[TV Recap] NXT – 11/21/2012

NXT Recap

This week on NXT, Camacho tries to collect the 50,000 dollar bounty on Big E Langston‘s head, Paige takes it to WWE Diva Alicia FoxBronson continues to be a wrecking ball, and in the main event Trent Barreta takes on Kassius Ohno…or does he?

Click “read more” for a full recap of the show. (Note: the full recaps will be moving to Lords of Evolution starting next week, so my weekly NXT coverage on this site will move to a quicker “review” style starting then).

*****

Backstage Interview: We see footage from “earlier today” where backstage interview Tom Phillips (the former Tom Hannifan) approaches Kassius Ohno. He mispronounces Kassius’ name, because that’s the running gag now. He asks Ohno about his main event match against Trent Barreta tonight, noting the two have wrestled twice over the past two weeks and each man has one win, making this the “rubber match” of the feud. Ohno stops him mid-question, and says that Barreta only “beat” him because of the interference of Richie Steamboat and says that maybe he should give Barreta the “Steamboat treatment” and end his career. Ohno then says he’s having a premonition: Barreta is going to find out how dangerous, cruel, and unusual he is and how he can manipulate any situation. Ohno says Barreta is going to feel more pain than he’s ever felt in his life and will never be the same. He shoves the announcer and walks away.

  • Thoughts: Solid opening vignette/mic work from Ohno although I do hope they drop the “everyone pronounces my name wrong” part of the gimmick sooner rather than later. Also his glasses have no lenses. As a man who legitimately has four eyes, I’m offended (not really)!

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NXT intro video-

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We cut to the NXT Arena as Tony Dawson (formerly Tony Luftman, so I guess everyone is getting a name change) and Jim Ross welcome the home audience. Alicia Fox makes her way out for the first match of the show. Her opponent, Paige, makes her way out next. Dawson talks about how Fox is here to prove to Paige that she isn’t “ready” to compete at the WWE-level.

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Match #1: Paige Vs. Alicia Fox

They lock up. Fox backs Paige into the ropes, teases a clean break, then elbows her. Paige quickly fights back and sends her into the ropes. Paige connects with an armbar takedown and follows it up with a dropkick. Fox begs off into the corner, and Paige goes for a monkey flip. Fox lands on her feet and she gloats about it. Fox calls for a “time out” for no reason, then traps Paige in a waistlock. Paige spins around and Fox awkwardly slams her down. Fox follows it up with a legdrop, then sends Paige face-first into a couple of top turnbuckles. Fox hits a bridging suplex and goes for the pin. 2-count.

Fox knees the seated Paige in the back, then locks her in “The Hangover”, a submission move where Fox pulls the arms behind the back and digs her feet into her back. Fox breaks the hold, then smacks Paige in the ass and slams her face-first into the mat. Fox goes for the pin. 2-count. Paige rolls her up out of nowhere for a 2-count of her own. Fox responds by grabbing Paige by the hair and throwing her to the mat. Paige fights back with a couple of rights to the midsection but Fox connects with a forearm to slow her down. Fox attempts an Irish whip but Paige hangs on and kicks her in the gut. Fox goes for a tilt-a-whirl bodyslam but Paige reverses into a pinning combination for a 2-count.

Paige is now in control of the match and sends Fox into the corner. Fox moves from the splash and hits a sunset flip for a 2-count. Paige then connects with the Paige-Turner out of nowhere for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Paige (4:52)

  • A solid Divas match to open the show despite a couple of screw-ups and awkward moves (nothing that would detract). Paige continues to impress; can’t wait for her to debut on WWE television. The Divas division could use a breath of fresh air. (B-)

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NXT Hype: “Ohno/Barreta III” main event; Big E Langston takes on Camacho next.

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-Commercial Break-

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Camacho makes his way out for the second contest of the show. We see clips from Camacho’s attack on Langston last week. Ross calls it a “drive-by”. His opponent Big E Langston makes his way out next, chalk ritual and all. The “Five” chant starts up immediately.

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Match #2: Big E Langston Vs. Camacho

Camacho tries to punch him, but Langston grabs both of his arms and connects with a series of headbutts. Langston drives his right hand into Camacho’s abdomen a series of times. Camacho fights back with a headbutt and a couple of kicks. Camacho locks on a front headlock, but Langston powers him into the corner. Langston connects with a series of shoulderblocks into the midsection, ending with a running shoulderblock. Langston sends Camacho back into the corner, but Camacho blocks a splash. Camacho then comes off the second rope with an axhandle.

Camacho slaps Langston, and Langston gets angry and knocks him down. Langston hits the ropes and knocks him down once again. Langston lowers his singlet and signals for his finisher. Langston connects with it for the 1…2…3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Big E Langston (2:05)

  • The usual Langston squash. Not much to write about other than Camacho got more offense than others have in the past. (C)

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Post-Match: Langston yells at the ref for not counting to, you guessed it, “five”. A “one more time” chant breaks out. Langston obliges and hits his finisher once again, pinning him for a self-administered five-count. Langston exits to the apron, but decides to get back into the ring and connects with his finisher on Camacho for a third time, counting to five once more.

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Backstage: We cut to the backstage area where two referees and a trainer are checking on a fallen Trent Barreta. The camera zooms out and see Leo Kruger hiding behind a wall, smiling and stroking his hair.

  • Thoughts: Oh Kruger, you so cray.

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-Commercial Break-

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Backstage: Tom Phillips reports that Trent Barreta had not been cleared to wrestle and could be out of tonight’s main event. We see Barreta sitting behind him being worked on by the trainer.

  • Thoughts: I wonder what will happen…and by “wonder” I mean “I know” because the Hulu Plus description spoiled it for me. Damn you!

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Bronson makes his way out for the third match of this week’s show. Hell yeah. His opponent, Nick Rogers, is already in the ring.

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Match #3: Nick Rogers Vs. Bronson

Bronson charges right in and backs Rogers into the corner. He kicks him in the gut and chops his back. Rogers tries to fight back but Bronson feels nothing and levels him in the corner with a series of forearm smashes. Bronson rides Rogers’ left knee to the ground and continues to work it over. Bronson applies a chinlock and connects with a forearm smash over the bridge of the nose. Bronson continues working over Rogers’ knee, stopping for a bit to punch him. Rogers tries to fight back, but Bronson sends Rogers to the mat. Bronson locks on the “Death Wish IV” for the quick tap-out.

Winner [via Submission]: Bronson (1:51)

  • Bronson looks and acts like a goddamn wrecking machine and while I dig his limb-based offense and MMA style, I could see that being boring to some who watch. It’s not a showy offense. The Death Wish IV is an excellent submission hold though; looks like it hurts like hell. (C)

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Post-Match: Bronson keeps the hold lock on for an extended period of time before the ref forces him off. He then screams a lot and poses crucifixion style with his head and thumbs down. It’s kind of cheesy.

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NXT Hype: Ohno/Barreta III still advertised, but Dawson brings up the uncertainty of the match still happening.

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-Commercial Break-

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Mike Dalton makes his way out for the next match as Ross hypes up the fact he was trained by Lance Storm in Calgary. Bray Wyatt makes his way out next, mic in hand. Wyatt says everyone is afraid of him and calls Dalton “little lamb”. He yells “FEAR ME LITTLE LAMB!”. Wyatt says tonight he gives Dalton’s life purpose and make him famous. He sits down on a rocking chair that’s placed on the entrance stage. Out comes his “family member” Luke Harper makes his way out to face Dalton.

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Match #4: Mike Dalton Vs. Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt)

Dalton tries to use his speed to gain the early advantage but runs right into an uppercut punch from Harper. Harper grabs Dalton by the face and drags him across the ring. Harper kicks Dalton in the corner, then drops him to his knees with a forearm to the back. Dalton kicks Harper but gets caught with a forearm smash. Harper sends Dalton into the ropes and connects with a back elbow. Harper rips at Dalton’s face until the ref forces him off, then chokes Dalton on the middle rope.

Harper drops Dalton with another forearm then applies a front chinlock. Harper sends Dalton into the corner and connects with a clothesline. He whips him in again and connects with a back elbow. Harper drops Dalton with a massive clothesline, then makes eye contact with Wyatt for approval. Dalton tries for a tornado DDT on the second turnbuckle but Harper throws him off. Harper finishes Dalton off with the tilt-a-whirl sidewalk slam for the 1…2…3, staring at Wyatt the entire time.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Luke Harper (2:42)

  • The match itself wasn’t much to write home about, although Dalton was good at selling Harper’s offense, but the interaction between Harper and Wyatt was fascinating. Harper looks crazy and his whole need to stare at Wyatt for approval during the match was a bit unnerving. Interesting stuff. (C)

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Post-Match: Harper kneels in front of Wyatt, who goes into a sermon. He says that he’s the eater of worlds and tells people to watch out for when he decides it’s time to start hurting people. Wyatt walks off and Harper follows.

  • Thoughts: Is Wyatt supposed to be the reincarnated Jesus or the reincarnated Satan? Either way I’m loving these religious allusions strewn about in his promos.

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Backstage: We see another “earlier today” clip of Tom Phillips briefing NXT Champion Seth Rollins about their upcoming interview. The small talk is interrupted by Jinder Mahal, who attacks Rollins from behind. The two brawl as referees try to separate the two. Three referees hold Rollins back as he calls Mahal a coward.

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Next on NXT: Ohno/Barreta III…maybe.

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-Commercial Break-

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RAW Rebound: Paul Heyman and CM Punk try to celebrate Punk’s 365th day as WWE Champion. Ryback tries to interrupt but gets beaten up by the NX3 (Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns) and put through a table. Punk teases being confused, then puts his foot on Ryback and stands tall.

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Kassius Ohno makes his way out for the main event. Ross talks about how the WWE hierarchy has “high expectations” for him. Ohno grabs a mic and says his opponent tonight is Trent Barreta. Ohno says he’s never been more ready to tear someone to pieces, but asks “Where’s Trent?”. Ohno says Barreta had a “mishap” backstage and now he’s left without an opponent. Ohno asks the ref to ring the bell, count to ten, then raise his hand in victory.

“American Dream” hits and out comes NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes says he knows Ohno manipulated what happened with Barreta and will have to answer to him about that. Rhodes says he’s found someone to face Ohno. The music hits and out comes Richie Steamboat. Steamboat shakes hands with Rhodes, then heads to the ring.

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Main Event: Richie Steamboat Vs. Kassius Ohno

Steamboat immediately takes Ohno down and starts laying into him with a series of rights. Steamboat throws Ohno face-first into the turnbuckle and chops him. Ohno hides between the ropes so the ref gets Steamboat off of him but this doesn’t last long. Ohno gets a knee in and gains a little advantage, but gets caught with a crossbody for a 2-count. Steamboat sends Ohno back into the top turnbuckle and karate chops him. Steamboat goes for another cover. 2-count. Steamboat gets the corner mount and starts hitting rights until Ohno slides out from under him. Ohno goes for a kick but Steamboat catches it and delivers a chop. Ohno reverses an Irish whip and attempts a backdrop but Steamboat grabs him. He throws Ohno over the top, but Ohno skins the cat and gets back in. Steamboat immediately throws him outside again, this time to the floor, then follows up with a top rope crossbody. Steamboat stands over the fallen Ohno as we go to commercial.

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Steamboat has Ohno in a combo chinlock/armlock as we come back from break. Ohno gets to the ropes, forcing Steamboat to break the hold. Ohno bails to the apron. Steamboat goes to the apron as well and gets pushed into the ringpost. Ohno tosses him back in and hits a running basement dropkick. Ohno goes for the pin. 2-count. Steamboat rolls to the apron and Ohno catches him with a right hook. Ohno pulls him back in and puts the boots to him before attempting another pinfall. 2-count once more. Ohno applies a cravate to wear his opponent down. They get to their feet and Ohno takes him back down with a snapmare. Steamboat rolls out and grabs Ohno’s legs, but Ohno sends him flying into the corner. Ohno continues the assault, then rolls to the outside to gloat to the audience.

Ohno gets back in and Steamboat catches him with a chop. Ohno easily fights back and sends him face-first into the top turnbuckle. Ohno goes for the pin. 2-count. Ohno tries for another pinfall and gets yet another 2-count. Ohno kicks at Steamboat then connects with a back suplex and goes for another pin. 1…2…kick out. Ohno reapplies the cravate. They get to their feet, and Ohno backs Steamboat into the ropes. Ohno connects with a knee followed by a chop. Ohno whips Steamboat into the ropes, and Steamboat hits a sunset flip for a 2-count. Ohno tries for another back suplex but Steamboat counters into a pinfall attempt. Ohno catches Steamboat in a cravate and executes a cravate-plex for the 1…2…KICK OUT.

Steamboat retreats to the corner and Ohno takes off his arm sleeve. He runs in but Steamboat catches him with a strike. Steamboat mounts a comeback, connecting with a back bodydrop followed by a double chop. Steamboat whips Ohno into the ropes and connects with a clothesline. Steamboat goes for a splash in the corner but gets back dropped to the apron. Steamboat goes to the top, but Ohno catches him with a headbutt to the sternum on his way down. Ohno hits a running elbow in the corner, but Steamboat rolls him up for a 2-count. Ohno attempts the rolling elbow, but Steamboat ducks and hits the Sling Blade for the 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Richie Steamboat (12:01)

  • Having missed the boat on seeing them wrestle one another the first time, I had high hopes going into this contest. And while it was certainly a good match I think the power of high expectations caused me to feel sort of flat on it by the end. There was nothing really wrong with it, both Ohno and Steamboat had some good offensive showcases and the match itself flowed well, it just didn’t do a lot for me in the end. I also didn’t feel like the commentators did a good job hyping Steamboat’s return; he’s been gone nearly a month and when he was announced, Dawson and Ross was more like “…woo” than “OMG STEAMBOAT’S BACK!” so that sort of took the wind out of the reveal’s sails (that and Hulu Plus already spoiled the damn thing). The Steamboat/Ohno feud has been on the backburner for so long that any heat it had going for it was already long gone so the drama just wasn’t there. That’s a damn shame. Although I will admit: the foreshadowing by Ohno during the opening promo of the show was pretty damn clever and subtle. (B-)

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Post-Match: Steamboat celebrates his win with the front row fans as Ross hypes up next week’s show by announcing that WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No will be in action. Fade to logo.

*****

Overall Show Grade: C

  • This was another “build” week for NXT that spent its time focusing on the big storylines (Rollins/Mahal, Langston) while beginning a new one (Barreta/Kruger). While it was good on that end, with the added bonus of Bronson and Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper, the in-ring action felt really lacking since they were mostly just squash matches except for the Divas match and the main event. The Steamboat return was also handled in a very lackluster manner, with no one seeming all that enthused about it and his rivalry with Ohno not played up as well as it should’ve been. A blah week for NXT but still an entertaining one in spots. I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end once the payoffs to these stories happen.

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