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WWE NXT Review 6 June 2013

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Welcome to whoever actually comes across this to my blog and my new review on the latest NXT episode which airs on Australia on Thursday afternoons. I’m going to start doing regular reviews so check back here after most shows (Raw, Smackdown, Impact and NXT) for all the results and my thoughts on what went down. Let’s get underway!!

Contract Signing for NXT Championship match

 

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The show kicks of with Hall of Famer Jim Ross who is always good to see and it is still a shame that he is not a full-time commentator. Bo Dallas is out first followed by the champ, Big E Langston. I’m not sold on Bo Dallas as a performer. He looks goofy and he just doesn’t have very good mic skills. On the other hand, Big E talks with intensity, conviction and he is entertaining.

The contract signing itself was pretty tame as Bo talked about how he was jealous of the life Big E has and next week he was going on to bigger and better things. Big E then made fun of Bo Dallas calling him a geek and a mommas boy. Pretty week start to the show.

 

Interview with Corey Graves:

Corey Graves talks about how he is going to take down the Wyatt Family and win the tag team titles even if his partner, Kassius Ohno, has to stand on the apron.

I think Corey Graves will be a star sooner rather than later. He has the tattoos of CM Punk and the intensity of Daniel Bryan. Look out for him to be on the main roster by at least Wrestlemania next year.

Promo airs for Paige:

Wow Paige is different to any other diva that WWE has at the moment and I think that works in her favour. The scary part is that she is only 20-years-old so I think she is a definite future Divas Champion.

NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying match: Tamina Snuka vs Paige:

 

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Fairly typical match with Tamina Snuka dominating and Paige winning with a roll-up after countering the superfly splash. The ‘Diva of Tomorrow’ moves forward in the tournament.

 

Kassius Ohno interview:

Kassius has a pretty similar interview to Corey Graves and I like everything about Ohno. I know he has travelled around the world on the Indy scenes, including featuring a cameo on Border Security in Australia (check that out here if you get a chance), but I like the character he has in NXT and despite his age may have a good run on the main roster, possibly even feuding with his old tag team partner Antonio Cesaro.

 

Leo Kruger Promo Package:

His South African accent is really off putting and he is certainly a weird character. I find it very strange that they have promo packages for superstars who have been on NXT for months and were even some of the top stars. I feel like they should be promoting the new stars coming through and who they actually are. That way, the fans can get behind them or at least boo them for a reason.

Mason Ryan vs Colin Cassidy:

Mason Ryan is a beast and it looks like he has improved since disappearing after being in the New Nexus. His build seems to have changed as well. He looks huge but more defined. This was basically a squash match and he wins with a torture rack into a neckbreaker.

Sami Zayn interview:

Ole! The former El-Generico talks about how he beat Curt Hawkins and Cesaro in the one night. Cesaro interrupts and they get into an argument which leads to an altercation between the two after Zayn comments on Antonio’s man-purse. (It’s a satchel Sami, Indiana Jones wears one!!!)

 

Alex Riley vs Conor O’Brian:

Wow how far has Alex Riley fallen?! Two years ago he was accompanying The Miz at Wrestlemania and now he is on a random episode of NXT. On a side note, I really enjoy Brad Maddox as a commentator he is highly entertaining. Anyway,  O’Brian wins with a very unique submission move and then a random elf looking man appears on the ramp to yell with Conor O’Brian.

 

NXT Tag Team Championship match: Wyatt Family (c) vs Ohno & Graves

Harper and Rowan are genuinely scary looking dudes. They are big and have impressive beards. Also, for a team that doesn’t like each other, Ohno and Graves have matching outfits which I thought was funny. The Wyatt family win an entertaining match after the attack from behind by Bray Wyatt on Kassius Ohno.

The main event saved it slightly because this week there was not a lot of wrestling and lots of interviews and promo packages. I’m looking forward to Big E vs Bo Dallas next week. Check back in the next couple of days and I’ll have my Smackdown review.

Until then,

Jake!!!

 

My top 10 WWE current wrestlers:

Posted in wwe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2012 by bully72

For my first actual post I decided that I would give you a rundown of my top 10 favourite wrestlers currently on television. To be included on this list, the person has to be an active competitor. With the rules for choosing my top 10 explained, let’s get the countdown underway.

10:  Darren Young

As one half of the Primetime Playas, Darren Young plays his character to perfection. I love his charisma and dancing with tag partner Titus O’Neil. Going from CM Punk’s rookie on NXT to a part of the Nexus before ending up on the never-ending NXT Redemption, Darren Young has taken it in his stride and come out the other side smelling like roses. Not only are the PTP future tag team champions but Darren Young with his current character has the ability, in my opinion, to be a solid United States or IC champ.

9: Wade Barrett

The British Brawler has always impressed me since his debut as Chris Jericho’s rookie in the original NXT season. After winning NXT he was able to reach lofty heights almost instantly with one of the most innovative storylines in recent years with the Nexus. While the Nexus angle fizzled out because they lost at Summerslam, Barrett was still looked good. After an uneventful run with the IC title, Barrett had a great feud with Randy Orton. An injury ruined his Wrestlemania dream but he has returned with a more aggressive side. I personally like the new character and his new finisher the Bullhammer and it will lead to him being a World Champ.

8: The Miz

I’m not yet sold on The Miz as a face. He was so good as a cocky, arrogant heel that it is hard to adjust from seeing The Miz as that persona. The change, however, has let fans embrace his catchphrase which always seemed to suit a face. The thing that separates Miz from everyone else is that he was a reality star. This is a burden and a help for the Miz. People question his motives to get involved in wrestling but I think his in-ring work has improved drastically and he should be commended for that. He has worked hard and I respect him for that. I have no doubt that The Miz will once again be an AWESOME WWE Champion.

7: Zack Ryder

What a horrible year it has been for Zack Ryder. After ending last year with a ton of momentum, Ryder found himself as a crash test dummy for Kane and his mission to make John Cena ’embrace the hate’. However, while Ryder was getting destroyed physically by Kane and mentally by Eve, he was being featured on Raw. Since that storyline and Wrestlemania 28, Ryder has been barely seen. Ryder has the ability to possibly make it as a top guy but his goofy character is holding him back. The WWE make a lot of money off his merchandise so Ryder, like Cena, may have to settle for the guy who sells merchandise.
 

6. Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes has come a long way since being tag team champion with Hardcore Holly. His first heel turn and teaming with Ted Dibiase to form Legacy was the first stepping stone in his career. Being able to feud with DX and top stars because of Randy Orton helped Cody a lot. Many thought that Ted Dibiase would be the star out of the two but that would not be the case. An unfortunate accident where Rhodes broke his nose actually improved his character and led to him going on his first major run as a singles competitor. That run helped me see how good Rhodes was on the mic and the bags on the heads was a great touch. Cody will be a world champ and I believe it will be before the end of 2013.

5. Ryback

The moment above when Ryback shellshocked CM Punk was when I realised that Ryback was the real deal. Throughout the early days of his time there were constant chants of Goldberg, obviously due to the similarities between the two. However, when Ryback led the Feed Me More chants on this occasion it was deafening and the crowd was going crazy. While Ryback still has a lot to go to win a world championship, he is well on his way to being a major star and no one is going to get in his way!

4.Damien Sandow

Damien Sandow will be a star, no doubt about it. His character is something that is fresh and he plays it to perfection. His ability on the microphone and the little things he does in the ring are hilarious like his cart-wheel after a match. For him to fail in his first run with WWE either shows how much he has improved or how great the character of the intellectual is in today’s roster. Triple H is a big fan of Sandow and look for him and Cody Rhodes to be tag team champions when Rhodes returns from injury.

3. Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan has great comedic timing. His partnership with Kane has done wonders for his career and he is now one of the top guys in the company. His World title run was entertaining but since losing it he has gone on to bigger and better things. The anger management skits were some of the best comedy the WWE has done in years and Daniel Bryan was a big part of their success. I see Team Hell No eventually falling apart and feuding, possibly at Wrestlemania before Bryan goes on back to the main event scene.

2. CM Punk

The 27th of June was the day CM Punk became a star. The ‘shoot’ on the WWE will forever be known as his moment of shining but his work as the leader of the Straight Edge Society is heavily underrated. His mic work has always been outstanding and in the ring, he can truly lay claim to the title of ‘Best in the World’. The buzz surrounding his win at Money in the Bank 2011 allowed Punk to go on a great run which led to his title win at Survivor Series 2011, a title he has held ever since. The ability to be both a face and heel in one title run is amazing and shows how good he really is in the ring and on the mic. The injury to his knee is unfortunate and hopefully it won’t keep him out for too long.

1. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler is the perfect performer in my eyes. He is great in the ring and has improved dramatically on the mic in the last year as you can see with his segment with Mick Foley above. It was intense and made people stop and listen. Dolph has the embarrassing record with his first World title run where he held the title for 11 minutes. However, now that he is Mr Money in the Bank, there is hope that he can have a good run with the World title. His ability to take a bump separates him from the rest. If you want to see what I mean watch the 2012 Survivor Series match and the monkey flip he takes from Kofi Kingston. He makes a monkey flip look brutal. I am looking forward to the ladder match against John Cena at TLC and seeing him steal the show again!

That’s all for today folks I’ll be back in the next couple of days possibly with a review of NXT from this week.

Until then,

Jake