I feel like the excitement over Tough Enough is causing some neglect for NXT.
The Yoshi/Lucky/Maryse/Ted love quadrangle is recapped. Maryse chooses NXT over Ted Dibiase
Power of the punch is up:
Byron Saxton: 649 Jacob Novak: 456 - "Wouldn't break the skin on a rice pudding" Darren Young: 469 - Maryse could do better, but she fears for her nails Connor O'Brien: 770 Titus O'Neill: 801 - Todd asks Matt if that is a record. "He can hear you if you yell real loud". Lucky Cannon: 0 - Disqualified.
William Regal "got 2017 when I hit it this afternoon."
I feel like Lucky would be more interesting if he just flicked or slapped the punchbag, and did similar half-arsed contempt-filled things with the other challenges. Instead he just does the same promo every time. Then Lucky challenges Yoshi Tatsu to a match in the main event for the attention of Maryse.
A trailer for That's What I Am airs. Randy Orton will "go to the papers if I have to". That's his only line in the trailer, it's more or less without context and you can't really tell what kind of character he's playing. He seems fairly out of place in a film about 8th graders though.
Titus & Hornswoggle and Chavo & Darren Young come out. Darren Young doesn't like Horny because this ring is for full-sized athletes, not pint-sized jokes.
Darren Young vs Titus O'Neill Regal: You know what my favourite sound in the world would be? Peeled Hornswoggle n a bag of salt [Long Pause] Grisham: I don't get it... Regal: You don't need to. Grisham: ...but it sounded funny Regal: Wasn't supposed to be. We also find out that Titus' arm thing is a reference to his fraternity. Then he beats Darren Young after Hornswoggle distraction. Titus celebrates, Darren Young beats him down from behind before turning his attention to Hornswoggle. Chavo tries to get him to relax and leave the leprechaun alone. Darren walks out with "hate in his eyes".
BROOKLYN! BROOKLYN! The JTG and Vladimir wager is recapped. Novak comes out in shades and a cap, looking like a tribute to Slam Master J. Jacob wants to aim higher though. He takes off his cap cos he doesn't even like the Yankees. He's already more entertaining that he's been before. Novak tries address Regal's comments that he could make him a star, and tries to goad him into the ring. "The last thing he wants is me climbing into that ring and turning him into a bloody vegetable".
Jacob Novak vs Byron Saxton Both are more aggressive than they have been. Much is made of Novak's steel-toe boots until he ends the match with a strange looking series of boots to Byron Saxton, then 1-2-3 pin.
Maryse is on commentary: M: No offence Mr Regal, but they say that French woman are a lot more sexier and sensual than the English woman. R: Any women are better than the English women that I go out with. M: Oh. R: Right slappers most of 'em, honestly.
Yoshi Tatsu vs Lucky Cannon Regal is unhappy with Yoshi's entrance video because he's being kicked in the head several times in it. "What's all that about?". I mainly watch this show for Regal now; that may have become apparent already. Yoshi starts with some (ILLEGAL!) chop until it turns around with a series of neckbreakers from Lucky. Maryse is babbling on about all kinds of shit. Lucky is still in charge in the ring. Leg drop "IT'S ALL ABOUT ME" boot to the head. Yoshi ends up outside the ring and Lucky yells at the announce desk. Yoshi wriggles out and pushes Lucky into the post before throwing him back in the ring. More chops. etc etc Yoshi wins with a top rope spinning heel kick. Then Maryse and Yoshi totally make out. Lucky is unhappy, Yoshi is ecstatic.
I haven't been able to get up for this season UNTIL it became a Maryse-based program. Let's open up Maryse's conundrum to everyone: would you choose millions of dollars or NXT fun? NXT for me baby, you can't put a price on the best days of your life so right so right tonight.
It rules every week when Maryse says "ladies and gent-lemon."
[Note: I'm getting all of this info from the recaps, so play nice with me...] The Tough Enough series has certainly been filled with drama. A guy faked passing out a few times to try and get out of a workout.