WWE NXT 11/13/13 is a worrisome episode, insofar that I assume this is where Charlotte is going to turn on Bayley. Charlotte and Bayley are scheduled to team up to face Sasha Banks and Summer Rae on tonight’s show. While, I doubt we’ll jump right into Charlotte being a “BFF”, her annoyance factor with Bayley appears to be hovering around “11” and I assume Bayley gets left high and dry. Also, we’re getting Adrian Neville vs. Corey Graves in a two out of three falls match. Considering the yellow brand hasn’t had an Iron Man or steel cage match yet – I have to assume this is the blowoff to the lingering issues between Neville and Graves. Let’s see what else NXT has in store as we look back five years ago today.
WWE NXT 11/13/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail.
Byron Saxton welcomes us to the show and he’s joined by “Sweet Tea” William Regal. Yes, that’s what he says. I don’t know what that means either. Bayley’s music hits and she’s out with Charlotte. We then see the announcers and Saxton is actually joined by William Regal and Tensai (who I guess was Sweet T in Byron’s show intro). Tensai tells Regal he’s been watching him since the 2nd grade and Regal fires back that Tensai is the only man he knows with a beer belly on the back of his head. I want a buddy cop show starring these two already. The BFFs are out next to Summer Rae’s music. Of note, Sasha is dressed in full “The Boss” gear for the first time. Granted, her hair is still the wrong color, but we’re getting there. Regal continues to bust Tensai’s balls and asks him to get them 50 pounds of peanuts because he can easily fit them in his hat.
Match #1: Bayley & Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks & Summer Rae
Well, it happened. They went full heel turn too. An “average 2013 women’s tag match” is happening when Bayley hits a Bayley to Belly on Banks and goes for the hot tag. She’s met with a slap from Charlotte. Bayley sells confusion and then eats a Natural Selection from Charlotte. Banks goes and covers Bayley to pick up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I knew it was coming, but it was still painful to watch the first of many betrayals in the Bayley character’s career.
Post-match, Sasha’s music plays (still not the theme we know) and Charlotte faces off like she’s not with them. But, nah, she’s with them and holds everyone’s arms up in victory.
Meanwhile, “The Artiste” Aiden English is backstage doing vocal exercises. He’s ready to sing himself to the ring next!
Back from break, well, Camacho AND Aiden English are already in the ring. An interesting choice considering English’s entire gimmick revolves around his entrance and a post-match “encore”. Also, interesting considering this episode barely clocks in at thirty-six minutes making it one of the shortest episodes of the show to date.
Match #2: Aiden English vs. Camacho
Camacho gets in enough offense that he feels comfortable mocking English and taking a bow. From there, English counters with his finisher out of nowhere.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – I’ve gotten nothing against English, but the presentation of this match just felt off.
Post-match? Full Sail chants for an encore. Does English give them one? We’ll never know as we go straight from the match replays to a backstage segment with Alexander Rusev and Lana. Seriously. Such a weird production decision.
Said backstage promo by Lana and Rusev is entirely in Russian. I turned on captions to see if WWE bothered to translate it. The promo breaks captioning and it merely says “language” and “lauage” a few times. So, yeah. Rusev and Lana have plans… or something.
Later tonight? Adrian Neville takes on Corey Graves in a 2 out of 3 Falls match.
Back from break, already in the ring? Danny Burch. Out next? Mason Ryan. Yes, Mason Ryan gets his full entrance but Aiden English doesn’t. I blame GM JBL.
Match #3: Danny Burch vs. Mason Ryan
Literally while I watched this show the live feed of the WWE Network was showing an episode of NXT UK where Danny Burch has a great, competitive match with WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne. Here? Well, he gets in more offense than anyone really has against Ryan so far… but yeah. Ryan goes over strong with his finish.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – I’d have rather watched the Burch / Dunne match again.
Up next? Main event time already since this episode is super short for some reason.
Back from break, next week? A Bo Dallas Homecoming!
Meanwhile, Graves is out first for the main event. Neville is out last.
Match #4: Adrian Neville vs. Corey Graves (2 out of 3 Falls Match)
Not bad, but a rather formulaic two out of three falls match. Fall one goes to Neville as he goes on a quick run and puts Graves away with the Red Arrow. Fall two goes to Graves who gets in a lucky kick to Neville’s knee and then works the knee leading up to a Neville tap out by way of Lucky 13. Fall three focuses on Neville attempting to make a heroic comeback but being unable to seal the deal with a Red Arrow – as he falls off the top rope. Neville endures another Lucky 13 and gets a rope break, and then manages to counter a third Lucky 13 attempt into a roll up for 3.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A rather by the numbers match, but I’m glad Neville went over and they didn’t bury Graves too hard in the process as he’s still one of their better heels.
We go off the air on Neville celebrating on the ramp while Graves seethes in the ring.