NXT (still taped for international markets) emanates from Full Sail University, Florida. Byron Saxton & William Regal call the undercard, while Jim Ross replaces the rookie for tonight’s Fatal 4 Way number one contenders match. Bo Dallas, Jindar Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Justin Gabriel will go at it for a chance at Seth Rollins’ NXT title.
Kassius Ohno def. Trent Barreta:
The former Chris Hero takes on former main roster star Trent Barreta in a rematch from two weeks ago. Ohno wants another chance to prove his worth after Richie Steamboat caused the distraction in their last encounter.
The pair performed a unique spot early on, where Barreta went to powerbomb Ohno off the ring apron to the floor, but Ohno broke free and hid Barreta’s head under the curtain of the ring apron, before giving it a stomp for good measure.
Ohno secured the win by luring Barreta outside and catching him on the way back in with a spinning knockout punch.
Ohno has great ring presence and mannerisms; a natural heel. It can only be a matter of waiting for the right spot before he’s called up. That being said NXT could give him some more mic time so his persona can develop.
After the bout Ohno went for a beat down, but Barreta fought back, recapturing his fire.
A short video package played promoting a tattooed “Corey Graves”, formerly Sterling James Keenan. The 28 year old is a graduate of Dory Funk and has wrestled all over the Indy scene. For the lack of a better term his character is basically a good looking badass with a checkered past…at least that’s what I gathered from the short video.
Big E Langston def. Memo Montenegro:
The younger brother of Alberto Del Rio is quickly squashed by the Powerful Big E Langston and his Big End maneuver (think Running Powerslam dropped in to an RKO of the stomach). By all accounts Memo is very green and did not wrestle professionally in Mexico like Del Rio, which explains the short bout. They seem to be breaking him in slowly. An investment for the future.
Langston is one of the standouts of NXT. He’s slightly smaller in height and more agile than Ryback; more of a Rhyno/Monty Brown build, but with more muscle. He’s certainly a crowd pleaser, prompting the audience to chant “one more time” for his finisher. He gives the fans what they want but when he goes for a third Big Eng, none other than Vickie Guerrero comes on screen to inform him that she’s taken out a $5,000 bounty on him for humiliating her last week.
Immediately Chad Baxter hits the ring to try and win the cash, but is dropped like a small child.
Langston’s size will eventually get him his break, but there’s definitely some charisma there as well.
Luke Harper def. Jason Jordan:
Bray Wyatt (the former Husky Harris) made his way to the ramp in his demented preacher gimmick. On paper you can imagine this falling flat, but Harris is extremely talented and is making it his own. When somebody has Paul Heyman and Jim Ross as major supporters, you know they’re going to be a star, and this Louisiana Cult figure could be te next Mankind in terms of character depth.
Wyatt who is still down with an injury debuted one of his disciples, Luke Harper (North East Indy star Brody Lee), a 6ft 6, grubby looking bearded psycho. As William Regal put it, he looks like he’s been “dragged out of the swamp”.
Harper quickly got the victory.
Roman Reigns promo:
Leakee has been given a character change and is now Roman Reigns, a egotist in a suit. He cut a promo bragging abuout himself, but it was a little flat. Reigns is the son of Sika The Wild Samoan and brother of former WWE star Rosey. That means he can get it done in the ring but may need more time on the stick.
Fatal Four Way Elimination, Number One Contender Match: Drew McIntyre vs Justin Gabriel vs Jinder Mahal vs Bo Rotunda:
Jim Ross joins William Regal for the 4-way. Rather quick bout for a main event, it seems the purpose was to put Jinder Mahal over, who came away with the victory. The company likely want to test how he does with some limelight. He will face Seth Rollins next week.