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JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 6/13 - Week 67: Final episode of Season 5, WWE introduces FCW stars for Season 6, Usos close out the season

Jun 13, 2012 - 10:38:22 PM
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WWE NXT Results
June 13, 2012
Taped 6/12 in Manchester, N.H.
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor

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The teaser text for this week's episode of NXT bills it as the final episode of NXT Season 5 before the reboot. While it is known that "New NXT" will appear on the Bright House Network in Florida, WWE has not indicated whether it will be available on WWE's website. With FCW currently available online somewhere, I would imagine that "New NXT" will be, too. I truly look forward to the new season if I can find a way to view it!

1 - PERCY WATSON & DERRICK BATEMAN vs. CURT HAWKINS & TYLER REKS - Tag Team Match

Hawkins and Reks have bright neon green ring gear, which Regal says is a tribute to the Dynamic Dudes, and "People Power" t-shirts are also in Johnny Laurinaitis's honor.

Bateman and Hawkins start things off with a struggle for control. Hawkins kips up and Bateman launches a dropkick to Hawkins's stomach in return. Bateman exudes confidence as Reks tags in. Big boos for Reks, who then looks like he's going to cry when Bateman chops him. Watson and Bateman keep Reks isolated as Hawkins mouths off from the corner. Hawkins finally gets the tag and now Bateman is on the receiving end of a beating. Jawbreaker from Bateman lets him tag in Watson, who takes out both Reks and Hawkins and sends Bateman in to execute a suicide dive.

[ c - WWE on YouTube ad ]

Watson is controlling Hawkins, but Reks distracts him so Hawkins can take him down. Watson takes a good stretch of abuse. Josh Mathews reminds viewers that the "New NXT" is arriving next week, without mention of where or when fans can watch it. Desperation enziguri and encouragement from Bateman lets Watson finally make a tag. Bateman unleashes on Reks and keeps Hawkins out of the game. Bateman with a running neckbreaker for a nearfall. The crowd is really enjoying this. The ref gets distracted and Reks takes advantage of Hawkins's interference to land the Burning Hammer and pin Bateman.

WINNERS: Reks & Hawkins in 11:20. Decent match, but some of the extended beat downs dragged it down a bit. I was happy to hear the crowd get involved in the match.

[ c - Ad for the new NXT - that's a good sign!, No Way Out ad ]

2 - KAITLYN vs. NATALYA

Natalya is continuing her new outfit, with some variations - lots of sparkly pink now. Natalya easily shows Kaitlyn who is boss with a take down, and Natalya responds with an armdrag, Natalya is incensed. Kaitlyn with a jackknife and Natalya bridges out and transitions into a backslide. Natalya says, "I hate you!" to Kaitlyn. The crowd isn't sure who to boo or cheer here. Natalya sits on Kaitlyn to cover her, and Kaitlyn kicks out so hard that Natalya goes flying. Nice sequence with a bow and arrow submission move from Natalya. Kaitlyn continues to try various leverage pins, then Natalya rams Kaitlyn hard into the turnbuckles. Kaitlyn tries a pin with her feet on the ropes, but the ref sees it. There's a couple of reversed roll-throughs and Kaitlyn ends up with the win.

WINNER: Kaitlyn in 5:15. I liked the story they were telling in the ring (the veteran Natalya having difficulty with the young upstart Kaitlyn, and getting more frustrated and using dirty tricks to win out of desperation), but a couple of the sequences didn't flow quite right. Still, it's better than the "Divas match" from Raw, right?

Post-match, Natalya throws a screaming fit in the ring, pounding on the match like a child. The ref holds her back from ambushing Kaitlyn.

There's a video package on "Bo Dallas" for the next season of NXT. It's actually Bo Rotunda. He has a really good look, in my opinion, though his in-ring remains to be seen.

Raw Rebound.

[ c - Smackdown hype ]

Video package on Richie Steamboat, saying that he's not trying to fill his father's shoes, but his own. That is an excellent hook for a character.

3 - THE USOS vs. JOHNNY CURTIS vs. MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY - Tag Team Match

Jimmy and McGillicutty start the match. McGillicutty is quite arrogant, but he hurts himself headbutting Jimmy, which is pretty funny. Regal insinuates that Curtis goes to S&M clubs and asks if Mathews goes with him. Curtis tries to rip Jey's nose off, but Jey responds by nearly choking him out. McGillicutty takes out Jey from the outside, letting Curtis bring him to the corner for isolation.

[ The "New NXT" ad airs ]

McGillicutty has Jey's leg grapevined. Jey is desperate for a tag, but Curtis cuts him off. Jey is finally able to get the space needed for a tag, and Jimmy goes on hard, high-speed offense. Jimmy shows incredible fire in his attack. McGillicutty gets a Saito suplex to show Jimmy down. Tag is made, and the Usos land the Alley Use tag team Samoan Drop. Jey looks to cover McGillicutty, and Curtis lands a top-rope leg drop that goes more than halfway across the ring. Jimmy superkicks Curtis off the apron. McGillicutty misses the Turning Heads neckbreaker, allowing Jimmy to nail McGillicutty with a superkick and Jey hit the Superfly Splash for the win.

Josh Mathews signs off encouraging viewers to catch the New NXT next week. I hope so!

Winners: The Usos in 11:20. William Regal ends the match (and the season of NXT) begging the WWE higher-ups to give the audience more of this, and I concur. There were a lot of great spots here, including the Alley-Us Samoan Drop (one of my favorite moves in WWE) and Curtis's top-rope leg drop is downright impressive to see. The action broke down in a logical manner at the end.


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