NXT – October 10, 2012

NXT
Date:
October 10, 2012
Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators:
Byron Saxton, William Regal
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
After
last week there isn’t much to go on for this show. The main feud
continues to be Ohno vs. Steamboat which can only go on so much
longer before it starts getting dull. Far more importantly than that
though, the WWE Champion CM Punk is here tonight to do whatever he
wants. That’s a cool bonus for the fans. Let’s get to it.

Punk
talks about how he’s here to see Rollins get respect. He says it’s
Rollins’ first main event title defense. Didn’t he have that against
Rick Victor already or was that non-title?
Johnny
Curtis vs. Bo Dallas
Dallas
takes him into the corner to start and hits some standing
clotheslines for two. Curtis elbows him down a few times for two and
hits a suplex for the same. We hit the chinlock which doesn’t last
long so Curtis goes up. A top rope knee drop misses and Dallas
starts his comeback. Some forearms set up a belly to belly suplex
for no cover but a spear gets the pin on Curtis at 4:05.
Rating:
D+.
This was really dull stuff and the crowd barely reacted to it at all.
Neither of these guys show me anything at all that makes me
interested in what they’re doing. They have no character traits
beyond Dallas likes to compete and Curtis is weird, which he hasn’t
actually been in months. Nothing to see here.
Paige/Audrey
Marie vs. Alicia Fox/Kaitlyn
No
entrances for anyone. Paige and Kaitlyn start things off Feeling out
process to start with Paige taking over on the arm. Off to the
rather good looking Marie who keeps up the work on the arm. Kaitlyn
works on the arm as well but Alicia makes a blind tag to surprise
Marie. The fans want Paige but have to stick with Audrey for a bit
longer.
The
girls do some very nice looking gymnastics before Audrey pulls off
what can best be described as an armdrag while Alicia was laying on
the mat. Regal says it’s called a Winnick (not sure if that’s
spelled right) Throw and freaks out because he hasn’t seen it in
years. I’ve never seen it either but it was cool looking. Off to
Kaitlyn who picks up Audrey and drops her on her face for two.
Back
to Alicia who pounds away on Marie and hooks a chinlock. Back to
Kaitlyn for a body scissors as Regal talks about how good the girls
look. Kaitlyn shifts over to a full nelson with her legs but has to
break it when Marie turns it into a cover. There’s the hot tag to
Paige who goes nuts and cleans house but her cradle DDT is broken up
by Fox. A dropkick gets one on Alicia and everything breaks down.
Paige hooks an O’Connor Roll on Alicia for the pin at 6:20.
Rating:
B-.
That’s likely high but I was blown away by this. This is one of the
best Divas matches I’ve seen in years and a lot of that is due to
Audrey. She looked awesome out there with stuff I hadn’t seen before
and the execution was really good. The WWE girls looked good too as
they didn’t seem like they were having to think through every single
thing they did out there. I was very impressed.
Some
guy I don’t recognize hits on some chick. It doesn’t go well for him
and Trent Barretta comes up to laugh at him. This sets up a match
next week. Apparently that’s Jake Carter.
Rollins
talks about being champion when Punk pops up. He says just holding
the title won’t get Rollins respect and tonight, Seth needs to beat
the respect out of McGillicutty.
Leo
Kruger vs. Dante Dash
Kruger
is still insane. He’s growing on me every time I see him. After
crouching in the corner to start, Leo charges out of the corner to
forearm Dash in the head. Off to a chinlock which turns into a beard
pull. Leo suplexes him down and keeps pulling on his own hair. That
falling neckbreaker/cutter thing from Kruger gets the pin at 2:23.
Post
match Kruger gets a blue spotlight and says something in a different
language before saying he’ll finish his prey quickly. His voice is
awesome.
McGillicutty
doesn’t get the obsession with respect. He’s coming after Punk for
the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (that’ll likely be a fine)
after he beats Rollins.
NXT
Title: Seth Rollins vs. Michael McGillicutty
Rollins
is defending and they have a ton of time to work with here. Punk
comes out to do commentary and gets a big reaction. Before the match
starts though, Punk has something to say. He’s here to take a closer
look and he says good luck. That’s all he has to say which is a
surprise. After big match intros we’re ready to go.
Feeling
out process to start as Punk asks the other announcers for their
picks. Regal isn’t a betting man (he called Gamblers Anonymous
yesterday and they gave him 5-1 odds he wouldn’t come to a meeting)
and can’t pick (Punk: “That’s very Switzerland of you”) and Ross
picks Rollins to keep the title until someone beats him for it. You
can’t buy this kind of expertise people.
McGillicutty
avoids the Blackout and we take a break. Back with Michael stomping
away in the corner but Rollins takes him down with a headlock
takeover. Michael grabs one of his own but gets dropkicked down
twice in a row. McGillicutty throws him over the top and to the
floor as this is a very back and forth match. Back in and Seth tries
to go up top, only to get crotched and put in the Tree of Woe.
A
hard whip into the corner gets one for McGillicutty and we take
another break. Back with Rollins jumping off the top and over
McGillicutty before dropkicking Michael down. A clothesline puts
McGillicutty on the floor and a suicide dive from Rollins takes him
down. Back in and Rollins tries a springboard clothesline but
Michael dropkicks him out of the air for two.
Rollins
hits an enziguri but misses the Blackout and a high kick before
McGillicutty hits a Saito Suplex for two. McGillicutty loads up a
Perfectplex but gets small packaged for two. A clothesline takes
Rollins down for another two and Michael is getting frustrated.
Rollins gets back up and avoids the McGillicutter before hitting
Sliced Bread #2 for the pin at 11:20 shown of 15:50.
Rating:
B-.
This started slow but after the break it turned into the usual good
stuff I’ve grown to expect from McGillicutty. Rollins winning with
something other than the Blackout is a good thing as that move is
similar to the 619 in that there are only so many plausible ways you
can set it up. Good main event here that shows that Rollins can win
more than one way.
Punk
applauds Rollins to end the show. Punk was pretty much neutral
tonight.
Overall
Rating:
B+.
There was almost nothing missing from this show. We had a shockingly
good tag match, a good main event, a squash and a great promo to
follow it and an appearance from one of the biggest stars in the WWE.
Good show here and I really enjoyed it the entire way through.
Results
Bo
Dallas b. Johnny Curtis – Spear
Audrey
Marie/Paige b. Alicia Fox/Kaitlyn – O’Connor Roll to Fox
Leo
Kruger b. Dante Dash – Face First Mat Slam
Seth
Rollins b. Michael McGillicutty – Sliced Bread #2
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