Retro NXT Report: Episode 2
Originally aired June 27, 2012
We start with a long shot of the crowd. You can see now that there are seats on only three sides of the arena here, much less seats than we see at Full Sail today. You also get a clear view of the announcer this week whose voice was familiar but I couldn’t make out last week, Summer Rae.
Jim Ross and Byron Saxton are on commentary.
Seth Rollins vs. Jiro
This is a much different Rollins than we’ve ever seen on WWE Television. He is wearing an Asking Alexandria tank top, has a blond streak in his hair and doing a one man mosh pit on his way to the ring. Jiro is from Taka Michnoku’s Kanetai Dojo in Japan, and was released shortly after this episode debuted. They locked up to start the match. Jiro used a wristlock, but Rollins rolled through and hit an arm drag and a back heel trip. Jiro nailed him with a chop, but Rollins fired up and asked for more. Jiro nailed him another one, then missed a right hand, and Rollins lit into him with a series of chops. Jiro tried to cut him off, but Rollins hit him with a clothesline, a forearm strike, and a one leg dropkick. Rollins caught with a Flying Forearm in the corner and a spinning back kick and then hit the Blackout (The move we all know and love as the curb stomp) for the win
Winner: Rollins via pinfall
Briley Pierce then interviewed Rollins at the top of the ramp. Rollins introduced himself again and said he was there to turn NXT upside down and change the world, one heart at a time. But then Jinder Mahal, who still doing his Mahajara gimmick came out for his match. Mahal doesn’t even acknowledge him.
Jinder Mahal vs. Jason Jordan
Mahal was berating the crowd on the mike in his native tongue when we come back from commercial. Jordan has hair and this makes look years younger and has “Get Some” written on his tights. They locked up to begin the match, but Mahal caught with a series of knees to the gut and working him over in the corner, before hitting a neck breaker for a two count. Mahal choked him over the ropes, then took him down with a modified STO. Mahal continued working him over, and covered for a two count. Mahal then wore him down with a chinlock/keylock combo. Jordan tried to fight out, but Mahal threw down by the hair and hit a double arm suplex for a two count. Mahal missed a knee drop and Jordan hit a few rights, but Mahal swatted away his big dropkick. Mahal nailed him with a high knee and locked in the camel clutch and Jordan quickly tapped out.
Winner: Mahal via submission
Mahal milked his heat after the match, and then talked in his native tongue before vowing to mold NXT in his own personal vision and the people should prepare for a new light of dominance.
We then get a video introducing us to Leo Kruger, but not the Leo Kruger who became a favorite NXT. This is an aristocratic, arrogant Kruger, who is basically presenting himself as a South African prince who is almost worshipped by his people. He vowed that to become an icon everyone else and everyone in NXT should just step aside for him.
Leo Kruger vs. Aiden English
This is pre-Vaudevillian English here and he is introduced being from Chicago, not England. Kruger cut him off with a boot to start the match. English ducked a clothesline and nailed a dropkick, but Kruger swatted away the second one, then pounded him from the mount. Kruger whipped him into a clothesline in the corner, then hit a running stomp to the chest. Kruger hit a snap suplex, then posed before dropping an elbow and locking in a rear naked choke to get a quick submission victory.
Winner: Kruger via submission
Then we get a video introducing Richie Steamboat, which begins with his father Ricky pointing him out during his Hall of Fame induction, before bringing it to present day. Richie said that he was concentrating on filling his father’s shoes, but rather just his own. He said they would see who Richie Steamboat is by his heart, not his name. He has a thick North Carolina accent and it’s clear they have big plans for him.
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. The Ascension (Kenneth Cameron and Connor O’Brien)
William Regal and Chris Russo join JR on commentary and Summer Rae is in a blue dress now. The Usos do their traditional entrance, but this is before they wore face paint and they didn’t have their tribal tattoos yet. Damn, The Ascension entrance is pretty great. Cameron and Jimmy start the match. Cameron immediately tries to work over Jimmy, but makes the mistake of trying to headbutt a Samoan, and then gets dropped with a headbutt. Jimmy tags in his brother, and they nail Cameron with a double shoulder block and a double elbow drop. Jey slams Cameron and drops a headbutt for a two count. Cameron cuts Jey off and nails Jimmy, and while the ref restrains him, O’Brien pulls the rope down on Jey and he falls to the floor. O’Brien tags in with a series of elbow drops to Jey, then they take turns tagging out and stomping on Jey in the corner. JR calls it a Revolving Door of Destruction. O’Brien tries to use a keylock, but Jey escapes and hit a spinning flying forearm. Hot tag to Jimmy, who nails Cameron with a pair of clotheslines, a press into a Samoan Drop, and a running Stinkface in the corner, but O’Brien breaks up the pin. O’ brien takes out Jey on the floor, and makes a blind tag, and the Ascension hit their jawbreaker/flapjack combo, called the Downcast, for the pin.
Winner: Ascension via pinfall
And then Summer Rae is mysteriously back in red and Byron is on commentary again!
Richie Steamboat vs. Rick Victor
They start on the mat as Steamboat works his way to a headlock. Victor fights out it but soon gets taken down with a pair of armdrags and starts to work the arm. Victory tries to get to his feet and armdrag out of it, but Steamboat manages to hold onto it, before releasing it on his own and working over Victor with a series of chops in the corner. Victor tried to cut him off with a boot, but Steamboat slammed his head into the turnbuckle and armdragged him back into an armbar. Victor worked his feet and brought Steamboat into the corner, and nailed with a bodyshot, then some nice European uppercuts. Victor went to whip him in, but Steamboat kipped up, nailed him with a chop, then went back to the armdrag into the armbar. Victor broke out and they went into a brief criss cross until Steamboat hit a crossbody, a pair of flying forearms and a clothesline. A “Steamboat” chants ring out, as Steamboat lights Victor up with a series of backelbows in the corner and then catches with a sloppy Sling Blide for the three count. We see Richie’s father cheering him in the corner and Richie salutes him from the ring.
Winner: Steamboat via pinfall
We then get a replay of the same Antonio Cesaro promo we saw last week.
Then we get the Raw Rebound, which shows Big Show interrupting a John Cena-Chris Jericho match to beat the crap out of Cena.
Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana) vs Dante Dash
Cesaro is using different music here than he was at the main roster at the time. Dash is a big boy. Looks like a former football player. Cesaro is being built as a former rugby player here. Cesaro took him down with a waistlock takedown, then lifted him off the mat with a delayed gutwrench suplex. Cesaro wrenched his neck. Dash tried a few feeble punches, but got cut off with a European uppercut and worked over in the corner. Cesaro took him down with a rugby tackle, then flattened with Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Cesaro via pinfall
We then get another Bray Wyatt vignette, like the last one. This one talked about love and he called out for followers to join him. He said they should reach out and feel how powerful he was.
Johnny Curtis vs. Derek Bateman
Curtis’ gimmick was basically that he was a dirty weirdo, kinda of a PG version of Joey Ryan’s character. Bateman is kinda of like the bro you like much more than you want to admit. Curtis slapped him in the face to start the match and ran for it, but Bateman gave chase. Curtis tried to drop on a knee on his way in, but missed and Bateman nailed him with a dropkick. Bateman hit some rights and whipped him hard into the turnbuckle for a two count. Curtis then caught Bateman with a boot and used a sweet reverse dragon screw. Bateman then worked over the leg. He used a modified Indian Deathlock, but got too close to Bateman and Bateman chopped out of it. Curtis took him back down and used a spinning toe hold, but Bateman kicked hard and sent him into the turnbuckle. Bateman then hit a pair of clotheslines and a modified STO. Bateman sold the knee and as he went after Curtis, Curtis kicked him in the ankle. Curtis grabbed the ankle and went for a Dragon Screw, but Bateman countered and nailed him with the headlock driver for the win.
Winner: Bateman via pinfall
Bateman celebrates to end the show.
Fanatic Take: A fun little episode, but enjoyed the last one more. Seeing these early Bray Wyatt promos is a delight, as is seeing the young Seth Rollins. It is a little sad to see Richie Steamboat here, as he clearly had something, but his career was cut short by a back injury. Also, seeing Derek Bateman, who later became Ethan Carter III, in the main event is a little weird. But something tells me one day, we’ll see EC3 back on NXT.