WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT RESULTS 10/31 - Week 19: U.S. Title defense, Woods debuts, Dusty books #1 contender match; Overall Reax
Nov 7, 2012 - 4:20:25 PM
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WWE NXT Results
October 31, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] The show starts off with The Usos against Johnny Curtis and Michael McGillicutty, who are always a good pairing. On his way to the ring, Dirty Curty does some near-Chippendale dancing to the delight of the ladies in the audience.
1 - THE USOS vs. JOHNNY CURTIS & MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY - Tag Team match
Curtis gets the worst of things for a moment, until a blind tag lets McGillicutty take advantage of Jey. A missed corner charge lets Jimmy come in, and after a typical Usos hot tag, they win with the Samoan Splash.
WINNERS: The Usos in 4:15. Not too interesting, which is a shame since Curtis and McGillicutty have made a good pairing in the past. New announcer Tony Luftman went insane calling Jimmy "Jey" and Regal had to cover for him and pretend Jimmy was Jey, too.
Post-match, The Ascension's music plays and they are in the upper part of the arena to glare at The Usos to revive their feud. Conor O'Brien has a short mohawk, making him look like Undertaker at WrestleMania 28.
Backstage, Briley Pearce interviews Trent Barreta. Pearce says that the win over Ohno last week puts Barreta in the running for a shot at the NXT Title. Kassius Ohno interrupts and boots Pearce from the scene. Barreta claims his win wasn't a fluke, ignoring that Richie Steamboat interfered. They book themselves for a match next week. Barreta annoys Ohno by mispronouncing his name like Steamboat did last week.
Xavier Woods makes his NXT debut, and he's playing up a dancer persona. He is facing Leo Kruger, who I think Kruger might have new music again.
2 - XAVIER WOODS vs. LEO KRUGER
[Q2] Woods quickly takes over with a headlock, but Kruger is able to power out with a backbreaker, rip his own hair out, and go on hard-hitting offense. Woods rallies. Woods lands a sweet somersault into a superman punch. Woods to the top rope, but Kruger dodges a missile dropkick, and follows with his neckbreaker-like finisher.
WINNER: Leo Kruger in 4:00. I would like to see more of this match, though without Kruger's hair-pulling routine. What little was seen of Woods on offense was very intriguing.
Video package on Big E. Langston.
On-stage, Byron Saxton interviews Big E. Langston. He brings up Langston's five count. The crowd starts chanting "Five! Five!" as Langston seems stunned. He gives an homage to the number five. He even points out that he has five fingers and toes on each appendage. As he stammers, Vickie Guerrero comes out. Thank goodness, that was almost as painful as Eli Cottonwood's "mustache" speech. She's here to try to recruit Langston to her stable. She insinuates that they could have more than a business relationship to look forward to. He says he has what she needs, then does his chalky-hand clapping in her face. Langston is definitely being positioned in a babyface slot after crowd reaction turned him.
Jinder Mahal comes out and cuts one of his usual promos. He wants the NXT Title. Justin Gabriel comes out and polls the crowd, and they would rather see Gabriel challenge Rollins next. Drew McIntyre interrupts. And, here's Bo Dallas. Dusty Rhodes hits the stage to announce a Fatal Four-Way next week for the #1 contender spot.
Roman Reigns is debuting, with no pre-debut vignettes or video packages. Reigns has a bit of a gladiator-style music and he looks like an Italian Triple H. This may work.
3 - C.J. Parker vs. ROMAN REIGNS
[Q3] Reigns instantly starts to dominate Parker. Reigns works Parker's left arm. Parker struggles for traction. Parker reverses a suplex attempt and starts to get in quality offense. Big boot in the corner gives Reigns the upper hand. Reins looks barbaric and his a huge sort-of belly-to-back initial lift up into a uranage for the win.
WINNER: Roman Reigns in 3:45. A bit long for a debut squash. Reigns has a great look and seems competent in the ring, a common trait among the larger NXT competitors it seems.
4 - U.S. champion ANTONIO CESARO vs. TYSON KIDD - U.S. Title match
Cesaro and Kidd immediately combine brawling, technical, and amateur-style wrestling for an exciting opening to the match. Kidd bridges out of pins and Cesaro viciously jumps and drives his knees to Kidd's gut multiple times. Kidd with a leg lock to send Cesaro to the ropes. They quickly trade a series of pin attempts.
Cesaro with a bear hug that Kidd finally elbows out of. Cesaro wants the Neutralizer out of nowhere but Kidd wants to counter with, but Cesaro anticipates it and transitions to a senset flip, but Kidd rolls through and lands a basement dropkick. Did I just see that?
[Q4] Kidd turns to his kicking offense. Kidd with fast-paced offense. Springboard head scissors into a hard-fought cover for a nearfall. Kidd with a horrific slingshot guillotine legdrop followed by a running kick from the apron. Kidd hits a springboard elbow drop for another nearfall. Cesaro with a monster version of his lift-up uppercut to send Kidd crashing back to reality. Cesaro finishes with the Neutralizer for the win.
WINNER: Antonio Cesaro in 8:50. What an incredible match. Both Kidd and Cesaro were on the top of their games. The action was so fast and fluid I had to pause and rewind multiple times to catch every piece of it.
Final Reax: Lots of action was set up for next week, thankfully, and though there was not much in the way of story development, the in-ring action delivered, particularly the Kidd-Cesaro match. Langston's interview was very poor, though, but I am not sure if it is supposed to be part of his character or not.
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