Originally Posted by CaptainObvious
It took two weeks for NXT to completely lose focus. The whole episode was full of squash matches that went nowhere and didn't allow the audience to get used to the new wrestlers. Absolutely no storyline development at all which isn't promising for their third episode. Furthermore, why pull Mahal and Cesaro off Smackdown if they are going to be in NXT matches that last less than two minutes? It's a waste as they can't work the crowd to get them over as heels.
In fairness, they're limited in what they can do since they tape a buttload of stuff in one night. I have no damn clue why they didn't cut a couple of matches for promo segments though. The timings on tonights show were fucked up as hell. Seven matches, nearly all of them squashes and a main event that didn't even go five minutes. That's just poor work really. I'm fine with squashes. Hell, I liked the fact that all of the squashes tonight felt
different. Jinder's was boring, Seth's looked like a spotfest, Kruger made Aiden look like a scrub, Steamboat's match didn't even seem like a squash - it was his usual match only shorter and Cesaro dominated his opponent. They were all different matches, which is good. What wasn't good was that there was nothing else. It's great to show who the higher up guys are, but promo segments are
needed. They should have aced the Cesaro and Jinder matches to air a couple of promos. It would have provided a buffer between the matches and allowed the guys to establish something, anything about themselves other than "I can beat jobbers".
that they change this once the key players have been established (which they all should be after next week). Squashes are fine to introduce someone, but for anyone who isn't cut from the same cloth as Ryback, poor to do on a regular basis.
I still think Rollins, Steamboat, and Dallas (from last week's episode) are completely boring as faces. This is a problem when those are likely going to be the top three faces of NXT. They all lack something that engages the audience. And Rollins is really trying way too hard to get over. It'll happen naturally without a weird ring enterance if he's doing his job correctly.
I won't disagree with you (except about Dallas. Guy's shown he can get an audience behind him in FCW). Steamboat has the charisma of a corpse and Rollins is completely fucking terrible.
Not gonna do a long winded reply since it pretty much comes down to this: I disagree with everything you said except for Bo is a boring face and it's only their second episode.
And? That's no excuse for having a poorly paced, poorly structured show.
Mahal and Cesaro need to be on NXT, Mahal especially. Wouldn't the entire point of NXT be to get them over?
No, they don't. Mahal is shit, but being on NXT won't change that. All it's doing is taking time up that could be used to help the guys who are going to be on NXT long term to establish themselves. And how is NXT, a show taped in one arena unaired in the USA going to help either man get over anywhere? It won't. Think it through, genius.
For example, if we cut the SD guys' matches (other than the ME) we'd have an extra 4 minutes to play with. In that time we could show a backstage promo of two guys wrestling on next week's show (let's say Steamboat and Kruger). Straight after Steamboat's Kruger could come up and do something like this:
LK: Good match there, kid. Real impressive victory
RS: Thanks Leo...
LK: But next week, you're not going to be wrestling Rick Victor. You're going to be wrestling me.
RS: (smiling) Well, I'm looking forward to it, Leo. May the best man win (presents his hand)
LK: (looks at it with disgust) Do you know what you remind me of? A pet cat I had when I was eight. Worthless thing it was, walked around with its little pink nose in the air as if it owned everything it saw. But then one day that cat saw a lion, and the lion looked at it and stood up. Do you know what the cat did? It ran away and was never the same again because it knew that it was only a cat in a world full of lions. Next week I am going to show you that you're nothing but a small cat who thinks himself king of the lion's den. (LK walks off, end scene)
Do you really expect the man who just walked down the ramp for the first time to be instantly over?
That depends on the context. I'd expect Bray Wyatt to get a reaction if he debuts next week, for example.