WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 11/28 - Week 23: Bryan & Kane in main event, Woods, Del Rio's brother, Overall Reax
Dec 6, 2012 - 3:08:54 PM
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WWE NXT Results
November 28, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch Contributor
Apparently I should start reading more house show reports. I skipped the Smackdown house show in Columbia, S.C. this week because I've practically given up on WWE's main roster shows, and the ticket prices were through the roof. And guess who was there? Paige and "Fandango" a/k/a Johnny Curtis. Whoops. It could have been like the house show I went to right between the end of NXT 1 and the debut of Nexus, as I was the only person there who knew who Wade Barrett was.
[Q1] Backstage, Daniel Bryan says that tonight marks his return to where he got his WWE start. He demands that no one say "Yes!" or refer to him as a "goatface." He then turns to Kane and demands that he stays out of his way. They argue over who needs who and who is the Tag Team Champions. I want to see Daniel Bryan face Seth Rollins or Bronson.
Jim Ross and Tom Phillips are tonight's announcers.
Trent Barreta comes out with taped ribs. He's facing Leo Kruger.
1 - TRENT BARRETA vs. LEO KRUGER
Barreta unloads on Kruger off the bell. Barreta goes up top despite the ribs, but Kruger knocks him down. Kruger starts to heavily work Barreta's midsection. Kruger laughs like a hyena as he tortures Barreta. Barreta can barely move, but he is able to counter a top-rope move with a dropkick. Barreta eats mat on a massive flapjack. Kruger punches his own head, and lands his finisher (I think Phillips called it the "Kruger-end," a bad pun indeed) for the win.
WINNER: Leo Kruger in 4:30. Not a great match, but it had some moments, like Kruger's big flapjack on Barreta at the end. Barreta did a great job looking wounded.
2 - XAVIER WOODS vs. MEMO MONTENEGRO
Montenegro scoffs at Woods's dance moves, but Woods is able to take him down. Phillips makes an allusion or two to the fact that Montenegro is Alberto Del Rio's brother. Woods continues to control with headlocks. Woods with a somersault into a superman punch for the win.
WINNER: Xavier Woods in 1:30. I think Woods has a lot of upside, but he spent nearly the entire match with a headlock on Montenegro, which wasn't exactly interesting. If it were a 12-minute match it would have made sense.
[Q2] 3 - AUDREY MARIE vs. EMMA
Emma is new, and she's billed as being from Australia. Marie with acrobatics to stay in control. Marie also shows off power. Marie uses he legs to control Emma. The crowd tries to rally Emma. Marie with a few pin attempts using her legs. Marie chastises the ref for how fast he counts. Quite a number of backslides in this match. Marie with a spinning DDT for the win.
WINNER: Audrey Marie in 3:00. It looked a bit clunky at time, but was designed to help transition Marie to a heel persona.
Backstage, Tony Dawson is supposed to be interviewing Roman Reigns. Instead, he has a press release from Reigns to read. He has previous engagements and cannot be here, and it discusses how he is too busy being courted by "other teams" and other companies. They are really playing up this prima donna sports player persona for Reigns, and it works.
[Q3] Michael Cole is introduced, complete with his full Paul Anka-like Titantron music. He's here to interview Jinder Mahal and Seth Rollins. He doesn't look well, incidentally, he looks like he is fighting a serious illness. Mahal is out first, still in his pre-3MB garb. They argue over whether or not Mahal "attacked" him or "sent a message." Mahal channels his inner Iron Shiek and vows to "humble" Rollins in two weeks. Rollins says that he is just like the folks in the audience, one creature, one mind. He doesn't like to say that he is better than anyone else, but he'll make an exception to tell Mahal that he's better and he has earned the championship. Shirts come off and Cole stops them from fighting. Cole points out that Rollins has already beaten Mahal, and Mahal tries to attack Cole. Rollins defends Cole, and that lets Mahal beat on Rollins. Cole bails from the ring and Rollins is stuck in the Camel Clutch until the referees pour out of the back.
4 - TEAM HELL NO vs. MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY & JOHNNY CURTIS - Tag Title match
Curtis and McGillicutty have made a good team in the past. Curtis has new male-stripper-like music, and he does a bit of a hip thrusting, butt-shaking routine on his way to the ring. He practically gets the ringpost pregnant. He makes like he's going to dance with McGillicutty, and McGillicutty gets a little annoyed.
This match should be good, with four very capable wrestlers in there. McGillicutty had some great matches with Tyson Kidd, so it will be interesting to see how he does with Daniel Bryan. Kane and Daniel Bryan argue over everything as they head into a pre-match break.
McGillicutty gloats over a quick takedown on Bryan. Bryan pretends to let Kane tag in to tease him, but Kane blind tags in just as Curtis gets a bit of traction. I never realized how tall Curtis was until I saw him next to Kane. McGillicutty gets knocked out of the air with an big right. Bryan tags himself in against Kane's wishes. Curtis runs interference so McGillicutty can get an edge. Nice team work by Curtis and McGillicutty on Bryan. Curtis stretches Bryan and does a sexy dance.
[Q4] Curtis makes a side chinlock look like an adult film with facial expressions alone. JR calls Curtis' cover "flamboyant." Mutual cross-body and it's Kane and McGillicutty. Kane tramples McGillicutty. Kane and Bryan argue. Kane gets so annoyed, he wants a double chokeslam on McGillicutty and Bryan. Curtis attacks Kane, which makes him refocus on the match. Curtis takes a chokeslam just as McGillicutty gets put in the No-lock for the tapout.
WINNERS: Team Hell No in 8:00. Very, very fun match. The wrestling took a back-seat to the comedy, but it was all well down and enjoyable, with predictably smooth action. As often happens, Johnny Curtis stole the show. He doesn't just "dance," he oozes disgusting amounts of sin through his hips. I felt dirty just for viewing.
Final Reax: Other than the focus on the upcoming title match, this episode felt much like filler. NXT is in a holding pattern, yet it still manages to entertain for the most part.
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