So Skip Sheffield was tremendous but we'll get to that in a second. Nothing to controversial tonight, like last weeks reveal of how WWE was going to book Daniel Bryan. This week was a pretty standard show in a classic sense. the big addition is the rules. Or a rule. I think they're coming up with them weekly. So the Pros will vote on each Rookie, Pass or Fail. The only exception is a Pro will not be allowed to vote on his rookie. That way you get seven votes and you either pass or fail. The passes move on, I guess, and the fails....fail.
We had three matches, with the first being a longer rematch of last weeks squash, Darren Young vs. David Otunga. They decided to switch things up and have Otunga work face. At least I think they did, because the fans booed Darren pretty hard. They may have just thought he sucked. He wasn't bad, but he was a little clunky looking and his finish is garbage. And he got to utilize it after Punk interference, which was a surprise. Otunga's brewing beef with Truth looks like it'll bring a lot of good out of both guys. I'd never really seen R-Truth so serious since coming back to the WWE.
We also had Wade Barrett look pretty damn
nice against a very weak Daniel Bryan, taped ribs and all. I hope they give him the DDP treatment and his ribs are all broken up all the time yet he some how manages to win with flash subs instead of a Diamond Cutter. but even witha loss Bryan stayed memorable with a great knee off the apron that the camera guy kind of failed on. Jericho was great on commentary likening Wade to an eagle. Hey...look over there, it's an Eagle fighting a Dragon.
Skip Sheffield, is great and totally likable. They even protected him by having Regal eat the pin from a great 450 Splash by Justin Gabriel. And hey, Justin Gabriel pins Regal in his WWE debut. Pretty nice. I wasn't in to him so much but that one move looked pretty good.
Heath Slater was working out with Christian, and was later spit on by Carlito. So while he didn't do much, the ending was a tease on how he'll react to that next week. Michael Tarver got no screen time other than a recap of his mis-communication with Carlito. Bummer
JAE'S NXT RANKINGS
1. Justin Gabriel (+5)
2. Wade Barrett (+4)
3. Daniel Bryan(-2)
4. Darren Young (+3)
5. Heath Slater ( -2)
6. Skip Sheffield (+ 2)
7. David Otunga (- 4)
8. Michael Tarver (- 4)
Explained: Wade Barrett got a big win and had a good intro video that he didn't get last week. Gabriel was hyped from last week and pinned a veteran which I don't think has even happened yet. Daniel Bryan is being protected with hurt ribs and it creates more sympathy for his character than just about any one else's. But he'll keep dropping if he keeps losing. Darren Young dominated Otunga all match and then still beat him. Otunga, regardless of Punk's interference, was out matched nearly the whole time. Skip Sheffield's team lost but to no fault of his own, and I'll be damned if he topped Otunga's hype video from last week. And Michael Tarver was a loser last week. And they reminded you about it. And that was that.
By the way, that drawing of an Eagle vs. a Dragon is badass and I'm so glad some on drew it. Check out the artists other stuff here. I don't know him but, he drew an eagle fighting a dragon, so I feel like I kind of do now.