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CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT: Rollins & Ambrose & Reigns, plus latest NXT Rankings & Evaluation

Nov 22, 2012 - 3:14:17 PM
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NXT Weekly Rankings & Evaluation
By George Chiverton, PWTorch NXT specialist


Preamble:

The big story for me this week was the graduation of NXT and FCW talent to the big-time when Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins made their way into the Survivor Series main event. Allow me a second to evaluate each talent.

- Reigns is probably the talent I am most nervous about, as he has not yet performed on NXT. However, he certainly has an intangible x-factor that all stars need. And, his family link to the legendary Anoa'i clan means he should have been in safe hands in terms of training. His progress will certainly be interesting to track.

- Dean Ambrose is a tale of two halves as far as I am concerned. He cuts quite phenomenal promos that are well worth researching, and this talent carried him along the indie scene under the ring name Jon Moxley. His in-ring work, from what I've seen, is not as strong, though. I am open to having my mind changed, but he seems to rely on the fundamental basics of a wrestler's arsenal while not adding much to give him a distinct style.

Ambrose sells impeccably, though, and is well-versed as a dastardly in-ring competitor with every trick in the book being performed to get a reaction. The combo of a villainous persona and great promo ability made for a quite superb feud with William Regal in FCW, which is also well worth looking up. Regal's promo was amazing, too. Given enough mic time, Ambrose will flourish.

- Finally, there is Seth Rollins. He's undoubtedly the best performer of the three and has already added to a host of fantastic indie matches while in NXT. His promos are not quite as strong as Ambrose's, though, and he should be a quieter one of the group.

- Perhaps I should also mention Brad Maddox, who will hopefully be revealed as the brains behind the scheme. He's a great heel with not only a strong persona, but also the most punchable face in the world. And, PWTorch Alphabet Soup specialist Charles Cress loves him. That's a ringing endorsement if ever there was one. From the few FCW matches I've seen, he can work, although compared to the independent veterans like Moxley and Black he is not as strong in the ring. He's a valuable asset, though.

Anyways, what about NXT? Oh yeah, that show. Well, there's a champion who seems to be leaving imminently, which is a tad awkward, and a show that needs to be ranked. Let's get down to business, folks.

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

11/14 WWE NXT Episode Evaluation

As WWE gets tighter and tighter on their content being distributed online, NXT becomes harder and harder to track. This week was not exactly worth finding...

- NXT opened with a match between the Ascension and the team of Percy 'still here' Watson and Yoshi Tatsu. Apart from Conor O'Brian having a new mohawk, this was exactly as you'd expect with a simple squash match formula. A bit pointless, but keeps them relevant at very least.

- WWE Divas Layla and Aksana did the worst backstage promo I've seen in a long time. I was literally waiting for a Ron Simmons 'Damn' to assure me it was a cruel joke, but nope. Just awful.

- Corey Graves was out next to be reintroduced against Oliver Grey. Graves is certainly an interesting character with a strong look with tattoos including ones on his knuckles saying 'Stay' and 'Down' (charming). His ring style is fairly fresh, too, with a focus on submission crossed with hard strikes. His punching in particular was noticeably good. Oliver Grey (available in 50 shades) is from Britain and hence holds a special place in my Queen-loving heart. A quick Wiki search came up with a picture of Grey from a couple of years ago and my goodness has he gotten into shape in the pursuit of a WWE contract. He was once a relatively normal looking bloke (yes, bloke) when now he is chiseled and handsome. Good for him.

As for the match, the much-smaller Graves stood up to and equalled the noticeably more powerful Grey. Both men looked good, but Graves looked certainly the best. His ring work matches his hardman persona that it becomes very easy to invest in his strikes and matches. This is a very strong card to have on the table and I look forward to his next match and placing him on the rankings.

- Big E. came out for an interview and was then blindsided by Camacho, who made a hasty retreat. For what was a single forearm to the back of Langston, the big man sold a lot more than he would in the ring. Apart from that, I had no qualms with the $5,000 bounty story currently crossing Langston's path.

- Aksana and Layla had a dreadful match. I don't want to say any more than that.

- Bray Wyatt had a pre-recorded segment next where he preached in a swamp somewhere to an audience that was largely off camera. It wasn't quite as good as some of his other promos, but was still a cut above what many could achieve. His character is just so fresh and unique that I cannot be anything other than excited whenever he pops on screen.

- On came Roman Reigns, who had a short squash match against Chase Donovan that was okay, but little more. What did amuse me was when he demanded to be called "thoroughbred." Who would ever think that Jonny Curtis would have a right to claim gimmick infringement? Brilliant. Not a good showing again, but as I say he does have something. Donnovan wasn't really given a chance.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Bo Dallas was the main event. Yeah. Let's just say the best parts of this match were the end and the part where JR announced both Paige and Bray would be wrestling next week on NXT. Wooooooo!

Jinder won, kept the Camel Clutch in, and Rollins came out, you know the script by now. The NXT Title match cannot come sooner in more ways than one. I wonder if the title will be resolved after Rollins got called up to the main roster or if this is a case of mis-communication between Development and the main roster, which has been common in the past (according to angry Jim Cornette interviews, at least).

- Before I should finish I would like to apologize for being a serial hypocrite last week. I complained about Tony Luftman getting Memo Motenegro's name wrong throughout the match while constantly writing Nemo throughout my article. I assure you that the Queen shall have me hung, drawn, and quartered for my offense. I'll be back next week, though.

In the meantime, give me a follow or even a cheeky tweet on Twitter (@PWChiverton) for a bit of wrassling banter.

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