NXT – July 4, 2012

NXT

Date:
July 4, 2012

Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida

Commentators:
Jim Ross, Byron Saxton

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Happy
(day after) Independence Day for those of you in America. Happy
Wednesday to those of you not in America. It’s episode three of the
new NXT and I’m actually looking forward to it. We’ve had two very
good shows so far and we still have people that haven’t debuted yet.
Tonight we have the debut of Kassius Ohno (what names these people
have). Let’s get to it.

Sofia
Cortez vs. Paige

Cortez
is from Puerto Rico and Paige is from England. Both are good looking
but they’re not that great in the ring. Cortez (blonde) hooks a
headscissors to take Paige (black hair) down and stomps away in the
corner. Paige gets a boot up so Cortez enziguris her down. Cortez
hooks an arm trap chinlock which Paige breaks free of pretty quickly.
Sofia kicks her in the head and hits a sitout DDT (thing the move
that Mysterio does where he jumps at his opponent and hooks his legs
under their arms and lays out into a bulldog but with a DDT instead)
for the pin at 2:27. Usual Divas stuff but Cortez’s kicks weren’t
bad.

Seth
Rollins vs. Camacho

Dang
they don’t waste time on this show. I love that. Ross says that WWE
officials are high on Rollins. I’ve never heard that said on WWE TV
before. Rollins starts out fast and hammers away before getting two
off a rollup out of the corner. He pounds away again in the other
corner but charges into a boot.

Camacho
drops a leg (hermano) and chokes in the corner. A belly to back
suplex gets two for Camacho but Rollins pulls himself up off the
ropes and hits a standing enziguri. Seth hits a running dropkick but
has to stop to take out Hunico. He rams them together and hits the
Blackout for the pin (on Camacho just in case that’s too complicated)
for the pin at 4:33.

Rating:
D+. This wasn’t a great
showcase for Rollins. It’s a good idea to have him beat a main show
guy but the match didn’t quite work that well. Rollins has a good
finisher that looks like it would knock someone out cold but the rest
of him looks like he’s trying to figure out a style. The idea of him
being full of energy isn’t much of a gimmick either. Not a bad match
but it was underwhelming.

Hunico
and Camacho jump Rollins post match and beat him down until Bo Dallas
makes the save.

Corey
Graves/Jake Carter vs. CJ Parker/Nick Rogers

Carter
is Vader’s son. Graves and Carter used to be FCW tag champions and
may have been when this was taped. JR acknowledges Carter’s heritage
which surprises me a bit. Graves and Parker start us off but it’s
quickly off to Carter off a blind tag. Carter hits a quick splash in
the corner and brings in Graves again. Graves hooks a neck crank but
Parker hits a backdrop and it’s off to Rogers vs. Carter. Carter
picks Rogers up in a powerslam position and Graves slides in with a
neckbreaker in a move called Bottoms Up for the pin at 2:25. Just a
squash.

Video
on Kassius Ohno.

Kassius
Ohno vs. Mike Dalton

They
trade wristlocks to start and Dalton takes him to the mat for two.
Kassius (Chris Hero for those of you unfamiliar) hits a running
clothesline in the corner and Dalton is in trouble. Off to a cobra
clutch but Dalton escapes and hits a spinwheel kick for two. Ohno
sends him into the ropes and hits the spinning forearm for the pin at
2:32. That’s a good finisher but hopefully he gets some promo time
to expand things beyond “I knock people out.”

Ohno
says he knocks people out and when they hear Kassius coming, they say
OH NO.

Bray
Wyatt video with him talking about going through a lot and getting
stronger as a result. Now he feels no fear or pain and he wonders
what is going to happen when people realize they can’t hurt him.

Derrick
Bateman vs. Jinder Mahal

Mahal
pounds away to start but Bateman throws him to the floor. He dives
on Jinder to take over and they head back in. Mahal hits a
neckbreaker on the top rope for two but a regular neckbreaker is
countered into a backslide for two for Bateman. A small package gets
the same as does a rollup. Bateman grabs a DDT and then a running
flip neckbreaker for a close two. Jinder avoids the falling bulldog
and hits a knee to the back and the camel clutch gets the submission
at 4:02.

Rating:
C-. Not a horrible match or
anything but these two do absolutely nothing for me. Bateman is
treated like an everyman and Mahal is Indian and rich. That’s
nothing interesting as we’ve seen both kind of guys before. Nothing
to see here but I’m sure we’ll be seeing these guys again for a long
time.

Seth
Rollins/Bo Dallas/Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty/Hunico/Camacho

That’s
a pretty fast turn around for a feud. McGillicutty and Dallas get us
going but Kidd is tagged in before there’s any contact. McGillicutty
tags in Hunico rather than fight and now we get going. Regal and
Chris Russo are on commentary now and get in a debate about Hunico’s
dew rag with JR. Hunico busts out a Gory Special but Kidd counters
into a sunset flip for two. Off to Rollins who gets beaten down by
the Mexican contingent and we take a break.

After
hearing about DX invading WCW (the only WWE promo of the show so far)
it’s back with Camacho holding Rollins in a chinlock. Rollins
quickly breaks it and makes the tag to Bo Dallas. He cleans a few
rooms of the house but gets sent shoulder first into the post to stop
his momentum dead. McGillicutty comes in who hooks a chinlock of his
own. Off to Hunico who hits a butterfly backbreaker for two.

He
keeps Dallas on the mat and brings McGillicutty back in. Another
backbreaker gets another two but McGillicutty charges into a boot.
There’s the real hot tag to Kidd who comes in with a springboard
dropkick for two. They head to the floor and Dallas dives on all
three of his opponents. Kidd sets for a dive of his own but walks
into the McGillicutter for the pin at 9:49 shown of 13:19.

Rating:
C+. Not much here but it was
way better than last week’s short main event. I like that they
didn’t just do the tag match immediately but more importantly they
didn’t repeat the main event from two weeks ago which would have
given them one of the biggest problems they had on the older seasons
of the show. Kidd continues to be awesome as usual.

Overall
Rating:
B-. Another good show
here although a step behind the previous two weeks. As usual though,
there is no messing around on this show as we got in six matches in
under 45 minutes with only one WWE promo. On top of that there’s a
major perk to this show: since it was taped about a month ago, there
is zero talk about what is going on in WWE at this point. It is so
refreshing to watch a good show and not have to hear about the same
storylines which have nothing to do with the match we’re watching
time after time. Another good show this week.

Results

Sofia
Cortez b. Paige – Sitout DDT

Seth
Rollins b. Camacho – Blackout

Jake
Carter/Corey Graves b. CJ Parker/Nick Rogers – Bottoms Up to Rogers

Kassius
Ohno b. Mike Dalton – Spinning Forearm

Jinder
Mahal b. Derrick Bateman – Camel Clutch

Michael
McGillicutty/Hunico/Camacho b. Tyson Kidd/Bo Dallas/Seth Rollins –
McGillicutter to Kidd

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