Welcome to our NXT ArRIVAL "Open Thread". I am Richard Gray and I'll be providing you with up to the second results and reactions from the first live wrestling show on the WWE Network.
WWE NXT ArRIVAL Results
Thursday, February 27, 2014
From Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
Report by Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
We're live from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida as Renee Young sounds like she's in a barrel. The panel is comprised of Bret Hart, Kevin Nash and Paul Heyman. There's a pretty decent crowd surrounding the outside set. Bret said he's honored to be here. Nash passed up his wife's birthday, which is today, to be here. Heyman corrected Renee Young, who said he was one of the best managers of all time, saying he was the best of all time. Young urged viewers to use the hashtag #NXTArRIVAL on Twitter. They role a NXT stock clip.
Renee said it is amazing to be a part of the next generation of WWE Superstars. Heyman questions this very fact and declares that it all starts here. Renee Young introduced a WWE Performance Center clip narrated by Michael Cole. We've ran it before as you can watch it at this link.
Renee Young puts over the state of the art facility and asked Kevin Nash what it would have done for his career if he would have it. Nash said when you think of Kevin Nash, you think of high-flying, sarcastic of course. He put over the aerial ring. Bret said he was always so proud of coming out of the legendary Dungeon with his father. Hart said it was an amazing process and the young guys today were going to set the stage for the next 30 years. He said he's really impressed with the abilities of the young stars. Heyman said for him this is like a shark on a feeding frenzy. There is a locker room here at NXT full of Paul Heyman Guys for the taking. He's looking for the next big thing.
They ran a clip of NXT prodigies that have already been called up. Big E was featured first then Fandango. The Wyatt Family were shown then The Shield come on. Roman Reigns told Dean Ambrose it's a lama mask they wear. Rollins says it's a lamb but they put over the list of talent they've taken out on the main roster and said they laid the foundation of NXT. Rollins says they are the emergent leaders of the next generation.
Nash said he sees a lot of comparisons between the nWo and The Shield. They were also very good friends and they have good camaraderie. He said people say they want to see the nWo vs. The Shield and he wants no part of that. Bret Hart said he has a lot of respect for The Shield but what he likes about The Wyatt Family is their unpredictability. He said it's hard to fight crazy.
Paul Heyman conducts some interviews with fans. He takes a selfie with a fan and said he's here to see every match because NXT is the future. He finds a female fan that said what he said, NXT baby! They promote Paige vs. Emma for the NXT Women's Championship tonight and roll a promotional clip. Both women are featured in the clip and do an excellent job in giving the match a "big fight feel." Renee said these two Divas have become the cornerstone of the Divas division at NXT. Heyman said heavy that hangs the head that wears the crowd because whoever wins will have to face one of the other talented Divas at NXT.
We go to a clip from earlier today with Natalya coaching Emma in the ring. Emma said it's been crazy and talked about a match six months ago. She said that maybe tonight is her night. Nattie said not maybe, tonight is her night. Emma said she is a bubble popping dance machine but she is going to be the new champion of 'Emma NXT.' Nattie tells her to enjoy this because these are the moments of your life. Bret talked about what a good opportunity Emma has being able to get advice from Nattie. He really put Nattie over for being a total pro.
NXT Women's Champion Paige is shown with Tensai. She said she respects Emma but she is not serious enough to hold the Women's Championship in NXT. The title is a huge responsibility. She doesn't think Emma can handle this. Paige said Emma is going to have to give her everything she's got and even then, she doesn't think that is good enough. Tensai wished her luck.
The Ascension will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against a mystery opponent. Nash said they have the look and the size and they are not working by the minute, they take care of their opponents very quickly. It's going to be a quick night for these guys.
It's time to talk about the main event as Bo Dallas will defend against Adrian Neville. There have been three NXT Champions - Big E, Seth Rollins and Bo Dallas. Bret said when you win the world championship, everything pales in comparison. Nash said his first title win was surreal. Heyman said his legacy is forever tied to Brock Lesnar. On the night that Brock won his first title, it was a very emotional night for Brock Lesnar and Brock Lesnar is not an emotional man.
Alex Riley interviewed NXT Champion Bo Dallas earlier today. Bo said this is what he lives for and he's waiting his entire life for this. Bo said he's scared of spiders and lightning but he's not scared of Adrian Neville. When he steps through the curtain, he hears all of his loyal believers cheering him up that ladder and when he grabs his title, there will be absolutely no fear. Don't stop Bo-lieving. Adrian Neville "declined" to be interviewed.
Bret said he really likes Adrian Neville. He's technically sound and has great potential. Bret said overconfidence can be trouble and he senses overconfidence from Bo Dallas and he's more vulnerable than he thinks. Nash said he spent a lot of his career with HBK and he's going to go with Bo because he thinks cockiness gives you an edge. Heyman said the winner will walk way the NXT Champion. Whoever that person is will have Paul Heyman knocking at their door, contract in hand.
We go to JBL, who has an announcement. JBL said he's proud and honored to bring to the world what we've known all along, that there is something special about NXT. Somebody better call the Sheriff because these first two boys might steal the show. They're opening with Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro. They roll a promotional clip.