[TV Recap] NXT – 10/17/2012

NXT Recap

This week on NXT, Jinder Mahal makes his first appearance since losing the Gold Rush tournament to Seth Rollins, Trent Barreta and Jake Carter go to war, and in the main event, Richie Steamboat teams up with The Usos to take on rival Kassius Ohno and The Ascension. It’s two rivalries for the price of one! Click “read more” for my overly detailed recap plus thoughts.

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

NXT opens with clips of Seth Rollins‘ successful first NXT Championship defense against Michael McGillicutty and CM Punk‘s post-match show of respect to the victor.

The NXT intro video plays, and we go “live” to the NXT Arena. Byron Saxton welcomes the home audience and announces the main event for today’s show: Richie Steamboat and The Usos take on Kassius Ohno and The Ascension in a six-man tag team match.

Alex Riley comes out for the first match. William Regal comments at how popular he is at WWE live events. His opponent, Jinder Mahal, comes out second. This is before he joined The Three Man Band so he lacks the 80’s hair metal attire. Saxton mentions that Mahal hasn’t been in NXT since losing the finals of the Gold Rush tournament to eventual winner and champion Seth Rollins. Regal says Mahal is looking for “redemption”.

Match #1: Alex Riley Vs. Jinder Mahal

Riley goes for a wristlock but Mahal quickly breaks away. Mahal grabs a waistlock and Riley reverses into a wristlock. Mahal reverses and grabs a wristlock of his own, sending Riley to the mat. Riley jumps up and hip tosses Mahal, locking on an armbar on the way down. They get to their feet and Riley turns the armlock into a hammerlock. Mahal gets to the ropes and cheap shots Riley during the rope break. Mahal takes Riley down with a headlock. Back to their feet, Riley sends him into the ropes but gets knocked down with a shoulder block. Riley regroups and sends Mahal flying with a dropkick. Riley mounts Mahal in the corner and lays into him with a series of rights. Riley connects with a shoulder block from the second rope and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Mahal takes the offense with a well-placed knee to the midsection. Mahal drops Riley midsection-first into the top rope and goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal hits a series of knee drops assisted by the ropes and goes for the pin. 2-count. Mahal traps Riley in a submission to wear him down. They get to their feet and Riley hip tosses his way out. Riley continues the offense and hits a clothesline out of the corner. Mahal sends him into the ropes, but Riley rolls him up out of nowhere for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Alex Riley (3:48)

  • A lot better than their Superstars match a few months back and a surprising win by Riley to boot. But given the recent changes in Mahal’s character on the main shows, seeing Mahal doing his normal routine is a bit jarring. The disconnect is in effect (hey that rhymes). Overall a decent match for what it was. (C)

Mahal immediately attacks Riley after the bell and locks him in the Camel Clutch. Mahal finally releases the hold after a minute or so of ref pleas. Mahal walks to the back all business while Riley tries to regroup after the sneak attack.

  • Thoughts: Looks like Mahal’s getting the next shot at Rollins. No other reason for him to be on the show decimating people since he’s got main show duty.

NXT Hype: Trent Barreta takes on Jake Carter, next!

*Commercial Break*

WWE Hype: Sheamus meets The Big Show at Hell in a Cell.

Trent Barreta makes his way out for the second match of the show. He weighs 195 pounds but he wears it well. Saxton brings up Barreta’s recent return after a six month absence due to injury and Regal calls him a joy to watch. Jake Carter, his opponent, makes his way out next. Saxton brings up that Carter is the son of wrestling legend Big Van Vader which is insane since they look absolutely nothing alike.

Match #2: Trent Barreta Vs. Jake Carter

Carter snags an early headlock and knocks Barreta down with a shoulder block after being whipped into the ropes. Barreta and Carter trade waistlocks and Carter knocks him down once again with a shoulder block. Carter hits the ropes but runs into a Baretta elbow and the superstar takes him down with a side headlock. Carter rolls him up for a 1-count but Barreta keeps the headlock on. They get to their feet and Barreta gets sent into the ropes. Carter side steps a body cross attempt and Barreta flies into the ropes. Carter goes for the pin. 2-count.

Carter follows this up with a back bodydrop and he goes for another pin. 2-count. Carter puts Barreta into the ropes and lays into him with a series of body shots. He throws him across the ring and hard into the turnbuckles. Carter goes for the pin. 2-count. Carter locks Barreta in a chinlock. Carter lets go, drops a knee, and goes for the pin. 2-count. Carter reapplies the side headlock. They get to their feet and Barreta delivers a back suplex to break out of the hold.

Baretta’s now on offense and lays into Carter, ending with an enziguri. Carter retreats into the corner and Baretta hits a running elbow. Baretta hits the ropes to continue the assault but Carter comes out of nowhere with a lariat. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Carter sits Baretta on the top turnbuckle and goes for a super back suplex but Baretta elbows him off. Baretta stands on the top and connects with a corkscrew body block for the 1…2…KICK OUT.

Baretta takes off his knee pad and goes for a running knee, but Carter catches him and connects with a belly to belly suplex. He goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Carter is shocked and beats on Baretta some more before attempting another pin. 2-count. Carter hits the ropes, but so does Baretta and the latter catches him with a standing Shining Wizard for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Trent Barreta (6:23)

  • Fun match between two guys I am very unfamiliar with. Carter is nothing like his father in the ring which I think is a good thing because it’ll avoid the constant comparisons (although they bring up the whole Vader thing a lot on commentary). Barreta is exciting to watch in the ring as well and I like his flying knee finisher. Overall a good showcase for both men, methinks. (B-)

NXT Hype: Damien Sandow is in action next!

*Commercial Break*

A highlight video for Big E. Langston plays, highlighting his dominance and the “5 count” gimmick.

  • Thoughts: Langston is awesome. I desperately want to see him drop fools on Smackdown.

Damien Sandow makes his way out for the next contest, mic in hand. Sandow introduces himself and says he’s here to help the fans at the NXT Arena. Sandow namedrops George Washington and asks a bunch of rhetorical questions about how the fans are lazy and that Washington would be ashamed of them. A “You suck” chant breaks out. Sandow thanks them for their irrelevant opinions and says they have proved that they are beyond help and will prove himself physically instead. He ends the promo with a good ol’ fashioned “You’re welcome!”.

  • Thoughts: As much as I’m loving The Rhodes Scholars as a tag team, I do miss these Sandow promos as he heads to the ring. They’re so damn good it’s almost criminal.

Match #3: Brandon Traven Vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow out wrestles Traven right at the bell but Traven finally fights out of the holds and grabs a side headlock. Sandow sends him into the ropes and attempts a hip toss but it’s blocked. Sandow blocks Traven’s attempt and goes for a clothesline but Traven ducks and goes to punch him. Sandow immediately hides in the corner from the “closed fist”.

Sandow and Traven circle one another and Sandow kicks him in the gut and takes him down with a side headlock. Sandow gets sent to the ropes and takes Traven down with a shoulder block. He continues his assault with forearms and knee drops. Sandow chokes Traven with his boot until the ref yells at him to stop. Sandow bows to his “adoring” fans which allows Traven to mount a comeback. Traven attempts a dropkick but Sandow holds the ropes so he misses. Sandow takes Traven down with a hell of a right hand and rubs his boot laces in Traven’s face.

Sandow goes to the second rope and bows before dropping a knee on Traven in the corner. Snapmare by Sandow into a chinlock using Traven’s own arm. They get to their feet and Traven gets out using a headbutt but Sandow quickly regains the advantage and applies a rear chinlock on the mat. The two get back to their feet and Traven starts fighting his way out. Sandow answers with a right hand but Traven starts fighting back. Dropkick by Traven, but he misses the kneedrop. Sandow hits him with a series of knees followed by the Russian Legweep and the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow picks Traven up and connects with the Terminus for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Damien Sandow (6:06)

  • Longer match than it needed to be, but I will rarely complain about a match where Sandow gets to show off. Traven didn’t do much other than take the punishment so I can’t say much about him as a wrestler. Sandow, however, I can gush about for paragraphs upon paragraphs. But I’ll spare you. (C+)

Sandow motions like he’s going to do his victory cartwheel, but decides not to and leaves the rings to a chorus of boos.

NXT Hype: The six man tag main event.

*Commercial Break*

Raw Rebound: Ryback signs the contract to face WWE Champion CM Punk at Hell in a Cell then drops him with the Shell Shock.

The Ascension make their way out first for the main event. Cameron is all ghoulish screams and O’Brian is all silent creepy stares. As much as I’d like to sh*t-talk this they are doing damn good with the gimmick (also I was a huge Brood fan as a kid so I’d be a hypocrite). Their partner Kassius Ohno makes his way out next. Jim Ross has joined the commentary booth for the match. Ohno repeatedly elbows a turnbuckle to warm himself up.

The Usos come out first for the face team, Samoan war dance and all. Richie Steamboat runs out as they finish, and all three hit the ring. They clean house of all the heels as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Main Event: Richie Steamboat/The Usos (Jey Uso/Jimmy Uso) Vs. Kassius Ohno/The Ascension (Conor O’Brian/Kenneth Cameron)

Order has been restored and the match is already in progress as we come back from commercial. Jimmy Uso and Kenneth Cameron are starting the match off. Cameron sends Jimmy in the ropes, and Jimmy knocks him down with a shoulder block. Cameron hisses but that doesn’t help anything. Jey tags in and they hit a double elbow on Cameron. Deep armdrag by Jey on Cameron. They get to their feet and Steamboat tags in. Cameron throws Steamboat to the mat and Ohno tags in. Steamboat reverses an Irish whip and Ohno holds the ropes and makes a quick tag to O’Brian to avoid feeling the Steamboat wrath.

O’Brian points at Jey so Steamboat tags him in. Jey ducks a clothesline but gets a boot to the gut and an elbow to the neck. O’Brian rips at Jey’s face and follows it up with a headbutt. Jey doesn’t feel it because he’s ethnic and does a little dance. Right hands by Jey but O’Brian hits a Bubba Bomb (sort-of). O’Brian wraps his legs around Jey and drags him over to his corner. Jey gets to the ropes to break the hold. He goes for the tag but O’Brian grabs him to stop it from happening. Another body scissor by O’Brian. Cameron tags in to continue the brutality as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

After that horrifyingly sad Layla breast cancer awareness video, we go back to the main event still in progress. Cameron connects with a back suplex on Jey and goes for the pin. 2-count. He throws Jey through the second rope and to the outside. Steamboat walks over and tries to motivate Jey to get back up. Cameron mocks Jey as he goes to get back in. Cameron distracts the ref, allowing O’Brian to catch Jey with a kick to the head. Cameron connects with an elbow drop but Jey starts fighting back. Cameron drops him with a right hand to regain the advantage.

Ohno tags in and hits a sliding dropkick. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Ohno applies a crevat to Jey and transitions into a front chancery. Jey pushes Ohno towards his corner to make the tag. Ohno manages to drag Jey back to his side to prevent it. O’Brian tags in to continue the hurt. Jey slips out of a bodyslam attempt and hits a sloppy fireman’s carry (sort-of). O’Brian, however, regains the advantage easily and rolls around the ring with Jey locked in a side headlock. Cameron tags in and chokes Jey on the bottom rope. Jey catches Cameron with a backslide for a no-count and goes to make a tag but Cameron grabs him and sends him into the corner.

Cameron continues to work Jey over in his corner. Ohno tags in and kicks the fallen Jey repeatedly while taunting him. Ohno chokes him with his boot, and he distracts the ref after to allow The Ascension some cheap shots. Jey starts fighting back and goes for a tag but Ohno catches him. Ohno goes to roll him up but Jey slides out and makes the hot tag to Steamboat. Steamboat lays into his heated rival , connecting with a massive back bodydrop. Steamboat catches Ohno with a superkick and goes for the pin but The Ascension break it up. The Usos come in and clear The Ascension (and themselves) out of the ring. Steamboat runs to help them but gets hit with an Ohno elbow to the back of the head, knocking him out. Ohno pins Steamboat for the 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: Kassius Ohno/The Ascension (13:03 shown on TV)

  • Good television main event. I got into NXT right after the Usos/Ascension feud sort of culminated so I wasn’t all that invested in them but I’m all in on the Steamboat/Ohno feud so I popped when Steamboat got the hot tag. Ohno catching him off-guard with the elbow out of nowhere was a nice touch and nice way to end the match and continue the feud. Good stuff here; definitely the match to check out the most out of today’s show. (B)

The Usos check on Steamboat as the victors celebrate as they head up the ramp and we fade to logo.

Overall Show Grade: B-

  • A good, if a bit uneventful, edition of NXT that culminated in the latest chapter in the Steamboat/Ohno feud and featured (what I think is) the rise of Jinder Mahal getting a shot at the NXT Championship. Nothing really bad to say about this show but nothing that truly blew my mind either. It needed a little more Big E Langston.
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