WWE NXT 05/01/13 features Chris Jericho slumming it at Full Sail to take on Bray Wyatt. Beyond that, I’m hoping (fingers seriously crossed) that we start setting up something towards a Women’s Championship and maybe a new challenger for NXT Champion, Big E Langston. Yeah, I’m likely just burnt out on all of this “main roster tourism” happening in the yellow brand. Anyway, let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 05/01/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Cold open on the “Jericho is coming” hype video we saw last week.
Slightly updated NXT opening credits (hey there, Xavier Woods) and we’re taped from Full Sail.
Primo & Epico’s music hits first and they’re out for a “triple threat elimination tag team match”. Tony welcomes us to the show and he’s joined by William Regal and Brad Maddox. Regal is Regal and Maddox is mainly here to screw with Tony and argue with Regal – you know, the typical “WWE three man booth” protocol. Bray Wyatt’s music hits and Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are out (sans Wyatt). Finally, Bo Dallas’ music hits and he’s out. His partner? Adrian Neville, who is out last.
Match #1: Primo & Epico vs. Wyatt Family vs. Bo Dallas & Adrian Neville (Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match)
I’m not sure why this was called a “triple threat” as only two men were allowed in the ring at any given time. As a result, Primo & Epico spend most of this match on the apron. The way this one panned out, it felt like they were doing a soft test to see if Bo Dallas could fill in for the injured Oliver Grey. Fall one is 99% of the match and builds to Neville going on a run and hitting the Red Arrow on Primo. With Fall One out of the way, Luke Harper immediately hits Neville with a clothesline and wins the match. Yeah, just like that. Fall Two lasted all of six seconds.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – We later learn why this match happened in the first place. I guess I get why they did the elimination deal – so Neville could hit the Red Arrow, but they didn’t want Neville and Bo beating the Wyatts. Either way, this one felt weird and the rules didn’t make a ton of sense.
Next, we get a video package hyping up the Paige vs. Summer Rae program.
Up next? Paige vs. Summer Rae.
After no break, Paige’s music hits and she’s out. Before she gets even half way down the ramp, she’s hit from behind by Summer Rae. Summer tosses Paige into the ring, showboats, and gets attacked by Paige as she tries to enter the ring. It’s on.
Match #2: Paige vs. Summer Rae
Wow, not bad – not bad at all. It’s almost like NXT has some women who know how to work a wrestling match or something. Who would have imagined that? Yeah, I’m salty, but seriously this a solid match and more along the lines of what I think of when I think “early NXT women’s match”. Paige has a commanding presence from the moment she hits the stage and Summer plays the cowardly heel great here. From begging off Paige early on, to trying to bail to escape her inevitable fate – Summer is an excellent foil for Paige. The finish comes when Paige counters a big boot and hits the Paige Turner. It’s not as smooth as you’d imagine it looking but it gets the job done.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Good stuff. I doubt we’ve heard the last of Summer Rae.
Up next? Chris Jericho must defeat Bray Wyatt or he will be forced to grow a beard and never change his clothes again!
Back from break, we get some breaking news. Dusty has decided that Oliver Grey is out for too long, but he won’t be stripping Neville of the tag titles. Instead, Neville has chosen Bo Dallas to defend the tag titles next week against Harper & Rowan. The Wyatt Family is getting this shot because Harper pinned Neville in the opening match. See, as weird as that match was – it had a point!
Next, Bray’s music hits and he’s out (w/ Harper & Rowan) and rants over his music. The take away? Tonight Bray Wyatt breaks down the walls. Jericho’s music hits next and he’s out (w/ light up jacket entrance) and the crowd goes wild.
Match #3: Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt (w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
Not bad. I mean, Jericho is Jericho and is almost always amazing. Pitting him against Bray Wyatt (who if I remember correctly is still considered “undefeated” at NXT) was an interesting choice. The Family factors in as Rowan is ejected early on, but Harper sticks around and constantly does stuff to Jericho behind the ref’s back (and says “Yeah” a bunch). But, come on. It’s Chris Jericho. I figured they’d find some way to keep Bray looking strong… but nope, he inevitably gets locked in the Walls of Jericho and taps immediately. Obviously, Wyatt will lose in far more important matches for his character later on down the road – but I couldn’t help but think this was the beginning of that “Bray Wyatt always loses” slide.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Not bad for a “special attraction” match, but the finish was counterproductive. This is the rare instance where I think a “no contest” or something similar would have worked better than Bray tapping out to Jericho’s finisher.
We go off the air on Jericho celebrating in the front row with the “NXT Universe”.