After thirteen weeks of mind-numbing absurdity, NXT redeemed itself with a strong Season Four premiere. The show resorted back to the male-orientated format of the first two seasons, while distinctly introducing wrestlers whom have no WWE family lineage, or independent following.
A tremendous congratulations to Daniel Bryan, whose body of work before competing in the first season sent fans rapping on the forums when announced that The Miz would be his mentor. In less than a year, Daniel Bryan’s WWE career has come full circle as he is now an NXT Pro for “the manly” Derrick Bateman.
Another round of applause for Alberto Del Rio for being selected to mentor Conor O’Brian. “The Essence of Excellence” has gone over very well in the eyes of the WWE, as well as with fans. He is set to have his first major PPV bout at TLC against “The Little Chihuahua” Rey Mysterio.
Not a fan of ice breakers, but its something we all have to go through when meeting new people. The Rookies that stood out the most during the ice breakers were Byron Saxton, Brodus Clay, Derrick Bateman, and Conor O’Brian. After witnessing the former ECW commentator’s brash confidence and killer physique, it should be intriguing to see what Byron can offer in the ring. Have yet to see what Clay offers in the ring, but if Husky Harris is any indication to what a heavyweight can do, then Brodus Clay should not disappoint. Derrick Bateman should reconsider the moniker “Man-Tastic”, but the kid has a solid personality, which should play off well with Bryan’s lack-thereof. Conor O’Brian does look like a rat, but as far as not acting like one, a few weeks with Alberto Del Rio will change that.
The immunity point system is hardly relevant for the new season since all the contestants have a wrestling background. The show should focus on devising a system of points based on wins and losses.
A few things that NXT could try doing is show video packages of the rookies training in the gym with their pros; providing interviews with insight of the Pros’ relationship with their Rookies; and lastly, instead of weekly eliminations, NXT should hold a tournament style finale where the winner becomes the next breakout star.
Final Thoughts: The main event did its job well, showing that these guys can keep up with Pros on a national stage.
Though Derrick Bateman tapped out to Del Rio’s Rolling Cross Armbar, he showed the most promise out of the entire roster. And with Daniel Bryan showing him the ropes, the kid will be unstoppable.
Derrick Bateman, especially with Daniel Bryan, resembles Colt Cabana.
Not a fan of the proceedings with NXT Season Three. AJ Lee and Naomi put on the best match throughout the forsaken season. AJ racked up the most victories, won the most competitions and still lost. Instead Kaitlyn won proving that WWE officials were looking for one thing, and it wasn’t wrestling talent. So what was the point of Season three?
Not too sure on what to think of Todd Grisham and Josh Matthews’ commentary. Oh wait… it’s god awful.