After watching last night’s NXT, I remembered the reason I hadn’t seen it in over a month. While the show is trying to be different and has its bright spots, it also has a lot of negatives. Last night’s show was indicative of both of those points.
– The “Seal The Deal” Challenge was just dumb but, as I said, it had its bright spot. Each rookie had the task of selling as many programs as they could, at $15 a pop, in 60 seconds. The nice thing was that the silly challenge was used to bring out more of each character and play up what we already know about them.
For instance, Daniel Bryan ignored the rules and just gave the programs away while yelling, “We don’t need your money!” and saying that he wasn’t a capitalist. This, of course, led to more negativity from Michael Cole, who called Bryan a “tool.” Josh Matthews, as expected, rebutted in Bryan’s defense.
Michael Tarver refused to participate. Him yelling, “I am the product!” and saying that WWE should be selling him was a nice touch. Wade Barrett had perhaps the best answer to the challenge, refusing to participate as well, and simply walking away with the money Matt Striker had given him to use as change.
David Otunga stayed true to his “A-List” moniker by having two kids sell the programs for him and he also netted the most money. That earned him the right to face a pro of his choosing next week and he picked his own “mentor,” R-Truth.
– Speaking of Otunga and R-Truth, the two had good interaction backstage and it really seems like Otunga has the necessary tools to at least make the full-time WWE roster. His ring work needs improvement but he’s very strong on the stick and has that look that we know Vince McMahon loves.
– Back to the Cole-Bryan dynamic for a moment, I’m not sure what the point of this is. Every week Cole rails on Bryan. My fear is that this is setting up a match between the two but hopefully WWE is wise enough to not go there. Then again, maybe it would be a smart move since 85% of the “WWE Universe” can’t stand Cole.
Bryan lost again, to fall to 0-9, when he filled in for The Miz against Skip Sheffield. The match lasted about two minutes. Again, I’m scratching my head here at how this is helping Bryan’s character, especially when he’s one of the more over rookies on the show.
– The Christian & Heath Slater v. Chris Jericho & Wade Barrett match was okay but didn’t get nearly as much time as it deserved. Cole delivered another of his signature dorky-as-hell lines during this one, saying he likes to call the team of Captain Charisma and his rookie, “Christian Slater.” Oh, Cole, you’re so witty.