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NXT Takeover 2014 Opinions (spoiler free)

Well first off, my predictions were pretty inaccurate. The show was really enjoyable. The pre-show was good, no matches, but it had Renee Young with Paul Heyman and Christian at the desk. There was a special appearance by Ceasaro. You can skip the pre-show, but they had good interviews, including relationship counseling with Natalya and Tyson Kidd in a sit down interview with Michael Cole. It just made Tyson Kidd look weak, like his woman’s woman. Michael Cole was even hinting at it.

ADAM ROSE vs CAMACHO
This match had a high energy crowd. The chants never stopped. It was a comedy match and Camacho was the only guy not laughing. It wouldn’t be comedy without a straight man would it? It was a great match to warm up if not energize the crowd.

NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: Champions, THE ASCENSION vs TWO LUCHADORES
The Ascension showed a lot of intensity, far more than I’ve ever noticed. They looked really good here. It is at this point that I realize its an advertisement for the WWE.

SAMMY ZAYN vs TYLER BREEZE
Its great, Tyler Breeze has a blonde bombshelle gimmick, but he’s a man. Its awesome. In the ring he’s always good in a Johnny Nitro soft of way. Sammy Zayn took a hard fall off the top rope and landed on the back of his head. Concussion? This was as good of a match as everyone thought it would be.

ALEXANDER RUSEV ANGLE
This was awesomely entertaining. Rusev is quite the over the top heel for having a bored awkward facial expression. I’m happy such a throwback evil character exists, even in a world that rejects corny and campy gimmicks like this.

PAIGE THANKS FANS
Eh. I was waiting for a heel to come out and save her from herself. It was like a graduation speech. She had white jeans. That’s her gimmick, she’s neon white.

VACANT NXT DIVA’S CHAMPIONSHIP: CHARLOTTE w/ RIC FLAIR vs NATALYA w/ BRET HART
A lot of people like the thought of Flair vs Hart in the corners. I don’t. I’d rather see female versions of Ric and the Anvil clash. Charlotte is shockingly graceful. Both women come out with new electrified versions of their elder’s themes. The commentary was great for this match as it is for every match, but they played up a lot of stories. Not just the Flair vs Hart, but the rich taught skills vs the home taught skills. Natalya let out an ugly woo, but this will probably be the women’s match of the year if not decade for WWE, NXT, TNA (maybe not SHIMMER). There was a lot of mat wrestling to contrast the high flying of the previous match. It was hard, painful wrestling.

This was a good match, because NXT allows it to happen. I’m not sure the WWE would allow it to happen. Just as TNA would often have 10 minute Knockout matches. I still predict huge things for Charlotte, maybe even bigger than the WWE Diva’s division. She’s a 6′ tall blonde bombshelle that can do a top rope backflip moonsault that plays a villain better than most men. It is a shame that the NXT and WWE Divas divisions are so shallow.

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP: Champion, ADRIAN NEVILLE vs TYSON KIDD
This match felt big with a lot of heat on it from a lot of directions. Tyson wanting to get into the WWE, Tyson’s wife just losing, Adrian on the rise, Kidd on the decline, Tyson was strong going in with a few wins over the past 5 or so weeks. When a match can feel so big, yet be so small in the WWE is astounding. These two would be cruiserweights on the bottom of the card, but here in NXT they are gods that people came to see. NXT is now what Smackdown should be, a place for guys to shine based on their wrestling merits. You don’t have to be tall, or cut the best promo. Bo Dallas and Paige should not have left the NXT nest. Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond dominated by giants and monsters?

As a match, it was great, on par with Sammy Zayn vs Tyler Breeze. Two quality, diverse matches. High impact match, an indie spectacular.

IN CONCLUSION
NXT is on fire and its only gaining momentum. They don’t have an over abundance of titles and every match serves a purpose. They only have one star vs star match per week, so these live events mean a lot more. Everything is focused around those titles and they don’t spend a lot of time on matches that aren’t for a title or for the #1 contendership. It is great to see a promotion that focuses on the important things.

Extremely enjoyable show, it makes me sad for TNA and Smackdown this 5 match show can be so good in 2 hours without anything bad. This show felt special, it felt like it mattered, it feels fresh, it feels like NXT is going somewhere.

NXT Takeover 2014 Predictions

Oddly enough, I find myself caring more about NXT Takeover than WWE Payback this Sunday. NXT Takeover is the second live WWE network event for NXT and according to the poster three matches have been announced. Those three matches are:

ADAM ROSE vs CAMACHO
You might not believe this, but I’ve seen a lot more from Camacho than I have Adam Rose. To me, Adam Rose is just a gimmick with no real substance behind it. Camacho however, I’ve seen fifteen minute five star matches with him and Tyson Kidd. In WWE, I saw nothing with Camacho, but in NXT he has a chance to shine. While this match doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, I’ll pick Camacho.

NXT TAG CHAMPIONSHIP: Champions, THE ASCENSION vs EL LOCO & KALISTO
Well the NXT tag champions have received the call to go to the WWE. I do like how the tag division in the WWE seems to have fattened up over the past year. Kudos to you HHH for making the tag team initiative. I’d rather see four floundering guys in one match become stars than I would two not become stars. As for the match, El Loco and Kalisto are on fire. I see big things for them outside of NXT, but in NXT I see bigger things for them, so I predict El Loco & Kalisto to win the tag titles. As for the Ascension, I’ve never seen anything special about them outside of their entrance and gimmick. They should bring something fresh to the WWE tag division, but once they get stale, they’ll get cut.

SAMMY ZAYN vs TYLER BREEZE
I’d say the #3 and #4 guys in NXT right now. They lost a #1 contender match to Tyson Kidd. Very quickly here, I see Sammy Zayn going over Tyler Breeze. Remember how I said that I see nothing in Adam Rose? Tyler Breeze is a guy that is a gimmick, but in the ring he does have that ‘mean streak’ something extra that isn’t just part of the gimmick. Hopefully this match can make them both stars.

VACANT NXT DIVA’S CHAMPIONSHIP: CHARLOTTE w/ RIC FLAIR vs NATALYA w/ BRET HART
Paige is now the WWE Diva’s Championship, so she had to give up the NXT Diva’s championship. So there has been a month long tournament leading to this match, which is great. The big draw to this match is Flair and Bret Hart will be in the background and might potentially scuffle. To be honest, I couldn’t care less at the thought of two retired wrestlers getting involved. I’d much rather see Charlotte and Natalya. Both are very solid wrestlers and could rewrite women’s wrestling in WWE. I see giant things for Charlotte and I’m shocked that she wasn’t called up by the WWE instead of Paige. Charlotte will go over, because she’s on the rise and sadly Natalya is on the decline. Then Charlotte will carry the diva’s title for the next year.

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP: Champion, ADRIAN NEVILLE vs TYSON KIDD
Tyson Kidd came back, went over someone, participated in a #1 contender’s battle royal and then won a #1 contender match against Tyler Breeze and Sammy Zane to earn a title shot. That’s clean and simple booking. A guy that wins matches and it makes me happy to see that happening in NXT. As for the possibility of Tyson Kidd winning, I don’t give him much of a chance. NXT loves to keep titles on champions, and like Charlotte vs Natalya, Adrian Neville is on the rise while Tyson Kidd is on a decline. I really wish the best for Tyson Kidd, but he’s just a guy to make others look good. Again, I refer you to the amazing match Tyson Kidd had with Camacho. Simply stated, Adrian Neville for the win.

Rebooking WWE RAW (7/9/12)

So to sum up RAW, they had 6 wins and 2 matches. Wins are what happens when a match is under 3 minutes and you can’t really get invested. matches last longer and let you care about the conclusion.

WWE Title >> AJ Lee / CM Punk / Daniel Bryan Storyline
Bryan wanting to marry AJ makes more sense than AJ wanting to marry Punk. AJ writing Punk valentines, creepy poems and stuff like that makes sense and it can be more subtle and less fucking insane. However, Bryan wanting to marry her would make sense from a title standpoint.

AJ should be asking what do you want Punk? I can be what you want! Punk can say I don’t want you, I don’t want this. I dig crazy chicks, but I want to keep my title more than I want to date you…. That can still keep the illusion of not knowing who will win the title match if CM wants to keep his belt.

At least AJ makes Punk & Bryan look tall…. because John Cena doesn’t help.

When RAW started, I thought, shouldn’t Beth just appear to destroy AJ. AJ will try to talk her out of it, Beth can say…. enough talking. You’re a wrestler, not a referee. This is a referee (who then appears) and this is a match. Then destroys AJ. Daniel Bryan can run out to pick her up and carry her. AJ… AJ are you okay? What did you do to her you monster????

Pushing Tyson Kidd
Since people are buzzing about Tyson Kidd, WWE can bring up the pay-per-view from July from a decade ago…. Canadian Stampede where the Harts reigned supreme! The Harts who trained Kidd. Have his wife / fiance give him a simple good luck kiss. Show him coming up over the years…. his long rise to even get a shot at a title shot! This man had to live on spaghetti-os and wrestle in front of 50 people to wrestle in front of 10,000. Have Bret Hart smile, hit Tyson on the shoulder and say go get that title shot Kidd.

Smackdown Money in the Bank >> Tyson Kidd / Christian / Tensai / Cody Rhodes / Dolph Ziggler / Sin Cara Storyline
I want to hear Kidd Talk. WWE needs to do a lot to sell the Smackdown guys and why they should be champion. Why should I care about Ziggler when he’s FAILED on 2 dozen title shots? Why should I care about Tensai when he FAILS to beat John Cena? Tell me why Cody Rhodes is more than just the name RHODES? Tell me why I should give a damn about Santino as more than a cartoon character. Why should I care about Christian when he’s held the belt and whined about losing it for months? Why should I get behind Tyson Kidd when he only gets lucky wins and sniffs underwear? I need to know why the hell I care about any of these people. You have 1 week. Fuck you had 4 weeks and entire careers to make me care.

Heavyweight title >> Alberto Del Rio / Sheamus Storyline
If WWE wanted to gain a 1 night heat on ADR that uses a car…. have him run over Sheamus with a car in a garage. OMG he just run him over Can Sheamus defend his title in 1 week after being hit with a car???? But then again does the WWE want to waste a car angle on a match that is the 3rd from the top at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view?

Or like I’ve mentioned for the past few weeks, build up ADR over 2 or 3 weeks by breaking jobbers arms and getting tap outs. ADR breaks arms, but Sheamus is no normal man. Then stack the deck. Submission match with a champion that doesn’t really win by submission.

RAW Money in the Bank >> John Cena / Big Show / Kane / Chris Jericho Storyline
I’ve pointed out several times…. starve people of Cena, Jericho, Kane and Big Show…. instead of putting them all together. Sure that might be what the RAW fans want to see when you have them sit through shit. Promos against one another, building each of them individually. Asking wrestlers and FANS who will win? Why will they win? Ask Punk who will win and who he wants to? Make this match seem bigger than it is.

Why should I care about Cena, Big Show, Jericho and Kane? All 4 have held almost 40+ world titles between them. Is it because they’re the best???? Well if they were, they would still be holding the title. Kane should go out and destroy the …ladder so no one can win….. why? Because he should only care about a title because it will draw more victims. People want gold and I guard that gold and I want to hurt people. Why does Big Show want to be champion when he has an iron clad contract? Is there more money in it for him? Or is it to outlive the failure of losing the Smackdown belt in what 30 seconds??? Yeah that’s it. Why does Cena want it? To be champion 11 times? You’ll always remember your 11th title reign!!!!! No…. its because Punk beat him last year at the biggest event of the year. Even bigger than Mania. Punk embarassed Cena when Cena KNEW he’d hold onto that belt. Why does Jericho want it? To prove he’s the best in the world again? No because Punk beat him and he can’t sleep at night without thinking how Punk beat him. Punk beat him 3x and he wants to make Punk pay!
Cena should really be the guy getting the sole title shot against Punk. Cena has won a lot lately. Even has major PPV victories this year over Kane, Big Show…. and well took on Jericho a lil while ago.
I’d really really really have this Cena / Kane vs Show / Jericho on house shows and not the TV. Deny fans any combination of the main event of your PPV. But give the house show fans something for their money. Nope…. instead its Cena vs Big Show and Bryan & Punk vs Kane & Jericho. wtf? How does this make sense?

Since Cena is clearly the odds on favorite to win the Money in the Bank… and he’s had major feuds with all 3 of these guys over the years…. why not Cena vs 3 of them? Or why use matches to build up these 4 guys? Is it because WWE actually needs a real match on RAW?

Let’s look at the logic of the big tag match…. why should Jericho want Big Show to tag out? Wouldn’t he want everyone to get weakened? Hell wouldn’t he just leave the arena until someone said if you don’t tag in you won’t be in the Money in the Bank briefcase.

A DQ in a tag match… John Cena & Kane vs Big Show & Chris Jericho Logistically breaking up a pin should be a DQ. Just like a singles match. I never thought of it. Yeah.  Now if the ref doesn’t see it….

WWE tag division storyline… Ron Killings & Kofi Kingston vs Hunico & Camacho
Didn’t the Prime Time Players win a title shot for the tag titles at the last PPV? Why are Hunico and Camacho getting the tag title shot at the pay-per-view? Doesn’t Ron Killings have a broken foot? Does WWE actually have 4 tag teams? That’s a start.

Sin Cara & Tyson Kidd (put Kidd under a mask and call him Kidd Canada). Ryback & Ryan (Mason). Drew & Rekks. Hawkins as a buttler for Damien Sandow. Santino & Ryder or Ryder & Ricardo. Dibiase & Regal…. if one wasn’t retired and the other injured. Jinder & Khali… who cares if one is face and the other is heel.

And again just randomly put low end guys together at house shows. Find who’s awesome enough to be on TV even if you don’t have ethnic matching like a pair of blacks and a pair of mexicans. Why not an Asian with a black guy?

Heating up a dead storyline…. Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler
Cole vs Lawler…. smells like WWE just gave up. None of our wrestlers are over enough…. go with announcers! Wasting time on this when you should be building Smackdown guys to be credible enough to win a title or at least making RAW guys credible enough to take on Punk.

Perhaps if they spent more time making people credible and less time searching for Hornswaggle and watching commentator’s wrestle there would be 75% of fans wanting to see Christian vs Cody or Kidd vs Yoshi Tatsu.

Rebooking RAW (7/2/12)

So far it looks like there are only 4 matches for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view coming up. In last week’s rebooking RAW I think that I made 8 logical matches. Chances are the WWE will make 8 matches 2 will be squash matches involving Ryback and Sin Cara. WWE RAW didn’t give me much to work with what with all of its 3 minute matches.

MONEY IN THE BANK >> KIDD vs DOLPH vs SANTINO vs TENSAI vs CHRISTIAN vs CODY vs DAMIEN
I think booking the main event money in the bank match is a lot tougher than the Smackdown one. The Smackdown one is a place to showcase new talent and Smackdown should be the place to plug their money in the bank match (even if this is rebooking RAW). Have them explain why they want the title or why they feel they will be the next champion. Damien Sandow can talk, Christian can do his promo with the peeps, Cody can laugh, Santino can be in comedy training vignettes… Tensai can be in a video drinking tea and destroying jobbers in the gym, Dolph can tell his manager to shut up… he wants to talk, and Kidd can go out be wreckless. You can even have sit down interviews with each one to talk with them for real-sies explaining why they got in the business, their sufferage and why they stuck with it to one day be at the top of the WWE. Don’t ask Damien or Santino. They’re not real characters or have them do it in character. Then you continue them all having singles wins building up to the pay-per-view. I have a feeling WWE will throw them into an 8 man tag.

MONEY IN THE BANK >> CENA vs JERICHO vs BIG SHOW vs KANE STORYLINE
But with the main event money in the bank its a lot tougher with 50+ years of WWE experience. I’m not sure anyone has the desire to see any of them to be champion again so much as be a stepping stone for Punk. I say starve fans of interaction between the four of them. Ask wrestlers and fans at live events, who will win. Even ask CM Punk who he thinks will win since a fighting champion doesn’t care who will win. Make it like a larger than life dream match instead of a stepping stone for men who have climbed Mt. Everest. They literally do not need any matches to build them up, they are the top guys, the guys you should be paying to see and if you don’t agree with people paying to see them, the WWE has failed over the past decade.

DANIEL BRYAN / CM PUNK / AJ LEE STORYLINE
Legend has it that AJ Lee will be the guest referee… Daniel Bryan should suddenly find himself appologizing to her. Roses. He misses her. Aw Daniel you’re so sweet. I don’t like sweet. He can either then pull her hair or intimidate her then. I win at the PPV. AJ can tell them… the best man will win. Then at the PPV Punk can put Bryan in the anaconda vice and AJ can be oblivious to Bryan tapping. That’s either an… I want Bryan to win or I hate Bryan and want him to suffer thing.

DANIEL BYRAN / CM PUNK / AJ LEE / KANE STORYLINE
WWE RAW saw Daniel Bryan & Jericho vs Cena & Punk. That’s a great match on paper, but WWE should be starving you of Bryan and Punk, since we’ve seen them in singles matches 6+ times in 3 months. Punk is also the same guy who has been in a drinking angle and stuck in an AJ Lee storyline since this year started.

If WWE RAW was a movie AJ would be brushing her hair, Punk would come in. She’d try to kiss him, he’d say no She’d take her brush break the mirror. Yell at him. She’d then cut herself once and say you will love me! He can say no put that down …okay? She’d cut herself, wince in pain, tear up say it again, why don’t you love me? He’d explain then she’d cut again until he finally kissed her and she’d cry and they’d go find an EMT … together. Then she’d become his project to fix.

Then…. Daniel Bryan can get on Punk’s case. Why did he let her do that? You’re a man, you could have stopped her! You just had to give in and kiss her and she wouldn’t have done that. It’s your fault she did that. Then later Kane can stop by the ambulance / EMTs and tell them take a walk. Then Kane can say those cuts hurt don’t they… she says yeah… then he says good… then walks away laughing.

It can still be PG… just don’t show what she does with the mirror. Its not in view of the camera. Just show their upper halves. Then a week later Kane can call out AJ and ask how she’s healing if she’s scarred… like him. Join him and together they can be a pair of freaks.

Kane will keep talking… I’ve realized you and I are exactly alike. We’re both unwanted. Neither Daniel or Punk want you. Neither did I. We both like pain… Take my hand AJ and I’ll bring pain to everyone that brought it to us. Through their pain and suffering, I’ll make you feel better. They walk off hand in hand or someone will stop them asking did that just happen? and Kane will chokeslam that person.

HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE >> SHEAMUS vs ALBERTO DEL RIO STORYLINE
Since Sheamus doesn’t have any on screen friends, ADR needs to start breaking arms in and out of the ring. Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Santino, Ted Dibiase, Drew McIntyre, heels, faces, it doesn’t matter, start breaking them 2 in each show. Until finally ADR puts the cross arm breaker on a woman, let’s say Alicia Fox. Then Sheamus appears, ADR bolts, then distracts him for Ricardo, but Sheamus no sells and puts out Ricardo. ADR can cut a final promo about the arms he’s broken and how will Sheamus lift his title… with a broken arm. ADR was an Olympic wrestler, drives beautiful cars and gets beautiful women. Sheamus is a bar brawler, drives a pinto and gets the fattest women of Ireland. That is why Sheamus is so strong from sweeping those porkers off their feet. #porklover

IN CONCLUSION
With all of this being said, I think my last rebooking RAW was better, because it lead to better matches.

New NXT = FCW (6/2012)

So NXT has been revamped into something that looks and feels more like FCW. New NXT has a home arena (Full Sail University Arena) that they film 2 episodes at each TV taping (someone correct me if I’m wrong). Just like TNA did before it went live a month ago. That is a great idea to keep costs down and have your fans recognize your wrestlers. So now on with the show…

TYPICAL WWE LOGO
Yep its the typical WWE stamp logo… but John Cena is the champion?

COMMENTARY TEAM
Jim Ross & William Regal. You can’t go wrong with that. Regal is very good with information and history of things. Jim Ross hasn’t lost his step, but there won’t be any big moments for him to call.

NEW NXT OPENING
The opening recaps great WWE moments and says that these are the fresh crop willing to step up to one day have their moments. Then they go into the intro of the show which has some good music.

JIM ROSS INTRODUCES THE INTERUM GM
Oh good there’s a GM on this show. Sour taste already. Its a good choice though, but he doesn’t need to be a GM. I won’t spoil it for anyone. Someone announces Tyson Kidd vs Michael McGillicutty on paper seems like a terrible main event.

BO DALLAS VIDEO
Bo Dallas is the something of IRS and Blackjack Windam. Wait is that the fat guy or is this the fat guy’s skinny brother? Its gotta be the fat guy’s skinny brother. Anyway… smiling gorgeous face, put him on RAW in a tag team with Evan Bourne.

BO DALLAS vs RICK VICTOR
8 minutes in and we get the first match. Which is typical of TNA and WWE of most weeks. Bo Dallas vs some guy. The other guy looks more like IRS than Bo does. Regal mentions Bo Dallas is the last guy to come through Stu Hart’s Dungeon? Perhaps I heard him wrong and he means Tyson Kidd. I actually see some William Regal & Chris Benoit in the jobber Rick Victor. Camera work feels fresh and more in your face, but not nearly as in your face as old ECW. Bo Dallas seems fast if not basic… but he’ll lose speed in the 2 years it takes him to get to WWE.

SETH ROLLINS VIDEO PROMO
Seth Rollins looks like Chris Hero or an emo CM Punk. I see big things for Seth Rollins. Thank goth he has a name like Seth.

DAMIEN SHADOW vs JOBBER (in a match that never happens)
Hilarious. He holds the mic like a glass of wine. He gets plenty of What chants. Every time there is some audio from the crowd the camera cuts to a close up so you can’t see people saying things. And Damien walks away from the match without it even starting wtf?

THE ASCENSION VIDEO (corny)
So the tag team Ascention they show… I think they’re Batman’s children mixed in with some Underworld. Corny thing.

ANTONIO CESARO VIDEO (he’s coming next week)
Good videos for Cesaro and then Alberto. Ceasaro was banned from Rugby for excessive violence and he’s coming next week.

20 MINUTES IN…
So 20 minutes in and I’ve realized this show is a fucked version of FCW. It follows the WWE / TNA model of more talk and clips than matches and NXT is to train your guys to be ready for WWE. They need more matches in the show. Superstars fit 6 matches in every show.

THE ASCENSION vs 2 JOBBERS (they’ll get better) 
The Ascension… quite the ring entrance…. that takes way too long. The Ascension should just destroy these jobbers with an effective double team finisher… and they do double team beat downs that don’t really show anything. Stomps and quick tagging. Plenty of double team beatdowns and there’s the finish. The finisher was meh, but they’ll get better. 1 minute squash.

HUSKY HARRIS VIDEO (in da bayou)
Meh video for Husky Harris… even if the character will be dumb. Ah his name is now Bray Wyatt.

BACKSTAGE WITH WHO… and WHO? (terrible acting, terrible segment)
Backstage with someone I don’t recognize. Oh good he found someone in the men’s room. Acting… forcing them to act. Christ. Don’t let wrestlers act. If you want them to act, send them to improv or acting classes and don’t ever show it on TV. This was terrible and whoever thought of it should be shot. Didn’t make me want to watch the match. Didn’t introduce me to anybody. ‎I think I recognized someone in the segment, but I don’t know.

TYSON KIDD vs MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY (shockingly good match)
30 minutes in and its the main event. Did William Regal say Marty McGillicutty? Hopefully Tyson Kidd goes over. Tyson had his first match at 12 years old? McGillicutty = MR NXT. One day he might even get off the show. Tyson Kidd gets a lot of oos and ahs from the crowd. You know what the shame is here? This is clearly a surprisingly good match, but the shame is that I don’t care. It feels like a chore to watch these two. No matter how good the commentary and match is I just don’t care since it has been 10 minutes since the match started. Great NEAR finish with Tyson Kid doing a standing moonsault off the top. McGillicutty uses a sharp shooter… yes McGillicutty. These two can wrestle a B+ match. Wow Tyson Kidd pulls out a new version of a sharp shooter called the dungeon lock. Impressive finish for a match that went 12+ minutes.

IN CONCLUSION (it could be a lot better and might be)
NXT = mini WWE and that’s a huge problem. Thank goth there were no old NXT flaws like putting your contestants through stupid challenges (even if the challenges are to prove qualities other than wrestling). Too many WWE clips when people watching this are watching RAW. They can wedge another match in here. They had a nice crowd, that I feel will dwindle as time goes on. 3 matches, the main event was good to great even if they are two wrestlers I don’t care about.

PROS

  • Good main event
  • The Ascension has a great look
  • Ceasaro is coming
  • Jim Ross & William Regal on commentary

CONS

  • NXT doesn’t need a GM no matter how good he is
  • Ascension is corny
  • Too much like FCW
  • Too few matches for a show that should be getting guys ready in the ring
  • Terrible backstage acting…
  • Main event between 2 guys I don’t care about and that’s the failure of WWE for 2+ years of jobbing both guys

Watching NXT and finding faults it shouldn’t have (and how to fix them)

In 20 minutes into watching NXT and I’ve only seen 1 NXT guy and 5 pros. Maybe that’s for better matches and better promos… but 2 segments in… there is ZERO crowd heat. No one cheers, no one knows the pros.

That’s a big problem. Not just the only problem. Since this is a net show showcasing rookies it should suck… but this sucks on a different level.

OPENING SEGMENT JTG & TOILET BRUSH (DARREN YOUNG) with USOS
It kicked off with JTG and a “rookie” the toilet brush. JTG cut down the fans and the fans had no reaction even when being insulted. Now that was sad. I actually say the toilet brush rookie he was with (formerly CM Punk’s rookie in season 2) is better known than JTG. Terrible segment that went on for 8 minutes. A match is setup later.

YOSHI TATSU vs JINDER MAHAUL
This match should have had heat. Jinder punched in Yoshi’s teeth on a different episode… which should have been shown before this match. This was a squash match when they should really be showing off Yoshi’s high-flying and still have Jinder win.

William Regal (on commentary) explained a real life story that he was at Jinder’s christening 25 years ago! Wow! That’s crazy if its true.

TITUS ONEIL BACKSTAGE WITH AJ
Yep they sure were…

PERCY WATSON vs TYSON KIDD
Wow they changed poor Percy. Now he looks like everyone else only black. There is nothing that makes him stand out. His attire is devoid of color and flair. Maybe it was some on air thing where they stripped him down.

Where is Tyson Kidd’s rookie? His rookie was eliminated, but the rookie still needs to be there. Speaking of rookies… Darren Young’s (toilet brush) pro is Chavo Guerrero who was released from the WWE. JTG’s rookie was eliminated so they must have teamed up. Where was Percy’s pro??? Is Percy a pro himself? If he’s a pro then why is another pro vs pro match on NXT?

This was probably Tyson Kidd’s best match in the past year. It made him look like a star by jobbing out Percy Watson. The one thing I got from Percy is he jumps high… so does Kofi Kingston and Shelton Benjamin. It’s like a check box for black athletes.

INTERVIEW WITH JINDER MAHAUL
Yawn. He has the look of a young Rock. He says that tonight marks his return to greatness. This probably should have been before his match, but whatever.

USOS vs JTG & DARREN “TOILET BRUSH” YOUNG
Lets recap before we start this… 2 rookies, 6 pros. According to the WWE there are 3 rookies left. 1 of which is Darren Young. The others are Titus ONeil who was backstage with AJ for 1 minute and the last rookie to still be on the show is Derrick Burkman, who is Daniel Bryan’s pro. Daniel Byran is someone this whole show can be built around. Out of everyone he actually feels like a star. He’s been with the company 2 years, he can wrestle, the fans get behind him, but he’s not here… so whatever.

The main event was around 10 minutes long and had the fans interested. The right team won… and afterward 2 more pros jumped them to quickly close the show.

IN CONCLUSION: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
Its like the WWE is swimming backward. WWE has this show for rookies, yet they only had 2 rookies (if Percy isn’t a pro). Only 1 of the rookies had not been eliminated. They should have all of the finalist rookies getting victories on this show to build them headed into the finale. Job out the guys who have been eliminated. Don’t have current WWE “stars” go over them. Once they get integrated into Smackdown or RAW (or Superstars) have them do jobs to the WWE stars. This is NXT and the pros can dominate their show on WWE Superstars (online).

WWE should keep that in mind for next season, but the WWE will do what it wants and bury guys they’re trying to make.

Since there is zero crowd heat, NXT needs a star to tie everything together. Like a host. Jim Ross comes to mind. He can be the guy everyone pays attention to so there is a crowd reaction. He can have in ring interviews. It’s either that or have a wrestler host or have a weekly guest host to make it interesting. CM Punk hosts one week. John Cena hosts another, Christian hosts another. This would pop the Internet ratings and by pop I mean 500 extra views and it will get people paying attention. That superstar would take a hit considering he doesn’t get his 1st appearance pop on Smackdown and he might feel stale before he appears on Smackdown.

WWE Booking 3 Months of Smackdown Tag Teams from low end talent

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAMS
– JINDER / KHALI
– DIBIASE / REGAL
– BARRETA / CURTIS
– THE USOS
– GABRIEL / SLATER
– CARA / KIDD

Since the WWE doesn’t like tag teams that much… my ideas take minimum time. 5 minutes for everything with one -. No 20 minute barn burning tag matches… until people want to see them.

RAW 1

SUPERSTARS 1

SMACKDOWN 1

– GM Bret Hart (why?) says he was in a tag team and wants to see tag teams comeback
— More importantly he wants a Smackdown team to have the tag belts…
– MATCH >> BARRETA / CURTIS over USOS
– MATCH >> GABRIEL / SLATER over DIBIASE / REGAL
— Regal blames Dibiase for the loss wants a match with him next week
— GM Bret Hart says he’ll have a match with him in a team
— Regal will whip that boy into shape
– Jinder comes to GM Bret Hart… Jinder can get those tag belts!!! He has the perfect partner!
— He demands a tag TITLE match! Bret demands Jinder prove it before Bret will care
— Bret makes a match… Gabriel / Slater against Jinder and his guy
– MATCH >> RHODES over TYSON KIDD
— Rhodes cuts a promo before, he won’t be the only ugly man in pro wrestling when he’s finished with Kidd…
— Rhodes focuses on Tyson’s face, really beats it, stomps it…

RAW 2

SUPERSTARS 2

SMACKDOWN 2

– Training montage with Regal / Dibiase. Regal whipping the boy into shape
– MATCH >> BARRETA / CURTIS over REGAL / DIBIASE
— Regal takes out the loss on Dibiase … needs more training
— Regal says give him a month with Dibiase and Bret says in one month they’ll have their next tag
– Tyson Kidd is gone from TV …
— Was it due to his facial injuries at the hands of Cody Rhodes?
– MATCH >> JINDER / KHALI over GABRIEL / SLATER
— Jinder LOLs, Khali does the dirty work
— Now are you watching Bret Hart???
— Usos laugh at Gabriel / Slater for losing

RAW 3

SUPERSTARS 3

SMACKDOWN 3

– Training montage with Regal / Dibiase.
— This time… how to cheat!! clips against jobbers
– GM Bret says Tyson Kidd will return to action in 1 week against the man that put him on the shelf
— Where is Tyson? Bret says Tyson had some personal issues to attend to
– MATCH >> RHODES over SIN CARA
— Rhodes tries pulling off Sin Cara’s mask
— Rhodes is the only masked man on Smackdown!!! Grrrr…
– MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over BARRETA / CURTIS
— They have 2 wins in a row… good enough for a low level title shot on Smackdown
— They lose clean and make Evan / Kofi look good
– MATCH >> JINDER / KHALI over USOS
— Jinder LOLs, Khali does the dirty work
— When do they get a tag title shot huh??? If Bret wants the belts so bad…
— Gabriel / Slater come out and laugh at the Usos… beat them down too!

RAW 4

SUPERSTARS 4

SMACKDOWN 4

– Training montage with Regal / Dibiase.
— This time… new flashy suplexes against jobbers
– GM Bret Hart phones Tyson Kidd… he’s late… where is he???
— Tyson says he’s at the hotel, he’s not coming
— Don’t you want revenge??? Yeah, but Tyson now has issues
— Bret tells him there’s no preferential treatment in the WWE… he either comes there or he’s suspended
— Tyson comes for his match his face isn’t seen…
— Tyson finds a simple black mask with a note… if you feel like you need it…
— MATCH >> KIDD over RHODES!
– MATCH >> JINDER / KHALI over BARRETA / CURTIS
— Jinder LOLs, Khali does the dirty work
— GM Bret Hart says 3 wins in a row… they’ll get their title shot!
— Jinder cackles!!!
– Brief backstage argument with Usos and Gabriel / Slater and agree to a match.

PPV 1

RAW 1

SUPERSTARS 1

SMACKDOWN 1

– Training montage with Regal / Dibiase.
— This time… new stretching submissions against jobbers
– Backstage Tyson in a mask thanks Bret for leaving him the mask
— It wasn’t Bret… than who was it? Tyson has an idea
— Bret tells him to take it off… Tyson says no. he likes it.
– TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over JINDER / KHALI
— Jinder starts the match and gets pinned embarassingly quick
— He wants a rematch!!! This time with Khali starting the match!!!
– GM Bret Hart tells Gabriel / Slater they get a tag title shot next week if they can beat Usos.
— The Usos wonder what about them? Bret says get a victory over Gabriel / Slater and that will be a start.
— MATCH >> USOS over GABRIEL / SLATER
— Gabriel / Slater beat them up because there went their title shot!
– Barreta / Curtis promo showing what they’re good at and how they sat all week and wondered how to beat Evan / Kofi… well they thought of how to get the job done. The trick now is to get another title shot and implement it.
— What is it? No no dumbass they’re not gonna tell anyone, they’ll show the world and shock it by capturing the tag titles.

RAW 2

SUPERSTARS 2

SMACKDOWN 2

– Training montage with Regal / Dibiase.
— This time… celebrating the good life out… cutting promos in common society
— One more week they have a match!!!
– Tyson in a mask finds Rhodes backstage… did Rhodes leave him the mask?
— Heck no… why would he? Hmmm…
– Jinder wants a title shot rematch. Bret says no… they haven’t earned it
— If Jinder wants a rematch so bad if they can beat Evan in a match 1 on 1 they’ll get a title shot
— Jinder is happy Khali vs Evan!!! no… Jinder vs Evan… no Khali at ringside
— MATCH >> JINDER over EVAN by cheating
— Jinder / Khali get a tag title shot next week
– MATCH >> GABRIEL / SLATER over USOS
— Getting their wins even and Usos attack them back getting their heat back and telling everyone it is not over!
– MATCH >> KOFI over CURTIS
— After the victory, Barreta runs in, he and Curtis double team Kofi and give Kofi a new finisher… is that what they meant last week? Some devastating new finisher?

RAW 3

SUPERSTARS 3

SMACKDOWN 3

– MATCH >> REGAL / DIBIASE over USOS who get their heat back with post match attack
— Dibiase uses his new submissions and suplexes to get the victory
— Before the match Regal / Dibiase cut a promo on those savages… Those savages do what they want, say what they want… So uncivilized
— Self censorship is what high society does. Look at these people. So low brow and proud of it.
– Tyson in a mask calls out whoever left him the mask
— Sin Cara’s music plays and Tyson thanks Sin Cara
— Rhodes then attacks them both! He’s the only masked man on Smackdown!!!
— Sin Cara and Tyson Kid send him packing… Good. They shake hands.
– TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over JINDER / KHALI via DQ
— Regal / Dibiase interfere blatantly attacking Evan / Kofi
— Post match they were asked why… because they know Khali is unstoppable and they’d rather face Evan / Kofi!
— Jinder wants a rematch… in a steel cage. Bret asks why? They blew 2 matches already…
— Bret says Regal / Dibiase against Jinder / Khali next week and the winner gets a title shot!
– MATCH >> BARRETA / CURTIS over GABRIEL / SLATER
— Barreta / Curtis hype up their new finisher. If they put that on Gabriel or Slader, they’re done! Count it 1-2-3! One step closer to the tag belts.

RAW 4

SUPERSTARS 4

SMACKDOWN 4

– #1 CONTENDERS MATCH >> REGAL / DIBIASE over JINDER / KHALI
— Before the match Regal / Dibiase they decide Jinder is the weak link…
— In the match Khali starts it off and kicks ass
— Khali has one foot pinning… Jinder wants a tag to get the pin
— Khali takes the foot off and tags in Jin Har who is beaten up
— Jinder can’t make the tag back to Khali and loses…
– Tyson has a new mask, a pink and black mask with a heart and maple leaf on it.
— Bret comments backstage You’re looking more like Kid Canada everyday
— Bret tells Tyson he and Sin Cara have a tag match against Rhodes and a partner of his choice
— MATCH >> KIDD / CARA over RHODES / BARRETA / CURTIS
— Rhodes says he couldn’t find a partner… so he found a tag team
— Rhodes / Barreta / Curtis are trying to pin the illegal man, but the ref knows it, so the Cara comes in and rolls up Rhodes.
— Barreta / Curtis attack to get their heat back
— They use their new finisher on Kidd / Cara who is just laid out. Barreta / Curtis raise arms in triumph!
– Usos go to GM Bret Hart… They want the rubber match between them and Gabriel / Slater. They can’t sleep at night. They want to know who is better!
— Bret says he wants to know too! They’ll have a match next week and that will be for a title shot. So then they’ll know who’s the best of the best!
— Gabriel / Slater get pumped for the idea

PPV 2

RAW 1

SUPERSTARS 1

SMACKDOWN 1

– TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over REGAL / DIBIASE via DQ
— Regal / Dibiase have earned a title shot with 2 victories in a row
— Regal is caught cheating though with his brass knucks
— He still wants the ref to count the pin on Kofi… 🙂
— Later, GM Bret Hart wanted those tag belts and didn’t like the cheating
— Real men would fail having given it all…
– MATCH >> BARRETA / CURTIS over KIDD / CARA by cheating
— Both teams brawl to the back!
– GM Bret Hart informs Jinder its back to the bottom of the tag ladder… Jinder isn’t happy
– #1 CONTENDERS TAG MATCH >> USOS over GABRIEL / SLATER
— The rubber match has Usos winning and getting a title shot!

RAW 2

SUPERSTARS 2

SMACKDOWN 2

– #1 CONTENDERS TAG MATCH >> GABRIEL / SLATER over REGAL / DIBIASE via DQ
— GM Bret Hart says if Regal / Dibiase are caught cheating, they’re suspended for 1 month!!!
— Regal doesn’t have the cardio to compete with Gabriel and Slater
— So Dibiase gets caught helping Regal cheat while the ref is halfway distracted
— Later on Dibiase confronts Regal about his physique
— Dibiase noticed it last week too… Regal needs training
– GM Bret Hart says Kidd / Cara and Barreta / Curtis will have a match in 2 weeks
— In the meantime they’ll have singles matches…
— MATCH >> KIDD over CURTIS
– TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over USOS
— Face vs Face match. Good will, but Evan / Kofi are just better
– Jinder wonders why he and Khali aren’t booked. GM Bret Hart says they had their chance and they blew it…
— Now it’s someone else’s chance to shine! Jinder says he’ll steal the spotlight.

RAW 3

SUPERSTARS 3

SMACKDOWN 3

– Dibiase training montage with Regal, making Regal jog laps as others pass him…
– MATCH >> BARRETA over SIN CARA by cheating
– TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over GABRIEL / SLADER via DQ
— Jinder / Khali destroy the title match and Khali destroys everyone
— Jinder LOLs, GM Bret makes a match for next week a 3 way…
– Usos take their clean loss hard. Tamina tells them to seek their famous family members for inspiration how to keep their head in the game.

RAW 4

SUPERSTARS 4

SMACKDOWN 4

– Dibiase training montage with Regal, first making Regal bike… but fails then making him exorcycle
— Even if Regal doesn’t lose weight they’re heels so it will be comedy if in his next match he gained 5 lbs!
– MATCH >> KIDD / CARA over BARRETA / CURTIS
– 3 WAY TAG TITLE MATCH >> EVAN / KOFI over JINDER / KHALI & GABRIEL / SLADER
— The high fliers manage to beat Khali and Jinder and have a good moment
– Usos lost their title match 2 weeks ago… so they seek out their famous family for inspiration. How can they stay in the hunt after they were just beat clean? Why stay in wrestling if you can’t be the best?

PPV 3

IN CONCLUSION … after 3 months

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAMS
– JINDER / KHALI burned through a lot of matches but 1. Khali is put over as a monster threat and Jinder is put over as a small guy weasel.
– REGAL / DIBIASE still haven’t burnt through all of their matches thanks to training montages…
– BARRETA / CURTIS never got to use their devastating finisher on the tag champs at the end of 3 months, but would use it between 4-6 months. They start strong in the first month, but even out with Kidd / Cara.
– THE USOS are clearly the last tag team in the rankings. They get a title shot and a brief feud to sink their teeth into, but this isn’t their moment to shine. Maybe in months 4-6 they’ll get some heat from their famous family.
– GABRIEL / SLATER at the end they’re probably a 50/50 team that burned through everyone but Kidd / Cara. They had a feud with Usos that made them both look good.
– CARA / KIDD will have a masked tag team that you can hide both guys, plus its an origin story and this could mean big money for Tyson Kidd with mask sales. Oh yeah and they only wrestled 1 tag team in 3 months, the’d be great in months 4-6! Oh yeah and get Natalya in the mix too tons of 6 person tags!