WWE NXT Report JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 9/19 - Week 14: Hero (Ohno) sparring sessions, Barreta returns, stand-out Divas match, Overall Reax
Sep 26, 2012 - 5:25:18 PM
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WWE NXT Results
September 19, 2012
Taped at Full Sail University
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
[Q1] After a brief intro from Byron Saxton, Trent Barreta makes a return and gets a "welcome back" chant. Saxton says that he had a torn tricep. He's facing Johnny Curtis, who has an entrance video including clips of him creeping out Kaitlyn.
1 - TRENT BARETTA vs. JOHNNY CURTIS
Curtis reappraises Barreta after being taken down, and goes on basic offense to pay Barreta back. Barreta fires back, but Curtis is too strong for him. Barreta leapfrogs Curtis, then ducks underneath, but instead of jumping over, Curtis cartwheels over. Very impressive show of agility. Curtis is a bit too proud of himself and Barreta surprises him with a dropkick. Barreta wants his crazy moonsault, but Curtis knocks him off the turnbuckle. Barreta is able to make a comeback, including the crazy corkscrew moonsault. Curtis overhead-throws Barreta into the turnbuckle. Curtis misses a top-rope leg drop, and the Gobstopper Knee gets the win for Barreta.
WINNER: Trent Barreta in 5:48. Very good (though too short) match featuring high-flying, agile wrestling from both performers, good use of facial expressions from Johnny Curtis, and a great showcase for Trent Barreta's signature moves. I could see this becoming a very enjoyable long-term feud, much like Johnny Curtis versus Derrick Bateman was in NXT: Redemption. Interesting that the Gobstopper Knee is now good for a pin.
The main event is Rick Victor vs. NXT champion Seth Rollins in a non-title match.
Alicia Fox is already in the ring, and the crowd is going insane for Paige's entrance.
2 - PAIGE vs. ALICIA FOX
There's some strong mat wrestling to begin with. Paige tries a series of pin attempts, showing off her repertoire. Fox slaps Paige, who knocks her silly. Fox turns it around. Paige plays up a back injury. Suplex to bridge gets a nearfall for Fox, and she continues to work the back. Paige is nearly in tears on a chickenwing, but she flips out and fires up. Paige tries to roll up Fox, Fox slips out, but Paige holds on and lands her lift up DDT for the win.
WINNER: Paige in 4:45. Very nice match that could have used a few more minutes. Paige has a special something that I can't describe, but you just want to cheer for her. Her in-ring work is very good, she knows how to work a crowd, and she does a fantastic job with her in-ring body language and facial expressions. Count me as a fan.
[Q2] Raw Rebound.
Next is a continuation of the feud between The Usos and The Ascension, with a match-up of the wrestlers who were ringside last week.
3 - JIMMY USO (w/Jey Uso) vs. CONOR O'BRIAN (w/Kenneth Cameron)
Jimmy starts off strong, and O'Brian is quickly sent out of the ring. O'Brian trips up Jimmy and yanks him out of the ring and trashes him on the apron. O'Brian with a trip of headlock takedowns. Jimmy fights out of the corner and lands signature offense. Jey keeps Cameron from interfering, but the ref gets tied up with Jey so Cameron is able to knock Jey off the top rope. O'Brian takes advantage with a big dropkick or knee for the win.
WINNER: Conor O'Brian in 4:00. Good match to continue the feud, but who wins with a running knee or drop kick? This is textbook tag team booking, and it provides a reliable 8-10 minutes of content on a weekly basis. Raw or Smackdown should take this page from NXT's book.
Post-match, The Ascension deliver a beat down to Jey as he tends to Jimmy. They hit their team finisher on Jey to drive the point home.
Backstage, Briley Pearce interviews Bo Dallas, who hasn't been around since the Gold Rush tournament. Michael Mcgillicutty interrupts before Dallas gets to answer Pearce's question. McGillcutty takes the mic and starts to talk to the camera, so Dallas knocks him down and they brawl on the floor. A horde of refs immediately show up to break it up.
4 - KASSIUS OHNO vs. OLIVER RAY - NXT Sparring Session
Ohno dominates Ray with a variety of strikes. Ray responses with uppercuts, but it only lasts for a moment. A minute into the match, and Ohno settles into an odd cravat and Ray taps out.
WINNER: Kassius Ohno in 1:00.
Post-match, Ohno says that it was too easy, and that Ray was not ready. He offers Ray an immediate re-match. The ref rings the bell.
5 - KASSIUS OHNO vs. OLIVER RAY - NXT Sparring Session
Ohno lands his Shining Elbow to the back of Ray's head, and locks on the same hold, for a quick tap-out.
WINNER: Kassius Ohno in 0:20.
Post-match, Richie Steamboat charges the ring and Ohno scampers out. Steamboat checks Ray to make sure he is okay. Ohno grins as he slowly leaves the ring area.
Video package on Leo Kruger, with close-ups of his face in a dark room. He tongues his missing tooth. It sounds and looks like it should have been part of Twin Peaks.
Intros for Rick Victor and Seth Rollins. I am glad to see that Rollins is wearing his belt, but then he spins it around like he is moshing with it. He does this all the time, it fits his character, but it rubs me the wrong way. It feels disrespectful to the title.
6- NXT champion SETH ROLLINS vs. RICK VICTOR - non-title match
Victor hides in the corner as Rollins comes after him. Victor teases Rollins by holding him in an armbar and paintbrushing his head, then going back to the ropes when Rollins escapes. Victor with a series of holds to keep Rollins grounded. Victor continues to outwit and overpower Rollins. Victor starts gnawing on his wrist wraps for some reason.
False commercial break, and Victor is still dominating Rollins. Rollins finally fights out with a jawbreaker, but eats a Triple H-like high knee. Victor gnaws on his wraps again. Rollins tries to fight out of the corner but Victor eats his offense. They jaw at each other mid-ring, and Rollins takes Victor down and lands sustained offense. Rollins looks crazed in the corner. Rollins pounds the mat and lands the Blackout for the win.
WINNER: Seth Rollins in 5:47. Rick Victor seems to be a good opponent to put on a reliable match and make someone else look good at the same time. Rollins continues to play the champion who can survive a lot of offense and make a comeback victory. It looks like this mini-feud is over.
Final Reax: Another solid episode of NXT. The real story here is how NXT is using a tag team feud in simple, effective ways (like featuring singles matches in back-to-back weeks) to not only logically get more life out of the feud, instead of racing to the end, and to take up a good amount of time without it feeling like filler. That said, the Paige-Alicia Fox match was the stand-out match of the night.
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