Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1/25/12 NXT

Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso vs. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks: *3/4

Heath Slater vs. Trent Barreta: **1/2

Titus O'Neil vs. Percy Watson: *1/2

Titus starts the show off with a promo. Better than last week, but not by too much. Percy plays the face in this, although the reaction is mild at best. I've never heard the word "man" used so much in a segment. The exchange felt way too much like the African-American homeboy stereotypes I've seen. Not very many good vibes on this so far. And one more thing...I hate Striker just coming out like that and saying he's the host of this damn show. He doesn't sound like anyone with booming authority. Why doesn't he just go back to being on commentary? I didn't think he was too bad on commentary -- when giving facts/research tidbits, anyway. Other than that, he should just be a backstage announcer.

Tag match between Usos and Reks/Hawkins. No reaction for the latter team. Jimmy got the hot tag and looked real good. Heels try to cheat but Hawkins eats an Uso superkick for three. Decent stuff.

Slater and Barreta match was surprisingly good, mainly because of Trent. Flashy moves, even a cool version of a Northern Lights using a slingshot off the ropes. Whoa, Slater pulls a Kurt Angle and does a super powerslam from the top. I'm dumbfounded that some takedown was Heath's "finisher." Regal says it's a "flying neckbreaker of sorts." It's just a flashy way to cover a relatively common or lame move. Other than that, I liked the match a lot.

NOTE: Slater snapped a 22-match losing streak here. His last win was around...July 2011? Good grief. I don't think he's in the doghouse. It's just that his gimmick -- at least right now -- doesn't help to convince me he's ready to be a top-level talent yet.

They replayed the "wedding" from last week. I'm ready for this whole love triangle thing to end. Please. At least Curtis is clean shaven right now. Wait, this talk doesn't sound PG to me! Gasp! Anyway, Maxine wins for telling Striker to shut up. She double wins for kneeing Curtis in the nuts. Striker basically didn't do a damn thing. The whole segment left me with a WTF look on my face.

Percy and A-Ry in the back. A-Ry certainly knows about fighting "best friends" (see Miz, although that was likely more of a teacher-student relationship or an employer-employee understanding). Percy makes a good face, but Titus got the much-needed win. Wait, so now A-Ry is gonna feud with Titus? Could have promise, who knows.

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