NXT Review (1/15/14) – Kingston Beats Rusev, Neville vs. Breeze


Triple H came out a cut a promo on the WWE Network. He announced that NXT will go live that first week the Network is available. I’m excited for the network, and I can’t wait to see NXT live!

Adrian Neville def. Tyler Breeze (10:19)

I’m expected that this match would happen, and I’m glad they did. Neville and Breeze showed some of their best work in this match. I’ve always been a fan of Adrian, so I knew what to expect out of him, and I enjoy seeing his unique counters that were shown this week. Since Breeze hasn’t really wrestled longer matches, I hadn’t seen what he could do as Tyler Breeze. Breeze impressed me with his move-set, especially his sick dropkick towards the end.


CJ Parker def. Jason Jordan (1:05)

Jason Jordan? Who’s that? I know who he is, but most probably don’t. And he shockingly had an entrance, so we could be seeing him more often. I could hardly pay attention to this match, and it only lasted a minute. The way Parker acted in this match, and the way his facial expressions were shown, it looks like he could be turning heel. But would that really elevate him?

Bo Dallas def. Mojo Rawley (3:46)

As I’ve stated before, I’m a big fan of Mojo. I was pleased to see him in what felt like a bigger match than usual since he was facing the NXT Champion, but in the end, it wasn’t that spectacular. Mojo spent most of the match chasing Dallas around, but it all ended when Bo rolled him up while holding his tights.

Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston def. Alexander Rusev (13:38)

The crowd was certainly not into this match. Lots of chants were thrown out, and the wave went around a couple times. The commentators tried to play it off that the wave meant they were trying to get Kofi pumped up, which came off awkward to me. The match was okay, and I’m glad Kofi got the win, otherwise I wouldn’t see any point in this match.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been bashing Rusev for numerous things. My opinion hasn’t changed, but I would like to talk about a few topics involving him. Last weekend at a house show in Glens Falls, Rusev was on the road with the main roster and went over Justin Gabriel. Someone that attended reported the following: “Rusev worked stiff and there was almost a bad landing when he attempted a back suplex. Awkward match. Rusev played a lot to the crowd and managed to get some decent heat. They worked hard, but an eight-minute back and forth match didn’t play to Rusev’s strengths.” This is how I feel about a lot of his work.

There was a report going around a lot of the dirt sheets in the last couple months that Rusev would be pushed as a monster and would be brought up to the main roster with Lana. They are also considered to be one of the next call-ups. Are you kidding me? What about Sami Zayn, Paige, Adrian Neville, Corey Graves, or Emma? They have way more potential and skill than the highly overrated Alexander Rusev.

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