THE SPECIALISTS CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT 11/7 - Latest evaluation of WWE Developmental stars
Nov 15, 2012 - 1:45:20 PM
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NXT Weekly Rankings & Evaluation
By George Chiverton, PWTorch NXT specialist
Latest NXT Rankings
(1) Bray Wyatt (-)
(2) Kassius Ohno (-)
(3) Paige (-)
(4) Seth Rollins (-)
(5) Jake Carter (-)
(6) Richie Steamboat (-)
(7) Mike Dalton (-)
(8) Big E. Langston (-)
(9) Bo Dallas (-)
(10) The Ascension (-)
(11) Jason Jordon (-)
(12) Leo Kruger (-)
Waiting List - Bronson, Roman Reigns, Luke Harper, Corey Graves
11/7 WWE NXT Episode Evaluation
- The week opened with a re-match from two weeks ago with Kassius Ohno taking on Trent Barreta. Something was missing from this match, and I think it was largely a fault of commentary. Tony Luftman has been a grating and faulty presence on commentary with emphasis coming at the wrong times as well as constant interruptions over colleagues Byron Saxton (who has been a minor revelation) and the brilliant William Regal. He is just awful and I'm hoping someone high up in WWE heard this match so they don't risk hearing anything similar again. Too harsh? Maybe, but he really is bad. Trust me.
As for the match Ohno stole the show in general with two massive elbows and a pristine big boot. He picked up a clean win after Richie helped Trent's first win, although then failed with a post-match attack. I could have done without the latter as Ohno has been built well over the past couple of weeks as a potential title replacement for Rollins. As long as he wins in the long run in this feud, I don't mind.
- Up next was Big E. Langston against Nemo Montenegro (Alberto Del Rio's brother). E. just destroyed the guy. Commentary was terrible again, with Luftman constantly mispronouncing Nemo (as in the lost fish) to sound like "demo" with an N. Very frustrating and particularly annoying for the jobber who will likely have not been on television before. Anyways, E. won and then hit 'The Big Ending' again and counted a five count to the audience's delight.
In an interesting twist, Vickie Guerrero popped up and said that she would pay five, five, five thousand dollars to any Superstar who would put him on the shelf. An interesting way to put Big E.'s dominance at risk while keeping him in tank mode. A post-match attempted attack by Chad Baxter emphasized the new risk to Big E., although the guy got destroyed. Nice new angle, though.
- Jason Jordan was next out and then I popped like a balloon as Bray Wyatt FINALLY made his return. He cut another beautiful but terrifying preacher-style promo where he attempted to employ the room to his cult. Jason was annoyed that he interrupted the start of his match and challenged him to a match. Bray said he never wanted to hurt Jason, but suddenly flipped and said 'I'm a monster, Jason' before introducing a follower to the ring...
Brodie Lee. Here came the bearded behemoth down the ramp. He is now going as Luke Harper and the 'first son of the Wyatt family." He suits the role beautifully although didn't quite click with J.J. in the short match. That was until the Black Hole Slam finish, which was beautifully executed. I highly recommend that you look up 'Brodie Lee kicks off' and watch both Tim Donst and Grizzly Redwood have their face removed by Brodie Lee's massive foot. For a more extended highlight reel, find highlights of his cage match with Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro). The match they pulled off would have seemed an impossibility on paper, especially in the closing stages.
Anyways, I'm done gushing. Harper won and Bray Wyatt introduced him to the audience.
- Roman Reigns came out to cut a very odd promo which was very arrogant but not quite heelish. He seems to be attempting a style similar to The Rock, but isn't yet in a situation where his arrogance is justified. He's only had one match. It seemed a bit odd and left the audience quiet.
- The main event was up next with Jinder Mahal vs. Bo Dallas vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Drew McIntyre in a Fatal Four-way elimination match. The heels and faces teamed up early to make for a hurricane tag team match in effect. No one seemed to mention the 3 Man Band gimmick, which obviously ties Drew and Jinder on main television. This was a good thing, though, given that gimmick sucks.
About five minutes, in Jinder seemed to be hit with the 450 splash, but then rolled out. Bo then speared Drew and pinned him. Something else happened and Bo pinned Justin. It was very sloppy and considering two eliminations took place, the place didn't react. Not sure who was to blame although Dallas's track record is not in his favor here. Sadly this also meant either Jinder or Bo would win.
The rest of the match was relatively strong, with Mahal picking up the win with the Camel Clutch. He advances to face Rollins next week in a repeat of the finals of the original tournament. Finally, Mahal delivered a lame and predictable post-match attack on Bo and then Seth Rollins. I doubt anyone thought Mahal was a legitimate threat by the end of the show, though.
- Overall, it's a shame about the next title match but hopefully there will be something fresh down the line soon. With commentary issues out of the way, this was a pretty decent week of NXT with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper being the highlight for me. Wyatt will hopefully be featured more often with an injury apparently being the reason for his setback.
Anyways that's all folks, follow me on twitter (@PWChiverton) for live tweeting during most PPVs and wrestling conversation.
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