Maxine returned this past Tuesday as Derrick Bateman’s girlfriend on NXT Redemption.
Now sporting a new hair color, the NXT season 3 contestant made her unexpected return by attacking AJ, after Bateman had lured Titus O’Neil and his pro Hornswoggle to the back leaving AJ alone in the ring. With a vicious lariat takedown, Maxine affixed herself in Bateman’s feud with O’Neil and his entourage.
She later assisted Bateman towards a victory in his match against O’Neil. Profiting on Maxine’s distraction, Bateman pinned Titus with a quick roll up. After the match, Bateman and Maxine kissed as they made their way back up the entrance ramp. Bateman had already declared his love for Maxine prior to the match, but this personified that the two are indeed an item.
Know the old saying, “Behind every great man, stands a great woman?” In just seven short weeks, Derrick Bateman, who was not even slated for a roster spot at the start of NXT Redemption, stands a great chance of advancing to NXT season 6 because of Maxine. Bateman has seen the success and opportunities afforded to guys like Edge and Dolph Ziggler who had Vickie Guerrero as their manager. With Maxine managing him, Bateman can stay focused and not get sidetracked through a shady alliance with Darren Young.
Derrick Bateman originally returned to NXT alongside his pro Daniel Bryan. Yet as the weeks went by, Bryan’s increased in-ring schedule resulted in his absence from Bateman’s corner. Then again, after making out with Maxine, Bateman must be thinking, Daniel Bryan, who?
Speaking of redemption, the rookies are not the only ones seeking out a second chance. NXT’s host Matt Striker recently returned to action inside the squared circle. In his return match, Striker teamed with Titus O’Neil in a winning effort against Bateman and Young. But has since lost two back-to-back matches against Darren Young. Can Matt Striker rejuvenate his wrestling career, or will he simply become NXT’s seasoned vet?
Tyson Kidd has become a regular competitor on NXT, after his rookie Lucky Cannon was eliminated on June 14. He entered a feud with Yoshi Tatsu stemming from breaking Tatsu’s toy figurine and purloining its leg. (In case you have no idea why the toy meant so much to Tatsu, follow him on Twitter @YoshiTatsuWWE and see his pictures.) At the end of their feud when Tatsu reclaimed the leg, Tyson brutally assaulted Tatsu. The week following, Tyson claimed that the WWE Universe would no longer see Yoshi Tatsu. However, after Tyson defeated JTG this past Tuesday, some Japanese writing appeared on the titantron. Could Tatsu be coming back with a vengeance?
Win-lose-draw, Tyson is quickly becoming a superstar whose matches you should not miss. Yet while his exposure has expanded, (also wrestling on WWE Superstars), and his ring psychology has improved, the quality of opposition needs to improve. WWE has a tendency to use Tyson as fodder for the “higher caliber” superstars of Raw and SmackDown. He needs to breakaway from that role.
Perhaps he can since NXT’s tagline is, “Who will be WWE’s next breakout star?”