Re: Official NXT Weekly TV Show Discussion Thread
OK episode of NXT. Again, a lot of short matches that should have been longer to really showcase the talent. And overall, the crowd didn't care, which ruins the atmosphere of the matches. I'm not really seeing the point of NXT if it's a bunch of matches back to back without any storyline development (besides the Ohno promo which was awkward). How are we supposed to connect with the characters? I think the lack of storylines combined with the fact that the crowd may not be familiar with the talent is why the crowd is dead throughout the night.
Paige vs. Sofia Cortez- I thought both ladies came across as heels and that kind of messed up the rhythm of the match as the crowd didn't know who to cheer for. Sofia has a lot of potential and handled her debut well. I've always felt Paige was a bit overrated seeing her FCW work and her debut on NXT just proved that point further. She looked nervous and just went through the motions. She might get there in time (isn't she only 19?), but Paige isn't ready now. Sofia was the one to watch in this match. Put her in the divas division ASAP.
Camacho vs. Rollins- Time for Camacho to get his own titantron. I've said everything I needed to say about Rollins last week. Camacho was OK, but nothing too memorable. The match didn't go anywhere, the crowd was still dead. Camacho should have gotten the win here as it would have been a nice moment to show off Camacho as a heel threat. Rollins winning did nothing for either man.
Graves/Carter vs. Rogers/Parker- Graves is ready. He's impressive and should be on the main roster. Smackdown or Raw needs Graves. His gimmick works and he knows how to work a match. Out of all the men who debuted so far on NXT, he stood out the most. Carter is the weaker of the two in the tag team and doesn't stand out as much, but since the tag division is non-existant, I'd keep them together for now. Rogers/Parker were just there to make Graves/Carter look good.
Ohno vs. Dalton- The most interesting thing about Dalton is his tights pattern. Other than that, he's in the odd position of making others look good while being completely indistinguishable himself. I didn't get into Ohno's part of the match either. The match went nowhere and was way too short. There really was no point to airing this match.
Bateman vs. Mahal- WWE is trying to get over Mahal as a vicious heel, but something is missing. Bateman wasn't the right opponent to try something like this since the crowd didn't have any sympathy for Bateman.
Kidd/Dallas/Rollins vs. McGillicutty/Camacho/Hunico- Hunico/Kidd/McGillicutty stood out here. And this tag match is a good example of how the other three aren't on their level yet.
Overall, Graves and Cortez have potential and probably don't even need NXT as they are ready now. Kidd/McGillicutty/Hunico made the main event. And the rest was pretty much filler. While in theory, it's great that WWE wants to showcase as many people as possible from FCW, but with three weeks of filming now, it's apparent that there's a huge division of talent forming from those who are ready for WWE programming and those that shouldn't be on camera yet. Instead of showing everyone, they need to focus on the top 6 or so people who are ready and give them feuds, storylines, and mic time. That way, the crowd knows what is going on.
Last edited by CaptainObvious; 07-05-2012 at 10:33 AM.