WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 10, 2014
The July 10 episode of NXT is in the books, and the saga of Tyson Kidd continues to dominate.
The selfish, frustrated Superstar has allowed his obsession with proving himself get in the way of his duties as a husband, creating a schism in his relationship with Natalya that may prove irreparable if he continues down his current path.
With that said, a win over Sami Zayn in a huge tag team main event kept the former WWE tag team champion in contention for a third shot at Adrian Neville's NXT Championship. What depths he has to sink to in order to win that title remain to be seen.
Speaking of selfish and egotistical stars chasing titles, Summer Rae came one step closer to winning the NXT Women's Championship. She defeated Bayley to earn the right to challenge protege Charlotte in the near future. The former BFFs are likely to have a very catty, very intense match when the time comes, and it should be interesting to see if student can knock off teacher.
The continued introduction of Bull Dempsey as a threat in the NXT Universe and the latest chapter in the blossoming feud between CJ Parker and Xavier Woods helped round out this week's broadcast.
What worked best? What failed to impress?
Find out for yourself.
Bayley vs. Summer Rae
Bayley and Summer Rae, two Divas very familiar with one another, clashed for the right to challenge Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship in the night's opening match.
Bayley rammed Summer's face into the turnbuckles to start the match, overwhelming the leggy blonde early. The lovable Diva completely outclassed Summer to the delight of the NXT Universe.
A well-timed boot turned the tide in Summer's favor.
Summer Rae worked over the head and neck of her opponent, but Bayley fought back, catching a kick attempt and slamming her face-first into the mat.
A standing heel kick halted Bayley's offensive flurry. Moments later, Bayley tried for the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex, but Summer reversed into Summer Crush for the win.
Summer Rae, via pinfall, following Summer Crush
Highlights and Quotes
"Those ladies are getting ugly for some pretty girls." -Renee Young
"She must feel a huge threat if she were to go up against Summer Rae." -Young, referring to the history between Charlotte and Summer Rae, who essentially trained the champion in storyline.
"Bayley's gonna hug you!" -NXT Universe
Maybe it is due to the time spent on the main roster wrestling Layla in two-minute tag matches, but Summer Rae looks to have regressed in the ring. Her performance Thursday night, especially in the execution of her covers, was disappointing to say the least.
Bayley was excellent, and the crowd was hot for the match. But the Divas appeared to be on different pages at times, and it made for an underwhelming match.
The ladies deserve credit, though, for working hard and delivering a hard-fought match.
Sin Cara vs. Wesley Blake
Sin Cara took Wesley Blake down early with an arm drag and scored a one-count off of a schoolboy roll-up. The masked luchador dove through the ropes and took Blake down on the entrance ramp.
A hard right hand from Blake and an armbreaker helped the tough rookie gain control of the bout.
Sin Cara fought back with a series of kicks and a springboard cross body block. The senton bomb finished Blake moments later.
Sin Cara, via pinfall, following the senton bomb
Highlights and Quotes
"Sin Cara never seems to disappoint." -Jason Albert, apparently forgetting the last four years
"We can never underestimate the pressure Sin Cara has on him right now." -Renee Young, implying that a loss for the main roster star to an NXT rookie would be embarrassing
This was a questionable edition to this week's broadcast unless the intention was to tease fans with an NXT run by Sin Cara. The character is still a highly marketable one, but he has absolutely no momentum at this point. Letting him work with some of the younger talents may revitalize what was once a promising gimmick.
Otherwise, this had no business being on the show. It certainly did the generic Wesley Blake no favors.
CJ Parker Promo
The environmentally friendly CJ Parker made his way to the ring and called out Xavier Woods.
Parker attempted to apologize, but Woods, feeling insulted and considering the apology insincere, rejected it.
Parker attacked him from behind and left him lying to end the brief but effective segment.
Highlights and Quotes
"Logic is the only thing keeping me from ripping that rainbow-colored bird's nest off the back of your head." -Xavier Woods
"I wanna offer peace, and I suggest that you accept it." -CJ Parker
"I didn't want it to be like this. I wanted to say I was sorry." -Parker, after jumping Woods
A short and sweet segment that furthered the CJ Parker-Xavier Woods feud without overexposing the midcard program.
The Parker character is infinitely more interesting now than it was when he ran around NXT as the Moon Child. He appears to want peace and what's best for the environment, but he is not afraid to get aggressive and violent to get it.
This was good stuff that only helps two guys in need of a boost.
Angelo Dawkins vs. Bull Dempsey
Dempsey overwhelmed Dawkins early with his strength and reversed an arm drag into a headlock in an impressive spot.
Dawkins tried to build momentum with a sunset flip, but Dempsey flattened him.
Dempsey absolutely dominated the majority of the match. A brief comeback attempt by Dawkins was cut off by a back elbow from his opponent.
The Bulldozer ended the match moments later.
Bull Dempsey, via pinfall, following the Bulldozer
Highlights and Quotes
"He's like an American mastadon." -Renee Young in reference to Bull Dempsey
"He doesn't care about winning. He cares about hurting." -Jason Albert
There is a reason dying breeds are, in fact, dying. Dempsey is a very sound worker, but there is absolutely nothing about him that excites the audience or sets him apart from any other guy on the roster.
Until he improves his look or increases the intensity and aggression in his work, he will continue to be a generic performer whose chances of making anything close to an impact on the main roster are slim.
There is hope considering the wealth of talent he has working with him behind the scenes, but for right now, all the marketing and promotion in the world will not help mask the lack of enthusiasm the crowd has for him.
Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
NXT champion Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd started the match with some strong grappling, picking up where they left off in their recent matches.
Sami Zayn took out some aggression on Kidd, but a knee to the midsection led to a tag to Justin Gabriel, who quickly found himself on the receiving end of a corkscrew moonsault off the back of his tag partner.
The babyfaces continued to control the action, showing great fluidity in their tags and unexpected teamwork.
Kidd dumped Zayn over the top rope and helped the heels gain control of the contest as we headed to the last commercial break of the evening.
Gabriel and Kidd grounded Zayn, keeping the dynamic performer isolated from his partner.
A missed dive into the corner by Gabriel allowed Zayn to make the much-needed hot tag to Neville. The champion exploded with his lightning-quick offense, leaving both of his opponents stunned. A big sitout powerbomb from Neville nearly ended the bout.
Neville tried for Red Arrow, but Kidd knocked him off with a dropkick. A springboard elbow drop nearly led to a victory for the heels, but Zayn broke up the count. Neville dove through the ropes and took out Gabriel just after making a tag to Zayn, who springboarded off the top rope with a cross body block for two.
Zayn took out everyone with a big dive over the top rope, eliciting an "NXT" chant from the fans.
Kidd feigned a knee injury. Natalya, who had climbed onto the apron, was knocked off, and while Zayn checked on her, Kidd capitalized and scored a pinfall win off of a roll-up.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, via pinfall, when Kidd pinned Zayn
Highlights and Quotes
"It seems to me they're both a little derailed right now." -Renee Young on Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
"It doesn't look like everything is smooth and 100-percent." -Young on Kidd's relationship with wife Natalya
"I want to see the dirty, nasty side of Justin Gabriel right now." -Jason Albert (no, you probably do not)
"In my opinion, this is the better side of Tyson." -Albert
"Look at Kidd putting his body between Zayn and Neville." -Albert, applauding the tag team psychology shown by Kidd and providing great analysis at the same time
"We want Nattie!" -NXT Universe
A great match that completely saved this week's show from going down as one of the most underwhelming episodes of the WWE Network era.
All four performers are extremely talented workers, and their work in Thursday's main event proved that. More importantly, the bout furthered the ongoing evolution of the heel Kidd character. Choosing a victory over the welfare of his wife was a great addition to the character and only shows how disconnected from reality he is in his attempt to legitimize himself.
In many ways, the character is reminiscent of "Marvelous" Marc Mero, who found himself overshadowed by wife Sable and leeched off of her heat. He became so intent in proving himself that he did so at the expense of the blonde bombshell.
The potential with the Kidd character is limitless at this point. The fans love irritating and agitating him by chanting "Nattie's husband," and he has done an absolutely phenomenal job holding up his end of the deal to this point.
There was a time where the idea of him beating Neville for the NXT Championship would have been laughable, but he may now be the perfect choice to carry the brand as its heel champion.