WWE NXT Review - April 10, 2014
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Adam Rose def. Danny Burch
If Rose's awesome entrance doesn't at least make you crack a smile, there is something wrong with you. In all seriousness, this was much of the same from Rose. The crowd is absolutely into him, but his matches are no more than a few minutes long and don't feature anything we haven't seen before. I love the character and all, but I'd like to see some sort of direction or development with him soon. Luckily, that appears to be in motion since the re-debuting Camacho (who I didn't even recognize at first) called him out backstage.
Bayley def. Sasha Banks
These two always work well together and have good matches, but it lacks story. They are better than probably half of the women wrestlers on the main roster, but like the Divas, their matches don't have much meaning. Bayley beat Banks again, so what now? Summer Rae appears to be on the main roster for good and now Paige looks to be joining her. Hopefully they can bring in some new talent to NXT to fill out the women's division with all the call-ups.
Mojo Rawley def. Sylvester Lefort
This was a complete squash match for Rawley. As I've said numerous times in the past, I love his enthusiasm and his energy, but his extremely brief matches show that he's limited in the ring, so I'm not sure how he can be utilized at the moment. Is Lefort not a good wrestler or does his gimmick limit him? I honestly don't know. While the match was nothing of note, Brodus Clay coming down and destroying Lefort was nice. I enjoyed his showdown with Adrian Neville and it helped further their feud. Clay backing down from Neville, who is much smaller than him, was a bit odd, but this was otherwise a good segment.
Bo Dallas def. Justin Gabriel
Dallas is a hilarious heel, so with that in mind, I think his "occupying" of NXT would be better than it was. Don't get me wrong, he was very good in his role here, but perhaps I just had high expectations that weren't met. Speaking of which, his subsequent match with Gabriel wasn't at all what I had hoped for. It was drawn out and boring and the fans didn't really seem to care at all. Gabriel isn't really guy to put in the main event of NXT, even though he is fun to watch in the ring. Dallas winning was the right move, but he shouldn't be contending for the title again anytime soon. I look forward to seeing how he'll be written off TV once he officially makes the move to the main roster.
As much as I enjoy NXT, I can honestly admit that this show nearly bored me to tears. It wasn't all bad, as I enjoyed the confrontation between Clay and Neville and the ladies match was nice, but everything else was mostly mediocre. I'm not all that familiar with Oliver Gray (I started watching last summer when he was out injured), but it's nice to see him back in the fold. The appearance from The Great Khali wasn't encouraging, either, and I dread whatever episode he'll eventually appear on. With any luck, his role on the show will be minor and kept short and sweet, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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