WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 17, 2014
The July 17 episode of NXT is in the books, and the future of WWE continues to look bright as its youngest stars delivered another enjoyable hour of television.
Sami Zayn, a former indy standout who has developed into the best worker on the NXT roster, tore the house down with a great showing against Tyson Kidd. The two Superstars played upon the tension following last week's tag match and crafted another quality main event.
The Vaudevillains have developed into one of the most unique and entertaining acts WWE has produced in a very long time. That Aiden English and Simon Gotch have dived headfirst into the gimmick only helps make it that much easier for fans to accept the over-the-top act.
Sasha Banks scored a big win over Alexa Bliss as she fights to remain relevant, and former tag partners Charlotte and Summer Rae compete for the Women's Championship on next week's show.
Xavier Woods and CJ Parker brought their rivalry to a head in a match that was better than it had any right to be. Parker was particularly impressive, and Woods continued proving himself as one of the more talented enhancement workers in all of wrestling, even if he deserves better.
With this week's broadcast now archived for repeated viewing on the WWE Network, relive everything that went down, and find out what worked and what didn't with grades, analysis and highlights of the July 17 episode.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. the Vaudevillains
Enzo Amore made his in-ring return to NXT to kick off this week's show, teaming with longtime partner Colin Cassady to take on the surging duo of Aiden English and Simon Gotch, known collectively as The Vaudevillains.
Amore toyed with English to start, but the Artiste took control early with an armbar. Amore reversed, but English regained the advantage by outwrestling the Jersey star.
Big Cass entered the match and took control of English momentarily, but a tag to Gotch introduced the strongman to the match. Before Cassady could deliver a big clothesline, The Legionnaires appeared, causing a distraction that allowed Gotch to roll the 7-footer up for a big win.
The Vaudevillains, via pinfall, with a roll-up from Gotch to Cassady
Highlights and Quotes
"I love him, but I want to punch him in the face. I've said it before, but he's like DDP's love child or something." -William Regal on Enzo Amore
"Honestly, I'm as giddy as a kid when I see these two." -Regal, in reference to The Vaudevillains
This was a very mediocre way to present the first match between The Vaudevillains and the team of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.
There was nothing to the action itself. Instead, it was merely the backdrop for the continuation of the rivalry between the Jersey shore tag team and Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis. That feud is a showcase for Cassady and Amore, who are the future of the tag team division in NXT.
It was a disappointing start to the show, especially given the talent of all involved.
Xavier Woods vs. CJ Parker
The feud between Xavier Woods and CJ Parker culminated in a match between the two Thursday night.
Woods and Parker chain wrestled to start, neither man gaining a distinct advantage over the other until the main roster star caught the environmentally friendly heel. The elusive, flashy Woods frustrated Parker before Woods landed face-first across the bottom rope.
Woods fought back, delivering a big DDT for a near fall.
Parker countered a roll-up attempt by Woods and scored one of his own for the win.
CJ Parker, via pinfall, with a roll-up
Highlights and Quotes
"That dirty, scuffy, filthy, dirty swine." -William Regal on CJ Parker
"No I'm not. I've got no standards." -Regal, in reference to Byron Saxton stating that the Brit is above criticizing Parker
"Xavier Woods is going to recycle CJ Parker here." -Regal
"I've said it before, but CJ Parker is a hornet's nest." -Regal on the volatile personality of the more aggressive Parker
This is the week of the roll-up.
In all seriousness, Xavier Woods and CJ Parker had a very fun, competitive match that continued the growth and evolution of Parker's character.
Commentator William Regal, in particular, did more to get Parker over with the viewing audience than anything, discussing his disdain for the performer but also acknowledging his considerable talent. That is exactly what a commentator is supposed to do.
Parker's win should mean the feud continues, even if it is best for him to move on to someone that is more of a full-time NXT performer.
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
Alexa Bliss looked to continue her winning track when she met "The Boss" Sasha Banks in one-on-one competition.
Banks talked trash early and paid for it with a quick roll-up from Bliss. After a second, a frustrated Banks unleashed her fury on Bliss, grounding her and continuing to talk trash as she punished her opponent.
A double-knee drop to the midsection of Bliss turned the tide in Banks' favor, allowing The Boss of NXT to control the pace of the match. Moments later, she fended off a momentary burst of energy from the tiny rookie, delivered a Backstabber and forced a tapout with a crossface.
Sasha Banks, via submission, with a crossface
Highlights and Quotes
"It's very easy, as we've seen with the BFFs, to put in the backseat Sasha Banks, which she shouldn't be." -William Regal on the underrated Banks
"I don't think Sasha should be mocking Alexa because we've seen her pull of an upset before." -Regal
If the purpose of the match was to put the spotlight back on Sasha Banks following the disintegration of the BFFs, it worked.
Adam Rose vs. Jason Jordon
Following a rough start to his main roster career, Adam Rose made a special appearance on this week's episode of NXT, taking on Jason Jordon, a young star who appeared poised to make a run at the tag titles as late as a month ago.
With dreams of knocking off The Ascension dashed by booking, Jordon hoped to make a name for himself by adding a loss to Rose's otherwise sparkling win-loss record.
Rose utilized his flashy, crowd-pleasing offense early, but Jordon took a no-nonsense approach, overwhelming him with his power. He trapped Rose in a headlock, but the leader of the Rosebuds fought out of it.
Rose delivered a big headscissors takedown and finished Jordon with the Party Foul moments later.
Adam Rose, via pinfall, following the Party Foul
Highlights and Quotes
"Move, Tom, move! Get yourself jiggy fellow." -William Regal
"In fact, Adam Rose introduced me to an asparagus-flavored lollipop." -Byron Saxton
If you have seen one Adam Rose match, you have seen them all.
The Rose character has so much potential, but management in both NXT and WWE seem content on letting him do the same things that have not worked on the main roster to his point.
He is eventually going to have to prove that he can work a longer match under the new persona. He is going to have to progress past the enhancement matches and have a competitive bout against someone perceived to be better than he is. If not, management is going to wonder what may have been rather than enjoying the monetary success that could have come from the entertaining character.
Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd
On last week's show, Tyson Kidd capitalized on Sami Zayn's generosity toward Kidd's potentially injured wife Natalya to steal a win in a big tag team main event. This week, Zayn looked to gain a measure of revenge by knocking off the red-hot Kidd in the night's top-billed bout.
Kidd stalled, rolling out of the ring and avoiding contact with his opponent seconds into the contest. He tried a sneak attack, but Zayn fired off a series of clotheslines and tried for the Helluva Kick.
Kidd dodged out of the way and took control with a vicious suplex on the steel ramp.
Back from the break, Kidd used a barrage of kicks and forearms to wear his opponent in the corner.
Zayn landed a dropkick and followed up with a springboard moonsault to fight his way back into the contest. A nasty German suplex off of a reverse by Kidd slowed Zayn's growing momentum.
A Blue Thunder Bomb by Zayn following a missed elbow drop by Kidd nearly won it for Zayn. Kidd responded with a Sharpshooter minutes later and came close to forcing a submission from his opponent. Showing great resiliency and heart, Zayn fought his way to the ropes, forcing Kidd to break the hold.
Zayn caught Kidd in the Koji Clutch from out of nowhere for the win.
Sami Zayn, via submission, with the Koji Clutch
Highlights and Quotes
"I'm an old villain, but I'm also a gentlemen. How could you not help your wife?" -William Regal on the complete lack of chivalry on Kidd's part last week
"We all have an ego. When that ego gets bruised, you will go to any length to protect it." -Byron Saxton on Kidd's recent attitude change
"There is no man that can't tap out to that." -Regal on the Koji Clutch
The main event was an outstanding, hard-fought match from two of the best workers in all of NXT.
Kidd has proven to be a hidden gem for WWE since arriving in the developmental brand. He has consistently delivered and is a workhorse for NXT. His matches with Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn have provided fans with extraordinarily competitive main events on a seemingly weekly basis, making NXT WWE's can't-miss program.
It was great to see Zayn score such a clean victory over someone perceived to be a main event talent. Zayn has gotten close to the top many times, but he has lost most of these high-profile bouts and earned the reputation of a lovable loser.
His win will hopefully put him back into title contention.