WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 26, 2014
Freshness was the theme of the June 26 episode of NXT, as new faces and stories dominated the undercard while one of the most decorated stars of the last 20 years put over the brand's top star in a highly competitive main event.
Rob Van Dam, one of the most exciting and breathtaking stars of the 2000s, took on this generation's answer to Mr. PPV when he met NXT champion Adrian Neville in the night's marquee match. As he has done with several young stars on the main roster, Van Dam put Neville over clean. It is, arguably, the biggest win of Neville's career and one that helps prove he is ready to mix it up with the top stars in the business.
Newcomer Becky Lynch capitalized on the continued tension and dissension among the BFFs, as she knocked off Summer Rae in singles competition. An experienced ring worker and a double-tough Irishwoman, Lynch made an instant impact and let Women's champion Charlotte know that there are plenty of contenders gunning for her title.
Enzo Amore made his triumphant return to NXT, helping longtime partner Colin Cassady chase away Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort, setting up what should be a rivalry to determine the next contenders to the Ascension's NXT tag team titles.
With another fun, entertaining and potentially game-changing episode of NXT in the books, here is a look back, with grades, analysis and highlights of the June 26 broadcast.
The Vaudevillains vs. T. Perkins and Matt Sugarman
Aiden English and Simon Gotch continued to thrill the NXT Universe with their tribute to 1930s silent films and circus sideshows known as the Vaudevillains. For the second consecutive week, they made an impact and continued to march toward a tag team championship opportunity.
English completely outclassed both Perkins and Sugarman early in the match, then tagged the incredibly strong Gotch into the bout.
English finished off Perkins shortly thereafter with the Senton Bomb, now known as "That's a Wrap."
Aiden English, via pinfall, following That's a Wrap
Highlights and Quotes
"These guys are adorable!" (Renee Young on the Vaudevillains)
"These guys look like they came from a dime museum." (Young)
The opening contest of this week's show was another fine performance from the Vaudevillains. English and Gotch make for a solid team, as English brings the more finesse wrestling style to their matches while Gotch overwhelms opponents with his feats of strength.
Considering the state of the tag division in NXT, another win or two should put him in championship contention.
On a side note, Perkins and Sugarman have two of the worst names ever.
Xavier Woods vs. Bull Dempsey
As Xavier Woods hit the ring for his match against Bull Dempsey, CJ Parker made his way to the ringside area, continuing his crusade to save the environment.
Dempsey, a natural brawler, controlled the match early, trapping Woods in a headlock and keeping the faster star grounded. Dempsey dominated the majority of the bout, pounding away at his smaller opponent.
Woods eventually made a spirited comeback, but Dempsey swatted him away and finished him off moments later with a slam referred to as the Bulldozer.
The victor cut a brief promo after the match, calling himself the "last of a dying breed."
Bull Dempsey, via pinfall, following the Bulldozer
Highlights and Quotes
"Guys, I haven't been this excited for the debut of an NXT performer since I don't know when." (Alex Riley on Bull Dempsey)
"He has the respect of all of his peers here." (Riley on Dempsey)
"NXT has let the children run the household for far too long. This industry used to be dominated by men." (Dempsey in a post-match promo)
The hype machine was in full force for Bull Dempsey, as commentators Renee Young and Alex Riley spent the entire match putting the newcomer over. They basically ignored the fact that he was in the ring with a main-roster talent in Woods as they touted the brawling nature of Dempsey.
Unfortunately, nothing that Dempsey did was of a brawling nature. He pounded away at Woods with some forearms but utilized too many headlocks and a style more consistent with that of a powerful big man than a no-nonsense brawler.
His promo work after the match was very good, but the match left a lot to be desired. Not an overly impressive start for Dempsey, even if he did work hard.
Becky Lynch vs. Summer Rae
Summer Rae was accompanied to the ring by Women's champion Charlotte and Sasha Banks as she prepared to take on newcomer Becky Lynch.
Beck Lynch wore green and did an Irish jig, in case you did not already know she is from Dublin, Ireland.
The crowd was very into Lynch, who frustrated Summer Rae early but walked into a standing heel kick. As Summer Rae took control of the bout, Sasha Banks and Charlotte argued. It distracted Summer momentarily and nearly led to a huge upset.
Summer tried to escape the ring, but her teammates refused to help her. Moments later, she fell victim to a modified T-Bone Suplex, and Lynch scored the first victory of her NXT career.
Becky Lynch, via pinfall, following the T-Bone Suplex
Highlights and Quotes
"Her in-ring personality reminds me of current WWE Divas champion Paige." (Alex Riley)
"What an awesome debut for Becky Lynch." (Riley)
Becky Lynch made her debut on this week's NXT and was immediately portrayed as the stereotypical Irishwoman. She wore emerald green, sported fiery red hair and did an Irish jig on her way to the ring. While she is a tremendous wrestler, dating back to her days in the indies as Rebecca Knox, the gimmick needs to be toned down a bit.
If that happens, the possibilities are endless for the newcomer. Far better between the ropes than her first appearance may have indicated, she has the potential to be one of the women that works with Paige and Emma to restore dignity and quality back to the Divas division on the main roster.
Whether the company can resist the urge to pair her with Sheamus is an entirely different question.
The dissension between the BFFs continued, though not to the extent that it overwhelmed the match. Sasha and Charlotte's unwillingness to help their partner in the BFFs indicates that the leggy ballroom dancer may be the odd woman out.
Not that Charlotte and Sasha are coexisting any better. A Triple Threat match for the Women's Championship should settle the issues between the BFFs for good.
Colin Cassady vs. Sawyer Fulton
A battle of the behemoths unfolded this week when Colin Cassady took on Sawyer Fulton in singles competitors.
The match barely went one minute, as Cassady pinned Swayer following a big boot and an elbow drop.
Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis interrupted Cassady's post-match celebration. Before they could do any damage, Enzo Amore hit the ring and chased the Frenchmen off. A huge "Enzo" chant broke out.
Colin Cassady, via pinfall, following an elbow drop
Highlights and Quotes
"You are a little soft. We should talk about it after the show." (Renee Young to Alex Riley)
"My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bona fide stud. And you can't teach that!" (Amore)
"Badda boom, realest guys in the room!" (Amore and Cassady)
The match between Cassady and Fulton was too short to mean anything but the post-match activities, most notably the return of Enzo Amore, were outstanding.
The NXT Universe greeted Amore with a reaction fit for a star, and the New Jersey native repaid it with tremendous energy. His promo was passionate as he ran down his catchphrases. Cassady looked legitimately happy to have his partner back, and the crowd definitely was.
The impending feud with Lefort and Louis should be entertaining, if only for the mic work alone. Clearly, the reunited babyfaces should be strong competition for the Ascension and the favorites to take the tag titles.
That is, if management is smart enough to strike while the iron is hot.
Adrian Neville vs. Rob Van Dam
No. 1 contender Tyler Breeze joined Renee Young and Rich Brennan.
NXT champion Neville and Van Dam exchanged some strong grappling early. A few quick sequences led to a staredown, as Van Dam briefly resembled the cocky, arrogant competitor that took the wrestling world by storm in the late '90s.
A springboard single-leg dropkick forced Neville to regroup on the outside. He dodged one attempt at a dive by RVD and caught him coming off the apron with a kick to the gut.
Neville left Van Dam lying as we headed to break.
RVD caught Neville with Rolling Thunder as the competitors continued to trade control of the bout back and forth. Van Dam settled down and took control of the match, uncharacteristically dominating the action.
Neville built momentum, making a comeback with a series of forearms and a dropkick to the face. A missile dropkick nearly won it for the champion. A standing Shooting Star Press resulted in a two-count.
Van Dam missed a split-legged moonsault, and Neville followed with a small package for two. Moments later, RVD missed the Five Star Frog Splash and wound up on the receiving end of a big DDT. Red Arrow followed, and Neville picked up a huge win.
Adrian Neville, via pinfall, following Red Arrow
Highlights and Quotes
"The pleasure is all you guys'." (Tyler Breeze)
"I think both of them are fans of Tyler Breeze, and if they're not, they're about to be." (Breeze on Van Dam and Neville)
"You do a very good job of being you." (Renee Young on Breeze)
"If people are telling you you're as beautiful as me, you should take it as a compliment. Even if it isn't true." (Breeze to Young)
This match is going to be overrated tremendously.
Van Dam and Neville had a very competitive match Thursday night. Both men worked extremely hard, and the NXT Universe was into what they were doing in the ring. Van Dam put Neville over clean, something guys in his position may not be all that willing to do. It was a sign of selflessness from one of the most popular stars of the last two decades.
With that said, there was way too much sizzle and not enough steak to the bout, to paraphrase the great play-by-play announcer Jim Ross. The athleticism was there, the effort was there, but there was nothing between moves to make any of it mean anything.
The lack of psychology really hurt the overall quality of the match. What should have been a great match, an A-plus main event if you will, settles for being a good, B-plus match instead.