nxt episode 4: khali crush!

Opening a WWE show with CM Punk seems to be a good omen recently, and this week was no exception as NXT opened with a tag match featuring Darren Young and CM Punk. Once Killswitch Engage starts up Ray tends to squeal quite loudly so any opening commentary was drowned out by her dulcet Welsh tone.  However, it seems that not everyone was as happy to see CM Punk as we were here in the Bunker, especially the kid with the sign reading “CM PUNK IS A PUNK.” I assume this was supposed to be an insult of some kind, although it does seem slightly redundant. What’s next? “GREAT KHALI IS GREAT” “BIG SHOW IS BIG” “RANDY ORTON IS RANDY”


And also, it’s not Xmas anymore. You wouldn’t wear that jumper your nan knitted you with the reindeer on it in March would you? So why are you still wearing your DX Xmas shirt? Muppet…

Quick cut away to Dean Striker to tell us that the first round of voting will be in two weeks (well one week now due to my usual procrastination.) Is it coincidence that the vote happens the week after Wrestlemania? Will something happen on the “Grandest Stage of Them All” to effect the votes? Who is the father of Stacy’s baby? (That last one was the 6th option that Google Auto Complete gave me for “Who is the…” Sometimes I despair of this world)  My despair really wasn’t helped by the appearance of Young & Punk’s opponents. Other than his entrance attire (which I like to think he has no choice in) I’m actually warming to Justin Gabriel. It’s always nice to hear a foreign accent on WWE shows, and the guy can pull off some decent moves. But, and I realise I sound like a broken record Matt Hardy just gets more and more useless by the week.


Fortunately Hardy wasn’t involved in the match to any great degree, which led to a very enjoyable tag match. I should point out that any commentary at the start of the match was drowned out once again by Ray’s squealing as CM Punk tortuously teased her by slowly removing his t-shirt. Lots of good action in this match, with Punk and Young working well together following the match last week. In fact, if anything, they teased dissent between Hardy and Gabriel after Gabriel missed the 450 and Hardy got all miffed like Gabriel had eaten the last Rolo.

Having expected Hardy to get the hot tag and win the match, I was pleasantly surprised when Young pinned him for the win. OK, it was after Luke Gallows distracted the referee. Oh, and CM Punk *might* have entered the ring illegally and (showing incredible core strength) got Hardy up for the Go To Sleep, but still…

Punk & Serena were happy with the result

Darren Young was happy with the result

Poor, poor Darren Young....

So, confusingly, despite helping Young throughout the match the Straight Edge Society turned on him after the bell and Gallows laid him out with the Gallows Pole. Now I have seen people turn violent on friends with that kind of speed before, but this is in Rumours nightclub in Blackpool after 13 bottles of WKD – which I’m assuming isn’t the case…

Anyway, next up Daniel Bryan vs Great Khali – from one Ray crush to another (she can’t get enough of that Punjabi Playboy.) As an aside, you might remember (if you’d been paying attention at the back) that I mentioned the Twitter addresses and logo being slowly added to the Rookies entrance graphics. Well, this week they also added the Win-Loss record for each rookie.

0-3 will soon be 0-4

Yes, unsurprisingly Bryan lost this match, despite putting up a valiant effort and actually knocking Khali down to his knees. More knowledgable people than me have compared Bryan’s NXT career to date to the “losing streak push” of Kenta Kobashi. For those of you who don’t know, Wikipedia “reliably” informs me that Kobashi was booked to lose his first 63 matches in All Japan Pro Wrestling, despite showing a great deal of heart and determination. This made Kobashi a huge star, gaining admiration from both the crowd and the Japanese wrestling press, who awarded him Rookie Of The Year.  Hopefully this is what WWE have in mind for Bryan (although presumably with a slightly shorter losing streak). Certainly it’s very probable that Bryan is well aware of the Kobashi push, especially as he worked extensively with his protégé KENTA (incidentally the inventor of the Go To Sleep now used by CM Punk).

Actually, while we’re here, it’s matches like this that make me realise just how freakishly tall Khali really is. He’s billed at 7’3″ (although he is apparently “only” 7’1″) and Bryan is 5’10”. Now, I’m the first to accept that at 5’6″ I’m quite short, but realising that I’m a few inches shorter than Bryan, and then seeing the size difference between them brings it home

Following a Brain Chop to Bryan, followed by a Punjabi Plunge, Khali got the pin. Following this, The Miz’s tag team partner Big Show came out and did his whole “Arrive – Punch – Leave” thing. Next up, following an inexplicable repeat of David Ortunga’s promo from week one, was a singles match between Michael Tarver and Heath Slater. Now I’m no great fan of either guy, and I find it hard to believe that Carlito and Tarver will make it past the first week of voting – therefore I will dedicate the next sentence to the match and nothing more. Slater won…

Onto the main event which was much more entertaining than the previous match, although arguably not due to the actual wrestling. Following a pretty funny segment with Skip Sheffield and William Regal, the match put Sheffield up against Wade Barrett, with Regal and Jericho at ringside. Anytime you get Regal & Jericho at ringside you’re promised some magic at least, and despite the match being nothing spectacular in and of itself, the Pros didn’t disappoint. From Jericho once again berating the commentary team throughout the match, to Regal “why me?” face when Sheffield eventually messed up and lost the match – they were both flawless throughout. Highlights included Jericho nearly laughing while berating Josh Mathews, followed by this frankly touching exchange between Rookie and Mentor:

Brings to mind Miyagi and LaRusso doesn't it?

Anyway, Barrett went on to get the win, leading to Regal asking Jericho if they could swap rookies. A West Lancashire alliance in the WWE? Blackpool and Preston? About as likely as a Welsh wrestler getting a WWE contract…

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One thought on “nxt episode 4: khali crush!

  1. I find it slightly cruel that you picked on the kid for wearing that shirt. Yes, technically he is wearing it a few months late, but proper WWE gear isn’t cheap.. Pick on the wrestlers sure! Have at my Fat-Matt all you want, but leave the children alone.
    –Although that sign is stupid regardless of socio-economic status…

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