Open Mic Night
Unlike the last two Talk-the-Talk Challenges, the final seven NXT Rookies were allowed to talk about their own topics rather than ones provided by Matt Striker. When it comes to being a WWE superstar, the most important aspect of the business is developing characters that will engage the audience. Some may choose to cheer for the Cenas and the Mysterios; while others may disapprove of the Edges and the Jerichos, but what all these men have accomplished is getting a reaction.
Lucky Cannon was booed for talking about having no friends as an adolescent. No one wants to vote for a guy who pities himself. These men are supposed to be larger than life characters, and unlike the movie industry’s weakly built headliners, WWE still follows the law of Darwin. Kaval simply told his real life experiences to relate to the fans. And within Kaval lies an underdog story, much like Mysterio’s 2 decade long career, that fans really want to see come to fruition. As for Michael McGillicutty, he took the mic time to subtly challenge The Miz to see who is the “mediocre” wrestler, and who is “awesome?”
Percy Watson 1st to Defeat NXT Pro this Season
Throughout much discussion amongst the NXT Pros, Percy Watson has become less likely to win the NXT competition. Similar to what was mentioned in an earlier post, Percy may have a great gimmick but there is a time for fun and a time to be serious, especially when it comes to competing in the ring.
After practically setting off a war between the Rookies and Pros on a pervious episode of NXT, Watson begged for MVP‘s forgiveness, which he did. Yet, in order to prove the Pros wrong, and that he has the natural ability to take out the competition, Percy faced off against Zack Ryder. As much of a triumph it was for Percy to pin a NXT Pro, it goes without saying that Zack Ryder falls under the same prestigious level as do the NXT Rookies. So for Percy Watson to stay afloat in the competition, he will have to continue his intensity in higher quality match-ups.
McGillicutty’s Perfect Win Streak at Giant Risk
Mr. Perfect may have had The Perfect-Plex that conceded to his legacy as one of the most prestigious Intercontinental Champions of all time, but Michael McGillicutty, mentored by the current I-C Champion Kofi Kingston, has the running swinging neckbreaker, which, coming out of nowhere, has allowed him to maintain a perfect win-loss record on NXT.
But with The Miz calling him mediocre, and “Dashing” Cody Rhodes pointing out that his in-ring moves are less than “intense,” McGillicutty went on to prove his critics wrong by solidifying his win streak to 5-0 after pinning Eli Cottonwood. And though Cottonwood may not seem impressive to some, his agility in the ring, and his win over Kaval, who is the favorite to win the competition, makes him a quality opponent.
Top Notch Main Event
Throughout all of NXT, there has never been a backstage confrontation between the Rookies. It shows that WWE is taking a step towards indicating that NXT can become an excellent third brand extension. Husky Harris bumped into Kaval backstage, while he was speaking to his mentors, Michelle McCool and Layla-El, that set off the tone for the main-event. Not many people have given NXT a chance, but these remaining rookies really have something special going for them. And with Kaval finally appreciating the pairing with Lay-Cool, and Husky Harris trying to prove to the WWE Universe that he is indeed a big deal, really makes for great wrestling action.
Throughout the course of the match, Kaval’s in-ring mannerisms and kicks really set him a part from the other rookies, while Husky’s blatant disregard for the safety of Kaval’s mentors when he pushed them off the side of the ring, followed by scoring the victory off of the distraction, shows that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the top. Kaval shows the promise of Rey Mysterio and C.M. Punk, while Husky has the opportunistic mean streak of Triple-H and Edge.
The results of the NXT Poll were as follows:
1. Michael McGillicutty
3. Alex Riley
4. Percy Watson
5. Lucky Cannon
6. Husky Harris
7. Eli Cottonwood [Eliminated]
Unlike Titus O’Neil who left gracefully from NXT, even thanking his mentor Zack Ryder, Eli Cottonwood unpredictably attacked the remaining 6 Rookies, whom fired back in order to get the giant under control. He even shoved his former mentor, John Morrison, before exiting the Corpus Christi arena. Later, a fight broke out between Alex Riley and Michael McGillicutty, which will hopefully lead into an exciting main-event for the next NXT.