WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT TAKEOVER REPORT 5/29: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live special on WWE Network
May 29, 2014 - 9:04:09 PM
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Justin James, PW Torch Contributor
WWE NXT "Takeover" Results
May 29, 2014
Live at Full Sail University
Aired on WWE Network
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
NXT Takeover kicks off with Adam Rose and the Exotic Express. He's facing Camacho. William Regal, Byron Saxton, and Tom Philips are in the booth.
1. ADAM ROSE vs. CAMACHO
Camacho is definitely a lemon tonight. Early offense and a huge double underhook suplex get two for Camacho. Camacho is slowly grinding away on Camacho. Rose tries to fire up but a boot to the face puts Rose right back down. The crowd chants "Party time! All the time!" but Rose still cannot get any traction. Rose dodges a splash in the corner and unloads with rights on Camacho. Spinebuster and Rose looks nuts. Rose with the choo choo Bronco Buster, and the Partyfoul for the win.
Winner: Adam Rose in 5:00. Camacho had some nice offense here, but this match just did not feel like it was part of a feud, which it was. There was a real lack of passion all around.
Video package on Sami Zayn. He talks about his matches with Cesaro and his disappointment in losing them. He says that he is different from Tyler Breeze, because he doesn't care about looks, but they both want the championship, and vows to become the #1 contender.
Eden Stiles announces that Tyler Breeze has entered the building. And then The Ascension's music hits. It's hard for Kalisto and El Local to get much support here.
2. THE ASCENSION (KONNOR O'BRIAN and RICK VICTOR) vs. EL LOCAL and KALISTO - Tag Team Championship Match
The Ascension bum rush the luchas as soon as the bell hits, but El Local and Kalisto clear them from the ring. The Ascension psych up ringside, and then clobber the luchas with upper cuts when they try diving through the ropes. It's finally a proper match, with Victor tossing around Kalisto. The size differences is amazing, Kalisto looks like he may be smaller than Rey Mysterio. Kalisto is taking a beating. Kalisto in the Tree of Woe taking stomps from O'Brian. Back elbow in the corner, then Kalisto with a crazy huracarana to get El Local in. Moonsault from El Local forces O'Brian to come into the ring and break up a pin. Victor dumps Kalisto. Victor drops El Local with a clothesline, then the Fall of Man for the win.
Winners: The Ascension in 7:00. The booking made little sense here, with Kalisto being positioned as a potential face against the fan favorites The Ascension. Kalisto's offense is what I wanted to see, and the three moves he got in looked great, but The Ascension really struggled to make their six minutes of offense interesting. they may have gotten over with the audience, but their in-ring product still lacks.
Video package on Tyler Breeze, positioning himself as a sex symbol, and a remix of his music. He says he is a distraction for his opponents, and indeed the entire world. He says that people under estimate him because of his pretty looks. He calls Zayn a perpetual loser, but he is successful at everything he does. He states his case to be champion.
A new entrance theme brings out Sami Zayn. It's still a bit generic, but very high energy. Kind of ska. Tyler Breeze has new music as well, it has lyrics, and really makes you want to punch his lights out, it is so club-jerkface.
3. SAMI ZAYN vs. TYLER BREEZE - #1 Contender Match for the NXT Championship
Breeze stays out of Zayn's reach as they tease a lockup. Breeze slips behind Zayn and they jockey for position with wrist and arm control. Breeze grabs Zayn's nose for an advantage. Breeze yanks hair to put Zayn into the corner, which angers Zayn. Zayn is tired of the games. Zayn ends up seated on the turnbuckle but Breeze dumps him off straight to the ringside. Zayn rolls into the ring at 7. Breeze gets aggressive in the corner. Breeze bulldogs Zayn's face into the turnbuckle. Breeze with elbows to the back of the head. The announcers are playing up the story of Breeze working Zayn's head and neck.
Zayn blocks a suplex with a front suplex of his own. Zayn is wobbly, but he is able to bait Breeze and low bridge him to the ramp. Zayn springboards off his bottom and clobbers Breeze with a moonsault on the way down. Top rope crossbody gets two for Zayn. Breeze blocks the Blue Thunderbomb twice, but Zayn catches him with it for a tight nearfall. The crowd demands a repeat. Zayn to the top again, but jumps over Breeze. Breeze hits a kick then a DDT for two.
Both men are down after the DDT. Breeze is yanking Zayn's legs but Zayn holds onto the ropes. Breeze yanks him free to hit a small powerbomb of sorts for a nearfall. They reset again. Breeze risks a DQ with fists in the corner, and again. Zayn is barely moving, but hits an exploder suplex to send Breeze into the turnbuckle. The ref starts a count as both men sell on the mat. they beat the count and trade rights. Zayn with the edge, Zayn blocks a whip, reverses, Breeze reverses, Zayn puts the brakes on to avoid running over the ref so Breeze slips into a schoolboy for a close nearfall. Blue Thunderbomb, Breeze slips out, they counter, counter, counter, superkick from Breeze but Zayn isn't out yet. The crowd is on their feet.
Another count from the ref and Breeze is up at 8. Zayn has nothing left as Breeze struggles to drop bombs. Zayn slaps Breeze and Breeze goes nuts, nearly getting DQed. Zayn blocks a whip, and again, turns Breeze around for a double pumphandle suplex but Breeze blocks and rolls up Zayn, then tussle, Zayn with a sloppy Blue Thunderbomb out of nowhere for two and 9 10ths. This match is nuts. Breeze goes under the ropes, and Zayn flies over the ropes to the ramp. "Holy S---" chant and Zayn rolls Breeze into the ring. Breeze ducks the running boot in the corner and Zayn crotches himself at high speed, Beauty Shot and Breeze is the #1 contender. There's some confusion because it looked like Breeze was sinking down to the mat and trying to protect his face and accidentally low blowed Zayn.
Winner: Tyler Breeze in 18:00. If NXT has many more of these two hour specials, the Slammys are going to need a dedicated category for "Sami Zayn's Match of the Year." Fantastic match here, Breeze proved he's got what it takes in the ring. It wasn't quite as solid as Zayn's matches with Cesaro, but that is an unfair measure for anyone to be compared to.
Lana is out, and slowly turns around a few times to give the audience a good look at her. She introduces Rusev. I love his music. Typical Lana promo mid-ring, and she demands that the audience rise for the iron fist of Russia, Rusev. Mojo Rawley hits the ring, complete with American flag, to play the John Cena/Jim Huggan role. He says they are in the USA, and in the USA, they don't get hyped, they stay hyped. He says he will shove that flag "right up your Putin". Rawley runs into the ring and a heel kick puts him on the ground. Rusev just destroys him. the Accoland and Rawley is screaming but not tapping. Rusev eventually lets it go as Lana shows off Rusev's body. Rusev boots Rawley from the ring. Rusev back in the ring, then runs out for another Accolade on the ramp with crazy eyes.
[ J.J.'s Reax: Wow, that did not go the way I thought it would! If this was a main roster PPV, Santino would have defeated Rusev in two minutes. Rusev just looked awesome with his assault on fan-favorite Rawley, and Rawley sold like a champ, while refusing to tap out or give up. ]
Video package of Natalya and Charlotte, with clips from Ric Flair and Bret Hart. They both play up their legacies, their experience, and Charlotte's progress. Charlotte is confident, and Natalya begs her to prove that Charlotte can beat her.
Kris Kristofferson is shown in the crowd, he's a bigger celebrity than most of what Raw's had in the last few years. Paige is out to a big pop. She has a mid-ring promo. She acknowledges that it will sound cheesy and cliche, and thanks the crowd for their support. She says that she is proud to have been the first NXT Women's Champion. She says that the new champion needs strength, character, and grace because she will be holding the key to the future, and plays up the NXT Women's Championship as the path to the Diva's Championship.
Charlotte is out to new music, a club remix of her father's music. He's out too, doing the Flair strut. Bret Hart forgot to iron his shirt for the night. Natalya confronts Charlotte in her corner during her entrance. Of note, Charles Robinson is the ref for this match.
4. NATALYA (w/Bret Hart) vs. CHARLOTTE (w/Ric Flair) - NXT Women's Championship Tournament Finals
Chain wrestling to start. Charlotte isn't beating Natalya on the mat. Charlotte finally controlling the wrist. Charlotte catches a kick, the Natalya twists out and locks up Charlotte's legs. Four minutes in, and they have mat wrestled longer than most Diva's matches last. Wheelbarrow and Natalya flips Charlotte to the mat. Natalya controls Charlotte with her legs. Charlotte rolls over and punches the snot out of Natalya. They break and Charlotte gets to the ropes. Slap from Charlotte so Natalya responds. Knee to the middle and Charlotte hits a spining chop. Flair leans over the ropes to "whoo!" at Natalya, drawing the ref's ire.
More trading of control. Natalya with a sleeper mid-ring, but Charlotte hits a backpack jawbreaker to escape, and pounds Natalya's face into the mat. Figure four headlock from Charlotte and Natalya is fighting for air. Abdominal stretch and Natalya is hurting. Natalya reverses it and puts on one of her own. Backslide but Charlotte slips out and hits a low dropkick for two. Butterfly suplex gets Natalya a break. Snapmare, step on the back, basement dropkick gets a nearfall for Natalya. Charlotte on the apron, then Natalya sends her to the mat. Charlotte leg ships Natalya off the apron and onto the ringside mats. Charlotte rolls her in to get a two count. Charlotte goes to the top for a moonsault, but Natalya rolls under and Flair is going berserk. "This is awesome chant" is running. They reset, and Natalya gets a discus clothesline for a nearfall. Snarpshooter, Charlotte almost to the ropes but gets pulled mid-ring. Charlotte rolls through, then slips into a mid-ring Figure Four. Natalya isn't quitting, and rolls over and reverses. They slap each other, and Natalya rolls through to mid-ring. They trash talk and slap while keeping the hold on. Charlotte rolls to the ropes, they go through, Charlotte is on the floor, Natalya is on the ropes, and Robinson has to physically separate them to save the match.
Charlotte kicks Natalya from behind and she hits the steps knee first. Flair tries to will Charlotte up, and she makes it to roll Natalya into the ring. "Whoo!" and Charlotte locks in a Sharpshooter while staring down Hart. Natalya looks like she will tap, but rolls through. Charlotte kicks her off before she can put on the Sharpshooter, hits her finisher, and it's over.
Winner: Charlotte in 17:00. A fantastic match. So glad to see a clean win for Charlotte, and no shenanigans from the outside, and a fantastic back-and-forth bout featuring a variety of styles and a proper incorporation of their legacies. How is Charlotte still a heel after this match?
Post-match, Charlotte hugs Flair, then shares a hug and respect with Natalya, the two dads shake hands, it's hugs and tears and respect all around. Flair is falling apart on the ramp as Charlotte celebrates.
Video package on Adrian Neville. He talks about how each contender he has faced is different. He acknowledges Tyson Kidd's desperation, but says that Kidd won't springboard off him to the main roster. He says that he is faster and stronger than Kidd, and undefeated in 2014. Great example of why it's important to keep champions out of non-title matches. Cesaro and Christian are shown in the audience.
Tyson Kidd is backstage, sharing an emotional moment with Natalya. I almost feel dirty for seeing something private like that. Kidd is out of the ramp, all business. Darker tights help paint him as heelish.
5. ADRIAN NEVILLE vs. TYSON KIDD - NXT Championship Match
Confidence oozes out of Kidd and Neville as they just look at each other. Lockup like a spring loaded mechanism and Kidd puts Neville in the corner. Kidd overs a hand, Neville takes it, and they jaw at each other. Headlock takedown for Kidd. Kidd starts to look cocky as he is able to control Neville on the mat. Neville can't escape a wristlock and ends up on the mat again. they repeat, and Neville finally is able to twist out of the lock and send Kidd to the ropes. Neville works Kidd's arm in a reversal of fortunes. Kidd is forced to the ropes to escape a hold.
Shoulder block from Kidd signals a more physical style. They move-for-move, share a look of respect in the ring, then Kidd cheapshots Neville. Tree of Woe and Kidd puts boots to Neville's back. Dropkick to Neville's face drops him out of the corner. Back elbow gets one for Kidd. Kidd grinds away on Neville. Kidd sends Neville outside with a dropkick, then flies through the ropes.
Neville gets a boot up in the corner to get a break. Double crossbody and they are both on the mat. Neville and Kidd trade strikes, but Neville gets the edge. Educated feet put Kidd to a knee, then a sliding kick knock him down. Neville puts Kidd in the Tree of Woe and delivers the same kicks to the back that he took. Big dropkick to Kidd. Springboard forearm gets two for Neville.
Kidd to the outside, but Kidd hits a Pele kick from the apron to surprise Neville coming through the ropes, gets a two count. Kidd to the top, but Neville seats him and meets him there. Kidd wants a sunset flip powerbomb from the top but Neville flips out and lands on his feet. Kidd's jaw drops. Kidd wants a Sharpshooter or Dungeon Lock, but Neville slips away. Kidd with offense. Neville blocks a suplex, then suplexes Kidd over the ropes, Kidd hangs on and Neville is over the ropes too. The ref is counting. They slip in at 9.
The ref restarts his count in the ring. The crowd is split 50-50. They trade blows. Kidd with a surprise Sharpshooter mid-ring, but he can't quite get it on. Kidd transitions to the Dungeon Lock, and kicks Neville's head. Neville can't quite get to the ropes. Neville is fading out, but manages to grab the rope. Neville is half-dead as Kidd looks around in frustration. Neville is dangling half-through the ropes, so Kidd goes to the top and hits a 450 leg drop to Neville for a nearfall. Kidd to the top again, but Neville grabs his feet. Kidd kicks him away, but Neville meets him up top. Neville to the mat, but goes up again and hits a huracarana. Kidd flies across the ring, Red Arrow, Neville retains.
Winner: Adrian Neville in 20:00. Another top flight match. The only ding on this match was the poor build to it. Kidd and Neville were a fantastic match for each other.
Post-match, Neville offers a shake to Kidd, who declines and shoulders him on the way out. Slow burn heel turn for Kidd hopefully promises a rematch with better build up.
Overall Reax: NXT delivers another PPV-quality two hour special. The Rose - Camacho match was OK, and I wanted to see a lot more of Kalisto in that tag team match and a lot less of The Ascension. Zayn - Breeze, Natalya - Charlotte, and a Neville - Kidd all delivered in spades. A seventeen minute women's match? That's as much time as the entire Diva's roster got in all of May put together quite likely.
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