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NXT Review: Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay; The Ascension In Action


Aiden English vs. “Big Cass” Colin Cassady

English got the win by rolling up Cassady and holding on to his tights. It seems like such a simple thing, but it’s a heel move that English did better than every WWE heel in recent memory. Good match. Both these guys are very talented.

Tyler Breeze w/ Devin Taylor

Breeze holds his phone out and makes Taylor read what it says. Taylor reads the extremely complimentary words for Breeze, then asks him if he has anything he wants to say. Breeze responds by saying that he has nothing to say, he just felt that “this episode needed someone who was…gorgeous.” A Breeze and Dolph Ziggler tag team would be amazing.

Paige w/ Tom Phillips from Monday Night Raw

Paige is holding the Divas Championship over one shoulder, and the NXT Women’s Championship on the other. Paige is a 21-year-old double-champion in the biggest wrestling company in the world, and she’s ready for that task. Her promos could definitely use a little work, but she’s ready.

Camacho vs. Oliver Grey

Camacho wins with the Samoan Drop. Really quick match. They might have spent more time building this match last week, than they did actually having the match this week.

Bo Dallas w/ Devin Taylor

Dallas tries to explain why his “Occupy NXT” attempt went so poorly. He reminds Taylor to never stop “BO-lieving.” This man is magical and he should main event WrestleMania 31 with Brock Lesnar. I’m kidding. I think.

The Ascension vs. Wesley Blake and Cal Bishop

The Ascension hit Fall of Man on Blake and Konnor gets the pin. Everything about The Ascension is awesome, from the entrance to the finish, and everything in between. The only problem is that it feels like they never face anybody legit, it doesn’t seem to hurt their popularity though.

BFFs w/ Devin Taylor

Taylor asks Sasha Banks about her back-to-back losses to Emma and Bayley the past two weeks, but Charlotte answers and says that she needs to take control and that letting Banks take control was a mistake. She says they needed a little more “Flair” and that she’s going to get things done.

CJ Parker promo/CJ Parker vs. Great Khali

Parker says that the only problem with this world, is the NXT Universe. They are doing the littering and driving the SUVs and causing the world’s problems. Parker then tries to reason with the crowd and explain that they shouldn’t boo him because he just wants to make this planet better, but he’s interrupted by Great Khali.

Khali wins with the Punjabi Plunge. This match actually wasn’t that bad, Parker looked very good.

Emma backstage

A camera man asks Emma if she found a tag team partner for her match with the BFFs and she says “No, I have not…or have I,” and she gives a sly smile as she walks away doing the Emma Dance. She’s perfect in every way.

Sami Zayn backstage

A camera man asks Zayn what he thinks about the referee stopping his match last week with Corey Graves. He says he respects the ref’s decision, but knows he could have continued. He announces that he will team with The Usos next week to take on Graves and The Ascension. He says that his rivalry with Graves has become personal because he just doesn’t like him. When watching Zayn, it is impossible not to like him. Whether he is wrestling or talking, he’s insanely personable.

Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Cobin and Sawyer Fulton

Jordan holds Fulton over his shoulder, and Dillinger grabs him and hit a DDT and Dillinger covers him for the win. Jordan’s athleticism was very impressive.

Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay

Neville wins via countout. Neville went rolled to the outside after a headbutt from Clay, and Clay chased after him and continued his assault. Neville was down and Clay went for a diving elbow drop from the steel steps to the floor, but Neville moved and climbed back in the ring just before the 10-count to get the victory.

After the match, Clay goes to attack Neville, but Neville dropkicks him to keep him out of the ring and Clay retreats. Neville looked good throughout this match with the much bigger Clay. Matches like this are important tests for Neville, and he passed this one.

Overall Impression

The announce team of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, William Regal and Renee Young was entertaining throughout the whole show. They made a good show better. The young guns in NXT continue to impress.

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