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JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 11/20 - Week 73: Bo Dallas returns, Beat the Clock Challenge ensues, Ohno/Hero wrestles prior to his release, Overall Reax

Nov 21, 2013 - 11:53:28 AM
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WWE NXT Results
November 20, 2013
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor


[Q1] No pre-credits video, despite last week's excellent match between Adrian Neville and Corey Graves. Bo Dallas hits the stage to big boos for his "homecoming celebration." There are balloons and streamers and some party hats on the ring steps. Dallas puts one on to "No More Bo" chants. It is William Regal, Byron Saxton, and Alex Riley in the booth.

Dallas leads off with "there is no place like home." Dallas with his usual confusion of boos for cheers. He has a slideshow. He's been to Canada and "Cam-bo-dia" where he "sports-entertained" in front of 300,000 to beat Justin Gabriel. Here's one of him in Lichtenstein where they had a "Bo Rally" and Dallas apparently improved some sick kids's health by 50 percent just by hugging him. The crowd wants Sami Zayn. Some slides of him looking at sumo wrestlers and being scared of lions were accidentally put into the series. He's lost control of the slider show. He is going to give people in the crowd cookies, and he has security hand them out.

JBL comes out. JBL thanks him for being a great ambassador for WWE, and compares him to Randy Orton. Sami Zayn's music hits, and he's out to a big reaction. JBL does not look happy. Dallas is nervous and asks if Zayn is there for a cookie. JBL says that Zayn has no business interrupting the champion and his boss. Zayn says he doesn't mean any disrespect, he just wants to be reinstated to take the championship from "that delusional cheeseball." JBL threatens to suspend the entire WWE Universe for picking up a "cheeseball" chant.

JBL says that Zayn did his suspension, says he will do what's best for business, and reinstates Zayn. Dallas calls Zayn a sore loser for wanting another title match. Zayn said he has no problem working back to a match. JBL has a beat the clock challenge for the #1 contender spot, and Zayn will be in it tonight.

Scott Stanford voice-over announces that the beat the clock challenge will also feature Aiden English against Adrian Neville and Colin Cassady against Alexander Rusev.

[ J.J.'s Reax: This is likely the longest talking segment in NXT history, ringing in at 10:30, and Bo Dallas did his part perfectly. He was off TV for a month, and comes back to instant nuclear heat. It is really clear that Zayn against Dallas is the end destination, but will that actually be set up tonight, or will tonight's challenge be part of extending that quest? ]

Colin Cassady comes out without Enzo Amore for his match, and gives the audience some love. Saxton says that Amore was recently injured. Yikes. There is a new ring announcer, who looks like she is about two feet shorter than Cassady. The Mysterious Blonde announces Alexander Rusev. Apparently, she is "Lana" his social ambassador. Rusev has some grease in his hair, making him look a touch less barbaric.

[Q2]

1 - COLIN CASSADY vs. ALEXANDER RUSEV - Beat the Clock Challenge for the #1 contender spot

Rusev immediately beats the brakes off of Cassady. Rusev's kicks look brutal, and he delivers a nice leaping headbutt. Cassady shows fire out of a corner but Rusev's belly gets in the way of a comeback. The announcers are talking at a lightning pace, adding a real sense of urgency. Rusev with a series of falling headbutts. Rusev wants a second-rope headbutt but Cassady rolls away. A monster punch puts Rusev down for one, then again for two. Rusev blocks a suples but goes down to a Triple H-like running high knee.

The clock is at 3:00 as Cassady eats the corner on a dive. Rusev locks in The Accolade and Cassady becomes the first man to beat the hold since Rusev's debut. Cassady can barely breath after he takes elbows to the middle. The clock is rolling up on five minutes now. Rusev wants The Accolade, but Cassady fights. Brutal headbutt to the back of Cassady's head seems to knock him out cold and Rusev locks the hold on and Cassady finally taps.

WINNER: Alexander Rusev in 5:33 (by NXT's clock). That was a fast-paced match that took both Rusev and Cassady to the next level. Cassady gained a lot of credibility, and Rusev had me wincing with his withering offense. Cassady's subtle selling post-match put Rusev over big time. Good work by the announcing team as well to make this seem like an important match.

Backstage, a new reporter named Devin Taylor interviews Adrian Neville. She asks him about the concussion that Graves received in the match. Neville says that Graves tried to end his career. he wouldn't wish a concussion on anyone though, playing the bigger man. He's focused on the beat the clock challenge. Neville reminds us that he's all about speed.

[ J.J.'s Reax: I knew Renee Young was a great player on the team, but it took less than 30 seconds of an interview without her to realize just how great she is. Devin Tayler wasn't any better or worse than, say, Josh Matthews, but Young adds a special something to her interviews where she seems like a real person and not just a breathing microphone stand. ]

Kassius Ohno is now announced as facing Tyler Breeze tonight, too.

Backstage, Bayley is playing with a headband when Devin Taylor asks for an interview. Bayley is sad and shy. She's confused as to why Charlotte would betray her. They were like "SpongeBob and Patrick, or Tommy and Chucky" (yes, a "Rugrats" reference in 2013). Bayley recounts their fun times. She hasn't confronted Charlotte, and says that if Charlotte is watching, "these bad boys will be doing all the talking" and shows off her fists.

Tyler Breeze is out for his match against Kassius Ohno. Ohno, who stated in a recent interview that his release was simply a matter of WWE not having anything for him and leaving the door open to a return, gets a nice reception.

2 - KASSIUS OHNO vs. TYLER BREEZE - Beat the Clock Challenge for the #1 contender spot

Ohno wants a quick attack as Breeze takes pictures, but Breeze clocks him with the phone (where's the DQ?) to get an advantage. Ohno with a quick inside cradle for one, and then a schoolboy for two, then a backslide for two. Ohno and Breeze have a nice tussle around the ropes, and an enziguri sends Ohno to the ramp half knocked out. Breeze can't lift Ohno into the ring. Regal points out how dumb it is for Breeze to not just take what would obviously be a count-out victory as Riley tries to say Breeze is trying to shave some seconds off the clock with a quicker pinfall.

Breeze covers for two with just under three minutes on the clock. The smaller Breeze manages a suplex on Ohno. There's a dueling chant for Breeze and Ohno. Breeze gets more frustrated, but Ohno ducks The Beauty Shot, and has a series of pins for two. Ohno on a rally. They trade roll-ups. Ohno finally pulls it off with 45 seconds left, for a time of 4:48.

WINNER: Kassius Ohno in 4:48 (NXT clock). Breeze looked far stronger here than he has in the past against Ohno who has historically been portrayed as a serious threat.

Zayn is going to face Leo Kruger. This tournament's booking is quite unpredictable, since Kruger gets enough of a face reaction and clearly has enough of management's support to be seen as someone who they could slot into a championship match to extend the "Zayn is frustrated" storyline.

[Q3] Hunico makes his return, teaming with Camacho. They are facing "Jonathan Hornagan" and "Chris Rockwell." I'm going to assume that Rockwell is the one with an "R" tattooed onto his shoulder.

3 - HUNICO & CAMACHO vs. CHRIS ROCKWELL & JONATHAN HORNAGAN - Tag Team match

Camacho knocks Rockwell silly, hits a Samoan Drop, Hunico tags in, and he lands a Swanton Bomb for the win.

WINNERS: Hunico & Camacho in 0:10. Nice work if you can get it.

Devin Taylor meets them on the ramp to ask them what it's like to be back. They give some sort of response which is supposed to be menacing.

Backstage, a new announcer, Dan Navonne, interviews Kassius Ohno. Ohno compliments Navonne, and says that the win over Breeze is his road to getting back to the title scene. Lana comes out and and yells at him for beating Rusev's time. Ohno, with a deliberately bad fake accent, tells "Natasha" to tell "Boris" that he didn't mean to make a joke, and Rusev can have the first title match when he becomes champion.

English's song is nothing short of brilliant this week. He keeps citing 525,600 matches in the WWE's history, and fitting that number into the confines of a song.

4 - ADRIAN NEVILLE vs. AIDEN ENGLISH - Beat the Clock Challenge for the #1 contender spot

Neville wants a quick win, but doesn't get it. English with some very crisp, sharp offense. Neville with a short spasm of absolute brilliance before he gets cut off. English with a bodyslam and a Boom Drop for two. Neville fights his way to his feet, but a headlock takedown and punches to the face put him back down. Neville with a surprise suplex to get a reset. Jawbreaker lets Neville build steam.

Bodyslam and Neville wants the Red Arrow, but English rolls across the ring. Running neckbreaker for a nearfall for English. Forty seconds on the clock and English takes Neville to the top. Neville fights off a suplerplex, hits the Red Arrow... and gets the pin with three seconds left on the clock.

WINNERS: Adrian Neville in 4:45 (by NXT's clock). Really nice match, with both English and Neville fighting with a real urgency. Byron Saxton is doing a fine job in play-by-play.

The Ascension have a message for Hunico and Camacho, who somehow challenged them. They vow to beat Hunico and Camacho. Their "we will rise" catchphrase makes no sense when you consider that they already have titles, what will they rise to?

Kruger and Zayn are out for their match. Dallas, dressed to wrestle, has a chair on the ramp.

5 - SAMI ZAYN vs. LEO KRUGER - Beat the Clock Challenge for the #1 contender spot

Kruger with a knee instead of a lock-up, but Zayn pancakes him with a crossbody. Zayn looking for the quick win, a la Kassius Ohno. Kruger with a variety of suplexes, but none are good for the win. Top-rope cross-body gets a nearfall for Zayn, but a wild uppercut from Kruger drops Zayn.

With two minutes left, Kruger locks in a hold. Dallas looks nervous as Zayn gets traction, but Zayn misses a big boot in the corner. Kruger with his big spinebuster. Kruger wants The Slice, but Zayn doesn't get up. Kruger wants it again, and lands it for a nearfall. Kruger with a number of covers, and Zayn reverses one for a win with 0 seconds on the clock.

WINNER: Sami Zayn in 4:45 (by NXT's clock). The end was exciting in the last 30 seconds. Let's see where this goes.

Post-match, Dallas looks relieved. JBL's music hits. "This is not the era of polka dots and controversy," he announces. He says he can't blame the ref, this ended in a tie. He puts Neville against Zayn next week to see who the #1 contender is, and the week after that, the winner will face Dallas for the championship. That's a surprisingly fair announcement, and far better than the usual WWE booking which would have made it a triple threat match for the championship.

Final Reax: Good show that featured a lot of the talent in matches that made sense... I have a strong sense that we may see an Ohno - Rusev match to give Ohno a write-off... I liked the unpredictability of the matches... Alex Riley, who I usually like quite a bit in the booth, was really bad tonight. At one point he acted jealous that Saxton kept asking Regal questions and Regal rightfully pointed out that he's got 30+ years of experience. Then, Riley sided with the heels all night, when he usually plays a babyface announcer. Either Riley went off the rails tonight, or someone produced him very poorly.


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