Last week, Big E Langston retained the NXT Championship – the main story on WWE NXT 04/10/13 appears to be the Kassius Ohno and William Regal story. We’ve been promised a return to the ring by Regal so he can shut down the upstart Ohno once and for all. I really hope this match happens because it sounds awesome on paper. Other than that? No idea. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 04/10/13 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. Cold open on a dramatic video package getting us up to date on the feud between Kassius Ohno and William Regal.
Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail. The Shield’s theme hits to kick things off this week and Tom Phillips welcomes us to the show. The Shield are out through the crowd and Brad Maddox is filling in for Regal tonight on commentary (and he calls Tom “Jerry” for most of the night). Already in the ring? Percy Watson, Axl Keegan, and Scott Dawson. The Shield rush the ring and clear it before Ambrose and Rollins toss Dawson back in to start the match with Reigns.
Match #1: The Shield vs. Percy Watson, Axl Keegan, and Scott Dawson
Total annihilation. Watson’s sole contribution is getting taken off the apron by Reigns and crossfaced a bunch of times. After toying with Dawson and Keegan a bit, Rollins hits a standing shiranui (I guess this is called the “Sethwalker”?!?!?) on Keegan to get the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Absolute squash, but oh how over are the Shield here? Super over.
Post-match, Dawson eats a Shield Triple Powerbomb. Dean cuts a promo saying that once again justice has been served at NXT. Rollins reminds us that they run Raw, SmackDown, and even NXT. Roman reminds us that they all “believe in the Shield”… at least for a while longer. Meanwhile, Corey Graves takes over the Titantron and cuts a promo on the Shield saying that he “doesn’t believe” and is pissed they screwed him out of the title two times now. Graves issues a challenge to one of the Shield members for next week. Rollins says that he started this stuff with Graves, so he’ll finish it next week. He’s so confident that he gives Reigns and Ambrose the night off so he can take on Graves “one on one”.
Meanwhile, Tony is backstage with “The First Lady of NXT”, Summer Rae. He doesn’t call her the “first lady of NXT” so Summer corrects him and makes him do it over. He does. I thought Lacey Evans was the “first lady of NXT” but alas. Anyway, the point of this backstage interview is to draw attention to Summer bailing on Audrey Marie in her recent tag match. Summer did everyone a favor because she forgot and left her curling iron on. She could have accidentally burned down Full Sail! Wow, imagine the entire “revolution” not happening because Summer burned the place down? Anyway, Tony pretends to buy the excuse and Summer alleges that if she hadn’t bailed she would have “dropped Paige hard in the ring and beat her so bad”.
Later tonight? Kassius Ohno vs. William Regal in the Battle of the Cravate!
Up next? The Funkadactyls vs. the Bella Twins.
Back from break, Renee is backstage with Emma – who compares herself to Lady Gaga and then Madonna. Renee isn’t buying this and says that the fans think that Emma is clumsy. Emma isn’t buying that because the fans are “doing the Electric Slide and the Macarena” when they should be doing the “Emmalution”. After Emma leaves the shot, you hear her trip over something.
The Funkadactyls music hits and they’re out. They do a dance number in the ring as per their usual entrance. Nikki Bella’s music hits next and she and Brie are out.
Match #2: Cameron & Naomi vs. Brie Bella & Nikki Bella
Wow, so there really was a time when we were supposed to not be able to differentiate between Nikki and Brie? Tom and Brad sell this hard during the commentary and it just blows my mind. Even when dressed similar, I’ve been able to tell the twins apart. Either way, this match isn’t very good. Naomi is clearly the best worker in the match and she only has a few spots. Anyone who crapped on the Bellas during their last major run could watch this as evidence of how good they got later in their careers. I’m not sure why we’re introducing Emma and working a Paige vs. Summer program but we’re getting two main roster tag teams on this show.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – I could have done without this match.
Meanwhile, Tony is backstage with Ohno. Kassius says he’s not obsessed with Regal, but he’s seen and heard everything Regal has done in his career. After tonight’s match, no one will ever see or hear from William Regal again!
Earlier today? Fans showed up for the pro wrestling event they bought tickets for.
Next? A recap video of WrestleMania airs.
Meanwhile? William Regal is backstage getting ready when Renee Young appears and interviews him. Regal says he’s been quite happy with his role at NXT as an announcer, but Ohno has gone and “unlocked” the dark spots in Regal’s mind. Regal asks his children for forgiveness for what he is about to do to Ohno. Damn.
Next week? Seth Rollins vs. Corey Graves in a Lumberjack Match.
Ohno’s music hits and he’s out first. Regal’s music hits next and he’s out last for the main event. Break time.
Back from break, we get a Corey Graves hype video.
Match #3: Kassius Ohno vs. William Regal
You hear it a lot as a “lost art in wrestling” but these guys really do tell a story in this match. Ohno targets Regal’s head and Regal brilliantly sells being dazed from about the mid-point of the match until we go off the air. Regal targets Ohno’s fingers in a series of spots that looked legit and made me want to see Regal vs. Pete Dunne in a “finger breaking” contest. Ohno tries to put Regal away, but due to the finger damage he’s unable to lock on his finisher. In desperation, Ohno goes for a rolling elbow (his finisher in 2018 interestingly enough), Regal blocks it, and hits a massive knee to Ohno’s head. Regal gets the pin!
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A definite change of pace and one of the better matches we’ve seen so far in this era of NXT. I totally did not expect Regal to go over.
Post-match, the crowd chants “You Still Got It!” for Regal.
We go off the air on Regal selling on the mat.