Oct. 12, 2010 – NXT XTRA: The Golden Proposal

13 10 2010

Big Thank’s to WrestlingInc.com for the results:

Cue the opening and we are welcomed to Portland. Matt Stryker welcomes the remaining ladies to the ring.In a surprising development Matt is wearing a sweater vest. Matt congratulates the ladies for surviving the first elimination and we begin a new set of challenges.

Challenge #1: Name that Tune.
The girls will hear a tune and can blast a horn to give their answer as we play snippets of WWE theme songs. Each correct answer gives the contestant 100 points. A.J. gets the first 2, Naomi gets number 3, A.J. gets the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth tune. Now the songs are worth 200 points. A.J. gets tune 1, tune 2, tune 3, tune 4, and misses tune 5.
A.J. wins the worst segment in wrestling history. At least it is the worst since NXT last week and mercifully we head to a break.

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Oct. 5, 2010 – NXT XTRA: Losing the “Keyes”

7 10 2010

Last night on WWE NXT, one of the 6 Rookie Divas got voted off, and we FINALLY had our match between Kaitlyn and Vickie Guerrero:

Someone gets eliminated tonight, but which one of the six will it be? What will happen when Kaitlyn meets her pro in the ring?

Matt Striker is on the stage and he brings out the six rookies. Matt reminds them that this is the biggest night of their careers because the WWE Universe and the pros will determine which one of them will no longer be a part of the competition. Matt reminds AJ that she has won three competitions and is closer to immunity. Kaitlyn, Naomi, and Jamie can still get immunity.

Mechanical Bull Ride

It is time for the first challenge and it is time to get the mechanical bull out for a Mechanical Bull Riding Competition. The person who stays on the bull the longest will win the competition. Matt wants someone to demonstrate so the Bellas volunteer. They ride first and it is on super slow. Then it speeds up and they are finally thrown from the mechanical bull.

Naomi is first and her time is 12.5 seconds. The next rookie is Aksana and her time 17.9 seconds so she in lead. AJ is the next to mount the mechanical monster and after commiserating with Kaitlyn before donning Kurt Angle’s cowboy hat. AJ with a time of 9.6 seconds. Jamie is the next one to go and her time is 10.9 seconds. Maxine gets to be on top . . . of the bull and she lasts 9.8 seconds. Kaitlyn is the final one to challenge the bull and she ends up with 10 seconds.

Aksana get her first win in competition and then she will face Maxine in the ring.

We are back and Did You Know that a lot of children are going to do the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge?

We see footage from last night when Goldust was revealed as the one who left the messages for Ted DiBiase and Maryse because he wants the Million Dollar Belt.

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Sep. 28, 2010 – NXT XTRA: Wrestling or Reality TV? You choose!

30 09 2010

Matt Striker brings out the Divas who join the pros on the stage.

Wheelbarrow Challenge

Matt says that being a diva means having athleticism and poise. This week’s challenge is a wheelbarrow challenge. They need to go around the ring once and the Diva with the fastest time wins.

Maxine goes first, but before she gets to use the wheelbarrow, Matt says that they need to add a challenge. They need to put something big and heavy in the wheelbarrow. Hornswoggle comes out and he will be riding in the wheelbarrow and he has his helmet. Matt warns the rookies that if Hornswoggle falls out of the wheelbarrow, they are disqualified.

Maxine’s time is 14.7 seconds and then Hornswoggle falls out of the wheelbarrow after the line was crossed. Hornswoggle responds to Maxine’s comments by biting her in the rear end. Naomi is next and her time is 15.2 seconds. Jamie is the third competitor and her time is 14.4 seconds. Kaitlyn is next and she tries to ride with Hornswoggle but Matt corrects her. Her time is 12.0 seconds. AJ is the penultimate participant and her time is 17.7 seconds. AJ gives Hornswoggle a hug and Hornswoggle gets a little too happy with the hugging. Aksana is the final participant and her time is 13.9 seconds.

Our winner is Kaitlyn. She gets on Hornswoggle’s shoulders to celebrate and then Kaitlyn hugs Vickie as we go to commercial.

Michael says that he is waiting for NXT Season 3 to be on Classics on Demand.

We go to a video package for AJ. She says that her style is different. She says that she represents the nerds. She says that she didn’t mind staying at home on Saturday nights playing video games. She says that she did not have a lot growing up. She says that they didn’t have a lot but they had each other. AJ says that she always dreamed of being a Diva. She says that she remembered waiting in line for tickets for Wrestlemania in Madison Square Garden. She told her dad that she was going to be in that ring. She says that she is stronger than the other girls and they are not going to get rid of her.

We are finally back and it is time for Josh and Michael to talk about Hell in a Cell. They tell us that the show will be on WWE.com next week at 10:00 PM. We will see the first elimination next week.

It is time to take a look at Kaitlyn. She is from Houston and she says that she played soccer for 13 years. She was in fitness and figure competitions. She finished in the top five in the Arnold Competition. The other rookies cannot do the robot. She wants to be the one who people can laugh with and will push the envelope. She wants people not to be afraid to express themselves. She says that she looks up to Beth Phoenix. Being the next WWE Diva is a huge honor because they are positive role models. Kaitlyn says that she has a lot to learn but she is willing to learn to get to the next level.

It’s time to see what happened at the end of Smackdown when Smackdown last week between Kane and Undertaker.

Matt reminds the rookies that voting starts tomorrow so this could be their last time in the ring.

Diss the Diva

They will have a chance to tell the other Divas why they have what it takes to be the next breakout star.

Aksana goes first and she thanks Matt. She tells everyone to look at her. She blows kisses to the crowd. She say she go to gym every day, does five hundred sit ups, five hundred crunches and then run ten miles. She say she takes care of her body. Aksana says that the others eat pancakes. She asks who is the Arnold Classic winner is. Aksana says she is. She says the other rookies wanna be just like Aksana.

AJ is next and she says that she isn’t going to put the other girls down. She says that she belongs her more than the others. She says that it is time to redefine Diva. You don’t need high heels. They can like video games and comic books. She says that she is a Diva who loves the business. She says that it is about time that the WWE picks AJ.

Kaitlyn is next and she says that before she disses any Diva, she wants to do an impression and she sticks out her butt and Naomi attacks her. She says that even though she fell flat on her butt, she will win Season Three.

Jamie is next. She says that she could talk about how this one is dressed like she is in a circus . . . ON A TRAPEEZE. She can talk about this one who looks and acts like a ten year old on Christmas morning. Jamie says that she knows that she is the best and will win.

Matt reminds the rookies about the concept of the challenge.

Naomi is next and she says that she doesn’t want to diss because her mama told her that if you don’t have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. If this is about wrestling and entertainment, she has all of them beat. She knows it, the WWE Universe knows it, and so do the other rookies. Naomi says that Kaitlyn was talking about her in a confessional but we know that the only reason why Kaitlyn won was because Naomi messed up. She says that Vickie almost had a better time than Kaitlyn did. She says that Kaitlyn is too cocky and too arrogant. She tells Kaitlyn to say it to her face next time.

Maxine is the final rookie to diss and she says that she is sick and tired of the typical Diva. They are all the same. So overly perky and nice. They smile when they lose. She asks everyone what can you do with a nice girl? Take her home to mom and bake cookies. She says that is so boring. She says that nice girls can’t get things done in a man’s world.

Winner: AJ

AJ celebrates by hugging and kissing Matt.

Vickie Guerrero rises from her chair and walks to the ring and gives a few ‘Excuse Mes’. Vickie tells Kaitlyn that week after week she tries so hard to make her into a reflection of her. Vickie says that she is a success. She wants the WWE Universe to feel her pain with what she has to deal with.

Kaitlyn says that she has tried her hardest and all Vickie has done is bring her down. The first elimination is around the corner so she might not have another opportunity to do this. She challenges Vickie to a match.

Vickie asks Kaitlyn if she knows who she is dealing with. Vickie accepts and she says that she will show everyone that she is the pro and that Kaitlyn is nothing. Vickie slaps Kaitlyn and Kaitlyn pushes Vickie down. They fight on the mat until Matt separates them.

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Sep. 21, 2010 – NXT XTRA: Lay-Cool… or Lay-Not?

22 09 2010

They go to a recap of last week’s show before the theme song and accompanying video plays. Josh Matthews welcomes us and reveals that Cole is not here. Matthews tells the viewers they can unmute their TVs because it’s an hour-free Cole session. CM Punk’s music hits and he heads out wearing a brown jacket). Punk is going to be taking Cole’s place on commentary and the comedy begins almost immediately as he rips up a picture of Matthews. “Shut Up, Josh” is the phrase of the day!

Ladies are in the ring with Matt Striker until Vickie Guerrero hits the mic, “Excuse Me!” She wants it known that it is due to her coaching that Kaitlyn was able to be successful last week. Tonight, Kaitlyn takes on Jamie and LayCool is brought out to assist. LayCool runs down the rookies until Kelly Kelly interrupts and wants a six-woman tag match with the “unified divas champions”.

Musical Chairs (Really!?)

Kaitlyn is first to be eliminated. Jamie is second to go. Maxine gets eliminated and she starts to tug at Aksana’s hair before she is sent off. It’s down to Naomi and AJ and Naomi gets eliminated despite being in the chair fully. The ref said AJ sat first before being bumped by Naomi’s posterior.

Aksana gets her spotlight video.

Backstage, Aksana is approached by Goldust. Aksana’s upset because INS is threatening to deport her due to visa issues. Goldust won’t let anything happen to her.

AJ w/ Primo vs. Maxine w/ Alicia Fox

Maxine takes AJ down and bashes her head off the mat. AJ gets sent into the ropes and hits a shoulder block. AJ cartwheels over her and executes an arm drag. AJ nearly whiffs a roundhouse kick. Maxine fights back and sends her into the ropes but AJ knees her in the face. Maxine hits a drop-toe-hold into the ropes and chokes AJ. Maxine applies a chin lock. AJ tries to fight up but Maxine powers her down. Maxine hits a rookie suplex and gets a one count. Punk sarcastically says this is the greatest TV show on earth.

AJ starts fighting back with clotheslines and a dropkick. Maxine hits a Brain-Buster but AJ floats over for the win. What just happened?

Winner by Pinfall: AJ

Michael Cole comes out and says the majority of the people actually want him on this show. I have to agree. Oh my god I never thought I’d write that. Michael Cole says he’s gotten letter and phone calls asking him to return. He had an epiphany: NXT without him is unwatchable. It’s like Bristol Palin trying to dance. NXT without Michael Cole is just simply bad. What a character he could be. He calls his loyal fans the “Cole-Miners”. Cole says he’s back for CM Punk and Josh Mathews. Michael Cole is back on NXT!

Talk the Talk Challenge

Matt Striker is in the ring with the rookie divas again. This is the “Talk the Talk” Challenge. They’ll be given a random topic to talk about and the audience will judge them. Jamie is given the topic of “teeth”. Michael Cole and CM Punk hilariously rip on her during that. Cole asks for his gong and Punk wonders what her promo has to do with molars. Naomi has nothing to say about “toupees” and just wants to wrestle.

AJ is given the topic of “caffeine”. She cuts a solid promo about passion and love of the business. Michael Cole gives her a standing ovation. Aksana’s topic is “llama”. She says “First of all…” and Punk hilariously thought she said “Constable”. She has no idea what a llama is. She doesn’t even know what a camel is. They just buzz her.

Maxine cuts a terrible promo about a “foot”. Michael Cole says it was horrendous. She says she could squash AJ with her thought. Kaitlyn then cuts the worst promo of the night on the topic of “ignition”. She talks about people’s underwear and says nothing. The commentators were hilarious throughout. They’re singlehandedly making this show watchable.

Jamie , Naomi  & Kelly Kelly vs. Lay-Cool & Kaitlyn

Kelly slaps Layla and takes her down with a Thesz Press. Jamie is tagged in and Layla laughs at her before ripping the flower out of her hair. Jamie powers her to the corner and Layla shoves her. Jamie kicks her and hits a body slam. Layla says she’s too good for this and tags in Kaitlyn. Jamie puts her in a headlock. Kaitlyn fights out and spears her down. Kaitlyn misses an elbow drop and Jamie wrenches the arm.

Naomi is tagged in and they fall… or something like that. Michelle McCool is tagged in and she stomps Naomi in the corner. Punk called her “Nadine”. He’s been getting their names wrong all night. Naomi rolls her up for a one count. Naomi hits some nice moves and a wheel kick in the corner. Naomi is the best rookie on the show. McCool eventually comes back with a belly to belly following a distraction from Layla. McCool tags in Kaitlyn to make the pin and Naomi counters for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Jamie, Naomi  & Kelly Kelly

Kaitlyn pushes Michelle McCool after the match and she’s beat down by Lay-Cool. Vickie Guerrero says she’s sick of Kaitlyn. Punk signs off by saying he’ll be back next week. “This is NXT. For Michael Cole, I’m CM Punk. Shut up Josh!”

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NXT Results – Sep. 14, 2010 – Gong, Gong, Gong!

15 09 2010

Last night on NXT, things got a little wild. Let’s see… Vickie shows more respect to her rookie, we have a Joke Off… Isn’t this supposed to be wrestling? And, 2 actual matches.

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn def. Primo and AJ

When the ladies were in the match the action wasn’t the greatest. Kaitlyn is showing her greenness. Ziggler gets a trio of slaps from AJ after Ziggler decided to block her from making the obligatory tag to Primo. Once Primo comes in, although getting in a few quick offensive moves, it doesn’t take long before he gets hit with the Zig Zag.

Viewers get to learn more about Maxine. She went to school for Forensic Science and used to work in that field.

Joke Off

AJ tells the joke about a blonde hiding in a potato sack and saying “potato” when the sack is kicked by the police. Aksana speaks in her native tongue before repeating a wife/girlfriend joke. Jamie gets the crowd involved in her “knock knock” joke. Naomi tosses out the ol’ calling a dog with no legs joke. Maxine gets in the face of AJ and the two get into a little scuffle. Kaitlyn picks on AJ as well and slaps her. The two ladies scuffle as well.

The crowd was booing every lady besides Jamie. Suffice to say, Jamie won the competition.

Michael Cole is not happy and repeatedly hitting a gong. He tells the divas, Matt Striker, and the fans in attendance that they all deserve to be gonged.

Jamie Keyes def. Aksana

We get some attempt by Jamie to work the arm of Aksana. Aksana is able to hit a couple clotheslines. After missing a charge attack, Aksana is rolled up by Jamie for a pin.

Naomi’s time to shed some light on her time prior to NXT. Dancing for years, Orlando Magic crew, athletic ability.

We get a shot of the post-match celebration of Ziggler and Kaitlyn from earlier. Vickie was not pleased to see Kaitlyn being embraced by Ziggler. Backstage, Vickie tells Ziggler he might be in danger of losing all “this” (Vickie).

Obstacle Course

Vickie interrupts Dolph and Kaitlyn talking about her win. Vickie tells Kaitlyn that she needs to talk to Dolph. Vickie wants to know what the deal is. He tells Vickie that she was excited that she won. Vickie says that if Dolph pulls that again, he will lose ‘all this’ as Vickie does random hand gestures.

Kaitlyn is the first up but Vickie wants to show her how to run the course with perfection. We get some stretching and yoga before Vickie hits the course. She does a pretty good job, despite struggling on the big wall. The push-ups were done better than some of the guys on NXT season 2. She eventually trips and falls on her face. The screaming commences. The crowd chants at her.

It is now time for the rookies to go. Kaitlyn goes first and her time is 36.5 seconds and she adds some flair by going across the finish line on the container. Aksana is next and she give time of 37.2 seconds. The next participant is AJ and her time is 46.0 seconds. Maxine finishes in 39.1 seconds. Jamie is the next to go and her time is 36.8 seconds. The final person to challenge Kaitlyn is Naomi. Her time is an afterthought at 57.4 seconds.

Kaitlyn lives up to Vickie’s guarantee and Vickie celebrates with Kaitlyn.

The results for the Obstacle Course are as follows;

Kaitlyn: 36.5 seconds

Aksana: 41 seconds

AJ: 46 seconds

Maxine: 39.1 seconds

Jamie: 36.8 seconds

Naomi: 57.4 seconds (due to having to do the tires and push-ups over)

Michael Cole hits the gong again. He calls all of this ridiculous. He says that this show violates everything about his journalistic integrity. He says that he was a war correspondent and he is doing this. Cole says that he is done with this show.

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NXT XTRA: It’s Naomi’s night! & A look at the NXT Rookies

8 09 2010

Well we got to meet the woman who will join Wade Barrett and Kaval as the winners of a season of NXT. After tonight, there appears to be a clear leader among the six Diva wannabes. There was definitely a different feeling from the first two seasons of NXT on the premiere of Season Three.

This challenge showed that this was not going to be like the first two seasons of NXT. Because of the role of the Divas in WWE, this challenge made sense because of the situations that Divas are inserted. The use of Michael Cole, Tony Chimmel, and Josh Mathews was different. I thought this part of the show was overshadowed a bit by Michael Cole’s attire as well as the comments made by Matt Striker. Because of her history as a dancer for the Orlando Magic and her appearances in music videos, I was not surprised that Naomi won this challenge.

This was an interesting contest and I liked how they eliminated one rookie after each stage. However, the stages seemed to be too short to really showcase the athleticism of the Divas. They had built Jamie as one of the best athletes and she was eliminated first, so that did not help her. I thought the way that Maxine stayed in the competition going into the last stage showed a lot of athleticism.

I thought you could tell that these women were new at cutting promos because none of them stood out and made you want to see them in a situation like the Miz was in on Monday’s Raw.

A Look at the NXT Rookies

Kaitlyn looks like she is going to be the ‘Alex Riley’ type character in this group. I think Vickie Guerrero making her cut her promo a few times was the best part of her performance tonight on the mic. There is potential, but I think she needs to avoid being a copy of someone else and stand out on her own. At the end of the show, after she knocked Vickie down, it looks like we are going to see Kaitlyn trying to apologize to Vickie on next week’s show.

I have seen a lot of Aksana promos on FCW television because she hosts a talk show segment (and yes, she sounds like she did tonight on that show). Aksana was able to bring back the memories of Vladimir Kozlov because she love double double e. The biggest thing that hurts Aksana is her accent but it is also one of her biggest attributes. I don’t know if it is possible for her to talk without the accent, but I think if she wins or when she is eliminated, she should try to sound like she is from the south or northeast.

Maxine started off well by commenting on Aksana’s thick accent, but then her promo came off like she was trying out for a spot on The Apprentice, not NXT. Maybe she should be paired with Vickie Guerrero since she came off as someone who had aspirations to be in management (and she is currently the FCW General Manager).

AJ’s promo reminded me a lot of Ashley Massaro’s early promos in the Diva Search when she was giving out a phone number to get support and votes; with a bit of Trish Stratus and Mickie James thrown in. I thought she had the best promo of the rookies. She came across very innocent with her comments and I liked her comment about wanting to have an action figure with exaggerated body parts because she is very petite. This promo is a 180 from her current FCW character but I thought she came across better as a babyface character.

Since Jamie was the ring announcer for NXT last season, you would have thought that she would have been the best promo, but her work in the ring did not translate to this promo. While AJ’s promo felt like she was being herself, Jamie felt like she was trying to portray what the fans wanted to hear. This was the closest to a John Cena type promo that the rookies gave on the show. In addition to her promo, we had a video profile from Jamie. It gave us a good understanding of her background and how she has an athletic background.

Naomi connected the most with the crowd during her opening promo and she came off the same way that she does on FCW. Her promo was okay but it came off as a campaign speech not a way to get to know her. Any good that she did in her first promo was lost when she was given the mic after winning the second challenge. While she dominated the competitions, it did not help that she was winded during her promo and did not recover well.

I think it says something when they have two tag matches on the show and in both matches, the pros start off the match.

We are probably not going to see a lot of wrestling on NXT unless we see all six wrestling in separate matches. This week we had two matches that combined for five minutes of action so I would expect that this is going to be the standard for the next three months.

In the opening tag match, I thought Naomi was the best of the four women in the match. Alicia reverted back to her style before she got her push where she was falling down during the match and not really having a strong vertical base. Maxine looked out of place in the match with her ring work as well as her ring attire. The finish came out of nowhere, and it appeared to have shocked the women because we saw Naomi give Maxine a suplex after the match. It looked very awkward.

The mixed tag match was too short to give the viewers an idea of what they can do in the ring. The pinfall was very sudden and it felt like it was not the finish that they were going to do. The bulldog was also attempted twice because there was trouble executing the move the first time.

Based on the length of the matches, I don’t know if Kaitlyn and Jamie were hurt by not wrestling on the show.

The biggest surprise of the night for me was the announcement that this season of NXT was going to be three months long. Since the show is not listed on Syfy’s schedule beyond September 28th, will this go to the internet or will it be a part of Smackdown, which debuts on Syfy on October 1st or will it be a part of Raw? NXT is listed at 7:00 pm on October 1st, but that is the last scheduled airing on Syfy.

I really hope they will have a challenge where the winner gets to use a last name since they have taken them away from the rookies.

The introductions by the pros were a good way to match the names to the faces of the rookies, but the Divas doing the introductions were definitely not as good as the introductions done by Primo, Goldust, or Vickie.

At least Alicia did not talk about things being Undefined, but Cole might have had the line of the night when he said that Maxine was ‘very defined’.

I don’t know if it was because of the inexperience of the Divas, but I thought the announcing was good for the most part. As I was watching the show, it felt like I was watching Tazz and Cole doing commentary during the Torrie Wilson/Sable match during the 2004 Great American Bash (and if you have access to it, listen to the Post Game Show from this show which I think I listened to about six months ago and it still held up after 6 years). I did not mind the fact that the announcers were trying harder to get each other to laugh then convey what was going on during the show.

I thought Matt Striker was on top of his game tonight. He got in a lot of good references on the show and his best was when he called Cole ‘Clark Griswold in lederhosen’.

If Michael Cole had a red neckerchief, he would have been ready to run with the bulls in Pamplona.

I like the addition of the stipulation leading into the first elimination that the person who won the most challenges would get immunity. I do hope that it will be needed for the person who finishes last, but with Naomi winning both challenges and if she does not have any major problems, she should be safe without the added immunity.

I wonder how Michael Cole will cope without having his man-crush The Miz on the show as a pro. I guess he has latched onto the Vickie caravan for this season. Maybe Cole will bring the giant cardboard WWE Magazine cover with the Miz on it to join him and Josh at the announce table.

I was very surprised that they did not edit out what happened after the first match. It made Maxine and Naomi look bad to wrestle after the match ended. The show was taped so why expose their rookies.

Was it wrong for me to want to hear Naomi during her promo after winning the second immunity challenge after saying ‘I’m so excited’ and pausing, continue with ‘I’m so scared’?

I hope they bring Maryse onto the show to be in a segment with Aksana just so see who can be more over the top with their accents.

After the first show, I think they have given us a clear favorite based on her performance and the way that she was received by the crowd in Baltimore. Winning the two challenges helped Naomi and was enough to put her in the lead. Of the other rookies, I thought AJ stood out based on her promo and presence. They have separated themselves from the other four and it is up to them to maintain that advantage.

1st Place: Naomi
2nd Place: AJ
3rd Place: Aksana
4th Place: Maxine
5th Place: Kaitlyn
6th Place: Jamie