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JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 1/9: Big E. captures NXT Title, Shield involved, PAC debut promo, Overall Reax

Jan 10, 2013 - 11:48:56 AM
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WWE NXT Results
January 9, 2013
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor


Pre-credits, a video package rolls showing the end of last week's main event, capped by The Shield demolishing the locker room, then running from Big E. Langston, and Rhodes booking Langston against Rhodes for the title tonight. And, hey, it's Scott Stanford doing voice-overs for the package. Let's hope he's in the booth.

[Q1] NXT is starting with Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson. Tom Phillips and William Regal are the announcers, and they announce that the NXT Title match in the main event is no disqualifications.

Bray Wyatt comes to the ramp to talk about how he wants to save the audience. Another standout promo from Wyatt. Eric Rowan brings out his walker, and it will be him and Luke Harper as a team.

1 - YOSHI TATSU & PERCY WATSON vs. "The Family" (LUKE HARPER & ERIC ROWAN) - Tag Team match

Harper immediately brings Tatsu into the corner and Rowan and Harper work him over. These two are absolutely giants. Watson in and he knocks Rowan down. Distraction from Harper lets Rowan take over, and Harper gets a cheap shot in, too. Watching Rowan and Harper isolate Watson is like watching the trailer invasion scene from "The Hills Have Eyes," as it is brutal.

Watson finally tags Tatsu in. Feet and knees let Tatsu get a cover that Rowan needs to break up. Tatsu with a roundhouse but Harper only drops to one knee. Harper ducks the top-rope spinning heel kick (Phillips calls it a "spinning dropkick"). And, Harper responds with a big splash and a Ryback-like clothesline for the win.

WINNERS: The Family in 4:00. The Family has a sick, sick dynamic in the ring and out of the ring, and everyone is carrying themselves perfectly here.

Emma comes out to the ring, trying to dance and walk at the same time. It's like watching a parody of The Beautiful People or something. Regal: "What on Earth is she doing?" Paige is coming out, so what Emma is going to be doing is getting whupped badly. Emma plugs her ears to block out Paige's entrance.

2 - PAIGE vs. EMMA

Paige abuses Emma straight from the start. Emma with some knee work on Paige. Emma dances to mock the wounded Paige. Emma with a half Boston Crab. Paige rolls over and kicks Emma into the ropes. Paigeturner ends it quick.

WINNER: Paige in 3:00. The end was a bit out of nowhere, but I think this match had some potential to go on longer and still be decent. Emma is like a re-hash of too many other Divas gimmicks we've seen before, but it is interesting to see a Diva use an offense based on working over legs. I'd like to know where she was going with that.

[Q2] Adrian Neville (formerly PAC) with a backstage speaking moment claiming that he is "the man that gravity forgot" and says that he is debuting next week.

Primo and Epico are out. They are facing Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty.

3 - MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY & BO DALLAS vs. PRIMO & EPICO - Tag Team match

Primo immediately takes McGillicutty down, and the crowd wants Rosa this week, too. McGillicutty controls Primo with headlocks. Tag to Epico, who also gets taken down with a headlock. McGillicutty with a running, jumping clothesline right into a cover that looks pretty nice. Dallas is grinning from the apron watching McGillicutty dissect Primo. The crowd is really enjoying McGillicutty's offense.

[Commercial break]

Dallas is covering Epico for two back from break. Dallas wants ten punches in the corner but Primo provides a distraction letting Epico regain control. Dallas continuing to absorb punishment. Tag to McGillicutty and he tears apart Primo. Epico interferes and the distraction lets Primo land the Backstabber for the win.

WINNERS: Primo and Epico in 9:15. Decent match, and McGillicutty was on fire. But it's hard to justify giving this much time to a match with one NXT rookie, and there's little point in trying to turn McGillicutty face in front of the Full Sail Audience who cheer for "performers" as much as they do for "wrestlers." Dolph Ziggler would likely get a standing ovation at FSU.

[Q3] Seth Rollins is already at ringside for his title defense. Langston with a good reception, and Regal questions whether or not it is possible to lock Langston in a submission hold due to his size. Another main event with the "big match feel" from the competitors in the ring to the announcers in the booth to the ref and Byron Saxton opening the match. Pre-match ads throughout the episode reinforce this.

4 - NXT champion SETH ROLLINS vs. BIG E. LANGSTON - NXT Title match - No DQ

Rollins immediately gets his leg caught then thrown around. But, Rollins comes back with a knee attack and wants a grappling approach. Langston powers out and drives his shoulder into Rollins. Rollins dodges a spear in the corner and Langston eats ring post. Langston press slams Rollins to the outside. Rollins looks very hurt. The Shield bum-rushes Langston when he looks to follow up. Reins and Ambrose check on Rollins headed to break.

[Commercial Break]

Reigns and Ambrose watch from outside as Rollins works over Rollins. Langston refuses to tap to a leg scissors around his neck. Ambrose can't believe that Langston is able to stand up and land an electric chair. Langston with a brutal offensive flurry. He clears The Shield and drops the straps, but when he wants his finisher, Ambrose and Reigns retaliate. Locker room comes into the ring and drags Reigns and Ambrose out.

Rollins looks panicked, and a desperation Skywalker isn't quite good enough for the win. Rollins goes insane arguing with the ref, he can't believe Langston kicked out of his finisher. The crowd is demanding "five." Rollins wants a second Skywalker, but Langston catches him in mid-air and smoothly transitions into his own counter, drawing a "bygodalmighty!" from JR. It's good for the win.

WINNER: Big E. Langston in 7:30 to capture the NXT Title. I never understood No DQ stipulations in these kinds of build-ups, as a cage match would have made more sense. That said, the match hit all the right notes, with sensible outside interference and the right match ending. Rollins can slide out of NXT and Langston can be used to make the next champion look great because Langston is built up so well.

Post-match, Langston celebrates with the rest of the locker room. Langston is pretty beat up and bleeding from his mouth, and looks like he may be about to cry. Fantastic show of real emotion from the big man, as he needs the ref's help buckling the title around his waist. That championship means more to Langston than the last five WWE Championships did to John Cena.

Final Reax: Langston may not have the verbal skills to carry the gold on the main roster, but if he is used like Rollins was, where his appearances are carefully metered out and the champion does not participate in non-title matches, it won't matter. Langston put himself on top with intensity, not promos, and can stay there the same way. My only complaint about this show was the odd choice of a No DQ stipulation (which is typical WWE booking anyways), and a bit too much time being spent on the opening tag match. I would have liked to see Paige and Emma get another minute at a minimum to have made the match ending better. Finally, The Family's piece of the show was outstanding.


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