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#41 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by CRZ

    Originally posted by MonteCarl
    I think a lot of this is the Pros throwing their rookies "shoot" assignments. I bet Bryan didn't know he was going to have to open the show with an introductory promo until Miz sent him out there. Barrett probably didn't know Jericho was going to ask him to introduce him, then interrupt him in the middle like he did. Basically, throwing the guys to the wolves, to to speak, to see how they handle it live in front of 15,000 people. Sink or swim and see who can make it.
I concur!


This is also probably the smartest way to do it. I was mainly worried that it would be totally filled with heavily scripted "shoot" promos and backstage segments that came off as unnatural and horrible, but it worked out okay. I guess the Cole heel activities kind of counts as scripted and unnatural, but it gives a chance for Josh Matthews to get one over on someone, which is a rare occurrence, and i like bantering commentators.

    Originally posted by JR's Twitter

    Enjoyed NXT..thought the announcing had an interesting edge. Adding some sizzle & attitude to commentary nice, new element.


I concur to an extent!



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#42 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.43
    Originally posted by MonteCarl
    I think a lot of this is the Pros throwing their rookies "shoot" assignments. I bet Bryan didn't know he was going to have to open the show with an introductory promo until Miz sent him out there. Barrett probably didn't know Jericho was going to ask him to introduce him, then interrupt him in the middle like he did. Basically, throwing the guys to the wolves, to to speak, to see how they handle it live in front of 15,000 people. Sink or swim and see who can make it.
I absolutely got that vibe. When Striker showed up next to Wade Barrett mid-match, & asked what he was learning from watching Jericho in the match, Barrett was clearly clueless. That was a lot more sinking than swimming. No, sir -- he is not even close to Drew McIntyre. ;-)

I fervently hope their plan for Darren Young involves the ritual Straightedge head shaving. I hate that hair.

I wasn't as impressed with Daniel Bryan(son) as I'd expected to be, given all the internet love. There were some pathetic punches early on in the match. He runs funny. That dive through the ropes was *bad* to start with -- I couldn't tell whether he was looking for the top of the desk & didn't get enough distance, or the front. Either way, it was a bad takeoff on his part -- didn't leave Chris a lot of options to try to help him out much. (On the other hand, he did Hulk-up & carry on. That was good.) When Chris went for the finish, Daniel telegraphed getting flipped over, & then left his arm sticking out for Chris to step on. Yeah, I'm being kinda picky, but if we're going to include in his bio that he's a 10-year indie veteran, I think that's justified.
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#43 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.62
I was also surprised at how much smaller Bryan looked next to the WWE guys as opposed to what he looked like in ROH. I now will look at all of the ROH guys differently. I also thought of Desmond Wolfe. I am betting he thinks his gig at TNA is way better than being some NXT rookie.
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#44 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.44
    Originally posted by Deacon Jim
    I also thought of Desmond Wolfe. I am betting he thinks his gig at TNA is way better than being some NXT rookie.


They're probably destined to be compared like CM Punk and Samoa Joe for a while (slow and steady wins that race?). Wolfe seems to have a decent spot in TNA even after the booker change, but Daniel-san is doing about as well as possible after one night in -- a new show that he's basically the star of, a match with the world champion, a feud with the U.S. champion, and Vince apparently really liked what he did the first night. Not bad in a company that's very political, very size-based, and very hard on newcomers. Especially when I thought his best route would have to be to CM Punk it on ECW for two years, and most people thought he'd be lucky to reach Evan Bourne's level. (Then again, there were some times when it looked like Bourne was in the plans for a decent push too; first as Rey Mysterio's tag team partner and then later advertised in an unreleased commercial as the ECW champion right before he was moved to Raw.)

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#45 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.37
It's interesting hearing everyone go on about Daniel's height, seeing as he trained at the Shawn Micheals academy (I am by NO means saying he's the next HBK, it's just ironic).

IMO the least interesting guy of the rookies so far has to be Carlito's rookie, Micheal Tarver. He didn't stand out at all in promo, look, or ring skill compared to any of the others. His dad was more interesting than he was. Dude sparred with Mike Tyson!

Wade Barrett looked like a skeezy Vegas lounge singer. In a good way though.

Good show, and I'm glad the good hardcore name of Extreme Championship Wrestling can finally rest in peace.
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#46 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.53
    Originally posted by Deacon Jim
    I also thought of Desmond Wolfe. I am betting he thinks his gig at TNA is way better than being some NXT rookie.


After last night, I'd say he's probably thinking the opposite.
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#47 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by MonteCarl
      I think a lot of this is the Pros throwing their rookies "shoot" assignments. I bet Bryan didn't know he was going to have to open the show with an introductory promo until Miz sent him out there. Barrett probably didn't know Jericho was going to ask him to introduce him, then interrupt him in the middle like he did. Basically, throwing the guys to the wolves, to to speak, to see how they handle it live in front of 15,000 people. Sink or swim and see who can make it.
    I concur!


http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/articles/13639330/bryaninterview

This interview with Daniel Bryan seems to verify the "sink or swim" "shoot" aspects of NXT.



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#48 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.86
Here we go...

    Originally posted by Multichannel News (multichannel.com)
    WWE 'NXT' Pins Solid Debut For Syfy
    Hybrid Event/Reality Series Is Wrestling Outfit's Top Show On Network In Six Months
    Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 2/25/2010 7:51:00 AM

    The premiere of Syfy's WWE NXT grew the network's time slot rating by nearly a third.

    The hybrid live event/reality show, showcasing eight WWE Superstars mentoring eight rookies on the pro grappling circuit, pinned a 1.3 household rating and 1.7 million viewers during its Feb. 23 debut at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen data.

    That performance was 32% higher than Syfy's first-quarter delivery on Tuesdays in the 10 p.m. hour, according to network officials.

    From a demographic perspective, NXT notched a 73% gain among adults 18 to 34 (430,000), a 51% advance against persons 18 to 49 (787,000) and 35% improvement with adults 25 to 54 (767,000).

    This marked WWE's best performance among households and adults 18 to 49 on Syfy since Sept. 1, 2009.

    Moreover, the median age viewer of NXT was 35.2, nearly eight years below the 42.9 average for Syfy's Tuesday programming at 10 p.m. during the first-quarter to date.
Well, that 9/1/09 show was so significant we don't even have a thread on it. Is this a new baseline? Let's see if they go up - or down - from here.



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#49 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
09/01/09 appears to be the show where they hyped Undertaker/HBK (either as if it was going to happen again, or as if they were showing a replay of the match, depending on how gullible you were), and then showed a video package of the match. Or maybe it was the Sheamus/Goldust mask that was a draw?



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