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JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 1/15 - Week 81: Triple H makes announcement, Kofi vs. Rusev test match, NXT champ in action, Neville/PAC; Overall Reax

Jan 16, 2014 - 11:42:30 AM
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WWE NXT Results
January 15, 2014
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor


[Q1] Pre-credits, Triple H's music and the man himself start the show. I don't recall him being advertised for this episode. He says he is excited to make an announcement, then talks up the WWE Network. He says that the February 27 episode of NXT will be aired live on the WWE Network. Ironically, the crowd launches into "Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Adrian Neville is out to start the night; Tensai, Byron Saxton, and Tom Philips are in the booth. Adrian is facing Tyler Breeze, who is now being billed as from his "seasonal residency" in Brazil. He used to have his seasonal residence in Milan. Nice touch there.

1 - ADRIAN NEVILLE vs. TYLER BREEZE

There is a "Breeze is gorgeous" chant from the vocal males. Kick to the stomach gives Breeze an early advantage, but it is short-lived. Breeze sampers to the outside to recover. Wild elbow lets him go on the attack. Neville puts Beeze's face into the turnbuckle, drawing a "not the face!" chant. Breeze cries like a girl after a single chop. Neville is sent to ringside to start a break.

[ Commercial Break ]

Neville is fighting a hold out of the break. Breeze takes a selfie break, letting Neville recover and hit a backbreaker. Basement dropkick to the face gets two for Neville. Neville wants a springboard move but eats a sweet dropkick for a nearfall. Neville ducks the Beauty Shot. Roundhouse sets up a corkscrew moonsault from Neville, but Breeze rolls under and covers for a nearfall.

Match reset and Breeze tries another Beauty Shot from a stand, but Neville catches him in mid air and covers for a nearfall. Breeze sells total exhaustion. Neville goes to the top, but Breeze springs to life and clutches his foot. Kick to the face puts Breeze down, but he crotches Neville before the Red Arrow can strike.

[Q2] Breeze wants a huracanrana from the top, but Neville holds on and strikes back with the Red Arrow for the win.

WINNER: Adrian Neville in 10:30. The match had a touch of clunkiness to it, but that is because Breeze's character requires a lot of pauses for posing, selling, crying, and so on. Breeze is hilarious, but a 10+ minute match is a bit much to be killing the tempo of an Adrian Neville match.

Scott Stanford says to expect Bo Dallas against Mojo Rawley, and prepares us for C.J. Parker after the break.

Four women keep screaming for Parker's entrance as the rest of the audience sits on its hands. He's facing the rarely-seen Jason Jordan, who finally gets an entrance and music for the first time ever. He does a standing backflip to show off.

2 - C.J. PARKER vs. JASON JORDAN

Immediate belly-to-belly followed by a gator roll and a backslide from Jordan. Jordan rams Jordan into the ropes and hits a big kick, then the Third Eye for the quick win.

WINNER: C.J. Parker in 1:00. I liked what I saw of Jordan in his brief flurry of offense. Parker is still Parker, with virtually no crowd reaction.

Mojo Rawley's entrance quickly builds the cheers for him. This guy can work an audience. Putting him against Bo Dallas is a smart move in terms of getting him support. Dallas offers some disingenuous pre-match encouragement to Rawley.

3 - NXT champion BO DALLAS vs. MOJO RAWLEY - non-title match

Rawley easily tosses Dallas across the ring and psyches himself up. Dallas looks incredulous. Dallas gets sent flying again. Dallas sells a shoulder block like he got hit by a truck and lands outside the ropes. Dallas tries to dodge a corner charge but Rawley stops himself from hitting the post. Surprise kick to the knee gives Dallas the opening he needs to start his attack.

Rawley rallies with punches and shoulder blocks. A pair of monster Stinger Splashes and Dallas runs to the apron. Dallas dodges a Stinger Splash and grabs a handful of tights for a cheap win.

WINNER: Bo Dallas in 4:15. Rawley has such charisma, and any individual move he does has power and speed behind it, but his moveset seems limited, and paired with Bo Dallas, that's not a great match. The crowd's enthusiasm for Rawley went a long way to making this feel better than it was, which is a big credit to Rawley.

[Q3] Lana gives Alexander Rusev an introduction to bring him to the ring for his re-match against Kofi Kingston. Surprisingly tepid reception for Kingston.

4 - KOFI KINGSTON vs. ALEXANDER RUSEV

Kingston has to slip out of the first lock-up, then he tries holds. Rusev blocks a hip toss to lock in a sort of hold. Rusev and Kingston are brawling hard and Kingston hits the mat. Rusev throws Kingston across the ring after blocking a monkey flip. Rusev blocks a whip and drags Kingston into knee range. Rusev with a nerve hold to Lana's delight. Kingston shifts his weight to send Rusev over the ropes, but Rusev dodges a baseball slide. Rusev wants to put Kingston into the steps, but Kingston jumps over, turns around, and hits a Superman Punch off the steps to go to break.

[ Commercial Break ]

For those who doubt Rusev's monster push, Saxton has this gem on tap: "To Kofi's credit, he has hung in there with Alexander Rusev." Kingston gets seven punches in the corner and takes a powerbomb in return. The crowd suddenly starts a "feed me more!" chant after Rusev fires himself up. Then, a "Goldberg!" chant. Rusev goes back to the nerve hold.

Kingston finally rallies but he gets caught on a crossbody and Rusev knees him in the ropes, then tosses him backwards and hits a Samoan Drop, but Kingston rolls through to pick up two. Rusev charges into a pendulum kick, but catches a springboard crossbody, and transitions into another Samoan Drop. Kingston is crawling for a corner, and suddenly hits SOS for a nearfall. Kingston with a pair of running kicks, but Rusev ducks the third and knocks Kingston down.

[Q4] Rusev loses his temper. Rusev tries The Accolade but Kingston slips through his legs and hits a Superman Punch. Kingston calls for the Boom Drop and gets it. Kingston rallies the crowd for Trouble in Paradise, but Lana jumps on the apron. It's for naught, as Kingston dodges Rusev and hits Trouble in Paradise for what I believe is Rusev's first loss.

WINNER: Kofi Kingston in 13:30. Rusev is clearly being given a final once-over before they decide if he is going to the main roster. He just showed he could put on an interesting 13-minute match and not get gassed. He was able to put some unique twists into a Kofi Kingston match, which was refreshing.

Final Reax: Nothing really stood out here, but it was an hour of quality entertainment. C.J. Parker is in that weird territory with Leo Kruger, where someone clearly sees real potential there, but it just is not coming across to the audience.


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