WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 28, 2014
The August 28 episode of NXT featured the appointment of William Regal to the role of general manager, the announcement of the NXT Takeover II main event and a huge tag team headliner.
Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd were informed that all three of them would challenge Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship at Takeover II and then competed in a heated main event that saw Kidd and Breeze pick up a hard-fought win over their popular opponents.
Bayley and Charlotte had a confrontation two weeks out from their clash over the NXT Women's Championship. The champion again warned her lovable opponent that facing her is a bad idea, but the increasingly confident Bayley refused to back down.
The Ascension and Bull Dempsey rolled over their competition, further asserting their dominance in NXT.
With this week's show in the books, relive all of the action with the grades, highlights, quotes and results from the August 28 broadcast, exclusively on the WWE Network.
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The Ascension in Action
The Ascension dominated, dismantled and destroyed two unnamed enhancement talents. Their win continued their tidal wave of momentum leading into a huge NXT Tag Team Championship defense in two weeks at Takeover II.
Konnor and Viktor promised total annihilation for whichever team wins the tag tournament.
The Ascension, via pinfall, following the Fall of Man
Highlights and Quotes
"This match is just to show the competition what they're about to face." -Jason Albert
"Let's go jobbers!" -NXT Universe
Your basic, garden-variety Ascension squash match. The tag champions rolled over their nameless opposition and continued to prove why they are the standard-bearers in tag team wrestling in NXT.
Lather, rinse and repeat.
The New General Manager Is...
JoJo introduced William Regal as the new general manager of NXT, much to the delight of the fans who had packed into Full Sail University.
Regal prepared to reveal the NXT Championship match for Takeover II and started by calling Adrian Neville to the ring. Neville showered Regal with niceties, but before the new GM could reveal the No. 1 contender, Tyson Kidd came to the ring.
He accepted a spot in the NXT title match, despite the fact that it had not been offered.
Tyler Breeze interrupted. He insulted Kidd and then staked his claim to a title shot.
Sami Zayn followed suit, throwing his name into consideration for a championship opportunity.
At Neville's urging, a Fatal 4-Way match was announced for Takeover II.
Highlights and Quotes
"Who's next?" -Neville to Regal, doing his best Goldberg impersonation
"This uggo doesn't deserve a title shot." -Breeze to Regal in reference to Kidd
"Everyone else deserves a title shot before him, including his wife." -Breeze on Kidd
William Regal is incredibly respected among the fans in the NXT Universe, and his appointment as the authority figure in NXT will do wonders for the show. That he does so many things so very well will only enhance the quality of a program many consider the best in wrestling.
The Takeover main event is exactly what it should be. All four Superstars have been intertwined for months and are deserving of a spot in the marquee bout. As some of the best workers in the business, the main event has every chance to be one of the best matches of 2014.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
Bayley and Sasha Banks have had some truly intense and aggressive battles in recent weeks, and the August 28 episode of NXT was no different.
Putting her days as one-third of the BFFs behind her, Banks entered the arena to new theme music.
Banks took control of the match early, targeting the ribs of Bayley with a big double knee drop to the midsection. She backed Bayley into the corner and used a foot to the throat to choke her opponent.
Moments later, Bayley delivered the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex from out of nowhere to score the pinfall victory.
After the match, Renee Young interviewed Bayley in the ring. The No. 1 contender said she had dreamed of being NXT Women's champion, and at Takeover II, she will realize that dream.
Charlotte interrupted. She was anything but amused by Bayley and unleashed with some harsh words for her and the fans.
Bayley responded, warning Charlotte not to take her lightly.
The champion walked away from a show of sportsmanship. "I warned you," she told her top contender.
Bayley, via pinfall, following the Bayley-to-Belly
Highlights and Quotes
"Bayley's gonna hug you!" -NXT Universe with the best chant in wrestling
"It would be huge, but it would destroy Bayley's confidence." -Jason Albert on a potential Banks victory
"You're clearly not taking me as a threat. I'm going to win." -Bayley
An excellent showcase for Bayley, who was as confident on the mic as she was in the ring, which is always a positive.
Charlotte showed great attitude in her promo, coming across so much more natural than at anytime in the past. Her final words, "I warned you," were a great little hook for fans ahead of the huge match at Takeover.
Angelo Dawkins vs. Bull Dempsey
Bull Dempsey looked to continue his winning ways as he met Angelo Dawkins in a rematch from a few weeks ago.
Dempsey completely overwhelmed Dawkins from the bell, pounding away at the athletic youngster.
The brawling, hard-hitting and high-impact style of Dempsey proved too much for Dawkins. A Bulldozer from Dempsey finished his promising opponent in impressive fashion.
Dempsey, via pinfall, following the Bulldozer
Highlights and Quotes
"He may be able to go, but Bull Dempsey just hit stop." -Jason Albert on Angelo Dawkins
"Everything's fun and games 'til someone gets punched in the face." -Alex Riley
Heading into a big showdown with Mojo Rawley, Bull Dempsey really needed to turn in a performance that gave fans hope that said Rawley match would not be a complete disaster. After more of the same from the old-school brawler, it is safe to say that expectations will be low when they finally clash in a one-on-one encounter.
There was nothing in Thursday's match to explain why management has gotten behind the big man as much as it has. He is very much a punchy, kicky sort of worker who is far from the most exciting guy on the roster.
It will take the massive WWE hype machine to eventually get him over to the point that he succeeds at the next level.
Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd
On the heels of William Regal's huge announcement regarding the NXT Takeover II main event, the four men involved in the heavyweight title match at the show competed in a huge tag team contest to cap off this week's WWE Network broadcast.
Neville and Breeze started the match, exchanging chain wrestling before quick tags between the NXT champion and Zayn frustrated Breeze. Things did not get any better for the heels after Neville executed a corkscrew moonsault off the back of Zayn and onto Kidd to a huge "that was awesome chant."
A big kick by Kidd and a superkick from Breeze to Neville turned the tide in the favor of the villains.
Breeze and Kidd isolated Neville from his partner. The crowd tried to will the champion back into the contest.
Zayn was the recipient of the hot tag, entering the match like a house of fire. He took out both Kidd and Breeze with a huge cross body block, but the Hart Family Dungeon graduate delivered a huge neckbreaker to slow his momentum.
Zayn recovered, delivering a huge exploder suplex to Breeze and tagging Neville back into the match.
A running Shooting Star Press nearly won the contest for the babyfaces.
Neville tried for Red Arrow but was crotched on the top rope by Breeze. A miscommunication spot saw Zayn accidentally deliver the Helluva Kick to his partner, something that Kidd took advantage of for a pinfall victory moments later.
Zayn delivered the Helluva Kick to Kidd and stared at the NXT Championship to close out the show.
Kidd and Breeze, via pinfall, when Kidd pinned Neville
Highlights and Quotes
"The NXT Universe deserves to see this match." -Jason Albert on the Fatal 4-Way at Takeover
A first-rate tag team main event by four guys who deserve the spotlight they are receiving in the top program in NXT.
The action was crisp, and the jaw-dropping offense from Neville was simply amazing. The miscue between the babyfaces was a great (yet simple) way to hype the fact that the Takeover main event is every man for himself.
Kidd got a much-needed victory, and the fans got a brief glimpse of Zayn holding the NXT title in his hands, something they have waited a long time to see.
There is a great deal of interest and intrigue surrounding the main event program in NXT, and that is a testament to management and the performers, who continue to ensure that the show is the most entertaining and compelling in all of WWE.