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NXT Season 3, Episode 1 Rating is in

Posted in NXT News and Notes, WWE News and Notes with tags , , on September 10, 2010 by Erik Beaston

According to Dave Meltzer at F4Wonline.com, the debut episode of NXT Season 3 garnered a 1.0, which is higher than the show performed most weeks.

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NXT: Season 3, Episode One Thoughts

Posted in Editorials, NXT News and Notes, WWE News and Notes with tags , , on September 8, 2010 by Erik Beaston

NXT Season 3, Episode One

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Alright, here’s the deal: I’m not big on providing segment-by-segment, play-by-play recap coverage. It’s just something I don’t do. I’ll let those much better than me, such as Scott Keith (www.rspwfaq.com) do that. Instead, I’ll give my opinions in a more ‘hit and miss’ format that lays everything out there pretty cut and dry. So, without further ado, here is the recap for NXT, Season 3, Episode One.

HITS

Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn: Okay, first things first: Kaitlyn is HOT. It may not be the least sexist thing to say but I’m still a guy and she’s still hot. Now, back to the show. A lot of people were disappointed when Aloisia was taken off of the show because she was something a little different than the other Divas. While no one is arguing that, I think the decision to replace her with Kaitlyn (real name: Celeste Bonin) was a fantastic one based last night’s show. For someone who was signed just SIX weeks ago, she seemed very comfortable on camera, displayed very good facial expressions, and a funny side (the Elaine ‘Seinfeld’ reference during the dance-off was awesome). The dynamic of her playing Vickie’s little lap dog should be fun in the coming weeks.

Naomi: This young woman may have won the entire competition in one night. Whether she was positioned as the favorite from the minute she was teamed with Kelly Kelly or not, the Baltimore crowd was very into her, giving her a very good reaction several times throughout the show. She showcased her athleticism several times and seemed very comfortable both in front of the camera and inside the ring. While the ending of the tag match, in which she teamed with Kelly Kelly to face Alicia Fox and Maxine, may have been botched, the blame on that can go to several more experienced people both involved in the match and around ringside. If she can repeat her performance from tonight for the next eleven weeks, she will have the competiton wrapped up rather easily.

MISSES

Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox,  and Aaron Mahoney: A lot of the negativity surrounding the show was based on botches during the two matches. The botched ending to the Kelly/Naomi vs. Maxine/Alicia match could have been prevented had the more established, veteran performers involved played their part. Alicia Fox and Kelly missed their cues with Alicia’s rather miserable attempt to break up the pin failing miserably. Then, rather than stopping Naomi and Maxine from continuing after the three count, referee Aaron Mahoney allowed them to continue. The whole ordeal looked bad and made the rookie divas look bad when, in reality, they were in the right.

AJ Lee & Primo vs. Aksana & Goldust: There was nothing WRONG with the match. Aksana may not be the most skilled, and she most certainly has a unique style of offense. The botch at the end came on a move that any wrestler not named Rey Mysterio could have screwed up. The reason this is in the MISSES side of the list has to do with the disappointing time given to it: 1:55. AJ looked solid and the fans were behind her but little can be showcased in the short amount of time provided. Which leads me to…

Time Management/Challenge Segments: In the first two seasons of NXT, the male performers had a generous amount of training before being put on TV. The Divas involved in this season do not have the privilege. Instead, they were thrust onto TV and left to string together matches for fans to enjoy. How they can string those matches together without botches and with a fluidity to them in the 1-3 minutes allowed, I will never know. Having to rush to get every  spot in in the span of 180 seconds is only asking for embarassing botches and mistakes that make WWE’s third most important show appear minior league. As for the challenges, the less said the better. Although, as I said before, Naomi impressed, as did AJ and Kaitlyn’s use of the ‘Elaine Dance’ was hilarious. And Michael Cole, please go fishing with Shawn Michaels more often. Please stay out of the ring and out of the leg warmers. While we’re at it, stay out of the arena and off my TV, too.

Reason for Aloisia’s disappearance from NXT roster

Posted in NXT News and Notes, WWE News and Notes with tags , , on September 7, 2010 by Erik Beaston

According to several reports, the excuse that the 6’9″ Aloisia (real name: Lindsay Hayward) had been removed from the NXT roster for being ‘too green’ for television is simply a cover-up for the real reason. PWInsider is reporting that the giant Diva was removed due to several explicit, adult photographs that were uncovered AFTER her debut on last week’s episode. The photos do not fit into the family-friendly image of WWE and therefore, the decision was made to remove her from TV. No word on whether or not she will be released or remain in FCW.