Dan Hallam: NXT 13/10/13
NXT opened with Leo Kruger making his way to the ring for a match with Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro ran straight in at Kruger, knocked him down and ripped his shirt off. Kruger chopped Cesaro and knocked him out of the ring, they battled outside the ring and Kruger took control, choking him in the ropes and in the corner. Cesaro managed to hit a European uppercut to get back into it, went to the top but Kruger cut him off and hit a superplex. Back from break Cesaro was knocked off the apron and Kruger hit a suicide dive and put Cesaro back in the ring and followed up with a spinebuster. Cesaro rolled out the ring, Kruger went after him and Cesaro threw him into the ring steps, Cesaro hit a back drop on the apron and rolled back in the ring. Kruger made his way back to the ring to break the 10 count but Cesaro threw him out again and hit a suplex on the ramp. Kruger crawled back to the ring to break the count, Cesaro pulled him up and hit a series of uppercuts and went for the neutraliser but Kruger reversed it with a back drop, Kruger ran in but Cesaro tossed him in the air and hit a huge uppercut for 2. Cesaro locked in a chin lock, but Kruger battled up but Cesaro hit him with a short arm clothesline followed by the neutraliser for the 3. After the match Cesarp climbed to the top rope and came off with a huge knee drop to Kruger.
Charlotte made her way to the ring with Bayley for a match against Santana Garrett. The match started with some chain wrestling until Garrett took control throwing Charlotte into the turnbuckle followed by a snapmare and a kick. Summer Rae and Sasha Banks made their way to ring side. Charlotte took control with a series of chops, Sasha got on the apron which distracted Charlotte which allowed Garrett to roll her up for a 2 count. Charlotte hit a face plant followed by a neck snap for the 3 count. After the match Summer Rae and Sasha Banks got in the ring and cut a promo sending a message to all the Divas saying they are going to run NXT. Paige ran to the ring and attacked Sasha but summer attacked her from behind, they beat her down 2 on 1 until Emma ran down to make the save. Summer Rae and Sasha were interviewed backstage and they challenged Paige and Emma to a tag match next week.
Danny Birch made his way to the ring for a match with the debuting Mojo Rawley. Mojo ran to the ring with a lot of energy and jumped around all over the place. Birch hit Mojo with some stiff shots to start the match and knocked him down to lock in a chin lock followed by 3 elbow drops and locked in a half nelson. Mojo fought back with a series of shoulder blocks, 2 stinger splashes, a rear view butt bump and finished him off with a butt drop onto Birch’s chest for the 3.
Paige and Emma were asked about Summer and Sasha’s challenge and they accepted the match for next week.
Sylvester Lefort introduced Scott Dawson and Alexander Rusev. They were followed by Enzo Amore and Big Cas. Cassidy started out against Rusev, Cas tagged in Enzo and Rusev took control and tagged in Dawson who worked on Enzo hitting a suplex and a clothesline and got a 2 count after a big back drop. Cas broke up the pin attempt but Rusev ran in and knocked Cas out the ring then tagged in and locked the camal clutch in on Enzo for the submission win. After the match Rusev and Dawson beat down Cas and Rusev locked the camal clutch on him.
Renee Young interviewed Sami Zayn on being the number 1 contender to the NXT title. Bo walked in and said what Sami did wasn’t cool and that he thought they were friends. He said that they should team up and win the tag team titles. Sami liked the idea and said they’ll do that right after he win the NXT title. Bo said that was un-BO-lievable.
Aiden English sang his way to the ring for tonight’s main event. RVD was introduced by his numero uno amigo Ricardo Rodriquez. RVD took control early on with his signature kicks, a monkey flip and knocked Aiden out the ring with a clothesline. Rvd hit a moonsault off the apron and followed it up with a leg drop for 2. RVD went for rolling thunder but English rolled out the ring, RVD chased him and English cut him off by kicking the 2nd rope when RVD was coming back in and followed up with a suplex for 2 and followed up with a chin lock. Aiden went for a suplex but RVD blocked it and rolled him up for 2, RVD hit a big kick followed by rolling thunder. RVD went to the top and hit the 5 star frog splash for the win.
Star of the show: Aiden English. English is proving very entertaining and put on a nice showing against RVD. I love the songs he sings on the way to the ring and this character is a nice in a way that he takes it so seriously even though it is rather silly.
Match of the night: Leo Kruger v Antonio Cesaro. This was a good match with both guys having a good amount of offence. It’s nice to see Cesaro putting on great matches on NXT with the guys who are not on the main roster yet. Cesaro seems to give it his all every time he’s in the ring and on NXT he is allowed to have longer matches and show exactly what he can do in the ring.