NXT 3/23 Rant
Okay, enough. Enough haircuts, enough
doctors’ appointments, enough mundane activity. These
rants are coming in ON TIME, and you can put money in
It’s the last NXT before Wrestlemania, so
don’t be surprised if nothing important happens tonight.
In addition, next week is our mysterious “voting”, which
I am hoping we will get some more information about
seems our first match is a rookies vs. rookies tag
Heath Slater (3-0) and Justin
Gabriel (3-1) with Christian vs. Wade Barrett (2-1) and
Skip Sheffield (0-2) with William Regal
We start with the Americans, Slater vs.
Skip. Slater oversells the offense considerably before
both tag their respective partners into the match.
Gabriel goes to work with a series of kicks, but Barrett
catches him with a flapjack. From there, Barrett hits
him with a shoulder block, then a gut-buster. He tags in
Sheffield, who hits a
delayed front face suplex for 2. He then hits “The Flair
Walk Splash” for another 2. He and Barrett make some
quick tags to continue to work on Gabriel, who manages
to escape Skip and tag in Heath Slater.
Slater hits a neck-breaker and clotheslines
on Sheffield, who
manages to catch him mid-crossbody, but Slater slips
out. Barrett gets in the ring and attempts to hit Slater
with the Big Boot, but Slater ducks and he floors
Gabriel clotheslines Barrett out of the ring, and Heath
gets the pin.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
Further Notes: A short, average match. No
one really stood out at all, but there was nothing wrong
We get a preview for our main event, which
is the remaining rookies (Daniel Brian and Michael
Tarver vs. Darren Young and David Otunga) in a tag
match. Wait…if all the rookies are in these two matches,
how will they fill the rest of the time? I’ll have my
answer after the break.
…Ah. The answer to the above question is not
one, not two, but EIGHT video packages. For convenience
sake, here they are, in a handy-dandy list
- Daniel Brian
Michaels vs. Undertaker Package
- Darren Young
- Bret Hart vs.
Vince McMahon Package
At this point,
there was a commercial break.
- John Cena vs.
Oh, yes. I’m
not kidding. There’s about 15 minutes left for our
Daniel Brian (0-4) and
Michael Tarver (0-2) with Carlito vs. Darren Young
(2-1) and David Otunga (2-1) with Straight-Edge
Strangely, the screen said Tarver was 1-1,
not 0-2. Before the match, we get a NINTH video
package showing The Miz and David Otunga at some
red-carpet event where a bunch of stars of SyFy
shows were. Then, to rub salt in the wound, we go
straight to break.
back with Daniel Brian vs. David Otunga. Otunga puts
Brian in the head scissors, but Brian escapes and
hits a dropkick before tagging in Michael Tarver.
Tarver and Otunga trade punches, and Otunga manages
to tag in Young. Tarver again gets the upper hand,
but Luke Gallows attempts to trip him from the
outside. Tarver leaves the ring to scream at The
Artist Formerly Known as Festus, and Young tries to
capitalize with an out-of-ring dropkick. Tarver
manages to dodge and deck Young with a right hand.
1.9 seconds later, we’re at commercials.
We get a TENTH
(ARGH) video package, this one being Chris Jericho
vs Edge, and then we get back.
hits a dropkick on Darren Young almost immediately,
then tags in Tarver. Young manages to tangle him up
on the ropes, and then hit a neckbreaker. He tags in
Otunga, who bodyslams Tarver. Tarver responds with a
stiff right hand and a tag to Daniel Brian. Brian
hits a Snapmare and a series of kicks to Otunga’s
back. Otunga gets away and tags in Young, but Brian
puts him into a guillotine choke. He takes him down
and transitions into a Crossface. Young gets the
ropes and Brian crossbodies him the second he gets
up, knocking both of them down. Tarver leaves the
apron to continue to have a screaming match with
Gallows, not noticing Brian needs a tag. Young
actually manages the tag, and Otunga charges at
Daniel. He moves, and Otunga collides with a
repositioned Michael Tarver. Brian goes up for the
missile dropkick, but Otunga dodges and hits the
Uranage for the win.
David Otunga and Darren Young
Significantly more interesting and fast-paced than
the last match, despite being a filler match. Daniel
Brian really shone this week.
Final Thoughts: THUMBS
DOWN. I’m sorry, but I’m fairly certain TEN video
packages is a new record or something. I understand
why this show was filler, but seriously, give us
something! An interview, perhaps, or some match
between pros. I really don’t care, just something
besides video packages
Show MVP: Daniel Brian. He really
stood out in his tag match, although that’s to be
expected considering who else was in that match.
Show LVP: Hmm. A bit tougher, so
I’m going to choose randomly and say Darren Young.
He wasn’t terrible, just very bland. And I think his
hair makes him look like a troll doll.
Quote of the Show:
Josh: “Daniel Brian has faced tougher opponents
than any other rookie. He faced World Heavyweight
Champion Chris Jericho and The Great Khali!”
Cole: “Yes, but Heath Slater has faced Carlito.”
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