WWE Battleground 2014 – SPOILER ALERT: Cena Retains!

Hello my friends and welcome to my review of the WWE’s Battleground PPV! Tonight’s advertised Main Events are Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho, A 20 Man Battle Royal for the IC title and of course The Fatal Four Way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Champion, John Cena and his challengers Kane, Randy Orton and The Red Hot, Roman Reigns!

Battleground Kickoff Show!

Fandango vs. Adam Rose W/Summer Rae, Layla & The Exotic Express

This match was announce just hours before Battleground and Fandango made his way to the ring first, and I’m not going to lie, it feels strange seeing him come out alone! Out next are Adam Rose and his Exotic Express! Joining The Exotic Express tonight are Fandango’s exes Summer Rae and Layla! We have seen both Summer and Layla fight for Fandango’s attention and now their working together making his life HELL! A lot of people don’t like this storyline at all! I’m not going to say I’m in love with it, but I feel with more time this could have been better! Once the bell rings Fandango leaps at Rose and connects with a forearm in the turnbuckle. Fandango continued to control the match with a back suplex and a pin of two! Summer and Layla see Rose needs help so they begin to lead The Exotic Express around the ring to distract Fandango. Fandango despite trying to ignore them leaves the ring and asks both women what they are doing. Layla slaps him right across the face, and Summer soon follows! Once Fandango is back in the ring, it’s all Rose! Adam connects with many of his signatures such as the Spinebuster and The Cho Cho! Fandango stumbles forward and Adam Rose connects with a Party Foul to win the match!

Winner – Adam Rose

Grade – D, I’ve been moderately entertained by both Fandango’s girl problems and Adam Rose, but tonight, WWE didn’t even really give these two a chance. Most people are probably going to grade this lower, but I don’t feel it failed. Rose did manage to somewhat get over with the crowd in the short time and they did still tell the story that needed to be told. I have a feeling change is in Fandango’s future either that or he’ll end up in the same position Heath Slater and Damien Sandow find themselves in. On the other side, Adam Rose still remains undefeated, but who has he beaten? Even on NXT he hasn’t beaten any big names. I do feel if WWE invested the time into Adam Rose like they have for many other blossoming stars, than he could become a threat in the Mid Card division. Hell I’ve suggested to a good friend of mine before to actually team Rose and Fandango up. Have Rose invite Fandango out after seeing him so depressed and then go on from there. I could go on but I don’t want to waste the time!

Cameron vs. Naomi

The feud between these two has been brewing since the month before Money in the Bank! Cameron has grown in jealousy and feels Naomi thinks she is better than her. Things finally exploded between these two during a tag match against Aj Lee (c) and Paige, after Cameron tagged herself in just to get hit with The Paige Turner by Paige. After the match the two got in each other’s face until they began to roll around the ring to the outside of the ring. Cameron is out first, debuting a new theme and acting like a stereotypical popular girl. She makes her way to the ring making nasty faces at people, or checking herself out in a makeup mirror. Out next is Naomi and she isn’t wasting anytime as she makes her way to the ring and tried to get the jump on Cameron but the ref caught her. Once the bell rang, Naomi went right after Cameron, but she hid behind the ropes forcing the ref to pull her away, but Naomi was not going away without a fight, a decision she would soon regret as Cameron kicks her in the gut and begins to control the match after slamming Naomi face first into the canvas. Cameron continues to control the match with basic strikes and in all honestly a very impressive submissions hold that resembled a Bow and Arrow, but instead of her knee, she used her foot. Naomi did get back into the match and she took it to Cameron with some hammering strikes, but every chance Cameron got she fled, at one point she even began to walk out of the match itself, but Naomi chased after her and tossed her into the barricade. Surprisingly the fans did get into the match as the chanted Naomi’s name. Naomi tossed Cameron off the ropes, but Cameron counter with a simple kick to Naomi while she was bent over. Cameron took it upon herself to taunt Naomi before going to bounce off the rope, but Naomi grabbed a handful of hair. Naomi began to talk trash to Cameron, but Cameron tossed Naomi forward into the ropes, and it looked like the top rope caught her neck! Cameron rolls Naomi up with a School Girl and makes sure to grab a handful of tights to get her the victory!

Winner – Cameron

Grade – C, I feel like a lot more people are going to rate this lower than I did. I’m not going to say these two went out there and stole the show, but they certainly did not ruin the show! I honestly think Cameron shows promise. She definitely has her character down, and we all know she can be annoying! All she needs to do is get better in the ring. I don’t see her becoming the “Face” of WWE Divas Division, but I do think she can be a valuable addition! From what we saw tonight, Cameron is not as bad as we though. I’m not saying she’s great, I’m not even saying she’s good! All I’m saying is we have seen worse. You can say Naomi carried the match; it doesn’t matter because Cameron proved tonight, that she is able to wrestle! I do feel she needs more training, but she is learning and that’s what I take from it. As for Naomi it was probably the worst match I’ve seen her in, but that’s not a bad thing because she has been in some great matches! I don’t think this hurts Naomi, Cameron “clear as day” grabbed the tights! I don’t feel like this feud is over, but I honestly don’t think we’re going to see this at Summer Slam! Maybe inside a Diva Battle Royal, but that’s it! I take this as a positive sign in all honestly. The WWE Divas Division now has, Aj, Paige, Alicia Fox, Cameron, Naomi, Nikki Bella and Natalya! 5 out of those 7 all have some sort of character to them, Natalya is busy down in NXT it’s seems and Nikki is just Brie’s sister and John Cena’s Girlfriend really! Either way the point is the Divas Division is starting to look up!

Battleground

WWE Tag Team Championships/Two out of Three Falls Match

The Usos |Jimmy (c) & Jey Uso (c) |vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper & Eric Rowan)

We are starting off the night with the WWE Tag Team Championships! Out first are The Usos and next is The Wyatt Family. We’ve seen these two teams face off many times by now, but every time they fight, it’s always great! Tonight’s match is different though, you have to defeat your opponents a total of two times! The first team with two falls wins the match! I believe its Jimmy Uso starting off with Eric Rowan. Uso does not wait for Rowan to takes his Sheep Mask off, as he swings right away and punches the mask off him. All this does is anger Rowan who over powers Jimmy and backs him up into the turnbuckle where he proceeds to wail on him. Rowan beats down on Jimmy for a bit longer before tagging in Luke Harper. Harper went to bounce Jimmy off the rope, but The Uso counters and hits a beautiful enzguri, sending Harper outside of the ring, and soon Rowan, as Jimmy runs at him and dropkicks his legs to send him off as well. For a second it looked like The Usos were going to fly, but Harper had already moved himself and Rowan out of the way. Once Harper gets back into the ring, he rushes at Jimmy backing him into a turnbuckle and begins the beat down! Harper and Rowan begin to tag each other back into the match after they took turns beating down on Jimmy. Both Wyatts kept control over Jimmy with heavy strikes and keeping him locked in a headlock for long periods of time! Luke Harper had a headlock, locked in tight on Jimmy, but The Uso fought to his feet and managed to hit Harper with a Jawbreaker. Jimmy tried to tag in his partner, but Luke Harper was holding on to his foot! Jimmy managed to wiggle free of Harper’s grasp and tag in Jey who immediately took it to the top rope. Luke Harper ran at Jimmy, but The Uso lept over him and bounced off the rope and got hit with a huge boot from Luke Harper. Luke Harper covers Jey for the first fall of the match.

First Fall – The Wyatt Family

Once the second bell is rang, Harper ran at Jimmy Uso, (who was waiting in the turnbuckle) and connects with a hug splash, but it does not get him the win. He makes the tag to Rowan, and he continues to control the match, wearing Jimmy down with his signature vice lock, where he just takes his two fists and pushes them against the sides of your head, but Jimmy fought to his feet, and connected with elbows to the gut of Rowan to get him off. Jimmy went to lift Rowan up and slam him, but it seems he is too weak and Rowan just falls on top of him for a two count. He tags in Harper, and Harper just continues to the beat down. At one point it looked like Jimmy was back in it, as he began to trade blows with Harper, but Luke got the better of him in that exchange! It wasn’t until Harper went for a back suplex that Jimmy was able to counter into a back flip and land on his feet to make the tag to Jey. Harper ran at Jimmy, but Jimmy moved out of the way and Harper ran chest first into the turnbuckle. Jey quickly makes his way in and rolls Luke Harper up for the three, tying the score up 1-1!

Second Fall – The Usos

Before the ref can ring the third bell, Rowan raced in and he and Harper began to beat down on Jey, before the ref pushed them back and Rowan out of the ring. The third bell rings and Luke Harper runs at Jey and continues the beat down as he tags in Rowan and we see the two continue to do what they have for the entire match. They don’t let up on their opponent, continuing to beat down on him with physical strikes and then wear him down with long submission holds. Eric Rowan is in the ring and has Jey right in his turnbuckle. The Red Bearded man runs out Jey, but Jey moves out of the way and Eric Rowan, (who was looking for a shoulder thrust) goes shoulder first into the steel post. Harper tags himself in and goes into the opposite turnbuckle to Jey and runs at him, looking for a running bi boot, but once again Jey moves out of the way, and Harper goes flying over the ropes. Jey takes this time to catch his breath, and finally make a tag to his brother Jimmy! Jimmy comes firing in, and dives straight through the ropes to take out Luke Harper on the outside. Eric Rowan comes in, but Jimmy sends him over the ropes and back out before building momentum and flying over the ropes to take Rowan down. He tosses Harper back in the ring and hits him with a huge slam that only gives him a two. Jimmy surprised by the kick out, catches Harper off guard with a kick to the gut followed by an enzguri that sends Harper sitting down into the turnbuckle. Jimmy back up into the opposite turnbuckle from Harper and runs at him to slam his hop into the face of Harper. Jimmy runs back to the opposite turnbuckle again, but doesn’t see Harper behind him and pays for it when Harper splashes him into the turnbuckle. Luke Harper went to lift Jimmy Uso up for the Sit Down Power Bomb, but Jimmy slid out of it. The Uso attempts to hit Harper with a Samoan Drop, but can’t lift him! He does manage to stay in control, landing a super kick to the chin of Harper for a close two! Jimmy gets up and goes for another super kick, this time Harper catches his foot and sends him back into the turnbuckle before hitting a huge running big boot on him that sends The Uso out of the ring! Luke Harper has a strange look in his eye as he bounces off the rope and dives through the ropes, flatting Jimmy Uso! He tosses Jimmy back in the ring, and looks like he is going to hit him with the Sit Down Power Bomb, but he sees Jey Uso take down Eric Rowan on the outside. Luke Harper once again bounces off the ropes and he goes to dive through them again, but this time Jey Uso connects with a super kick. Jimmy rolls him up from behind and Luke Harper barley kicks out in time! Luke Harper gets up and finally hits The Sit Down Power Bomb, but Jimmy barley kicks out this time! Harper can’t believe it, and tags in Rowan, who climbs to the top of the turnbuckle and looked to hit Jimmy with his version of their splash, but The Uso moves out the way. Harper climbs to the top of the other turnbuckle, but Jimmy once again gets the better of him and pulls the leg and then leaps to his brother to make the tag. Jey climbs to the top rope and hits The Splash on Rowan, but only for a two count. Jey is in disbelief as no one has kicked out of The Splash yet. He goes to climb the turnbuckle once again, but Harper grabs his foot. Jey fights Harper off but now Rowan is up and the two begin to brawl at the top of the turnbuckle. Jimmy tags himself in, but Rowan quickly reverse smashing The Usos face first into each other before hitting them with a HUGE Double Superplex! Rowan covers Jimmy and somehow Jimmy kicks out just before three! Rowan tags in Harper and Harper just waits for Jimmy to get to his feet so he can hit him with the Discuss Clothesline. Once Jimmy got to his feet Harper went for the Clothesline, but Jimmy connecter with a super kicked that only stunned Harper for a moment, still connecting with the clothesline! Harper covers Jimmy but Jey barley breaks it up! Luke Harper just picks Jey up and tosses him out for the ring, but turns around to a super kick from Jimmy. Jey gets back in the ring and both Brothers hit stereo super kicks on Harper, and then onto Rowan who just go up on the apron. Both Jimmy and Jey climbed to the top of the same turnbuckle and hit Luke Harper with a Double Splash to retain their tag titles!

Winners & Still WWE Tag Team Champions – The Usos

Grade – A+, That match was fantastic! These four superstars went out there and outdid every match they have ever had together! That match could have legitimately ended at any one of the false ending and it still would have been considered a great match! I really thought they were going to strap The Wyatts here tonight, but The Usos just can’t be stopped! No matter what The Wyatts threw at Jimmy and Jey tonight, they kicked out of everything, except for the boot in the beginning of the match! I don’t think this one should continue. We have seen these two teams compete so much as of late, and I think we all need a break. The Wyatts still have Bray to lean on and will still be featured in his feud with Jericho witch I honestly believe will go on past tonight! The Usos now move onto another team, the only question is who? With Summer Slam coming up it wouldn’t make sense just to give Rybaxel as shot and it looked like Goldust and Stardust were next in line, but I don’t think WWE will do a Face vs. Face feud. The only team I can even think about is The Ascension on NXT. I guess we will just have to wait and see what is in store for both teams next!

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Before the match takes place, we are shown a beautifully put together video package for this feud. It shows an interview with all three members of The Shield and how Rollins spoke about how The Shield was a brotherhood and Ambrose said we are stronger together. Than we are shown Rollins betrayal of The Shield, him winning MitB and Ambrose chasing Rollins down wherever he goes and even preventing him from cashing in his briefcase! The video ends with Rollins curb stomping Ambrose’s face into the steel steps and standing tall saying “Seth Rollins is Best for Business!” Tom Phillips is backstage and ready to interview Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins before his match! Rollins talks about how Ambrose is like a filthy cockroach that won’t go away, he than answers Dean Ambrose’s question from Raw and says “No!” He said No, that is not all he has got and Ambrose should know the better than anyone. Rollins ends his interview by saying after he defeat Ambrose tonight he will be paying close attention to the Fatal Four way later tonight, before Dean Ambrose cuts him off and begins to beat him down around the arena. Many guards came to contain Ambrose, some I recognized like Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and I think I saw Ricky Steamboat as well! Triple H comes in and tells them to get Ambrose out of here and tells them not to let him back in before screaming at Ambrose, “You’re Not Ruining This!” Triple H checks on Rollins, and apparently from what the commentators were saying is Ambrose has been kicked out of the arena and I guess the match is canceled?

WWE Divas Championship Match

Paige vs. Aj Lee (c)

Michael Cole informs us that he is being told to move on to the next match, which is for the WWE Divas Championship! The night after WrestleMania Paige upset Aj to win her first Divas Championship in an off the fly match! The night after Money in the Bank Aj returned and beat Paige to earn her second Divas championship in an off the fly match, and now all of a sudden their frenemies! Both women make their way to the ring and the match is under way. The two shake hands before it begins and we see Paige take the early advantage of the match as she just dominates Aj with stiff strikes, tossing her around the ring, around ringside, Paige dominated the majority of the early goings with Aj getting, little to no offense! Then things got strange, as Paige began to scream “Come on Aj!” and then I don’t know if it was them talking in the match, but I think we were supposed to hear it. I’m pretty sure I heard Paige ask Aj is she was ready before taking a spinning DDT and then I think I heard her tell the ref to let Aj get to her feet before her. It almost felt like Paige was letting Aj win, and then all of a sudden Aj locks in The Black Widow and it looks as if Aj is going to win, but Paige manages to break out of the submission hold and hit The Paige Turner on Aj for a two count! Paige screams one again “Come on Aj!” Paige locks in her submission hold witch she calls The PTO (Paige Tap Out…) AJ gets out of the hold before Paige can fully lock it in. She goes for a pin but Paige’s shoulder was up. Aj gets to her feet an runs at Paige to hit The Shining Wizard to retain the title.

Winner & Still Divas Champion – Aj Lee

Grade- C, I really thought this match was going to be a lot better than it was. I’m still rather fuzzy on weather Paige was helping Aj or not, but it doesn’t justify how sloppy things got. I’m not sure if it was Aj perhaps having a bit of ring rust or maybe the two just don’t mend well? But to anyone expecting a new Trish vs. Lita rivalry tonight was disappointed. At times this match shined, but not enough.

Backstage Segment W/Kane & Randy Orton

Orton is backstage looking for Kane, but when he finds him Kane informs him that he made mistake coming here! Orton admitted that he was wrong for attacking Kane and even says he’s sorry. Randy asks Kane if he is sorry for hitting him, and Kane responds by saying “Being The Devil’s Favorite Demon, I don’t say Sorry!” Orton goes on to make sure that Kane understands that they cannot let John Cena or Roman Reigns to walk out as World Champion. Kane goes on to assure Randy that the next World Champion is right here, but he doesn’t say if he is talking about Orton, himself or maybe Plan B?

Rusev W/Lana vs. Jack Swagger W/Zeb Colter

Rusev and Lana make their way to the ring first, and before Swagger and Colter come out Lana grabs a mic, but of course is interrupted by a USA Chant! Lana tells them to shut up, but doesn’t scream it for once, she goes on to talk about how our president is a sissy, and I can’t say I disagree! She talks about we push our “Democracy” onto everybody and we should be the ones getting scaled for our war in Iraq! Swagger and Colter finally make their way to the ring, and Colter grabs a mic once in the ring. Colter was about to tell Lana or as he called her “Natasha” to shut up, Lana slapped him right in the face, and Swagger and Rusev began to brawl, with Swagger getting the upper hand and clotheslining Rusev out of the ring. The crowd is behind The Real American tonight, and once Rusev is back in and the bell rings the match is underway and Swagger takes early control, dominated Rusev with quick strikes and always keeping Rusev on the edge, as he always needs to keep an eye out for The Patriot Lock! Rusev eventually got tired of Swagger attempting to lock it in, he went over to complain to Lana, but Swagger is not waiting as he goes after Rusev and repeatedly tosses him face first into the ring apron. Jack tossing him back into the ring and runs at Rusev once he is back in the ring and lands a splash, but Jack took his eye of Rusev for one moment and The Bulgarian Brute followed him to the ropes and hit a splash off his own and followed up with a fall away slam! Rusev finally gained control of this match keeping Swagger grounded for quite a while in a headlock, Jack Swagger used the WWE Universe to try and break out, but Rusev kept it locked in! Rusev continued to remain in control eventually tossing Swagger from the ring. Zeb kept cheering Jack on to get onto the apron, but every time Swagger got up, Rusev hit him down. Swagger eventually used the blows as motivation to keep going and eventually ducked one of Rusev’s punches and hitting a hangman on the ropes. Swagger gets back in the match hitting a running splash and following with a Big Boot the sets Rusev up for The Swagger Bomb, but Jack only gets a two count! Swagger continues to control Rusev, hitting a huge slam on him but one again only for a near fall! Rusev and Swagger began to go back and forth back Jack always stayed one step ahead of Rusev countering almost every move The Russian Hero threw at him, but Rusev caught Swagger off with one stiff kick to the chest as Swagger was entering the ring and things turned around for Rusev. Rusev waited for Swagger to get to his feet and went for The Super Kick but Swagger caught the foot and locked The Patriot Lock in on Rusev! Rusev struggled to get out of the move and when he was close to the ropes, Swagger pulled him away, but finally Rusev was able to grab the ropes and pull himself out of the ring while Swagger ignored the ref’s count and continued to keep The Patriot lock, locked in after the rope break! Rusev made it to his feet on the outside of the ring, but only for mere moments as Jack Swagger follows him out and drops a forearm to the ankle of Rusev! Jack Swagger once again locks in The Patriot Lock, this time on the outside of the ring. Rusev tries to fight out of the move, grabbing the steel steps and flipping forward sending Jack Swagger face first HARD into the steel post, knocking The Real American out! Rusev makes it back into the ring at the count of 9 and Swagger is counted out!

Winner by Count Out – Rusev

Grade – B+, After the match Zeb Colter and the doctors are checking on Swagger while Rusev celebrates in the ring. Lana gives Rusev the orders to crush, and Rusev goes outside to get Swagger, and back in the ring he locks in The Accolade on a knocked out Jack Swagger until Lana gives him the order to stop! From what I’ve hear this was supposed to be a quick feud for Rusev who was supposed to easily squash Swagger, but the WWE Universe reacted so well that WWE had no choice but to give it the proper time it deserved! Tonight Jack Swagger proved he can achieve the face status, I have never heard a crowd chant Swagger’s name before tonight, everybody in that arena was behind him and so was I! Rusev barley wins this one, but when you really look at it, did Rusev really beat Swagger tonight? I get that feeling we are going to see Swagger get his revenge on Rusev at Summer Slam, and maybe if a certain Hall of Famer who goes by the name of Hulk Hogan could be in his corner? It would be cool, but I’m not sure I want Swagger to be the first to beat Rusev, I fear that if you stop Rusev’s power to earlier that he is going to flop, and Is still feel it’s too early. I doubt Hogan could, but if he was able to get locked in the Accolade by Rusev, that would make him the biggest heel on the roster! I’m excited to see what’s next; because I’m positive it’s not over yet!

Goldust & Stardust Video

Stardust is being shown somewhere backstage. He seems to be talking to himself, sort of like that goblin from Lord of the Rings. He talks about seeing something but not being able to have it our touch it. Goldust goes in and whatever it is Stardust sees Goldust calls it The Cosmic Key! I can only assume the Cosmic Key is the Tag Team Championships. They both do their normal things (if that’s what you call normal I guess) to end the video.

Seth Rollins Segment

Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring, he grabs a mic but before he can talk the universe chants “You Sold Out!” Rollins proceeds to tell us that he wants to be announced as the winner of the match between him and Dean Ambrose that was supposed to take place earlier tonight. They do as he says and he makes his way to the back, but Dean Ambrose has made his way back into the arena and he brawls with Rollins through the crowd, around the announce table. It took security, a bunch of former wrestlers and even The COO Triple H himself to separate these two. Eventually Ambrose was taken away while The Game rose Rollins arm in victory!

Bray Wyatt W/The Wyatt Family vs. Chris Jericho

Wyatt and his family make their way to the ring first; Bray is sporting a shiner from his collision with Ric Flair’s Chop at a live event. For the first time I believe Wyatt is being booed by the Pro Jericho crowd! Next out is Chris Jericho who on his way down to the ring threw Wyatt’s chair back. Once the bell rings, Wyatt takes early control, throwing Jericho around and staying one step ahead of him. Jericho tried to fight back, but everything he did, Wyatt laughed at! And anytime Jericho tried to get something in Wyatt would counter with a huge elbow! Chris Jericho finally got Wyatt in the corner and begins to land some chops that seemed to have hurt Wyatt! Jericho wrestled Wyatt to the floor and went for a Walls of Jericho, but Eric Rowan distracts the ref, while Luke Harper distracts Jericho, allowing Wyatt to not only get to his feet, but hit a huge clothesline on Jericho! Bray continues to control the match until Jericho hits a dropkick that sends Wyatt to the apron, Jericho follows up with his signature Triangle Dropkick that sends Bray off the apron to the outside of the ring. Jericho than climbs to the top turnbuckle and does a diving cross body on the outside to take out the entire Wyatt Family. Jericho tosses Wyatt in and tries to get in himself, but Luke Harper grabbed on to his ankle, this led to the ref ejected both Harper and Rowan from ringside leaving it to just Wyatt and Jericho! Jericho still too distracted by the departure of the Wyatt Family, that he didn’t see Bray coming up from behind to hit him off the apron and send him right into a cameraman! Wyatt follows Jericho to the outside of the ring and continues the beat down out there before he tosses him back in the ring. Wyatt maintained control back inside tossing Jericho around and taking him out with knock out blows! Jericho tried to fight back and when Wyatt tosses him into a turnbuckle Jericho moved out of the way in time, and Wyatt went shoulder first into the steel post. Jericho than targeted that same shoulder with many shoulder tackles before taking him down with a diving axe handle! Wyatt is down and Jericho now takes control for a moment until Wyatt lift Jericho up and then slams his gut right down onto his knee! Wyatt goes for the running back splash, but Jericho got his knees up and then takes control yet again, fire at Wyatt with chops, and catching Wyatt off guard with an enzguri that takes Bray down. Jericho covers Bray but only for a two. Chris Jericho climbs to the top of the turnbuckle, but Wyatt is there to take him down. Bray maintains control over the match with Jericho getting little offense in. The Eater of Worlds strikes Jericho with many stiff strikes and throwing his weight around as well. Jericho did fight back getting a brief moment where he turned things around, even hitting his signature bulldog , but as he went for the lionsault Wyatt got his knees up and Jericho fell right into them. The ref starts to count as both superstars are down, around the count of 5 Bray forced himself up into The Spider Walk position to get up. He ran at Jericho when he caught up, but Jericho countered and Bray hit his head on the bottom turnbuckle. Jericho drags Bray away for a 1 count the as broken up because of a rope break. Jericho takes control of the match, but Wyatt countered early and went for Sister Abagail, Jericho countered and attempted to lock in The Walls of Jericho, but Wyatt kicked him off and ducked Jericho’s clothesline and followed up with a huge forearm! Wyatt covers Jericho but only for a 2. Wyatt wanders around the ring, thinking about his next move and as he turns around Jericho, out of nowhere, hits a Codebreaker and covers Wyatt for the three!

Winner – Chris Jericho

Grade – B+, I feel many people are going to rate this match higher just because Jericho was in, but I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t as good as I hoped! It wasn’t a bad match at all! But I was expecting this to be on the same level as The Usos vs. The Wyatts earlier, but it wasn’t to be, but like I said it was still a great match. Wyatt seemed different here tonight, and no it wasn’t just is black eye! He seemed more focused and aggressive towards Jericho. Yea, he did laugh at some points and still did his spider crawl, but it just felt like a different Wyatt to me. I feel like there is more to this story, and I’m sure we will hear the rest of it the following weeks to come. I can’t imagine Jericho and Wyatt to be done with each other yet!

Seth Rollins Segment

Rollins is seen with security walking out of the arena into the parking lot. Rollins tell the security he doesn’t need them, and they leave. Rollins continues to walk to his car, but I guess he heard something and began to look around. Ambrose came out of the trunk of Rollins car and went to hit him with a steel pipe. Rollins ducked and ran from Ambrose, but Dean caught up to him and the two battled on top of the car until the both fell of an opposite sides. Rollins quickly got in his car and drove off. My only question here is why was Seth Rollins leaving? What happened to Plan B!?

20 Man Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship

Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Curtis Axel vs. Zack Ryder vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Damien Sandow vs. Heath Slater vs. Diego vs. Sin Cara vs. Xavier Woods vs. The Great Khali vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. United States Champion, Sheamus

Before the match begins the former champion, Bad News Barrett comes out and informs everyone in the ring they all have the honor of becoming the new Intercontinental Champion, but who also informs the of some Bad News and states their demise will come from a Bull Hammer courtesy from him! The match begins and everybody goes after Khali immediately, The Punjabi Playboy tosses them all aside and then delivers chops to everyone in sight. Khali grabs Xavier Woods and tosses him out of the ring.

Xavier Woods eliminated.

And then Khali did the same to Zack Ryder.

Zack Ryder eliminated.

Titus O’ Neil runs at Khali and hits him with a splash; he gets a couple of shots in before moving out of the way of an Incoming Brogue Kick from the U.S Champ Sheamus! Sheamus connects with Khali and everyone once again works together to eliminate The Great Khali.

The Great Khali eliminated.

Cesaro is close to eliminate Ziggler while everyone else continues to brawl. Bo Dallas tosses Sin Cara over the rope, an went to eliminate him but Sin Cara caught him off guard with a stiff kick, meanwhile Ryback has taken over for Cesaro, and now he is trying to eliminate Ziggler. Sin Cara tries to leap over the rope to get back in but Bo Dallas is right there to push him back out.

Sin Cara eliminated.

Superstars all continue to brawl Cesaro once again tried to eliminate Ziggler, while Diego came really close to eliminated Heath Slater, I also think I saw in the background Big E try and eliminate Bo Dallas, but it wasn’t until Ziggler went over the ropes and barley hung on that things began to get more exciting, as not only did Ziggler barley hang on but I also saw The Miz trying to stay out of sight as he waited on the outside of the ring. Meanwhile Curtis Axel just tossed R-Truth over the ropes and onto the floor!

R-Truth eliminated.

And shortly after R-Truth’s elimination, Curtis Axel was tosses over by his own tag team partner, Ryback!

Curtis Axel eliminated.

Axel was obviously upset that his partner threw him over; Ryback just kind of shrugged it off. Over in one of the corners Alberto Del Rio and The U.S Champ are going at it, while Diego battles Damien Sandow and eventually eliminates him!

Damien Sandow eliminated.

Ryback tries to sneak behind Diego and toss him over, but Diego manages to avoid elimination and now tries to eliminate The Big Guy. After taking a couple of chops Ryback lifts Diego up and tosses him out of the ring.

Diego eliminated.

Ryback and Sheamus proceeded to beat down on everyone in the ring until they were the last two standing, the two brutes began to battle back and forth and Ryback almost eliminated The U.S Champ as he lifted him onto his shoulders into the power bomb position, but Sheamus slid out and connected with a Brogue Kick that sent Ryback out of the ring.

Ryback eliminated.

The Miz avoided being seen again, as he slid into the ring and tried to eliminate Sheamus from behind, but The Celtic Warrior fought him off, and Ziggler came up from behind to hit a Zig Zag on Miz. Miz rolled out of the ring and everyone continued to brawl. Titus O’ Neil got to show off as he lifted Sheamus up and hit him with a rib breaker twice, before tossing the U.S Champ aside. O’Neil decided to take a second to taunt and do his signature bark, a second Bo Dallas took advantage of as he ran up behind and hit O’Neil with a running knee to send him out of the ring!

Titus O’Neil eliminated.

Bo Dallas took time to celebrate around the ring, a celebration that was ended by Cesaro. Cesaro than began to brawl with Kofi Kingston. Cesaro was in a dangerous are on the outside apron when he ducked a Trouble in Paradise from Kofi. Cesaro than went to toss Kofi over the ropes, but Kofi hung on by Cesaro’s legs, until Cesaro pulled himself and Kofi in. Cesaro than stood up and took a drop kick from Kingston. Del Rio hits a nice back breaker on Ziggler, as Big E, Sheamus and one other superstar gang up on Heath Slater. Del Rio is on the outside apron and is trying to battle Ziggler off and is doing a great job at it, until Ziggler hits his signature DDT on Del Rio that bounces him off the ropes and out of the ring.

Alberto Del Rio eliminated.

Miz once again sneaks in and tries to toss Ziggler out, but Dolph hangs on and Sheamus lifts Miz up onto his shoulder, but Miz slides down and gets hit with a huge tackle from Big E that sends Miz through the second rope and not eliminating him. Cesaro and Big E now battle trying to eliminate each other, Cesaro ended up getting the upper hand when he hit a belly to belly near the ropes, tossing Big E out!

Big E eliminated.

Kofi Kingston ran at Cesaro tossed Kofi over the ropes, but Kingston hung on. Cesaro swung at Kingston, and Kofi lept off and his buddy Big E was there to catch him, saving Kofi from elimination. Kofi tried to pull Cesaro out, while on the shoulders of Big E, but Cesaro battled out and kicked Big E in the face before suplexing Kingston back in the ring. Kofi ran out Cesaro, but The Swiss Superman put his boot up and Kofi ran right into it.  Cesaro now back in the ring tries to eliminate Kingston, but Kofi hooks his feet under Cesaro arms and tries to pull him out, Cesaro pulls Kofi back up and thumps his eye before finally eliminating him!

Kofi Kingston eliminated.

Cesaro screams out at Kingston, and Heath Slater comes from behind and tosses Cesaro out of the ring.

Cesaro eliminated.

Sheamus tosses Slater over the ropes, but The One Man Band hangs on and fights Sheamus off. Heath tries to get back into the ring, but Sheamus hit The Brogue Kick and sends Slater out!

Heath Slater eliminated.

Bo Dallas tosses Sheamus over from behind, but doesn’t eliminate him. Sheamus fights back into the ring and goes after Dallas, tossing him over the ropes and hit the 7 beats. Dolph Ziggler tries to dropkick Sheamus from behind, but The U.S Champ moves and Ziggler connects with Bo and sends him out of the ring.

Bo Dallas eliminated.

The only two superstars left in the ring are Dolph Ziggler and The U.S Champion Sheamus. These two went back in forth, Dolph attempted a fame-asser that was botched, but he beautifully recovers into a new move. Sheamus fired back with heavy blows, and The Celtic Warrior almost eliminated Ziggler when he tossed him over but Ziggler would not stay down. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick again, but Ziggler pulled the rope and Sheamus went over the ropes, but gets hung up. Sheamus gets off the ropes, but Ziggler is there and hits him with a dropkick and Sheamus pulls a Shawn Michaels moment as only one of his feet touched the floor. Sheamus goes for the battering ram, but Ziggler lands a super kick on Sheamus and The U.S Champ falls backwards to the ground.

Sheamus eliminated.

Ziggler begins to celebrate, but The Miz comes in (who was on the outside of the ring the whole time) and tosses Ziggler over to win the battle royal!

Winner & New Intercontinental Champion – The Miz

Grade – B+, This battle royal was heavily hyped, and there were quite a few favorites to win, and we got so many highlights from it. Seeing The Miz waiting on the outside didn’t guarantee his victory, but it made it more likely. It honestly makes sense to give the title to The Miz, who has been doing well with his new character now WWE could either choose to do a Unification match between The Miz and Sheamus at Summer Slam or maybe Miz defends against Ziggler, the man he cheated out of a victory tonight. Either way I hope Miz’s reign keeps the prestige of The IC title going!

WWE World Heavyweight Championship/Fatal Four Way Match

Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane. John Cena (c)

A video package is shown going to events that led up to this match, We saw the announcement of it, how much Orton and Kane trust each other and of course the rise of Roman Reigns! All four superstars make their way to the ring and Justin Roberts does the introductions and this match us underway! Cena and Orton go to the outside were Orton makes easy work of Cena and tosses him into the steel steps, while Roman Reigns is beating down on Kane in the turnbuckle until Randy Orton comes in and pulls Reigns away. Roman begins to take the fight to Orton and it doesn’t take long for Orton and Kane to begin to work together on Reigns. Cena tried to get back into the ring at one point, but Kane just knocked him right off the apron, but providing enough of a distracting of Roman Reigns to climb to the top turnbuckle and jump off to connect flying clotheslines on both Kane and Orton. Roman started to battle The Devils Favorite Demon, but once again The double team comes into play and Orton covers Roman as Kane watches over to make sure Cena doesn’t come in. Reigns kicks out early and now Cena is in the ring, but it doesn’t take long for the team of Orton and Kane to take down the champion. Orton and Kane focus on Cena before Kane goes out of the ring to take of Roman, meanwhile back in the ring Cena is now taking it to Orton and Kane comes in and makes the save. We see this happen a lot for next couple of minutes with Orton and Kane beating up on Cena and whenever Reigns came in Kane kicked him out, but whenever Kane left Orton needed help! Finally Reigns got rid of Kane on the outside and Cena began to take it to Orton until Orton was tossed out of the ring, leaving just Roman Reigns and The WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena alone, and the stare down begins, but is interrupted to soon as Kane and Orton come in again to take down the two. Orton battled Cena on the outside while Kane covered Reigns inside but only for a two. Orton to notice and began to question why Kane would cover for the win, when he is supposed to make sure he won! The two eventually had it out when Kane had enough of Orton and the two began to brawl. Kane perched Orton on top of the turnbuckle and it looked like he was going to go for a Superplex but instead Cena and Reigns grabs Kane’s leg and hit both Kane and Orton with a Super Power Bomb! For the second time Roman Reigns and John Cena have a stare down, just to get interrupted by Kane sitting up. The two superstars beat down on Kane while Orton sneaks in a takes out Reigns with a back breaker, and then takes Cena out. Orton goes to cover Roman, but Kane comes in and breaks up the pin and begins to battle with Orton again, before Cena hits him with an Attitude Adjustment. Orton and Cena begin to battle, Orton went for his signature backbreaker, but Cena countered into an STF and tried to get Orton to tap out, and just when Orton was about to tap, Roman Reigns caught his arm and pulled Orton out of the ring and then tossed him over the announce table. Reigns got in the ring and the third stare down from Reigns and Cena but this time they begin to brawl! Roman gets the advantage and is looking to hit The Superman Punch, but Cena avoided and hit Reigns with a side slam but only for two. Once back to their feet Reigns ducks a clothesline from Cena and connects with The Superman Punch that sets Cena up for The Spear. Reigns waits for Cena to get to his feet before running at him and connecting with The Spear. Roman Reigns covers Cena and Kane barley saves the match. Reigns begins to brawl with Kane in the corner and connected with The Superman Punch onto Kane, and Kane falls onto the ropes. Reigns leaves the ring and dropkicks Cena while running around the ring, next on his list was Randy Orton who was on the announce table and last was The Devil’s Favorite Demon! Roman takes at Orton and spears him through the barricade! Roman Reigns makes his way back in the ring and connects with The Spear on Kane and covers him for the win, but Cena breaks it up! Cena covers Kane, but Reigns breaks it up. Reigns tries to toss Cena out, but John Cena counters Roman Reigns and tosses him out of the ring before hitting Kane with The Attitude Adjustment, Cena covers Kane, but Reigns breaks it up and then covers Kane, but Cena breaks it up and then hits Reigns with The Attitude Adjustment for the win, but Kane breaks it up this time, and covers Reigns until Cena breaks it up. Roman Reigns is back up and connects with a Spear to Kane and covers him to win, but Orton breaks up the pin and hits Reigns with an RKO, but before he can pin someone Cena lifts Orton onto his shoulders and hits The Attitude Adjustment to Orton onto Kane. Cena covers Kane for the win!

Winner & Still WWE World Heavyweight Champion – John Cena

Grade, A-, I think most of us already knew that Cena was walking away as champ tonight, since it was practically leaked that he would defend his title against Brock Lesnar at Summer Slam, but WWE did a good job at getting everyone else to pay attention to something, or should I say someone else. Everybody was watching Roman Reigns tonight, to see if he can hang with the big dogs, and I’ll say he did good, but a Fatal Four Way is still able to hide the things he is not good at, which is great, but Reigns still hasn’t proven If he can go in a long singles match where its only him and his opponent. We already know Cena will probably face Lesnar. There has been rumors flying around of Reigns vs. Triple H, but I think that’s a match more worthy of WrestleMania! I would prefer to see Orton take on Reigns, but maybe there is something between him and Kane. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, all I know is big things are in store for Roman Reigns!

 

Superstars of the Night – The Usos

I found tonight Superstar of night rather hard. Roman Reigns did good, but not amazing, Jericho did win, but it an alright match and it’s not like received much of a reaction after he won and sadly Dean Ambrose did not get to compete, but that opening match between The Usos and The Wyatts was amazing! A Match of the Year nominee if you ask me! What really shocked me is The Usos coming away with the win, I would of bet money that The Wyatts walked out as champ, I’m glad I didn’t! Uso sent a message out to every team tonight. You want some come get some!

WWE NXT |7-17-14|”I’m looking to Embarrass him!”

Hello my friends and welcome to my review of this weeks edition of NXT! Tonight’s advertised Main Event is a revenge match between Tyson Kidd and Sami Zayn!

Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillians (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)

Amore’s music starts off the show as both Enzo and Colin Cassady make their way to the ring for some tag team action. It was brought up by the commentators that Enzo and Colin have not teamed with each other for over 8 months, because of Enzo’s leg injury at the time. Out next are their opponents Aiden English and Simon Gotch, The Vaudevillians! The have a new entrance this week, where a man comes out in their entrance video and introduces them. Once he calls their name the spotlight shines on that certain superstar revealing them from the dark. It honestly was really cool and something I suggest you look up yourself, because I probably did a terrible job of explaining it! Enzo Amore and Aiden English start off the match. The two were honestly back and forth, Aiden kept Enzo tried to keep Enzo under control with submission holds and basic slams, but Enzo is a, bit of a loose cannon, and when he begins to shoot there is no stopping him! The two went back and forth with strikes, English eventually lands one that sends Amore back into his corner and Colin Cassady makes the tag! Big Cass makes his way in the ring, and the commentators are quick to bring up the past between Aiden and Cass! Colin went right after Aiden with some heavy strikes, but as he lifted Aiden over his head, English managed to fall out and make the tag to Simon Gotch. Gotch ran at Big Cass full force, but Colin got his knee up and The Strong Man ran right into his knee! Colin Cassady continued to control Simon, until The Legionaries music hit and Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louise make their way out. Simon Gotch rolls Colin up from behind off the distraction and grabs a handful of tight to grantee him the victory!

Winners – The Vaudevillians

Grade – B, This match could have been great. Out of all the tag teams, the two teams that are closest to The Ascension level are The Vaudevillians and The team of Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady! But it looks like we are going to have to wait for a real showdown between these two teams, and from what little we saw, it’s promising! Watching Enzo and Aiden going back and forth was entertaining, but the big pop of the match was when Simon Gotch came in and we got to see him and Big Cass battle for the first time. Cass kind of dominated him, and if it weren’t for the distraction maybe we could of seen Gotch make a comeback, but instead The Vaudevillians have no shame in cheating to win. It seems NXT wants us focusing on these three teams, and what I think would be cool is if we got to see all three of these teams fight over the right to challenge The Ascension for their Tag Team Titles!

The Ascension Video Promo

Immediately after the Tag match, a video promo of The NXT Tag Team Champions is shown. Konner briefly talks, but Viktor does majority of the talking. The two talk about how a lot of teams want the NXT Tag Team Champions, but no matter how good you are if you set your eye on their titles you will fail. Viktor ended the promo by stating “If You think you’re the Hunter than your mistaken, because when you face The Ascension, you are only The Hunted.”

The Demise of The Beautiful Fierce Females

We are shown a video that was titles by the commentators “The Demise of The BFF’s” The video started off by showing Charlotte’s win over Natalya that earned her, her first NXT Womens Championship! The video quickly turns to showing Summer Rae’s return and how it all went south from there. The video ended with Summer winning the Number One Contendership to Charlotte’s NXT Womens Championship and how it will be “The Summer of Summer” when she wins. Once the video ends it is announce next week on NXT Charlotte will defend her NXT Womens Championship against Summer Rae!

CJ Parker vs. Xavier Woods

CJ Parker makes his way to the ring first, and I’ll be the first one to admit that he has some catch theme music! Out next is WWE Main Roster superstar, Xavier Woods! These two have had a bit of a mini feud as of late. CJ basically wants Xavier’s spot and says if he was in his position that he would be doing a lot more than Xavier is! Woods took offense to that, and despite Parker’s apology last week Woods poked fun at CJ which resulted in Parker attacking him from behind! Woods overpowered CJ early on and maintained that control with high offensive attacks like the drop kicks and Leg Drops! Xavier dominated over Parker for a long time, turning Parker’s chest red with some nasty chops, but CJ managed to get back into the match as he sent Xavier face first into the bottom rope! Parker followed up with some stiff stomps and kept Woods grounded with a headlock. Xavier fought out of it and got himself back in the match and landed an impressive Over the Rope Spinning DDT! Woods covered CJ for the win, but Parker kicked out at two. Xavier surprised by the kick out, immediately went to the top rope and went for a Diving Cross Body but missed. CJ Parker lined Xavier up for his kick, but Xavier ducked and bounced Parker off the rope and went to roll him up for a pin, but CJ Parker turned the pin into his favor to win the match.

Winner – CJ Parker

Grade – C, Pretty much just a basic match here tonight. I don’t know if it’s CJ or not, but I feel he has sparks of greatness, but he flames out after a while. Tonight just wasn’t really their night, the ending where CJ pinned Xavier looked like he messed it up. I think he was supposed to be holding onto the ropes to make it look like a cheap victory but he didn’t. I have a feeling these two aren’t done with each other yet, but hopefully their future bouts will be better than this!

Backstage Interview W/Sami Zayn

Devin Taylor is backstage with Sami Zayn! She asks Zayn about his feelings towards his match against Tyson Kidd later tonight. Zayn spoke about how he feels ever since Kidd as shown up in NXT we have slowly seen the real Tyson Kidd. He went on to call Tyson many un-kind things and even stated Tyson is living in the shadow of his wife. He ends the interview by saying if you would have said he was fighting Kidd two months ago, he would have been excited, but tonight he is just looking to embarrass him!

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks

Alexa makes her way to the ring first, and during her entrance a video was played of a promo she cut before the match. Bliss talked about her previous victory over Sasha and how Banks underestimated her because of how Nice She is and Her Size! She even spoke how Banks former BFF’s where there. Banks makes her way down to the ring, and the match is on the way. Alexa Bliss starts off the match with quick pin falls, but each only for two. Banks, obviously annoyed by Bliss, lands a stiff dropkick after she kicks out of the second pin begins to dominate Alexa. Hitting many stiff strikes and even hitting her signature move! She hangs Bliss in the middle of the turnbuckles and then jams her knees right in Alexa’s gut! The Boss covers Alexa, but Bliss kicks out at two. Sasha continues to control Alexa, but Bliss did manage to fight back into it! Alexa using her speed to her advantage began to counter Sasha, and made her way to the top rope before she did and impressive flip over Banks! Sasha is not impresses though and it wasn’t long until she landed a Backbreaker and followed up with a Chin-Lock submission hold to force Alexa Bliss to tap out.

Winner – Sasha Banks

Grade – B-, Not a bad match between the two tonight, but we got to see The Boss dominate more tonight! It must be nice for Sasha to no longer have the distraction of The BFF’s at her side as she avenges her loss tonight. Alexa Bliss shows promise as we get to see more of her in ring skill. She still seems incredibly green to me, but she is improving each and every week. I don’t think it will be too long be Sasha Banks throws her name in the bucket of challenger for The  NXT Womens Championship!

Backstage Interview W/Tyler Breeze

Devin Taylor is backstage with Tyler Breeze and she asks him when he is going to challenge Adrian Neville for his NXT Championship. Breeze goes on to talk about greatness takes time! And once again states he suffered a Modeling Injury when he broke he broke his finger. He did say he had his agent working on the contract now! But of course it doesn’t take hours to get a contract done! Tyler than showed us his Music Video once again!

Backstage Interview W/Tyson Kidd

Before the interview, we are shown of video from last week. A reported walked tried to catch up with Natalya after the show and ask her what her reaction is to Tyson Kidd, but Natalya simply responded with a “I don’t want to talk about it.”  Devin Taylor is backstage with Tyson Kidd. She asks him about Natalya, and Kidd respond by asking her why she is wasting his time. He states when she interviewed Sami she didn’t ask him about his family! He then says what she should be asking him about is his victory over Sami Zayn, and as for his wife, she is a former WWE Divas Champion, she can take a bump and she understands accidents happen in the ring, but tonight when he beats Sami in the ring that won’t be an accident!

Adam Rose vs. Jason Jordan

Adam Rose and The Exotic Express make their return to NXT tonight and apparently Jason Jordan’s Tag Team Partner, Tye Dillinger was last seen with The Exotic Express and now he is injured, and Jason Jordan is going to get to the bottom of it! The match started off with Rose pulling off his usual antics, running his fingers down Jordan’s chest and jumping in his arms before pulling him down into a headlock! Rose kept control over Jordan through the begging but it was not long before Jordan fought back in this match landing a huge elbow on a unaccepting Rose. Jordan followed up with a great dropkicks and a very impressive suplex into a pin of only two. Jordan maintained control over Rose keeping him grounded with a headlock, but Rose fought back into the match and managed to get Jordan into the turnbuckle and hit his signature Cho Cho! Jordan stumbled to his feet right into Rose’s Party Foul. Adam Rose covers Jason Jordan for the win!

Winner – Adam Rose

Grade- C, Adam Rose makes his return to NXT to much fanfare! These two put on a basic match here with few things to boast about! I’m not sure if this whole Tye Dillinger thing is a storyline or not, but if it is that’s sucks for another upcoming team in the blooming NXT Tag Team Division. Adam Rose remains to be undefeated in the WWE/NXT!

Backstage Interview W/Kalisto

Devin Taylor is backstage with Kalisto. She talks about how he has already challenged for the NXT Tag Team Championship and almost defeated The Number One Contender for the NXT Championship, Tyler Breeze. Kalisto tells Devin he would rather talk about his future victories and not his past losses before he is interrupted by The Vaudevillians. Kalisto asks them what they are doing here and Aiden proceeds to hold up a sign reading “Where’s Your Partner?” Kalisto states that He and El Local parted ways, but proceed to tell The Vaudevillians that he can find a new and one and beat them, before asking If their speechless and then leaving!

Tyson Kidd vs. Sami Zayn

Both Tyson Kidd and Sami Zayn make their entrances and the match is quickly under way. Tyson dodged Sami early on using the rules to his advantage forcing the ref to pull Zayn off him during collision in the turnbuckle and against the ropes, the match finally gets under way when Sami finally gets his hands on Tyson landing clothesline after clothesline and following with an impressive Back Body Drop. Tyson Kidd uses the turnbuckle to pull himself up and Sami Zayn ran full force a Kidd looking for the Helluva Kick, but Tyson Kidd rolls out of the ring before Zayn could hit it. Sami rolls out after Kidd, but Tyson is up on the apron and runs at Sami landing a stiff kick to his chin and follows up with a suplex on the steel ramp on the outside of the ring before the commercial break. Once were back from the break we see Tyson Kidd cover Sami Zayn for a one count and then continue to keep control over Sami Zayn. Sami tries to fight back and the two superstars find themselves in the turnbuckle and Kidd begins to beat down on Zayn in the Turnbuckle before lifting him up and tying Zayn to the Tree of Woe! Tyson runs over to the other side of the ring and begins to measure Zayn up as the crowd sings The Chicken Dance at Kidd! Tyson does not let it bother him as he runs as Zayn full force and lands a harsh dropkick to Sami’s face. Tyson keeps control over Zayn grounding him with a headlock, but Zayn manages to get out of it and begins to brawl with Tyson and bounce of the ropes to land an impressive dropkick onto Tyson. Kidd rolls out of the ring, but Sami Zayn is one step ahead of Kidd as he uses the ropes to hit a Springboard Moonsault onto Tyson on the outside of the ring. Tyson rolls himself back into the ring and Sami rushes to the tope rope to land a cross body onto an unsuspecting Kidd! Zayn forces Kidd up and locks hands with him before slapping the chest of Kidd. Sami than went to run off the ropes, but Tyson counters into a drop toe hold, sending Sami face first into the bottom turnbuckle. Sami lays his head out side of the ring, a choice he would soon regret as Tyson Kidd lands a over the rope leg drop onto him, and then keeps control over Zayn. Sami has a brief moment when he and Kidd continued to counter each other, as the two attempted to German Suplex each other, but once again it was Tyson Kidd he win the debacle and lands a German Suplex onto Sami Zayn. Tyson climbs to the top rope and Sami tries to battle him but Kidd just kicks him away and leaps for an Elbow Drop, but he lands right onto Zayn’s Knees! Sami begins to take control and lands Blue Thunder Bomb that gets him only a two count! Tyson rolls on to the outside apron, Sami runs at him but Kidd catches him off guard with a stiff kick! Sami is on wobbly legs as Tyson runs to the top rope and lands a Blockbuster on Sami, but only for a two count. The two have a weird exchange but Tyson ends up locking in the Sharpshooter! Sami struggles to get to the ropes, and when he does Tyson just pulls him way. Sami did end up making it to the ropes refusing to tap out to Kidd! Tyson once again goes to the top rope and dives at Sami, but Zayn catches him in the air and takes him down to the mat where he locks in The Koji Clutch to force Tyson Kidd to tap out!

Winner – Sami Zayn

Grade – A, Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd continue to put on great matches together. These two have great chemistry together and make perfect rivals. Zayn has always been a fan favorite on NXT and I feel he always will be! Tyson has pulled off his new heel role perfectly, and suffers a tough loss here tonight. It’ll be interesting to see how Tyson responds to this!

Superstars of the Night – The Vaudevillians

Tonight marks the first time we have two superstars of the night! The Vaudevillians have quickly become a top team in NXT and it would appear they are heading down the road to challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championships! Sami Zayn may of had a great match against Tyson Kidd tonight, and he finally got his revenge, but Aiden English and Simon Gotch managed to catch my attention during each of their segments. They opened up the show against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady and what was a very exciting match up, that sadly ended early due to the distraction of The Legionaries, but it makes me hope foe a three way team match for the #1 Contendership to the Tag belts! Also their segment with Kalisto was a lot better than it should of been. Both Simon Gotch and Aiden English are excelling in their new role as a team, and are the only real challenge right now to The Ascension’s Tag Team Titles Reign.

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WWE NXT |7-10-14| The Summer of Summer!

Hello my friends and welcome to my review of July Tenth’s edition on NXT! Tonight our advertised main event is Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel taking on Sami Zayn & Justin Gabriel! Also tonight Bayley battles Summer Rae over the #1 Contendership for the NXT Womens Championship!

Bayley vs. Summer Rae

Starting off the night with the number one contenders match for the NXT Womens title, out first is Bayley to a nice reaction and then out comes Summer Rae! Bayley takes early control in the match when she sides steps Summer early on, and began to beat down in the turnbuckle. Bayley would not let up on Summer at all hitting some impressive maneuvers like her signature belly to bellies and of course showing more of her new aggressive side! The commentators spoke about how huge Bayley’s upset victory over our NXT Womens Champion was! Summer eventually left the ring to the outside, but Bayley soon followed. This would lead to Bayley’s demise, as Summer rolled back in the ring and as Bayley was about to, Rae landed a striking kick to her opponent shoulder. Summer Rae began her dominance over the match up, grounding Bayley with many strikes and submission moves. Bayley tried to fight back, but Summer always managed to keep her down until she bounced Bayley off the ropes and when for a spinning heel kick, until Bayley got her leg and swung the leg forward, forcing Summer to fall face first into the mat. Bayley began to get back into the match up catching Summer off guard with many clotheslines and eventually went for the Belly to Bayley, but Summer countered into The Summer Dream to pick up the victory!

Winner & #1 Contender for the NXT Womens Title – Summer Rae

Grade – B, A great match to start off the night! If these two were given more time, I bet the grade would be higher. Its matches like this that makes me wonder why WWE doesn’t let Summer Rae run with this character. Bayley has been gaining quite a following as of late and I feel she was the star of the match. As always she played with the crowd, if the chanted “One More Time!” She gladly provided it! And she even earned herself a “Bayley’s Gonna Hug You!” Chant. It’s just a matter of time for Bayley, but for now the NXT Womens Champion, Charlotte’s attention is all focused on her former ally, as it seems like we are going to get that BFF feud. I still hope Sasha gets added somehow making it a Triple Threat! Or maybe that can happen further down the line!

Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville (c) segment & Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel Interview

I’ve decided to batch these two segments together since they are the same rivalry and they happened right after each other. The commentator brush up on what happened last week before showing us a video from last week of Sami Zayn and The NXT Champ, Adrian Neville backstage after what happened. Neville checked on Zayn and shouted how cheap the attack was. Zayn talks about how he blames himself (nothing new) for Kidd attacking him, saying he should have expected it! Zayn than goes on to state he was more surprised how easy Justin Gabriel is to brainwash and guarantees Kidd and Gabriel that they have not seen the last of him and Neville! Than we are immediately backstage after the video ends, where Devin Taylor is backstage ready to interview both Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel! Devin talks to Justin about his shocking turn last week. Justin talks about how he was on NXT 4 years ago and now 4 years later he finds himself back here. He says Tyson was right all along and all it took was one more loss for him to realize. Gabriel ends his part of the interview by saying “to be successful, sometimes you need to break a few rules.” Before Devin could interview Tyson Kidd, Kidd walked off. It was than announced that later tonight Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel will face off against Sami Zayn and the NXT Champion, Adrian Neville!

Sin Cara vs. Wesley Blake

Before this match take place, it was announced that the #1 Contender for the NXT Title & Award Winning Music Artist – Tyler Breeze has entered the building. Sin Cara’s music plays and the masked superstar made his way to the ring. The commentators talks about how Sin Cara is looking to reestablish himself, and what better place to do it than NXT! Already in the ring is his opponent tonight, Wesley Blake, one of NXT’s resident enhancement talents! Sin Cara and Blake chain wrestle for a bit in the beginning, but it was not long before Sin Cara took control off the match. He used his lucha background catching Blake off guard with many roll ups and even an impressive dive to the outside of the ring! Blake was not without his moments! While in the turnbuckle he landed an huge right hand to Sin Cara and then continued to beat down on the masked superstar. Blake targeted the arm of Sin Cara, as he locked in an arm lock and kept it locked in for quite a while until Sin Cara got back to his feet and rolled out of the move. Cara began to get back into the match, ducking clotheslines from Blake while landing his own high flying moves; eventually Blake found himself perfectly for Sin Cara’s High Angle Flip, as The Masked Superstar landed the flip and covered Wesley Blake for the win!

Winner – Sin Cara

Grade – B-, So it would appear that Sin Cara is following in the footsteps of Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, as he is now looking to make his mark on NXT! Tonight’s match wasn’t too bad. It accomplished its goal and they managed to put on a pretty entertaining match. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. I’m not sure if Sin Cara will challenge Neville for the NXT Title, but I think what’s best for him is to form a team with fellow masked superstar, Kalisto! And join the expanding NXT Tag Division!

Tyson Kidd & Natalya Segment

Kidd is in the back getting ready for his match, when his wife Natalya approaches him. The couple talks about Kidd’s interview with Renee Young last week. Nattie brought up the fact that she felt Tyson was blaming her for his loss to Neville. Tyson apologized to Nattie and then Natalya expresses how she doesn’t like how Kidd has been acting lately. Tyson tells her that this is the start of the new Tyson Kidd and he is going to go out to the ring, and he would love Nattie to come but if she wants to hang out in the back, that it is fine with him to. So it would appear that Kidd and Nattie are still having their own problems, but it seems Tyson is not worried about them at all! Tyson is to focused on making a name for himself, that he can’t see that Natalya is worried about him! It should be interesting to see where this goes as Tyson left Natalya with a decision to make!

Summer Rae & Sasha Banks Segment

Summer Rae and Sasha Banks are backstage doing their makeup. Summer is bragging about her win over Bayley earlier and Sasha sarcastically states that Summer really deserved that match. Summer goes on about how Sasha is going to want to be her friend again because when she beat Charlotte everyone is going to forget about her! She walks off after telling Banks her lipstick looks “cute.” Sasha still remains to be the wild card in this whole BFF thing. I’m pretty positive that her alliance with Charlotte is over after last week, but it seems that the original two BFF’s may be reforming, which could mean bad news for the NXT Womens Champion.

CJ Parker & Xavier Woods In-Ring Segment

CJ Parker makes his way down to the ring and grabs a mic. He says he wants to apologize for something’s he said last week and asked Xavier Woods to come down to the ring. Woods shortly made his way to the ring, and Parker apologized but Woods explained about how he was about to get his PHD, which means he is not stupid and that he uses logic and logic is the only thing keeping him from ripping that rainbow nest out of Parker’s hair. CJ explained he didn’t want to fight and just wanted peach and extend his hand, but once again Xavier pokes fun at CJ before walking away. Parker had enough and attacked him from behind. Parker explained how he didn’t want it to be this way before the referees separated them. It’s honestly amazing to see how far the CJ Parker character has come! I remember when it was just a big name jobber and now he is quickly becoming one of the better heels. I honestly kind of felt bad for Parker tonight and felt like Woods was the one at fault. Parker apologized for his actions, he didn’t deny them, and even wanted to push whatever problems he and Woods had to the side, but Xavier a man who uses “logic” somehow didn’t see that his constant making fun of Parker was going to set him over!

The Vaudevillians Video Package

A video package is shown of The Vaudevillians, and of course the video is in black in white. They stayed loyal to the old time video era as the two spoke about how soon the will be NXT Tag Team Champions. I wouldn’t rush The Vaudevillians into a feud with The Ascension yet. I would say have them feud with Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger for a while until they are more established as a team. No team at this moment in the tag division, (minus teams like Zayn and Neville and Gabriel and Kidd) are on the level of The Ascension yet!

Bull Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins

Bull Dempsey makes his way to the ring as Angelo Dawkins waits for him in the ring. When the match begins, it does not take Bull long to gain control. Dempsey controlled Dawkins heavily early on landing many heavy strikes and splashes in the turnbuckle. Dawkins had a brief moment of light when he flipped over Dempsey and tried to pull him down for a pin, but Bull just dropped down right on to the chest of Dawkins. Bull continued his dominance over Angelo with only a brief hiccup at the end when Angelo landed some stiff jabs and took Bull off his feet with a dropkick. Bull quickly got back into control once again with the heavy strikes until he lifted Angelo up for The Bulldozer to win the match.

Winner – Bull Dempsey

Grade – C+, Bull Dempsey is still new so I’m not expecting to see much from him. Despite having a very bland look to him, Bull is actually pretty good in the ring, he lives up to his name of being part of a dying breed of old school wrestlers. Angelo had his brief moments, but there wasn’t a point where I actually thought he would win. I expect Bull to continue his dominance until he possibly crosses paths with Mojo Rawley.

Interview W/Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville ©

Sami Zayn is backstage and is ready to interview the NXT Champion, Adrian Neville. Zayn asked Neville why he came down to help him and Neville responded by saying how far they go back and then stating he will always have his back. Neville than asks Zayn, what’s next and Zayn responds by saying that they go to the ring and beat up Kidd and Gabriel before throwing the mic behind him back to Devin Taylor. It’s times like this where I don’t like Sami Zayn. I’ll admit he is one hell of a wrestler, but I don’t know if it’s his personality or just his character, but Sami Zayn really annoys me.

Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville © vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd W/Natalya

It is now time for our main event, and everyone makes their entrance normal except of Tyson Kidd. Kidd comes out with Natalya and it seems like Nattie made her decision! As the couple made their way to the ring, Natalya garnered a huge reaction from the crowd! The bell rings and it looks like Tyson Kidd is going to start off with our NXT Champion! The two chain wrestler for a few minutes, until Neville gains the advantage over Kidd and this is where the team of Neville and Zayn begin their dominance. Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn managed to keep Tyson down while making quick tags back and forth to each other. Zayn had Kidd in an arm wringer, but Tyson got his knee into the gut of Zayn and quickly made a tag to Justin, but as soon as Gabriel came in Sami regained control with a hip toss and a quick tag over to Neville which resulted in an impressive feat of teamwork when Neville landed a corkscrew splash onto Justin Gabriel off of Zayn’s back while Sami was on all fours! Gabriel kicks out a two, but Neville goes right back into control over Gabriel. Justin manages to get away from Neville to make a tag to Kidd, but the NXT Champion still manages to keep control over Kidd and tag in Zayn. Zayn locks a headlock onto Kidd and Tyson pushes him all the way back into his corner. Sami fights out of it attacking both Kidd and Gabriel. Sami takes Justin off the apron, but pays for it when Tyson comes over from behind and tosses Zayn over the ropes onto the outside of the ring before the commercial break! Back from the commercial break and we see that Justin Gabriel is now in control over Sami Zayn, and this marks the first time the team of Kidd and Gabriel are in the driver’s seat. The team worked well together, showing their great synergy landing stereo kicks onto the chest of Zayn and numerous other high flying moves. Zayn finally began to fight back as he looked to make a tag to Neville. Justin Gabriel held on to the tight of Zayn, while Sami swung his elbow backwards. Eventually Justin pulled Sami back and tossed him into the turnbuckle, but it was no use as Zayn dodged Gabriel and tagged in Adrian Neville. The NXT Champion came in fast landing many stiff kicks to Gabriel but only could pick up near falls. Neville would not let up and Gabriel, landing many heavy maneuvers including an impressive power bomb that earned him a 2 count! Justin had to fight Neville off to make the tag to Tyson and Kidd spring boarded of the ropes, but the NXT Champ caught Tyson in midair and landed a super kick. Neville covers Tyson and Kidd barley kicks out at two! Neville drags Tyson over to the corner and climbs to the top. It looks like he is going to attempt The Red Arrow, but Justin Gabriel provides a distraction long enough for Kidd to get up and dropkick Neville of the ropes and then hit a springboard elbow that could of won the match if not for Sami Zayn who broke the pin up at two. Gabriel ran at Zayn, and Sami pulled the rope down sending Gabriel to the outside. Back in the ring Neville and Kidd are going back and forth until Neville begins to build up some speed and dives to the outside of the ring onto Justin Gabriel, meanwhile I guess Sami Zayn got the tag as he and Kidd are now in the ring. Sami is controlling Kidd until he sends him to the outside. Sami Zayn than starts to build up speed just like Neville did, and Zayn flips over the ropes onto Kidd, Gabriel and even his partner Adrian Neville. Sami tosses Kidd back into the ring, but scurries over into the turnbuckle and it seems he hurt his knee. The referee is keeping Zayn back while Natalya is checking on her husband. Kidd tries to land a cheap shot on Zayn, but Sami blocks it and lands his own punch that sends Kidd back into Natalya, knocking her off the apron. Both Kidd and Zayn go to check on Nattie, but Kidd uses the distraction to his advantage as he rolls Sami up for the three!

Winners – Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel

Grade – A-, Tyson Kidd continues to steal the show on NXT. His character is quickly becoming the most hated heel/bad guy on the roster. Sami Zayn plays the perfect good guy in this rivalry and he and Zayn are sure to put on great matches. I hope we get to see all four of these superstars battle for the NXT World title in a four way match of some kind, but from what it seems like is that the story is going to focus heavily on Zayn, Kidd, and Natalya.

 

Superstar of the Night – Summer Rae

I was originally thinking about giving this award to Tyson Kidd again, but I feel becoming #1 Contender is bigger than just winning a tag match. Once again the show was all about Tyson and he even pulled out a victory over Sami Zayn and NXT Champion, Adrian Neville, but Summer Rae not only opened the show with Bayley, but she same away with the #1 Contendership for Charlotte’s NXT Womens title. We now know for sure that the BFF’s are going to collide and I for one am excited for it!

 

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