Sunday, November 13, 2011

NXT & SUPERSTARS RUN DOWN

WWE SUPERSTARS



JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. CURT HAWKINS
Decent match. Curt Hawkins came to the ring with a cane and never used for anything other than twirling. Supposedly he has an injured foot. I think Teddy Long needs to look into this. Curt's just not very interesting no matter what he tries. His wrestling isn't good enough to get him anywhere, his look isn't particularly interesting, and no matter who or what they pair him with, he can't seem to make it work. He's not bad, he's just...not anything. Gabriel did some solid stuff, selling the leg and trying to shake it off for the 450. I don't know what to do with him as a character. I feel like there's money to be made off of him, but I can't quite figure out how. I say have him, Evan Bourne, and Sin Cara wrestle Epico, Hunico, and Primo in six-mans until they figure it out.

ALEX RILEY vs.MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY
The battle for who's the bigger dingus. This stunk. I don't care how hard these two yell at the crowd, they're not going to make this any interesting. Just listless filler wrestling. It's like you can tell that they want to make this look good, but they have no idea how they actually look. It's like play acting good wrestlers. It feels empty and lifeless.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. WILLIAM REGAL
This is about as solid a 15 minute TV match as you'll get all year. Two pros feeling it out and WORKING. It feels organic, like they're actually feeling out the mood of the crowd. It may not be the best match you'll see all year, as it doesn't have the greatest finishing stretch, but it is some of the hands down best in ring work you're going to see. It's something to watch and study, for wrestlers and fans alike.

Movin on movin on

WWE NXT

PEOPLE TALKING
The opening segment got better when Johnny Curtis hit the ring. He's a decent talker and looks very comfortable dealing with a live crowd. I wish he had something else to talk about though. Wouldn't mind seeing him work with Yoshi Tatsu or Justin Gabriel. Him being able to talk would give those two faces something to work against.


TYSON KIDD vs. TRENT BARRETA
These two rarely put together bad matches and that's still the case. Tyson is so underutilized it's disturbing. The crowd doesn't seem hot for it, which is usually the case for most of these matches, and they kind of lose their steam around the 3/4 mark, but they eventually start getting some crowd support after Trent does a sick dive off of the barricade. Worth checking out if you haven't seen them before, but not their best work from this year.

JIMMY USO vs. JTG
JTG isn't all that great on his own. He's fantastic playing a face in peril like he did with Shad, or as a sneak bastard like he was doing with Darren Young, but you put him by himself and he doesn't have the tools to really carry a one on one match-up. Jimmy isn't bad but he lacks the charisma that Jey has. Still, much like JTG, he's better off in a tag team setting. So take two guys who are better tag workers, put them in a singles match, in front of a crowd who has no idea who they are and this is what you'll get.

JOHNNY CURTIS & DERRICK BATEMAN vs. TITUS O'NEIL & PERCY WATSON
Watson had some decent moments, and looked very fluid. Curtis is a decent bump and made the faces look pretty good. As hard as they try, I still can't get into the Titus/Percy team. Percy should probably be wrestling singles and Titus is still kind of rigid when he gets in the ring. He's trying really really hard, so I'll give him credit for that. But he's got a ways to go before he's a valuable part of the roster.

Decent finish though I don't know how good a feuding partners story line can be with two heels, but they play off each other okay, and they are pretty decent as a team.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
That episode of Superstars is a must see just for the Bryan/Regal match. Everything else ranges from skipable to okay. Like I said, if you haven't seen much Tyson Kidd, give NXT a shot, their match is first and you can drop the rest. A weak week overall, but you still get one heck of a solid bout from two absolute PROS.

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