From The Network: WWE NXT Arrival
Posted by Dylan Diot on 03.01.2014
The future of WWE is on display but it's some former indy standouts that shine......
WWE NXT Arrival
This is the first time Iíve watched NXT in any capacity, so Iím excited to see the WWE development system in action.
Your hosts are William Regal, Byron Saxton, and Tom Phillips
Triple H is out first to hype up the show and declares the future of the WWE has arrived.
Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
Crowd is hot for this at the start. Both men battle for control to start and Cesaro hits a dropkick. Zayn goes for a hurricanrana but Cesaro blocks. Zayn catches Cesaro with an arm drag and Cesaro bails. Baseball slide by Zayn and he hits a summersault plancha to the floor!!! Back in, Zayn goes up for the crossbody off the top but Cesaro catches him and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2!!! Zayn goes to the floor to recover but Cesaro follows out and works over Zayn on the floor. Cesaro keeps rolling Zayn into the ring only to dump him back to the floor to tire him out. Back in, Cesaro covers for 2 and he drops Zayn onto the railings on the floor. Cesaro rams Zayn against the apron and he goes to slam Zaynís leg of the post but Zayn pulls Cesaro into the post block. Zayn goes to dive through the turnbuckle but CESARO UPPERCUTS THE FUCK OUT OF HIM TO BLOCK!!!! Cesaro finally slams Zaynís bad left leg off the post and back in, Cesaro stomps away on the leg of Zayn. Cesaro works over the bad leg and he hits a double stomp onto the bad leg for 2. Cesaro throws some knees at Zayn and he continues to work on the knee. Leg lariat by Zayn and Cesaro stomps on the bad knee of Zayn. Dragon screw leg sweeps by Cesaro but Zayn fights back with forearms. He misses the enzuigiri and Cesaro grabs the half crab. Zayn makes the ropes to break. Cesaro charges but Zayn backdrops him to the floor. Zayn goes for the slingshot moonsault press but CESARO CATCHES HIM AND HITS A TILT-A-WHIRL SLAM ON THE RAMP!!!! Cesaroís power is mind blowing. Back in, Cesaro charges in the corner but Zayn catches him and hits the exploder suplex into the corner!!! Zayn covers for 2. Blue Thunder Bomb by Zayn gets 2. Flatliner by Zayn and he grabs the Koji Clutch. Cesaro counters that hold into the Stretch Muffler!!! Zayn makes the ropes to break again!!! Zayn counters the Giant Swing into the wheelbarrow roll-up for 2. Cesaro finally gets the Giant Swing and Cesaro hits a running uppercut in the corner for 2. Crucifix by Zayn gets 2 and Cesaro DOUBLE STOMPS HIS FACE for 2!!! Cesaro goes up but Zayn boots him in the head and follows up. Zayn goes for the Frankensteiner but Cesaro blocks and goes for the Ricola Bomb off the top but Zayn counters into the Frankensteiner. Yakuza kick in the corner by Zayn gets 2!!! Uppercuts by Cesaro and he tells Zayn to stay down. Zayn fights to his feet and they begin to slug it out. Release German suplex by Zayn and he charges but Cesaro hits a big boot. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Zayn counters into a hurricanrana for 2. Sunset flip bomb by Zayn gets 2!!! Cesaro presses Zayn into the uppercut for 1!!!!!! Roaring uppercut by Cesaro and he hits the Neutralizer for 3!!! Cesaro leaves the ring but comes back and hugs Zayn in an awesome moment. Winner- Cesaro ****3/4 ( This was unreal. Cesaro brutalized Zayn, between relentless targeting of the leg and using brutal strength he absolutely beat the ever loving crap out of him. Zayn was resilient; trying to catch Cesaro at every opening he had and get that victory. They wrestled the match as if they wanted and needed the victory over the other and it brought the intensity level to heights you rarely see in WWE matches. This will end up being one of the best matches of the entire year in any promotion. )
Video package for Mojo Rawley airs.
CJ Parker vs. Mojo Rawley
Backdrop by Mojo gets 2. Arm bar by Mojo but Parker backs Mojo in the corner to break. Mojo charges in the corner but eats boot and Parker comes out of the corner with a clothesline for 2. Lefts by Parker and he stomps away in the corner. Parker works Mojo over in the corner and he fires away. Mojo comes back with some avalanches in the corner and he hits the Hip Check. Hyperdrive by Mojo gets 3. Winner- Mojo Rawley * ( They were in a bad position after having to follow Cesaro and Zayn but neither guy does anything for me. Mojo has some charisma but his in ring stuff still needs a good amount of work. )
The 411: This was a hell of a way to introduce new fans to the NXT product. This show had a big event atmosphere and everyone on the card had an opportunity to shine. They made the most of the opportunity and for the most part a majority of the matches were good. You have to go out of your way to see Cesaro and Zayn, it'll be in the MOTY discussion at the end of the year. Big thumbs up for this show and NXT has themselves a new fan.