[TV Recap] NXT – 10/24/2012

NXT Recap

This week on NXT, Heath Slater and Vickie Guerrero conspire to defeat NXT Champion Seth Rollins, the Kassius Ohno/Richie Steamboat feud continues to chug along, and Antonio Cesaro gets a very interesting challenge for next week. Click “read more” for a full recap of the show plus my inane thoughts.

Earlier Today…

NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes is backstage looking over some papers when Heath Slater shows up out of nowhere. Slater says he’s come to NXT to entertain and asks Rhodes to book him in a match against NXT Champion Seth Rollins. Rhodes says he has to earn shots around here, and then they’re both interrupted by Vickie Guerrero. Guerrero says she’s here to check out “The One Man Band”. Rhodes books Rollins-Slater in a non-title match for tonight and if Slater can beat him he will get a shot at the NXT Championship. Slater and Guerrero leave together.

NXT Intro Video.

We cut to the NXT Arena and a shot at a giant disco ball. Cue Brodus Clay and his “Funkasaurus” entrance. And here I was hoping that NXT would save me from having to see this. Tony Luftman is with William Regal on commentary and both men welcome the home audience and hype the Rollins/Slater main event for this week’s show. His opponent, Camacho, makes his way out second.

  • Thoughts: Am I watching NXT or Superstars?

Match #1: Brodus Clay Vs. Camacho

Clay immediately sends Camacho down to the mat. Clay grabs Camacho and slams him down to the mat, then does it once again. Camacho rolls to the apron but Clay grabs him and sends him flying back in. Uppercut by Clay in the corner. Clay goes for the corner mount punches but Camacho slips under and throws him to the mat. Camacho follows it up with a dropkick and a series of rights to Clay’s skull. Camacho catches Clay with a legdrop as he tries to get back up and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Camacho catches Clay in a nerve hold, and throws in some elbows for added oomph. The NXT crowd motivates Clay to get out of the hold, and he does so easily. Clay sends Camacho into the corner, but misses the splash. Camacho follows it up with a Samoan drop and goes for the pin. Clay emphatically kicks out at 2, sending Camacho flying all the way to the outside. Camacho gets distracted by the Funkadactyls and they distract him by dancing.

Clay goes to the outside and chases Camacho back in. Camacho heads to the top but gets caught with a headbutt to the gut on his way down. Clay connects with an Exploder suplex and then hits the running splash for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Brodus Clay (3:54)

  • A longer match from Clay than usual, and you know what? It was actually, gulp, pretty entertaining. Clay got a little more offense in than he normally does on the main shows and Camacho, who is apparently still around, even got some credible offense in including a nice Samoan drop. Leave it to NXT to actually have a Brodus Clay match that I don’t want to jab my eyes out during. Crazy. (C+)

Post-Match: Brodus Clay and the Funkadactyls dance it up in the ring with kids from the NXT Arena audience. They all bow afterwards, even though the kids barely danced. SHENANIGANS!

Video Package: Paige has been training all her life and is not here to be a “Diva”. The less you know about her the better. Also she has a British accent and it’s awesome. She’s in action tonight.

  • Thoughts: I think this is the same video package I saw of her a few weeks ago but it’s still pretty awesome. Paige stands out like a sore thumb in the best possible sense.

Byron Saxton is joined on the entrance stage, with a podium as well for some reason, by Richie Steamboat. Saxton says Steamboat isn’t medically cleared then hands the talking reigns to the superstar. Steamboat calls Kassius Ohno a coward for hitting him in the head last week during the six man tag team match. Ohno comes out to interrupt Steamboat. Ohno corrects Steamboat on the pronounciation of his first name (“Cash-us” not “Cassie-us”). Ohno says Steamboat isn’t telling the complete truth; he’s not just hurt, he’s finished. Ohno says it’s time for him to move forward towards the NXT Championship and for Steamboat to move on completely. Ohno gives Steamboat a gift: a white towel, of which Ohno suggest he throws in. Ohno excuses himself to the ring so he can go “end someone else’s career”. Off goes the glasses and in comes the intensity. Ohno awaits his opponent as we go to commercial.

  • Thoughts: A brief altercation on the mic but it was plain to see that Ohno has the gift of gab. I haven’t seen a lot of his Chris Hero stuff so it’s news to me. You can kick me out of the internet wrestling community, fellow wrestling nerds.

*Commercial Break*

Ohno is still awaiting his opponent as we come back from commercial. And his opponent is…Trent Barreta! Nice.

Match #2: Trent Barreta Vs. Kassius Ohno

Waistlock takedown by Ohno into a front chancery to start the match. But Barreta fights back and locks on a hammerlock. Ohno takes him down and hits the ropes. Barreta leap frogs him and rolls him up for a quick 2-count. Armdrag into an armbar by Barreta. Ohno grabs him by the head and throws him down. Ohno follows it up with a series of strikes and sends Barreta head-first into the turnbuckle. Ohno chops Barreta then chokes him with his knee after a knee strike.

Ohno whips Barreta but Barreta hits a hurricanrana out of nowhere and clotheslines Ohno over the top rope and onto the floor. Suicide dive by Barreta to a prone Ohno on the outside. The NXT crowd goes wild. Barreta picks Ohno up but Ohno sends him into the apron and follows it up with a kick to the head. Ohno rolls him back in and goes for the pin. 2-count. A hard knee drop by Ohno on the throat of Barreta followed by another to the back of his head. Ohno goes for another cover. 2-count.

Ohno circles Barreta and locks on a crevat. A “Trent!” chant breaks out to get Barreta to his feet. He breaks out of the hold and hits an elbow. He tries for a tornado DDT but can’t complete so he attempts a sunset flip. Ohno breaks out of it and hits a running dropkick to Barreta. He goes for the pin. 2-count. Another crevat applied by Ohno. Barreta gets to his feet and rolls Ohno off. He follows it up with a chop/forearm combo followed by an enziguri. Barreta goes for the cover. 2-count.

Ohno picks himself up in the corner and Barreta tries a running springboard elbow but gets caught with an Ohno elbow instead. Ohno connects with a fist drop and goes for the pin. 2-count once again. Richie Steamboat comes to ringside and throws the white towel in his face, allowing Barreta to hit his running knee for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Trent Barreta (6:50)

  • Entertaining match between Barreta and Ohno. Good back and forth action, and although Steamboat’s interference should have gotten Barreta disqualified, it was a nice and simple way to continue their feud and give Barreta a good win. Enjoyable stuff. (B)

NXT Hype: Rollins/Slater to main event the show, but next the team of Paige and Audrey Marie take on Layla and Alicia Fox!

We join Tony Luftman and William Regal at the announce table. Regal welcomes him formally. Layla and Alicia Fox make their way out next for the Divas Tag Team match. Their opponents are Paige and Audrey Marie who make their way out second.

Match #3: Paige/Audrey Marie Vs. Layla/Alicia Fox

Paige and Fox start the match off. Fox takes her down but the lock up remains in tact. They fight back to their feet and Paige backs her into the corner before connecting with an armdrag followed by a dropkick. Paige goes for a pin. 1-count. Paige attempts a backdrop but  Fox kicks her and connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Paige hits a reverse monkey flip and each woman tags out to their partner. Layla does a little dance before locking up with Marie. Marie takes her down and goes for a quick cover, and then Layla tries the same.

Layla catches a Marie kick and Marie one-foot monkey flips her across the ring. Layla then rolls her up for a 2-count. Marie returns the favor. Layla misses a spin kick but connects with a superkick and she goes for a pin. 2-count. Layla kicks Marie in the back of the head and goes for another pin. 2-count. Fox tags back in and clotheslines Marie. Fox sends her into the turnbuckle repeatedly by the hair. Fox then hits a bridging suplex for a 2-count.

Modified camel clutch by Fox to wear Marie down. It turns into a chinlock, and Fox sends her back to the mat as she tries to get up. Fox turns it into a pin and gets a 2-count. Marie slides under Fox’s legs and rolls her up for a 2-count. Fox propels her to her corner and Paige gets the hot tag. Layla also tags in and hits a running dropkick followed by the springboard crossbody for a 2-count. Layla goes to kick Paige but she moves and she kicks Fox instead. Paige picks Fox up, slams her, and Marie tags herself in. Paige protests as Marie goes for the pin on Layla. 1…2…Layla rolls her up for a pin of her own. 1…2…3!

Winners [via Pinfall]: Layla/Alicia Fox (5:04)

  • Another good Divas tag team match from the NXT brand, although not as good as the one from a couple of weeks ago (I’m not a huge Layla fan, sorry). Lots of nearfalls and athletic maneuvers from all four women and it was an entertaining and competitive match. Apparently they’re setting up for a Paige/Marie feud which is fine by me since those two didn’t seem like that likely of a tag team to begin with. (B-)

The Backstage Interview Set

Briley Pierce is standing by with NXT Champion Seth Rollins. He asks Rollins if Vickie Guerrero being in Heath Slater‘s corner tonight will distract him. Rollins says he was taught to respect his elders because they’re older and wiser but in Guerrero’s case she’s just “older” and “louder”. Rollins says Guerrero won’t factor in but he might need some ear plugs just in case. On the subject of Slater, Rollins says he’s enjoyed Slater’s 15 minutes of fame but his time was about to be up. Rollins then exited, leaving Pierce to just nod at the statement like an idiot.

Hype Video: Bronson is in action next!

*Commercial Break*

Bronson makes his way out to the ring for his next match, brass knuckles in his entrance video as well as on his hoodie. He must be tough! His opponent, Lincoln Brodrick, is already in the ring and he is looking impossibly jacked.

Match #4: Lincoln Brodrick Vs. Bronson

Bronson gets the early advantage and rolls around the ring with Brodrick in a front facelock. Bronson smashes Brodrick in the corner then hits a massive short-distance clothesline. Bronson trash talks him then goes for the pin. 2-count. Brodrick tries to mount some offense but Bronson takes him down with another clothesline. He transitions into a weird modified figure four leglock for the quick tap.

Winner [via Submission]: Bronson (1:05)

  • Squash match but impressive offense from Bronson. First time I’ve seen him wrestle and he’s got a gruff as hell look but a submission machine’s offense. Interesting mix. (N/A due to short length)

Kassius Ohno tears up the backstage area of NXT and throws the white towel at the camera.

WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is introduced to the NXT Arena. He makes his way out in a suit, with the U.S. Title belt and a man purse as accessories. Cesaro gets into the ring and demands a mic. Cesaro says as the U.S. Champion, he is the champion of each and every one in the audience. Cesaro says from the way he looks to the way he dominates in the ring, he takes the U.S. Championship to a level no American could ever reach. Cesaro asks the NXT crowd to rise for the National Anthem. He a few more times and people start finally standing. Cesaro then asks the sound guy to “please play the National Anthem…of Switzerland!” to a chorus of boos.

Instead the music of Tyson Kidd plays and out he comes. Kidd insults Cesaro’s “man purse” and says that’s a no no in America. Cesaro freaks out and says it’s not a purse, ripping that and his sportcoat off. Kidd gets into the ring and demands a shot at the U.S. Championship. Cesaro yells at him in German. Kidd says Cesaro can speak five different languages but he has something that’s universal in every language. He then proceeds to slap Cesaro. Cesaro tries to clothesline him but Kidd ducks and dropkicks him out of the ring. Cesaro rips off his shirt in anger as Kidd tries to bait him back into the ring. Cesaro raises the belt instead and says he decides what he does.

  • Thoughts: Man Tyson Kidd is super over with the NXT fans. I wish more of them went to Raw and Smackdown on a regular basis. I’ve seen Cesaro/Kidd many times already but the possibility of seeing them go at it in NXT, where they’ll be given more time and more leeway, is a mouth-watering proposition. Either way good tease for a future match and excellent mic work from Cesaro as always even if the whole “National Anthem” bit was a bit on the cheesy side.

Heath Slater is getting last minute advice from Vickie Guerrero backstage for his match against Rollins, which is up next!

*Commercial Break*

Raw Rebound: AJ Lee steps down as GM of the show due to allegations of “fraternizing” with a WWE superstar. The sob story about her life growing up is included. Vince McMahon introduces Vickie Guerrero as “Executive Supervisor” of the show. Guerrero says Lee had an “affair” with said superstar. Catfight ensues. Later on Lee tells John Cena that her “affair” is with him. Cena talks to McMahon and then Guerrero about the situation.

“EXCUUUUUUSE ME!”

Vickie Guerrero makes her way out to the NXT Arena shrieking and hollering. She introduces her charge for the night, Heath Slater. She calls him the “future of NXT” which, um, yeah that’s not true. Jim Ross has joined William Regal at the announce table, replacing Tony Luftman. NXT Champion Seth Rollins moshes his way out to the stage next.

Main Event: [NXT Champion] Seth Rollins Vs. Heath Slater (w/ Vickie Guerrero) in a non-title match.

Slater sends Rollins down with a shoulder block and instantly celebrates his accomplishment. Regal calls Slater a “silly Ginger git”. After a couple of reversals from both men, Slater takes Rollins down with an armdrag and once again celebrates. Slater sends Rollins into the corner and he floats over the One Man Band to start taking offense of his own. Rollins lays into Slater and catches an attempted kick. Slater grabs the ropes to break the hold as Guerrero yells at him to “get him”. Rollins knocks Slater down with a shoulder block and takes him down with an armdrag. Rollins ducks a clothesline and dropkicks Slater out to the floor. Rollins goes for a high flying move but stops himself when Slater moves out of the way. Slater and Guerrero argue, allowing Rollins to hit a baseball slide. Rollins goes to the second turnbuckle and stares Slater down. Guerrero continues to yell at Slater as we go to commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Rollins has Slater in a half-Boston crab as we come back from break. Rollins drags him back to the center of the ring when Slater gets close to the ropes. Slater finally gets to the ropes to force the rope break. Rollins faceplants Slater and goes for the pin. 2-count. Rollins chops Slater in the corner. Slater reverses an Irish whip and catches Rollins on the attempted float over sending him into the ropes. He kicks him back in and goes for the pin. 2-count. Slater chokes Rollins in the corner until the ref forces him off. Slater does his air guitar routine then connects with a bodyslam.

Slater locks Rollins in a chinlock on the mat to wear the champion down. Rollins fights to his feet and escapes the hold. Slater reverses an Irish whip and hits an Axe kick out of nowhere for a 2-count. Slater does a little gyrating then drops the knee for another 2-count. Another chinlock by Slater on the mat to wear Rollins down. A “Let’s go Seth!” chant breaks out. Slater moves to a series of strikes to Rollins’ kidneys and back before reapplying the hold. Rollins fights out but he and Slater both attempt a flying cross body colliding in a mid-air and knocking both men to the mat.

Both men get to their feet and trade rights. Rollins ducks a punch and hits a running kick followed by a clothesline. Slater backdrops Rollins to the apron but Rollins hits a head kick. He then back drops Slater to the floor. Rollins gets in, gets a full head of steam, then dives through the second rope and connects with a suicide dive. Rollins rolls him back in and hits a springboard knee smash. Rollins goes for the pin. 2-count.

Rollins goes to the top rope and argues with Guerrero. Slater rushes in but Rollins jumps over. But Slater catches him with a modified neckbreaker and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT. Slater stays on the attack with a series of strikes. Slater goes for a power bomb but Rollins slips out and hits a flying kick followed by the standing Sliced Bread #2 for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Seth Rollins (12:52)

  • A good television main event that was far more competitive than I expected to be honest. Slater/Guerrero working as a duo seemed a little weird given current WWE storylines but that wasn’t the fault of the show itself. Rollins makes a damn good NXT Champion and is fun to watch in the ring, and Slater showed that he is more than just air guitars. Very enjoyable stuff here. (B)

Seth Rollins celebrates with his NXT Championship as we see a replay of the match finish. Vickie Guerrero argues with Heath Slater up the ramp and to the back. Rollins twirls the championship around the ring then raises it in the air. Ross pimps next week’s show, including the debut of Roman Reigns and the U.S. Title match between Cesaro/Kidd, as we fade to logo with Rollins celebrating with the ringside fans.

Overall Show Grade: B

  • Another enjoyable week of NXT and what it lacks in multiple storylines it makes up for in action. Fun stuff top to bottom, with the Ohno/Steamboat feud continuing and the Paige/Audrey Marie feud brewing. With its short time frame some guys weren’t featured (namely Leo Kruger and Big E Langston) but those are the concessions you make for a one hour show. The Rollins/Slater main event was pretty damn good and the promise of a Cesaro/Kidd match for next week’s show is getting me all giddy inside. And I even liked this Luftman guy; his voice reminds me of Scott Stanford’s which is either awesome or heartbreaking depending on your view. Overall, good show with good action even if it lacks in the storytelling side of things.

NXT is put up on Hulu Plus every Thursday.

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