WWE NXT Review - February 12, 2014
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Natalya, Emma and Bayley def. Summer Rae, Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox
The match featured several good workers, so it was a foregone conclusion that it was going to be a quality contest (which is more than I can say for most Divas matches on the main roster these days). It was given great time by Divas standards and built to a fine finish with the faces going over. This appeared to be the blow-off to the long-running feud between the BFFs and Natalya, Emma and Bayley, so here's hoping all of them can now move on to bigger and better things.
Aiden English def. Colin Cassady
While the feud has been well done over the last month, I just don't find their matches to be exciting at all. This bout was decent enough, but it was hardly given any time and the crowd wasn't into the action. I was surprised to see English come away with the clean victory, but it will be interesting to see whether this feud will continue going forward. I may not be the biggest fan of Cassady, but even I can admit that he has potential that shouldn't be wasted with consistent losses.
Sami Zayn Called Out Antonio Cesaro
Zayn has always been very good on the mic, so I have never needed to worries about his promos. Although he is an amazing in-ring wrestler, Cesaro's promo have usually been hit or miss, but this was undoubtedly his best mic work to date. He had an excellent verbal exchange with Zayn that told the story of Zayn desperately wanted one more match to prove himself against the former United States champion. I like the fact he took the heel route by declining the challenge only for Triple H to make the match official for NXT: Arrival instead. Never in my life did I expect a crowd to chant "Best for Business". Anyway, I am very much looking forward to that match and hope it is as epic as their initial encounter.
CJ Parker def. Tye Dillinger
This was nothing more than an enhancement match for Parker, so there isn't much to say. Dillinger had an impressive showing despite the bout being brief, so I would like to see him featured more prominently at some point. Lord knows he is more talented than Parker will ever be. Speaking of whom, his post-match promo was incredibly annoying, maybe due to his voice more than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that he is acknowledging the boos and is turning heel, but I don't think even his crappy character could pull it off.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan def. Jason Jordan and Marcus Louis
The match was over before it even started, so I don't think it is worth even commenting on. If nothing else, it re-solidified their dominance for the NXT audience, who greeted The Wyatt Family back with open arms. I was hoping for a longer promo from Wyatt, but what we got was good enough. It was very cool to hear him acknowledge that NXT was where he got his start, but I have to question why they came back and why it wasn't hyped weeks in advance. I have no problem with them coming back since it has been so long, but what was the purpose? This might have been better served for NXT: Arrival, but time will tell as to whether The Wyatt Family will be sticking around for a few more shows in coming weeks.
With NXT Arrival being only two weeks away, build for the highly anticipated event was to be expected, so this show definitely delivered on that front. There weren't many matches, but the opening contest and certainly the segments involving Cesaro, Zayn and The Wyatt Family are worth seeking out. NXT Arrival was heavily hyped throughout the show and I, for one, can not wait for it to finally come to fruition, as it is being set up to be an extremely electric episode of NXT.
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