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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and this is the way of
us all congregate to congrieve together...
WWE finally managed to do it. They managed to put together
an angle that really pulled everything together. They may
have had a plan for NXT all along, and while they’re
now working on a second season with new wrestlers as the
stars, they may have done something very right with the
first batch of eight NXT stars. How? By finishing off an
over-long, pretty dreadful 3-hour episode of RAW with the
type of attack that would have felt perfect as a part of
the 1996 nWo invasions of WCW. The thing is, this was way
better because it felt way more legit.
whole thing started when the audience voted for CM Punk
to face John Cena in the main event of the show. There was
no way either of the others would have gotten the vote,
and there was no way that they could do this match with
a real ending.
had Wade Barrett, the winner of NXT, come down the ramp
and distract John Cena, allowing Punk to leave the ring,
when all the other NXT Rookies came out, all of them wearing
black and yellow armbands with Ns on them. They were already
branded as a team, it would seem. They beat down the Straight
Edge Messiah along with Luke Gallows and I think that Serena
(the hottest woman in wrestling at the moment) ran off.
The eight of
them then surrounded the ring, hopping up on the apron with
Cena trapped in there. There was a weird kind of heat that
I’ve only heard a couple of times. The first time
was when the Undertaker debuted and no one had any idea
what to think. The other was when Mick Foley and Terry Funk
were thrown off the stage in a dumpster by the New Age Outlaws.
This was that sort of thing. It was a ‘What the Hell
is Going On?” vibe.
woman in wrestling right now? Discuss.
NXT Rookies entered the ring and they ended up surrounding
Cena and then they beat him down. This would have been OK,
would have helped the NXT guys get over, but then there
was more. The guys kept beating on Cena, giving him their
signature moves over and over. Some others headed out to
ringside and kept on beating on people. They beat up the
ring announcer, the announce team, a cameraman, Matt Striker,
and just about everybody.
also broke the announcers’ table, knocked one of the
ropes off the turnbuckles, tore up the mat from the ring,
pulled up the pads surrounding the ring and threw around
the chairs. This was a serious angle and it had a serious
vibe running through the crowd. It was a big time angle
that felt like it got the guys over more than the entire
NXT series had.
here’s the thing: this requires a real follow-up.
They have to put over the NXT guys solid. They need to give
them serious wins, or at least have them continuing to destroy
the WWE’s upper echelon stars. Having Undertaker come
back and having them put him out, that’s a good start.
have to remember that the nWo wasn’t a single angle.
They had Hall and Nash do some beat-downs, then they had
the Hogan turn, and perhaps the biggest of them all, the
time they just destroyed everyone and tossed Rey Misterio
like a lawn dart into the production truck. They kept winning
big matches and tearing apart sets and disrupting everything.
It was an amazing time, and if the WWE goes with that concept,
it could work.
the moment, guys...
if they just book them as they usually do, as a secondary
set to the stars, that’s where this turns into the
WCW invasion of the WWE back in 2001. It makes so much sense
to keep them out of the ring except to disrupt the shows
and beat guys down. Make them into thugs. This would also
hide the weaknesses of the various guys.
Of course, they
could just have Bryan Danielson as the star.
This is an opportunity
the likes of which few rookies have gotten over the years.
I hope that they manage to put them over and keep them over.
I think there’s some real talent, Danielson, obviously,
but I really think that Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett
could make it. Heath Slater looked good in the beat-down,
and David Otunga might be able to turn his natural hate
charisma into some sort of drawing gimmick.
see where this goes.