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JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 12/12 - Week 25: Rollins defends NXT Title, Paige in action, Overall Reax

Dec 21, 2012 - 12:05:53 PM
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WWE NXT Results
December 12, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch Contributor


[Q1] Pre-credits, a video package hypes the scheduled match between Seth Rollins and Jinder Mahal for the NXT Championship. Really good video package, making Mahal look like a jerk and Rollins look like a shining knight. Paige kicks the show off to her usual big reaction. She's facing Sasha Banks, billed from Boston. It's Willing Regal and a new (I think) announcer.

1 - PAIGE vs. AUDREY BANKS

There's some technical wrestling to start, but Paige is able to gain control, trying to choke Banks out with her legs. Banks finally kips out and a pair of arm drags anger Paige. Banks gets so startled by Paige screaming at her that Paige is able to destroy her. Banks with a series of cover attempts. Banks foes for the hair but runs into a side kick. Paigeturner for the win.

WINNER: Paige in 4:10. Do I love me a Paige match. Technical acumen, innovative offense, gets the crowd involved, and an attitude like Stone Cold. I don't even think we've ever even heard a promo from her, and she's a stand-out. I think Paige could completely re-invigorate the Divas division if given a regular spot.

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns. Reigns knocks Tony Dawson for acting like they had to wait for him to do the interview. Reigns just ignores Dawson because his phone rings, then walks away.

Backstage, Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger have a video. Ohno sums up the damage they've done. Ohno says that he is disappointed with Regal, and warns him not to get involved again. Kruger just yanks his hair and giggles a bunch.

Oliver Grey is in the ring out of a break. Bray Wyatt comes out and cuts a preacher promo about how he is immortal, and knows about power. He wants to show it with Grey. He brings out "my son." Wyatt has a new follower, a bald headed, bearded man in some off jumpsuit, who brings out a rocking chair for Wyatt.

[Q2]

2 - OLIVER GREY vs. BEARDED STRANGER

The bearded stranger is huge, Undertaker-sized. He just wrecks Grey. Big sidewalk slam lets Bearded Stranger win.

WINNER: Bearded Stranger in 2:30. Good squash. The Bearded Stranger, like Luke Harper, gives off this way of moving like he is drugged or something.

Post-match, Wyatt calls him the second son of the Wyatt family. I feel like someone could make a really cool series about the Wyatt family.

Dusty Rhodes, sporting a buzzcut, comes out to hype the upcoming title match. He wants to discuss Vickie Guerrero. He emphasizes that he runs NXT, not her. He says that she can't be putting bounties on people unless she checks with him first. He tells Big E. Langston to not worry about the bounty, it's cancelled. He's just wrapping up when Camacho comes out. He objects that there is no bounty on Langston because he needs to money to get Hunico out of Mexico. He threatens Rhodes, but Langston comes out to make the save. Dusty books Langston against Camacho for next match. He makes it a handicapped match and tells Camacho to go find a partner. He checks with Langston, who is loving the idea. Langston looks baffled all of a sudden, and starts his five count routine.

Backstage, Big Show says he's on NXT to answer the challenge made on NXT. He forgot to mention who he was actually responding to.

Jinder Mahal has suddenly (in the NXT milieu) morphed from his "wealthy foreigner" personal to his 3MB rock star gimmick. No doubt his fake accent is gone, too. Wow, could the new announcer look any more bored while he comes out? Seth Rollins hits the ramp to a good reception. I feel like NXT is at least two months out of date with the rest of WWE storylines.

3 - SETH ROLLINS vs. JINDER MAHAL - NXT Championship match

Thankfully, it's Jim Ross and William Regal in the booth tonight. Mahal quickly bails to the outside to frustrate Rollins. Rollins is able to go on the attack. Mahal shoves Rollins off the turnbuckle and to the outside.

[Commercial Break]

[Q3] Rollins is struggling to get a break as Mahal assaults him. Mahal with standard offense. Rollins with a comeback, playing up an injured arm, but Mahal sends Rollins onto the rope groin-first.

[Commercial Break - kind of funny to see an ad talking about The Shield in an NXT episode that has both Rollins and Reigns and doesn't acknowledge The Shield at all.]

William Regal with some simple, effective commentary: Rollins is champion because he's the best in NXT and earned it. Why isn't that emphasized more in WWE? Rollins with a jumping roundhouse to get a bit of time to recover. Thesz Press let's Rollins continue the attack. They slug it out and Mahal gets cleared from the ring. Suicide dive sends Mahal up the ramp. Springboard knee to Mahal's head, that looked legitimately painful. Rollins with a top rope huracanrana, but Mahal rolls through for a nearfall that was a whisker away from a title change.

[Q4] Rollins counters a top-rope move with a dropkick. Rollins whiffs a leap into the corner and eats turnbuckle. Rollins stands up on a 10 Punches and powerbombs Mahal into the opposite turnbuckle. Mahal knees Rollins in the back of the head, but Rollins fights off the Camel Clutch and gets to the ropes. "This is awesome" chant. Rollins rolls through a pin and a superkick, then the "Skywalker" to let Rollins retain.

WINNER: Seth Rollins in 19:00. Rollins is brilliant in the ring. This match suffered a bit from Mahal's periods of sustained offense, but other than a bit of slowness, I liked this match.

Post-match, Corey Graves appears in the audience to disrespect Rollins a bit and stare him down. That has the potential to be a very good match based on what we've seen of Graves.

Final Reax: Good show, getting some things back on track. A new wrinkle in the Wyatt Family story, a really nice showing from Paige, and a good, long title match with enough drama to hold the interest.

[Torch art credit Travis Beaven (c) PWTorch.com]


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