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CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT 9/26: Latest Rankings & Evaluation of WWE Developmental talent

Oct 3, 2012 - 12:56:00 AM
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WWE NXT Rankings & Evaluation
By George Chiverton, PWTorch specialist


Latest NXT Rankings

(1) Bray Wyatt (-)
(2) Kassius Ohno (-)
(3) Paige (-)
(4) Seth Rollins (-)
(5) Jake Carter (-)
(6) Mike Dalton (-)
(7) Richie Steamboat (-)
(8) Bo Dallas (-)
(9) Big E. Langston (-)
(10) The Ascension (-)
(11) Jason Jordon (-)
(12) Leo Kruger (-)

9/26 WWE NXT Episode Evaluation

Another action-packed week kept me on my toes. However, the big news arguably happened outside of the ring this week with Raquel Diaz departing from WWE. You would hope this was her decision due to creative differences, as her gimmick as an image-obsessed bimbo was, in my opinion, not befitting of the daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero. I assumed she could work in the ring, but I was never given a chance to evaluate that aspect of her career. Keep an eye on Impact to see if Chavo adds to the family over there.

- NXT opened this week with Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty minorly botching their way through a fairly poor match. It wasn't through lack of effort, as Dallas came through strong on intensity and effort, but in general showed his colors as a still developing wrestler. Potential, though.

- A video package on Paige confirmed she's not here to be a Diva. Oh yes.

- Jake Carter (son of Vader) came out to the mantra of "Your girlfriend's favorite." An enjoyable tagline; unfortunately for his hopes, his opponent for the night was a newly packaged Leo Kruger. At 33, he can hardly be considered a young talent, but I must say his mannerisms have taken a big improvement under his new "big game hunter" image. The squash didn't show me a lot, though, apart from Carter's positives as a squash match victim.

- Ryback killed Aiden English & friend in an extended squash, which was good fun at worst, especially after Ryback's singlet ripped in the opening ten seconds, giving the big man more motive and seemingly more intensity. I must say on Monday's Raw I sensed a sandbagging from Tensai. If you watch the leg he is meant to jump from, he doesn't seem to assist Ryback at all. Incentive is the only thing at question for me.
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- Chris Hero vs. Richie Steamboat was the main event this week after three-to-four weeks of build-up to add excitement to a match that was already between two of the big stars on the roster. Kassius came hard, although Richie matched him in chops and grappling. Richie is certainly more of a pure-bred WWE Superstar, while Ohno is obviously an independent star in training and mannerisms. Your own tastes will dictate which wrestler you prefer. Personally, I prefer Ohno (see Kenta vs. Chris Hero if you're unsure why), but I can see the money in Richie.

Richie eventually won with an inside cradle, which led to Ohno knocking out the poor kiddo with a big, badass elbow. The vocal males went crazy and a subsequent cravat confirmed that this is not over between these two. I have no complaints about that.

All in all, no movement this week with Kassius still being the best regularly appearing roster member, with only Bo's position looking a little shakier after a green performance.

[Torch art credit Marco D'Alfonso (c) PWTorch.com]


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