The Good, the Great and the Awesome from NXT 4/10/14
The April 10th episode of NXT was very much a spotlight for two Superstars on their way to the bright lights and big stage of Monday Night Raw as Adam Rose and Bo Dallas were heavily featured on this week's broadcast.
Dallas attempted to take a page from Daniel Bryan's book and occupy NXT, an idea that failed miserably, then found himself thrust into action against former WWE Tag Team champion Justin Gabriel.
Rose, on the other hand, brought the Adam Rose Experience to NXT and Full Sail University as he took on Danny Burch.
Also in action this week were Bayley, Sasha Banks and Mojo Rawley.
Brodus Clay returned to the show to again stake his claim to an NXT Championship match and this time, he was confronted by champion Adrian Neville.
What would the champion have to say in response to the former Funkasaurus? That question would be answered as NXT hit the WWE Network airwaves.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
The NXT Divas continue to develop excellent chemistry with one another, and they should given how many times they have competed against each other over the last six months.
Banks' fierce and furious offense, including the open-hand slaps to the back that she utilizes to stun her opponents and create an opening, continues to impress.
Bayley, on the other hand, has grown leaps and bounds as evidenced by her recent work. She has finally figured out how to fuse her character with her in-ring worker, and she is a stronger performer because of it.
Banks lost another match, which continues to be a problem. At some point, fans will begin to perceive her as the jobber of the NXT Divas and once that happens, there is no coming back from it.
She is a very talented young woman and could prove to be one of the more valuable Divas for WWE in the near future. Wasting her potential would be a mistake.
Justin Gabriel vs. Bo Dallas
The word "great" is subjective.
This week's match between Justin Gabriel and Bo Dallas was great only when compared to the rest of the action on the show. It was a very solidly wrestled match that continued to spotlight Dallas, as it should, and gave the underutilized Gabriel some television time. The crowd was hot, and the chanted taunts at Dallas and Gabriel's comeback were solid enough.
Dallas scored the win with the double underhook DDT in what should be one of his final appearances on the show.
While there was nothing inherently wrong with the match, it was very basic and not necessarily something one expects to see between a main-roster worker and a young talent on his way to the big show.
Brodus Wants a Shot
Following a match between Mojo Rawley and Sylvester Lefort, Brodus Clay made his way to the ring and roughed up the former manager before taking the microphone and addressing the NXT faithful.
He spoke about watching as John Cena and Triple H publicly endorsed Adrian Neville, then voiced his displeasure about never being offered the same respect. He again made his desire for an NXT title shot known and called out Neville.
This week, the champion answered. They exchanged a few childish insults, and Neville offered to have the fight right then and there, but Brodus left, telling Neville that he would fight on his time only.
It was a very solid angle that did not give away much at all but furthered the story they are trying to tell.
Bo Dallas' attempt a occupying NXT—just like Daniel Bryan did on Raw—in hopes of earning himself a championship match against Adrian Neville failed on an epic level.
After talking up the idea, Dallas watched as fans turned their backs to him and chanted hilarious insults in his direction. Crushed and defeated, Dallas asked, "How can you do this to me? I gave you cookies!"
NXT GM JBL made his way to the stage and called Dallas' attempt at occupying NXT the worst he had ever seen, then unleashed the line of the night: "You don't have enough people in that ring to occupy a seesaw."
Considering the goofiness of the Bo Dallas character, this segment was everything it needed to be. Absolutely delusional in regards to the fans' reaction to him, Dallas finally found out just how much disdain the NXT audience has for him.
If this was Dallas' final appearance for NXT before his call-up to Raw, it was a fitting way to send him off.