What Happened NXT — Season 3, Episode 2
By Jay Shannon
After a horrible start, NXT-3 came back to try and improve their image. Did they manage to succeed? Let’s find out.
Roll the opening montage.
Tonight’s episode came from my grandma’s hometown, Detroit, Michigan. Vickie Guerrero came out and went off on her Rookie, Kaitlyn, for embarrassing her, last week. Vickie brought in her “boyfriend”, Dolph Ziggler, to add class to the show. Josh Mathews asked the question that dozens of readers have asked me in the last couple weeks: “Why is Vickie Guerrero a Pro?” I didn’t have the answer then, I don’t have it now. Last week, Kaitlyn sent Kaitlyn after A.J., only to have Kaitlyn sent into Vickie. Primo and A.J. came out for the Mixed Tag Match.
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn v Primo and A.J.
Mixed Tag Team Match
The guys started off the match. Primo with a Dropkick. Dolph tagged out. A.J. with a Go Behind into a Roll-up. A.J. with a Side Headlock. Cole made fun of A.J.’s former Homeless status. Class act that Cole. A.J. with a fore-arm and kick. Kaitlyn with a Clothesline. Dolph tagged in and took the cheap shot on Primo. Dolph taunted A.J. Dolph wouldn’t let A.J. near her corner. She got fed up and slapped him, several times. Primo came off the ropes with a Springboard Polish Hammer, followed by a Flying Corkscrew Back Elbow. Cartwheel by Primo into a Dropkick. Dolph reversed an Irish Whip but nearly got decapitated by Primo. Leg Sweep by Primo. Primo missed a Corner Splash and Dolph took out Primo with the Zig Zag (dumbest name for a finisher in the business).
Your Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn
Grade: B- (81%)
After the match, Kaitlyn and Dolph got all chummy, hugging and such. Vickie’s nose got all out of joint at seeing her sweetie clutching another woman. Whatever.
NXT took at look at Maxine. She’s a unique looking woman, to be sure. Beautiful, don’t get my wrong, but her mixed ancestry leads to an interesting look. NXT ran another promo for Legendary. That movie bombed so badly during its opening week-end. I still want to see it on Friday when I head to Reno for the Pro Wrestling Destination 1st Anniversary Show.
Sigh. It was time for another Rookie Challenge. This time around, I kid you not, it was a Joke Off. It would be so easy to say the biggest joke was NXT Season Three, but I just won’t go there. (grin) The jokes were pathetic. Aksana told her joke in her native language and then in English. It was funnier the first time around. A.J. and Maxine got into a Cat Fight that was about as boring as drying paint. Kaitlyn also tried to Cat Fight A.J. The “Winner” of the Joke Off was… Jaime.
Segment Grade: F (9%)
Michael Cole hit the gong and cut a rant on the Divas and Matt Striker and the Detroit fans. Cole said the NXT Season Three show deserved the gong. Yeppers. Who pulled Cole’s chain? Wow.
NXT returned with the Bella Twins. Their Rookie, Jamie, was still in the ring. Goldust then came out to join his Rookie, Aksana.
Jamie v Aksana
The women locked up and Jamie took the Arm Bar into a Hammerlock. Standing Switch be Aksana. Aksana with a Side Headlock. Aksana ran down Jamie and then Scoop Slammed her. Aksana missed the Elbow Drop. Jamie shoved Aksana into the corner, shoulder-first. Jamie with a Step-over Arm Bar. Aksana got to the ropes. Jamie and Aksana got in a shoving match and Aksana Bieled (according to Cole) Jamie across the ring. That was the worst Biel ever. Aksana with a pair of Clotheslines and Fore-arm Shots. Aksana Irish Whipped Jamie to the corner. Aksana missed a Corner Splash and Jamie rolled her up to end this painful match.
Your Winner: Jamie
Grade: D (64%)
NXT ran a promo for Naomi. After a break, NXT ran down the updated Night of Champions card. NXT then looked at the “Love/Lust Triangle” between Vickie/Dolph/Kaitlyn. Backstage, Kaitlyn and Dolph were talking when Vickie walked up. She told Kaitlyn to take off. Vickie wanted an explanation of the hugging and stuff. Dolph said it was nothing. Vickie threatened to leave Dolph, if he kept acting like that. Cole grumbled how bad the show has been, so far. Ok, the stars must be aligned in such a way that for the first time I Agree With Michael Cole! Oh, the shame.
It was time for the second Rookie Challenge aka They Challenge our Nerves. This time around, it was an obstacle course. It was basically the same course the men have run in the past two seasons. Kaitlyn started to run the course but Vickie stopped her. Vickie demanded that Kaitlyn win. Vickie said she wanted to show her how to run the course with “Perfection”. Really? Good grief. Vickie warmed up for what seemed like forever before starting. Vickie didn’t do all that bad, even though it took her awhile. Well, she did ok until she tripped coming off the balance beam. She had a typical Vickie Hissy Fit. She may be cute but man is she annoying. She went to the back as NXT went to break.
NXT decided to try the whole Obstable Course:
Kaitlyn’s Time: 36.5
Aksana’s Time: 37.2
A.J.’s Time: 46.0
Maxine’s Time: 39.1
Jamie’s Time: 36.8
Naomi’s Time: 57.4 (She got ripped off by the refs)
Your Winner: Kaitlyn
Cole went back to the gong, again. Cole whined and complained about how stupid the show was. Cole Quit NXT! The whole crowd did the Nah Nah Hey Hey Good-bye chant as NXT faded into Warehouse 13. That was it? Really? Jeez. No wonder Cole quit. Can SyFy be far behind?
Final Grade: D- (61%)