WWE NXT Review - June 5, 2014
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Mojo Rawley def. Aiden English
English was on a hot streak when he was first repackaged late last year but has seemed to tread water ever since. I forgot that Rawley and English were even feuding as of a few weeks ago, but this served well in the opening spot. The match was fine for what it was and Rawley going over was no surprise since he's the one officials are keen on pushing at the moment. English wasn't protected in defeat at all and it's a shame he now feels like an afterthought. On a side note, from the entrance to the colors to the high energy, Rawley continues to very much remind me of the late Ultimate Warrior.
NXT Women's Champion Charlotte def. Bayley (Non-title)
I was curious as to whether Charlotte would be a face or a heel after breaking character last week when she won the NXT Women's Championship and embraced Natalya in a hug. It appears she's still a heel... for now. There was nothing special about her match against Bayley, but I'm positive they could have a great contest if given enough time. Look at her match with Natalya from Takeover as proof. Summer Rae's return was a pleasant surprise and the seeds were planted for a face turn from Charlotte to set up a feud for the title, but that might not be happening for a while with a six-Diva tag team match against Paige, Emma and Bayley coming in the near future.
Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger def. Stewart Cumberland and Phillip Gouljar
Jordan and Dillinger first debuted as a team a few months ago but disappeared from NXT TV shortly thereafter. I thought they were being set up for a feud with The Ascension over the NXT Tag Team Championships then, so I'm not so sure that's the plan this time around. Either way, this was a standard tag team match that was used to establish Jordan and Dillinger, but it went far longer than it should have. As of now, there's really nothing about Jordan and Dillinger that makes them stand out, but I'm at least glad that another tandem is being added to NXT's depleted tag team division.
Tyler Breeze Debuted His New Music Video
As much as I'll miss Breeze's first entrance theme, his new one just might win me over. He's extremely entertaining because he's so dedicated to his persona. He cut a great promo here that put heat on himself and hyped up his feud with Adrian Neville. The music video itself was hysterical and with Bo Dallas now on the main roster, I'm hopeful that Breeze is filling in the vacant spot of NXT's top heel.
NXT Champion Adrian Neville def. Justin Gabriel (Non-title)
I expected a great match from these two given their similar styles and while it wasn't exactly a blockbuster, it was still a nice little bout. They made the most out of the time they were allotted and the final few minutes were filled with fun action. Gabriel hasn't been relevant (or even on TV) in forever, so he wasn't exactly a threat to Neville, but it was a good win for the champ. The post-match encounter between Neville and Tyson Kidd was solid yet strange. Kidd didn't come as a heel at all despite seemingly turning at Takeover. I'm actually excited for a rematch between the two because their first match was so good, but does Neville have the power to book his own title defenses? Where's JBL when you need him? Breeze is supposed to be the No. 1 contender, so I'm intrigued as to how this will play out next week.
After last week's terrific Takeover event, this was a good follow-up show that featured the (re-)debut of a new tag team, the return of an NXT alum and a fun main event. I wouldn't so far as to say that anything on this show was must-see, but it was an enjoyable edition as a whole and worth a watch if you can find the time. I look forward to more characters debuting on NXT in coming weeks now that Takeover has come and gone.
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