The Recap for WWE NXT 3/13/2014, taped from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
NXT has a new theme now. Tensai, who's on commentary, has a new name: Jason Albert.
Match 1: Non-Title: Paige v Sasha Banks Sasha is joined by Charlotte and Summer Rae "in spirit," in the form of Summer's face on a sign. Sasha throws Paige's shirt at her, and I have a feeling that won't end well for her. Sure enough, it doesn't, and she gets her ass kicked, including being whipped by said shirt. Sasha trips her up and smacks her head in the corner repeatedly. That gets 2, and Sasha locks up a straitjacket chinlock only to have Paige fight out. That comeback ends swiftly when she runs into a clothesline and goes right back into the chinlock. Sasha stretches her out, but Paige crushes her into the corner to fight out. Paige takes over with several short-arm clotheslines and the Scorpion Crosslock finishes right away. Sudden ending, but a decent match before that. 1 for 1. Postmatch, the BFFs have the numbers advantage on Paige, but Natalya of all people makes the save.
Last week's issues between Sami Zayn and Cory Graves are reviewed. Zayn has a backstage interview where he says that as far as he's concerned, he's done with Graves. But he's not a hard man to find if Graves still has something to fight about.
Mojo Rawley talks about NXT Arrival being the biggest night of his career, but things are just getting started. Stay hyped!
Match 2: Non-Title: The Ascension v Travis Tyler and Cal Bishop This ought to be squashariffic. Have I mentioned how much I *hate* the Ascension's new music? They work over Tyler with quick tags until Tyler manages to dump Viktor and gets a little help from Bishop. They manage to hang Viktor on the ropes, and Bishop comes in to work the arm. That doesn't last, though, Viktor comes back with an uppercut and an STO and it's time to kick Tyler's ass. The Ascension wipe the floor with poor Tyler, including a whip into a top-rope knee. Bishop is disposed off, and they finish Tyler with the Fall of Man. The focus on Viktor was nice, but this was a basic squash. I think they're just biding their time until the Ascension debut on Raw, probably the week after WM. 1 for 2.
Match 3: Mason Ryan v Wesley Blake Ryan gets the "Better than Batista" chants that Emma and Paige got at NXT Arrival. It's all Ryan in the early going, but Blake reverses him into the corner and goes to town on him until the ref pulls him off. They slug it out, and Ryan wins that, much to the delight of Renee Young, who's joined commentary for this match. Ryan catches him with a powerslam, but misses a thrust in the corner and goes into the post. Blake takes over for a brief second, but Ryan simply overpowers him and finishes with a big boot and Dream Street. 1 for 3. It's a Mason Ryan squash.
Backstage, Bayley is watching a Bret Hart match on the network because she met Bret Hart as a result of being friends with Natalya. The BFFs and Summer's Spirit interrupt, disparaging Bayley for liking an "old stringy-haired man" who's famous for a match he lost. Bayley has a conversation with Summer's Spirit in turn, asking her why she's not physically here this week. Obviously, it's because Sasha and Charlotte stink. She asks Summer's Spirit who'd win a match between Bayley and Sasha, and Summer's Spirit picks Bayley. Sasha has had enough of this and wants to settle it right now, but Natalya is there to even the field. Charlotte wants to know if Nattie's done anything of consequence since drunk dialing Steph on Total Divas, but Natalya wants to talk about how Bret won the title off Ric Flair and caused him to leave the company. Before this goes physical, the BFFs take the high road and walk off.
Match 4: Xavier Woods v Alexander Rusev Remember, Rusev interrupted a match between Woods and Tyler Breeze at Arrival and beat both of them up. Woods is super-focused on the task at hand but Breeze interrupts before Rusev can come out. Breeze wants revenge for that brute Rusev putting his hands on Breeze's beautiful face, but Xavier wants Rusev more. Tyler doesn't take kindly to that and assaults Woods as Rusev heads down the ramp. Rusev dominates with strikes but Woods blocks a kick and attacks with forearms and chops. That goes until he runs into a Samoan Drop. Uranage and the Accolade finish in quick fashion. 1 for 4. It's an interesting way to further Woods v Breeze, and Rusev will have to look strong as he prepares for his in-ring debut on Raw, so this result makes sense. I would really have preferred a longer match, though, especially considering that this was probably the most hyped matchup of the night.
Adrian Neville, the new NXT Champion is backstage, but is quickly interrupted by Bo Dallas, who announces their title rematch is in two weeks. The nightmare can finally end for Bo, who thanks his BoLievers for being the wind BoNeath his sails. The BoLievers are sick of Neville, his face, his ears, AND his flips. Adrian's had enough, and slaps him to shut him up.
Match 5: Bo Dallas v Colin Cassady Cassady is too big and too strong for Bo early on, so he takes a breather to think things over. It doesn't work because he comes back and runs into a slam. Big elbow and splash get 2 for Cass, and Bo heads outside for another rethink. Back in and Bo grabs a headlock, with some hair for good measure, but it doesn't save him from being dumped off a shoulderblock as we head to a break.
Back from the break, Cass looks to bring Bo in with his hair, but gets hung up over the top rope. Bo finally gains control with a running forearm and a set of kneedrops. Shoulderblock gets 2 for Bo and he locks a cravat. Cass fights out but gets caught with a following clothesline for 2. The crowd regales them with a "boring" chant, and Bo responds with "you're right, this is Bo's ring!" That is glorious. Line of the night right there. Cass comes back by targeting Bo's injured ribs and NAILS him with a big boot. Whoo, baby, that was LOUD. However, it only gets two, and Dallas escapes the next big move to catch him with the Future Shock for the win. Oddly enough, none of Dallas' big moves have Bo-themed names. 2 for 5
Not the greatest NXT, but it's still a solid, breezy show. The opener and the main event are both worthwhile, and Bo Dallas' character is always good fun. I was hoping to get a glimpse of Adam Rose and his glorious entrance in action, but no luck.
This is probably the weakest of the three NXT shows I've seen, due to the squashes, but it still wasn't bad at all. I continue to really like how NXT is handled, especially the way they're letting everyone get some tv time to expose them to the new audience.
For last month's PPV, I reported the entire pool room was empty and more stools, tables, a booths were unused than I've ever seen for a WWF PPV. SummerSlam 2002 showed some good and bad signs. The good thing was the place was packed again.