8/28 Powell's WWE NXT TV Review: New general manager introduced, Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
By Jason Powell
Aired August 28, 2014
Taped July 31, 2014 at Full Sail University
The opening montage was shown... The broadcast team of Rich Brennan, Jason Albert, and Alex Riley checked in as The Ascension made their entrance...
Powell's POV: Please note that this is not live coverage as we normally have on Thursday nights. Zack Zimmerman is at Lambeau Field enjoying a game tonight, so I am filling in on coverage this week. Zack will be back with live coverage next week and will also have coverage of the NXT Takeover II live special.
1. NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension vs. two enhancement wrestlers. The match was billed as the final tuneup for The Ascension before their title match at Takeover II. Their opponents were never named. The Ascension squashed the enhancement workers.
After the match, Konnor and Viktor cut an in-ring promo. Viktor mentioned the tag tournament and questioned whether the winners will be contenders or just more victims. Konnor wrapped up the promo by yelling, "We will rise"...
The Ascension defeated two unnamed wrestlers in a non-title match in 1:10.
Powell's POV: The usual Ascension squash match. The live crowd was more behind them during their promo than I expected them to be. Couldn't they have at least introduced the enhancement wrestlers? The live crowd chanted "Let's Go Jobbers" at one point, which was comical.
The broadcast team hyped the reveal of the new general manager for after the break... [C]
Ring announcer Jojo introduced the new general manager of NXT. William Regal's music played and then she announced his name. The crowd reacted positively to the announcement. Regal walked to the ring and wiped his feet on the apron, as always. Regal said he's been with NXT at Full Sail University from the beginning and it was an honor and a privilege for him to be named commissioner.
As his first act, Regal said he was going to announce the main event of NXT Takeover II. Regal called for NXT Champion Adrian Neville to join him in the ring. Neville came out wearing a suit with the NXT title belt draped over his shoulder. Once in the ring, Neville congratulated Regal and said it makes him proud as a fellow Englishman to see him named new general manager.
Regal was about to tell Neville who his challenger would be at Takeover II, but he was interrupted by Tyson Kidd's entrance music. Kidd entered the ring and acted like he had been named No. 1 contender. He said it's a fact that he will leave with the NXT Championship around his waist.
Tyler Breeze's entrance music played and he headed to the ring. "Are you serious?" Breeze asked once he arrived in the ring. "This ug-o doesn't deserve a title shot." Breeze said Kidd's wife is more deserving of a title shot than Kidd is. Sami Zayn's music played and he headed to the ring to state his case. Zayn said Breeze isn't right about many things, but he's right that there is someone more deserving than Kidd. He also said he is more deserving than Tyler Breeze.
Neville said he would like to face Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze, and Sami Zayn. He said he would like to face all three men at the same time and asked Regal to approve the match. Regal said it's not what he was thinking, but at NXT Takeover the main event will be Neville vs. Kidd vs. Breeze vs. Zayn in a Fatal Four-Way for the NXT Championship. Zayn looked at the NXT Championship and then joined the others in eyeing up one another... [C]
Powell's POV: So what match did Regal have in mind? We'll probably never know, but perhaps it will be brought up again for the champion's first program coming out of the Takeover II show. Kidd seems much more comfortable on the mic than he has in the past. He seems to be settling into his heel persona nicely. Breeze is always fun, Zayn continues to be one of the most likable characters in the business, and Neville looks like a fighting champion who will take on all comers. A good segment and an exciting main event for the live special.
Backstage, William Regal was interviewed. He said sometimes great ideas are just put on your doorstep. He hyped the four-way match, then booked the television main event of Neville and Zayn vs. Kidd and Breeze in a tag match...
2. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley. The broadcast team noted that Bayley will challenge Charlotte for the NXT Championship on the live special. Sasha slapped Bayley and ended up controlling the early portion of the match. Bayley came back with the belly-to-Bailey suplex for the win...
Bayley defeated Sasha Banks in 3:10.
After the match, Renee Young entered the ring and interviewed Bayley about her title shot against Charlotte. Bayley said winning the NXT Championship would mean everything to her. She said she's trained and prepared and will turn her dream into a reality by becoming the new women's champion.
Charlotte made her entrance to the futuristic version of her father's entrance music. The crowd wooo'ed and Charlotte responded with one of her own. However, she told the crowd to shut up while she's talking. Charlotte talked down to Bayley and told her that she's too nice. Charlotte jawed with the fans again.
"Charlotte, I'm over here," Bayley told her. She said Charlotte obviously doesn't see her as a threat, but she's going to take the championship. Bayley said she doesn't even want a hug from Charlotte, but she did want to wish her luck. She offered a handshake. Charlotte walked away and said, "I warned you." The crowd chanted "Let's Go Bayley" before the break... [C]
Powell's POV: A good segment to set up the popular underdog Bayley against the pompous women's champion. Charlotte is playing her confident character well and I like the storyline that she's not taking Bayley as a serious threat to take her championship.
3. Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins. Bull had a pop-box promo about his upcoming match with Mojo Rawley. He said Rawley will need a priest and the last words Rawley will hear are "Bull, Bull, Bull." Dempsey made short work of Dawkins...
There was a brief backstage segment with Sylvester Lefort that I missed due to a network glitch...
Powell's POV: The broadcast team hyped his Takeover match with Mojo Rawley. My guess is that Dempsey, who looks like Black Bart's long lost son, is being pushed to be fed to Rawley. I'm curious to see what they do with him beyond that if that's the case. By the way, rewinding the live stream on a PS4 is still a pain in the ass, as it just brings me back to something that was airing prior to the NXT show. In fact, the same thing occurred when I tuned in a minute late and tried to use the "From The Beginning" option.
Ring introductions for the main event took place...
4. Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd. Neville and Zayn used some crowd pleasing offense early, but Kidd came back with a couple of nice kicks to the head of Neville. Kidd tagged in Breeze just as they cut to break. [C] Breeze worked over Neville coming out of the break and kept him on his and Kidd's side of the ring.
Zayn took a hot tag and hit a nice cross body block. Breeze gained offensive control, but Zayn came back with an exploder suplex and tagged Neville into the match. Neville ran Breeze into Kidd and then rolled him up for a two count. Neville hit a kick and then set up for his finisher, but Breeze cut him off.
Zayn went for a kick on Breeze, who moved, causing Zayn to kick Neville instead. Zayn showed immediate remorse. Breeze and Zayn took one another out, allowing Kidd to roll up the woozy Neville and pin him to win the match. After the match, Zayn hit a kick and then went to the corner where the championship belt was and looked at it.
Zayn picked up the title belt and stood in the ring with it. Zayn dropped to his knees and continued to look at the title belt, then he looked over his shoulder at champion Neville, who was still down and selling the kick he took...
Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd defeated Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn in 10:00.
Powell's POV: Textbook material when it comes to creating friction between two babyfaces. It doesn't have to be innovative to be effective. I like the way Zayn one again stared at the championship belt, as it gives viewers a chance to wonder how far he's willing to go to take the championship. I also liked that we didn't get the inevitable pushing and shoving from Zayn and Neville here, as viewers now have to wait for next week's show to see how Neville will react to the inadvertent kick he took from his partner and soon to be challenger.
Thumbs up for the play-by-play call of Rich Brennan. He sounds like a confident veteran rather than a green rookie with limited product knowledge. I also like the move to name Regal the general manager. I just hope they avoid the usual temptation of turning him heel. I also hope this doesn't mean we've heard the last of him on color commentary because he's very good in that role.
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