This time around, we actually have some clues about this week’s show: WWE NXT 11/07/12. We’ll get another Kassius Ohno vs. Trent Barreta match. Also, a Fatal Four Way match to determine who is next in line for a shot at Seth Rollins’ NXT Championship. Also, I imagine someone from Raw or SmackDown will show up for no reason whatsoever! Let’s get to the recap, shall we?
WWE NXT 11/07/12 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a dramatic video package to hype up tonight’s Fatal Four Way match. Standard opening credits and we’re taped from Full Sail.
Tony Luftman opens the show on commentary, and Saxton is back at the table this week too. Ohno’s music hits and he’s out first for his match with Trent Barreta. Regal is also on commentary and Matt Striker is the ring announcer tonight. Barreta is out next and his name is misspelled on the chyron. I mean, unless he was going by “Trent Baretta” at NXT and it’s not really reflected online anywhere I could find.
Match #1: Kassius Ohno vs. Trent Barreta
Not bad. I’m enjoying this program because they’ve segued from Ohno vs. Steamboat into Ohno vs. Barreta rather seamlessly. Ohno dominates early on, Trent fires back and appears to be ready to deliver his finisher to beat Ohno twice. But, nope, Ohno dodges the knee, slides out of the ring, slides back in, and clocks Trent with the Rolling Elbow. 3 count.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I’m sure this will have zero lasting impact on the future of NXT, but this B-plot feud has kept my attention on a show that hasn’t been so hot lately.
Post-match, Ohno goes for another Rolling Elbow on Trent, but Barreta dodges it. Trent hits Ohno with a kick through the ropes and we’ve got a rubber match coming soon I reckon.
Later tonight? Bo Dallas vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Jinder Mahal.
Next, a Corey Graves vignette airs that focuses on his tattoos.
After that? Big E Langston is out. Already in the ring? Memo Montenegro. He looked familiar, so I looked him up. He’s actually Albert El Patron’s brother. Huh. It still doesn’t stop Regal from calling him “meme-o”
Match #2: Big E Langston vs. “Meme-o” Montenegro
Big E does what Big E does in 2012 NXT. After some punches and running through Memo, he delivers the Big Ending. 3 count, even though Big E wanted a 5 count.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I’m digging “monster” Big E.
Post-match, the crowd chants “one more time” at Big E. Langston picks up Memo and hits another Big Ending and self-counts 5. The crowd wants another, but Vickie Guerrero cuts in on the Titantron. She’s not happy about last week and tells Big E she’s offered a $5,000 bounty to whoever can take him out. This causes Chad Baxter to rush the ring. He’s quickly handled by Big E. Another Big Ending and another 5 count. I’m interested to see where this bounty angle goes.
Later tonight? 4 men enter, 1 man faces Rollins for the title.
Back from no break, random music hits and Kurt Angle’s baby boy, Jason Jordan, is in the ring. Bray Wyatt’s music hits and he’s out to weirdly ramble over it. I looked it up and apparently right after he debuted at NXT months back, he got injured and needed surgery. So, that explains that. Anyway, Bray just ranting and raving over a song with lyrics is just a bad look and I’m glad they eventually phased that out. Eventually, Jordan gets a mic and says he’s there to fight and Bray is just there to talk. He wants a match with Wyatt, and via Wyatt-speak, we learn that Bray is not alone. BY GOD, IT’S LUKE HARPER! Harper comes out, rushes the ring, and a match starts.
Match #3: Jason Jordan vs. Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt)
So, this is a squash to establish Harper – who wasn’t even named before he rushed the ring. Commentary calls him “this man” and Regal says he looks like he “just crawled from a swamp”. This is still early Harper, so he’s not totally weirdly awesome yet, but he’s still Harper. Lots of punches and chops and he quickly dispatches Jordan with a side slam.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Harper could have just come out and stared menacingly in Jordan’s direction and this would have gotten a “Thumbs Up” from me.
Post-match, Wyatt introduces Harper as the “first son of the Wyatt Family” and reveals his name as “Luke Harper”.
Meanwhile, we see footage of Reigns debuting last week. We’re then sent to Saxton, who is on stage behind the weird podium. He introduces Roman Reigns (wearing a suit) who is out to no reaction. Roman won’t come to Saxton and gets Saxton to come to him. He relieves Saxton of his mic and cuts a promo that I can only describe as “Roman Reigns attempts to be Ric Flair”. Yeah, it’s… not good. Roman appears to know it’s not good based on the painful smile he gives at one point. Thankfully, we’re weeks away from the Shield being a thing and we’re saved from this being a long-term thing. But, I’m sure there is some parallel universe where “The Man – Roman Reigns” was a thing in late 2012. What a dark, scary universe that would be. The crowd doesn’t completely crap on it, they just seem disinterested. Er, except for one person who loudly screamed “You Suck!” at Reigns when he dismissed Saxton at the top of the promo. I bet that person felt super validated during the peak of “we hate Roman” madness.
Up next? Fatal Four Way!
And they mean next, as we get no break and cut right to Darewolf’s entrance. Drew follows Gabriel. Jinder is out third and does the thing with the plexiglass box. Bo Dallas is out last. Jim Ross replaces both Saxton and Luftman on commentary because it is MAIN EVENT TIME!
Match #4: Justin Gabriel vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Bo Dallas (Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to Determine the #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)
It’s an elimination match and we only learn this during the entrances by way of JR commentary. The falls break down as such:
Fall 1: After Gabriel takes everyone out with a dive on the aisle, Jinder hangs outside the ring selling the injury. We get a Tower of Doom spot and Jinder rushes the ring in an attempt to get an opportunistic pin. Bo Dallas avoids this (he was at the bottom of the Tower) and manages to hit Jinder with a Spear to get the 3 count.
Fall 2: After the first fall, Bo immediately spears Drew to get a 3 count.
Fall 3: Seth Rollins is out on the stage to watch this fall. Jinder rams Bo into the steps outside the ring and systematically works him over with knee drops back in the ring. Bo comes back with a powerslam, goes for a spear, misses badly, and rams face first into the ropes. Jinder slaps the Camel Clutch on Bo and Bo taps.
Verdict: Thumbs Down – All of that to just get us back to a Gold Rush finals rematch? Meh.
Post-match, Seth holds up the belt on the stage. Jinder points at Seth and puts Bo back in the Clutch. Seth rushes the ring to make the save and gets stomped down by Jinder. Mahal goes to hold up the belt, but Seth has recovered and attacks Jinder with punches. Mahal flees to the aisle as Seth reclaims the title.
We go off the air on a stare down between Seth and Jinder. We learn via JR that Jinder’s title shot is next week!