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WWE NXT - October 9, 2013
by Samoa Rowe
-From Orlando, FL. Our hosts are Tom Phillips and Alex Riley.
Leo Kruger vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro instantly connects with a shoulder tackle and takes control. Leo throws some chops and dumps Cesaro over the ropes to shift the momentum. The crowd chants “Push Cesaro” as Antonio retakes control. Kruger reverses a suplex and follows with a side Russian leg sweep. Running uppercut by Cesaro gets a 2 count. Cesaro plants Kruger and heads to the top rope, but gets caught with a superplex. Cue the commercial! After an epic ad for the new video game, Kruger wipes Antonio out with a dive through the ropes. Spinebuster by Kruger, but Cesaro ducks a head of steam. Cesaro drives Kruger into the ring steps! Back suplex onto the apron establishes control for Cesaro, who goes to work on the back. Antonio ruthlessly suplexes Kruger on the ramp! Flurry of uppercuts by Cesaro and a power bomb for 2! The Neutralizer is countered but Cesaro scores with an elevated uppercut. Kruger works his way out of a sleeper, but Cesaro nails a clothesline and the Neutralizer for the win at 11:58 (shown). Cesaro looked like a million dollars in this match. I agree with the crowd, it’s time to PUSH CESARO, ***.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
-Cesaro is a sore winner and delivers a flying knee drop for good measure.
Charlotte (with Bayley) vs. Santana Garrett
Renee Young joins commentary for the divas match. Charlotte is one tall lady and uses that to her advantage. Santana snap mares Charlotte into position for a running kick. Side Russian leg sweep into a head scissors by Santana, as Summer Rae and Sasha Banks show up at ringside. Charlotte makes a comeback, complete with a weird bridged cover that looks phony. Charlotte plants Santana for a sloppy neck breaker variation for the win at 2:59. Charlotte is a physically gifted performer, but is still far too green, ½*.
-Summer Rae and Sasha Banks storm the ring for a “mean girls” promo. With Paige on the shelf, no one can stop them! Paige ambushes and looks for revenge, but falls to the numbers game. Emma runs in for the save, so we can expect a tag match in the near future.
-Mojo Rawley is really strong. He can lift weights, large tires, and more weights. His debut is next.
-Summer Rae and Sasha Banks officially challenge Paige and Emma in a backstage interview. Sounds good to me!
Danny Burch vs. Mojo Rawley
Rawley is overly animated in his entrance, flapping his arms all over the place. Rawley is a bit overzealous and Burch takes charge of the early going. Burch applies a chinlock and throws rapid fire elbow drops. Rawley comes back with multiple football tackles. Mojo finishes it with a leaping seated senton! This was booked to hide any shortcomings Rawley has at this point, allowing him to look good. Nice squash.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
-Emma and Paige are steamed about the recent attacks they’ve both suffered at the hands of Rae and Banks, so they’re all in for next week’s tag match.
Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson (with Sylvester Lefort) vs. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
I guess this feud must continue. Would it be too much to hope this is the blow off? Big Cass locks up with Rusev and they have to work really hard not to botch anything too noticeably. Amore tags and quickly gets caught in the arms of Rusev for multiple kicks to the ribs. Dawson tags and overwhelms Amore with power moves. Cassady breaks a cover, prompting Rusev to knock him off the apron. Amore is left to fend for himself and suffers a running splash from Rusev. The Cobra Clutch finishes Amore at 2:47. Good, now move on to something else, *.
Winners: Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson
-Rusev puts Big Cass in the Cobra Clutch for good measure. Lefort’s goofy stable stands tall.
-Renee Young interviews Sami Zayn backstage. Sami says the hard part was becoming #1 contender, so defeating Bo Dallas will be simple. Dallas interrupts, claiming hurt feelings over what Sami did to him last week. Zayn says this isn’t personal, he just wants the NXT title. Dallas suggests they team up and go after the NXT Tag titles as friends. Sami agrees, but only after their title match next week.
Aiden English vs. Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez)
English sings his entrance yet again, which continues to be a big hit. They lock up and English scores first by driving RVD onto his back. RVD leg scissors into a cover to remind English just who he’s dealing with. Monkey flip by Van Dam and a clothesline over the ropes. Moonsault off the apron by RVD and a leg drop. English finds an opening by kicking the ropes into RVD’s groin and takes control. Van Dam escapes a chinlock and uses his educated feet to forge a comeback. The Five Star Frog Splash ends it at 5:31. Decent exhibition for Van Dam. It’s a little sad that English had to do a job so quickly, but he would have no business going over RVD, so the rub he gets from being in there with him is good enough. **
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Final Thoughts: Another breezy hour of wrestling that got me properly excited for some big matches next week. Good enough for me, Thumbs Up.
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