Last week, Bo Dallas became the new NXT Champion. This week on WWE NXT 06/19/13, Adrian Neville forges an uneasy alliance with Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves to take on Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family. Is it just a one on one between Neville and Bray? Will “things break down” and we’ll return from break to a Dusty Rhodes ordered six-man tag match? Let’s find out!
WWE NXT 06/19/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a dramatic video package highlighting Bo Dallas winning the NXT Championship on last week’s show. Updated NXT opening credits (now with Bo Dallas as champ) and we’re taped from Full Sail. Tom welcomes us to the show and Adrian Neville’s music hits. He’s out and we learn Brad Maddox is with Tom on commentary. The Wyatt Family theme hits next and they’re all out together. No sign of Graves or Ohno, so I imagine this “singles match” won’t last long.
Match #1: Adrian Neville vs. Bray Wyatt (w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
Imagine that. This ends in a DQ with a side order of a Wyatt Family beat down on Neville. The match leading up to that is rather unremarkable. Neville gets a brief advantage, goes up for the Red Arrow, and Harper shoves him off the top rope earning a DQ from the ref. But, really this is just window dressing to get us to the predictable six-man scenario.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Nothing spectacular, but it got the job done.
Post-match, the triple team on Neville begins. Ohno and Graves are out to even up the sides. Bray manages to escape and while both sides banter, Dusty’s music hits. Dusty cuts the expected promo to turn this into a six-man tag match main event.
Later tonight? The First Round of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament continues. Tonight’s match is Sasha Banks vs. Summer Rae.
Also, later tonight? Adrian Neville, Kassius Ohno, & Corey Graves vs. The Wyatt Family.
Back from break, Angelo Dawkins is already in the ring. Yeah, the Street Profits guy. Sami Zayn’s music hits and he’s out next.
Match #2: Angelo Dawkins vs. Sami Zayn
Most of this match involves Dawkins putting Zayn in peril – primarily with a chinlock. Zayn eventually fights out of it and puts Dawkins away with a springboard tornado DDT.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – It wasn’t Zayn vs. Cesaro 3, but it got Zayn on TV and got him a win. I knew Dawkins had been at NXT a long time, but I didn’t know it was this long. I’m glad he’s finally got some steam with Street Profits!
Next, the obligatory Leo Kruger hype video airs yet again.
After that, Sasha Banks is out to some generic music. Summer Rae is out last.
Match #3: Sasha Banks vs. Summer Rae (NXT Women’s Championship Tournament – First Round Match)
This continues to be a rather middling episode of NXT. Sasha gets to do almost nothing in this match and Summer’s offense didn’t feel as convincing here as it did in previous outings we’ve seen from her. It could have just been some working, but Sasha almost seemed frustrated at points in this match. They did the “Divas rolling around whipping their hair in a cat fight” spot and then Sasha dished out some snappy strikes almost as if in protest. Summer goes over, but at least she did it by busting out her new finisher – Summer Crush.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Not terrible, but still too many “Diva” trappings for me to be too excited about this match.
Post-match, we see the updated tournament brackets. One more first round match to go!
Next, Xavier Woods is backstage and cuts a promo introducing himself. He starts listing the episode numbers of NXT he’s been on and mentions his two wins over El Local. Woods is here to say he’s back at NXT, but he has to go when an alarm to the tune of the Power Rangers theme song goes off on his watch.
Later tonight? Six men. Tag team match.
Meanwhile, Jake Carter has slipped down the ranks into the dreaded “already in the ring” spot. Xavier Woods is out next.
Match #4: Jake Carter vs. Xavier Woods
Essentially another squash match, this time to reintroduce Woods. I’m assuming Carter must be on his way out of NXT since he went from being in the opening credits to “already in the ring” status. Nothing super exciting here, but Woods does show off some of his signature spots like the Honor Roll and Lost in the Woods.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – The way people just fade in and out of NXT at this point I’m not sure why we’re “reintroducing” people like Xavier Woods and Leo Kruger who haven’t really changed their characters.
Post-match, Xavier Woods dances in the ring.
Meanwhile, Renee Young is backstage with Sami Zayn. Sami says his win over Dawkins was a message to Cesaro. They’ve each won a match, so you know what means. Round 3. Zayn says that it’s Cesaro’s move.
Meanwhile, Sylvester Lefort is backstage with Dawson and Dylan (w/ BBQ sauce). Lefort is upset and feels that his team deserves a NXT Tag Team Championship spot. Dusty wanders in and puts Dawson and Dylan into a number one contender match next week against Ohno and Graves. Lefort, Dawson, and Dylan seem agreeable to this and Lefort starts speaking in French (which WWE Network doesn’t translate yet again).
Up next? The main event.
Meanwhile, Bo Dallas is in his car and he’s super excited from all of the support he’s gotten on Twitter and Tout! He’s not going to be able to make it to NXT this week because he’s so busy. But, Bo does what he says and he went to Disneyworld. We see a photo of Bo at Disneyworld with the NXT Championship. Bo promises he’ll be back at NXT next week and Bo doesn’t break promises.
Next week? Big E Langston will be at Full Sail and he’ll be… live (to tape).
Neville is out first for the main event. He’s followed by Graves and then Ohno. The Wyatt Family enters together last.
Match #5: Adrian Neville, Kassius Ohno, & Corey Graves vs. The Wyatt Family
It’s a six-man match so we get a warm tag and a hot tag. Graves gets put into peril first and makes the warm tag to Ohno. Almost immediately, Harper gets the advantage on Ohno and Kassius goes in peril. Neville eventually gets the hot tag for the babyface (?) team and it looks like he’s going to put Bray away with the Red Arrow. But, Harper is able to recover enough to pull Bray out of the ring. Neville’s Red Arrow doesn’t connect and Bray covers Neville for the win. This one felt a little weird as Graves has been presented as a heel and Ohno is only just barely a tweener since he’s apologized to Regal a few times. I’m not sure if they’re attempting to turn Graves face here or what. It is interesting that despite losing no one on the face team outwardly turned on anyone else here.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Easily the best match on this week’s show. I’m curious to see if Graves or Ohno become more face leaning after this Wyatt program.
We go off the air on the Wyatt Family posing on the stage.