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NXT - December 19, 2012

Date: December 19, 2012
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: William Regal, Tony Dawson

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're into the new cycle of NXT now, but the problem continues to be the gap between the current WWE product and the current NXT product. It's a bit off putting to have the Shield version of Rollins on Raw and this version of him on NXT. It looks like we're moving towards Rollins vs. Graves in the main event scene around here. Oh and Big Show vs. Bo Dallas is tonight. Let's get to it.

The opening video is all about Dallas vs. Big Show.

Welcome Home.

Primo/Epico vs. Usos

Jimmy starts with Primo and we quickly hit the mat. There's an armdrag to put Primo down but Primo comes back with a hammerlock. Primo rolls away from an arm hold by Jimmy and we've got a standoff. Rosa gives Primo a quick kiss which earns him an elbow to the face. Back to the armbar and here's Jey for the first time. Epico comes in as well and immediately puts on a chinlock which doesn't last long either. This is a back and forth match so far but no one has any kind of long term advantage.

The Usos load up the Superfly Splash but Primo bails to the floor for a breather. Jey is all cool with that and hits a HUGE dive to take out the cousins. We take a break and come back with Epico holding a chinlock on Jey. Epico rolls some belly to back suplexes for two. Primo gets the same off a dropkick as the fans want Carlito. Jey avoids a dropkick in the corner and gets Primo caught in the Tree of Woe for a few seconds.

Hot tag brings in Jimmy but the referee didn't see it. Nice touch. Jey counters a whip into the corner and hits a big backdrop to give himself a breather. There's the real hot tag to Jimmy and a Bubba Bomb takes Primo down. The running Umaga attack in the corner sets up a Samoan Drop for two. Everything breaks down and a Jimmy superkick sets up the Superfly Splash to Epico for the pin at 8:28 shown of 11:58.

Rating: C+. They stuck with the formula here and it worked really well. The Usos are so talented and smooth together out there but they can barely ever get on TV. The few times recently where they were on television, they got the biggest reactions of the match. Interesting how that works. Anyway, good stuff here and a nice opener.

Post match the lights go out and it's Ascension (complete with recently released Kenneth Cameron) on the screen, telling the Usos that the war is far from over.

Camacho/Aiden English vs. Big E. Langston

Camacho can pick anyone to fight Langston with him and he picks this jobber? English has to start and is immediately pounded down by knees in the ribs and a running clothesline. Langston drags English over to Camacho and extends English's hand for a tag but Camacho bails. Big Ending ends English at 1:12.

Post match there's another Big Ending and the FIVE, then does both of them again. The reactions for the FIVE thing are tremendous.

Percy Watson vs. Kassius Ohno

Watson speeds things up to start and pounds on Ohno's back to start. Ohno comes back with a suplex and a corner splash followed by some high energy stomps/knees to the head. Off to a dragon sleeper by Kassius followed by some choking on the top rope. They chop it out a bit but Ohno charges into an elbow to the face. Percy makes his comeback but the Persecution is blocked. Ohno Blade (or whatever he's calling that elbow now) knocks Watson out cold at 5:23.

Rating: D. I am so bored with Ohno. The guy is talented but he's got NOTHING going for him at all. He's a bad guy who likes to strike people, but his attitude is all wrong for it. There's nothing to dislike about him and that makes him a weak heel. He's just kind of there and has his time every week. Watson continues to be nothing.

Ohno shouts at Regal post match.

Here's Seth Rollins for a chat with JR. Seth says he's here for anyone that wants to fight him and he's not hard to find. Corey Graves jumps Rollins from behind and puts him in the 13th Step leg lock. Graves talks about how his tattoos all tell a story and now he wants the Title. He says Rollins feeds off the fans and he'll see Seth in hell. Not bad here but calling himself the Savior of Misbehavior isn't going to get him over.

Cena tells us to watch the NXT Year In Review show next week.

Bo Dallas vs. Big Show

Non-title I'd assume. This is about what you would expect to start: Dallas goes nuts with strikes and is easily shoved away. The beating goes on for awhile until Dallas gets on his back and chokes away. Show falls back on him to break the hold but misses an elbow. Dallas escapes the chokeslam but a bulldog is countered with a basic slam. WMD ends this at 4:53.

Rating: D. What in the world were you expecting here? It's a tiny minor league guy against a massive world champion. I have no idea why they picked Show here because it doesn't do Dallas any good and the match sucked as a result. I don't get this one at all, as there are a ton of guys you could bring in to beat Dallas but get a better match out of him at the same time. Odd choice here.

Overall Rating: C. This didn't work all that well for me. It wasn't a bad show or anything, but this didn't really advance anything. The only storyline stuff we got was Ascension vs. Usos which we've done before and Ohno staring at Regal. Oh and Graves vs. Rollins, but we already knew that was coming. Not much to see here but it wasn't terrible or anything.

Usos b. Epico/Primo – Superfly Splash to Epico
Big E. Langston b. Camacho/Aiden English – Big Ending to English
Kassius Ohno b. Percy Watson – Ohno Blade
Big Show b. Bo Dallas – WMD

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  1. Adding Big E to the main roster this week screws up the continuity of these NXT sgows.


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