WWE NXT 02/20/13 features the current NXT champ, Big E Langston, taking on the returning Conor O’Brian. Also, after last week we finally have tag team champions so perhaps we’ll see them again. Lastly, Sasha Banks’ “secret admirer” is possibly going to reveal themselves this week and I’m already nervous. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 02/20/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Cold open on last week’s NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament Final match. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail. Tom Phillips is back in the announce chair and welcomes us to the show. Yoshi Tatsu’s music hits and he’s out. An instrumental version of Bray Wyatt’s theme hits next and he’s out (w/ Harper & Rowan). Bray is wearing an apron for the first time and this makes Regal worried.
Match #1: Yoshi Tatsu vs. Bray Wyatt (w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
Commentary mentions that this is Bray’s first match since August, so the predicted Bray Wyatt squash happens. Regal makes note of Bray kissing Tatsu’s forehead before the Sister Abigail.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Ah, back when the Bray Wyatt character was still super fresh. Those were the days.
Post-match, Bray tosses Tatsu out of the ring and orders that Harper & Rowan join him in the ring. Bray gets the footage of them losing the tag tournament put up on the screen. Bray singles out Rowan and goads him into hitting Harper for taking the pin. Harper lunges at Rowan after the strike and Wyatt goads Harper into hitting Rowan since Harper always has to carry Rowan. They start brawling while Bray watches and smiles. Bray eventually breaks it up and says he’s proud of them. The Wyatt Family poses in the ring before leaving together.
Meanwhile, Renee is backstage with Sasha Banks. Sasha gets another “secret admirer” card and while she’s distracted reading it aloud to Renee, she’s taken out from behind by Audrey Marie. Audrey has been out injured and is not impressed with Sasha as her “replacement”. Before leaving Audrey says “Get out of NXT. Love, your secret admirer”.
Later tonight? Big E Langston vs. Conor O’Brian in a “special challenge” match which basically means “non-title”.
Back from break, El Local is out. Xavier Woods is out next. Tom Phillips compares Woods to “Urkel” and Regal says he hangs out with Woods after the shows. Okay, then.
Match #2: El Local vs. Xavier Woods
Nothing special here. Commentary is borderline insufferable as Phillips and Regal keep talking trash about Local’s looks and weight during the match. I imagine this is a rib on Local. Regal also claims he’s an “original raver from 1988”. See? The commentary had so much weird stuff going on that it really overshadowed the match which was just average. Woods goes over with a tornado DDT.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – An average match and the commentary did it no favors.
Post-match, Regal says he and Xavier are going to “get up to some mischief” after the show. Wow, that doesn’t age well.
Next, Renee is backstage with Dr. Samson to get an update on Paige. Doc Samson throws out a bunch of medical terminology and won’t commit to any hard info. as to when Paige will be returning.
Later tonight? The New Day’s Big E will be taking on Konnor from the Ascension.
Up next? Sasha Banks vs. Audrey Marie.
After no break, Audrey is out. Sasha’s music hits and she storms to the ring. Regal lets us know he’s “always gangsta’ trippin’ with Snoop (Dogg)”.
Match #3: Audrey Marie vs. Sasha Banks
Wow, after the weeks of “secret admirer” build up, I did not expect Sasha to lose quickly and clean to a facebuster. But here we are.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – Not a fan of this match.
Post-match, Audrey mocks Sasha by doing the Paige “This is my house” thing.
We’re sent to Renee again and she’s with Summer Rae. Summer says no one should feel bad for Paige – she asked for a match and got what she deserved. Summer’s only regret? She broke a nail beating Paige down. Now that Paige is out of the way, Summer can concentrate on being the greatest WWE diva ever. Before leaving, Summer demands that Renee call her the “1st Lady of NXT” from now on. Hmm, 2018 Lacey Evans and 2013 Summer Rae would possibly get along.
Later tonight? Big E vs. Conor – in case you forgot.
After no break, Tony Dawson is in the ring and he introduces Tyson Kidd. Tyson is out on crutches and with a brace on his leg. We learn that Tyson was injured at a live event. Since he didn’t know the extent of damage to his knee, he worked the next night and further aggravated the injury. He doesn’t know when he’ll be back – but he will be back! Tony mentions that CM Punk name dropped Kidd and his work ethic on Raw. Kidd puts over Punk and says that Kidd’s work ethic is a way of life and something he had instilled in him at an early age in Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Leo Kruger’s music hits interrupts and he’s out. Kruger says he’s going to end Kidd’s career, likens him to a “wounded animal”, and tells Kidd he should have stayed gone. Kruger attacks Kidd and is about to hit him with a crutch when Justin Gabriel is out to make the save. Kruger bails and Gabriel checks on Kidd to end the segment.
Meanwhile, we get a split screen and Conor and Big E are both… walking! They collide… next!
Back from break, Conor’s music hits and he’s out. Big E’s music hits next and he’s out.
Match #4: Big E Langston vs. Conor O’Brian
Hoss battle. Lots of punches and knee strikes here. They do a good job of making Conor look as powerful as Big E. in the match. Conor’s biggest spot is a full nelson slam that earns him a two count. The match devolves into both guys trading blows. The ref keeps breaking them up and ends up tangled in them during a third break attempt. Both guys shove the ref to the ground and he calls for the bell.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – I expected way more power moves than I got, but I guess this is one way to get out of this match while protecting Conor.
Post-match, the trading of blows continues. Eventually, Big E knocks Conor out of the ring and the match is announced as a double DQ. Big E’s music inexplicably hits even though neither guy won. While Big E poses with the title, Graves appears out of nowhere and takes Big E out. Corey swipes the NXT Championship and runs to the back.
We go off the air on Big E running to the back chasing down Graves.
Next week? No idea since we got no ‘next week’ graphics, but in case you forgot, the main event tonight was Big E Langston vs. Conor O’Brian.