WWE NXT – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 04/12/2014

Charlotte vs. Local Competitor

The Women’s Champion faced a nameless “local competitor” and defeated her fast and clean with the Natural Selection, so that the show could move on to Charlotte’s post match run-in with Sasha Banks.

The Boss interrupted Charlotte’s celebration in the ring to trash talk her and the Flair family. Charlotte didn’t let any of it get to her. She waved off Sasha’s remarks with disdain.

This makes the Queen a queen. She won’t let the talk of those below her affect her and I dig that.However, Bailey took offense on Charlotte’s part and came out with her crutches to confront Sasha. This obviously led to Bailey being kicked down on the floor.

Charlotte came to the rescue, tossed Sasha on her shoulder and carried her to the ring, while screaming for a referee. Yet, all she got was a distraction from Becky Lynch, which led to the Boss standing tall in the end of it.

Regardless of the fact that Charlotte didn’t come on top, I still think that this segment benefited her the most. In just this one exchange with Sasha, she demonstrated that she’s above peasants’ talk, knows what’s right and wrong, has the power to easily take care of her enemies and has no fear. That’s what I call a champion with authority! Charlotte is by far the best championship material that the NXT divas division has to offer.

After the match, it was still bothering me that I didn’t know the name of Charlotte’s opponent. I knew I had seen this girl somewhere before. Somewhere in the indies, but I couldn’t remember where exactly. In the end, I got it – she’s Mia Yim and I’ve probably seen her on one of TNA’s Knockouts Knockdown shows.

The Vaudevillains Silent Movie

We saw another one of the Vaudevillain’s silent movies. It wasn’t any less Looney Tunesy than the previous one. This time around it featured weights and falling off a roof, rather than TNT. The first one was cool because it was new. This one didn’t get me as excited. I could hardly tell it was a different one.

The Vaudevillains vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake

The Vaudevillains were playing mean and dirty on top of their usual great performance. Aiden English would grab some hair or use the ropes from time to time. Simon Gotch was busy show off, doing squads while holding his opponent down.


Wesley Blake was in the ring, taking a beating for way too long. He was there practically the whole match.  When Buddy Murphy finally tagged in, he brought intense energy to the ring. He actually almost got the pin.

Then an interruption and a very fast sequence of tags for the Vaudevillains, English and Gotch won the match.

The Vaudevillains are a great team and they work very well together. That’s something that we already know. But I think, noticing Murphy and Blake is a must.

These two are actually very impressive. They’ve grown on me over the weeks. Their energy and athleticism directly put them on my radar. I expect great things from Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy.

William Regal/ Tyler Breeze/ Tyson Kidd

Regal was explaining to Tyler Breeze that since no one could get a hold of Marcus Luis, there was going to be no rematch tonight. Prince Pretty was happy to have the night off but Tyson Kidd showed up asking for a rematch against Finn Balor. So Mr. Regal ended up making a tag team match between Tyler Breez & Tyson Kidd and Finn Balor & Hideo Itami.

The gorgeous one wasn’t impressed. He would have rather stayed in, taking selfies, I guess.

Bull Dempsey vs. Elias Samson

The match lasted 21 seconds from bell to bell. Bull made sure to finish off his opponent in an impressive time.


However, Bull seems to be trying too hard to shine brighter than Baron Corbin. The issue is that Bull gives off the impression that he’s in a hurry to defeat his opponent fast, just to be better than Baron, whereas Baron doesn’t give a damn. He’s cool and collected, which makes him overall the more attractive/interesting competitor.

Baron Corbin vs. Steve Cutler

Baron Corbin returned the favor from last week and interrupted Bull Dempsey’s exit with his entrance. Bull was mad and stood on the ramp, staring furiously at the Lone Wolf. Corbin, on the other hand, just passed by Bull as if he didn’t exist at all. That’s what dominance is!


Without breaking a sweat or even moving faster than the usual, Baron hit the End of Days and picked up the victory in just 13 sec. Bull Dempsey was outdone once again, with ease.

As you probably already know, I’m picking Baron Corbin over Bull Dempsey. Bull is just not as edgy as Baron. As least gimmick wise, we’re yet to see the full potential of those two in the ring.

I feel like I have to mention Steve Cutler and Elias Samson as well. It must be hard to have to job to the same people every week on national television. It’s sad when you’re branded as a jobber from the get-go.

Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze vs. Hideo Itami & Finn Balor

The heels were dominating the larger part of the match. Balor took most of the punishment for his team and Tyson Kidd was the guy, who made the match flow.

Tyson had his focus on Finn Balor and he added a little bit extra every time he was with him in the ring. For example, Kidd stood on Finn’s ankle to hold him down but mostly, to show that he’s better.  I think Tyson Kidd is grossly misused and underappreciated. He deserves a title on the main roster.

Itami had the crowd on his side. I hadn’t thought about it before but Tyler Breeze vs. Hideo Itami is actually quite a good pairing of rivals. Both of them have “kick” styles, as Hideo would describe them. I’d like to see the face-off.

In the end, Finn Balor delivered a top rope double stomp to Tyler Breeze, who was the legal man, while the ref was busy with Hideo Itami and Tyson Kidd. This is how Itami picked up the victory.

If a heel team had done that, it would have been considered a “cheap shot”. When a face team does it, it’s suddenly amazing. Wrestling logic isn’t that logical sometimes.

After the math, Finn Balor sent a quick and fairly generic challenge to the Ascension.Truth be told, I’m still waiting for Finn to blow my mind with his mic work.

Adrian Neville / Sami Zayn

This segment didn’t lack emotion, for sure.

Neville wasn’t proud of the way he retained but he didn’t feel sorry for doing all it took to keep his title. He said that the reason Sami can’t win the title is that he’s too nice.

Zayn wasn’t himself when he came to the ring. He had had enough of being nice and getting punished for it.

When Adrian Neville offered to shake Sami’s hand as a sign of respect, Zayn slapped him in the face.

Sami has officially lost it. He’s willing to turn his back on his principles to win the title. This is going to be one misguided heel turn. It pains me to see Sami like that even if it’s to get the gold. Thiis title match will emotional without a doubt.

This week’s NXT episode was great. It definitely brought the level back up.  I was unimpressed last week but the latest episode reminded me why I love NXT so much.

What did you think of NXT this week? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!


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