Finally. WWE NXT 02/13/13 will feature the crowning of the first NXT Tag Team Champions! Will it be the Wyatt Family or Oliver Grey & Neville? I honestly don’t know since I haven’t researched this far back into NXT lore. On top of that, it’s Valentine’s Day (Observed) so Sasha Banks will get some “PDA” from her secret admirer. I’m scared already as we’re still mostly “pre-revolution”. Beyond that? No clue. Let’s get us some NXT tag champs!
WWE NXT 02/13/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Cold open on a dramatic video package detailing the NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament up to this point.
Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail. Tony welcomes us to the show and Mike Dalton’s music hits. Dalton’s out and we don’t watch his entrance so we can look at Tony and Regal at the commentary table. They have the NXT Tag Team belts which will be awarded to the winners of tonight’s main event. Axl Keegan is out next – only Paige appears right after him, walks right past Keegan, and goes after ring announcer Summer Rae. Summer bails and Paige gets a mic. Paige is taking over NXT (before NXT TakeOver was cool) until Summer comes back out to the ring and faces her in a match. Keegan complains about this to Paige and eats a slap to the face. Keegan and Dalton leave the ring and Dusty Rhodes’ music hits. Dusty cuts a promo saying Paige will not hold NXT hostage. Paige refuses to leave, so Dusty sends a ref to coax her out of the ring. It doesn’t work. Eventually, Summer Rae comes out and cuts a promo on Paige – who sprints up the ramp and attacks Summer through Dusty. Refs pull them apart and the segment just sort of ends with no resolution.
Later tonight? Oliver Grey & Adrian Neville vs. The Wyatt Family with the NXT Tag Team Championship in the balance.
Back from break, “Dr. Samson” is checking out Paige’s shoulder backstage. Apparently, she was injured in the pull apart with Summer.
Alex Riley’s music hits and he’s out (w/ footage from two weeks ago of Corey Graves attacking him). Graves is out next.
Match #1: Alex Riley vs. Corey Graves
Not bad for what it is. Alex Riley is more than capable in the ring and gets put on display here. I’m still kind of surprised he never took off at WWE, considering his scene in GLOW was one of my favorite scenes on that show. The guy is believable when he’s given something to work with I suppose. The peak of this match for Riley is a spinebuster that gets him a two count. Graves makes a brief comeback, attacks the knee with a chop block, and slaps on the Lucky 13. Riley taps immediately.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – This keeps Riley on TV and gets Graves a win over a larger opponent.
During the match, Tony has “breaking news” that Paige will be facing Summer Rae… next!
Meanwhile, we see Paige getting her shoulder taped up by “Dr. Samson”.
Earlier today? Wrestling fans showed up to the wrestling show at Full Sail University.
Next? A video package on the 2013 Elimination Chamber PPV.
Back from break, Tony and Regal discuss Paige hijacking the show “earlier tonight”. I actually looked at the run time and we’re only 18 minutes and some change into the episode and we’re replaying things that happened “earlier”.
Summer Rae’s music hits and she’s out. Paige’s music hits next and she’s out (w/ taped up shoulder).
Match #2: Summer Rae vs. Paige
There aren’t very many nice things to say about this, so I’ll keep it brief. Summer Rae “works the injury” and puts Paige away with a kick.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – I mean, I guess you need to get Summer Rae over in her debut, but having to “injure” Paige to get that done felt weird. I didn’t even see what Paige allegedly “hurt” in the brief brawl, but now she’s so hurt she can’t really do any offense and gets squashed. Not buying it.
Meanwhile, Sasha is walking down a ramp somewhere and some woman comes up with another “secret admirer” card. No PDA for Valentine’s Day because Sasha’s admirer is making her wait another week.
Up next? The main event.
Next week? Big E Langston vs. Conor O’Brian.
Also, next week? An interview with Tyson Kidd.
Meanwhile, Saxton is in the ring to announce the main event. Dusty heads to the ring to hold up the NXT Tag belts. Oliver Grey and Adrian Neville are out first. Bray Wyatt’s music hits and he’s back to the ranting and raving. Eventually, Harper and Rowan are out and they head to the ring.
Match #3: Oliver Grey & Adrian Neville vs. The Wyatt Family (w/ Bray Wyatt) (NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final Match)
I was honestly surprised. Not by the match, it’s kind of long but eventually snaps into the “face goes in peril, hot tag, finish sequence” pattern most tag matches go in. But, I honestly thought the Wyatt Family were the first NXT Tag Team Champions. I remember reading something about Neville and Graves holding the tag belts, but somehow completely missed the 5-year-old spoilers about who goes over on this show. Like I said, this is an average tag match. Harper still hasn’t really unleashed what he’s capable of yet, so it’s a bunch of isolating Oliver Grey with brawling. The hot tag to Neville happens, he goes on a run, and essentially single-handedly wins the tag titles with a Red Arrow to Harper while Grey is incapacitated on the outside.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Hey, maybe the Wyatts are already up on the main roster at this point? I think they end up with the belts though before they’re up for good? It’s really hard to grasp since people seem to freely float between the main roster and NXT in this era. Even during the commentary it is mentioned that the current NXT champ, Big E, is up on the main roster. I’m glad they finally make the divisions more concrete between NXT and the main roster as the show rolls on.
Post-match, Neville and Grey celebrate in the ring. Dusty shakes their hands and gives them the tag belts. Tony tries, and mostly fails, to interview Neville and Grey. It’s hard to tell if Grey and Neville are going off script, Tony’s too passive, or they plain forgot they had an in-ring interview to do after the match. Either way, Grey and Neville thank the fans and say they did the “unbelievable” and continue to celebrate.
We go off the air on our new tag champs celebrating on their way to the back.