WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 6

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2014

WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 6

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    One week after an outstanding NXT Arrival, WWE presented its first regular episode of NXT on the WWE Network.

    Just seven days after scoring the biggest win of his career, not to mention his first NXT Championship, Adrian Neville would be in action. Would Bo Dallas stake his claim for a rematch, or would a new No. 1 contender emerge from the pack?

    After his classic battle with Cesaro last week, how would Sami Zayn attempt to rebound?

    Paige and Emma had a very physical, hard-fought match that captivated the audience and showed the world the type of action women in wrestling are capable of delivering. Would they cross paths again this week, or would another NXT Diva such as Charlotte, Sasha Banks or Bayley throw their name in the hat for a title opportunity?

    What about the stars fans did not get to see last week? Who would make an impact on this week's broadcast?

    All of these questions would be answered inside the NXT Arena at Full Sail University.

Opening Match: Adrian Neville vs. Camacho

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    One week after winning his first NXT Championship from Bo Dallas in a Ladder match, Adrian Neville squared off with second-generation star Camacho.

    The son of legendary performer and legitimate tough guy Haku, Camacho put in a solid effort, keeping Neville grounded for the most part and controlling the match for the majority of the time.

    As most do, however, he made one mistake, and the new champion was quick to take advantage. A kick to the chest was followed shortly thereafter by the Red Arrow from Neville for the win.

     

    Result

    Adrian Neville, via pinfall, following the Red Arrow.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    The always breathtaking Red Arrow finisher from Neville.

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    The entire purpose of the match was to put over the new NXT champion and introduce him to an audience that may be seeing him for the very first time.

    While it would have been nice to see Neville get in a little more offense, especially against the otherwise irrelevant Camacho, Neville has always been the scrappy competitor who fights from underneath, seizes an opportunity and picks up wins as a result.

    A fine way to kick off the title reign.

In-Ring Promo: Neville, Renee Young and Bo Dallas

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    Following Neville's victory, the always lovely Renee Young caught up with the NXT champion.

    Neville put over the thrill of last week's NXT Arrival and how much it meant to capture the title after 10 years of hard work and dedication. He spoke on not being the prototypical champion but mentioned that no one can question what he does between the ropes.

    Just to rub the victory in the face the former champion, Neville echoed the crowd's chants of "No more Bo," which brought out the third-generation star.

    Bo promised his rival that he would soon be cashing in his rematch clause and when he did, he would be regaining the title he held for 280 days.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    "I look like some elf man."--Neville on not being the prototypical champion

    "You can question how I talk. You can question how I look. One thing you can never question is what I do in here." --Neville on his in-ring abilities

    "You climbed up a ladder like a dad cleaning out his gutters." --Bo Dallas on the way Neville won the NXT title

    "Hey Adrian...it's Bo time." --Dallas on his impending rematch

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    Talking is not Neville's strong point, and it showed in his longer-than-necessary post-match promo.

    The line about looking like an elf man was funny, and true, but the rest sounded very much like a promo Daniel Bryan or CM Punk may cut after winning the WWE Championship. It was rehashed and tired, and Neville's delivery of it did not help matters.

    It will take a while to get used to seeing Dallas without the NXT title around his waist. With that said, his promo was good enough but really did nothing to make anyone want to see yet another match between the two.

    In wrestling, it is only a matter of time before the former champion evokes his rematch clause, but this soon after what felt like a feud-ending match is not the time.

Backstage Promo: Emma, Renee Young, Ric Flair and Charlotte

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    In a post-match interview from last week's show, Renee Young caught up with a disappointed Emma.

    The Aussie Diva showed great respect for Paige, stating that she deserved to be champion. Before she could wrap up her thoughts, however, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair interrupted. He introduced his daughter, Charlotte, to the conversation and stated that she will be the next NXT Women's champion.

    Charlotte disingenuously offered her friendship to Emma, who ultimately ignored both the second-generation Diva and her father.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    "Paige deserves to be champion." --Emma on her hard-fought match with Paige at NXT Arrival

    "You and Paige are going to have to understand that the next women's NXT champion is going to be my lovely daughter, Charlotte." --Ric Flair

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Given the limited experience Charlotte has between the ropes and the little exposure she has had before the NXT faithful, there is no better way to help her get over as the top heel in the division than by associating her with her father, the legendary Ric Flair.

    Father and daughter were great here as smug villains looking to establish Charlotte as the new No. 1 contender to the NXT Women's Championship.

    Charlotte held her own, and Emma just blatantly tuning both of the Flairs out played up the newest main-roster addition's character very well.

Backstage Promo: Paige, Renee Young, Ric Flair and Charlotte

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    Renee Young caught up with the other competitor from the NXT Women's Championship match, Paige.

    Before the champion could give her thoughts on the match and really answer Young's questions, Ric Flair and Charlotte once again made an appearance. What they said basically echoed what they told Emma. The only exception came when Flair put over how great a champion Paige was.

    Charlotte once again ended by telling one of her fellow NXT Divas that she was the future Women's champion.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    "After that match, I welcome all challengers." --Paige on what's next for her and the NXT Women's Championship

    "You are actually, in my estimation...awesome. A great champion." --Ric Flair on Paige

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    A lesser grade for this promo, which may have actually been better than the one involving Emma, because of its repetition. The same thing could have been easily accomplished had Flair and Charlotte interrupted both Emma and Paige rather than telling both women the same thing in two different promos.

    Charlotte as the self-entitled second-generation Diva taking on Paige, who is also a second-generation wrestler but one who has worked for everything she has gotten, could be a really interesting and entertaining story to watch unfold in the coming weeks and months.

Emma vs. Charlotte

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    The second match of the evening stemmed from the backstage promo between Emma and Charlotte and did a great deal to showcase what kind of competitor fans can expect Charlotte to be as she chases after the coveted NXT Women's title.

    Emma outwrestled Charlotte early, but it was what appeared to be an injury to the ankle of the tall blonde that ultimately set up the finish of the bout.

    The bubbly Emma made one mistake by showing concern for what she thought was Charlotte's injured ankle, then made another by taking her eyes off of her opponent and allowing herself to be distracted by BFF Sasha Banks.

    This allowed Charlotte to catch Emma with a version of John Cena's Throwback neckbreaker and score the pinfall victory.

     

    Result

    Charlotte, via pinfall, following a flipping neckbreaker.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    The nasty landing from Charlotte and the expert sell job that resulted,

    "I think she should carve out her own niche here." --Guest commentator Renee Young on Charlotte listening to her father

    "BETTER THAN BATISTA!" --The NXT audience

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    There was nothing to the actual match. Outside of the initial tie-up and some very basic exchanges, there was very little to judge the contest by from that standpoint.

    What it did accomplish, and why it earned a "C" grade, was that it set up Charlotte as a resourceful and cerebral wrestler who is not afraid to take shortcuts and feign injuries to get what she wants.

    Paige is a very emotional competitor who can let her anger get the best of her in her matches. When the time comes to defend her title against Charlotte, she may be opening herself up to Charlotte's less-than-honest methods.

Backstage Promo: Sami Zayn and Renee Young

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    Moments after the front-runner for Match of the Year between Sami Zayn and Cesaro on last week's NXT Arrival broadcast, Renee Young caught up with Zayn.

    She asked him his thoughts on the match and what Cesaro had to say to him when they embraced in the center of the ring.

    Zayn kept his answers short and sweet, telling the interviewer that it was a personal matter and that he would keep it to himself.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    "I got what I wanted out of that match." --Zayn on the war with Cesaro from Arrival

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    At first glance, a "B+" may seem incredibly generous for an interview segment that lasted less than two minutes and featured a question Zayn declined to answer.

    Upon further review, however, Zayn did answer, and he did so quite powerfully.

    In the weeks leading up to the classic match against Cesaro, Zayn repeatedly stated that he wanted to use the match to propel his career upward and forward. He also stated that he wanted the respect of Cesaro.

    After last week's match, he received both of those things, which is exactly what he told Renee.

    In a roundabout way.

Yoshi Tatsu vs. Corey Graves

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    After being overlooked for a spot on last week's NXT Arrival, a very irritable Corey Graves entered Full Sail University for this week's broadcast, and he was not terribly thrilled with the idea of wasting his time in a match against Yoshi Tatsu.

    He ran down Tatsu on the mic before the match and, when the bell sounded, walked out on the bout.

    It proved to be a ploy, however, as he goaded Tatsu into following him out of the ring and responded by dropping him with a clothesline and sending him into the steel steps.

    This drew a countout victory for Graves.

    After the match, he assaulted Tatsu and applied his Lucky 13 submission move until Sami Zayn hit the ring and challenged him to a match later in the evening.

     

    Result

    Corey Graves via count-out.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    Graves' feigned walkout leading to an assault on Tatsu.

    "Apparently, all you need is heart to get chance after chance after chance against a guy you can’t beat." --Graves on Sami Zayn receiving another shot at Cesaro while he watched from the sidelines

    "Instead, I'm here with Yoshi Tatsu, who hasn't been relevant since...since...well, ever." --Graves on his disdain for being booked against Tatsu

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    A great way to introduce Corey Graves to a WWE Network audience who is seeing him for the first time.

    He really sold the character of a bitter, angry, young competitor who felt slighted and spoke his mind about it. Graves also did a masterful job on using his body language to get across to those watching at home that he beats to his own drum, does what he wants to do when he wants to do it and is largely disinterested in just about everything else around him.

    The cerebral manner in which he goaded Tatsu outside the ring was spectacular, and he even got over his Lucky 13 submission hold in the post-match beatdown.

    Zayn hitting the ring and challenging him to a match both ignited a new rivalry and set up the night's main event.

    A really solid segment that accomplished a lot in a short period of time.

The Adam Rose Party

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    NXT Diva and backstage correspondent Devin Taylor took cameras on a tour of the Adam Rose Party, which looked like a rave at a club in some party movie.

    She found the man of the hour, Mr. Rose, seated on a sofa and surrounded by several ladies.

    Taking a page out of Russel Brand's book, Rose (the former Leo Kruger) spoke about his impending debut and promised that everything would change.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    The craziness of the party was definitely something to behold.

    "This is going to be epic. This is going to be of Jurassic proportions." --Rose on his debut

    "This is a party and you're being boring." --Rose on Devin Taylor's questions

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    The segment was short and sweet and really introduced the NXT fans to the party atmosphere that follows Rose.

    The performer himself, who underwent two character changes while under the Leo Kruger moniker, seemed to really buy into the Rose character and never once did his promo or his mannerisms feel forced or put on.

    It felt very natural and real. If the performer can continue to channel that character and deliver in the increased spotlight that NXT on the WWE Network will ultimately bring with it, WWE could easily have a breakout character on its hands.

Backstage Promos: Xavier Woods, Alexander Rusev, Lana and Renee Young

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    In two short backstage promos following last week's NXT Arrival, Renee Young caught up with Xavier Woods, then Alexander Rusev and Lana.

    Woods compared Rusev to Ivan Drago and himself to Creed, then vowed that this movie would end differently. He challenged Rusev to a match next week.

    When Young caught up with Rusev and his social ambassador Lana, they were all too quick to give Woods an answer to his challenge. Rusev spoke in his native tongue, and Lana reiterated that the challenge had been accepted.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    "I feel like I just got kicked in by a monster." --Woods on the assault at the hands of Rusev

    "Rusev says he accepts." --Lana on Rusev accepting Wood's challenge

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    In what may be some of his best promo work to date in WWE, Xavier Woods dropped the funk gimmick and got serious about his beatdown at the hands of Rusev from last week as well as his intentions to repay the Bulgarian brute on next week's show.

    His promo equating the match to the Rocky IV showdown between Ivan Drago and Apollo Creed was a nice touch, and the intensity with which Rusev approached his quick promo really drove home how dangerous a competitor he is.

    The promos were short, but the content was there, and the company continued to use those post-Arrival promos to set up feuds and matches for future episodes.

Adam Rose vs. Wesley Blake

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    The Adam Rose Party invaded Full Sail University, as the former Leo Kruger made his television debut against enhancement talent Wesley Blake.

    Rose brought an energetic, fun and, well, party-like atmosphere to the arena and instantly got over with the fans in attendance.

    And it was a good thing that he did, because the match was very short and featured a great deal of stalling from Rose before he took Blake down, pounded away, caught him with a spinebuster and finished him with a lariat-like clothesline.

     

    Result

    Adam Rose, via pinfall, following a clothesline.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    Rose's entrance received a "this is awesome" chant from the enthusiastic NXT crowd.

    "This is the Adam Rose Experience before our very eyes." --Byron Saxton on the surreal nature of the Rose character

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    The match was nothing. It was less than nothing. But this is how you debut a new character.

    Rose entered the arena and played the character to perfection. He brought the party to the fans, and they responded kindly. The character was over from the minute the entrance music played.

    The fact that it is so different from anything else in NXT or WWE really helped it connect as quickly as it did.

    Over the coming weeks and months, Rose will have the opportunity to fine-tune the character, and if he can keep up the momentum he gained on this week's show, Rose could easily find himself on the main roster sooner rather than later.

    Considering how long he has been in WWE developmental, both as Rose and Kruger, it would be a well-deserved call-up. 

Sami Zayn vs. Corey Graves

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    The evening's main event was the result of what occurred earlier in the evening when Corey Graves voiced his displeasure with Sami Zayn and was then challenged by Zayn for a match later in the night.

    Graves was the star here, capitalizing on a less-than-100 percent Zayn who was not completely healed from last week's hellacious battle with Cesaro and wearing him down with his submission-based offense.

    Unfortunately, as was a theme in tonight's action, Graves left himself open, and Zayn took advantage.

    Graves caught Zayn in a fireman's carry and appeared to have ended any shot Zayn had at a comeback, but Sami carried his momentum through and caught Graves with a small-package roll-up for the victory.

     

    Result

    Sami Zayn, via pinfall, with a small package.

     

    Highlights and Quotes

    The small-package finish came out of nowhere and put over Zayn's unpredictable nature.

    "Graves is all about chaos. You create chaos wherever you can and then you revel in the results." --Byron Saxton, describing Graves to the audience

    "He knows how to hurt someone really well." --William Regal on Graves' unmatched submission style

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    Anyone expecting a match similar to the Zayn-Cesaro classic from last week was majorly disappointed.

    But that is not an indictment on either wrestler's abilities.

    Graves is a very mat-based submission wrestler who wears his opponents down by putting them through tremendously painful holds. That was on display this week, as he wore Zayn down with a variation of the Tazmission.

    Through Graves shined brighter and was really the star of this week's broadcast, Zayn picked up the win by surprising him with a fluke roll-up. The win, not decisive by any stretch of the imagination, should ensure the that program continues in the coming weeks.