WWE NXT Report JAMES'S NXT RESULTS 11/14 - Week 21: Rollins's NXT Title feud advances, Reigns featured, Layla vs. Aksana, Overall Reax
Nov 22, 2012 - 3:20:22 PM
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WWE NXT Results
November 14, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch Contributor
[Q1] Pre-credits, Tony Luftman is backstage to talk to Jinder Mahal. Mahal talks himself up in advance of his match for Seth Rollins's title. Bo Dallas interrupts to object to being called a "nobody." Dallas challenges him, and Mahal accepts. Dallas suggests that the #1 contender spot should be on the line. Dallas goads him into agreeing, and Mahal takes him up on the offer.
The Ascension kick the show off with their creepy entrance. They are facing Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson.
1 - YOSHI TATSU & "SHOWTIME" PERCY WATSON vs. THE ASCENSION - Tag Team Match
It seems like our announcing team is Tony Lufton and Tom Hamilton. No William Regal or Byron Saxton. Watson's initial offense is cut off by a blind tag and The Ascension corners Watson. O'Brian is growling and howling like an animal as Tatsu tries to rally Watson. Watson dodges a corner charge to get a double tag. Tatsu gets fired up on Cameron. The action breaks down and Watson gets dumped outside. The Ascension hit their Fall of Man team finisher for the win.
WINNER: The Ascension in 2:55. Conor O'Brian and Kenneth Cameron do such a superb job at conveying their characters both through wrestling style and mannerisms in the ring. As always, the question is if their characters can get mainstream traction, but I can say that their matches are enjoyable and hard hitting. More than any other team in WWE right now, they really seem to wrestle as a team.
Backstage, Aksana insults Layla's hair. Layla calls her Eastern eurotrash. They make a few references to the old Lay-Cool "real talk" gimmick, then Layla promises to take out the trash later tonight.
2 - OLIVER GRAY vs. COREY GRAVES
Graves is being presented as a punk, with suspenders hanging from his jeans and boots. We're also getting Jim Ross on announcing in lieu of Tony Luftman, I believe. Gray controls Graves with wrist work. Graves escapes and takes the fights to Gray. Graves comes close to a few low blows by knee dropping Gray's hamstrings. Graves continues to work the leg.
[Q2] Graves puts on a leglock, but can't get a submission win. Gray tries to mount a comeback but Graves blocks a suplex to go back to the attack. Graves with an interesting leg lock to prompt a quick tap-out from Gray.
WINNER: Corey Graves in 5:00. Decent match. I would like to see more of Graves, but I think he needs to take the suspenders off the pants. Graves got a great reaction from the audience.
Video package on Big E. Langston.
Tony Lufton brings out Big E. Langston for an interview on the ramp. Lufton asks him about the bounty that Vickie Guerrero has put on him. Yes, he's worried... for anyone who tries to claim it. The "E" in his name stands for the "end" of anyone who faces him. He launches back into a five chant, letting Camacho hit him from behind. Camacho runs away after a brief showboating. Langston looks pig-biting mad.
3 - LAYLA vs. AKSANA
An immediate schoolgirl can't get a win for Layla. Aksana uses her height to her advantage. Aksana spends time acting like cat on the apron letting Layla recover. Layla with a series of leverage covers. Aksana yanks Layla from the top to gain the advantage. Aksana controls Layla's head with her thighs. Layla is just unable to get traction. Aksana plays to the single men some more. Layla has had enough and goes on the attack. Big roundhouse puts Aksana down for good.
WINNER: Layla in 5:50. Not a good match. Aksana still has a long way to go, but Layla did her part well.
"Earlier today" Bray Wyatt was preaching like a nutcase in the middle of a field to Luke Harper and a crowd that was supposed to be off-camera or something. If he had this character in his NXT 2 or Nexus days, he may well be a consistent feature on TV.
[Q3] 4. CHASE DONOVAN vs. ROMAN REIGNS
Reigns immediately starts to trash Donovan. Hamilton tries to play up Reigns's Lebron James characteristics. Reigns plays to the camera in-between big bodyslams. He uses a nerve hold and actually manages to make it look painful and interesting. Reigns with a big jumping clothesline, and calls for the end. Reigns with his finisher for the win.
WINNER: Roman Reigns in 2:10. Reigns is an outstanding talent in-ring, with quick, hard-hitting offense using a variety of tweaks to standard moves to spice them up, and he carries himself like a lion surveying his domain.
Post-match, Reigns argues with Byron Saxton for the way he announces him as the winner, and demands that he be called "The Thoroughbred, Roman Reigns."
5 - BO DALLAS vs. JINDER MAHAL - Mahal's #1 Contender Spot on the line
Dallas and Mahal are evenly matched from the beginning. Extended period of Dallas controlling Mahal with holds and quick wits. Mahal uses the ropes to catch his breath. Meanwhile, Hamilton promises Paige and Bray Wyatt next week. Thank goodness. Mahal dodges a dropkick, but Dallas still has the edge. Mahal ducks outside to catch his breath again.
[Q4] Dallas is still dominating the match. Mahal takes advantage of a ref break to suddenly counche out of the corner with offense. Mahal with his standard barrage. Dallas fights out of a hold and tries a pair of leverage pins. Mahal kicks his leg out and Dallas is struggling again. Dallas looks dazed on the apron but keeps getting up. Dallas fights his way back into the ring, then Mahal dodges Dallas and Dallas plows the ringpost. Mahal locks in the Camel Clutch and Dallas is forced to tap.
WINNER: Jinder Mahl in 12:10. The match was overwhelmingly Dallas on offense; it was good to see more of him. He is competent, but his style is very basic. Mahal changed his formula up a bit, which was good to see.
Post-match, Mahal attacks Dallas again, but Seth Rollins makes the save and Mahal scampers from the ring.
Final Reax: Another solid episode of NXT. It's now been three episodes without Paige and I am not too thrilled about that, especially with her just starting a program with Audrey Marie. It was good to see The Ascension looking strong, and Big E. Langston continuing his build-up. Roman Reigns was tonight's MVP for sure. The disappointment from tonight was spending 12 minutes on Bo Dallas and Jinder Mahal, neither of whom are very experienced at putting together long matches. The new announcers were both very green.
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