Friday, November 4, 2011

11/2/11 NXT

Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso vs. Tyson Kidd & Johnny Curtis: *1/2

Kaitlyn vs. Tamina: 1/4*

Percy Watson, Titus O'Neil, & AJ vs. JTG, Derrick Bateman, and Maxine: *1/2

Good grief, this Bateman/Maxine engagement angle is so cheesy -- just like virtually every single one of these storylines in the past. JTG references the Kim Kardashian 72-day marriage. Beta-Max? Isn't that like the pre-VHS thing? Impressive rock, yes. Now Percy, Titus, and AJ are rockin' some nice clothes. Woohoo Titus with a plug to the WWE Network! Maxine's "dad" is in the house! But really, Titus and Percy evoking more of heelish, taunting tactics? Talk about walking that gray line between "heel roles" and "face roles."

So this is how NXT works now...the rookies get a match, while the midcard WWE roster invades the remaining space.

Hey, Johnny Curtis! Finally, the Season 4 champ gets airtime! I don't mind this opportunity for Curtis. And yeah, R-Truth (his pro) turned heel and aligned with Miz,so no tag title shot for Johnny. Maybe they'll revisit this in the future, but wait, that would be continuity! Good spot near the end with Kidd going for a Liger kick but the usos caught him and tossed him into the barricade. Not a bad match.

Kaitlyn gets zero reaction coming out. Ouch. I'm impressed Tamina can squat 300 pounds...I can't even squat much more than half that.Good grief, this was slow and boring, but at least it wasn't a horrible debacle like what I woulda feared several months back. Kaitlyn has an OK finisher.

Main event was respectable. All those involved (other than JTG, who's been with the company for a while) have come a long way in the last few months. Can't help but feel Bateman is getting buried a bit here. On the other hand, Titus is on a huge roll of wins.

Other reviews will be written when I get back home from my business trip.

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