NXT – September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Byron Saxton, William Regal
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
have our first challenger for Rollins tonight in the form of Rick
Victor, but I’m not sure if it’s a title match or not. Also we’re
getting a workout from Kassius Ohno, which could mean a lot of
things. I’m liking that they’re slowly bringing in storylines
instead of the random matches they were having for the first few
weeks of the show. Let’s get to it.

Barreta vs. Johnny Curtis
I’ve always liked what I’ve seen from Barreta so having him back is
a good thing. Feeling out process to start with both guys avoiding
the other through some gymnastics. A nice dropkick sends Johnny into
the corner but as Trent goes up, Curtis drops him onto the top rope
to take over. Johnny takes over with an armbar followed by something
similar to a high angle AA for two.
loads up a superplex but Trent counters with a sunset bomb for two.
An enziguri sets up a Whisper in the Wind from Trent for a close two.
The crowd is silent when these guys aren’t flipping and diving.
Trent tries his tornado DDT but gets suplexed into the corner for
two. Curtis misses his guillotine legdrop and Trent hits a running
knee to the chest/face for the pin at 5:32.
C. I like Trent but man alive
Curtis is worthless. His gimmick is that he’s supposed to be weird
but he hasn’t done anything odd in like three months, so all he has
to go on is his in ring ability. The problem with that is he’s so
generic in the ring that there’s no reason to care about him at all.
Then again that’s probably why he keeps getting ring time: he’s as
bland as you can ask for which tends to get high marks in WWE
Fox vs. Paige
get a long lockup to start with Alicia taking her to the mat for a
second without breaking the hold. A backslide gets two for Paige as
do a small package and a cradle. They slap it out and Alicia hits a
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Paige fires off some forearms but
she can’t slam Alicia due to her back. A northern lights suplex gets
two for Fox and it’s off to a chinlock with a knee in Paige’s back.
tries to fight out of the hold but gets stomped in the face to break
up her comeback attempt. Paige gets all fired up and beats on Alicia
before they botch a rollup. Paige picks her up and hits a DDT while
holding Alicia up with a leg hooked. It wasn’t a fisherman’s buster
but it looked good and it got the pin at 4:48.
C. This was better than most
Divas matches you would get on Raw or Smackdown. At the end of the
day, the girls aren’t going to get any better by having 90 second
matches so giving them nearly five minutes isn’t a terrible idea.
Fox continues to be pretty much a mess in the ring while Paige is
coming along pretty nicely. Not bad here.
ReBound eats up some time.
Uso vs. Conor O’Brien
amazing how much a good gimmick can change someone. O’Brien used to
be Rat Boy in season 4 and now he’s part of a team that I’d love to
see on the main shows. Jimmy hits a quick headbutt and a clothesline
puts O’Brien on the floor. Conor rams Jimmy into the apron to take
over and drops an elbow back in the ring for two. Off to a chinlock
by O’Brien Jimmy comes back with a clothesline and a Samoan Drop but
Cameron crotches him as he loads up the Superfly Splash. O’Brien
hits a running boot to the face for the pin at 3:50.
C. Not as good as the match
last week but it puts the teams at one and one against each other in
singles matches and that’s all you need to do with them at the
moment. This sets up a bigger tag match down the line which
hopefully leads to one if not both of them being on the main roster.
The match being so short didn’t do it any favors.
hits a Total Elimination on Jey post match.
Dallas is about to say something when Michael McGillicutty interrupts
him. Michael brags about his win last week and a fight breaks out.
time for Ohno’s sparring session. There’s a referee here and the
bell rang so we’ll call this a match I guess.
Ohno vs. Oliver Gray
blasts him into the corner and pounds Gray’s head. Saxton wants to
know how this is different from a regular match and Regal has no
answer for him. Off to a reverse cravate by Ohno and it gets a tap
out at 58 seconds.
gets a mic and says Gray wasn’t ready. Gray gets another shot and
Ohno says ring the bell. The spinning forearm and the reverse
cravate get the second win at 26 seconds. Richie Steamboat runs out
for the save.
Kruger is psycho.
Victor vs. Seth Rollins
here. Victor stalls to start before taking over with a headlock.
It’s a very slow paced start so far. I’m not sure why Victor is the
guy they’re giving the first match with Rollins but he’s not a
horrible choice. A suplex gets two on Rollins and Victor bites
himself. We take a break and come back with Rollins in a chinlock.
Regal will not stop praising Rick so maybe there’s something there.
tries to speed things up but gets caught by a big knee to the face
for two. Victor bites himself some more and Rollins Hulks Up.
Victor slaps him in the face and the champion snaps, taking over with
right hands and a kick to the head. A running boot to the face
(popular move tonight) takes Victor down and the Blackout gets the
pin at 6:50 shown of 10:20.
C. Not a bad match here but
Victor never felt like a threat to Rollins at all. Then again maybe
that’s what they were going for with this. Rollins is being built up
quite well as a big deal and they treated his first match as champion
as something we needed to see, which is more than you can say about
most new champions. This wasn’t a good match or anything but it
served its purpose well enough.
C. This was pretty
easily the weakest show they’ve had so far. Nothing on the show
stood out at all and nothing really happened here. Rollins beating
Victor is no surprise and we knew Steamboat would be coming back for
revenge on Ohno, plus the tag team feud is roughly where it was
before last week’s show with a few more wrinkles. The show wasn’t
bad or boring or anything like that, but there was no spark here.
The one good thing about this week though is Dusty wasn’t around,
which means him being on the show three times last week might have
been an anomaly.
Barreta b. Johnny Curtis – Running Knee Smash
b. Alicia Fox – Leg Trap DDT
O’Brien b. Jimmy Uso – Running Boot To The Face
Ohno b. Oliver Gray – Reverse Cravate
Rollins b. Rick Victor – Blackout
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