smoothly transitions into the Bank Statement crossface before leaning into a cover. Charlotte kicks out. Charlotte powers to her feet, but Banks elbows into a near sleeper attempt. Charlotte hits a backpack slam. Top-rope moonsault from Charlotte, Banks dodges, Charlotte lands on her feet, and springs into a forward dive, but Banks gets her knees up.
Banks starts to kick Charlotte, then wears her down. Banks makes Charlotte eat her soles in the corner, then hits her double knee drop through the ropes. Banks wraps Charlotte around the ringpost. Charlotte has never looked this dominated. Charlotte with a hold into a Codebreaker and maintains the hold. Charlotte can't even tap but she looks near tears as Banks bends her in half and trash talks her. Charlotte manages to power out, schoolgirl gets two, but Banks retaliates with a dropkick. Codebreaker into the Bank Statement, and Charlotte is bent in half. Charlotte wants out, but Banks gator-rolls right back into the hold. Charlotte flounders to the ropes.
Banks charges, but Charlotte holds the ropes open for her. Charlotte is gasping for air in the ring as Banks recovers on the outside. They trade shots in the ring. Neckbreaker and a spear folks Banks in half for a nearfall. Suplex but Banks slips out. Charlotte with a wheelbarrow, Banks shifts her weight and Charlotte is planted face-first on the mat, cover gets two. Charlotte is half-dead and Banks wants a figure-four, but Charlotte kicks her away. Charlotte with a chop block, then figure-four around the ringpost. Near DQ, but Charlotte breaks it in time. The crowd is fired up as Charlotte wants a top-rope Natural Selection, but Banks holds the ropes to block, covers Charlotte, and puts her feet on the ropes for extra leverage. The ref misses it and Banks retains.
WINNER: Sasha Banks in 12:00. Another top-shelf match between these too. Banks looked so strong because no one has ever held their own like that against Charlotte one-on-one before. Banks and Charlotte get better every week.
Final Reax: Something I really appreciate about NXT is that they take two-to-three weeks after a Takeover special to put the wraps on it instead of getting through it in one night. Solomon Crowe hasn't blown me away yet, but there's plenty of time. Alex Riley was the star of the night.
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