Friday, November 30, 2012

11/28/12 NXT

Leo Kruger vs. Trent Barreta: *1/2

Xavier Woods vs. Memo Montenegro: N/A (squash)

Audrey Marie vs. Emma: 1/4*

Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Michael McGillicutty & Johnny Curtis (Tag Team Titles): *3/4

Daniel Bryan is back on NXT, and he has three demands. No "YES," no "goat face," and Kane stays out of his way. Negative on all fronts! Vintage DB tantrum.

Trent Barreta is back with bandaged ribs. Was it Kassius Ohno? Leo Kruger? Conspiracy theory again. Kruger naturally attacks Trent's ribs. Tape comes off, for the most part. Leo gets the win with the Kruger End -- starts like a neckbreaker and finishes like a cutter.

Xavier Woods has dance fever. We've gone back to the damn 1970s again. Memo is Alberto Del Rio's real-life brother. Memo got some offense, but it's Woods with a front flip into a clothesline for the win. I think Woods' ring entrance lasted longer. Ugh.

Audrey Marie is the country cowgirl, and Emma is an Aussie working her first WWE match. Respectable mat wrestling, but real slow pace. Might also be due to not being familiar with each other's style. Audrey Marie with a swinging slam for the win. Nothing bad, but still not a match I'd choose to watch again.

Roman Reigns is a no-show and takes a "reigns-check" on the interview. Since the shows can be taped well in advance, I don't think it's related to his call-up to the main roster as part of the Shield. Seth Rollins is still doing the TV tapings as NXT champ anyway.

Good grief, Michael Cole has ring entrance music. Cole interviews Jinder Mahal and Seth Rollins. Their title match is in two weeks on NXT. Mahal puts his hands on Cole, and Jinder and Seth get physical. Mahal gets the upper hand this time, locking in the camel clutch.

Since when did McGillicutty and Curtis earn a tag team title shot? Announcers explain that Curtis never got his prize for winning NXT, which was originally a tag title shot with his pro, R-Truth. That all got nixed when Truth turned heel, and Curtis continued to languish in NXT all this time. Not that it matters. Curtis showing the dancing skills that foreshadow his upcoming Fandango character. Crowd really loves chanting "YES." Heels work over DB. Kane with the hot tag. Vintage Team Hell No arguing, but Kane with the chokeslam to Curtis. DB gets MM to tap to the NO lock. End the show by hugging it out.

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