Everyone must still be EXHAUSTED from Monday night! Here's a quick recap.
R-Truth & David Otunga vs. The Miz & Daniel Bryan: Otunga and Truth have apparently talked things over and made up. No such luck for Miz and Bryan; before the match, Miz told Bryan that if Bryan gets pinned, Miz will get him kicked off the show.
Bryan is STILL selling those ribs! This goes back and forth for a while until Bryan catches Otunga with a heel hook -- Otunga's in the wrong corner and can't make the tag -- but Miz tags himself in, forcing Bryan to break the hold.
Bryan and Miz argue and Miz SLAPS Bryan. The ref steps in and Truth sneaks in and kicks Miz. Otunga gives Miz a spinebuster for the pin.
Bryan and Miz argue some more. Bryan cocks his fist and Miz recoils -- two for flinching, Miz! Bryan walks off.
Justin Gabriel and Matt Hardy are getting along really well! So are Chris Jericho and Wade Barrett! The two rookies will face each other in the Main Event!
Heath Slater vs. Carlito: Christian and Michael Tarver are out as well. Slater wins with a rollup reversal.
CM Punk is talking about Darren Young to Serena and Luke backstage. Young is right behind him and plucks at Punk's sleeve to get his attention, but Punk completely ignores him! Darren wants to know why he can't live his life his own way. Punk says that Young needs to seriously think about what Straight Edge can do for him. The Society walks off and Young looks like he's thinking really hard about that.
Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel: Hardy and Jericho are here, too. This is all POWER vs. SPEED. Barrett is a beast. He has a nice backbreaker -- first lifting Gabriel up belly-to-back, then bouncing his legs off the ropes before slamming him across his bended knee. Ouch.
Wade puts Gabriel on the top turnbuckle and follows him up -- that's his mistake -- Gabriel is able to shove him off and then hits the 450 for the pin.
Jercho gives Gabriel a Codebreaker because that's what Jericho thinks of snot-nosed rookies.
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Honestly, this is the most compelling "wrasslin'" show I have watched in a long time. I really like the rookie/pro dynamic and the funky camera angles. They need to stay away fromt he TNA quick camera angle CHANGES, tho. That blows.
Yeah, I also love NXT! It's been a long time since I actually looked forward to watching a wrestling show like I now do with NXT every week. And so far they've always delivered a good program as well. NXT may very well be the future of WWE? O_O
Yes, I'm back! I know, I said I would never ever watch that crap again, but ... I just can't live without it, I guess.
I still stand by my opinion from the first two weeks that Barrett is the one to watch here. I can see him sticking with Jericho even after all this is done, they've got a good thing going.
The less of Sheffield I see, the better.
I hate hate HATE Slater's little dance thing he does. I feel embarrassed for him every time he does it, because you can tell he thinks it's pretty damn cool.
I've been waiting for a video package of Young like they showed last night in order for me to care about him, and... I still don't. He does absolutely nothing for me. The only way I could see myself getting into his character is if they do a losing streak angle leading into him begrudgingly trying to turn Straight Edge to reverse his luck.
It seems to me like Gabriel and Hardy is going somewhere unexpected... Maybe a heel turn for Gabriel? Just something about how in their backstage segment, Gabriel asked for advice and Hardy just told him to keep doing what he's been doing and Gabriel looked underwhelmed. Maybe I'm reading into it too much, but I have a feeling that Gabriel's gonna get sick of getting no constructive advice and flip on Hardy for him not pushing him to be his best.
Otunga has the chance to make a really big splash. He's like Ahmed Johnson 2010, just with a personality and the ability to speak without creating a splash zone.
Tarver... argh, I really wanna like him. I want him to be awesome. I like the 1.9 gimmick. So for the love of god, DO SOMETHING WITH HIM. He's just wasting away backstage and at ringside. I feel bad for him. Hopefully he'll get a good spot to do something next week.
Apparently this whole thing is supposed to go a total of 17 weeks, so we're not even 1/5 of the way through. I feel like most of the pupil/mentor stuff is moving really quickly right now, as far as conflict between the two. Can they really tell 14 more weeks of stories between them without the concept getting stale? They need to add a game-changer in a couple of weeks to switch the dynamics up or give them all something specific to fight for in the short term.
I know we are only a few weeks in but there are people I can and can't see (or should or shouldn't be) in the WWE.
The 3 I like I think could make success. Wade Barrett is doing well in the heel role which is a breath of fresh air because every rookie is a face (let me check, Tarver is a heel but nothing has been done with him yet).
Heath Slater has good in-ring mechanics, but it seems to me he tries too hard to work his charisma.
Gabriel is pretty good going from the top rope and using to his advantage, but he just comes off too much of a pretty-boy and for me personally, it just doesn't add enough credibility to his character. I do think however he would do rather well if tagged with another high-flyer.
As with Tarver furthermore, I will agree with GameCrazy that something needs to be done with him because he does have a credible gimmick going for him but if he is not used, how can stand-out?
Honestly, I was pretty disappointed ECW was gone based on what it did, but NXT is doing a lot better than I expected and has a good thing going for it right now.
My top three are Barrett, Bryan and Gabriel. Not necessarily in that order. I haven't been terribly impressed with anyone else.
I would love to see Christian turn heel on Slater before NXT is up.
David Otunga has a good gimmick, in that his real life is his gimmick, but he's a crap worker and it's obvious. Unless he can produce Jennifer Hudson, he'll go the way of Freddie Prinze Jr. when he couldn't produce Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kevin Federline when he couldn't produce Britney Spears.
He's always been a huge fan of professional wrestling, but he actually started out as a comedian doing the bit on a variety show first. He gained his fame with the character before becoming a pro wrestler with HUSTLE.