Did you know all this past week on nxt.wwe.com the polls were open because someone is being eliminated tonight? We had no thread about it. Did you vote? I remembered to this afternoon and voted for Kaitlyn out of habit. Last week, The W registered a record four votes. Was I the only vote this week?
Before we make the rain fall, a caveat: WWE's servers suck. The show was borderline unwatchable for me on nxt.wwe.com, and not for content reasons. The video feed froze consistently during the actual show (curiously, it worked fine during the commercial breaks). The matches and elimination segments were pretty much just a series of still photographs for me, so I went mainly by the audio and pieced together what happened based on what was said and what I was shown. Apologies for any lapses or if the quality of the recap dips this week.
Speaking of quality dipping, NXT3 itself is lurching along to the finale. The show seems tired and everyone involved is itching to get it over with. It felt that way last week and this week was even more lethargic and indifferent. Striker seemed absent-minded and distracted (a lot of that were Cole and Josh doing their best to distract him via his earpiece). Cole and Josh are pretty much on autopilot and coasting on past laurels.
What's more, there are no storylines left besides Who Will Win NXT? Everything has been wrapped up or dropped. Goldust and Aksana are done, presumably already divorced as quickly as they were married and Aksana was allowed to stay in the USA USA USA kisskisskiss. Kaitlyn and Vickie is now a non-issue. AJ and Primo never went anywhere and it's been two weeks. Maxine's been gone forever and with her went Hornswoggle. All we have left is the competition, such as it is, though the final minutes and the elimination woke up this sleepy show with a real shock that I never saw coming (BANG!) (Copyright Diamond Dallas Page, 1997-2001)
Anyway, welcome to the penultimate NXT3! The rain falls for the second to last time, or as Cole put it, "Two weeks until we end this thing! Welcome to the Resistance!"
Matt Striker welcomes our three remaining NXT Rookie Divas to the ring, and goody, they've got airhorns. Cole rips on Josh that "Gordon Solie is back tonight to call NXT!" The difference between the Dean of Wrestling Announcers and The Voice of WWE is that Solie would have called NXT while liberally drinking from a thermos of "The Elixer" (OJ and vodka, also known as screwdrivers). Lord, imagine Cole and Josh calling this show with The Elixer! (I'd like to not have to imagine it.)
Anyway, for the 177th variation of this sort of contest this season, the Elimination Challenge for the Rookie Divas is playing WWE Trivia. As usual, the Divas don't listen and constantly fuck around with blowing the airhorns. Couple the airhorns going off with Cole and Josh goofing on Striker via his headset and Striker can't keep this train on the tracks the entire segment. (I did enjoy Cole yelling at Striker from the announce table to keep the segment moving.)
Here we go. Which of these Divas is a lifelong fan of wrestling, actually watches and memorizes the product, and which... don't? The answers will surprise no one, nor will the answers to any of these lowball questions.
First round: All Things NXT: (Worth 100 points each.)
Who won season one of NXT?
Naomi: Wade Barrett
Who were the first female NXT Pros?
What was the name of the immigration officer who wanted Aksana deported?
AJ: (Nick) Dickopopoulos
Who was Daniel Bryan's Pro?
AJ: The Miz (boos for the new WWE Champion. If any children in the audience went into a psychotic scowl, the cameras never panned the crowd to see.)
Second round: All Things WWE: (Worth 200 points each)
All things WWE
Which arena was the first WrestleMania held in?
AJ: Madison Square Garden
At this point, Cole and Josh are completely distracting Striker by playing a game on their iPad.
Who defeated Shawn Michaels and ended his career?
Which WWE Hall of Famer reigned as Women's Champion for 27 years?
AJ: Fabulous Moolah
What is the WWE's annual holiday visit to... (Striker never even got to finish the question.)
AJ: Tribute to the Troops
Which WWE Superstar is known as The Game?
AJ: Triple H
And that was it, as Striker says his producers say that's the last question. Thanks for coming, Kaitlyn and Naomi. Do we need yet another trivia contest to establish AJ is a Superfan and the others are not? (Turns out, no, we won't.)
AJ 1300 Naomi 100 Kaitlyn 0
AJ is victorious and gets - nothing - because there's no Immunity. Thanks for playing! Kaitlyn is told to stay in the ring before the commercial break because she's got a match up next.
Kaitlyn vs. Nikki Bella In An Absolutely Asstastic Match. Kaitlyn looks really nervous as the Bellas make their ring entrance, trying to put her trucker's cap on Vickie's head on the apron. I forget where we are in terms of the Kaitlyn-Vickie-Dolph storyline at this point, but it's irrelevant here. If I recall properly though, Vickie and Kaitlyn are 1-1 against each other. Maybe a rubber match next week if Kaitlyn survives elimination? Meanwhile, Nikki and Brie are both wearing white lace with incredibly shrunken bottoms. It's as if David Otunga threw their bottoms in the dryer with his trunks, and then mixed in Kaitlyn's whole outfit in there for good measure. A "Nikki Sucks!" chant breaks out during the match and after, but no, she doesn't. Nikki Bella worked over Kaitlyn's knee like an Anderson! Nikki dominated Kaitlyn, who merely got a couple of elbows fighting out of the corner and a couple of her decapitating clotheslines. Otherwise, it was all Nikki. She didn't even need Twin Magic. Nikki hits the X-Factor/Torrie Wilson Nosejob/Wendi Wheels Blowout and gets the clean one-two-three right in the center of the ring. Vickie only half-heartedly yells at Kaitlyn as another "Nikki Sucks!" chant starts up.
Naomi vs. AJ in A Match Between The FCW Divas Champion and The Queen of FCW. Ring entrances for both Rookies as Kelly Kelly accompanies Naomi, whose ass looks more horizontal than usual. As AJ and Primo come to the ring, Cole and Josh speculate on accepting the Razzie for NXT3. Where do I start with how unlikely that one is? I guess I'll start and stop by pointing out that Razzies are only given out for theatrically released movies. Josh does point out that the submission finish AJ used last week on Aksana is a variation of the Octopus invented by Antonio Inoki. Josh also throws in some speculation of the relationship between AJ and Primo - i.e. a storyline that will have no ending or even a continuation. As the announcers banter, the producer at Gorilla fed the wrong line to Cole that should have gone to Josh FOR mocking Cole. Meanwhile, what's that weird sound? Why, it's the sound of the crowd into the match! On NXT3! And soon Cole and Josh start paying attention and are into it as well. Again, I could only see snippets thanks to the shitty feed, but I did see Naomi slam AJ off the top rope. Naomi executes a Bow and arrow! AJ lit up the whole arena with a Tilt a whirl into a DDT. AJ kicks out of a spinning heel kick. Finally, AJ slaps on the Octopus and gets the submission, which Cole calls in JR style thusly: "The Octopus! The Octopus! The Octopus! The Octopus! The Octopus! The Octopus! Tap out! Tap out! Tap out! Tap out!" Josh: "Over the top!" The match sounded great. Too fucking bad I didn't get to actually, you know, watch it. Naomi and AJ hug at its conclusion.
The second Elimination Challenge is Last Sumo Standing. There's a circle drawn in the ring as Striker re-introduces the Rookies wearing sumo suits. Cole calls them "Chimel suits" and throws in a "YOU SUCK, CHIMEL!" for shits and giggles. Kaitlyn rolls down the aisle in her sumo Chimel suit. Oh, that Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn equals Komedy. (When is the Kaitlyn Komedy Klassic?) Because of rampant accusations of racism on these NXT3 threads, I will not make a Fat Albert joke about Naomi, though I will say her ass actually looks smaller in the Chimel suit. Because AJ won the first challenge, she sits out the first round and Kaitlyn takes on Naomi. Kaitlyn beats Naomi quickly, mainly by using Naomi's momentum so she bounces off of Kaitlyn out of the circle.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ in round two is like the 60 Minute Iron Man of sumo suit matches. Kaitlyn opens with provocatively hugging AJ, then spends most of the round on the ground as AJ tries to smother her, yet can't get her out of the circle. Kaitlyn lost her helmet during the fracas, and then takes for-fucking-ever to put it back on when the match is stopped and restarted. This time, the outcome is different and much quicker as Kaitlyn powers AJ out of the circle to Victory. Josh says it's "Better than a gravy bowl match." In what way? I strenuously disagree with Mr. Mathews on that one. Not amused at all is Cole, who accurately breaks down how absolutely pointless that segment was with no Immunity at stake. And it was boring too. Big Show vs. Akebono boring, without the comedy of seeing Show's bare ass in a thong.
Commercial break. Hey, remember when The Miz cashed in Money in the Bank and became WWE Champion? Oh, you didn't hear about that? It was neat. Or... awesome.
Striker is backstage with all three Rookie Divas to get their thoughts on who should be eliminated. AJ wants Naomi to go home and points out that she never got to wrestle Kaitlyn, so maybe next week. Kaitlyn says Aksana (Komedy!) and then picks Naomi. As for a match with AJ, maybe it can start with the Robot handshake? Naomi goes for the jugular: "AJ, nothing's gonna happen in a match with you and Kaitlyn because Kaitlyn can't wrestle!" Well, sure, if wrestling is all that's important to you, vote Naomi. (Don't vote Naomi.)
The Pros get off their high chairs and huddle up for the upcoming elimination as we go to the final commercial break.
Back at ringside, Striker has Naomi, Kaitlyn and AJ at ringside for that dreaded WWE Draft Lottery on the Titan Tron. And... HOLY FUCKING SHIT ON TOAST! AJ IS ELIMINATED! AJ?! Did they misspell Naomi somehow, forget the N-M-I and made the O into a J? No, that's AJ's picture with the big red X on it! AJ?! Boos fall like rain from the live crowd, the first time this whole season the live audience reacts audibly to an elimination.
Continuing the NXT tradition, AJ cut an emotional, dynamite farewell promo that she would have been a Diva to represent everyone and we haven't seen the last of her. (We likely won't.) But still, it's very emotional because AJ pretty much was everyone's secret pick for The One Who'll Probably Win NXT even if they were voting for someone else. Kaitlyn and AJ tearfully hug it out and as AJ walks up the ramp, even Naomi and Kaitlyn hug it out, knowing one of them will be The Next Breakout WWE Diva.
So what happened? Did the WWE Universe take AJ making it to the end for granted and not vote for her? Is she a victim of the Cult of Kaitlyn? Were people really THAT pissed at AJ for not accepting Xbox Live friend requests?
And now we won't get the AJ vs. Kaitlyn Megapowers Explode! match at all next week.
So it comes down to Kaitlyn, who can't wrestle but almost everyone likes vs. Naomi, who can wrestle but a lot of people don't like or are indifferent about. Who Will Be The Next Breakout WWE Diva? Next week, we'll know it all.
Don't forget to vote!
(edited by John Orquiola on 24.11.10 1013) @BackoftheHead
Originally posted by John OrquiolaStriker is backstage with all three Rookie Divas to get their thoughts on who should be eliminated. AJ wants Naomi home and points out that she never got to wrestle Kaitlyn, so maybe next week. Kaitlyn says Aksana (Komedy!) and then picks Naomi.
By noting that they hadn't wrestled each other yet, AJ and Kaitlyn unwittingly started booking this show better than the actual people booking this show. I guess they, too, thought that Naomi's elimination was in the bag?
I voted for Naomi last week, but knew better than to try to start a thread! I'll vote for her tomorrow, too - she needs a win more than Kaitlyn does.
Was this the first week we saw Naomi's legs not covered by some shade of unnatural iridescence?
Given your hearing should have been heightened with no picture, I'm surprise that you failed to note BOTH of tonight's allusions - one to Johnny Ace and one to Billy Kidman. The Kidman one was obvious - Cole saying something about getting a shooting star press - but the Laurinaitis one was veiled behind two levels of obscurity (fortunately Josh made sure we all figured it out by calling a lot of attention to the guy who taught Cole how to enter the ring earlier today).
Cole really got mopey and overly silent in the middle of the show - I think he FINALLY got told over the headset that he was going overboard with the shtick.
Before that, though, my favourite moment was between rounds of WWE Trivia when Striker was clearly waiting for the commentators to say something, they said nothing, second after interminable second of silence passed by and FINALLY Cole yelled at him to get a movealong as "it's only an hour log show!" (And even given THAT....tonight's show, despite containing about 20 minutes' worth of recaps and "Knucklehead" promos, nonetheless ended promptly at 11 minutes to the top of the hour.)
Oh, and there was also a GLH reference from Cole that really came outta nowhere.
That's all I care to remember. I think we've all learned that this show is best forgotten, not recalled.
Did Vince/HHH get a case of the jungle fever or something? Naomi has been the least over since at least Maxine left yet she sticks around. The whole point of having the pros vote count for half so even if the CRZ's of the world are actually voting for Ms Boring due to severe brain damage or whatever you can still eliminate her. WWE gave up on actual wrestling, especially for the women, long ago so there's really no reason not to rig it so she's gone.
Very shocked at this, while I'm Team K8LN I always admitted AJ was probably the best one to win this.
Yeah, the show has really gone in the shitter from entertaining bad to just kinda bad- they're not even trying for glorious trainwreck. I was kinda surprised this week to not see a test pattern. The fact there's only 2 replies to this thread (incl this one) makes it seem like we've maybe given up on it too. Cole accidentally called it season 4 which we all know is less likely than a Paris Hilton sophomore album.
Nadomi/AJ was pretty decent NXT match, Nikki/Kaitlyn was pretty boring and one-sided for Evil Bella.
Not having immunity was really dumb too. The fans already voted, there's no prize so what was the point to all these contests? One of them won't be around to vote on next week and I think everyone's pretty much made their choice already.
Cole accidentally called it season 4 which we all know is less likely than a Paris Hilton sophomore album.
The Observer. reports. that as of right now. the plans. are for a fourth season of NXT. still on the internet. with men.
I don't know if I can keep going.
I'd like to say more about this show but the end was deflating and it wasn't that great to begin with except for some over the top things Cole and Josh did at the beginning and that part where they cracked up when the producer, outed as Johnny Ace, tried to feed Josh a line to burn Cole with but accidentally said it to Cole. Also "THE OCTOPUS. TAP. GO TO SLEEP. DO WHATEVER YOU DO."
I thought the elimination was kind of sad at the end but I reminded myself it's just NXT for heaven's sake, get it together, girls.
35 weeks of NXT3 and Striker's double entendres still don't make sense.
The one thing I'm going to miss the most from NXT3 when it ends and all its self-contained storylines turn into pumpkins (remember Laycool/Kaval?) is Nikki Bella as an absolute badass.
Another weird thing about last week: the folks at Avast apparently noticed the "free advertising"
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Originally posted by JustinShapiroThe Observer. reports. that as of right now. the plans. are for a fourth season of NXT. still on the internet. with men.
I don't know if I can keep going.
Me neither. I know I won't recap an all male season 4. All male?! I'm not into that.
Curious that NXT will continue on nxt.wwe.com and is supposed to continue using FCW people. Meanwhile Tough Enough will be on cable and will probably feature complete amateurs. The FCW people are getting screwed over. On the other hand, apparently Tough Enough is only for a WWE contract and not for any prize money, so no grand payoff for a winner who flames out quickly, a la Daniel (Who?) Puder.
Originally posted by MossDid Vince/HHH get a case of the jungle fever or something? Naomi has been the least over since at least Maxine left yet she sticks around. The whole point of having the pros vote count for half so even if the CRZ's of the world are actually voting for Ms Boring due to severe brain damage or whatever you can still eliminate her.
I'm the first to admit that when Kelly Kelly, The Bellas, Kaitlyn, or AJ aren't on screen, I can zone out during this show pretty bad. That said, when was the last time that the WWE said that votes on their website actually mattered at all?
I'm think the voting is just to give them an idea who's got the most fans.
Really, it doesn't matter who goes home. They'll take whoever they want to take for the female member of the Nexus and they'll give a spot or two to others that they liked.
Sing this special song. It's just for you. Remember how the TUF season 4 was the comeback? They should steal that and have season 4 of NXT comprised of former WWF/WCW midcarders/jobbers. Disqo, Lodi, Vance Archer, D' Lo, Bull Buchanon, Knuckleball Schwartz... only on wwe.com!
I like the Bellas subtly hitting on Bryan by busting out submissions. I anxiously await a Peruvian Necktie or Cattle Mutilation.
Poor AJ. Should've accepted those friend requests.
I think it's cyclical but not for the reasons that the McMahon's spew. The business gets hot and the people in charge become very short sighted. The think it's always going to be this hot and don't prepare for the future.