Welcome to KB’s Old School (and New School) Reviews. I’ve been reviewing wrestling shows for over ten years now and have reviewed over 5,000 shows. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’ll be posting a new review here on Wrestlingrumors.net, starting today. It could be anything from modern WWE to old school to indies to anything in between. Note that I rate using letters instead of stars and I don’t rate matches under three minutes as really, how good or bad can something that short be?
Date: December 13, 2012
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, William Regal
It’s finally time for Mahal vs. Rollins II, which is annoying as things have changed a lot since this was filmed. Anyway, the match last time was fine but I wish there was more of a reason for these two to be fighting instead of just over the title. All we’ve really heard is “I’m the champion” and “I want the title.” That’s not exactly enough to hook fans with a guy treated as a jobber in WWE vs. a member of a team whose gimmick doesn’t exist in NXT yet. Let’s get to it.
We open with a recap of the title situation and Mahal attacking Rollins recently.
Paige vs. Sasha Banks
Apparently Banks is debuting here and has been in the New England indies for a few years. I really have an issue with two people in a match being younger than me. It makes me feel old watching this. Banks isn’t bad looking but Paige is WAY over with the fans here. Paige takes Banks to the mat with a headscissors and rolls her around with it in a move I haven’t seen before.
Sasha nips up to escape and hits a Sin Cara armdrag out of the corner for two. Paige goes into banshee mode with her screaming and the fans go NUTS. A fisherman’s suplex gets two for Paige and it’s off to a double chickenwing. Sasha escapes with a pair of rollups for two but Paige hits that snap Angle Slam kind of move called the Paige Turner for the pin at 4:03.
Rating: C. Nothing too bad here as Paige continues to impress. She’s clearly very comfortable in the ring and can do whatever is needed of her. Her looks are just a bonus at this point, but unfortunately she likely would get messed up on the main roster because of her pale skin color. Anyway, decent match here and Sasha looked decent enough.
Roman Reigns brags about the size of his watch but gets a phone call and leaves.
We recap the end of last week’s show where Regal saved Kidd from Kruger and Ohno.
Ohno and Kruger are gunning for Steamboat, Kidd and Barretta. Kruger’s voice is pretty awesome here. Oh and if Regal gets involved in their business again, Regal can join them in the ICU.
Oliver Grey vs. ???
Before the match, we get another awesome Bray Wyatt promo about love and power. Wyatt brings out his son, who is a big bald guy with an awesome beard whose name I couldn’t understand. The guy is big and muscular and he kicks Grey in the face to start. He looks like he’s in green prison garb for lack of a better description. Wyatt is sitting in a rocking chair on the stage. The guy slams Grey down and puts on a bearhug where he whips Grey from side to side. A big side slam ends Grey at 2:00.
Post match Wyatt says the man’s name is Rowan and says to follow the buzzards.
This guy could go somewhere:
Here’s Commissioner Dusty Rhodes to hype up the main event. However, he also wants to talk about Vickie Guerrero. Vickie is welcome here any time, but there are no bounties allowed in NXT unless it’s run by Dusty. The bounty is officially revoked and here’s Camacho to protest. He calls Dusty jefe (boss) and Dusty says it’s either General Commissioner or…..Camacho: “El Capitan?” Dusty: “I LOVE THAT!” Camacho says the bounty has to be on because he has to get Hunico out of Mexico. If Dusty doesn’t reinstate the bounty then Camacho is going to reinstate it on Dusty.
This brings out Big E. Langston, and Dusty makes a handicap match with Camacho and whoever he picks against Langston. Big E. is cool with that. Again: Dusty isn’t out here long and he makes something happen while advancing a storyline. Dusty was there about four minutes, which is the longest time he’s been on camera yet on this show.
Big Show is answering Bo Dallas’ challenge. He says that he’s going to knock out Dallas so that Dallas never makes it to the main shows. That’s next week as well.
NXT Title: Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal
Mahal is now in 3MB, which is annoying as all the promos and videos tonight have had Mahal in his old attire. After some big match intros we’re ready to go. Mahal immediately heads to the floor for a few seconds to mess with Rollins’ head. Back in and the champion (Rollins) goes for Mahal’s arm, sending him to the ropes for more stalling. Rollins hooks a headlock which goes nowhere so Seth peppers him with forearms.
They head to the floor and Rollins hits a HARD chop. Back in and Seth hits some kicks as Mahal is in trouble. Jinder sends him to the apron and shoves Seth off the ropes to finally take over. We take a break and come back with Mahal choking in the corner. A suplex on the floor gets two for Mahal and it’s off to a double arm hold. That doesn’t last long so a backbreaker gets another two count, as does a knee to the face.
We hit a quick chinlock but Rollins fights out with some shots to the ribs and a backdrop. Seth tries to go up top but is almost immediately crotched. A clothesline gets two for Jinder and it’s back to the chinlock as we take another break. Back with Rollins in a reverse chinlock which is transitioned into a regular version. Rollins fights up and hits a big enziguri to put both guys down.
Back up and Seth dropkicks Mahal down and fires off right hands on the mat. They slug it out until Mahal gets clotheslined to the floor. Rollins hits a suicide dive and Mahal is in trouble. Back in and Seth hits a springboard knee to the side of the head for two. Seth puts him on the top and kicks Mahal in the head, but his super rana is countered into a sunset flip for two.
Jinder comes back again with a sitout slam for two but jumps into a dropkick/knee to the ribs from Seth. This is a very back and forth match. Rollins misses a splash in the corner and Jinder pounds away. Seth counters out of it and hits the running buckle bomb on the opposite corner. The full nelson slam is escaped so Mahal hits a knee to the back of the head and hooks the camel clutch. Seth immediately gets to the rope and comes back with the low superkick (Avada Kedavra) and the standing Sliced Bread (Skywalker) for the pin to retain at 15:20 shown of 22:20.
Rating: B. No complaints here as these two have some solid chemistry together. Thankfully this wasn’t a comedy match for Mahal and he was just in different attire instead of being completely goofy. Rollins winning these come from behind matches is the perfect way to build up a guy like him and the match worked very well overall. Good stuff, especially for a TV match.
Corey Graves gets in Rollins’ face to end the show with a sarcastic clap.
Overall Rating: A. Good match, decent Divas match, good character stuff with Wyatt and Rowan, setting up the next title feud, promo addressing the end of last week’s show and two big matches announced for next week. What else could you possibly want in a one hour wrestling show?
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.
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