WWE NXT Report for Nov. 22 - Steamboat Vs Ohno
Joseph Bernard / November 22, 2012 - 10:19pm
Tonight's show starts with Kassius Ohno being interviewed in the back. When asked about the Main Event he predicts great pain for young Trent Baretta. As always this was a great promo piece by one of the best in the business. Cue the Coheed and Cambria music.
Alicia Fox vs Paige
J.R. does what he does best on the commentary desk (the bottom line - if this guy's calling a match it's a match I'm interested in). This is probably the best I've seen out of Alicia Fox who is still improving by the week. Paige (IMHO) has been pretty impressive from the get-go. Decent match with Paige selling for most of it until hitting her Paige-Turner finisher.
Winner - Paige
Camacho vs. Big E. Langston
The master of the 5-count himself. Early in the match Langston traps the arms of Camacho and hits several headbutts. Big. E. powers his smaller opponent into the corner. J.R. reminds us about the $5000 bounty placed on the head of Langston by one Vickie Guerrero. Langston is unhappy with his 3-count and drills Camacho with his finisher 2 more times. This repeat finisher gimmick is one of the most over things on the show and I can't say enough about how well they've pulled this off.
After the match they cut to 'commotion' backstage where Trent Baretta is laid out on the floor and surrounded by officials. A snarling Leo Kruger hides in the background. Back from the commercial break and we are informed that Baretta is "not cleared to compete"
Bronson vs. Nick Rogers
Bronson has an approach that emphasizes brutal efficiency. It is somehow fresh in that we haven't seen this 'shooter' style in so very long (in fact I would go so far as to say that this generation of wrestling fans have never really seen this style employed ever). In the end Bronson picks up the win with a Figure 4 style sumbission finisher.
Winner - Bronson
Mike Dalton vs. Luke Harper
J.R. mentions that Dalton was trained by Lance Storm (excellent). Prior to the match we get that swamp music intro and Bray Wyatt cuts a promo. Harper's a brawler - no real technique here (except for the neck crank). Harper's thing is to look to Wyatt for approval during the match. Dalton tries for a comeback but is easily thrown across the ring. Harper hits a big clothesline and a Black Hole Slam for the win.
Winner - Luke Harper
After the match we cut to a Seth Rollins interview from earlier in the day where he's attacked by Jinder Mahal. The two are separated by officials as we cut to the commercial break.
Kassius Ohno vs. Richie Steamboat
Ohno demands that the ref. start the match, count to 10 and raise his hand in victory. This brings out the Commissioner Dusty Rhodes (nothin' like the sound of a cowbell on a Wed. night!). Rhodes implies that he knows Ohno orchestrated the attack on Baretta. Dusty's got an opponent ready to go and its ...Richie Steamboat!
Steamboat dominates Ohno in the early going. Steamboat hits the high cross body and goes for an early cover.
Steamboat mounts Ohno in the corner but Ohno slips out. Steamboat clotheslines Ohno to the apron but he skins the cat. Steamboat clotheslines him again and it sticks this time. Steamboat hits a plancha as we cut to the commercial break. Back from the break and Steamboat has a rest hold locked in. They have a neat spot on the apron. J.R. mentions how early in his career Ohno was 100 lbs. heavier. Ohno changes the momentum with a low dropkick and then locks on his own rest hold. Snapmare by Ohno. Ohno retreats to the outside. Ohno turnbuckles his opponent and goes for the cover. Ohno uses a few more rest holds. Steamboat reverses a backdrop into a cover. Ohno charges the corner and Steamboat meets him with a chop. Back bodydrop by Steamboat. Lariat by Steamboat. Steamboat goes up to the top turnbuckle and takes a headbutt counter on the way down (craziest spot of the match). Ohno gets some more offense in but Steamboat eventually picks up the clean win with his Spring Break finisher.
Winner - Richie Steamboat