The Good, the Great and the Awesome from NXT 8/7/14
The August 7 episode of NXT is in the books, and tag team wrestling is as hot as it has ever been in the developmental brand.
Sami Zayn and Adam Rose formed an improbable tandem and knocked off former main roster duo Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel in a great main event. The win positions the popular Superstars as favorites as the tournament progresses.
Speaking of popular teams, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady used brains rather than brawn to defeat the athletic duo of Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger. Whether they can take the type of beating they did Thursday night and expect to make it far in the tournament is another question, but for right now, they are riding high on the back of a big victory.
Bayley continued her march to the NXT Women's Championship this week, defeating Eva Marie and staking her claim to the next shot at Charlotte's title. As lovable as she may be, Bayley's version of the belly-to-belly suplex is devastating, and if the daughter of Ric Flair finds herself on the receiving end, her days as champion are over.
CJ Parker picked up another victory over Xavier Woods, further frustrating a young man who considers himself to be overlooked and held down by management. How will he respond to the disappointing outcome of his most recent match?
As we approach NXT Takeover 2 on September 11, relive the best of the best from this week's show with The Good, the Great and the Awesome from NXT!
Bayley vs. Eva Marie
Bayley continued her quest to capture the NXT Women's Championship this week by defeating main roster Diva and Total Divas star Eva Marie.
Eva was bombarded with insults by the NXT Universe the minute she appeared on stage. That was to be expected given the way she is portrayed on the hit reality series and the fact that she is very limited in the ring thanks to a considerable lack of experience.
Bayley held the match together, selling for her redheaded opponent and making the energetic comeback before finishing with the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex.
Long one of the better workers in the NXT Divas division, Bayley is getting the exposure she deserves. The No. 1 contender to Charlotte's women's title, she already has a victory over the second-generation competitor and should provide her with her toughest test since Natalya at the first NXT Takeover special.
Xavier Woods vs. CJ Parker
One thing NXT does far better than the main roster writing staff is develop stories and rivalries for the majority of its talent. The rivalry between CJ Parker and Xavier Woods has not only kept both men busy and on television, but it has also given the midcard in the developmental brand a legitimate rivalry to follow.
Parker has developed into an exceptional villain. His mic work and body language have been stellar, but his ring game still leaves plenty to be desired. The fans turned on him Thursday night, raining down on him and the match with chants of "CJ's boring," a response to the rather basic and lethargic move set of the young star.
Woods attempted to erase that boredom with a fiery comeback and succeeded, getting the crowd back into the match by showing great energy and passion as he fought back after spending most of the match on defense.
The outcome, a victory for Parker, was predictable in that NXT management has more time and energy invested in the environmentalist villain than in Woods, but it was clear to anyone paying attention that the main roster star was a far superior worker than the man who beat him Thursday night.
Tag Team Tournament Action
The Ascension has dominated tag team wrestling in NXT for a year, but Thursday night, they got a peek at two teams that could very well provide them with their stiffest challenge yet, should either one win the No. 1 Contender's Tag Team Tournament that kicked off this week.
The fan-favorite duo of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady was greeted with a huge pop as it entered the NXT Arena for its match against Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger. Jordan and Dillinger were vastly superior in terms of athleticism and even managed to outwrestle their more experienced opponents for the majority of the bout.
But it was the expert tag team wrestling of Cassady that secured the victory for him and Amore, who will now face either Bull Dempsey and Mojo Rawley or The Vaudevillains in the next round.
The night's main event was a great match, pitting the duo of Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel against the newly formed team of Sami Zayn and Adam Rose.
Gabriel and Kidd grounded and isolated Rose before the leader of the Rosebuds made the hot tag to Zayn, who exploded into the match with a flurry of offense that culminated with a huge tope con hilo onto both opponents. Never one to be outdone, Rose followed suit, landing a big dive off the top rope.
The Helluva Kick finished it for the babyfaces and gave fans their first big upset of the tournament.
Zayn and Rose proved to be a wildly entertaining team and one that could make some major noise as the tournament rages on over the next few weeks. Whether or not they win, they excited fans Thursday night and gave them a taste of what's to come from the popular babyfaces.