WWE NXT Report for Feb. 7 - Tag Title Tournament Semi-Finals
Brian Campbell / February 8, 2013 - 2:58pm
[Match #1]: NXT Tag Team Title Tournament: Kassius Ohno & Leo Kruger vs. Adrian Neville & Oliver Grey
Apparently Grey and Neville are now referred to as British Ambition. Grey and Ohno open the match as William Regal calls Neville by the wrong name. The two don’t last long together before Kruger is tagged in. Grey slaps on a side-headlock for what seemed like forever and tags Neville in. Regal refers to Neville as ‘the man gravity forgot,’ an apt description for sure. Ohno is tagged in and met with leg kicks and Neville goes to work on the arm. Neville and Grey trade quick tags, continuing to work on the arm, as Neville comes off the top with a high double stomp to Ohno’s arm in a cool spot. Eventually Ohno reverses a sunset flip on Grey and tags in Kruger who takes control with forearms and a backbreaker. Ohno gets the tags and works over Grey with an abdominal stretch and a standing senton before locking on a reverse chin lock. Grey works his way back up and gets the hot tag and takes out both Ohno and Kruger with flying forearms and flips before he eats a big boot from Ohno, which sends him to the floor. Out on the floor, Ohno starts yelling at Regal at the announce desk and turns around into a twisting plancha over the top by Neville. Neville sends Ohno back in and climb to the top to deliver his incredibly impressive Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for the surprising win.
Winners [via pinfall]: Adrian Neville & Oliver Grey (14:07)
They recap Summer Rae jumping Paige after her match from last week. Cut to the back and Renee Young is talking to Rae, who says she is the prettiest diva in NXT. She then says that Paige needs to learn that summer school is always in session. Good promo, terrible catch phrase.
[Match #2]: Connor O’Brian vs. Mike Dalton
This is O’Brian’s NXT singles debut, post-Ascension and this match was absolutely nothing to write home about. O’Brian attacks with clotheslines, a big veal out of the corner and then sends Dalton in to the ropes and hits a flapjack and a leg drop to the back on the head for the win, apparently named ‘the Fall of Man.’
Winners [via pinfall]: Connor O’Brian (1:03)
O’Brian mocks NXT Champ Big E. Langston after the match, to which Langston’s music hits and he comes out. Langston scoops Dalton up and delivers his gut-buster finish and leaves.
Paige and Dusty Rhodes are in the back talking, and Paige is complaining about being attacked by Summer Rae last week. Paige says that she is going to find Rae herself and rip her lips off her face, saying that she wants a match with Rae next week. She leaves, bumping into Sasha Banks along the way, who then talks to Dusty. This is a basic promo spot to push the Banks-secret admirer angle. I’d love for this to be El Generico.
They recap the Royal Rumble Fanfest NXT Tournament where the winner gained entrance to the Rumble match. This was a great recap as they went thoroughly went through all of the matches. In the first round, Neville beat Corey Graves, Kruger beat Xavier Woods, Bo Dallas topped Luke Harper, and O’Brien beat Grey. Onto the second round, Kruger beats Neville and Dallas beat O’Brien, before moving to the finals where Dallas got the win.
Dallas is in the back and is approached by his older brother Bray Wyatt, who congratulates him on the tournament win.
[Main Event]: NXT Tag Team Title Tournament: Bo Dallas & Michael McGillicutty vs. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
Harper and Dallas are in at the start before McGillicutty gets the quick tag in and hits a dropkick and some chops to Harper. Dallas is back in and goes for a bulldog out of the corner but is reversed as Rowan comes in with a scoop slam and elbow drop to Dallas. He gets the hot tag to McGillicutty after reversing a slam and McGillicutty comes in with clotheslines and a snap back suplex. Wyatt then gets involved and distracts McGillicutty as the ref sends him to the back, but this allows Harper to come in and land a lariat on McGillicutty as Rowan covers for the win.
Winners [via pinfall]: The Wyatt Family (4:09)
Rowan and Harper are on the outside and distract Dallas afterwards, which allows Wyatt to sneak in and attack from behind. He grabs Dallas and does his dancing spot before hitting his Novocain finish.
Good show with a couple of good tag team matches. William Regal is the best announcer in the fed right now. I’m sure they like him in this NXT spot, but something tells me he’d be a better fit on Smackdown, or at least Main Event. He’s better than the Miz, right? Hell, put him on Saturday Morning Slam. O’Brian screams a lot, even more than Roman Reigns, and looked incredibly sloppy in his squash match. I’m not sure why they broke the Ascension up to be honest – I thought they were ticketed for the main roster sooner rather than later. Also funny to see Dalton, a former FCW Champion, gets squashed. I’m intrigued to see a brother vs. brother match with Dallas vs. Wyatt and am even more excited to see Wyatt healthy and back in the ring.
Announced For Next Week
Langston vs. O’Brian and the finals of the NXT Tag Title Tournament, The Wyatt Family vs. British Ambition.