Short’s NXT Review: Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd vs. The Ascension, Richie Steamboat vs. Drew McIntyre, Kassius Ohno vs. Percy Watson, Big E Langston in action, Seth Rollins and Michael McGillicutty face to face
By Josh Short
10/4 WWE NXT on Dailymotion
Taped in Winter Park, Fla. At Full Sail University.
The show opened with a video recap of last week’s main event between Richie Steamboat and Kassius Ohno. Briley Pierce caught Kassius Ohno as he walked into the building, with fans looking on. Pierce said he wanted to ask about Ohno's attack last week, but Ohno said he was only teaching Steamboat a lesson Ricky Steamboat should have taught him. Richie then beat him to the ground and said “my father taught me enough” before the opening titles...
Byron Saxton welcomed us to the show, and said tensions were high. Drew McIntyre made his full entrance to a good pop. Saxton explained that Drew sprained his wrist during the NXT title tournament and hasn’t been seen in NXT since. He also noted that Drew now has to wear a cast. Richie Steamboat made his entrance to a decent reaction...
1. Richie Steamboat vs. Drew McIntyre. Both men locked up and Richie tried for a quick pin attempt. Steamboat took control of McIntyre in the early going. McIntyre managed to stop Richie’s momentum by irish whipping him into the corner and kicking him in the gut as he tried to leapfrog him. McIntyre remained in control, managing to stop any comeback attempt from Richie. McIntyre got Richie into a fireman’s carry position and threw him on the mat face first. He tried for it a second time but Steamboat botched a head scissors and fell to the mat.
Richie started to make a comeback with several running forearms however Kassius Ohno ran down the ramp just as he was starting to get going. Ohno teased sliding in the ring, but Steamboat caught him before he had the chance. As the ref told Ohno to leave, McIntyre hit Steamboat with the cast on his wrist and followed it up with a Future Shock DDT for the win...
Drew McIntyre defeated Richie Steamboat in 4:26.
After the match Kassius laughed from the ramp as Steamboat sold his injuries. Saxton announced Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel vs. The Ascension for later in the night...[C]
Short’s Synopsis: That match lasted shorter than I thought he would. Nonetheless, it was still a decent opener. The head scissors spot was sloppy but it wasn’t the most newsworthy thing to come out of that match. We all knew the Ohno/Steamboat rivalry would continue and I’m glad to see it furthered here.
Big E Langston made his entrance to a good pop and a lot of '5 count' chants from the crowd. Aiden English was introduced in the ring, he didn’t look happy to be there...
Big E Langston vs. Aiden English. English tried to strike quickly with punches, but Langston no sold them and threw English around. He hit a big body check and took his straps down. He then hit the Big Ending for the win...
Big E Langston defeated Aiden English in 1:14.
After the match Big E demanded the ref count the additional 2 after the match. The crowd once again asked for him to do it “one more time”. Big E did, and then counted his own 5 count, before hitting a third Big Ending and a third 5 count. The fans counted along all three times...
Backstage, Steamboat was looking for Ohno, and bumped into Michael McGillicutty. McGillicutty said he hadn’t seen Ohno and walked off, presumably towards the ring...
A teaser for next week aired, saying CM Punk was coming to NXT... [C]
Short’s Synopsis: I’m glad to see Big E is over but I bet WWE isn’t happy with the type of reaction he’s getting. The Big Ending and the 5 count are good additions to Big E but WWE really needs to find a way of putting heat on him quick if they want to establish him as a monster heel. CM Punk coming to NXT is huge, but like Gutteridge said, I doubt we’ll see a ratings bump, unless fans go out of their way to watch it when it airs.
Michael McGillicutty made his entrance to a good pop, “Sha!” chants could be heard as Saxton said McGillicutty's NXT Title match with Seth Rollins will be next week. McGillicutty grabbed a mic and said he was the number one contender for the NXT Championship. He said Rollins first title defence will be his last. He called Rollins out as he had something to say to him. He called Rollins a paper champion as Rollins came out with the belt, but without his usual head banging.
Rollins said McGillicutty talks too much. He said McGillicutty was talented, but people forget because he talks too much. He asked if McGillicutty respected him and McGillicutty said no, calling him a paper champion again. Rollins said unlike McGillicutty, he has had to get to this level by himself and made reference to McGillicutty’s heritage. Rollins offered to fight McGillicutty right there, but McGillicutty rolled out and said he would fight him next week, when he was ready...
Saxton then hyped the main event before he turned it over to a video shot earlier in the day, in which Briley Pierce was shown talking to Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel. He asked for their thoughts on their opponents, The Ascension. Kidd said they had them well scouted, and knew how good they were in the ring. He pointed out that both he and Gabriel have been Tag Champions before. As Gabriel started to talk about the mystery surrounding The Ascension, the Ascension's music played. Kidd and Gabriel looked around, until Briley pointed out The Ascension looking down on them from a window box in the arena...
Short’s Synopsis: Rollins was good on the mic here, he really seems comfortable on the mic when he’s talking about the “loner” aspect of his character. McGillicutty, however, wasn’t. He wasn’t as bad as his “Genesis of McGillicutty” promo from NXT season 2 but he was really dull. Kidd and Gabriel were good in their segment, the made me see them as more of a tag team than I have in the past. The Ascension looking down on them was a nice touch but I couldn’t stop laughing at Conor O’Brian’s face; he looked like a toddler that had just farted.
Percy Watson made his entrance to little reaction. As Kassius Ohno came out, Steamboat attacked him from behind. Regal said it was very unsporting of Steamboat to do this. The refs dragged Steamboat away, and Ohno got in the ring and told the ref to ring the bell...
3. Percy Watson vs. Kassius Ohno. Regal complimented Ohno for choosing to start the match. Kassius played possum and kicked Percy in the gut. Watson took advantage of a shaken Ohno with dropkicks, taking him down and hitting a leg drop for a 2 count.
Kassius caught a break with a nice unique jawbreaker. He then proceeded to stomp on Percy while Percy hugged the bottom ropes. Ohno tried for a running move, but Watson countered with an atomic drop and two more dropkicks. He hit Showtime Splash for a two count. Watson picked up Ohno for the Percycution but Ohno grabbed the ropes to force the break. Ohno ended up in the corner, and booted a running Watson to quickly set up the Discus Elbow to the back of Watson’s neck for the win...
Kassius Ohno defeated Percy Watson in 3:20.
Saxton and Regal both complimented Ohno on recovering from the attack to win the match. Saxton said the main event is next... [C]
Short’s Synopsis: That match should’ve been a squash for Ohno, it would’ve made him seem more tough given that he recovered from a pre-match beating. Like the opening match, this was solid action, but a missed opportunity.
The Ascension made their usual entrance to little reaction. Regal said it gave him the “collywobbles”. While hearing some of our country’s fine grammar makes me and Gutteridge laugh, I too, feel it takes away from the seriousness of the entrance. Especially as Saxton selling it in a big way every week; calling it 'awe-inspiring'. JR joined commentary as Kidd and Gabriel came out to Gabriel's music, wearing their usual ring gear, but in matching high-visibility shades of yellow/lime green...
4. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd vs. The Ascension. I’m sure Gutteridge has been dying to know, so in relation to his comment about Ricardo Rodriguez starting The Ascension in his review, I’ll give everyone a really quick history lesson. Ricardo formed the group along with Raquel Diaz, Tito Colon (Epico), Conor O’Brian and Kenneth Cameron. At first, they were a generic group looking to rise to the top, hence the name.
Once Ricardo left, Raquel took charge and they transitioned into the gimmick they have now, with over the top video’s hyping their re-debut. Tito then left when he attacked Sin Cara on Smackdown along with Primo and Hunico and became Epico. Raquel then broke away from the group, transitioning into her “Ultra Diva” gimmick, becoming FCW Divas Champion before being released from WWE. This left Kenneth Cameron and Conor O’Brian. Now, back to the match.
Cameron immediately went after Kidd but missed, they traded holds before Gabriel and Kidd hit a double armdrag and kicks to the back of Cameron. Gabriel attempted a hurricanrana and tried to force the move with his hips, this got a small reaction from the crowd. Kenneth Cameron hit an impressive belly to back suplex, in which Gabriel did a full rotation in mid air to land on his front...
Back from the break, Kidd got the hot tag and hit several kicks, a running dropkick and a springboard dropkick for a two. O'Brian managed to get to the outside and gain control by pulling Kidd to the outside after he attempted a baseball slide and slamming him into the ring apron. Back in the ring, the Ascension did their corner stomping before they started to wear down Kidd on the mat with rest holds. Regal said that Cameron told him that The Ascension were part of “The Church of the Poisoned Mind”. Seriously. JR hyped CM Punk appearing as well as Michael McGillicutty vs. Seth Rollins for the NXT Championship. They dominated for a long time before Kidd used his quickness to make a hot tag to Gabriel to a good pop.
Gabriel hit a springboard crossbody on Cameron and followed it up with several strikes to build up to the 450. He attempted it, but Cameron moved. On the outside, O'Brian threw Kidd into the ringsteps, before getting into the ring to hit Gabriel with the newly named “Fall of Man” (double team spinning wheel kick combo). Cameron picked up the win...
The Ascension defeated Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd in 8:34.
After the match The Ascension started to leave as JR hyped next week's NXT Title match and CM Punk's appearance ...
Short’s Synopsis: Kidd and Gabriel make for a great team, I see a little bit of the rockers in them, with their high flying offense and the bright colours. The Ascension continue to annoy me with their over-the-top theatrics. If they toned them down like they have done in the past I think they would be far more entertaining.
Overall, this was a decent edition of NXT. The majority of matches may have been short but I think the fact that they furthered storylines made up for it. Besides, Kidd and Gabriel had a good showing in their match, which lasted longer than the episode’s previous matches. The NXT Title feud received a much needed last minute push, with Rollins doing some good mic work. Ohno/Steamboat are doing good work and I look forward to more from them. I’m also really looking forward to next week’s episode. With CM Punk appearing and McGillicutty vs. Rollins for the NXT Championship, it should be a great show.
Thanks for taking time out to read my review of this week’s NXT. If you have any questions or just fancy a chat about anything; especially NXT and wrestling in general follow me on twitter @JoshTubeShort. Cheers.
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