WWE NXT Review - June 19, 2014
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Alexa Bliss def. Sasha Banks
Bliss continues to improve in the ring in the small doses we've seen of her so far and the fact she's working with polished female talent such as Banks certainly helps. Obviously, they could've used more time to shine, but they made the most of the brief time they were allotted. The central focus of this match was the teasing tension between Charlotte and Summer Rae at ringside. I've been loving the slow-burning breakup of the BFFs in recent weeks and I look forward to seeing where it leads.
Mojo Rawley def. Garrett Dylan
Wasn't Dylan released last year? Why was he fired only to be brought back? I was never impressed by his work when he was teaming with Scott Dawson, and this match did nothing to change my mind. The commentators tried to put him over as best they could, but he came off as nothing more than an enhancement talent to me. It was another quick squash for Mojo, whose energy I still enjoy, but they need to find direction for him fast.
The Vaudevillians def. Angelo Dawkins and Travis Tyler
Aiden English quickly grew stale on his own, so I was happy to see him joined by newcomer Simon Gotch. The two make for a fun tandem and their entrance was very unique to their act. They felt very old school and I was impressed by them on night one. Lord knows the tag team division in NXT is in desperate need of new teams and I'm glad to see that The Vaudevillians pear to be here to stay.
Tyler Breeze def. Kalisto
I've been high on Kalisto since his NXT debut and I was happy to see him shine on his own for once. Is this a sign that his team with El Local is no more? He and Breeze had a good match, even though the pace was slow for most it. Nevertheless, they delivered a fun final few minutes and the finish with Breeze hitting the Beauty Shot out of nowhere was great. I hope to see more from Kalisto as a singles competitor in the future and Breeze continues to impress in the ring.
NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension def. Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd
The logic of Kidd and Zayn randomly receiving a tag team title shot was flawed, but it had a solid story behind it. Zayn's backstage segment with Kidd earlier in the evening foreshadowed the finish, but it made sense and needed to happen. Kidd has been progressing his heel turn nicely and this was no exception. The match itself was nothing of note, but any time that The Ascension faces a team that isn't compromised of no-name competitors is a plus. Kidd and Zayn could produce a great series of matches if they end up feuding from this point forward.
NXT has been consistently producing great shows since Takeover and this edition was no different. The action as a whole was very entertaining, everything served a purpose and several feuds were furthered. There's a lot to be excited about in NXT right now and I highly anticipate the upcoming encounter between Adrian Neville and Rob Van Dam on next week's episode. Here's hoping NXT can keep up the strong momentum in weeks ahead.
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