7/17 WWE NXT Live Coverage: Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd, Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss, The Vaudevillains vs. Amore and Big Cass, CJ Parker vs. Xavier Woods, Adam Rose in action
By Zack Zimmerman
Aired July 17, 2014
Taped June 12, 2014 at Full Sail University
The opening video played… In the arena, the duo of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady made their entrance. The commentators hyped that it would be their first time in tag team action in over eight months. A curtain closed on the screen and the old-timey frame-rate effect. A man appeared on the video screen and introduced Simon Gotch and Aiden English before they made their entrance.
1. The Vaudevillains vs. Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore. English started out by working an arm wringer on Amore and singing a tune while he was at it. Amore fought back with several left jabs and a right hook. He reversed a suplex attempt and tagged Big Cass into the match. Cassady went to work on English in the corner before English managed to tag out to Gotch. Cassady went for the "S-A-W-F-T" boot, but The Legionnaires music hit and they walked onto the stage. Gotch rolled Cassady up with a handful of tights for the win.
The Vaudevillains beat Cassady and Amore in about 2:30.
The Legionnaires stared down Amore and Cass from the stage… The commentators hyped the main event of Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd. They were Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and William Regal, and they threw to a backstage promo by The Ascension… The Ascension said they were the most dominant team in NXT and whoever they face become the hunted… [C]
Zim Says: The tag match wasn't much of anything. I guess it makes the Vaudevillains more heelish while furthering the never-ending issues between Amore, Cassady, and The Legionnaires. I don't care about The Ascension and their promo didn’t change that.
Back from break, the commentators threw to a video package that recapped the breakup of the BFFs. It began with Charlotte winning the NXT Women's Championship and Summer Rae's subsequent return and becoming No. 1 Contender. It was hyped that the title match between Charlotte and Summer Rae will take place next week…
Back in the arena, CJ Parker made his entrance as a replay showed his attack on Xavier Woods last week. Woods was out next. Regal called Woods his "funk soul brother." Ok.
2. CJ Parker vs. Xavier Woods. Woods hopped all over Parker and tried to get in his head before they opened up with the standard trading of headlocks and waistlocks. Woods connected with a nice dropkick around the minute-mark for a quick two-count. Woods hit a hurricanrana and a running elbow in the corner, but Parker whipped Woods towards the ropes and slid forward, sending Woods face-first into the bottom rope.
Tom Phillips tried to compare Parker to Ronald Reagan, seemingly unaware that they're essentially opposites. Parker finally came back with a cool slingshot tornado DDT for a near-fall. He went to the top rope, but missed a crossbody. Parker missed the Booker T kick, but got the win moments later with a rollup. He was supposed to grab the rope to cheat, but was too far away…
CJ Parker over Xavier Woods in about 4:30.
The commentators hyped a rematch between Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss coming up next… [C]
Zim Says: The match wasn't so dreadful, but the finish sure was. Yikes. Anuways, I really liked the video package recapping the BFFs' breakup, but I'm still not excited at the prospect of Summer vs. Charlotte.
Backstage, Devin Taylor welcomed Sami Zayn onto the interview set. He said a lot has been going through his mind pertaining to Tyson Kidd. He said everyone is finally starting to see the true Tyson Kidd. He said in the past he would've been overjoyed to wrestle Kidd, but tonight is just about embarrassing him…
Back in the arena, Alexa Bliss made her entrance. She got a cut-in promo where she said Sasha underestimates her for being small and nice, but now that Sasha is all alone, she's in trouble. Bliss said lightning would strike twice. Sasha Banks was out next.
3. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss. Bliss got several near-falls right out of the gate, but Sasha dropped her with a boot to the head to take control. Banks hung Bliss up on the middle turnbuckle and came down with a double knee drop across the midsection. Bliss missed a 450 and landed on her feet, but Banks hit a backstabber and floated over into a crossface for the submission win…
Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss in about 2:50.
Backstage, Devin Taylor asked Tyler Breeze when he would challenge Adrian Neville for the NXT title. Breeze said everyone is in such a rush and because of that, they think he doesn’t want to challenge that uggo for the title. He talked about his hand modeling injury and said his agent was drawing up the contract for the match. He said that since everyone must be going through Breeze withdrawls, he's going to show his music video again. And so he did…
Adam Rose was hyped to be in action next... [C]
Zim Says: I'll admit I didn’t catch as much of the ladies match as I should've. Damn live coverage. I'll have more on it in audio tomorrow. Go back a few weeks for my thoughts on Breeze's video.
The commentators hyped the main event and showed a replay of the finish to last week's main event… Backstage, Nattie refused to comment on what happened afterwards… Devin Taylor interviewed Tyson Kidd, but Kidd said she was wasting his time. He said he beat Zayn last week and now he's on a roll. He said his wife is a former Divas Champion and can take care of herself. He said last week was an accident, but what happens this week won't be…
Back in the arena, Adam Rose and the Exotic Express made their entrance. Jason Jordon was out next. They threw to a cut-in interview with Jordon who said that Dillinger was hurt and he thinks the Rosebuds did it.
4. Adam Rose vs. Jason Jordon. Rose gave Jordon a rub-down and hopped in his arms before transitioning that into a headlock takeover. Jordon worked back to his feet, but Rose caught Jordon's head with his legs in the corner and pulled Jordon's head into Rose's butt multiple times. Jordon got hot and took over on offense.
Jordon got a two-count with a bridging Northern Lights suplex and another off a standing dropkick. Rose fought his way out of a chinlock to a "party time – all the time" chant from the crowd. Rose hit an inverted atomic drop and a spinning neckbreaker before diving off the middle turnbuckle with a hurricantana. Rose hit the Bronco Buster and followed up with the Party Foul for the win…
Adam Rose pinned Jason Jordon in about 3:15.
A replay aired as Rose danced his way out of the ring… The commentators hyped the main event up next… [C]
Zim Says: First things first, Kidd is so fantastic in this role and that interview he did was his latest example. As for the match, it was a pretty standard Rose match and not much more.
Backstage, Devin Taylor welcomed Kalisto onto the set. Kalisto said he'd prefer to talk about future victories and not past losses. The old-timey theme took over and The Vaudevillains walked on set silent but held a sign that asked "Where's your partner?" Kalisto said he and El Local had parted ways, but he challenged them to a tag match next week nonetheless. The segment closed with The Vaudevillains pondering…
Back in the arena, Tyson Kidd made his entrance for the main event. Sami Zayn was out next.
5. Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd. Kidd ducked out between the ropes and then rolled to ringside to stall for the first minute or so. The crowd chanted "Nattie's husband" as Kidd circled Zayn before he got a headlock on Zayn. Zayn broke free and Kidd rolled to ringside once again which prompted a "Tyson's chicken" chant from the crowd. Funny.
Back in the ring, Zayn used a back-body drop and charged for the Helluva Kick, but Kidd rolled to ringside a third time. Zayn followed Kidd this time which allowed Kidd to suplex Zayn on the ramp going into the final break of the show. [C]
Back in the ring, Zayn tried to fight out of a chinlock but Kidd backed him into the corner and wore him out before hanging him up in the tree of woe. Kidd charged across the ring with a sliding dropkick as the crowd sang The Chicken Dance song. Hilarious. Zayn began to mount a comeback before he connected with a flapjack dropkick and an Arabian moonsault onto Kidd at ringside. Zayn tossed Kidd back in the ring and came off the top with the high crossbody for a near-fall.
Zayn interlaced the fingers for the tornado DDT, but Kidd tripped Zayn face-first into the bottom turnbuckle. Kidd hit a slingshot guillotine leg drop for a near-fall of his own. Zayn looked for the BT bomb, but Kidd reversed and planted Zayn with a German suplex for another two-count. Kidd went to the top rope and dove off for an elbow drop, but Zayn got his knees up. Zayn hurried to his feet and connected with the spinning Blue Thunder bomb for a good near-fall.
Kidd managed to stagger Zayn and connected with the diving Blockbuster, but Zayn was able to kick out before the three-count. Kidd shot in for a jackknife pin but rolled through and applied the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Zayn managed to crawl to the ropes and force the break. Kidd went back to the top rope, but Zayn caught him coming down and planted him with the reverse STO before hooking the Koji Clutch to force the submission.
Sami Zayn beat Tyson Kidd in about 10:20.
Replays of the high-spots aired and the show closed with Zayn celebrating in the ring and Kidd sitting on the ramp showing frustration.
Zim Says: A fun ten minutes as one would expect from these two and I like that they've finally established a finisher for Zayn. I've been so high on Kidd's performance throughout this turn and this show did nothing to change that. The finish wasn't as clever or character-progressing as last week's, but not every week can be that great and the main event program continues to deliver.
Overall, this was a really forgettable show. The main event was worth checking out, but unless I missed something with the ladies match, everything else seemed pretty skippable. The opening tag advanced a story, but it's a story that I had very little interest in to begin with and at this point see no reason to care about. Parker and Woods lived down to expectations with that finish, and Adam Rose returned to NXT to fill some time and he did just that. Last week left me with a high impression and this week fell well short of that. More in tomorrow's audio with Dot Net's own Will Pruett.
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