It’s the return to NXT for one night only of Maryse’s very good friend, the voice of WWE, Michael Cole. Grisham: “This should be a fun night”. NXT is where Cole really got his start, where the real Michael Cole came on the scene. What, no Regal? Boo!
“Frenchy” (says Striker) updates the standings and says some stuff in French that sounded drunk. Jacob Novak – Already eliminated Lucky Cannon - 0 Connor O’Brien - 0 Byron Saxton - 4 Darren Young - 7 Titus O’Neill – 19
Prepare for Tag Team Turmoil! It basically sounds like a gauntlet of sorts with pro/rookie teams.
Connor O’Brien “looks like a sheepdog” (Cole) and Grisham asks if his promo is a poem because it sort of rhymed. Lucky Cannon says the same shit he’s been talking about all season (AKA...AKA...Hi Maryse!). Darren Young finally realises that it was a mistake to come back to NXT because “this entire show is a joke”. Michael Cole finds Darren Young’s ambitions to wrestle John Cena laughable. Why wouldn’t you vote for Byron Saxton? Asks he. Also he puts down Yoshi Tatsu a bit. Titus tells us how he’s bigger and better than all the chumps in the back, also Hornswoggle is the greatest pro in NXT history etc etc MAKE IT A WIN.
Hornswoggle comes out and causes some tension between Darren and Titus.
Tituswoggle vs The Cannon Kidds: There’s a spinning headscissors from Hornswoggle to Tyson Kidd, then he blows a kiss to Maryse. I like Titus’ shoulderbreaker. Lucky Cannon causes a Hornswoggle-based distraction for Titus cos he’s getting too close to Maryse which leads to Kidd ending the first match with a nice slingshot legdrop whilst Titus is leaning over the 2nd rope followed by a springboard elbow drop for the pin.
Yoshi & Byron are the next team. They can’t get along. Cole quite neatly ties in the situation with the history of Miz and Riley. It’s a shame this season hasn’t given the same boost for Tyson Kidd as the 2nd one did for Cody Rhodes. Saxton doesn’t want to tag out and eventually Lucky Cannon boots him in the face as he comes off the turnbuckle.
Konnorzlov march out. Their match is interrupted by JTG, just when Michael Cole thought commentary couldn’t get any worse. JTG says he’s the best pro in the world still and Novak just wasn’t hungry enough. Everyone is a hater. JTG calls his rookie “Jacob O’Connor”, aside from that there’s not much interesting going on. Maryse is still paying a lot of attention and making funny faces outside the ring. Kozlov eventually decides to end the match by pinning Lucky Cannon.
OooOOooh! Chavo! & Darren Young are out to continue to the tag team turmoil, but I’m losing interest since JTG and Michael Cole make not an adequate William Regal replacement. Hey, Young and Vlad both have blue ring gear, and Connor and Chavo both have black; I’m surprised they didn’t get confused and switch teams halfway through the match. Vladimir suplexes Chavo and Young at the same time then O’Brien comes in for a flurry until his pin attempt is broken up by Chavo. There’s some kerfuffling and eventually Connor O’Brien gets 3 redemption points by pinning Young. I’m not sure what Connor’s finisher was. It looked like something halfway between a German suplex and an Angle Slam. I miss his more rat-themed days.
Elimnation time. It’s Byron Saxton. He is none too pleased. “Clearly that was a mistake”. His promo was not memorable, but still he insists we won’t forget this day for the rest of our lives. This show was about 25% as enjoyable as usual.
I know doing the '97 episodes is your thing, but you are really doing a disservice to yourself by not watching the late '96 stuff where Raven steals Sandman's wife and son. It is the best, most 90's thing ever!