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NXT angle continues and they seem to understand a thing
or two that they often get wrong. They didn’t feel
like they had to make the WWE guys better than the outsiders.
They didn’t stick them with lame comedy skits. In
fact, they’ve kept them serious and have learned that
they get best results not having regular commentary with
is a really good angle that they can ride to a certain point.
The Monday attack was really well-done, with the NXT guys
working over the legends, but there is another problem that
WWE has to face.
the WWE went out looking for guys from England, Ireland,
Scotland and so on to sign a while back. I seem to remember
hearing that Fit Finley and a couple of other office folk
did a visit. That led to a few hirings: Sheamus, Drew McIntyre
and Wade Barrett, the leader of NXT and one of the two best
workers they’ve had. The NXT angle is going full-steam
and then something happens – Visa issues.
nobody applied for the appropriate Visa renewals for Barrett
and McIntyre. Sheamus seems to be in a different boat, though
it’s not 100% that they just haven’t contacted
him. The problem is that Barrett and McIntyre have been
sent back to their home countries and are awaiting processing
for their new visas, which most seem to think won’t
happen until at least September!
a huge blow to Barrett, as the head of NXT, an angle that
can not hold on until after he’s returned, and to
a lesser degree to McIntyre, who is turning into a good
worker and is starting to get over.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that there were
issues, and there was some question as to how Sheamus managed
to make it when he was signed about the same time. They
could actually have had different terms on their visas,
which happens quite often, or it could be that Sheamus just
got lucky and they caught the matter with him in time.
actually doesn’t hurt the NXT angle as a whole, and
could turn into something very good for everyone. Monday
night, Raw had a solid angle, possibly the most logical
of all the ones they’ve laid-out so far. It was declared
that any NXT guy who put his hands on a WWE Superstar would
be fired, and if any WWE Superstar attacked an NXT dude,
they’d be suspended. It’s a simple bit, really,
and pretty smart.
had Lawler come out and bring Ricky Steamboat to talk about
his DVD. They also had Mike Rotunda, Michael PS Hayes, Dean
Malenko and Arn Anderson into the ring. They had the guys
give short promos, with Hayes saying that he and Steamboat
didn’t interact much (I can only think of once that
they had a match and that was in the early 1980s), Mike
Rotunda said they had never wrestled (which shocked me as
they were both in similar areas at the same time in the
1983-1990 time frame, though they did team on a Saturday
Night’s Main Event in 1985) and Dean Malenko said
that most of Steamboat’s matches were from before
he was born, which was a great rib. Arn Anderson had some
great matches with Ricky in WCW in the late 1980s and early
1990s and of course in Mid-Atlantic before that, and put
Ricky over as a great worker. This was a nice segment and
it showed how much respect everyone has for Steamboat.
far so good!
then came down the ramp and the commentary stopped. That’s
such a nice touch for all the NXT bits. They had the guys
surround the ring, and the Legends who were in there held
a guy would try to get in, the Legends would stomp them.
Heath Slater was acting as the general for this one, which
made him seem more bad ass. I really think that he could
end up as the star of the group and that having him play
the Barrett role works really well, and if Barrett comes
back, he has a natural feud with Slater set up.
guys then managed to pull Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko and
Rotunda out of the ring and beat on them, allowing them
to get up onto the ring and then beat up the rest, reserving
the John Cena finisher treatment for Steamboat. They had
him take hard clotheslines, a couple of slams and then had
Justin Gabriel give him the 450, which was great because
Gabriel took him time, looking like he didn’t want
to do it.
could be the first to turn on the NXT guys, team with Cena
and 3 other WWE guys and face NXT at SummerSlam and that
would be awesome, getting Gabriel over big time.
the one night pop if after they’ve beat down Cena
or someone, and when Gabriel goes up, he dives onto Slater
or whoever is leading the group that night. That would make
him into the biggest babyface… for a while, at least.
guys were great and the entire presentation looked great.
This was my favorite of the attacks. It made complete sense,
it made them look like true bastards, and perhaps best of
all, it used guys who really understand psychology and how
to sell an angle.
and Anderson in specific were fantastic. Steamboat, after
taking a brief initial beating, was surrounded by the NXT
guys with Skip Sheffield bouncing up and down saying ‘Strike,
Old Man! Strike, Old Man!’ and then Ricky hit him
before they all fell on him. That was a great moment. This
one looked so good, was so perfectly timed and presented
and had off-the-charts heat on the NXT guys. They didn’t
have to tear-up the set, or choke a guy with his tie, but
they beat down six old-timers and made it look awesome.
This is how they need to handle the NXT guys.
NXT guys, now being called Nexus at times, are probably
going to stay over until they have to give away that one
job to either Cena or Sheamus or someone. Then, they’re
on their own, having to drive as far as they can with whatever
talent they’ve got.
And that’s gonna be hard for some
all for this week!