Too many main roster talents on this episode. It really irked me that Alex Riley and Derrick Bateman, two guys who should already be on the main shows got jobbed out. I don't like main roster guys being put into contention for the NXT championships, because it puts them in a no-win situation. They can't win the belts, but they can't lose either, because it makes them look weak if they're jobbing out to developmental guys. NXT guys and WWE guys should be kept separate or the main roster guys should at least be kept away from the people that WWE are actually trying to push.
Here's the thing though - because NXT isn't aired in the US, it really doesn't make much of a difference. Guys like Riley & Bateman aren't doing anything on the main roster anyways, and if they aren't being used on the main shows then it makes since to use them on NXT. They're recognizable faces so it actually makes more sense for a team to go over them - that win means more.
Don't get me wrong though, I do think Riley & Bateman deserve to be on TV - but if WWE isn't going to use them there, they may as well serve a purpose on a show like NXT.
Originally Posted by DetroitRiverPhx
Sakamoto needs to start spitting green mist and he's ready for the main roster, he has a different look to him. Pair him with Yoshi Tatsu - who would spit red mist - as a heel tag team.
For the record - Red burns, green stings.
Mason Ryan should have been partnered with Adrian Neville. Power House and flippy shit wrestler together is pretty standard.
Epico with long hair wasn't a good look.
Kruger and Ohno are being wasted in a tag team. Both could be top NXT guys as singles.
NXT has a lot of trouble booking or creating faces it seems. All their interesting characters are heels, all their attempts at faces are bland and lame.
I also agree that Sakamoto & Yoshi Tatsu should be paired up... call them the New Orient Express and let them loose in the tag division.
And I disagree when it comes to Mason Ryan - I much prefer Oliver Grey with Neville since either guy can play the face-in-peril role, and Grey will be far more fun to watch on offense than Mason Ryan. Plus, Ryan still doesn't have a very good ring presence IMO. The guy looks like a million bucks but there's not a whole lot else there yet, maybe with time though.
I actually don't mind Kruger & Ohno as a team right now, but I'd prefer they be singles competitors down the line. It's obvious that they're building to an Ohno/Regal match (hopefully feud) and I think they'll drop the partnership once that happens.
And finally, you are correct with your assessment of how faces are bland & lame - however, it's not just an NXT problem, it's indicative of WWE overall.