I hate doing a play on words in the title but I had to. The WWE names a show NXT and there are so many titles I could have gone with. Who’s NXT, What’s NXT, Who is that sitting NXT to you, NXT week I have a doctors appointment…you get the picture.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the very first episode of the WWE NXT show. I went into the show with an open mind, not really sure of what I’d be watching. What I did know are a couple of the contestants or “rookies” as WWE has deemed them.
Former Ring of Honor (ROH) World Champion “The American Dragon” Brian Danielson, now known as Daniel Bryan became everyone’s favorite going into the show due to his extensive background. Then you had David Otunga who I recognized from VH1’s I love New York 2. Not that I’m a fan of the show or anything…I swear my girlfriend made me watch it. Then finally the last recognizable name was Skip Sheffield also known as Ryan Reeves who competed in the third edition of Tough Enough. The same edition of Tough Enough that brought us The Miz.
The transformation of The Miz in the last year is a whole separate blog in itself and the show NXT may be the next stepping stone for this future main eventer (still can’t believe I’m writing that). The way he has handled mentoring Daniel Bryan has been extremely entertaining thus far. Daniel Bryan & The Miz were the focus on the very episode and may be the main focus of this entire first season as the weeks continue to past till we crown a season one winner.
Other things to note were the David Otunga (mentored by R-Truth) vs. Darren Young (mentored by CM Punk) match. The match itself was pretty sloppy. Otunga has the look that WWE loves but I’m sure that isn’t the first impression he wanted to give to the WWE audience. Not much to mention about Darren Young from the first episode; the one thing that stood out from me is that the CM Punk/Darren Young interaction is going to get more entertaining throughout the course of the show. I really enjoyed it and it should be fun to watch as the show continues, as for his ring work hopefully we will see a better example of what can come from Darren Young.
Now that the first episode is in the books I’m really looking forward to this show which is something I couldn’t say with the WWECW that used to air in the same timeslot. It’s something new and different; hopefully it continues to be entertaining. As for stars coming from this show, without a doubt the show is going to be built around Daniel Bryan. There hasn’t been this much hype for a developmental star since CM Punk, “The American Dragon” should do very well and it might lead us towards a Miz/Bryan feud down the line.
As for other stand out stars I enjoyed the quick mic work Wade Barrett (who Chris Jericho is mentoring) prior to the Jericho/Bryan match. The guy has the look and is obviously going to give people the idea that he is a younger William Regal based on looks, appearance and where he’s from. Hopefully he can break out of that British mold Regal has given WWE fans.
When it comes to everyone else I need to see more out of them before I can make a decision. Otunga has the WWE look, Darren Young/CM Punk interaction should be fun to watch, Slater has good ring work and Tarver has a cool looking gimmick. I’ve heard good stuff about Justin Gabriel (being mentored by Matt Hardy) and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do next week. I enjoy what WWE gave us this week with the first episode of WWE NXT, hopefully this will continue as the show continues to grow.
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