Friday, September 19, 2014

NXT Wauchula 9-18-14

In the wake of Takeover, the stars of NXT took the action to the Hardee County Civic Center In Wauchula, Fl. It was a night of continued rivalries for some and new chapters for others. With many of the established main event stars touring with the WWE, it gave others some well deserved time to shine in the spotlight.

One half of the Mechanics Dash Wilder took on the highly athletic Jason Jordan in singles action. Jordan, who seemed to have a bit of a fire under him tonight interacted with the crowd before taking control of the match early on. Jordan showed us some of his impressive technical wrestling before Dash Wilder got the upper hand. I'm a fan of The Mechanics but tonight Wilder proved he is impressive on his own as well in this entertaining opening bout. But in the end it was all Jason Jordan as he got the pinfall victory over Dash Wilder with an olympic slam.

Ty Dillinger is out next to new eerie droning entrance music in black trunks and boots and carrying a deck of cards. He made his way into the ring seating himself in the corner laying out his cards on the mat. His opponent Elias Sampson is out next highly pumped and ready for a fight. This being only the second time I've seen Sampson compete he seems to be a wrestler to keep your eye on. He made a good showing but it was clearly a more aggressive Dillinger in control who picked apart his opponent quite methodically. He laid out Sampson with a brutal looking knee smash to the face and gaining the pinfall before laying an ace of spades on his defeated challengers chest. After, commentator Rich Brennan came into the ring to question Dillinger on the meaning of the cards. Ty gave a cryptic but admittedly intriguing promo illustrating how a deck of cards represent morality in a cruel world. He also said they represent chance, and by chance Sampson drew the wrong card tonight.... and paid for it. I for one am interested in seeing where this goes.

Next up was womens tag action as the team of Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke took on the Alexa Bliss and Bayley. I'm not sure if this was a debut for Brooke, but it was the first time I've seen her in action. While her newness may show she exhibits quite a bit of potential, the women of NXT catch on fast. A example of that would be Alexa Bliss who continues to get better every week. The stars of the match though were clearly the perennial underdog Bayley and the boss Sasha Bank, proving that they both have bright future in the WWE. The four gave us a solid back and forth match that appeared to be leaning in the favor of fan favorites Bliss and Bayley until Sasha stole it with a roll up and handful of tights.

The hippy everyone loves to hate CJ Parker is out next to avenge his recent loss to Baron Corbin. Parker put on much more of a fight than he did at Takeover as he attempted to take down the big man at several points with a sleeper hold. Despite his best efforts he would come up short yet again finding himself on the receiving end of Corbins reverse STO. CJ Parker is underrated, however his real strengths are not only selling moves, but even more so antagonizing the crowd.... of which he is a master of. Corbin on the other hand makes about everything he does look absolutely brutal. I can't wait to see where the coming months take the big guy.

The night continues with more womens action as the delty diva Becky Lynch challenged the champion Charlotte in a non-title match. Both women shined in one of my favorite matches of the evening. Charlotte is looking polished coming off of her biggest title defense while the energetic Becky Lynch should surely be a champion sooner than later. The two seem to have a good chemistry together that I'm hoping we'll get to see more of in the future. The Irish diva put up a great challenge but in the end Charlotte proved why she is champ making Becky “bow to the queen”.

The freshly bald Frenchman Marcus Louis made his way out with a ridiculous looking wig held on by wrestling headgear to get revenge on Big Colin Cassady. It was a short but entertaining match that had me laughing quite a bit thanks to Louis, who of course inevitably lost his wig not long before taking a big boot to the face. Things aren't going to well these days for the French baldie.

Next Angelo Dawkins and Bull Dempsey met yet again. A particularly mean looking Dempsey was in charge for most of the match and it looked as if it was a foregone conclusion that he would be victorious again. To the surprise of many including Bull, Dawkins managed to snag the victory with a sunset flip. Dempsey didn't take kindly and commenced to beat down a wounded Dawkins taking to the top turnbuckle to deliver a flying headbutt.

Our main event of the evening saw The Vaudevillians take on the team of Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy. Entering the ring to a new more ominous music Gotch and English put the villains in Vaudevillians. For a team that has been so incredibly over they are great in a heel role, as we've seen before from English. I was excited to see Murphy and Blake get a chance to shine in a main event capacity, and they are more than capable. The two have gelled really well together and hopefully this is a sign of them being headed into the tag team title picture. Lots of back and forth action in a match that was worthy of a main event with great moves from all the combatants. With a bit of questionable distraction and double teaming English gained the victory for his team with a running swinging neckbreaker for the pin on Blake.

All in all another great night of action from the men and women of NXT with hints of new and interesting development on the horizon.


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