Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:51
CESARO VS. SAMI ZAYN OPENS THE SHOW
Outstanding match. Cesaro won clean with the Neutralizer which they had to do since Cesaro is the one getting the star push right now. Tons of near falls and a lot of creative spots, usually built off Cesaro's strength and Zayn selling. Once when Zayn did his dive on the floor through the ring, Cesaro nailed him with the bolo forearm. They did a 20+ minute technical match, neither slow paced or fast paced, where they made everything they did mean something. The crowd was going to love it no matter what they did, but that doesn't take away that it was a tremendous display of technical wrestling. After the match, Cesaro picked him up and hugged him. Most of the match was Cesaro working Zayn's left knee over with moves like dragon screws, half crabs and even a stretch muffler. Zayn did the comeback spots including a Toyota roll off a power bomb spot.
They showed a Mojo Rawley video.
C.J. PARKER VS. MOJO RAWLEY
Rawley won a TV style match with a butt bump and jumping sitting splash. Rawley mostly sold for Parker and didn't really show much of his great athletic ability. It was more about the entrance, selling and a quick comeback.
Emma video package.
KONNOR & VIKTOR (THE ASCENSION) DEFEND THE NXT TAG TITLES AGAINST A MYSTERY TEAM OF GRANDMASTER SEXAY AND SCOTTY 2 HOTTY
The Ascension retained the title with the Fall of Man (High-low) on Scotty. The match built to the worm spot by Scotty, but Viktor blocked the worm and snapped Scotty's neck on the top rope, gave him a running clothesline and then the high-low. Not much to this, mostly The Ascension controlling things.
They showed Ric Flair and his daughter Charlotte sitting at ringside together before the women's title match.
Stephanie McMahon out. At first people booed her but then chanted "You still got it" at her. She was the ring announcer.
PAIGE VS. EMMA FOR THE TITLE
They were given a lot more time than women usually get. This was far better as a basic wrestling match than you'll almost ever see on WWE TV. Not great, but a very solid, good wrestling match. Emma looked solid. The big spot was Emma kicking out of the Paige Turner, but Paige then won via submission with the scorpion cross, which is a combination of a scorpoin but forward instead of backwards and double chicken wing. They hugged after the match.
TYLER BREEZE VS. XAVIER WOODS
The stream went out over and over for several minutes. As best I could tell, the match ended quickly, and Alexander Rusev destroyed both guys and Lana cut a promo.
By the time it came back, Shawn Michaels was there encouraging people to buy his Mr. WrestleMania DVD and saying he's fat and out of shape when fans chanted "One more match." He talked about how he knows a little bit about ladder matches.
BO DALLAS VS. ADRIAN NEVILLE LADDER MATCH FOR THE NXT TITLE
Good match. Neville won the match with a powerslam on a ladder followed by the red arrow (sky twister) off the top rope while Dallas was on a ladder. Both sold the move and Neville propped up the ladder and climbed up to win. There was a a lot of good stuff here. Now that Dallas has been a heel for so long, the fans actually liked him a lot. Both were very good with facial expressions and there was a lot of drama here. Nothing could come close to the first match. This was a lot better than most ladder matches you see on the indie level.