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NXT Retro Review ‘Episode 4’: Bray Wyatt Debuts



Original Air Date (July 11, 2012): Coheed and Cambria welcome us to this week’s show, and you can immediately tell that we have a fresh set of tapings here. The seating arrangement of Full Sail is more like what we are used to and there are no more empty seats, as we saw in the previous episodes.

Byron Saxton and William Regal are on commentary. There is an unnamed, not recognizable male as the ring announcer.

Tyson Kidd vs. Camacho (with Hunico)

The crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Tyson” at the start of the match. They lock up to start the match, but Camacho just throws him down to the mat. He taunts Kidd and the fans. They go to lock up again, but Kidd slips under and grabs a headlock on the other side. Camacho tossed him off and misses a clothesline, a back elbow, and a big boot. Kidd goes for a kick, but Camacho catches it, only to have Kidd flip to his feet and nail him with a dropkick. Hunico distracted Tyson and Camacho tried to jump, but Kidd caught him coming with a schoolboy for a one count. Kidd pointed at Hunico and the ref came over and gave him a warning.

Camacho then caught Kidd coming with a boot, then put him down with a right. Camacho went for a backdrop, but Kidd flipped to his feet, and took him down with a leglace, but Camacho rolled through and kicked him off, but charged right into a drop toe hold into a Fujiwara Armbar. Kidd turned into a grounded backslide, then applied an armbar on the other side. Camacho worked to his feet and backed Kidd into the corner, then started working him over. Camacho went to through him over the top, but Kidd skinned the cat and took Camacho to the floor with a headscissors. Kidd then went for a baseball slide on both men, but they saw it coming and Kidd slid to the floor and found himself between both men. Kidd slipped back in the ring, and the ref decided that Huncio had to go. He protested, but ultimate Camacho had to convince him to go to the back, but then Kidd caught them with both with a tope! Commercial Break.

BFC, Kidd has Camacho in an armbar. Camacho works to his feet and tossed him in, but Kidd kicks away a backdrop. Kidd goes for a Sharpshooter, but Camacho gets to the ropes and takes a powder. Kidd went for a running kick from the apron, but Camacho blocked it and sent him face first into the apron. Camacho got him in the ring and covered for a two count. Camacho hit a scoop backbreaker, then stepped on Kidd’s gut, driving his Chuck Taylor into it. Kidd tried to fight back, but Camacho whipped chest first into the apron for a two count, then suplexed him rib first onto the top rope and slingshoted him throat first into the bottom rope for a two count. Camacho then applied a seated abdominal stretch. Kidd fought to his feet, but Camacho dropped him with a headbutt and hit a back suplex and a high legdrop for a two count.

Kidd fought back and went for a Sushi Roll, but Camacho caught him with a reverse powerbomb for a two count. Camacho missed a second rope legdrop and Kidd made the comeback, landing a series of kicks leading to his running dropkick to the head for a two count. Kidd hung him up on the bottom rope and hit a slingshot legdrop to the head. Kidd went up top, but Camacho crotched him up on the top and hit an awesome double arm suplex off the top rope, but Kidd somehow got out! Camacho went for another back suplex, but Kidd rolled out and hit a rolling kick, followed by an enzugiri from the apron, followed by a top rope blockbuster, but Camacho got a foot on the rope. Kidd then was looking to lock on the Sharpshooter, but Michael McGillicutty aka Curtis Axel ran down. Kidd went to knock him off, but when he turned Camacho caught him with a boot and a DDT for the three count.

Winner: Camacho via pinfall

McGillicutty looked very happy at his handiwork as they ended the show.

We then get a replay of the same Bray Wyatt promo we saw last week, except we are informed his debut is NEXT! Also, I am almost certain that Bayley is the girl in this promo, which is crazy to think about. Bayley in the Wyatt Family!

We then get Matt Striker (hire this guy back, WWE) interviewing Justin Gabriel, who was returning from injury, which was interrupting a bit of push he had been getting before. Gabriel said that he was looking to become a champion now that he was back and Striker informs us he will be facing his former tag team partner Heath Slater in the main event next week. Slater then shows up and brags about all the legends that he had embarrassed on Raw (this is when Heath had gotten embarrassed by everybody from Cyndi Lauper to Vader to Doink to Lita.) Gabriel then said at least he wouldn’t be embarrassed by a former WWE star next week, but rather by him.

Bray Wyatt vs. Aiden English

English gets a full entrance here. Even though this is pre-Vaudevillian, he does have the drama masks on his trunks. The now familiar music plays and Bray Wyatt appears at Full Sail for the first time. He is cutting a promo as he comes down to the ring. It’s classic Bray and really good for where he is at this time. He says that they wouldn’t understand what he was now, but they would in time. Until then, he would just be the angel in the dirt, Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt already has the attention of the crowd. He catches English with a boot, then starts slamming his face into his knee. Wyatt tosses him to the floor and the crowd acts if they have never seen a ringside brawl before. Wyatt tossed him like a ping-pong ball into the rails and the apron and the fans chant for him. Wyatt tossed him in the ring and hits a Release suplex, before rolling around the apron and smiling. English gets up in the corner, but Bray nails him with an avalanche and then starts dancing with English’s lifeless body. Awesome. Bray then debuts Sister Abigail and that’s all she wrote.

Winner: Wyatt via pinfall

The fans are chanting for him (it’s a small pocket but still) as he celebrates his victory.

We then get a preview of the Money in the Bank 2012 pay per view. Not a bad one at all.

Then we have Briley Pierce interviewing Richie Steamboat. He talked about how much he couldn’t wait to prove how good he was to the NXT Fans when Leo Kruger walked up and said that he had already proven he was better than Steamboat and started spouting off his nicknames and poking Steamboat in the chest when Steamboat pulled a Chael Sonnen and double legged him to the floor and they started brawling before the refs could break them up.

We then get a promo introducing us to Raquel Diaz. It’s pretty good one. She is giving sound bites about how she is going to rid NXT of ugly, while at the same time showing her tweets and talking about the Exfoliating Ugliness Tour, which would begin next week. Of course, Diaz is also known as Shaul Guerrero, daughter of Eddie and Vickie.

The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young)

Jim Ross joined Saxton and Regal on commentary. The PTP had just recently gotten together at the time. Titus was using the pick on D-Young’s hair before the match started. Jimmy and Young started the match. They locked up and Jimmy backed him into the corner, but they broke and Jimmy slapped him in the face, and Young needed a hug from Titus. He then charged in only to get lit up with a series of chops. Jey tagged in and the Usos hit a double back elbow and double elbowdrop. Jey caught Young with a double chop to the chest for the first two count of the match. Young caught Jey with a boot and grabbed a front facelock to tag the big man. Titus tried to slam his head into the buckles, but since Jey is Samoan, he shook it off and nailed Titus with a headbutt. Titus then hit a boot to the gut, then nailed him with a right. Young tagged in, but ran right into a powerslam. He took another powder and Titus came out to the console him. Meanwhile, the Usos got ahold of Young’s pick, and was mocking him with it. Young charged back in, only to get clotheslined back out by one of the Usos, and then one Uso backdropped the other Uso out onto the floor on both men. Commercial Break.

BFC, Jimmy had Young in a rear chinlock. Young got to his feet and backed Jimmy into the corner and tagged Titus, but he got out of the corner in time and caught Titus with a drop toe hold into an armbar. Titus got to his feet and went for a backdrop, but Jimmy catches him with an uppercut, then drops Young, but Titus kicks his ankle out. Titus then stomps his ankle, then tags in Young, who slams Jimmy’s leg onto the apron. Titus tags back in, then drops an elbow on the knee and applies a leg grapevine.

Titus then tags back in Young, who applies a leglace, but Jimmy kicks him off to the floor. Young then manages to pull Jey down off the apron into the steps. Jimmy catches him in a schoolboy for a two count, but Young dropkicks the knee for a two count. Young uses a step over toehold, then a leglace again. Titus tries to suplex Young onto Jimmy’s leg, but he gets his feet up and tries to get the tag, but Titus cuts it off. Titus uses a spinning toe hold, then tries a running boot, but misses, and Jimmy hits a backdrop. Tags both ways. Jey lit up Young with a pair of clothesline and a spinning forearm, then superkicked him in the gut, threw him into Titus and hit a Samoan Drop, followed by a running Stinkface, but Titus broke up the pin. Jey dropped Titus, and Jimmy took to the floor, but Titus took out his knee, then ran in and clubbed Jey from behind. Then they hit a backbreaker/second rope elbow combo ala Demolition for the three count.

Winner: PTP via pinfall

PTP celebrate to end the show.

Fanatic Take: This first episode of a new set of tapings is a bit different. The two long matches were fine, but really this show is all about the debut of Bray Wyatt. He was different from before he walked out the curtain and the young Full Sail crowd understood that immediately His pre match promo was probably longer than match, was as good of a two-minute squash as could be. Otherwise, not much to this one.

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