Good evening NXT faithful. Before I begin this week’s review there are a couple of NXT-related news bits to go over.
First of all, congratulations are in order for Kaitlyn, who just won the Diva’s championship. I have to admit, I have not been following her storyline on Raw too closely but it’s a feel good moment for her to win the title, especially after being so lovable for so long here on NXT.
Second, Tyson Kidd is down with a knee injury and it sucks. If you’ve been following NXT for as long as I have you’ve born witness to a lot of excellent Tyson Kidd matches and some excellent feuds as well with the likes of Yoshi Tatsu and Michael McGillicutty. That should tell you something because it’s one thing to have a quality feud with a main eventer like C M Punk or John Cena and another thing entirely to create noteworthy television with a career jobber like Yoshi Tatsu. But I’m not here to bash Yoshi Tatsu. My point is this: Tyson Kidd is a damn good wrestler and a damn good entertainer. Kidd can and has won over audiences despite occupying a position in the company that shouldn’t create audience interest. Tyson deserves to be featured a hell of a lot more on the main shows the WWE produces because every time Kidd goes out there under the bright lights he delivers. Every time. And yet, as C M Punk so eloquently pointed out on Raw recently, Kidd is less visible than Little Jimmy, R-Truth’s imaginary friend. That’s just not acceptable. Kidd is too good to not become an important part of WWE programming. I really hope that Tyson Kidd has a healthy recovery but also that the decision-makers in the WWE find a permanent spot for Tyson Kidd on Raw or Smackdown and use the hell out of him.
Of course, NXT being a taped show, Tyson Kidd is in tonight’s main event with his tag team partner Justin Gabriel, picking up a big win against Antonio Cesaro and Damian Sandow, a victory that has sadly be derailed by his untimely injury. Before that Adrian Neville (PAC) debuted with a win over Sakamoto and Leo Kruger beat the now fired Trent Baretta with help from Kassius Ohno. Well, actually Kruger only won at first, since a second referee came down and DQ’d the bad guys for their cheating ways. Big E Langstan cut an inaugural promo and then five-count routine’d Camacho. As previously mentioned, Kidd and Gabriel beat Cesaro and Sandow in the main event.
Got all that? Let’s discuss further:
Adrian Neville, First Impressions:
Neville is one of the more endearing Harry Potter characters is better known on the American Independent scene as PAC or perhaps as “The Man that Gravity Forgot.” At least that’s what his “Top Ten Moves of Blank” videos seem to point out. I’m not an expert on PAC’s independent experiences but the guy is definitely a high flyer. His first match on NXT really doesn’t showcase him all that much, but maybe that’s for the best? If he pulled off every crazy move he knew in his first match what else would we have to look forward to? The one insane move Neville did do was his finisher, a twisting shooting star press. Yes, a twisting shooting star press. Evan Bourne should be very, very worried, especially since Neville looks way more muscular than he does.
A second referee kind of destroys the logic of wrestling:
So…..you know when a bad guy cheats in some way in order to win a wrestling match? It happens pretty often. That idea that wrestling could function in this way, that the referee inside the ring, however fallable, is the only official able to determine the victor of a wrestling match, is one of the pillars of wrestling logic that should rarely be messed with. Think about it. If wrestling organizations had the ability to watch a match and catch cheating while it happened, no bad guy would be able to win in that fashion, which would limit a bad guy’s storyline possibilities. Yes, restarting a match or reversing a decision can be an interesting and successful idea when the stakes are high enough and people give a crap about a feud, but this random match on NXT wasn’t the time or the place for it.
This awkward finish (especially considering the fact that Trent Baretta, the man who benefited from the DQ, no longer works for the company) kind of messed up the pretty good match that proceeded it. Kruger attacked Baretta’s wounded ribs the whole time, which is one of the better things Kruger can do, and Baretta showed a lot of heart in fighting back. But a bad ending is a bad ending and tonight it left a bad impression.
I have literally nothing to say about Big E Langston:
I really don’t. Tonight Langston beat Camacho easily and then did his whole five-count routine on him. It was basically the same thing Langston previously did to the jobbers. The crowd likes it and I’m getting bored by it.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel against Antonio Cesaro and Damian Sandow was just good:
Perhaps this match had a tough job fighting against my lofty expectations but considering the talent involved I expected it to be better. Instead it was just good and still the match of the night. Kidd and Gabriel ended up being the team that worked together better and picked up the win because of it, pinning Sandow after a springboard moonsault from Gabriel and a springboard elbow drop from Kidd. The fact the Kidd and Gabriel picked up a win on one-half of the #1 contenders to the Tag Championships was pretty big and could have propelled the team forward…….but that damn knee injury! Argh!!
Overall tonight’s episode was a step backwards from last week’s show but a step back makes sense when you consider how big last week’s NXT was. A new champion? Good matches with fresh talent? It’s hard to compete. Tonight’s episode was one to regroup on and still worth watching for our first look at Adrian Neville and some solid in-ring action. Check it out.