Date: October 17, 2012
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Byron Saxton, William Regal
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Things have kind of reset after last week and now we need a new challenger for Rollins and the NXT Title. Other than that we had Punk here last week who really didn't do all that much. The good thing about last week's episode was that the show stood alone but it had some great stuff on it. Hopefully that keeps up tonight. Let's get to it.
We open with a recap of last week's main event with Rollins successfully defending against McGillicutty.
Alex Riley vs. Jinder Mahal
This is before the 3MB phase began for Mahal and is apparently the first time he's been on NXT since he lost in the title tournament final. Feeling out process to start with Mahal working over the arm. Riley does exactly the same as the first minute is pretty even. They mix things up with a headlock and Riley dropkicks him down with one foot to the stomach and one to the chest.
A middle rope shoulder gets two for Alex as Regal is talking about his family singing in the bathroom. You certainly can't say he lets things stay dull. Mahal drives knees into the chest for two and it's off to a chinlock. Out of absolutely nowhere, Riley grabs a rollup and gets the big upset at 3:50.
Rating: C+. I like Riley and for the life of me I don't get why the guy can't get on TV more often. Even when he's jobbing, the guy gets at least a small reaction which is more than you can say for a lot of people. I was really surprised to see him win here, as Mahal was the top heel on NXT just a few weeks ago. More Riley is fine with me.
Post match Mahal beats up Riley and puts him in the camel clutch.
Jake Carter vs. Trent Barretta
This was set up in a backstage segment last week. Regal talks about Vader training Carter (his son) since he was a kid and now it's paying off apparently. Trent takes him to the mat with a headlock to start but Carter shoves him off and pounds away in the corner to take over. If there is ever a guy who you wouldn't associate with his father based on his look and gimmick, Carter would be near the top of such a list. Jake hooks a chinlock but gets suplexed down by Trent.
An enziguri puts Carter down again and the fans are behind Trent. Not that it works that well as Carter takes his head off with a clothesline but the fans were indeed behind him. Carter loads up a belly to back superplex but gets knocked to the mat. A Whisper in the Wind gets two for Trent but he walks into a belly to belly overhead suplex for two. Another suplex is escaped and Trent hits a running boot/knee to the face for the pin at 6:28.
Rating: C+. This was another good match with a guy that I like who isn't on TV enough. Trent is a guy who seems like he's having a great time out there and looks incredibly smooth at the same time. Carter isn't quite clicking for me but he certainly isn't terrible. I think being Vader's son hurts him a bit because you expect someone similar to Vader, but he's got a long way to go to get that close to Vader's level.
Here's Sandow who says George Washington would be ashamed of everyone here. He thinks the fans boo him because they know he's right.
Damien Sandow vs. Brandon Traven
I think I got the jobber's last name right. Damien takes it to the mat to start and they trade some basic holds. Sandow misses a clothesline but runs to the corner to avoid a right hand. Damien takes it back to the mat and works on a headlock before stomping away a bit. Traven misses a dropkick and Sandow snaps, punching Traven down and raking his face with a knee. Off to a chinlock followed by some knees to the chest and then right back to the chinlock by Sandow. Traven gets in some jobber offense but misses a knee drop. The wind up elbow and the Terminus neckbreaker get the pin at 6:07.
Rating: C. This was just a squash and that's all it should have been. Sandow is a guy who has a lot of upside and while his in ring stuff isn't great, it's good enough to get by when you have a solid gimmick like he's got. The more I see of his singles stuff, the less I care for the Rhodes Scholars team, as Sandow is more than entertaining on his own.
Ascension/Kassius Ohno vs. Richie Steamboat/Usos
Main event time. Steamboat charges at the ring to get at Ohno and we take a break during the brawl. We come back with Cameron controlling Steamboat before tagging in to Ohno. Steamboat starts his comeback and Ohno immediately runs away. It's off to O'Brien vs. Jey and O'Brien can't hurt Jey head. I miss racial stereotypes in wrestling. Conor takes him down into a bodyscissors instead to take over.
Jey gets put in a chinlock as we take a break. Back with Conor kicking Jey in the head from the apron and Cameron dropping an elbow for two. Off to Ohno who stomps away in the corner for two. We hit the cravate and then a front facelock and Jey crawls for the corner, only to get dragged back to the wrong part of town. Back to Conor for more beating but Jey grabs a quick kind of Angle Slam move into a rollup for two.
Cameron comes in and gets caught in a backslide for two but Jey still can't make the tag. This is quite a beatdown. JR says most people would have folded their tent by now, which launches Regal into stories of his carnival days. Back to Ohno but Jey punches his way to the corner for the hot tag to Steamboat. Richie destroys Kassius as everything breaks down. The Usos hit stereo dives onto Ascension on the floor but Ohno hits the spinning forearm (called OBE, or One Behind the Ear) for the pin at 10:16 shown of 12:46.
Rating: C-. This one missed for me. I don't know if it's because I really don't like Ohno or if it's something else, but I had problems making myself care about this. Ascension and the Usos continue to be entertaining, but I'm having a really hard time making myself care about Steamboat vs. Ohno. That elbow to the head looked even worse than usual today.
Overall Rating: B. This was another good show although not as good as last week. NXT is 45 minutes of pretty good wrestling with almost no stupid stuff at all. The main event was probably the weakest of all the matches and it certainly wasn't bad. The one thing NXT is very good at is mixing things up from week to week. It keeps things on the show from getting worn out and stale, which is one of WWE's biggest problems anymore.
Alex Riley b. Jinder Mahal – Rollup
Trent Barretta b. Jake Carter – Running knee to the face
Damien Sandow b. Brandon Traven – Terminus
Ascension/Kassius Ohno b. Usos/Richie Steamboat – OBE to Steamboat
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