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#1 Posted on 9.10.14 2149.22
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Okay, guys, it's time for an intervention. We all hate RAW right now. It's a bad show. Consistently and thoroughly. We all chime in on the RAW threads out of inertia, and a hope that the show will improve. It might! But it hasn't yet. So let's stop killing ourselves talking about how bad that show is, and talk about the best show on television - er, the internet (work with me here, people), NXT.

Show opens with Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley. Breeze is one of the best guys in NXT, and is likely looking at a call up relatively soon (free idea, WWE: team him with Dolph Ziggler as the New Hollywood Blondes, billed out of Hollywood, FL). His entrance alone is one of the best things on the show. Mojo, however, is one of, if not the worst guys. Mojo is actually one of the very few things I don't like on NXT. But I have a good feeling about his chances tonight! Turns out, it must be fall, because this is a big helping of SQUASH. Tyler gets the win via ref stoppage on a Fujiwara armbar of all things.

Match is followed by an Enzo/Big Cass vignette. They're trying to get NXT GM William Regal to give Enzo's girlfriend Carmella a try-out. Regal likes what he sees, and tells them to bring her to the show next week.

Hideo Itami recap package takes us into Itami vs. Viktor of the Ascension. This was...not good. Honestly, I don't know too much about KENTA beyond his reputation, but this was not a good showing for him. My guess is that he might have been having communication problems with Viktor, based on some of the blown spots. Anyhoo, Hideo wins with a dropkick. Mid-match, Conor drags out Funaki (the only other Japanese guy, and thus Hideo's only friend on the roster). Post match, they tie Hideo up in the ropes, and murder Funaki dead with the Fall of Man. I'm wondering who is actually going to be Hideo's tag partner to help him get acclimated to the WWE, because Funaki is a)a jobber and b)nowhere near ring shape.

Next match is the Vaudvillains vs. Enzo Amore and Cass. There is literally nothing I don't like about the Vaudvillains. I want them to win every match forever and retire with an armful of belts, like Ultimo Dragon. Enzo and Cass didn't do anything much for me at first, but they've been growing on me, especially with the pretape bits like the one they did earlier in the show. Enzo comes out with some fresh patter before the match, and I'm glad to see him mix it up. Match itself is alright; the pace was a little too fast, and it would have been nice to slow it down. Vaudvillains win with their Samoan Drop/Senton combo (I like it better with the airplane spin variation). This move needs a name. Does anyone have a name for it?

Sami Zayne has some smack talk for Titus O'Neil, setting up their match in the main event. But before that, we have Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks. Becky's good, but a little generic, while Sasha has an incredible character. You can tell everything you need to know about her just from her entrance, which has a million little gestures that sell the whole performance. This was my favorite match of the night, but it was mostly Sasha on offense. Lynch has some nice leg-based offense, legdrops and dropkicks, but Sasha finishes with the Bank Statement, a submission which I'll call a back stabber roll into a crossface.

Main event is Titus vs. Sami Zayne, and it's not great. It's not terrible either, but Titus is who he is. Titus counters a ropewalk into the Clash of the Titus for the win, but that's not enough for him. He feels like NXT in general, and Sami specifically, have been embarrassing him, so he decides to keep the pain coming. Adrian Neville makes the save, most likely setting up a tag match of some sort for next week, which will probably put us one step closer to the inevitable Zayne/Neville title match that we're all salivating over.

There you have it. This was actually one of the least interesting shows I've seen them put on since I've started watching, and it was still miles better than RAW. Everyone who bailed on their network subscriptions because they weren't enjoying the PPVs has made a huge mistake. The PPVs are about 3 hours worth of programming a month. Even if they were good, NXT accounts for 4-5 hours worth of stuff in the same period of time. It's better value for your money. Get the network, watch NXT, enjoy good wrestling, and if you've still got the time and inclination, you can think about checking out some of the PPVs from time to time too.
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#2 Posted on 10.10.14 0943.00
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Funaki helped as his RL translator and such in his first few weeks in NXT (no clue if he's still doing it) so I have no problem with them using him on tv for a bit.

But even if you haven't seen the phone cam footage of what happens soon, you can guess where Itami vs the Ascension is going. Keep in mind they have more people that need to debut still.

I feel that Tyler is a gimmick that works well in the NXT arena but will fall flat in big venues and with the not-always-smart crowds. Not to mention the announcers.
However, it's one of those things where a few small tweaks can do wonders.
The Wyatt gimmick was a flash in the pan in that respect.
There was no way to mock it and thus they had to treat it properly.

But yeah, NXT is the show I look forward to every week.
And I'm so happy the Mojo-push has been stopped. I feel the same, he's pretty much the only guy there that I don't like.
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#3 Posted on 10.10.14 1035.50
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I believe the Vaudevillains' finishing combo is called "That's A Wrap". Big fan of those guys as well; was fortunate to see Gotch on indy shows in my area when he went by Ryan Drago.

I'm getting to the point of extreme selfishness as I don't really want these people to be called up to the main roster; I feel like they'd be lost in the shuffle there.
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#4 Posted on 11.10.14 1831.34
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I enjoy NXT. However, I honestly don't think a gimmick like the Vaudevillains would go anywhere on the main roster. It'd get a pop like Los Matadores did then sink to the bottom of the card.

I do prefer the Divas getting more time to have decent matches, and like the girls they have on NXT. I still don't like Charlotte and think she's terrible.
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#5 Posted on 12.10.14 0211.47
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The Vaudevillians are so much fun, but their new theme song SUUUUUUUUCKS. Same goes with Bailey's new theme. Ugh.

I'm with PowerPB13 in his selfishness on the NXT roster coming over to the main roster. Keep them on the network. Give NXT another hour. I'd buy the network (if it ever becomes available here) just for that.
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#6 Posted on 12.10.14 0712.00
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I don't know how the Vaudvillains gimmick would play on RAW; best-case scenario, though, is definitely getting the Santino/Adam Rose comedy segments, though. Which is why, like everyone else, I never want anyone to ever do better and move up from NXT. Which is too bad, because Neville and couple other guys are obviously not long for this universe at this point. And to Oliver's point, almost everyone has gotten new music lately, some with better results than others. I can only assume that the point with the Vaudvillains was that the crowd was clapping along to their old music, and they're the Vaudvillains, not the Vaudheroes.

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#7 Posted on 12.10.14 1342.01
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The reason the music for the Vaudevillains and Tyler Breeze and all these other guys are changing is because typically when they're debuting the new acts in NXT, they're just given stock music of some type. Hence why you hear people saying things like "Wow, I heard Tyler Breeze's old theme on that commercial for an unrelated product". The music isn't WWE music, they have no copyright on it, so when something takes off they want to have more control.

The Vaudevillains and Breeze and Bayley getting new music is actually the WWE stamp of approval for them, that they're successful enough to get a theme tailored for them. It can just be a bit jarring when people are used to the old generic theme they had and thought it fit them well. But with iTunes being what it is and the desire to monetize everything they can, I don't think we're going to see long-lasting generic themes in use like we once did (the Hardy Boyz theme was stock music, after all).
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#8 Posted on 12.10.14 1500.19
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    Originally posted by Chumpstain
    The reason the music for the Vaudevillains and Tyler Breeze and all these other guys are changing is because typically when they're debuting the new acts in NXT, they're just given stock music of some type. Hence why you hear people saying things like "Wow, I heard Tyler Breeze's old theme on that commercial for an unrelated product". The music isn't WWE music, they have no copyright on it, so when something takes off they want to have more control.

    The Vaudevillains and Breeze and Bayley getting new music is actually the WWE stamp of approval for them, that they're successful enough to get a theme tailored for them. It can just be a bit jarring when people are used to the old generic theme they had and thought it fit them well. But with iTunes being what it is and the desire to monetize everything they can, I don't think we're going to see long-lasting generic themes in use like we once did (the Hardy Boyz theme was stock music, after all).
I understand, but the new music for The Vaudevillains doesn't suit them. Heck, the crowd doesn't know how to react to it. The original theme? Wow, the crowd did get into it quite well.

In regards to Bailey's theme: I see your point, but it suited her. Yeah, its someone elses' theme, but then again, so was Cult of Personality from CM Punk. There are a number of themes that are licensed from other artists, I don't see why they can't keep a few as they are.

Imagine Sami Zayn coming to the ring to Olé from the Bouncing Souls?!??
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#9 Posted on 13.10.14 1312.09
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I was in Florida with for the Orlando NXT house show at the Armory and Shine iPPV. Being the "home base" for NXT, they actually drew a decent crowd ( about 250 compared to the 75ish that were at the FCW arena show I was at in December ). Got to see some of my old friends I've worked with on the Cali indys and talk to a couple of the trainers which was really nice. A few of the girls who worked friday night's Shine were there too so we were kicking it with them.
They had mix of workers who do the TV show and mid-level trainees still to make their way up. One of the real standouts was Jason Jordan who has a legit amateur background. Itami had a really good match and I can scratch seeing KENTA wrestle in person off the bucket list. Enzo and Big Cass continued the feud with the Vaudevillains in a real fun outing. Breeze had a really good one too, he's all about his selling. Sasha was there to cut a promo & the divas put on a 6 girl tag with Charlotte, Bayley and Alexa going over Becky, Carmella and Dana Brooke ( who did pretty good for herself ). Braun Stoneman ( who used to do strongman competitions ) cut generic heel promo 101 but delivered it fairly effectively and it got some decent heat from the crowd. Dillinger was working his card gimmick but I've heard on other shows they don't have him doing it so they're still working out what to do with his character. Definitely a good time. Definitely check out some of their shows if you ever go to Florida, it's worth doing.
On a personal note, even though I'm still really nobody in the business, I had a choke up moment when a fan came up to me and said he recognized me from seeing photos of me around. That was pretty neat.
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