WWE NXT 06/12/13 features Big E Langston’s NXT Championship defense against upstart challenger Bo Dallas. Additionally, the tournament to crown the first ever NXT Women’s Champion continues this week. So, let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 06/12/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a dramatic video package hyping up tonight’s NXT Championship match.
Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail. Tony welcomes us to the show and he’s joined by William Regal. Sami Zayn is out to what will be his first theme at NXT. He’s also out with footage from three weeks ago when he debuted and won two matches in one night. Antonio Cesaro’s music hits next and he’s out.
Match #1: Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn
Match of the week. These guys put on one of the better matches we’ve seen up to this point at NXT. Sami won by a freak roll up last time, so we revisit that spot here only Cesaro escapes at two. The rest of the match emphasizes Cesaro’s strength and Zayn gets in more of his signature spots – even setting up for a Helluva Kick (countered by Cesaro). Cesaro quickly wears Zayn down with a chinlock following the two count roll up flashback spot and puts Sami away with what I can only describe as a snap version of the Neutralizer. Great stuff.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – If this was in 2018 they’d get a “fight forever” chant, but Full Sail hasn’t figured that one out yet. Either way, it’s now 1 and 1 so hopefully we get a rubber match between these two.
Post-match, Cesaro talks trash to the fallen Zayn while two refs convince Cesaro to head to the back.
Next, Renee Young is backstage with… [camera pans out]… Bayley. So, this is the first time we see Bayley in her signature gear and with the side ponytail. Renee convinces her to come over and get interviewed. It’s… weird. Bayley says “I like robots”, adds that she “likes Alicia Fox – she’s pretty”, and asks Renee Young if Renee thinks Bayley is pretty. Bayley proceeds to say she will beat Alicia Fox and then maybe she and Renee can go play “robots or Jenga”. Yeah. It’s weird.
Later tonight? Bo Dallas challenges NXT champ Big E Langston in the main event.
Next, we see the same Leo Kruger hype video we’ve been seeing.
Meanwhile, Baron Corbin and Travis Tyler are already in the ring. Sylvester Lefort comes out next and introduces Scott Dawson and Garrett Dylan as the “next NXT Tag Team Champions”. They all head to the ring.
Match #2: Baron Corbin & Travis Tyler vs. Scott Dawson & Garrett Dylan (w/ Sylvester Lefort)
So. I don’t know what happens to Garret Dylan but this team is clearly the beta version of The Revival. To the point that Regal even puts them over on commentary as having “watched the Andersons” and “using a style no one else is really using”. They isolate Tyler to the point Corbin spends about 20 seconds in the ring. They even have a tandem finisher. Obviously, the Revival is the evolved form of this team getting rid of the out of place manager and the guy who drinks JR’s BBQ sauce out of the bottle. Also, of note Tyler is apparently a former football player so that explains them slapping him and Corbin together here. Either way this is a squash match to show off The Revival (Beta Version) and not much else.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Interesting enough considering it finally became apparent during this match that this was WWE’s first attempt at doing a “Tully and Arn” team at NXT.
“Earlier today”, Graves, Ohno, and Neville are arguing backstage. You see, Neville has a match with Bray Wyatt next week – but both Ohno and Graves say they should have first dibs on taking out Bray. William Regal wanders up and gives a “General Manager worthy” pep talk to them suggesting that the reason the Shield is running roughshod on the main roster is because no one can put their egos aside to stop them. Regal suggests that if Graves, Ohno, and Neville get on the same page they can counter the Wyatt Family. Graves and Ohno reluctantly agree to have Neville’s back next week. Ohno grabs Regal before he leaves, thanks him for the pep talk, and says he’ll find a way to make things up to Regal.
Next, Bayley is out to what most people remember as her first entrance music. Alicia Fox is out next.
Match #3: Bayley vs. Alicia Fox (NXT Women’s Championship Tournament – First Round Match)
This is okay. Much like with the awkward interview earlier in the show, we’re still feeling out the Bayley character and it needs some refining. They’re starting to play up the “Bayley is in awe of the wrestlers” thing which is shown by Bayley wanting to shake Fox’s hand and then hugging her so hard they’re pushed back into the corner. Fox goes on a run and eventually Bayley snaps out of it and retaliates with some offense. As this is really Bayley’s first match as the character, she’s not going over here. Fox plays possum on the apron to draw Bayley over, kicks her, and hits Bayley with a scissor kick to pick up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Fox going over to be fed to Paige was the right move. You can tell they have plans for Bayley once she gets this character down so setting her up to lose to Paige in the semifinals wasn’t going to be a good idea.
Post-match, the tournament brackets are updated and Fox denies a handshake to a fan on the aisle.
Up next? Title match!
Next, the Wyatt Family are hanging out in the woods and Bray cuts one of his weird promos. This one warns Regal for crossing Bray’s path and quotes the poster for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre “who will survive, and what will be left of them?”
After that, we see the same “NXT Championship Match Tonight” hype video that opened the show.
Back in the arena, Bo Dallas is out for the main event. Champ enters last.
Match #4: Big E Langston (c) vs. Bo Dallas (NXT Championship Match)
Considering they’ve basically written Big E off of NXT in not so many words the outcome seemed obvious here. Thankfully, Bo is starting to get over as a heel and was getting some genuine sounding boos during his big comeback towards the end of the match. Big E sets up for a Big Ending and gets Bo on his shoulders. But, it’s close to the corner and Bo is able to pull off the turnbuckle pad. He sends Big E into the exposed turnbuckle twice and hits him with a Belly to Belly. New champ!
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Definitely the right time to switch the title. Big E had gotten stale at NXT and apparently was being used weekly on the main roster by this point. Full Sail seemed really annoyed by the title change though so I imagine the coming weeks will be great as Bo settles into his new role.
Post-match, the crowd boos heavily while Bo celebrates in the ring with the title. He heads to the stage and Renee Young comes out to interview him. Bo is basically speechless while the crowd continues booing at him.
We go off the air on Bo Dallas saying “I’m going to Disneyworld!” while the crowd boos.