Thursday, January 19, 2012

1/18/12 NXT

Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young (No DQ): *1/4

Percy Watson vs. Heath Slater: *1/4

Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks vs. Trent Barreta & Yoshi Tatsu: *

Somehow, we got to 100 episodes on NXT. Vince will have to thank the internet for that one. Anyway, we apparently have a "wedding" tonight for Johnny Curtis and Maxine. Wonder how this one will get crashed....

Finally realized that the opening montage for NXT has changed from highlighting just "rookies" to including the usual midcard talent like Barreta, Kidd, Reks, Hawkins, etc. Not sure how long that's been going on, but yeah, I finally got around to at least observing that.

WTF...why is Cole back invading NXT again? Dammit. He was supposed tohang out with his Wolf Pack tonight? He backing Nevada all of a sudden? Suckup....

Started off with the No DQ match between Young and Titus. Funny how Cole now likes Darren Young after he probably didn't give a crap when DY was in Nexus. A lot of continuity remembered during this match, even the whole Aksana/Goldust relationship/wedding angle from Season 3! Huh? You mean they actually remember this stuff? Titus kicked out of DY's gutbuster...shocking. Clash of the Titus got three. So wait a sec...why was this match no DQ anyway? It really wasn't much different from your average, physical match.

Titus turns heel after the match, but you know what? Again, I must agree with Michael Cole. Titus' promo was mostly horrible. He stuttered and didn't know what to really say most of the time. He was torn between calling Hownswoggle a "midget" and a "leprechaun." Titus came off as the pouting heel than anything else, and with his size, I don't like that. He should be in that position to just wield that domination tactic, tell the audience to "shut up" or whatever. "Losers" doesn't cut it for me, but at least it's consistent with his "make it a win" catchphrase. You can tell he wasn't comfortable with snapping on the WWE Universe. Titus hasn't embraced the heel role yet. I'll give him a pass for now, but I expect him to do better than that. Darren, on the other hand, has done pretty well as a heel.

A battle of NXT alums: Percy vs. Slater. Again, the crowd doesn't give a crap. I really like Percy's vertical leaping ability. Perhaps Percy shoulda teamed with Kofi instead of Evan Bourne. Percy was impressive in this match. He has a good finisher, although he probably won't be able to use it on real large opponents. Slater, on the other hand, mostly jobbed in this one.

Johnny and Maxine talk before the wedding. Nice suit, Curtis. Stay classy, especially when hitting on Kaitlyn.

Tag match again. Wait, Josh Mathews has already been with the company 10 years? Time flies. Heels cheat to win. Reks has a nice new finisher. No more Burning Hammer, but it's still cool.

ROFL. Michael Cole taking credit for Daniel Bryan becoming World Champ? That's the best thing ever. Finally! Cole is trying to hop on the DB bandwagon in some form! Now that's classic, and I'll never let Cole live that down (like he would ever read this blog anyway).

Wedding is being set up. Cole hates it. So do I. "What the hayell" is going on here? I'm agreeing too much with Cole. Complete with Matt Striker as Elvis impersonator! This is sad.

Johnny Curtis is accompanied by some random dude. He supposed to be the witness or best man or something? Yup, best man. Yeah! Where's Cole's gong? I'd like that here. Maxine looks great. Anyway, Striker is being stupid. The crowd is just hating on this. What? Striker broke Elvis character! That's shocking! Can you sense my epic sarcasm?

"WAAAAAAAAIIIIIITTTTTTTT!" says Bateman. Yeah, this was obvious. And he actually is in a nice outfit. Vintage iPad! Oh look, we have a vintage Vegas wedding fight! And Maxine and Derrick are back together! This is horrid. Basically, we're back to square one AGAIN. Seriously, just end that garbage.

I have to admit, Cole and I are sharing the same sarcastic commentary. I think NXT is in a whole alternate time dimension thingy. It's creepy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is my first time commenting, and I have to agree with your insights 100 percent about Titus. Young is superior in the ring, has more drive and certainly more ruthlessness than Titus ever will.

I know it’s not about wins and losses, but I just disagree with some of the directions WWE Management takes. People like Kidd and Young continue to get short-changed time and time again, when people like Yoshi Tatsu and Titus seem to get more convinceability. I know Young and Kidd have dreamed of being in this company for decades, when people like Titus just considered this career well into his adult years. I mean, Tatsu can’t even talk or cut a promo, but yet he can continuously be booked to be victorious over Kidd? Young can dominate on WWE Superstars and seemingly be on the road to more of a push, and he comes up limp courtesy of WWE Management?