WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 19, 2014
Tyson Kidd's mounting frustration was the topic of conversation on the June 19 episode of NXT.
In the night's main event, he teamed with Sami Zayn to take on The Ascension for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Had the smaller, more talented duo been able to work together, they could have knocked off the dominant champions.
Instead, Kidd let his frustration get the best of him. He dropped off the ring apron and left Zayn to fall victim to the Fall of Man, ensuring that The Ascension retained their titles.
Elsewhere on Thursday's show, Tyler Breeze continued his winning ways by knocking off the speedy luchador Kalisto. Breeze continues to gain momentum heading into his eventual NXT Championship bout against Adrian Neville, and he does so by unleashing ruthless aggression on his opponents.
The BFFs continued to implode as Sasha Banks dropped a match to Alexa Bliss, thanks to a distraction from Summer Rae and Charlotte at ringside.
Mojo Rawley was in action, and Aiden English and Simon Gotch, known collectively as the Vaudevillians, made their NXT debuts.
As the brand continues to build stories and matches that wow fans each and every Thursday, relive this week's show by taking a look at its highlights, grades and analysis.
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
The BFFs attempted to put their dissension behind them Thursday night as Summer Rae and Charlotte accompanied Sasha Banks to the ring for her match against rookie Alexa Bliss.
As has been the case with every recent match involving NXT's resident mean girls, the in-fighting between them cost one of their own a match.
Sasha dominated Bliss, but a disagreement between Summer Rae and Charlotte distracted the Boston native, and Bliss was able to score a rollup and pinfall victory.
The fighting between the Divas continued well after the bell.
Alexa Bliss, via pinfall, with a rollup
Highlights and Quotes
Bliss' entrance is both cute and effective.
The dissension between the BFFs at ringside was exactly what it needed to be.
Sasha Banks is a hidden gem in the NXT Divas division but is oftentimes treated like the third most important member of the BFFs. As the sassy, attitudinal villain, she was the perfect complement to the cute, innocent, perky Bliss, who is athletic and has great potential.
The deconstruction of the BFFs is one of the better and more intriguing storylines to follow every week. With all three women seemingly at one another's throats, it is only a matter of time before they meet in a match with Charlotte's Women's Championship on the line.
Given the crowd's response (chants of "Triple Threat"), the match will be eagerly anticipated.
As for Bliss, she is a great new character and a talented young woman with the potential to be a role model for young ladies everywhere, if she is handled correctly in the coming months.
Mojo Rawley vs. Garrett Dylan
Mojo Rawley looked to continue his winning ways this week as he took on Garrett Dylan in singles competition.
As has become the norm for Rawley's matches, he started hot, took a beating in the middle portion of the bout and then made a comeback to finish his inexperienced opponent with Hyperdrive.
Mojo Rawley, via pinfall, following Hyperdrive
Highlights and Quotes
"Forget the alarm clock and coffee, just have Mojo wake you up." - Byron Saxton on Rawley
"Moves around the ring like a lightweight." - Saxton on Rawley, apparently never having watched a single Mojo match before
"I don't think anyone can take anything Mojo does as weakness." - Regal on Rawley
At some point, Rawley has to do something more, right?
He has fallen victim to treadmill booking recently, racking up wins but doing little of note otherwise. Every week, he sprints to the ring, tears through an opponent and leaves with his arm raised in victory.
Losing a real match or looking weak, like he did at Takeover courtesy of an Alexander Rusev beatdown, will not hurt him and ultimately make him look human in the eyes of the fans. The people simply cannot relate to him as the character stands right now.
Angelo Dawkins and Travis Tyler vs. Aiden English and Simon Gotch
Aiden English and Simon Gotch made their NXT debut as a team with an entrance straight out of a silent film. Dubbed the Vaudevillians, they were greeted with a loud reaction from the fans.
English and Gotch dominated their opponents in what was largely a display to showcase their abilities as a team.
The action was very basic, with the team isolating Tyler. English finished him off, never allowing a tag to Dawkins, following a senton bomb.
The Vaudevillians, via pinfall, when English pinned Tyler
Highlights and Quotes
"There is nothing quite like a chimp on a bike, am I right?" - William Regal
"She said, 'It doesn't matter as long as it fits in the cannon.'" - Regal, referring to Gotch's mother's preference for a boy or girl
"He can bend six-inch bars with his teeth." - Regal on Gotch
As a match, the grade is closer to a C. The action was never really exciting or evolved past a squash match. What it did to earn its grade, however, was introduce the viewing audience to the Vaudevillians' act.
Given the response they received, the crowd is already responsive to the act. A month or so of perfecting the act and allowing the competitors to gain chemistry working together should see them become contenders to the tag titles.
Also, it allowed Regal to deliver several excellent circus jokes, so there's that.
Kalisto vs. Tyler Breeze
The No. 1 contender to the NXT Championship entered the arena to a strong reaction from the NXT Arena, while Kalisto was greeted with chants of "lucha."
Breeze smartly grounded Kalisto early, keeping the lightning-quick luchador from bounding around the ring. Breeze worked a headlock for what felt like an eternity as the crowd grew tired of the match.
Kalisto injected energy into the match, sending Breeze outside the ring and teasing a dive to the floor.
A frustrated and aggressive Breeze took back control of the bout as the show returned from a break. He cut off a brief comeback attempt and continued his assault of the veteran luchador. He again grabbed a front face lock.
Kalisto fought back into the match with a huge cross-body block off the top rope. He caught Breeze with a nice kick to the side of the head and scored a near-fall.
Moments later, Breeze caught Kalisto in midair with the Beauty Shot for the win.
Breeze, via pinfall, following the Beauty Shot
Highlights and Quotes
"When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, it was playing nonstop on the radio." - William Regal, in reference to Breeze's new theme song
"I don't even know who Seth Rogen is." - Regal, in reference to Breeze's prior comparisons between Sami Zayn and Rogen
"You're not gorgeous. That's why you have to wear a mask." - Breeze to Kalisto
If the closing moments of the match showed anything, it was that there was potential for a much better match between Breeze and Kalisto. Instead, fans had to settle for the headlock-heavy bout they were presented Thursday night.
Breeze leaned on the wear-down hold far too much, and the crowd grew bored. By the time the action picked up, it was too late to salvage the match.
It was a nice showcase for Breeze, who looks better and better every week, but the headlock spots were definitely mistakes.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd and Sami Zayn vs. the Ascension
After costing her husband the NXT Championship last week, Natalya secured another title opportunity for Tyson Kidd. It would be a tag title match, with Sami Zayn as his partner. Their opponents? The unstoppable Ascension.
Viktor overpowered Zayn early, opting to work his back. Zayn, ever elusive, was able to momentarily dodge the onslaught but found himself on the receiving end of a ground-and-pound assault at the hands of Konnor.
Kidd, frustrated with his lack of involvement in the match, dropped off the apron and left Zayn to fend for himself.
The Fall of Man finished Zayn off shortly thereafter.
The Ascension, via pinfall, following the Fall of Man on Zayn
Highlights and Quotes
"Frustration can be a motivating factor. If Tyson Kidd and Sami Zayn can channel their mutual frustration, good things could happen." - Tom Phillips
"What a bloodthirsty lot this NXT Universe is." - William Regal
Kidd abandoning Zayn sets up a program between the two that should result in a tremendous match. Otherwise, Thursday's main event served only to put the Ascension over two established stars and quell some of the complaints about their victories over less-than-stellar competition.
It is amazing how much of a role Kidd plays in NXT, given the fact that he could not get a few minutes on any of the main roster shows. He has always been a strong worker but lacked the personality to make a major splash on Raw or SmackDown.
As he has shown thus far in NXT, when given a character or story to sink his teeth into, he can be very effective.