WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 10/3 - Week 16: Kidd & Gabriel main event, Showtime is back, Ohno-Steamboat issue continues, Overall Reax
Oct 12, 2012 - 1:53:38 PM
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*** WWE NXT Results
October 3, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] The show opens with a recap video of last week's match between Richie Steamboat and Kassius Ohno. Very nice package.
Earlier today, Briley Pearce interviewed Kassius Ohno entering the building. Ohno says that he didn't "attack" Steamboat, he just taught him the same lesson that Ricky Steamboat would have if he was ever home. Yikes, that's a low blow. Richie comes out of nowhere to jump Ohno. He says, "my father taught me enough" as he walks away. That's how you start a wrestling show to create a hook.
Drew McIntyre's music hits to bring out the big man. There is a deep-voiced "Drew" chant from the audience and a bunch of women cheer for him. Byron Saxton tells us that his Gold Rush Tournament match is actually when McIntyre broke his hand, and that he's allowed to wrestle with the cast, but not to use it as a weapon. He's facing Richie Steamboat. I think I know where this is heading.
1 - RICHIE STEAMBOAT vs. DREW MCINTYRE
Steamboat's agility gives him an early advantage. Steamboat tries to jump over McIntyre in the corner, but McIntyre manages to Pele kick him in the breadbasket to shift momentum. Nice move. McIntyre tries to set up the Future Shock DDT, but Steamboat fights out. Quick back-and-forth. Ohno tries to make a run-in, but the ref chases him away. The distraction lets McIntyre surprise Steamboat with a shot with his cast and follow with the Future Shock DDT for the win.
WINNER: Drew McIntyre in 4:30. Better match than I expected. I haven't been blown away by Steamboat, but he's doing a good job at going beyond chops and armdrags like his first few matches.
Big E. Langston comes out for a match, and the crowd starts chanting "five count!" Let's see if he needs a five count to win this match.
2 - AIDEN ENGLISH vs. BIG E. LANGSTON
Langston no-sells a number of rights from English, then retaliates. Some quick, hard offense and the straps are down. Langston puts English away with his finisher. Langston gets angry because the ref only counts to three before calling for the bell, so the ref gives another two counts. The crowd is chanting "one more time!"
WINNER: Big E Langston in 0:45. Quick squash.
Post-match, Langston hit his finisher again and gives himself a five count, to the delight of the crowd. Is Langston a heel or a face? It's impossible to tell because the Full Sail audience is mostly the kind of folks who cheer heels. He's dominant, which is fun to cheer for, but he's a bully. After a minute or so, he re-performed his finisher and did yet another five count. I want to see a Langston-Ryback-Mark Henry triple threat.
[Q2] Backstage, Richie Steamboat is going nuts looking for Kassius Ohno.
Video for C.M. Punk on NXT next week.
Michael McGillicutty comes out and cuts a promo. He says that he heard he is the #1 contender for the NXT Championship. He promises that this will be Seth Rollins' last title defense. He asks Rollins to come out so he can say something to his face. Rollins comes out and says that while McGillicutty is very talented in the ring, his big mouth makes people forget his skills. He says that McGillicutty clearly doesn't respect him. McGillicutty agrees. Rollins says, "unlike you, I didn't have any footsteps to beat down a path for me." The crowd oohs. Rollins offers to have the championship match right now. McGillicutty says that he will do it on his terms, not Rollins'. William Regal tells us that the championship match will be next week.
"Earlier today," Briley Pearce interviewed Tyson Kidd and Justin Kidd in advance of their match against The Ascension. Kidd says that they are ready for The Ascension, but Gabriel admits that they know little about The Ascension. Suddenly, The Ascension's music and lights hit, and they are in an upper level of the arena staring down Kidd and Gabriel.
Percy Watson hits the ring to face Kassius Ohno. Ohno starts to come out, and Richie Steamboat jumps him from behind. The refs pull Steamboat off Ohno. Ohno plays up the attack as if he is almost mortally wounded, but he calls for the bell anyways.
3 - PERCY WATSON vs. KASSIUS OHNO
Ohno continues to act injured, then surprises Watson with offense. Watson on offense, but Ohno transitions a back body drop attempt into a jawbreaker to turn it around. Watson makes a comeback. The Showtime Splash for a nearfall. Watson eats a high knee in the corner, then the Shining Elbow from behind for the loss.
WINNER: Kassius Ohno in 3:30. Short but good match. It has been a while since we saw Percy Watson, so he feels fresh now after a lot of over-exposure on NXT: Redemption.
4 -TYSON KIDD & JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. THE ASCENSION - Tag Team match
Cameron immediate dives at Kidd's feet, but Kidd dodges. They do a moment of mat wrestling but Kidd and Gabriel tag team Cameron. Cameron gets some traction and does a really nice belly-to-back overhead throw.
The Ascension is still in control out of the break. Gabriel finally gets some separation and Kidd goes on offense against O'Brien. O'Brien rests outside the ring, then he catches Kidd's baseball slide attempt. O'Brien punishes Kidd on the outside. After a long stretch, Kidd is able to tag Gabriel in, and Gabriel takes it to Cameron. Kidd and O'Brien brawl in the outside. Cameron rolls under the 450 splash, and Kidd gets knocked silly on the outside, letting The Ascension hit their "The Fall of Man" high-low team finisher for the win.
WINNERS: The Ascension in 9:30. The Ascension may be the most enjoyable team in WWE to watch on sustained offense isolating opponents in the corner. They just look and act and sound like rabid dogs, and it plays to their characters and the offense looks very effective and brutal. I would like to know what happened with their feud with The Usos, though. That just disappeared without real resolution.
Final Reax: The focus on the Steamboat-Ohno feud was the main driver of the show, and Ohno continues to shine in out-of-the-ring promos and segments. I would have liked to see some closure on The Ascension's feud with The Usos, and a bit more build to Seth Rollins's next title defense. I think it is very smart to keep champions out of the ring except for title defenses, why would a champion need to fight except as a title defense? Big E. Langston continues to entertain greatly; I could see him as next in line for Seth Rollins after Michael McGillicutty. The lack of Divas action, particularly Paige and Audrey Marie, was a disappointment. I want to see Paige face Natalya in the worst way, incidentally, as that would be an outstanding match.
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