NXT – September 5, 2012

Date: September 6, 2012
Location: Full Sail
University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: William
Regal, Byron Saxton
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re into the second
part of NXT now as we have a champion, which means people are going
to be gunning for him now. Things have been going very well so far
on the show so far and hopefully things keep going the same way now
that Rollins won the tournament last week. I don’t think any matches
were made for this week already. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of
the end of last week’s show.
Welcome Home.
Kassius Ohno vs.
Richie Steamboat
I guess I did forget a
match that was scheduled. Steamboat saved Mike Dalton from getting
destroyed by Ohno after a match and a challenge was issued as a
result. They head to the mat to start and we have a standoff.
Steamboat takes him to two different corners, pounding away in both
of them. Kassius uses the forgotten heel move of poking Steamboat in
the eye to take over. Richie comes back with a right hand so Ohno
rakes the eyes again….and that’s a DQ at 2:42? For raking the
eyes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
Ohno kicks Steamboat to
the floor post match. He beats on Richie a bit more and hits the
forearm/elbow to the back of the head before Ricky Steamboat and some
referees come out for the save.
Audrey Marie vs.
Paige, the British
chick, is from Norwitch but Byron can’t pronounce it so Regal rips
into him a bit. Marie takes her to the mat to start but Paige takes
over with ease. Audrey goes nuts and we’ve got a catfight. Marie
winds up in control with a long rolling cradle (Terry Funk called it
the Tumbleweed I believe) for two.
Audrey sends her into
the corner but charges into a forearm, causing some of the most
overdramatic selling I’ve ever seen. Marie looked like she got shot
dead. Even Saxton sounded like he was trying not to laugh at it.
Paige picks her up for what looks like a fisherman’s buster but
instead drops Audrey down into a stiff DDT for the pin at 2:44. Both
girls looked pretty good here.
Ricky Steamboat is in
the back looking for the trainer’s room to see how his son is doing.
Why he didn’t go with him in the first place is anyone’s guess, but
Ricky runs into Ohno. You can tell this because Ricky shouts OHNO at
the top of his lungs. Ohno has on some Clark Kent style glasses and
seems to be in awe of meeting Steamboat.
Ricky won’t shake his
hand and Ohno says Richie doesn’t have a ton of potential. Ricky
shoves Ohno and referees break it up. Ohno: “What are you going to
do? Arm drag me???” This would be a lot more effective if the
beatdown had been big, but it was nothing you wouldn’t see in a
regular match.
Percy Watson vs. Leo
Kruger is psycho now
and wears something that looks like khakis. Apparently he’s a big
game hunter now. That’s something different. He grabs a quick snap
suplex on Watson to start and pounds him into the corner. Watson
gets up a knee in the corner and tries to speed things up. Percy
fires off some good dropkicks and the Showtime Splash for two.
Kruger gets up very quickly and hits a hot shot into a twisting
neckbreaker (started as a reverse neckbreaker but spun Watson around
almost into a cutter on the way down) for the pin at 3:16.
Rating: C-.
Pretty much a squash here. I like the new persona from Kruger as
before he was just proud to be South African. As for his finisher,
not so much. There are too many neckbreakers/face first drops in WWE
anymore and I’m tired of seeing them. From Bateman to Ziggler to
Truth to Sandow to Layla and now to Kruger, use something else
Brodus Clay vs. Ryan
Brodus does the full
intro, complete with Cameron because this was taped a few weeks ago.
Total squash with the crowd WAY into Brodus. The big splash pins
Collins at 49 seconds.
Some kids get to dance
post match.
We recap the Usos
getting jumped by Ascension last week.
Ascension vs. Usos
Whichever Uso that is
pounds Cameron (the wrestler, not the dancer) down into the corner to
start and everything breaks down quickly. The Usos clear the ring
and we take a break. Back with I think Jimmy getting tagged in to
splash Cameron in the corner. Back to Jimmy who gets two off a
double back elbow. Conor comes in off a blind tag and clotheslines
Jimmy down for two to take over. Ascension does their fast tags to
stomp away on Jimmy in the corner which is always cool.
Conor puts on a
bodyscissors and it’s off to Cameron with a neck crank followed by an
armbar. Back to Conor who grabs a headlock takeover then rolls Jimmy
over two more times without letting it go. That was different.
Jimmy gets in a kick to the face but the referee doesn’t see the tag.
Back to Cameron for another armbar before Conor comes in for a
headlock. This is a great example of how to pick someone apart.
Jimmy gets sent into
the corner and gets a boot up into O’Brien’s face. There’s the hot
tag (with no reaction from the crowd) to Jey. He cleans house on his
own but Cameron escapes the Samoan Drop. Instead Jey hits a
superkick to put him down but goes up instead of covering. Jimmy
takes Conor out but Cameron crotches Jey and hits a kind of running
jawbreaker for the pin at 8:58 shown of 12:28.
Rating: C+.
This was an old school style tag match where they played the formula
to perfection. Why in the world are these four not on TV but guys
like Epico/Primo are? You can always make room for a Samoan team.
Anyway, good stuff here and that’s a very rare thing to see in WWE
tag matches anymore.
Here’s Rollins for his
first interview with JR as champion. Rollins talks about overcoming
his back injury last week to win the title. He’s used to being
called a loser and he uses it as motivation every single day. He
doesn’t care who he faces or who wants a shot at the title, because
sooner or later, everybody gets blacked out. Good first speech from
the champ here.
Overall Rating: B+.
This was one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a very long time.
They got a ton of stuff into this and nothing was boring on it at
all. We had a feud being advanced, Divas, a squash, a good tag match
and a big name appearing, all before the champion got to talk. He
doesn’t have a first opponent yet so there’s nothing wrong with him
just talking tonight. Very good show here and I wasn’t annoyed by
anything here which is incredibly rare.
Richie Steamboat b.
Kassius Ohno via DQ when Ohno raked Steamboat’s eyes
Paige b. Audrey Marie –
Fisherman’s DDT
Leo Kruger b. Percy
Watson – Twisting neckbreaker
Brodus Clay b. Ryan
Collins – Big Splash
Ascension b. Usos –
Running Jawbreaker to Jey
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