[TV Recap] NXT – 10/10/2012

NXT Recap

This Week on NXT: WWE Champion CM Punk appears on the show, Seth Rollins makes his first defense of the NXT Championship against Michael McGillicutty, and Leo Kruger continues to be creepy as hell. Click “read more” for a full recap of the show plus my thoughts.

Note: NXT is watched on Hulu Plus, so match times may vary due to shorter commercial breaks.

NXT opens the show with WWE Champion CM Punk. Punk talks about how he’s been treated with contempt and watched more main events than he’s competed in. Punk says he’s here to watch Seth Rollins defend his title in the main event like a champion should. He says he hopes that the NXT crowd and roster appreciate the fact he’s there tonight and tells everyone to prepare for a lesson in respect tonight when he invades the show.

NXT intro video plays. They use Coheed and Cambria so add that to why I love this show.

Byron Saxton welcomes the home audience and hypes the Rollins/McGillicutty main event as well as Punk’s appearance. He is joined on commentary by William Regal.

Bo Dallas comes out for the opening match. Regal talks about how Dallas has come back from a major injury and how most would’ve quit but he didn’t. His opponent tonight is Johnny Curtis, who comes out second. Regal calls him “butterscotch” because he always has candy with him.

Match #1: Bo Dallas Vs. Johnny Curtis

They lock up and Dallas takes Curtis down with a quick double wristlock takeover. He gets a quick 1-count. Curtis gets back up and they lock up once again. Curtis backs him into the corner and lands a chop. Dallas blocks a punch and throws Curtis into the ring. He hammers Curtis with forearms and follows it up with a running clothesline. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Dallas hits the ropes but Curtis catches him with an elbow mid-run.

Curtis mocks Dallas, who retaliates with a series of rights. Curtis reverses an Irish whip and hits him with a double forearm shot. Curtis goes for the pin. 1-count. Curtis connects with a snap suplex and goes for another pin. 2-count. Curtis throws Dallas hard into the corner, and Dallas crumples to the mat. Snapmare into a front facelock by Curtis. Dallas gets to his feet and fights out, but Curtis hits a backdrop to stop the momentum.

Curtis goes to the second rope but misses a flying kneedrop. Dallas gets up and starts laying into Curtis with a lariat followed by a back elbow. Dallas hits a belly to belly suplex and follows it up with a running spear for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Bo Dallas (4:04)

  • Decent match to open the show. Good win by Dallas, although his spear finisher didn’t really strike me as a match-ending move. (C+)

NXT Hype: Rollins/McGillicutty for the NXT Championship. Divas tag team match (Paige/Audrey Marie Vs. Kaitlyn/Alicia Fox) coming up next!

*Commercial Break*

Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox make their way to the ring for the next match. Regal tries to keep it in his pants upon seeing Fox. Their opponents, Paige and Audrey Marie make their way out next. Regal is a big Paige fan. So am I.

Match #2: Paige/Audrey Marie Vs. Kaitlyn/Alicia Fox

Paige and Kaitlyn start the match off. They lock up and Kaitlyn easily overpowers her and throws her to the mat. Second lockup results in a body drag via Paige. They get back up and Kaitlyn knees her in the gut and takes her down with a side headlock. Paige rolls her off and kicks her. Audrey Marie tags in and takes Kaitlyn down with an armdrag. Marie wrenches the arm repeatedly and transitions between side headlocks, wristlocks, and armlocks. Kaitlyn reverses out of nowhere and takes Marie down with an armdrag. Fox tags in and rolls her up for a 2-count.

Marie and Fox trade counters and pin attempts. Marie hits a “win it throw” on Fox who quickly tags back out to Kaitlyn. Marie puts on a front headlock, but Kaitlyn counters and throws her to the mat. Kaitlyn goes for the pin. 2-count. Kaitlyn puts her in the corner and Fox tags back in. Fox sends Marie into the turnbuckle face-first repeatedly followed by a snapmare. Fox goes for the pin. 2-count. Fox traps Marie in a chinlock. Marie gets to her feet but Fox grabs her hair and pulls her down to the mat. Kaitlyn tags back in and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Kaitlyn traps Marie in a body scissor to wear her down. Kaitlyn transitions into a leglock full nelson (does that make sense?). Marie rolls back and turns it into a pin. 2-count. Marie fights Kaitlyn off, and makes the hot tag to Paige. Paige hits a Thesz press on Fox and smashes her head repeatedly against the mat. Paige goes for her finisher, but Fox rolls her up for a 2-count. Paige kicks her then follows it up with a running dropkick. She goes for the pin but Kaitlyn breaks it up. Marie tries to help but Kaitlyn throws her to the outside. Paige pushes Fox into Kaitlyn and rolls her up for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: Paige/Audrey Marie (6:12)

  • Whoa…so that’s what a Divas match could be like on the main shows if given the chance. A really good tag team contest and Regal absolutely killed it on commentary. He leered a little sure but his excitement at the wrestling itself was infectious. He helped put the match over in a big way. Paige and Audrey Marie showcased some good moves, and Kaitlyn and Fox wrestled better here than I’ve ever seen them do on Raw or any other main WWE shows. (B)

Backstage Jake Carter is saying goodbye to a faceless blonde who walks away in a huff. Trent Barreta walks in and jokingly makes fun of Carter for striking out. Carter says he doesn’t strike out. Long story short, Barreta challenges Carter to a match next week.

  • Thoughts: I had to Google both of these guys since I’m not entirely familiar with the NXT roster yet. I have brought shame to my dojo. A nice simple way to set up a match for next week though; no complaints about that (minus some weird threats made by Barreta).

NXT Interview Area

Briley Pierce introduces NXT Champion Seth Rollins and asks him how he’s feeling tonight going into his first defense. Rollins says that he’s been thinking about his first title defense since he won the belt. He says he isn’t nervous, he’s excited. Rollins says that McGillicutty is the one who should be nervous. He starts to say that McGillicutty disrespected him, but he’s interrupted by WWE Champion CM Punk who enters the interview area.

Punk says just being the champion won’t earn Rollins respect. Punk says he’s been champ for nearly a year and have beaten everyone but still doesn’t get respect. Punk tells Rollins not to give McGillicutty any respect or try to earn it; instead Rollins should do what he does: beat the respect out of him. Punk walks away, leaving Rollins to contemplate those words as we go to commercial.

  • Thoughts: Cool exchange between the two champions. A little too heavy on Punk just restating his character’s motivation for the nine billionth time but it’s the WWE and that’s to be expected. Also I’m 99% sure every ROH fan had an orgasm when they watched this segment. I was just pumped to see that WWE cares enough about NXT to have their big stars show up. It’s a good rub.

*Commercial Break*

Leo Kruger makes his way out for the next match. His opponent, Dante Dash, is already in the ring. I think we know who’s winning this one.

Match #3: Dante Dash Vs. Leo Kruger

Kruger stares at Dash while crouched in the corner. He’s got a scary look in his eye. Dash beckons for him to get up and Kruger obliges with a running forearm. Kruger then beats the snot out Dash with a series of stomps. Kruger whips him into the ropes and catches him with a forearm to the throat. Kruger strokes his hair and grabs Dash by the leg to drag him into the middle of the ring. Kruger puts his knee to Dash’s back and pulls on his head to stretch him. Kruger hits a short-arm clothesline and follows it with a snap suplex. Kruger crazily tugs at his hair and repeatedly bangs his own head on the canvas. He stands up and hits Dash with his finisher (reverse neckbreaker into a faceslam?) for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Leo Kruger (2:50)

  • Your basic squash match. I continue to be fascinated by Kruger’s character; the almost creepy way he stares at his opponents while “hunting” them is unnerving and the way he strokes his hair and smiles freaks me out. But this is also a gimmick that could go overboard, and some of the mannerisms (ripping at his hair, headbutting the mat) seemed a bit too much and kind of took me out of it. But it’s NXT and it’s a work in progress. Interesting to see how he evolves over the next however long he’s in NXT. (C)

Kruger gets on the mic after his match. He starts off speaking in a foreign language (African I presume) then switches to a heavy South African accent. He wonders who his next “trophy” will be and then says “ta ta” to end the promo.

  • Thoughts: Alright that was kind of cool. The whole “trophy” thing works with his big game hunter character, but again it’s the sort of gimmick that is on the cusp of being too ridiculous. Kruger is scary as hell though. I really wouldn’t him staring me down from across the room. Or jungle I guess if we want to kayfabe this sh*t.

NXT Hype: CM Punk and Jim Ross will come out and call the action for the main event.

Backstage, Briley Pierce is with Michael McGillicutty. Pierce brings up respect and McGillicutty says he’s sick of hearing about it. He says then when he beats Rollins for the NXT Champion he can have all the respect he wants. McGillicutty says after he leaves Rollins laying, he’s coming after Punk and taking his WWE Championship. McGillicutty shakes his head and dismissively says “respect” before leaving.

  • Thoughts: Much better mic work from McGillicutty this week. Short, sweet, serious, and straight to the point. Although the notion that he could beat Punk for the belt, at least at this point in his career, is a little ridiculous from a fan’s perspective. But that’s just me.

*Commercial Break*

Jim Ross welcomes the home audience as Michael McGillicutty makes his way out for the main event. William Regal is still on commentary as well. Regal says that McGillicutty is starting to realize how good he really is. Ross brings up McGillicutty’s lineage (son of Curt Hennig, grandson of Larry Hennig). NXT Champion Seth Rollins makes his way out next and he’s a ball of energy, spinning around, kicking randomly, swinging his arms, and a whole lot of other mosh pit-looking maneuvers. Rollins gets into the ring and holds the NXT Championship in the air as he walks towards McGillicutty. The ref separates them.

“Cult of Personality” hits and out comes WWE Champion CM Punk. He stops at the entrance stage, mic in hand. A “CM Punk” chant breaks out at the NXT Arena. Punk says he’s looking forward to the match and decided to come out and take a closer look. He wishes the competitors luck and heads to the announce table to help call the action.

In-ring introductions are made for both McGillicutty and Rollins to help give this a true “big match” feel. God I love it when they do this.

Main Event: Seth Rollins (c) Vs. Michael McGillicutty for the NXT Championship

They lock up and Rollins takes McGillicutty down with a wristlock. McGillicutty gets to the ropes and Rollins breaks the hold. Rollins rolls up McGillicutty for the 2-count, and takes him down with a shoulder block. Rollins attempts the Black Out but McGillicutty ducks and rolls to the apron. The champion and challenger jaw at one another as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

McGillicutty has taken the advantage during the break. McGillicutty kicks Rollins in the corner. Rollins reverses an Irish whip, hits a hip toss, and takes him down with a headlock. They get to their feet and McGillicutty whips him into the ropes. He catches the champion with a back elbow and takes him down with a side headlock of his own. They get to their feet and McGillicutty gets whipped into the ropes. Rollins hits a couple of dropkicks and a couple of spinning kicks. He goes for a move but McGillicutty gets the leverage and sends Rollins to the floor.

McGillicutty rolls out and drops Rollins face-first on the apron. McGillicutty rolls him back in and goes for the cover. 2-count. McGillicutty yells at Rollins and slaps him, causing the champ to fight back. McGillicutty stops it with a kick to the midsection. McGillicutty whips him into the corner but catches nothing but boot. Rollins goes to the top but McGillicutty crotches him and he traps the champion in a Tree of Woe. McGillicutty rolls out and wrenches the neck back for added punishment.

Rollins gets released from the tree and McGillicutty quickly rolls in and goes for the pin. 2-count. McGillicutty whips Rollins full force into the corner and then goes for the cover. 1-count. McGillicutty continues his assault as we go to another commercial.

*Commercial Break*

We are back from break and McGillicutty has Rollins in a side headlock on the mat. They get to their feet and Rollins fights out. They trade forearms and chops. McGillicutty backs Rollins into the corner and hits a flurry of forearms. McGillicutty whips Rollins in the corner and catches a boot before it hits him. However Rollins then grabs him and sends him face-first into the turnbuckles. Rollins is now on the offense. Rollins ducks a couple of clotheslines and hits a one-foot dropkick. McGillicutty props himself in the corner and Rollins hits a running forearm. Rollins clotheslines him over the top rope and onto the floor. Rollins quickly follows with a suicide dive through the second rope.

Rollins rolls McGillicutty back in and goes for a springboard maneuver but is caught with a dropkick to the midsection. McGillicutty goes for the pin. 2-count. McGillicutty tries to rip Rollins off the ropes, who lands on his feet and hits a jumping kick. McGillicutty ducks another Black Out attempt and connects with a Saito suplex. McGillicutty goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. He tries for another pin instantly. Another 2-count. McGillicutty is frustrated.

McGillicutty goes for the Perfect Plex, but Rollins rolls him up for the 1…2…KICK OUT. McGillicutty quickly regroups and hits a running Lariat. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. McGillicutty can’t believe it. Rollins blocks the running neckbreaker and hits the Sliced Bread #2 for the 1…2…3!

Winner and STILL NXT Champion [via Pinfall]: Seth Rollins (13:49)

  • Really good back and forth match between Rollins and McGillicutty. This is my first look at Rollins post-ROH and he’s still just as good as he was back then. His character’s mannerisms are a sort of like a punk rock Ultimate Warrior with the arm flailing and the spinning of the championship belt. McGillicutty held his own in this match and had some quality moments. Plus I love watching a heel get frustrated with 2-counts and he was damn good at that as well. The commentary between Punk, Regal, and Ross was also decent, if a bit awkward at times, but they concentrated on the match and admirably put over both men (with an obvious emphasis on the champ). Quality championship match and a good first defense for Rollins. (B)

Seth Rollins stands on the second turnbuckle and raises his NXT Championship over at CM Punk, who stands and claps. Ross hints that Rollins could be the next Punk, then signs off ending another edition of NXT.

  • Thoughts: Cool visual to end the show with the WWE Champion showing the NXT Champion respect with a standing ovation. Really makes Rollins look like a superstar in the making.

Overall Show Grade: B

  • Another solid NXT outing with a good main event and first defense for Seth Rollins as well as the continued push of Leo Kruger who does actually terrify me. Saxton/Regal/Ross are all great commentators who keep the focus on the action and Regal especially has blossomed into a good analyst who can also make zingers that are funny rather than distracting. My only complaint: no Kassius Ohno or Richie Steamboat. But since they only have an hour to work with, not everything can make the show every week.

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