NXT/Smackdown Weekend Review – Mar. 29th & Apr. 1

Pretty quick review this weekend as we head into Wrestlemania.

NXT

Titus O’Neil wins Arm Wrestling Challenge ( redemption points)

Titus O’Neil, Byron Saxton & Conor O’Brian def. Jacob Novak, Darren Young & Lucky Cannon

  • A lot of cheating in the Arm Wrestling Challenge
  • William Regal doesn’t seem to like JTG. It’s very entertaining.
  • Titus O’Neil picked up the pinfall in the 6-Man Tag Match

Smackdown

Kofi Kingston def. (c) Wade Barrett by DQ

Cody Rhodes def. Chris Masters

  • Corre interfered in the Intercontinental Championship rematch and ganged up on Kofi afterward
  • Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, Kane & The Big Show came down to make the save
  • Matt Striker interviewed Cody Rhodes, who was channeling his inner Heath Ledger’s Joker
  • Rey Mysterio came out after Rhodes’ victory with “an intentionally exposed knee braced” 619 in mind
  • During Wrestlmania Axxess this weekend Corre attacked Kozlov injuring him
  • Theodore Long announced that Kofi Kingston will be taking his place in the 8-Man Tag Match

And that’s it! Enjoy Wrestlemania. We here at The 1/8th Nelson will be.

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Weekend NXT/Smackdown Review – Mar. 15th & 18th

NXT

Titus O’Neil wins Talk The Talk Challenge (2 redemption points)

Darren Young def. Conor O’Brian

Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon def. Yoshi Tatsu & Byron Saxton

Titus O’Neil wins St. Patrick’s Day Keg Carry Challenge (3 redemption points)

  • O’Neil won with his dead on Hornswoggle impersonation but other highlights were Saxton’s jokes on Cannon and Novak’s awful, awful rap.
  • Young ended his match with a Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster. It may not be as original as his Full Nelson Flapjack but it’s actually in Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 so that’s a plus.
  • Cannon, AKA De-Lish, AKA Mr. Steal Your Girl has made it his mission to win Maryse over Yoshi Tatsu going so far as to recite poetry (in what seemed like recently learned French) instead of winning the Keg Carry Challenge again (he won his seasons Keg Carry).
  • O’Neil was set up to win the Keg Carry from the start as Matt Striker and Maryse ribbed him about his season 2 fumble complete with video footage. The plan worked out as he pulled off a win in this very heated Challenge.
  • I do suspect the keg was drained as the Rookies were putting down some seriously fast times this season.

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A Winning Warrior – NXT 8/31/10

This week was the final episode of season 2 and the winner was Kaval with Michael McGuillicutty taking 2nd and Alex Riley in 3rd. The night opened with a Triple Threat match between them where Riley “stole” the win on McG after Kaval did the work of incapacitating him. This was followed by A-Ri’s elimination and then he gave an amazing exiting promo. Later on, Kaval and McG were given the mic and asked to tell the other why they deserve to win over their competition.  McG was pretty awful during his time so Kaval came off sounding great when he gave his better than average promo. Kaval was announced the winner, McG give a slightly better exiting promo (still pretty bad though) and Kaval celebrated with his Pros Lay-Cool.

Earlier in the night Striker asked the 5 previously eliminated Rookies who they thought would win. This was only important because none of them chose Kaval as who they thought should win and Lucky Cannon made a shockingly douche-bag heel turn. So when Kaval’s victory speech was interrupted by the losing Rookies beating his ass to end the show I was pleased.

Unfortunately as with their last NXT assault it didn’t look as if they told anybody except those directly involved. This worked with Nexus on RAW but the Pros didn’t seem to really know what to do.  I’ll bullet point it for efficiency:

  • MVP, John Morrison and Kofi Kingston came down for the save
  • Alex Riley and Michael McGuillicutty make a way too late to mean anything run down to the ring to stack the odds
  • Eventually all the Pros surrounded the ring as the faces were getting tossed out
  • Riley attacked and tossed Percy Watson (who was attacking Kaval) out of the ring
  • Watson later came back in to finish off Kaval.
  • Once the Pros were tossed out of the ring the refs escorted them away from the ring leaving Kaval to the Rookies
  • Kaval took several finishers from most of the other Rookies

So…congratulations Kaval! Hopefully this plays out on Smackdown with this season’s losers targeting solely Kaval with him getting help from the Smackdown Pros around Survivor Series. That could be just as interesting as Nexus without the need for random shock attacks.

Also announced this week was NXT Season 3 and it’s Pro/Rookie combinations…

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Talking The Talk Season 2 – NXT 7/6/10

Coming off the first NXT poll the Rookies are primed to make an impression on their Pros and the WWE Universe before the next elimination.

Matt Striker takes back his job from Ashley Valance introducing the Pros and Rookies. He then asks Zack Ryder and John Morrison their thoughts on last weeks eliminated Rookie Titus O’Neil. Ryder said O’Neil was cheated by the WWE Universe while Morrison went to his tried and true method of mic work and made fun of The Miz.

Striker then introduced the Rookies and informed them of their next Challenge, Talk The Talk. If you’ll recall from last season this is the challenge where Matt Striker gives each Rookie a ridiculous topic and they have to talk on it for 30 seconds. Unlike like last season though, all these Rookies can handle themselves on the mic. The winner gets to host their own talk show, which is a much better prize than the entrance music Barrett NEVER got.

Despite some good competition the charismatic fan favorite “Showtime” Percy Watson easily took the victory and will host his show next week. It should be interesting. Unfortunately for Watson…

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Votes, Kegs & An Elimination? – NXT 6/29/2010

The first official NXT poll of the season was this week and after Ashley Valance gave the opening she sent it to Matt Striker who threw a surprise twist at the Rookies. The person in last place would be eliminated.

To give them a chance to keep themselves in despite votes immunity was offered. Unfortunately this meant the return of the time-consuming NXT Challenges. This week, the return of the Keg Carry. Half the Rookies fumbled during the challenge (including McGuillicutty) allowing Lucky Cannon to pick up the win with 12.7 seconds.

At the end of the night when the votes were in Titus O’Neil came up short and was sent home.

As for the rest of the show…

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Striker’s Deja Vu – NXT 6/22/2010

The night opened with a new face in NXT. Ashley Valence is now part of the broadcast team an looks to be handling the opening introduction. She may also do some backstage interviewing. Jamie Keyes is still the ring announcer though and Matt Striker is still the host despite this new girl.

At some point during the night Michael Cole received an email from our new mystery RAW GM stating that the assault on Mr. McMahon would be addressed next Monday. That’s nice.

As for the rest of the show…

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Let Bygones Be Bygones – NXT 6/15/2010

To open the show this week Matt Striker brought everyone out so that the Pros (or MVP as it was) to explain to the Rookies the reasoning behind the attack at the close of last weeks show.

MVP explained that it was an initiation and that it was for their best benefit as no one is going to hand them a WWE contract, they’ve got to earn it. Though their attack was somewhat unfair as they weren’t the Rookies that assaulted RAW the Pros felt it needed to be done not only as a message but as a teaching tool to toughen them up.

MVP expressed there were no hard feelings and that all the season 2 Pros wanted to make this season and these Rookies better than last seasons. With that he asked the Rookies if they were cool and they all hugged it out (well, Lay-Cool hugged it out while the rest just shook hands).

With all that taken care of Matt Striker announced the first match…

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