June 16, 2010
NXT TV Report for June 15, 2010
From Raleigh, North Carolina
A couple of quick cleanup notes from last week. Firstly, I remarked in my report that Matt Striker did a lousy job of getting over last Monday’s big angle, citing specifically that he did not sell any injuries from the night before. As a couple of readers pointed out, that was incorrect as Striker did sell his ribs, albeit subtlety, during last week’s show. I would still argue that whatever effect that bit of selling did have for those who noticed it was offset by Striker’s frequent use of his phony, peppy, game show host style delivery throughout the show. This does seem a bit trivial in light of the fact that John Cena, who was the focus of the beat down and not Striker, sold nothing last night on Raw. And secondly, it appears those of us who were pessimistic about the future of the NXT invasion angle after week one were proven right last night. Last night’s Raw wasn’t a total disaster (you take what you can get from today’s WWE creative), but it’s baffling to see WWE resort to a car crash angle just months after the very promising Vince-Bret angle was derailed by the same kind of thing.
This week’s show began with all the pros, save for the Miz in the ring. MVP did the talking on behalf of the pros, explaining that last week’s attack was just hazing and he hoped everyone was cool. They all shook hands and that was that. Up next was a video piece on Kaval showing footage from his independent wrestling days and from wrestling in the Tokyo Dome.
Kaval v. Alex Riley
Michelle McCool and Layla introduced the cute, cuddly Kaval before the match and then were featured on commentary for this match. Riley got the better of the early exchanges before Kaval came back with a series of crisp strikes. Kaval used a headscissors into a sort of drop kick for a cool spot. Kaval then moved to a headscissors submission on the mat before Riley took the advantage with a hot shot. The match went through a commercial break, with Riley working a hold on the mat. Riley got a near fall off of a combination of a back suplex and a uranage. Kaval came back with a sunset flip and consecutive elbows. He connected with a spinning back kick and worked a half-tarantula in the corner until the referee forced a break. Kaval connected with a springboard leg lariat for a near fall. Kaval then used a wheel kick and went up the top rop looking for the Warrior’s Way. But Riley rolled out of the way and capitalized by connecting with a F5 (Brock Lesnar’s old finisher) for the win. This was arguably the best match in NXT history, not that there is a whole lot of competition for that honor.
After the match, LayCool expressed sympathy and said they would help out Kaval. John Morrison stumbled through an attempt to insult the Miz and said something basically unintelligible about the match. Zack Ryder didn’t care about the rookies but said the new ring announcer was hot.
Riley (1-0) d. Kaval (0-1)
They did a piece on Eli Cottonwood, showing him growing up on a farm and playing basketball in small leagues around the world. He did a lousy Kane impression when he tried to talk about enjoying administering pain.
The announcers briefly discussed this weekend’s pay-per-view and last night’s closing angle. Earlier today, Zack Ryder tried to make peace with Titus O’Neill after their shoving match last week.
They then went to a video package on Husky Harris. They discussed his father and grandfather as well as his football background.
Kofi Kingston & Michael McGillicutty v. Mark Henry & Lucky Cannon
McGillicutty started with Mark Henry and that didn’t go well. After a gorilla press slam, Henry tagged out to Cannon. Cole told a story that Lucky got his name from an incident where, coming to the aid of a friend being attacked, he was struck with a steel bar and ended up in a coma but pulled through. He also holds the world record for fastest shoe tying (?). Anyway, McGillicutty quickly reasserted control with some arm drags and tagged out to Kingston. The IC champion worked the arm for a moment and tagged out to McGillicutty again. He entered with a dropkick sending Cannon to the floor, while Kofi knocked Henry off the apron with a drop kick of his own. After a commercial break, McGillicutty worked an arm bar on Cannon. They traded positions on the mat for a bit before Mark Henry tagged in. McGillicutty managed to avoid a charge in the corner but couldn’t make a tag. Cannon continued the advantage for his team with some very basic offense. Cannon eventually whiffed on a crossbody attempt, which led to McGillicutty finishing with a swinging neckbreaker for the sudden pinfall.
This match was only passable and was hurt by the fact that there were no defined heels in the match, so they could not fall back on the reliable tag team formula. They also mentioned during the match that Kingston would be defending the Intercontinental title on Sunday against Drew McIntyre; making a total of five announced matches for the show.
Kingston & McGillicutty (1-0) d. Henry & Cannon (0-1)
After the match, Kofi paid McGillicutty some praise. Mark Henry said that Cannon had a long way to go, but he thought that he would get there. Cody Rhodes then called Lucky Cannon a loser and said he was all style and no substance. Henry defended Cannon and dared Rhodes to wrestle Cannon. Matt Striker ran up the ramp to get Rhodes’ response. Rhodes accepted the challenge and then knocked Matt Striker off of the ramp.