NXT: Neville faces RVD, Bull Dempsy and Becky Lynch debut
MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling
The WWE may be focused on their Money in the Bank PPV, for here at NXT, it’s simply another day at the office, trying to find out who really is the future of the WWE. As usual, NXT comes to us from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.
Match 1: Tag- The Vaudevillains vs. Local Jobbers
Well this is certainly an interesting way to start off NXT. The video looks like one of those old-timey newsreels as we have as an old-school an entrance as you can imagine as Simon Gotch and Aiden English, as the Vaudevillains, make their way to the ring complete with old-timey piano music and strongman attires.
Renee Young informs us that the Vaudevillains opponents are two wrestlers by the name of Matt Sugerman and Tee Perkins. The fact that these guys are unknowns on NXT tells you exactly how this match is going to end. I will say that both Gotch and English pulled off some very interesting old-school looking moves. In the end English picks up the duke following a moonsault.
We’re shown recap of last week’s NXT main event with Tyson Kidd leaving partner Sami Zayne high and dry. Zayne promised us this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Kidd and Zayne.
Match 2: Singles- Xavier Woods vs. Bull Dempsey
CJ Parker decides to come to the ring with his tree-hugging signs. One side says “Every Day is Earth Day” and the other side says “Stop the Big Thaw”. I have no idea what that means. If you don’t know who Bull is, this is his debut. Supposedly when he was 7 years old he saw Bruiser Brody and wanted to be like him.
So basically we have Dempsey’s power against Woods’ agility. Bull spends the majority of the match beating Xavier from pillar to post. Woods goes for a crossbody but Dempsey chops him out of the air and hits a modified powerslam, aptly named the Bulldozer for the three-count.
After the win, Dempsey gets a microphone. He says NXT has let the kids run the house for far too long. With him now in NXT an era of men and destruction is what you can expect from Dempsey.
Match 3: Divas- Summer Rae w/ Charlotte and Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
It’s NXT debut number two of the night. Becky Lynch comes to us from Ireland wearing a very emerald green wrestling number. On commentary, A-Ry says he sees a lot of Paige’s good qualities in Becky. Time will tell. Becky decides to show off her Irish jig dancing skills but Summer is none too impressed. The fight finally commences and Becky shows she has some good technical skills. As the match goes on, Sasha and Charlotte seem to be distracting Summer. Rae tells her BFF’s to quit stealing her spotlight. That allows Becky to go for a school boy pin, but gets a long two count.
Becky goes to town on Summer, hitting several Hogan-esque leg drops, but still can’t put Summer away. The BFF’s don’t seem to care that Summer needs some help because they don’t help at all. Summer goes for a high kick, but Lynch catches it and turns it into a fisherman’s suplex for the duke. Becky gets a nice little chant from the crowd following the win as the BFF’s continue to mock Summer from outside the ring.
Match 4: Singles- Colin Cassady vs. Sawyer Fulton
Fulton gets in some early offence but Big Cass hits a big boot followed by an elbow drop and that’s all she wrote. As Cass celebrates, Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis (both sporting some very tight fitting tops with the French colors on them) come to the ring. Enzo Amore’s music hits and here comes the Italian! Nobody comes to blows but we all know what’s happening soon.
Main Event: Non-Title Singles - NXT Champion Adrian Neville vs. Rob Van Dam
The Whole Dam Show will be taking on The Man that Gravity Forgot in this week’s main event. Tyler Breeze is out to do commentary for this one and we weren’t even told that he had entered the building today. Was that the job of someone who the WWE recently let go as well?
In any case, the crowd is definitely happy to see RVD. Neville and Van Dam shake hands before the match so it looks like this will be a game of one upmanship. Tyler’s guest commentary actually takes away something from this match because it’s distracting.
Both men get some good aerial chain wrestling moves in and the fight breaks outside the ring. RVD eats a superkick and then Neville hits a moonsault before we go to a break. We return and Neville has RVD in a headlock in the middle of the ring. Van Dam fights out and nails Neville with a Van Terminator and follows it up with a shining wizard but just gets a two count.
Van Dam keeps the momentum and starts using those educated feet to his advantage but can’t put the champ away. Neville gets caught up in the tree of woe but is able to kick out of another pinning attempt. The two men trade shots and finally Neville regains control. He hits RVD with a missile dropkick, an enziguri and a standing backflip but only gets a two count.
RVD goes for a split leg moonsault but Neville avoids it. The two men trade kicks but Van Dam gets the better of the exchange. Rob is feeling a little froggy right now but the Five Star Frog Splash can’t connect. Neville hits a delayed tornado DDT on RVD and it’s time for the Red Arrow which connects for the three count.
The NXT Champion is certainly pleased with his efforts. Van Dam isn’t happy with the result but the two men shake hands again and Van Dam raises Neville’s hand as the crowd shows their appreciation for both men’s efforts. Tyler Breeze decides to posture as we go off the air.
Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist currently living in Atlanta. He wonders just how many selfies Tyler Breeze has taken of himself since he arrived at NXT. Email him your thoughts or suggestions and follow him on Twitter @santavato, but reminds you to keep it clean.