NXT – November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Tony Dawson, Jim Ross
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
last week not a lot has changed, as we’re still moving towards Mahal
vs. Rollins II for the title. On top of that we’ve got Vickie
continuing to have her bounty on Langston who is rapidly becoming one
of my favorite people on this show. NXT has been the best wrestling
show on TV for months now and hopefully that remains the case here
tonight. Let’s get to it.

today, Kassius Ohno didn’t want to talk about Trent Barreta. He has
a premonition about ending Trent’s career tonight like he did to
Richie Steamboat.
vs. Alicia Fox
out process to start of course before Paige takes over with a
Japanese armdrag. Fox lands on her feet out of a monkey flip as the
fans are WAY behind Paige. Alicia mostly botches what I think was
supposed to be a suplex but it looked more like a slam. A northern
lights suplex gets two on Paige and it’s off to a bow and arrow hold.
Paige finally makes a rope and gets two off a cross body. A sunset
flip out of the corner gets the same for Fox but she walks into the
Paige Turner (kind of a snap Angle Slam but Paige never lifted her
off the mat) for the pin at 4:52.
D+. Fox just isn’t that good.
She’s very sloppy when she’s on offense and has been for years now.
Paige is one of those girls that could be very good when she gets
some more experience and the fans love her. On top of that, she’s 20
years old. That’s very impressive when you consider how good she is
vs. Big E. Langston
is a match for the $5000 bounty that Vickie has put on Langston’s
head. Camacho tries to pound on him but Langston keeps shoving him
away. A shot out of the corner puts Big E. down but Camacho slaps
him like an idiot. The Big Ending (falling slam) ends Camacho at
demands the five count and you don’t tell a man like that no.
Camacho gets two more Big Endings for good measure.
go to the back and Trent Barreta is down and in pain. Leo Kruger can
be seen out of range smiling evily.
break we’re told Trent isn’t cleared for the main event yet.
vs. Nick Rogers
Bronson is back! He shoves Rogers into the corner and completely no
sells all of the shots from Nick. Bronson goes after the leg before
hitting a crossface to the head. A lot of stomps and knees keep
Rogers down as Bronson works on the leg. An STO sets up that kind of
inverted Figure Four from Bronson for the tap out at 1:49. I love
this guy.
Bray Wyatt who says all of the little lambs should fear him. Tonight
he’s giving our lives purpose for the first time ever. He sits down
in a rocking chair as Luke Harper comes out for his match.
Harper vs. Mike Dalton
looks like he looked as Brodie Lee in the indies. The fans chant for
Ziggler who Dalton does look a bit like. Harper pounds away as Wyatt
sits in the rocking chair. Dalton gets thrown around a lot as Harper
keeps looking at Wyatt. A BIG spinning Boss Man Slam completes the
squash at 2:41. Harper won in case you’re a rather dense person that
needs everything explained to them.
gets on his knees in front of Wyatt. Bray says he’s been around for
2000 years and says that once he decides it’s time to start hurting
people, there will be no one left.
today, Mahal attacked Rollins in the back but Seth beat him down.
Raw ReBound recaps (shocking) the end of the show.
Ohno vs. Trent Barreta
a lot of time left in the show for this. Ohno says that there’s no
opponent for him tonight because Trent is injured. Ohno demands that
the referee count to ten and declare him the winner, but here’s Dusty
Rhodes with something to say. He says that he knows Ohno had
something to do with Trent’s attack and he’s got a replacement.
Total time between Dusty appearing and the replacement’s music
hitting: sixty seconds.
Ohno vs. Richie Steamboat
starts fast and beats Ohno into the corner and hits a quick cross
body for a two count. Steamboat pounds away in the corner and sends
Kassius to the apron. Ohno skins the cat but Richie clotheslines him
to the floor. It’s almost like Richie has insight into that move. A
big dive to the floor takes Ohno out and we take a break.
with Richie holding a chinlock on Ohno until Kassius makes it to the
rope. A low dropkick to the head puts Steamboat down and it’s
cravate time. Ohno pounds him in the head some more for a pair of
two counts and it’s back to the cravate. Steamboat fights up and
gets a pair of quick rollups for two. Ohno comes back with a kind of
lifting Downward Spiral for two of his own as this keeps going back
and forth.
fires off a bunch of chops to the chest and head to slow Kassius down
before they head to the corner. Richie comes off the top but dives
into a headbutt from Ohno to put both guys down again. In a bit of a
strange ending, Ohno hits a running clothesline in the corner but as
he goes to throw Steamboat to the floor, Steamboat rolls him up for
two and hits the Slingblade (swing around neckbreaker) for the pin at
10:28 shown of 13:58.
C-. Sudden ending aside, this
wasn’t an incredibly good match. I know Ohno is considered a great
talent, but I really don’t see the appeal of him from what I’ve seen
in FCW. He’s not bad but if I didn’t know he had been such a big
deal in the indies, I wouldn’t have much interest in him at all.
Steamboat is pretty generic as well with nothing interesting going on
about him. Not a bad match but it was bland, like most of their
matches so far.
C+. This was another
solid episode of NXT. There’s an energy to this show that you don’t
get on any other wrestling series at the moment which makes it the
most fun show going. It’s a combination of them using their time
efficiently as well as having interesting characters who are all
treated as big deals rather than there being a clear hierarchy like
Raw or Impact have. Also the title match isn’t the focus at all but
the other guys are built up well enough that it can be overlooked,
which says a lot about the rest of the show.
b. Alicia Fox – Paige Turner
E. Langston b. Camacho – Big Ending
b. Nick Rogers – Inverted Figure Four
Harper b. Mike Dalton – Spinning Boss Man Slam
Steamboat b. Kassius Ohno – Slingblade
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