Dan Hallam: NXT 01/12/13


NXT opened with a video recap of last week’s beat the clock challenge with Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville setting the same time and JBL announcing they will face off tonight for the number 1 contenders spot.

Yoshi Tatsu made his way to the ring followed by his opponent Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro got in the face of Byron Saxton and William Regal left the announce desk to save him. While Cesaro was distracted by Regal Tatsu rolled him up for a 2 count. Tatsu went for a spinning heel kick but Cesaro caught him and slammed him to the mat. Cesaro took control in the corner whipped him off the ropes and hit a spinebuster followed by the Cesaro swing for 22 rotations which was met with a ‘You are awesome’ chant. Cesaro starred at Regal as he had Tatsu in a rear chin lock and then hit him with the neutraliser for the win.

Bo Dallas was interviewed on the number 1 contender’s match tonight. He compared the match to watching the voice and said that both guys have a chance of winning but neither of them will have a chance next week against him. CJ Parker arrived and Bo didn’t like it. A match was made for tonight.

CJ Parker made his way to the ring for his match with Bo Dallas. Bo took control and hit CJ with a series of shoulder blocks and went for the pin. Bo locked in a headlock but CJ fought up, ducked attacks from Bo and hit a clothesline followed up by double knees in the corner and hit an inverted DDT for a 2 count. CJ went to the top rope but Bo ran into the ropes to knock CJ off and hit a top rope bulldog for the win.

Emma was interviewed on being attacked by Summer Rae and Sasha. She said that she has head injuries but will be back better than ever. Paige got in her face saying she hopes she is better than ever so she can’t have any excuses when she retains her women’s title against her when they finally face off. Emma said she won’t need an excuse when she beats her.

Natalya asked Paige why she was so rude to her last week. Paige said it’s obvious that Natalya only cares about being a total diva now rather than being a champion. A title match was made for next week.

Tyler Breeze strutted his way to the ring with his phone filming himself as usual followed by his opponent Kassius Ohno. As Ohno got to the ring Alexander Rusuv attacked him from behind. The referee and trainer tried to help Ohno to the back but he jumped in the ring and said he wanted to wrestle. Breeze hit his beauty shot spin kick straight away and pinned Ohno.

Summer Rae and Sasha were talking to Charlotte when they told her to leave. Bayley arrived and said she wanted to talk to Charlotte but Summer said Charlotte had moved up in the world and won’t be talking to her. Bayley said that she’ll prove she’s better than them next week in the tag match and that she has a surprise partner.

Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn were interview on their match tonight. Neville said that they go way back but tonight it’s not about friendship and it’s all about the NXT title. Zayn said that he wants it more as he had the title won several weeks ago. Neville said he’ll do whatever it takes to win tonight as he wants it just as bad as he does.

Hunico and Camacho made their entrance followed by the NXT tag team champions The Ascension. Victor started off against Camacho with Victor taking control beating him down but Camacho fought back with a back suplex and leg drop and tagged in Hunico. Hunico hit a senton from the apron and followed bu a springboard crossbody for 2. Victor tagged in O’Brien who beat down on Hunico and they made quick tags so they could double team him. Victor whipped Hunico off but he did a tilt-a-whirl into a small package to get the 3 and the upset win on the tag champs.

Adrian Neville made his way to the ring for the number 1 contender’s match against Sami Zayn. They shook hands and started off with some chain wrestling which resulted in Neville going for the pin on Zayn. They locked up again and this time Zayn took control hitting a series of arm drags. After a series of reversals Neville hit a head scissor takedown on Zayn and sent him to the outside. Neville went for a dive but Zayn ran back in and cut him off with a diving back elbow which knocked Neville out the ring, Zayn followed up with a somersault plancha to the outside as NXT went to break. Back from break and Zayn was in control, Neville fought up and whipped Zayn off but he reversed it and hit a tirl-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Zayn went for the helluva kick but Neville ducked Zayn was sent out the ring. Neville hit a springboard moonsault to the outside, rolled Zayn back in and hit a missile dropkick for a 2. After a few reversals Neville hit a kick to Zayn’s head and went for a hamspring elbow but Zayn caught him and turned it into a powerbomb for 2. Zayn went for the helluva kick again but Neville hit a kick of his own and hit a hurricanrana for a 2 count. Neville went to the apron but Zayn went after him but Neville hit him with a kick and climbed to the top rope, Zayn went after him and went for a superplex but Neville knocked him off and hit his twisting shooting star press for the win. After the match Neville and Zayn stood face to face, Neville offered his hand but Zayn kicked it away and hugged him instead.

Match of the Night: Neville v Zayn. This was a fun high flying match from 2 guys that have worked together a lot on the indie circuit and it’s nice to see them getting to wrestler on a bigger stage.

Star of the show: Adrian Neville. He put on a great show with Zayn

One thing really stuck out on this episode and that was how quiet the crowd was for the Bo Dallas CJ Parker match. Bo is normally hated by the NXT crowd but they just didn’t make a noise. I guess CJ just isn’t over with the fans at NXT and they may need to change his character as people don’t seem to care about the photo bombing hippy.

Let me know what you think of this week NXT. Tweet me @danhallam