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NXT Discussion Thread - June 29, 2010 from Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Last week's edition of WWE NXT scored a 0.9 rating, which is the same number the show scored the previous week.​

Venue
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Confirmed Matches/Events

Results of the First NXT Poll To Be Revealed
 

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WWE NXT
Airing This Thursday in The UK


We are live from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Josh Mathews and Michael Cole. Your host is Ashley Valence.

We go to Ashley Valence who welcomes everyone to NXT. She mentions that the voting has started on the website. The rookies are introduced.

Ashley tells them that tonight is the first step in their journey. She mentions that everyone is voting to determine the rookie’s future. Ashley points out that season one winner, Wade Barrett was never ranked below two. Ashley says that there is a surprise. In addition to the NXT poll, we are going to eliminate the wrestler in eighth place. She says that there is one way to avoid elimination.

We go to Matt Striker, and we have the first rookie challenge and the Keg Carry is back. The winner gets immunity.

Michael McGillicutty is first and he drops the keg almost immediately and he is disqualified. Matt says that those are the rules because it is NXT. Michael is asked for his comments. Michael says that he has carried kegs that were heavier. He says that he will be in first in the voting.

Lucky Cannon is next and his time is 12.7 seconds. Percy Watson is next and his time is 13.0 seconds. Eli Cottonwood is next and his time is 13.3 seconds. Kaval is the next to carry the keg and he says that the keg weighs as much as him so he is not going to put any strain on his body unless it is in the ring for the WWE Universe. Kaval is disqualified.

Titus O’Neil is next and he drops the keg and is disqualified after he trips over his own feet. Titus says that is a reason why you don’t drink, but if you do drink . . . don’t drive. We see a super slow mo of the fall.

Husky Harris is next and Husky drops the keg and appears to have injured his leg. Matt says that it is a shame that he is disqualified. Matt asks Husky if he is hurt. Husky tells Matt that he is brave to say something to him.

Alex Riley is the final rookie and his time is 13.8 seconds as he falls over the finish line.

Lucky Cannon is the winner and he has immunity. Lucky says that he feels awesome. He says that some might be bigger and some might be faster. Lucky says that what he lacks in size and speed, he makes up for in heart.

Michael Cole does his worst John Sterling imitation of an Alex Rodriguez home run for Riley.

It is time for a Percy Watson video package. He says that he is the biggest entertainer of them all. He says that he is from South Beach. He says that he is ‘Showtime’ because it is always show time when he is around. He says that he was in the NFL, was a commodities broker, and the owner of a limousine company. He might have limited experience, but he wants to learn. He talks about his positive qualities. He will show that he is the one to watch.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that NXT has been the number one show on Syfy?

Match Number One: Husky Harris with Cody Rhodes versus Montel Vontavious Porter with Percy Watson

Porter avoids Harris when Harris wants to lock up. They lock up and Porter with a side head lock and he tries for a shoulder tackle but Harris stays on his feet. They lock up and Porter with a hammer lock and side head lock. Porter with another shoulder tackle and Harris stays on his feet and he has something to say. Porter with a rollup on Harris but Harris kicks out before the count. Porter has some words for Harris. Porter with a double leg take down and a cover for a near fall. Harris goes to the ropes to relax. They lock up and Porter with an arm drag. Porter backs Harris into the turnbuckles and Porter with a clean break but Harris with a forearm and punches out of the break. Porter with forearms but Harris with an Irish whip. Porter with a running boot and Harris goes to the floor as he tries to remember what state he is in.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Porter with forearms and an arm bar and cross face. Harris with punches but Porter with a kick and Irish whip. Porter misses a forearm in the corner and Harris with a uranage for a near fall. The referee checks on Porter and Harris returns to the attack with a kick to the ribs followed by a body scissors. Porter escapes but Harris with punches to the ribs and he gets a near fall. Harris with a series of elbow drops. Harris with a splash for a near fall. Harris with a suplex and he gets another near fall. Porter with punches but Harris with a slam or two. Harris gets a near fall. Harris with a waist lock on Porter but Porter with elbows. Harris responds with forearms and then he hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Harris misses the running back senton. Porter with a clothesline and back elbow to Harris followed by the facebuster and Harris falls for the Ballin’ Elbow. Porter with the 305 for the three count.

Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter

After the match, Rhodes and Watson come into the ring. Porter offers his hand to Harris and Harris ignores him and leaves the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Michael Cole reminds us that there will be an elimination tonight. Josh talks about the percentages for the voting.

Cole reminds us that Lucky Cannon cannot be eliminated because he won the Keg Carry Challenge.

Match Number Two: Kaval, Michael McGillicutty, and Lucky Cannon versus Alex Riley, Eli Cottonwood, and Titus O’Neil

Eli and Michael start things off and Michael with punches and kicks followed by a head butt. Eli with a forearm and short arm clothesline. O’Neil tags in and he argues with Eli and that allows Cannon to tag in and they lock up. Cannon works on the arm and connects with forearms. Cannon with an arm bar but O’Neil with a forearm. Cannon with punches. Riley pulls Cannon by the hair and that allows O’Neil to hit a clothesline. O’Neil with a kick to Cannon and Riley tags in and he kicks Cannon. Riley punches and kicks Cannon in the corner. Riley with a hard Irish whip. There is some confusion in the ring and Cottonwood tags in. Cottonwood with a biel to Cannon and he chokes him in the ropes. O’Neil tags in and he punches Cannon. O’Neil with a slam to Cannon and then Riley is tagged in. Riley punches Cannon followed by a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Cannon with punches but Riley with a knee to stop Cannon from making the tag. Riley with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow. Riley with a kick as Cannon tries to make the tag but he cannot reach Kaval. Cannon sends Riley into the turnbuckles and Kaval is tagged in. Kaval with a clothesline and flying forearm. Kaval with a series of kicks for a near fall. Kaval with an Irish whip and he hits Tidal Crush and then he gets a near fall. Cottonwood and O’Neil throw Kaval out of the ring and the referee warns them. McGillicutty with a swinging neckbreaker. Cottonwood and O’Neil are sent to the floor. Kaval goes up top and hits the Warrior Way on Riley for the three count.

Winners: Kaval, Lucky Cannon, and Michael McGillicutty

After the match, Layla and Michelle celebrate.

Matt tells us that the voting closes soon and he tells everyone to vote so their voices can be heard.

It is time for the pros to huddle up and vote.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

It is time for a medical update. Cole says that Steamboat suffered cracked ribs and a sprained neck while the others suffered emotional trauma.

Josh wonders how the Nexus will get involved at Money in the Bank. Cole reminds us that the WWE Title Match will be inside a steel cage so nobody can interfere.

We also have the Edge Money in the Bank video package that aired on Monday night as we continue with the Network Time Killers.

Cole reminds us that there have been six money in the bank matches and there have been six successful cashes.

We go to commercial . . . for the final time for one of the rookies.

We are back and the rookies are lined up at ringside. Matt tells the rookies that they will see how the fans and the pros see the rookies.

Matt reminds the rookies that one of the rookies, other than Lucky Cannon, will be eliminated.

It is time for the Poll.

In first place is Kaval. Cole mentions that he is not surprised because of the internet voting.

Percy Watson is in second place.

Michael McGillicutty is in third place.

Fourth place is held by Alex Riley.

Fifth Place is held by Lucky Cannon.

In sixth place is Eli Cottonwood.

It is time for Titus O’Neil and Husky Harris to walk into the spots of doom. One man will be eliminated while one man has a tough road to avoid future elimination.

In seventh place is Husky Harris and Titus O’Neil is eliminated.

Matt asks Titus what he is thinking.

Titus says the people have dealt with a lot more adversity than he has. Titus says that life is a game and you must make it what you can. While you are living, make it a win.

Titus heads to the back while Matt reminds them that the competition will intensify.

We go to credits!
 

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I'm going to miss "Make it a win" as it had turned into an awesome little catchphrase for an otherwise extremely boring and green performer. Top 4 were not a surprise really, if they are actually taking internet votes as real. Kaval is definitely the "push" I think from all of them and I suspect they are fairly sure of Watson, Hennig and Riley as being good enough already to go on in the competition. I'm warming to Riley more each week, he's outshined the other heels in the group and has the charisma to be a good heel.
 

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Hennig is way too high. He's shown pretty much nothing to me, and certainly less than Harris and especially Riley. It seems to me like he's getting a pass just because he's Joe Hennig. But I'm underwhelmed. And Harris at #7 is equally ridiculous, he's been quite good these few weeks as a heel. I expected Riley to be either first or second, so I was surprised how low he was too. But I can hardly complain since Kaval is great and Percy is great. I think my own ranking would be something like:

1. Kaval
2. Alex Riley
3. Percy Watson
4. Husky Harris
5. Lucky Cannon
6. Michael McGillicutty
7. Titus O'Neill
8. Eli Cottonwood

There really is quite a gap between the top four and the bottom though.

MVP/Harris is exactly what Cody/Lucky should have been (in structure), a long match that put over the rookie before the pro eventually wins. The 6-man was a fun little match though with a great finish, I popped and LayCool marking out was tremendous.

F*ck the challenges though.
 
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yeah, seriously. I think even the markiest of marks realises that the challenges are bullshit. No one sees it as a reality gameshow and any of the rewards that the rookies get should just be won in matches or given by the pro's.

I disagree with you on Hennig. I think he's been good on the mic and good in the ring. I really like his quick finisher. The only thing I think they need to do is make him properly face or properly heel. Personally I think he could do both, in the same way Benoit could do both without actually having to change his style in anyway. And Hennig is better on the mic than Benoit ever was already! :p
 

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I like his finisher, sure, but he's done nothing impressive otherwise, to me. He talks..OK, like most of the others, and hasnt stood out in the ring at all either. He's just kinda there. He's not shown himself to be, well, interesting in any way, as opposed to say Riley, Husky, Percy, Kaval. He's not bad, by any means, but he's not stood out and doesnt deserve to be #3 above guys who have.

And the fact that one cant tell if he's supposed to be a heel or a face is another negative. I'm sure he could do both, but he needs to pick one, because at the moment its anyone's guess. He's with a face, he teams with faces, yet he talks and scowls like a heel.
 

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I'd say that wasn't his fault though. It's just an opinion of course, not everyone is going to see people the same. I don't see Harris as having done anything really more impressive than that splash/senton thing he does and beat up striker which you'd assume was booked for him. I like his look because he looks different that 90% of the other superstars but I'm not completely won over by him.

As regards the actual list I suppose it's not that surprising that the 3 "faces" may have done better in voting stakes IF they do actually bother with the audience votes. Would explain why they gave Cannon the immunity this week if they plan to do Chodes V Lucky as an angle although that looks dead now.
 

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I was really quite confused with the 6 man tag at the end. Thought Hennig was heel and Titus was face, they seemed to be in the wrong teams!

Thought the poll was a little strange. Percy Watson number 2???? Wow, did not see that coming to be honest, he seriously annoys the hell out of me, he's like a really camp Mr Motivator! Love Kaval and Laycool so i'm well pleased he's number one. I was expecting Lucky to come in last but because of his immunity then Titus would go so i the most surprising thing for me was his number 5 ranking. I see nothing in him that is entertaining at all.
 
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