Welcome to Falls Count Anywhere! My name
is Chris and Cinequest is here!
Maverick is the spirit of the west.
to break away from my week at Cinequest this week to spend
a little time watching WWE’s newest show on SyFy,
WWE NXT. I knew that the concept was a way to get
new guys over by having eight Rookies partnered with eight
Pros and have them go and try and make their mark. I was
hearing it would be something like Tough Enough,
but I was hoping it would be something more like the AWA’s
Team Challenge Series. What I got was neither, but was actually
start with the obvious: the eight rookies. They include
David Otunga, a Reality TV guy who has a great body and
is getting married to Jennifer Hudson. There’s a dude
named Heath Slater who’s supposed to be a Southern
rocker of some sort. There’s this guy who’s
supposed to be a party animal, a guy who’s English,
a guy from South Africa and a dude who I have no description
for other than he’s a dude.
And there’s Bryan Danielson, now known
as Daniel Bryan.
He’s the star of the first episode,
largely because they obviously see value in the guy. They
had him appear in the ring for the first segment, having
him start to deliver a promo, only to be interrupted by
The Miz. Great line: ‘I wanna say one thing to all
my fans around the world: I’m sorry. I wish I could
have had William Regal as my Pro, but these things happen’.
The Miz came in, ran him down and slapped him.
Why this is important is that it not only
shows they have faith in him enough to have him open the
first show, but they gave him a storyline to start with,
and they focused on it. It’s a great sign for the
future of Daniel, but it’s even more important that
they let him talk. He may not be a charisma machine, but
he started to connect with the crowd already. The segment
was pretty good.
had a tag team match where it was Heath Slater, who they
are obviously pushing as the second guy (and in the promo
package for him, he showed some good flashy moves), teamed
with Christian against this guy Tarver, who is the son of
a former Prize Fighter, and Carlito. Tarver’s got
a good look, and while he isn’t terribly fluid, he’s
got a bit of potential.
match was pretty average, but it was also very obvious that
Heath was bound for nothing but Enhancement Talent. He’s
a decent seller, he pulls moves out OK, but he’s got
no crowd pull. Christian got the pin on Tarver. It wasn’t
a bad segment.
was a terrible sign about the depth of talent with the next
match. CM Punk is the Pro for Rookie Darren Young. Darren
is pushed as the South Beach party boy. CM Punk is the head
of The Straight Edge Society, the anti-partying stable that’s
managed to become solid heels. They let Punk cut a taped
promo, which was pretty good. I love Punk’s gimmick
(and let me say this: Serena is the hottest of the WWE’s
Divas right now, especially with her shaved head) and having
them team together would be cool if they did real angles
and such, and you know what, I’m betting they will
at some point.
Otunga came out, and I have to admit that he did an OK promo,
he’s got some charisma. The match started and Darren
went off the ropes, Otunga caught him and gave him a Batista-style
You see, he basically lifted him a bit and threw him down
on his shoulder. It was so ugly. I mean, I’ve seen
some botched moves, but this was the ugliest I’ve
ever seen that didn’t result in serious injuries.
It was terrible and I’m not expecting Otunga to get
much better. The worst part is that Darren is now completely
The big main event was Chris Jericho vs.
Daniel Bryan. This was a pretty good match, Jericho and
Daniel worked well together, but the best part was a simple
moment when Daniel went for a Tope through the ropes, Jericho
caught him and put him into the side of the announcer’s
table. It was just about the biggest bump I’ve seen
in my life. It was awesome. Daniel got a hot submission
attempt (they seem to be pushing him as a submission expert),
but he tapped pretty quick from the Walls of Jericho. It
wasn’t solid, but it was good to see Daniel put as
the star. And the crowd took to him.
After the match, The Miz attacked Daniel,
said that he’d been embarrassed. It really seems like
they’re ready to give him a push by starting off with
a feud with The Miz, perhaps including a WrestleMania match
between the two of them.
Still, I don’t think they’ve
taken full advantage of the format and made The Pros and
the Rookies have to work together with only one of the Rookies
going forward. They’ve built up an idea that could
work, but it’s really just another show. I’m
hoping it works, and if they keep going in this direction,
they’ll at least get Daniel over as a new star!