WWE NXT Arrival
February 27, 2014
Full Sail University
Commentators: Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton
Recap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com
During the pre-show, video packages and promos were shown for the NXT Title & Women’s Title matches.
Earthquake’s music plays, then Triple H is shown in the music, asks the crowd if they are ready and says this is NXT. LOUD “NXT” chants by the crowd. Triple H says NXT is the next generation and the next generation has arrived.
A new intro video and theme plays to welcome us to the show.
Return Grudge Match, Zayn/Cesaro IV: Sami Zayn vs. “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro
Zayn has new tights, loud “OLE” chants for Zayn. “Match of the year” chants by the crowd before the bell. Cesaro throws down Zayn early. Dueling chants for both men. Standing switch and an amateur takedown by Cesaro, followed by a slap to the back of the head. Both exchange side headlock takeovers and headscissors, then Cesaro with a dropkick. Zayn kicks Cesaro off and applies a front chancery. Zayn lands on his feet off a backdrop, but Cesaro blocks a rana. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Zayn gets out and hits an armdrag, sending Cesaro to the outside. Baseball slide, then Zayn with a head of steam and wipes out Cesaro with a flip dive!! “NXT” chants by the crowd. Back in, Zayn heads up top, but Cesaro counters a crossbody with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall.
Zayn rolls out to the outside as the ref begins his count. Cesaro sends Zayn into the barricade. Back in, Cesaro sends Zayn back out to the outside. Zayn sent head-first off the steel steps. Boot, followed by a back club. Zayn sent head-first off the ring apron. Cesaro rakes Zayn’s face against the barricade. Zayn fights back with forearms, but Cesaro again sends him into the barricade. Cesaro with a front slam to Zayn on the apron. Back in, Cesaro gains a nearfall. Zayn sent back outside. Commentary mentions the 28 flags on Zayn’s tights for the countries he has competed in. Zayn sent ribs-first off the barricade, then driven back-first into the apron. Zayn kicks Cesaro off, then sends him into the ringpost. Zayn with a head of steam and goes for the through the ropes Tornado DDT, but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut!!! “Holy S**t” chants by the crowd. Cesaro drives Zayn’s leg against the ringpost. Commentary mentions Zayn’s recent knee injury a couple months back. Back in, Cesaro with repeated stomps to the injured leg of Zayn. Cesaro presses his knee against Zayn’s knee and pulls back on the leg. Crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn fights back with kicks to the back, but Cesaro with a double stomp to the injured leg for a nearfall. Boot to the face by Cesaro. Knee strikes by Cesaro, followed by a Dragon Screw leg whip. Cesaro drops his body weight across Zayn’s leg, then again pulls at the leg. Zayn kicks Cesaro off, but Cesaro with another knee. Zayn comes back with a leg lariat, both men down. Cesaro with a kick to the leg, then stomps away at it and grinds his feet against Zayn’s leg. Cesaro taunts the ref with a “We the People” chant. 2 more Dragon Screws, but Zayn fights back with forearms. Cesaro avoids an enziguri and applies a half crab in the middle of the ring. Zayn crawls, but Cesaro bends it even further. Zayn is somehow able to reach the ropes to force a break. Crowd chants for Zayn. Cesaro runs into a back elbow and a boot by Zayn. Zayn backdrops Cesaro to the outside. Zayn goes onto the apron and hits a back kick. Zayn goes for an Arabian Press, but Cesaro CATCHES him in MID-AIR and hits a tilt-a-whirl slam on THE RAMPWAY!!! Cesaro gets back in as the ref begins his 10 count. Zayn gets up, but falls back down. Zayn then barely gets back in before the count of 10. Cesaro charges, but Zayn catches him and hits an EXPLODER INTO THE TURNBUCKLES!! Zayn makes a cover, but only gets a nearfall.
Cesaro fights out of the Blue Thunder Bomb with elbows to the head, but Zayn pulls him back in and hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for a nearfall. Cesaro goes back to the leg with a kick, but Zayn with a Flatliner into the Koji Clutch. Crowd chants for Cesaro to tap. Cesaro fights out of the hold and applies the Stretch Muffler in the middle of the ring. Zayn crawls to the ropes as Cesaro puts more pressure on the hold. Zayn then in a last gasp is able to reach the ropes to again force a break. Crowd chants for the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro catches a kick, but Zayn counters the Cesaro Swing with an inside cradle for a nearfall. Cesaro this time does the Cesaro Swing for 10 revolutions. Cesaro with a running uppercut in the corner for a nearfall, but Zayn counters with a crucifix for a nearfall. Cesaro then with a double stomp to the head of Zayn for a nearfall. “This is Awesome” chants by the crowd. Zayn rolls out to the apron as Cesaro goes to the middle rope. Zayn fights back with right hands, followed by a boot. Zayn goes up with Cesaro and hits elbows to the back of the head. Zayn goes for a Super Rana, but Cesaro blocks it. Cesaro goes for a Super Neutralizer, but Zayn hits the Super Rana. Zayn charges and hits the OLE Kick, but CESARO KICKS OUT!!! Cesaro with a right hand that knocks down Zayn. Cesaro tries to regain his bearings as Zayn picks himself up using Cesaro. Big uppercut by Cesaro knocks Zayn back down. Zayn again picks himself up using Cesaro. Another uppercut knocks back down Zayn. Cesaro yells at Zayn to stay down. Ref begins his 10 count on Zayn. Another uppercut by Cesaro as he continues to yell at Zayn to stay down. Ref again begins a 10 count. Zayn again gets up, but fights back from another uppercut. Strike exchange with both men slugging it out. Zayn then with a release German sending Cesaro into the corner. Cesaro comes back with a big boot. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer, but Zayn counters with a roll-up for a nearfall. Zayn hits a Code Red, but Cesaro AGAIN KICKS OUT!!! Zayn cannot believe it as the crowd cheers for both men. Cesaro lifts up Zayn, SWISS DEATH, ZAYN KICKS OUT AT 1!!!! Cesaro is in SHOCK! Zayn picks himself up. Cesaro with a rolling uppercut!
NEUTRALIZER!!! 1-2-3!! WHAT A MATCH!!!
Winner: Cesaro by pinfall (The Neutralizer)
“Match of the Year” chants by the crowd afterwards. Cesaro celebrates his win as the commentary puts over how great the match was. Zayn shakes his head in disappointment as Cesaro leaves. Cesaro then heads back to the ring as Zayn has his head down in disappointment. Zayn mouths that Cesaro is the better man. Cesaro helps Zayn to his feet and the two embrace. LOUD “NXT” chants. Cesaro pats Zayn on the back. Crowd chants for Zayn and does another “OLE” chant for him. Big ovation for Zayn as he leaves the ring.
THOUGHTS: Watch……this…………match!! Its better than their 2/3 falls match last year and that is a scary thing to say. Cesaro is ready to be a WWE main eventer and Zayn continues how much leaps and bounds he is above everyone else in NXT. Phenomenal stuff.
We see a video package on Mojo Rawley, who doesn’t get hyped, he STAYS HYPED!!!
We see the mayor of Orange County in Florida and the president of Full Sail University in the front row.
“The Moonchild” CJ Parker vs. Mojo Rawley
Crowd chants for Mojo before the bell. Mojo backs CJ into the corner and breaks clean. Mojo says CJ isn’t hyped enough. CJ with a gut kick and a side headlock. CJ slips out of a slam, Mojo blocks an O’Connor Roll, back body drop for a nearfall. Armbar applied. CJ backs Mojo into the corner, knee to the ribs. Mojo runs into a boot and CJ with a sit-out clothesline for a 1 count. CJ with left hands and stomps in the corner. CJ trash talks Mojo and sends him off the turnbuckles. Shoulders to the ribs, followed by a chop. Mojo again sent off the turnbuckles and CJ with more trash talk. Crowd wills on Mojo, but CJ with more left hands. Mojo with 2 avalanches in the corner, followed by the running butt smash.
Mojo goes into Hyper-Drive for the win.
Winner: Mojo Rawley by pinfall (The Hyper-Drive)
Mojo celebrates his win afterward.
THOUGHTS: About as good as you can ask for given the slot they were in and what they had to follow. Mojo, while still very green, has a lot of raw tools that with tons more seasoning, can be a star in the making.
Backstage, Emma gets ready for NXT Women’s Title match later tonight.
We see a video package on Emma, showing off her “bubbly” personality and her wacky dance.
We see a video package on the NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension, showing off their dominant title reign.
NXT Tag Team Titles: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) (c’s) vs. Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty & Grandmaster Sexay)
New music for the Ascension. Nice reaction for Too Cool. Viktor & Sexay start. Viktor misses a clothesline, Sexay with a shoulder tackle. Sexay with some dancing, but Viktor kips up and hits a series of chops and uppercuts. Konnor in, leaping leg drop for a nearfall. 3 running shoulder tackles by Konnor. Konnor stomps away at Sexay in the corner. Big boot, Viktor tags in. Viktor gains a nearfall. Viktor stomps away, followed by an elbow drop. Snap suplex for a nearfall. Chinlock applied. Crowd wants Konnor back in the ring. Viktor with more stomps to Sexay, followed by a series of elbows. Chinlock re-applied. Sexay counters out with a jawbreaker. Sexay with right hands, then slides under Viktor’s legs and tags in Scotty. Scotty with right hands, then a big one to Konnor. Viktor with a knee to the ribs, then blocks a hiptoss. Viktor misses a clothesline and Scotty with a flying forearm. Viktor blocks being whipped, but runs into a boot. Scotty with more right hands, then avoids a charge and hits the bulldog. Scotty sidesteps Konnor and sends him to the outside. Scotty goes for the Worm, but Viktor hot-shots him into the ropes. Sexay knocked off the apron. Running STO by Viktor, Konnor tagged in.
Fall of Man by the Ascension to retain the titles.
Winners and STILL NXT Tag Team Champions: The Ascension by pinfall (The Fall of Man)
Konnor yells afterward that nobody will stop us. The Ascension stands tall to celebrate their title retention.
THOUGHTS: Solid, but something didn’t click for me with this, which is also my thoughts on 99 percent of Ascension matches. Loved the new music for them, though, big improvement.
Backstage, we see Paige getting ready for her NXT Women’s Title defense…………NEXT!!
We see a video package on Paige.
We see Ric Flair and his daughter, Charlotte, sitting in the front row.
Before our next match, Stephanie McMahon comes out to the ring. “You still got it” chants for Stephanie. Stephanie says she never lost it. Right now, we are making history with our first in-ring program and its not Wrestlemania 30, its NXT Arrival. “NXT” chants by the crowd. Stephanie says she is proud to be here as a McMahon and as a Woman. A WWE Diva is about being empowered, about showing that women can do everything men can do, but better. Allow me to introduce the next generation of WWE Divas.
NXT Women’s Title: Emma vs. “The Diva of Tomorrow” Paige (c)
New music for the champ. Stephanie shakes both women’s hands and holds up the NXT Women’s Title belt before the bell. Shoving match ensues. Paige with a slap, Emma takes her down and they go back and forth. Paige backs Emma into the corner and the ref has to pull them off. Paige with a savate kick to the ribs. Paige goes for the Paige Turner, but Emma counters with a backslide for a nearfall. Both women fight over the backslide, then Paige counters a catapult to gain a nearfall. Running dropkick by Paige for a nearfall. Slam by Paige for a nearfall. Dueling chants for both women. Chinlock applied, then Paige drives Emma back down when she gets to her feet. Crowd wills on Emma. Emma tries again to get to her feet, but Paige locks her in a body scissors along with the chinlock. Emma gets free of the body scissors, but Paige with a back club. Emma slips out of a slam, but Paige drives Emma into the corner. Series of back elbows by Paige in the corner. Paige stomps away at Emma in the corner. Emma catches a stomp and drives Paige down to the mat. Emma charges, then catches a boot by Paige. Emma with a catapult, but Paige kicks Emma off when Emma went for the Emma Lock. Paige goes to the apron and hits a series of kneelifts to the head of Emma. Paige lets out her scream, but Emma kicks her leg out from under her, driving Paige’s back onto the apron. Emma gains a nearfall. Emma avoids a charge and applies the Dil-Emma in the corner. Emma charges again and this time hits the Emma Sandwich for a nearfall. Seated surfboard applied by Emma. Crowd wills on Paige now. Paige tries to get to her feet, but Emma pulls her back down and re-applies the surfboard, with her feet pressed against Paige’s kidneys. Emma switches to a variation of the longbow backbreaker as the crowd chants for Paige. Emma lifts Paige to a standing position, then drives her down face-first for a nearfall. Hair-mare, then Emma takes a page outta Paige’s playbook by stomping away at her in the corner. Emma gains another nearfall. Emma avoids a charge by going to the apron, but Paige with a forearm. Paige lets out another scream, but Emma sends her off the turnbuckles. Both women head up top as Emma blocks a superplex. Emma with a series of back clubs, then hits a sit-out powerbomb from out of the corner, but Paige kicks out!! “Better than Batista” chants by the crowd. Emma gains another nearfall. Emma is starting to get frustrated. Emma yells at Paige to give up as she piefaces her. Paige responds with a slap and a big clothesline. Another savate kick to the ribs. PAIGE TURNER, EMMA KICKS OUT!! Paige can’t believe it!! That’s the first time someone has kicked out of the Paige Turner.
Paige locks Emma in a Scorpion Crosslock, shades of women’s wrestling legend Bull Nakano, Emma taps.
Winner and STILL NXT Women’s Champion: Paige by submission (Scorpion Crosslock)
Paige celebrates her title retention afterwards. Paige lifts up Emma to her feet and the two embrace. “Divas” chant for both women.
THOUGHTS: Folks, THAT is how you do women’s wrestling the RIGHT WAY in the mainstream. Just as good, if not better, than their tournament final back in July last year. Emma, through all the silliness, is still one helluva wrestler and she showed it here. Loved the Paige Turner finisher kickout, very believable false finish. Paige busting out a Bull Nakano-esque Scorpion Crosslock for the finish was sensational. Great women’s match. WWE Divas, take notice.
Backstage, Adrian Neville gets ready for his NXT Title Ladder Match later tonight.
We see a video package on Adrian Neville, showing off his Red Arrow finisher.
We see WWE Hall of Famers Pat Patterson & Dusty Rhodes sitting in the front row.
Xavier Woods vs. “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze
Before the bell, Alexander Rusev hits the ring and lays out both Breeze & Woods. Rusev with a slam to Woods, then applies the Accolade. Lana comes out as Rusev cuts a promo in his native Russian.
THOUGHTS: Apparently, some people had stream issues during this. I didn’t, but I also wanted this show’s stream to work and not fail, so there’s that. Just a showcase for Rusev to remind everyone is coming to WWE, fine cool down before the main event.
Backstage, Bo Dallas gets ready for his NXT Title Ladder Match tonight.
We see a video package on NXT Champion Bo Dallas.
We see legends Larry Zbyszko & Steve Keirn sitting in the front row.
We see a video package on the Bo Dallas-Adrian Neville rivalry heading into tonight.
Before the main event, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels comes out to the ring with the NXT Title belt. HBK says he is honored to be there. “One More Match” chants by the crowd. HBK says he appreciates the chant, but he is fat, out of shape, doesn’t adhere to a dress code, who wants to change all of that? Certainly not me. “HB-Shizzle” chants. HBK says we need a “HB-Shizzle” t-shirt. HBK does a cheap plug for his Wrestlemania DVD & Blu-Ray. HBK says two very talented young men are about to step into this ring, but one has a chance to step into history & greatness.
Main Event in a Ladder Match for the NXT Title: “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville vs. Bo Dallas (c)
New music for Neville. HBK shakes hands with both men before leaving the ring. Pre-match intros for this match with the lights dimmed and the NXT Title spotlighted on its hanger. Bo goes to leave the ring, but Neville with a spinning back kick and a front kick. Neville with front kip-ups, then Bo runs into a boot. Neville goes to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick. Neville heads up top for Red Arrow, but Bo rolls out to the apron. Bo sweeps out Neville’s legs and unloads with right hands from the mount. Short-arm back elbows, followed by a short-arm clothesline. Bo places Neville in the ropes and traps his leg in them. Bo leaves the ring and retrieves a ladder. Bo goes to bring it in, but Neville with a baseball slide, sending the ladder into Bo. Neville then wipes out Bo with a slingshot plancha! Right hands from the mount by Neville. Neville brings the ladder into the ring, but Bo grabs his leg and pulls him to the outside, then drives Neville back-first into the steel steps. Bo with right hands and stomps, Neville sent head-first off the apron. Bo traps Neville in the ring skirt and unloads with more right hands. Bo goes and gets a second ladder from the entranceway. Bo lifts up the ladder, but Neville avoids a head shot. Neville counters a butterfly suplex by Bo and backdrops him on the rampway!! Back in, Neville sets up the ladder, climbs it, but Bo stops him by nailing him in the back with the other ladder!! Bo grabs the ladder and drives it ribs-first multiple times into Neville. Bo sets up the ladder, pinning Neville underneath. Bo climbs the ladder, but Neville uses his feet to lift up the ladder and send Bo throat-first off the top rope!! Neville climbs the ladder, but Bo turns it over and sends Neville throat-first off the top rope, both men down. Both have a tug-of-war with a ladder until Bo drives Neville into the corner, ramming the ladder into his ribs. Bo sandwiches a ladder between the top and middle ropes, then goes for a slingshot, but Neville blocks it. Neville then uses the ladder as a step-stool and hits a Tornado DDT! Neville climbs the ladder, but Bo knocks him off. Both men heads collide and Neville’s head goes into the ladder, then the ladder falls on top of the fallen Neville! Bo with a series of clotheslines in the corner to Neville, followed by a running one. Bo grabs Neville and goes for a bulldog onto the ladder, but Neville counters by sending Bo into the sandwiched ladder in the corner! Neville climbs the ladder, but Bo climbs up the other side. Bo drives Neville’s head multiple times into the ladder, then sends him onto the apron. Neville comes back with a roundhouse, then heads up top, but Bo throws him off and sends Neville crashing back-first onto the apron, then down to the outside! Bo smiles at the fallen Neville, knowing he has the match won. Bo climbs the ladder, but NEVILLE SPRINGBOARDS ONTO IT! Bo goes for a German off the ladder, but Neville fights it with elbows. Bo then POWERBOMBS NEVILLE INTO THE SANDWICHED LADDER IN THE CORNER!! Bo charges with the ladder, but Neville gets a boot up. Neville front slams Bo onto the ladder! Neville heads up top and HITS RED ARROW WHILE BO WAS ON THE LADDER!!! “NXT” chants by the crowd as both men are hurting. Bo rolls out to the outside while Neville sets up the ladder. Neville climbs the ladder, but Bo gets back in
However its too late as Neville grabs the NXT Title belt and wins the title!!
Winner and NEW NXT Champion: “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville
Neville celebrates his title win on top of the ladder afterward with the steam pyro. We see John Cena in the crowd clapping for Neville’s title win. Neville stands tall with his newly won NXT Title as we close the show.
THOUGHTS: One helluva ladder match. Definitely toned down compared to WWE PPV Ladder Matches, but both guys still took some crazy bumps. Bo had his working boots and put on a damn good performance in defeat and Neville looked amazing with the high-flying and selling stuff. Glad to see Neville get the belt, along with a whole new coat of paint with the entrance. Great main event.
So watch this show on WWE Network if you didn’t live, you’ll be glad you did.