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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - NXT #253 12/18/14
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#1 Posted on 19.12.14 1324.50
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After last week's game changing live special, this week was almost necessarily low key and predominately carrying on storylines from [R]Evolution.

The show kicked off with Adrian Neville coming down to the ring and admitting that Sami Zayn was the better man. He said that it should be Sami in the ring right now, celebrating, but for the sneak attack from Kevin Owens to end the show. Owens comes out and informs Neville that he doesn't have a problem with him, but Kevin is here to fight anyone, so if Neville has a problem, they can fight. Looks like we have our main event.

During the [R]Evolution pre-show, Becky Lynch attacked Bailey after she stuck her nose in Sasha Banks' interview. They're wrestling next, but first we get a locker room interview with Lynch. She says Sasha opened her eyes and it doesn't matter how much the fans love you if you're losing all the time.

Before that match, we get a quick video selfie from Tyler Breeze who informs us that he's taking a break from NXT but will be keeping us updated on his travels.

The women's match was predominantly Bailey dominating Becky Lynch, who kept going for Bailey's injured knee. She eventually caught her and locked on the reverse Figure Four, which she calls the Four-Leg Clover and Bailey is forced to tap out.

An interview with Charlotte from WWE.com is replayed where she doesn't really say anything worth repeating. Next week, we're getting a rematch between Charlotte and Sasha Banks for the women's championship.

Back from break, William Regal is sitting in his office. The Vaudevillians walk in and the video instantly changes to their grainy black-and-white film. This is awesome enough to overlook how out of place it looks for them to be using a tablet to show William Regal footage of their match against the Lucha Dragons. It turns out that Simon Gotch wasn't the legal man when he was pinned last week, so Regal agrees that they deserve a rematch. He insists the show tonight is already booked up, but he'll make it right very soon. Aiden English and Simon Gotch walk away, laughing evilly. Regal laughs along but calls them "silly bleeders" as the video reverts to color.

BULL! BULL! BULL! BULL! The wrecking ball of Bull Dempsey, is ready to squash his jobber for the night. His opponent doesn't even get an introduction, but he's wearing some pretty awesome green, purple, and red tights which appear to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed. The New York Nightmare takes his time beating down his opponent but finally hits the top rope headbutt for the win.

As Dempsey heads up the ramp, Baron Corbin's music hits to bring out the Lone Wolf. Another staredown as Corbin passes bull on the way to his jobber squash of the week. His opponent doesn't get an introduction either. In fact, it isn't even clear where the guy came from, he just appeared from nowhere. Does NXT keep jobbers under the ring? Maybe they live in Little People's Court. Anyway, Corbin rocks the guy, who's rocking 8" bleached blonde spiked hair, and ends it with the End of Days in 14 seconds, by the crowd's count.

Baron makes his way up the ramp but Bull is still standing right where they left off. They have another staredown but finally make contact as Dempsey shoves Corbin by the chest, then hops off the ramp and backs away smiling. Maybe the gay love story that people were joking about last week is actually coming to fruition?

Enzo Amore and Big Cass are out, with Carmella in tow, to seek revenge for being attacked by The Ascension a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant line from Corey Graves, "Enzo Amore reminds me of what happens when you feed Red Bull to a weasel." The cetified Gs perform their rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which includes such things as "7 Fists a Swinging" and "Four Letter Words". Colin Cassady can apparently actually singing, judging by his "FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!" and "And a beating from the cerified Gs!" to end the carol.

Big Cass starts out against Viktor and actually gets the advantage but Enzo tags himself in. Amore immediately charges across the ring and nails Konnor with a flying forearm, which is completely no sold. He then gets distracted by Carmella talking to the audience instead of paying attention to the match, allowing Konnor to murder him with a clothesline (which Rich Brennan called as an STO) for the victory.

Afterward, Viktor has a mic and chalks up Itami & Balor's win at [R]Evolution as beginner's luck, but insists the war isn't over. Konnor promises that the next time they meet, Hideo and Finn will fall and The Ascension will rise. Despite being called up, it looks like The Ascension aren't leaving NXT just yet.

Our main event is Adrian Neville vs Kevin Owens. Owens spends the early part of the match stalling on the floor, which works well because it hasn't been done on WWE TV for quite some time. Neville eventually grows tired of waiting and tries for a baseball slide but Owens sidesteps and nails him with a clothesline.

They got back and forth for most of the match, which went just over 12 minutes shown from bell to bell (and probably slightly longer depending on how much was cut during the commercial break.) The highlight was probably Owens spiking Neville so hard with a top-rope hung DDT that Neville end up flipping over and ending up on his feet.

The ending comes with Owens takes a powder after a huge release German suplex, so Neville dives out of the ring with what I can only describe as a no-handed cartwheel, as he was moving sideways but also rotating. He nails Owens, who appears to be dead weight as Neville tries to pull him to his feet. Owens is playing opossum somewhat, however, and slams Neville face first into the ring post. Owens isn't able to get back up in time, though, and the match ends in a double count out, which I'm fine with at this juncture.

Afterward, Kevin Owens is still trying to crawl back into the ring as the referee informs him that the match is over. Owens takes exception to this and powerbombs Adrian Neville on the apron before walking off. We fade to black with Owens standing at the top of the ramp as they prepare to stretcher Adrian Neville.

This was a perfectly fine show. Nothing spectacular, but considering what they were following up, it's probably best that they didn't try to do anything special.

The tag title match recurring at least has a storyline reason, but why is Sasha Banks getting a rematch, other than there being no other top contenders at the moment? I do appreciate the fact that they've basically made it impossible for Neville to get his rematch with Zayn immediately, but had the announcers acknowledge that he is due one. The only new storyline they've approached was hinting that there might be issues between Cass & Amore, but I'm sure we'll get much more going on in the next few weeks.
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#2 Posted on 19.12.14 2030.28
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This was a really good cool-down episode. We got nice progression on a couple ongoing stories, and I'd say two really good matches. Obviously, Owens/Neville was the standout, and I'm glad we're getting this program. It was one of my big hopes coming out of (R)Evolution, and I liked the double countout finish for their first match. But I was surprisingly happy with the Bayley/Lynch match. I liked the story, which was that Bayley was by far the superior competitor, but was too banged up to be able to compete at the level she needed to. I'm really kind of curious to see what it leads to. I'm also a big fan of Becky Lynch's new music, which is much, much better than the super generic stuff she'd been using.
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#3 Posted on 20.12.14 0148.30
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    His opponent doesn't get an introduction either. In fact, it isn't even clear where the guy came from, he just appeared from nowhere. Does NXT keep jobbers under the ring? Maybe they live in Little People's Court.


This is actually the thing I said while watching! Are you spying on me?

    Originally posted by InVerse
    They have another staredown but finally make contact as Dempsey shoves Corbin by the chest, then hops off the ramp and backs away smiling. Maybe the gay love story that people were joking about last week is actually coming to fruition?


Is Triple H spying on me?

I agree that this was a good post-[R]Evolution show. I only have two complaints:
1. The Vaudevillians should have used an old-timey crank projector to show Regal the footage.
2. WWEShop.com should be selling those rad Bailey slap-bracelets
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#4 Posted on 20.12.14 1440.34
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I gotta say Kevin Owens just coming in and intentionally injuring his opponents out of resentment and spite is a pretty wonderful way to get him over.

If they split Enzo and Cass over Carmella I swear...
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#5 Posted on 20.12.14 1440.35
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I gotta say Kevin Owens just coming in and intentionally injuring his opponents out of resentment and spite is a pretty wonderful way to get him over.

If they split Enzo and Cass over Carmella I swear...
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