Originally Posted by PhenomenalOne11
And of course people on here can't be happy that NXT did well. Making up excuses "But they didn't give new fans a reason to tune in next week!!" Bullshit. That was a great first episode. People just can't be happy when WWE does something right because it goes against the clear anti-WWE circlejerk here. Do I hope AEW does well? Yeah I do, I want all wrestling companies to do well. But do I want it done at the expense of another? Not at all. I hope NXT continues these good ratings.
Lol I might be the only person to get called a WWE apologist and an anti-WWE circle jerker. I give WWE credit when I think they did something right and I criticize them when I think they did something wrong, NXT's debut had some good wrestling but I only cared because I have long term investment in some of these people's careers, not because NXT compelled me to care.
Take the women's fatal 4 way, all of them are losers and have already been beaten by Shayna, none of them should've even been in contendership but since they were, they should've addressed them losing and explain why this time will be different, they could've built up the match, made a story out of it and gave us a reason to root for somebody specific. A 30 second promo from each girl to give us a reason to believe they could possibly contend with Shayna, but they didn't do that. If that was your first time watching do you have any reason to be excited that Candice won instead of the other 3?
People give Raw shit for the constant recaps and the 20 minute promos but when you turn on Raw they catch you up on the major stories and they try to let you get to know the important players, the 20 minute scripted promos are bad but you know what somebody is all about after one.
Why can't NXT do a 3 minute unscripted promo? Even with the one promo of the show all Walter said is that to Imperium the ring is sacred, does that mean they're going to beat up everybody they think disrespects the ring? Should I have to guess that when he could've just said it? And if that's the case, then why is Imperium's first feud against Kushida instead of the Street Profits?
NXT's good matches let's HHH get a pass on the horrible booking, illogical story progression, and a complete lack of characters and promos.
Honestly I liked that they went the way of not handling it as episode 1 and didnt introduce everyone. Mauro and Nigel did a wonderful job replacing promos as they told us everything about the wrestlers while wrestling. BTW this commentary team is one trillion miles better than everyone else.
So they had one show and had to do something. If it would be mostly promos and segments everyone in here would have said "oh look thats Vince". And they just had one hour basically, as I dont count the 2nd hour as it was on the network. So they had to bust their asses to make sure people not switch channels, so they HAD to do lots of wrestling and keeping the crowd alive so people infront of the TV stay full of energy.
Honestly I am watching wrestling for 20 years and this is the most energetic I was since the summer of Punk and even then RAW couldnt keep me on my feet for an hour straight.
They had 1 hour but they wasted 5 minutes of it on an absolute garbage talent like Cameron Grimes in a squash match against Sean Maluta? That doesn't indicate a sense of urgency or a need to keep people from changing the channel.
In another thread I mentioned how HHH is using his amazing commentary team as a crutch to not have to do real storytelling. We can both agree they do a good job but you see it as a positive and I see it as a negative, why would I want to hear Nigel tell me what a wrestler is all about when he can tell me with his own words or with his mannerisms and in-ring psychology?
Take somebody like Drew McIntyre for instance, we always hear how he's a psychopath but when he gets in the ring you see him going for quick pin attempts instead of reveling in inflicting pain on his opponent. If NXT refuses to present their characters through promos and vignettes, then the least they can do is let the character be presented in-ring without the commentators having to spoon feed it to us.
I'm glad you're excited for wrestling but I'm an NXT OG, back when it was developmental it renewed my love for wrestling, and now that it's a fake Indy I'm less enthused than I have been since the first time I quit wrestling.