Thing about strength training… with the right motivation, you come out with more energy than you went in.
Season three of NXT, if anything, is entertaining. On the premiere episode, fans saw Naomi, an amazingly athletic woman, win two challenges and a debut tag match. All the WWE staff members sold on the idea that an NXT all-Divas edition was credible. Then the following week, WWE’s top play-by-play commentator, Michael Cole, quit NXT stating that the show was stupid and went against his journalist integrity. The show went from credible to stupid in the span of a week.
Then, just when fans thought that they would have to sit through a one hour segment of Josh Matthews’ take on women that are clearly out of his league, C.M. Punk, with a sports coat over his wrestling gear, came out to fill in for Michael Cole. The reason: because he loves women. C.M. Punk’s straight-edge lifestyle may denounce the use of drugs and alcohol, but the one vice that the Saviour has is women. The list of his transgressions are as follows: Shannon Spruill (Daffney), Tracy Brookshaw, Maria Kanellis, and Amy Dumas (Lita).
Even Joey Styles commented, in “Straight Shootin’ with Joey Styles,” on C.M. Punk’s commentary. Simply because Punk entertained by being himself, something that the “Loose Cannon of Commentary” was unable to get away with in WWE. For the first time, Punk was not playing to a character. He did not preach about the empowerment of Straight-edge. Instead, Punk revealed his womanizer side of his personality by blatantly choosing to forget the rookies’ names. And you have to commend Punk for that, who is not entirely a fan of the NXT concept. Because why should he take the time to learn their names if they haven’t made it in the business yet.
But these women are competing on NXT, which WWE will eventually sign them all on in some way shape or form? Yes, but instead of actually placing these rookies through actual training regiments and preparing them for the tough career choice ahead of them, NXT shows these women playing musical chairs and telling jokes. Further instilling the concept of women wrestling as a joke.
The crop of NXT rookies is mostly composed of fitness models, concluding that WWE is pulling away from the usual dancers and fashion models. Out of the six women, the one with the most wrestling experience outside of the 10-something-month program of FCW, is A.J. Fresh out of high school, A.J. was trained under the tutelage of Jay Lethal at ACE Wrestling Academy. She wrestled for Women Superstars Uncensored where she earned championships, and was later signed to a developmental contract by WWE.
As much skill as A.J. has, she has two things going against her: size and looks. At 5-foot-2, she is the shortest female out of all the current divas. And as sexy as she might be to some, she carries herself as a tomboy. The other five women wore stiletto heels to play musical chairs, while A.J. wore her trusty pair of converse. In a fair world, A.J. would win NXT.
The second day of the Six-Day Challenge, consisting of six days of working out at the gym, concluded Wednesday morning. Day one’s workout, in the term LOS’eD, was focused on the letter “L” for “Life;” day two’s was on the letter “O” for “Obstacle.” NXT is facing the obstacle of almost being taken off the air, as A.J. faces the obstacle of going against the grain of WWE’s selection of women. I went against the obstacle of my butt, thighs, and legs sore from day one. I could hardly move when getting out of bed at 6 AM. For an hour, I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to make it to the gym.
Motivation of overcoming my obstacle of pain, as well as the metaphorical ones in life, pushed me to an even greater workout than day one. Cardio featured a grueling ten-minute arch trainer workout reaching resistance levels of 50! Then I went to strengthen my back and triceps. Some of the machines included Pulldown, Row/Rear Deltoid, and Triceps Press. After going through the intensity of the workout, I left the gym with more energy than when I started. And THAT was Day Two.