Friday, June 8, 2012

6/6/12 NXT

Tyler Reks vs. Jey Uso: *

Percy Watson vs. JTG: *1/4

Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya: *1/2

Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs. Heath Slater & Johnny Curtis: **

Taped at the University of South Carolina. Wish they would tape more shows on university campuses on the West Coast. Regal on assignment this week, Striker doing color.

Reks starts the show against Jey Uso. Fairly standard here. Uso got caught on the top, Reks does his power finisher for three. Clean win was surprising, since I thought Hawkins would make a run-in of sorts.

Percy still gets zero freakin' reaction. JTG has a bit of swagger on his ring entrance, but crowd also largely indifferent. A couple of real nice moves from JTG in this one. These two have potential for a great match. Too many dead spots here, though. Fireman's carry into a flapjack wins it for Percy.

Two daughters of former WWE superstars face off. Natalya with new ring attire. To me, Tamina looks better with straight hair (much like what they did with Layla). Wavy is great, overly curly just doesn't cut it for me very much. Much longer match than I anticipated. Not bad here. Tamina hits the splash for three. Some good counters. There's potential here.

Tag match ends the show. Nice agile double-team offense from Gabriel and Kidd. Slater is sneakily agile; his usual in-ring moveset doesn't fully show what he really can do. Gabriel with the hot tag tonight, although either guy could get it if need be. Kidd and Gabriel with an impressive blockbuster-spinebuster combo for three. Makes me think of those Hart Foundation days with the Hart Attack finisher. Good stuff, loved the teamwork!

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