By Big Red Machine
From February 27, 2014
NXT Arrival (2/27/2014)- Winter Park, FL
SAMI ZAYN vs. ANTONIO CESARO- 8.5/10
An awesome match that played perfectly off of their previous match. Great selling by Sami, and some great false finishes. I went completely insane when Sami kicked out at one. Hopefully his post-match show of respect for this Canadian of Syrian descent will be the start of Cesaro breaking away from Zeb Coulter and the Real Americans.
MOJO RAWLEY VIDEO PACKAGE- Eh. Also, GO TERPS!
CJ PARKER vs. MOJO RAWLEY (Go Terps!)- 3.25/10
EMMA VIDEO PACKAGE- not so good. It was good to get over her personality, but it really didn’t make me see her as a possible champion in any way.
ASCENSION VIDEO PACKAGE- I noticed several shots of them taking the Wolves apart… on the same night where the Wolves will appear on Impact as the TNA World Tag Team Champions for the first time. Coincidence?
NXT TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Ascension(c) vs. Too Cool- 4.75/10
Okay. I will admit that I was not expecting to see Too Cool on the NXT live special.
FINALLY! An Ascension match that wasn’t a squash! Now maybe they can do it with someone who is actually on the NXT roster? As for the match itself… Scotty didn’t get enough height on that worm. It deserved to be countered.
PAIGE VIDEO PACKAGE- great!
“You’ve still got it!” chants… for Stephanie McMahon?
So Steph says that being a WWE Diva is about showing that “women can do anything men can do, only better.” So why is it, then, that the Divas’ division has sucked for years? … Yeah. That’s what I thought. If you’re going to spout all of this quasi-feminist “empowerment” bullsh*t, you should probably make sure that what you’re saying isn’t totally contradicted by facts first, otherwise you sound like an idiot.
NXT WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH: Paige(c) vs. Emma- 6.25/10
Emma hit Paige with a big sit-out powerbomb, which received chants of “better than Batista!” (and, to be fair, it was). Paige went over with the most ridiculous (in a good way) submissions I have ever seen. Regal was totally marking out for it. It is apparently called a “Scorpion Cross-lock). It is a combination of an inverted Sharpshooter and double chickenwing.
ADRIAN NEVILLE VIDEO PACKAGE- AMAZING!
TYLER BREEZE vs. XAVIER WOODS- no rating.
The match never gets started because Alexander Rusev came out and CRUSHED THEM!
BO DALLAS VIDEO PACKAGE- great.
HBK PROMO- long and pointless
LADDER MATCH FOR THE NXT TITLE: Bo Dallas(c) vs. Adrian Neville- 7.5/10
Great show from NXT. This definitely delivered, and hopefully raised the stock of all involved (especially in the opener, the Women’s Title match, and the main event) with those in the WWE fanbase who don’t normally watch NXT.