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WWE NXT 03/27/13 Recap - John Cena
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WWE NXT 03/27/13 Recap

This week’s show is an advertisement for WrestleMania. The only relevant bit involves Kassius Ohno & William Regal.

I hope you don’t care about any of the storylines happening in NXT in 2013, because WWE NXT 03/27/13 will likely not reference them. I cheated, after seeing the “Road to WrestleMania special” mention last week – and am “excited” to recap some random main roster people having random matches at NXT. So, let’s get to the recap!

WWE NXT 03/27/13 Recap

WWE. Then. Now. Forever.

Cold open on a minute plus long ad for WrestleMania. Standard opening credits (loaded with people you will not see tonight) and we’re taped from Full Sail.

Tom Phillips welcomes us, so there’s an immediate change. More changes include Howard Finkel doing the ring announcing and Jim Ross back on the commentary for the entire episode. Natalya’s music hits and she’s out. WWE Divas Champ, Kaitlyn is out next. Tom tells us that Natalya got this title match by winning on some WWE Saturday show that I guess was a thing back in 2013.

Match #1: Kaitlyn (c) vs. Natalya (WWE Divas Championship Match)

Champ retains in a standard match, but it’s the best one on the show this week. Natalya looks good and it really feels like she’s having to hold back in 2013. Kaitlyn is fine and ends up retaining with the spear. Considering this is the year the “Divas” match was scrapped from WrestleMania, there were no women’s matches at all, and the title wasn’t defended… just… wow.

Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – This had absolutely no business being on NXT, but considering the women didn’t get a WrestleMania match that year – I’m fine with them getting to do this match somewhere on TV.

Post-match, Kaitlyn offers Natalya a handshake. Nattie shakes and then they hug.

Meanwhile, Tony is backstage with Alberto del Rio. Del Rio cuts a promo about Jack Swagger and WrestleMania… and I don’t care.

Later tonight? Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow.

After no break, El Local is out. Brodus Clay (w/ Cameron & Naomi) is out next. The Funkadactyls dance before the match.

Match #2: El Local vs. Brodus Clay (w/ Cameron & Naomi)

Brodus Clay squash match. He wins with a big splash.

Verdict: Thumbs Down –  I’m not sure why this match happened.

Later tonight? Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow.

Next, we get a “handheld cam” promo from The Shield about WrestleMania.

After that, we the announcers who send us backstage to Tony. He’s with John Cena, who cuts a promo about… wait for it… WrestleMania.

Now, we’re back to the announcers. Don’t blink because you might just miss the one part of NXT relevant content coming up. As Tom is talking about… can you guess what he’s talking about? (Spoiler alert: He’s talking about WrestleMania) Kassius Ohno (w/ street clothes) runs out, blindsides William Regal at the commentary table, and beats him down. Refs flood the commentary area and pull Ohno off Regal as we fade to black.

Back from break, Regal is gone and Tom and J.R. discuss the Ohno beat down and possible retribution from Regal.

Next, Damien Sandow is out for the main event. He cuts a promo on the crowd for cheering for someone who calls themself “the viper”. Snakes have always been a symbol of evil itself, you know. Sandow is here to be the avenging sword of taste, decency, and all that is right with the world. “Intellectual Savior”-era Sandow and “A Better 205 Live” Drew Gulak would probably get along. Orton’s music hits next and he’s out to the best reaction of the night.

Match #3: Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow

Orton wins. Shocker, I know. RKO, but during a babyface comeback so the RKO is “out of that comeback” and not “out of nowhere”.

During the break, next week? Big E Langston will defend the NXT Championship against Conor O’Brian.

Yes, in the middle of the irrelevant main event we got a bumper ad for next week.

Verdict: Thumbs Down – A house show match that didn’t need to be on this episode and didn’t add anything to WrestleMania. Orton was involved in a six-man match with the Shield that year. No Shield, no stare down, no nothing.

Tom calls this “Randy Orton’s first appearance on NXT” – as if we should get used to seeing this hot new developmental prospect on future shows.

We go off the air on Randy Orton posing in the corner.

Also, WrestleMania.

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