NXT – May 23, 2012

Date: May 23, 2012
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Josh Matthews, William Regal

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

OH COME ON! Apparently they’re going to wrap up this season instead
of going straight to the new stuff. I know this is going to sound crazy,
but I think I’d prefer it that way. I’ve spent over a year on this
awful show and I need to get to the end of it for my own sanity’s sake.
Hopefully they wrap it up soon though. Let’s get to it.

Jinder Mahal vs. Derrick Bateman

Feeling out process to start with Mahal shoving Bateman into the
corner. Regal talks about Mahal’s cousin who is the two year running
Indian karaoke champion. His name is Getupta Singh. Bateman comes back
with some hard chops as a USA chant comes up. Clothesline gets two for

Mahal comes back with his long legs and chokes away on the ropes.
Bateman fights out of a chinlock but gets caught in a cravate with knees
to the head, getting two. Bateman comes back with a chop and
clothesline followed by a running flip neckbreaker for two. Missile
dropkick gets the same. Bateman’s falling bulldog is escaped and Mahal
hits a running knee to the face. A few knees to the back set up the
camel clutch to make Bateman tap at 6:29.

Rating: D+. Nothing much here but I’m getting tired
of this “Bateman is a rookie so beating someone from the main roster is a
big deal.” Bateman has been on NXT for what, two years or so? Mahal
debuted in April of 2011. If you want to REALLY stretch it, they’re
equals at worst. Let it go already. The match was fine.

Percy Watson vs. Heath Slater

Josh FINALLY explains what the One Man Southern Rock Band means:
Slater doesn’t need backup. It took how many months to say something
that took two seconds to say? Slater quickly takes him to the mat but
Watson kicks out of it with ease. Slater goes to the apron and hits a
HARD right hand to take over. Why he had to go out there for a punch I’m
not sure but whatever.

Off to a chinlock as Regal calls Slater a terrier, as in a dog. I’m
not sure I get the connection but then again I’m not British. Slater
hits Watson in the back of the head with an elbow and a kick to the same
place gets two. Back to the chinlock for a few moments and Heath goes
up. It’s the jump into the boot spot which drives me crazy, followed by a
dropkick from Percy. Heisman gets two and avoids a clothesline to
finish with Persecution at 6:23.

Rating: C-. Again the match was fine, but Watson is
in an awkward place. He’s too good to keep facing all of the NXT guys
but he’s not good enough to go face the main guys yet. The other problem
is he’s just Percy Watson and is athletic. His matches are ok but
there’s nothing memorable about him at all. I’m not sure what to do with
him, but he really doesn’t need to change anything immediately so it’s
not a huge problem.

Alicia Fox vs. Maxine

There’s only one way to put it: that animal thing on the top of
Alicia’s head looks stupid. The announcers actually point out that
Alicia used to be Maxine’s Pro. Very slow start so let’s talk about
Josh’s love life. Maxine controls until Alicia fires off some elbows to
the face. Maxine takes her back down and hooks a chinlock. Alicia hits
some dropkicks and a northern lights suplex for two. Fox tries a rollup
but gets countered into a dragon sleeper with a body scissors for the
tap out at 6:09.

Rating: D. This was a really dull match and I can’t
believe it was over six minutes long. Fox is just worthless. She looks
stupid with that fur thing, she’s nothing special in the ring, and her
looks are just ok. Maxine is hot and has catchy theme music, but above
all else, she has a personality. It helps a lot and is a reason she’s
one of the best Divas in the company.

Raw ReBound is about Cena/Show/Ace.

Drew McIntyre/Johnny Curtis vs. Great Khali/Ezekiel Jackson

Khali and Curtis get us starting and let the chopping begin. With
Curtis looking like he’s coming to join Elizabeth, it’s off to Jackson.
Off to McIntyre who gets chopped as well. Those are some sore chests.
Drew finally gets in a shot to the knee and stomps Khali down into the
corner. Khali shrugs him off and tags in Jackson who hits his
clothesline in the corner and clears the ring.

We take a break and come back Drew “kicking” Big Zeke in the face and
tagging in Curtis who is slammed a few times. Zeks goes after McIntyre
who gets in a shot to the knee to let the heels finally take over.
Curtis works on said leg for a good while until it’s off to Drew. He
kicks at the knee but gets slammed. Tag to Khali who beats up both
opponents and the Plunge ends Curtis at 9:03.

Rating: D. This was definitely the weakest match of
the night. Why are these people teaming together? I know Khali and
Jackson teamed up last week, which to be far is about as good as you’re
going to get for a tag team these days, but what about the other guys?
It was boring and was a borderline squash by Khali/Jackson.

Overall Rating: D. Sacre bleu what a boring show.
For those of you that say there’s too much talking and backstage
segments, I give you this as an example as to why those things need to
exist. There was not a single promo, segment or anything that advanced a
story on this show. I get that it’s because they’re moving to the new
stuff soon, but if nothing else make up some short term ones. With no
reason for these people to fight other than it’s that time of the week,
there’s no reason to care about this show and it needs to wrap up soon.

Jinder Mahal b. Derrick Bateman – Camel Clutch
Percy Watson b. Heath Slater – Persecution
Maxine b. Alicia Fox – Dragon Sleeper with bodyscissors
Great Khali/Ezekiel Jackson b. Drew McIntyre/Johnny Curtis – Punjabi Plunge to Curtis

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