The NXT Report for November 13, 2013

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2013

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On this week's NXT, Adrian Neville and Corey Graves brought their heated, bitter, personal rivalry to a close in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match.

Would the Neville be able to avenge the assaults he has endured from his former partner or would Graves once again get the upper hand on "The Man That Gravity Forgot?"

After a catty backstage encounter involving Charlotte, Bayley, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks on last week's show, a big tag team match between the NXT Divas was announced for this broadcast. Would Bayley and Charlotte be the duo to shut up the Beautiful, Fierce Females for good, or would the heel tandem be able to convince Bayley to join them after hinting at the possibility the week before?

Also on tap for this week's show was the latest performance from "The Artiste" Aiden English and the in-ring return of Mason Ryan.

Would English be able to continue his winning ways? How would Ryan rebound after losing decisively to Alexander Rusev in his last NXT appearance?

All of those questions were answered on this week's show.

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Location

Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida

Broadcast Team 

Byron Saxton, William Regal and Tensai

Match Results

Adrian Neville def. Corey Graves in a Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match

Mason Ryan def. Danny Burch

Aiden English def. Camacho

Summer Rae and Sasha Banks def. Bayley and Charlotte

The main event of this week's program was the culmination of a month-long storyline that saw the once-successful championship pairing of Corey Graves and Adrian Neville disintegrate into a heated rivalry that has carried the NXT brand in recent weeks.

The former partners delivered a competitive, hard-hitting match that saw high-risk, high-impact maneuvers pay off more than once for Neville while Graves utilized a far more methodical, cerebral approach.

The breathtaking Red Arrow finisher netted Neville the first fall of the match, but Graves rebounded nicely and worked over the previously injured knee of the high-flying Neville, essentially taking away his speed advantage.

The Lucky 13 submission hold forced a tapout from Neville, evening the match at one fall apiece.

Late in the third fall, Neville climbed the ropes, teasing Red Arrow for a second time. His knee would give out on him, however, and he would crash to the match below. Graves capitalized on the opening and once again applied Lucky 13.

Neville would fight through the pain, however, and grab onto the bottom rope to break the hold.

Seconds later, Graves tried to reapply the hold, but his former partner caught him with a small package rollup to win the third fall and the match.

Elsewhere on the card, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks picked up a tainted victory over Bayley and Charlotte, who turned out to be more like her father than anyone could have imagined, while Aiden English and Mason Ryan were dominant in their victories.

Angle Advancement 

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Neville bests Graves

The rivalry between former partners Adrian Neville and Corey Graves, which started on October 16 when Graves turned on Neville following a tag title loss to The Ascension, came to a fitting end this week when Neville defeated Graves in a very good Best 2-out-of-3 Falls match to close out the show.

Both men come out of the match looking better than they did going in, as Neville proved to be a resilient competitor who fought through tremendous pain in his knee to score the win in the deciding fall. Meanwhile, Graves looked like a vicious wrestler who had no problem potentially crippling an opponent if it led to the result he wanted.

The fact that Graves lost in a somewhat fluky manner, with a rollup rather than falling prey to a decisive finishing maneuver, also helped him save face.

It should be interesting to see what direction each man takes from here. This week's main event was a star-making performance from Neville, who showed great intensity late and really upped his game. Could he somehow insert himself into the NXT Championship picture?

Graves was consistently good throughout and has been one of the more understated, less-celebrated stars on the roster for quite some time. With a lack of legitimate title contending heels behind Bo Dallas, he should fit in nicely as one of the elite stars in NXT.

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The BFFs add a new member...but not who you think

On last week's show, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks presented Bayley with a headband after breaking one of hers the week before. Charlotte, who was hanging with Bayley, saw through Summer and Sasha's facade and called them out on it.

Summer responded by inviting Bayley to join the BFFs, an invite Bayley was seemingly taking under consideration.

This week, Bayley teamed with Charlotte to take on Summer and Sasha in the night's opening match. Bayley presented the BFFs with headbands of their own but Summer tossed them to the arena floor.

The match was a well-wrestled one that saw Bayley play the face-in-peril role for the majority. She did finally catch Sasha with her trademark Belly-to-Bayley suplex and made it to her corner.

Then the major swerve happened.

Charlotte slapped Bayley and left her lying for Sasha to cover for the win.

The second-generation star then revealed her alliance with the BFFs and left with them as Bayley was left to realize she had been betrayed by those she mistakenly thought were her friends.

The turn was beautifully done as it mirrored some of Charlotte's father Ric Flair's greatest betrayals. How many times did Flair goad Sting into believing he was an ally when, in reality, he was an enemy? This had the same tone to it as Charlotte feigned conflict with Summer and Sasha last week, suckering Bayley into believing she could be trusting and lowering the hammer when she least expected it.

A really great angle and this writer, for one, is intrigued to see how Charlotte explains her actions and if the betrayal does anything to change Bayley's persona.

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Lana inspires Rusev

The mysterious blonde Russian Lana was shown in the backstage arena, speaking her native tongue to new associate Alexander Rusev. While you could not understand what she was saying unless you speak her language, the facial expressions from Rusev indicated that whatever it was, it was motivating.

He spoke after she was finished and showed great intensity while doing so.

The pairing has potential to do great things for both performers.

Rusev's alliance with Sylvester Lefort never really felt right or natural, but there is something about his pairing with Lana that instantly clicked.

Lana, to her credit, has been very good as the enigmatic newcomer whose intentions are unclear. What is clear is that she has recruited one of the most dominant forces in NXT and will both guide him to success and use him as her personal weapon against anyone that gets in her way.

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Match of the Week: Adrian Neville vs. Corey Graves

The main event was all kinds of awesome, especially in its closing minutes. Neville looks like a world-beater by fighting through the pain and winning the match while Graves does not look bad despite the loss.

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Star of the Week: Adrian Neville

Neville showed great intensity late in his match with Graves, and his fighting, scratching and clawing to the ropes to break up his opponent's Lucky 13 submission hold was his "Austin at WrestleMania 13" moment.

Expect him to land in this spot again in the weeks to come.

On tap

No matches were announced for next week's show, but announcer Byron Saxton did reveal that NXT Champion Bo Dallas will make his return from his world tour.

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