7/12 Gutteridge's WWE NXT Review: Bray Wyatt (a/k/a Husky Harris) debuts, Tyson Kidd vs Camacho, The Uso Brothers vs The Prime Time Players, an actual feud taking shape
By Darren Gutteridge
WWE NXT on Sky Sports 3
Taped in Winter Park, Florida
[Q1] After titles, Byron Saxton welcomed us as Tyson Kidd made his entrance. William Regal checked in and said that the main event tonight will be The Usos taking on the Prime Time Players. Hunico and Camacho came out to start the evening...
1. Tyson Kidd vs Camacho. Regal repeated his story about Hunico and Camacho meeting when Camacho saved Hunico's life. Tyson used his speed to keep away from Camacho's early power moves, before landing a dropkick. The two stood up and this time Camacho managed to overpower Tyson.
Tyson recovered using chain grapples to keep Camacho on the back foot. He eventually took Camacho to the outside after skinning the cat, and got caught between Camacho and Hunico. He rolled back in the ring and the ref ejected Hunico. As he started to leave, Tyson dived over the ropes onto the two heels before Saxton threw it over to a quick commercial.
When we returned, Tyson tried to apply a sharpshooter, but Camacho reached the ropes. Tyson tried to kick Camacho from the apron, but Camacho grabbed his foot and slammed him onto the apron. Back in the ring, Camacho worked Tyson on the floor, focussing his offence on the chest. A back suplex and a leg drop brought a close two count. After a wheelbarrow face plant, Camacho went top rope, but Tyson avoided the flying leg drop. This allowed Kidd to start attacking with the kicks, with a dropkick to the head bringing another close 2.
Tyson went top rope, but Camacho cut him off. Camacho hit a double arm suplex from the top, but Kidd kicked out of the pin. Kidd managed to get onto the apron following an Irish whip, and after a kick to the head, he hit a diving Over Castle neckbreaker. Camacho managed to get his foot on the ropes to break the pin. Tyson again went for the Sharpshooter, but Michael McGuillicutty ran down to distract Tyson. Camacho recovered and landed a spike DDT on Kidd when he turned back around for the win...
Camacho defeated Tyson Kidd in 12:50.
Camacho celebrated once McGuillicutty had beaten a retreat. Saxton teased the main event, before the same Bray Wyatt video as last week played, ahead of his debut next. [C]
Gutt Check: Where the hell did that come from? That match was surprisingly good, even though I wanted to moan that main roster acts are opening and closing the show tonight. Having said that, Camacho hasn't wrestled much, and he looked better than expected tonight. After the slew of big men WWE has put forward in the recent past, he looked a lot more solid than most.
[Q2] Hugh Jackman shared his experiences of hosting Raw for the 'Raw 1000 Memories' segment...
Backstage, 'NXT correspondent' Matt Striker introduced Justin Gabriel. He welcomed Gabriel back after his injury lay off. Gabriel said in his time off, he went back to South Africa and reassessed his goals. He wants to be a champion again. Striker mentioned that he will face Heath Slater in the main event next week. Gabriel started to talk about their history, and said he wants to make a statement now he is back. Slater walked in and said the only statement he could make is that his career has been a failure. Slater said he is making a statement by embarrassing legends week after week on Raw. Gabriel said next week, instead of former stars embarrassing him, he will embarrass him...
Back in the arena, Aiden English made his debut. As Bray Wyatt's music played, Regal said 'Oh dead'. Wyatt had a mic, and said although people won't understand him now, they will in time. He said we will all come to understand what he is capable off, and what he is...
2. Bray Wyatt vs Aiden English. Bray attacked viciously right off the bat. English quickly ended up on the outside and got thrown around quickly by Wyatt. Bray got back in the ring and started to roll around by himself, looking down the camera. He landed a big splash in the corner, and then started ballroom dancing with him. He pulled English in, kissed him on the forehead, and then hit a swinging reverse STO for the squash win...
Bray Wyatt defeated Aiden English in 1:50.
Wyatt kept moving in odd ways as Regal called him a future star. Saxton said the main event is next...
They cut to a Seth Rollins video, in which he started to talk about the feelings that go through an opponent when he hits them with his finisher, the Blackout. He said after they come to, all that is left is a 'memory of what happened before, and a fear of what the future holds'. [C]
Gutt Check: Wow. That was something else. I can see why people are high on Wyatt. The style in ring melds so well with the edgy, surreal character he is portraying. Again, problems may arise on the main roster when he has to sell, but in this straight forward squash he looked devastating.
[Q3] Saxton talked down the Money in the Bank card. Backstage, Briley Pierce was introduced by Saxton as another backstage interviewer, and he was with Richie Steamboat. Pierce asked about the opportunity that NXT gives Steamboat. Steamboat said he can't wait to show everyone how good he is. Leo Kruger walked in and said he had already proven how good he was. He got in Steamboat's face and the two started to brawl until referees pulled them apart...
Gutt Check: A... feud?!? Could it be! Just a quick sighting, but a step in the right direction.
A Raquel Diaz video aired. She said 'I always thought to myself, how could I bring colour to a colourless world?' She talked about the 'Exfoliating Ugliness' tour, and called herself the Alpha Female. Her 'unveiling' has billed for next week...
Gutt Check: Raquel Diaz is Eddie and Vickie Guerrero's daughter. She recently dropped the FCW Women's title, so her call up to main roster may be imminent. I guess they thought using her parents, who are rare cases of BOTH being WWE stars, as a way to get her over was just a silly idea. No way that would work. Ain't that right Michael McGuillicutty?
The Usos made their entrance as JR joined on commentary. The Prime Time Players came out without AW...
3. The Usos vs The Prime Time Players. Jimmy and Darren started. Darren and Titus made sure Darren's hair was right before he started. Jimmy slapped Darren and he went to the corner for a hug. No joke. The Usos took control, and managed to stay in control when the heels tagged in and out. After Darren got sent to the outside, the Usos grabbed Darren's comb, and made fun of the heels. Jey dived onto both men on the outside as we went to the break. [C]
[Q4] When we returned, Titus managed to take control of the match, and tagged in Darren. The heels kept Jimmy grounded, working over his legs. Young took out Jey on the apron to prevent the tag before going back to working on Jimmy's left leg. Eventually, Jimmy tagged in Jey after taking out Titus with a back body drop.
Jey hit the ring hot, building up to a Samoan Drop and a running ass attack. Titus broke the pin up, and Jimmy pulled him out of the ring. Titus managed to hurt Jimmy's leg, and as the ref dealt with him, the heels double teamed Jey with a backbreaker / flying elbow combo to gain the 1-2-3...
The Prime Time Players defeated The Usos in 12:58.
The commentary team signed off for the week as NXT came to a close...
Gutt Check: The extended run time didn't have the same effect on this match as it did on the first. There was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't as exciting as Camacho vs. Kidd was down the straight.
A strange episode, as it featured mainly established stars. Whereas one match exceeded expectations, the other failed to capture my attention in the same way. But with the seed of a feud planted, and the awesome debut of Bray Wyatt, it wasn't a bad episode, just one that seemed to be treading water as opposed to pushing forward. Lets hope soon enough, the new guys get the 10 minutes plus matches.
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