WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 14, 2014
NXT presented a night of outstanding wrestling matches on the August 14 episode, capped off by a highly competitive heavyweight title bout between champion Adrian Neville and top contender Tyler Breeze.
The two elite NXT stars wowed the audience with a dramatic bout full of high-impact moves and dramatic nearfalls. Unfortunately, it was interference from Tyson Kidd that brought the contest to a screeching hault and created a plethora of questions surrounding the NXT Championship picture.
Earlier in the night, Bayley and Sasha Banks showed what women are capable of when given time to have a quality, competitive bout. They fought their hearts out for the opportunity to face Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship in the near future.
Bayley won the match and stared the champion down after the bout, indicating that tensions between them are intensifying.
Tag team wrestling was again at the forefront as Sin Cara and Kalisto and The Vaudevillains advanced to the next round of competition, each hoping to challenge The Ascension's dominant reign atop the division.
With NXT Takeover 2 rapidly approaching, the card appears to be taking shape. Several Superstars heightened their profile within the brand and will look to play major roles on the September 11 broadcast.
Relive all of the action from the August 14 episode of NXT with highlights, quotes, grades and analysis of all the night's festivities.
Mojo Rawley and Bull Dempsey vs. The Vaudevillains
The NXT Tag Team No. 1 Contender's Tournament continued this week as Mojo Rawley and Bull Dempsey formed a unique team to take on the wildly entertaining Aiden English and Simon Gotch, known collectively as The Vaudevillains.
Dempsey and English started the match, but the former was quick to tag Rawley in. It was against the overhyped rookie that English took control of the bout for his team.
Gotch applied a hammerlock to Rawley, who eventually broke free and tagged the rough, gruff Dempsey back into the bout.
Dempsey and Rawley had a brief moment of miscommunication, leading to a senton bomb from English moments later for the win.
After the match, Dempsey turned on Rawley, pounding away at him and leaving him in a heap, much to the delight of a rather vocal section of the audience.
The Vaudevillains, via pinfall, when English pinned Rawley
Highlights and Quotes
"These guys are more like Abbott and Costello." -Renee Young on The Vaudevillains
"I actually like everything Bull stands for." -Young
"Thank you Bull!" -The NXT Universe on Dempsey's attack of Rawley
A solid tag match that advanced The Vaudevillains in the tournament while serving as the emphasis for the breakup of Rawley and Dempsey after only two matches.
The NXT fans' reaction indicates that they have grown tired of the Rawley act and are far more into the old school brawler Dempsey. A feud between them could be entertaining from the standpoint that both guys are likely to beat the everloving hell out of one another, but beyond that, the matches are unlikely to be anything great.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
Bayley continued her hunt for the NXT Women's Championship as she took on former friend of current titleholder Charlotte, Sasha Banks. The winner of the match would earn a title shot in the near future.
Banks talked trashed early before the Divas engaged in an aggressive lockup. Banks got the upper hand early, but Bayley caught her with a hiptoss and backslide to frustrate her opponent.
The Divas traded nearfalls before Bayley grabbed hold of a front facelock.
Bayley delivered a huge knee to the face, then repeatedly rammed Banks back-first into the corner. The self-proclaimed Boss tried to escape, but Bayley repeatedly pulled her back into the ring. Banks suckered Bayley in and took control of the contest as we headed to break.
Banks worked over the back and ribs of her opponent, forcing Bayley to fight back into the contest if she wanted to earn the right to realize her dreams. Banks utilized a series of submissions before Bayley did, in fact, mount the comeback.
A "Bayley" chant broke out as the huggable Diva found herself back at the mercy, or lack thereof, of her rival.
Bayley tried for the Belly-to-Bayley, but Banks delivered the backstabber and locked in a crossface. Bayley countered into a rollup for the win.
Bayley, via pinfall, with a rollup
Highlights and Quotes
"Sasha Banks is the baddest Diva in all of NXT, and she isn't afraid to let the world know it." -Byron Saxton
"Bayley's gonna hug you!" -The NXT Universe
What a match, and what a finish.
Two veterans of the indys delivered a high-quality Divas match on this show, highlighting the importance of a shot at the NXT Women's Championship.
The experience of Bayley and Banks was evident, and their chemistry helped carry the match. The submission skills of Banks, in particular, were on display as she continued to prove herself as one of the most underrated women on the entire WWE roster.
Kalisto and Sin Cara vs. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy
In the second tag tourney match of the evening, Kalisto and Sin Cara looked to wow the NXT audience as they met the new tandem of Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake.
Murphy and Blake isolated Kalisto, but the craft, elusive luchador made the hot tag to Sin Cara, who delivered a handspring elbow and nearly scored the win.
Moments later, Kalisto scored the pinfall victory, advancing his team to the next round of competition in a fairly short contest.
Sin Cara and Kalisto, via pinfall, when Kalisto pinned Blake
Highlights and Quotes
"You look at the landscape of things, you have to think Sin Cara and Kalisto are favorites." -Saxton
"That's what makes Sin Cara and Kalisto so dangerous. Blink and you'll miss something." -Saxton
Sin Cara and Kalisto demonstrated outstanding tag team chemistry as they ran through Blake and Murphy.
The match was nothing special and really served only as a highlight reel for a team that has greatness in its future, not to mention gold, if they can make it through the tournament.
Adrian Neville vs. Tyler Breeze
The much-anticipated bout for the NXT Championship between Neville and Breeze headlined this week's show.
Breeze gained the early advantage, sending Neville to the arena floor as the referee started his count. Kidd appeared, grabbing the attention of the commentators.
Breeze stood on the face of his opponent, showing off for the crowd, much to the disgust of Renee Young. He locked in a front facelock.
The No. 1 contender sent Neville crashing back to the mat, and then, he whipped him spine first into the steel steps. He reapplied the submission hold, keeping Neville grounded.
Neville made a comeback and tried for a springboard assault, but Breeze caught him with a big dropkick.
A big superkick from Neville nearly put his opponent down, but a resilient and deceptively tough Breeze kicked out at two.
A huge tornado DDT by Breeze nearly ended the reign of Neville. Breeze followed up with a back elbow attempt but was caught. He reversed a German suplex attempt, but Neville landed on his feet. He answered with a suplex of his own for two.
Kidd made his way to the ringside area, and Neville blasted him. Kidd got involved, drawing a disqualification by preventing the Red Arrow.
Kidd assaulted Neville after the match, to which Breeze responded by attacking Kidd for ruining his title opportunity.
Sami Zayn hit the ring and made the save for Neville, chasing Breeze and Kidd away to end the show.
Neville via disqualification
Highlights and Quotes
"Pure genius is what we see from Tyler Breeze." -Saxton on Breeze biding his time before cashing in his title opportunity
An outstanding main event to cap off this week's show. Neville and Breeze had a highly competitive match that started slow but picked up late.
The involvement from Kidd and Zayn almost assuredly sets up a tag match, perhaps as early as next week. It also raises questions about their place in the title picture. With Breeze's title opportunity gone, what does that mean for Neville and the top prize in NXT?
We shall find out in due time.