WWE NXT Takeover
May 29, 2014
Winter Park, Florida (Full Sail University)
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, William Regal
Recap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com
We see a video package on tonight’s NXT Takeover that centers around the change in WWE with all of the recent stars from NXT acheiving success on the WWE roster.
We see Adam Rose and his Rosebuds heading into the venue from outside as he comes out for our opening match.
Adam Rose vs. Camacho
“Party Pooper” chants directed at Camacho as the bell sounds. Rose avoids a clothesline and does some prancing. Camacho with a full nelson applied early. Rose gets out by using his posterior. Camacho misses a clothesline and Rose leaps onto him. Camacho comes back with a right hand and stomps away. Butterfly suplex by Camacho for a nearfall. Japanese Stranglehold applied. Crowd wills on Rose. Rose gets free, but Camacho with a gut kick and a right hand. Another right hand, but Rose fires up. Camacho with a big boot for a nearfall. Crossface shots by Camacho, then re-applies the Japanese Stranglehold. Crowd again wills on Rose. “Party Time” chants by the crowd. Rose gets to his feet, but Camacho with a knee to the ribs and a back club. Camacho with a little shimmie and hits a leaping leg drop for a 1 count. Headbutt, but Rose sidesteps a backdrop attempt. Rose avoids a charge and peppers Camacho with jabs, followed by a right hand. Camacho with a gut kick, but Rose with a spinebuster and fires up. Rose with a running back elbow and a savate kick to the ribs. Rose does the “choo-choo” motion and hits a Bronco Buster.
Party Foul by Rose for the win.
Winner: Adam Rose by pinfall (Party Foul)
Rose celebrates with his Rosebuds afterwards.
THOUGHTS: Fun showcase for Rose. Camacho looked good as well.
We see video on Sami Zayn’s match with Cesaro at NXT Arrival and his match tonight with Tyler Breeze.
NXT Tag Team Titles: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) (c’s) vs. El Local & Kalisto
Ascension attack the challengers as the bell sounds. Stereo ranas by the challengers send the Ascension to the outside. Challengers with a head of steam, but Ascension catch them with stereo uppercuts! Viktor stomps away at Kalisto in the ring, then chokes him. Kalisto sent into the turnbuckles. Konnor in, double knockdown by the Ascension. Elbow drop for a nearfall. Viktor in as Konnor lifts up Kalisto for Viktor to hit a gut shot. Viktor stomps away and pulls at Kalisto’s mask. Big chop for a nearfall. Kalisto fights back, but Viktor with a back club. Viktor places Kalisto in the Tree of Woe. Konnor in and stomps away at Kalisto while he is in the Tree of Woe. Viktor in, slams Kalisto down from the Tree of Woe for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Kalisto. Kalisto fights back, but Viktor with another back club and sends Kalisto to the outside. Konnor throws Kalisto into the ropes, sending him bouncing back down to the outside. Kalisto blocks it a second time, then scissors Viktor and sends him face-first off the apron. Konnor drives Kalisto into the corner, Viktor tagged in. Another big chop by Viktor. Viktor runs into a back elbow, then Kalisto with a headscissors off the middle rope. Local in, back elbows to Viktor, Konnor knocked off the apron. Springboard forearm, then a low kick in the corner. Local heads up top, moonsault, but Konnor breaks up the pin. Kalisto with a roll-up into a kick on Konnor. Viktor sends Kalisto into the outside, then hits Local with a STO.
Konnor 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)
Ascension stand tall afterwards.
THOUGHTS: Pretty solid match. Thought we would see new champs, but it was not to be. These two teams had good chemistry, looking forward to rematches down the line.
We see Sami Zayn & Tyler Breeze getting ready for their match later tonight.
We see a video package on Tyler Breeze.
#1 Contenders Match for the NXT Title: Sami Zayn vs. “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze
New music for both Zayn & Breeze. “OLE” chants for Zayn. Chain wrestling between the two early. Breeze pulls at Zayn’s face to take control. Zayn leaps over Breeze and hits his trifecta of armdrags into an armbar. Breeze pulls at Zayn’s hair, but Zayn with a side headlock. Zayn with a dropkick. Breeze sent into the turnbuckles and Zayn goes after his face. Breeze runs into a back elbow, but as Zayn goes to the middle rope, Breeze catches his foot and spins Zayn out to the outside.
Zayn gets back in by the ref’s 7 count. Zayn sent off the turnbuckles. Breeze stomps away at Zayn in the corner. Breeze chokes Zayn in the corner with his boot. Knee drop by Breeze for a nearfall. Right hand, then Breeze bulldogs Zayn into the middle turnbuckle for a nearfall. Elbows to the top of the head by Breeze, then he slams Zayn’s face into the mat for another nearfall. Front chancery applied, crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn gets to his feet and flapjacks Breeze to get free.
Breeze misses a right hand and Zayn pulls down the top rope, sending Breeze to the outside. Zayn goes onto the apron and wipes out Breeze with an Arabian Press! Back in, Zayn heads up top and hits Breeze with a crossbody for a nearfall. Breeze blocks the Blue Thunder Bomb with elbows to the head. Breeze tries to go off the ropes, but Zayn pulls him back in and this time hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for a nearfall. Zayn heads up top, but Breeze stops him. Breeze with a savate kick to the ribs and a swinging Impaler-style DDT for a nearfall. Breeze then brings Zayn out of the corner with a sit-out powerbomb, but Zayn kicks out! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Breeze with right hands to Zayn in the corner. More right hands by Breeze in the corner as the ref admonishes him. Breeze goes back after Zayn, but Zayn grabs him and hits an Exploder into the turnbuckles!
Strike exchange as the two are wobbly on their feet. Zayn gains advantage, but Breeze almost sends Zayn into the ref. Roll-up by Breeze for a nearfall. Breeze slips out of the Blue Thunder Bomb, hits a superkick, but Zayn kicks out!! “OLE” chants for Zayn. More right hands by Breeze as the two can barely stay on their feet. Zayn with a slap and Breeze unloads with back clubs. Zayn blocks an Irish whip, but Breeze slips out of a suplex. ORANGE CRUSH BOMB, BUT BREEZE KICKS OUT!!! Zayn charges in, but Breeze rolls out to the outside. Zayn with a head of steam and wipes out Breeze with a flip dive, with Breeze’s head slamming into the steel rampway. Back in, Zayn goes for the OLE Kick, but Breeze ducks down to avoid it and in the process, low blows Zayn!
BEAUTY SHOT!!! 1-2-3!!
Winner and #1 Contender to the NXT Title: “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze by pinfall (Beauty Shot)
Breeze celebrates his win afterwards while Zayn is upset on the outside.
THOUGHTS: Outstanding match. Breeze’s best match to date and another in the growing list for Zayn in NXT.
We see Bret Hart talking with Natalya & Tyson Kidd backstage.
Lana comes out and tells NXT to rise for the Super Athlete, Rusev! Rusev comes out, waving the Russian flag. Lana says that the crowd will rise and respect Rusev just like Russia respects its leader, Vladimir Putin. NXT, rise for the Iron Fist of Russia, Rusev. Rusev waves the Russian Flag some more.
Mojo Rawley’s music hits and he comes out, waving the American flag. Mojo says that we are in the USA and in the USA, we don’t get hyped, we STAY HYPED! Its time that someone comes down to the ring and shoves that flag right up your Putin! Mojo runs out, but Rusev wipes out with the running body block. Avalanche in the corner, then Rusev locks Mojo in the Accolade. Rusev & Lana stand tall over Mojo. Rusev sends Mojo to the outside, then re-applies the Accolade on the rampway.
We see Ric Flair & Charlotte walking backstage.
We see video highlighting the NXT Women’s Title tournament to crown a new champion and the finals between Charlotte & Natalya with Ric Flair & Bret Hart in their corners.
We see actor Kris Kristofferson sitting in the crowd.
The music of WWE Divas Champion Paige hits as she makes her way to the ring. Paige says it is amazing to be home at NXT. Paige thanks the crowd because she wouldn’t be where she is without you and NXT and wouldn’t be the WWE Divas Champion. Talking about titles, I couldn’t be prouder to be the first NXT Women’s Champion, but tonight, we are crowning a new champion. This champion needs to have grace, character, this person will be holding the key to the future and holding that can lead to the WWE Divas Title.
NXT Women’s Title Tournament Finals: “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” Charlotte w/WWE Hall of Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs. “The Queen of Harts” Natalya w/WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart
New music for Charlotte, featuring some of her dad, Ric Flair’s famous music. Natalya takes Charlotte and gains a 1 count early. Another takedown by Natalya, but Charlotte reverses out into a hammerlock. Natalya counters out with a Fireman’s Carry into an armbar. Charlotte gets out with a headscissors, but Natalya with a kip-up. Natalya with a side headlock takeover. Charlotte gets free and Natalya seems surprised by this. Natalya works over Charlotte’s arm, but Charlotte uses her agility to get out. Armbar applied by Charlotte. Natalya uses her agility to counter out and take Charlotte down. Leglock applied by Natalya. Charlotte uses her free leg to get free of the leglock. Charlotte catches a kick, but Natalya takes her back down and applies another leglock. Charlotte gets free and applies a side headlock. Natalya gets out and applies a front chancery. Natalya mocks the “Wooo”, but Charlotte reverses out. Natalya goes back to the arm, then does a wheelbarrow into a victory roll for a nearfall. Body scissors applied by Natalya. Charlotte turns over and gets a 1 count, but Natalya keeps the hold maintained. Charlotte spins out and slams Natalya’s head into the mat. Natalya tries for a cross armbreaker, but Charlotte quickly gets to the ropes. Charlotte with a big slap, but Natalya with one of her own. Natalya with a roll-up for a nearfall. Charlotte with a knee to the ribs, a kick to the back and a big chop. Charlotte & Flair then both do “Wooo’s.” Natalya comes back with a chop, then goes up & over, but Charlotte drives her into the corner. Natalya leaps on Charlotte’s back and applies a Sleeper, but Charlotte counters out with a Chin Checker for a nearfall. Charlotte slams Natalya’s face into the mat multiple times. Charlotte stomps away at Natalya in the corner, then chokes her with her boot. Charlotte gains another nearfall. Figure Four Headlock applied by Charlotte. Crowd wills on Natalya. Charlotte with the Scissor Stomp and keeps the Figure Four Headlock maintained. Natalya tries to get out, but Charlotte slams her down while in the headlock for a nearfall. Abdominal Stretch applied by Charlotte, while shaking Natalya’s head. Natalya reverses out while also stretching Charlotte’s leg. Charlotte rolls through a backslide attempt by Natalya and hits a basement dropkick for a nearfall. Natalya sent into the turnbuckles. More stomps by Charlotte in the corner. Natalya avoids a charge and hits a butterfly suplex. Clothesline, followed by a snapmare. Natalya walks up Charlotte’s back going off the ropes and hits a basement dropkick for a nearfall. Charlotte with the Flair Flip going onto the apron, but Natalya knocks her off the apron and to the outside. Natalya goes after her, but Charlotte grabs her leg, then swings her down to the outside in somewhat of a Dragon Screw legwhip. Back in, Charlotte gains a nearfall. Another stomp, then Charlotte heads up top. Charlotte goes for a Moonsault, but Natalya moves out of the way! “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Natalya hits Nattie by Nature for a nearfall. Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter, then pulls Charlotte back to the center when Charlotte was almost in the ropes. Charlotte spins out and counters right into the Figure Four in the center of the ring. Natalya tries to reverse it, but Charlotte maintains the hold. They trade slaps, but again Charlotte keeps the hold on when Natalya tries to reverse it. Natalya tries again, but yet again, Charlotte keeps the hold on her side. They trade slaps again, then Charlotte falls out to the outside and does even more damage to the leg of Natalya. Both are down on the outside, then Charlotte kicks Natalya, sending her knee-first into the steel steps. Charlotte looks at Bret Hart as she gets Natalya back in the ring. Charlotte lets out another “Wooo”, then looks at Bret again and locks in her own version of the Sharpshooter. Natalya tries to reach the ropes, but Charlotte pulls her back to the center. Natalya spins out and goes for the Sharpshooter, but Charlotte kicks her off!
BOW DOWN TO THE QUEEN!! 1-2-3!! NEW CHAMPION!!!
Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” Charlotte by pinfall (Bow Down to the Queen)
Ric comes in and hugs his daughter afterwards. Charlotte & Natalya then embrace, as does Flair & Bret. Natalya raises the new champion’s hand as Charlotte celebrates her title win.
THOUGHTS: Best women’s match in NXT history. Yes folks, that includes Emma vs. Paige. AWESOME stuff from both Natalya & Charlotte. Natalya proved that she is still among the elite female workers in the US. Charlotte needed this match and she delivered in freaking spades, incredible progression and improvement from her in such a short time. Watch this match, folks!
We see video on the NXT Title match next between champion Adrian Neville & Tyson Kidd.
We see Natalya coming to the back and wishing Tyson Kidd good luck on his match, next!
Main Event for the NXT Title: Tyson Kidd vs. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville (c)
Kidd backs Neville into the corner and breaks clean. Handshake, but then they go nose-to-nose. Kidd with a side headlock takeover. Neville gets to his feet, but Kidd takes him back down with another side headlock takeover. Neville gets out with a headscissors, Kidd with a kip-up, then pats Neville on the shoulder. Kidd works over Neville’s arm. Neville tries to reverse out, but Kidd takes him down in a keylock. Neville uses his agility to get free and takes down Kidd with an armwhip. Neville with an armdrag into an armbar. Neville with a suplex back into the armbar, Kidd gets to the ropes. Kidd goes back to the side headlock. Kidd with a shoulder tackle, then slides under Neville’s legs. Kidd with a monkey flip, but Neville lands on his feet. Exchange of armdrags, both go for dropkicks, then do kip-ups at the same time, stalemate. Kidd then knocks down Neville with a big forearm.
Kidd stomps away at Neville, then sends him hard into the corner. Kidd places Neville in the Tree of Woe and hits a knee to the ribs. Kidd then lifts up Neville and hits a series of kicks to the back. Kidd charges in and hits a hesitation dropkick while Neville was still in the Tree of Woe. Kidd with a back elbow for a nearfall. Chinlock applied. Neville tries to get to his feet, but Kidd takes him back down and puts more torque on the chinlock. Neville gets free, but Kidd hot-shots across the top rope, then hits a dropkick sending Neville to the outside. Kidd with a head of steam and wipes out Neville with a tope con hijo! Back in, Kidd gains a nearfall. Kneedrop, then Kidd re-applies the chinlock. Neville gets to his feet, but Kidd with a knee to the ribs. Kidd runs into a boot, then misses a clothesline, but both hit each other at the same time with crossbodies, both men down.
Neville with a series of forearms, but Kidd with a spinning back kick. Neville comes back with 2 flying forearms, a series of kicks, ending with a basement dropkick. Neville places Kidd in the Tree of Woe and gives Kidd a receipt with some of his own kicks to the back. Neville charges in and hits his own hestiation dropkick while Kidd was in the tree of woe. Neville goes onto the apron, springboard forearm for a nearfall. Kidd with a forearm and the backflip kick, sending him onto the apron, but Neville knocks him off. Neville with a head of steam, but Kidd stops a dive with an enziguri for a nearfall. Kidd heads up top, but Neville stops him. Neville goes up with Kidd, but Kidd blocks a superplex. Kidd goes for a Sunset Bomb, but Neville backflips off the ropes to avoid it! Kidd charges in, but Neville catches him with a Pop-Up Sit-Out Powerbomb for a nearfall. Neville with a series of chest kicks, then sidesteps a backdrop attempt. Neville goes for a springboard, but Kidd follows him in and hits a Russian Leg Sweep off the middle rope for a nearfall. Kidd heads up top, but sees Neville getting the legs up and goes for the Sharpshooter, but Neville with an inside cradle for a nearfall. Kidd with a head kick and a sliding dropkick for a nearfall. Kidd goes for a suplex, but Neville counters with the Suicide-Plex that sends both men all way out to the outside! Both men get back in barely right before the count of 10.
They get to their feet by the ref’s 6 count. Dueling chants for both men as they exchange strikes. Kidd misses a clothesline and Neville with a chop. Neville off the ropes, but Kidd takes him down and locks in the Sharpshooter. Neville rolls to his back, but Kidd then switches to the Dungeon Lock, while raining down boots on the head of Neville. Neville is somehow able to get to the ropes. Neville rolls out onto the apron, but Kidd with a kneelift as Neville was going for a shoulder. Kidd heads up top and hits a somersault leg drop while Neville was draped in the ropes! 1-2……NEVILLE KICKS OUT!! Kidd heads up top, but Neville stops him. Kidd kicks him off, but Neville goes up with him. Kidd knocks him off, but Neville runs up the ropes and hits a Super Rana while both were on the top rope!
Neville heads up top, RED ARROW!! 1-2-3!!
Winner and STILL NXT Champion: “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville by pinfall (Red Arrow)
Neville celebrates his title retention afterward. Neville extends his hand to Kidd, but Kidd walks past him, bumping into him on the way out and Kidd walks to the back. Neville continues to celebrate his title retention as the show closes.
THOUGHTS: Good main event, but not on the level of the 2 prior matches. Kidd being upset afterwards definitely would amount to a heel turn for him going forward, which I think would be good for him. Neville moves on to Breeze and those two should have some pretty fun matches.
Overall, another rousing success for a live NXT special. Highly recommend checking this out.
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