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NXT Retro Review Episode 12: The Ascension vs. The Usos



Retro NXT Episode 12 -Original air date – September 5, 2012

The show began with a recap of last week’s all important main event, where Seth Rollins defeated Jinder Mahal to become the first NXT Champion. They then capped it off with an awesome video package, which included shots of Rollins celebrating after the match in the crowd, which wasn’t shown on last week’s show, interspersed with comments he had made the week before and capped off with an awesome new voiceover.

“For an entire group of kids, who were told they weren’t good enough, who were told they couldn’t do it, if they can change their lives and change their perspective, they can change the world too. And it will symbolize everything it was meant to, it will be the change we’ve all been waiting for, the one we’ve been talking about. It’s time for the new guard to rise up.”

Coheed and Cambria play us into the show. Byron Saxton and William Regal are on commentary.

Richie Steamboat vs. Kassius Ohno

They showed what set up the match, when Steamboat intervened when Ohno was beating up Jake Carter two weeks ago. The two had a long staredown to begin the match, as their respective fans started chanting for them.

They locked up to start the match, and Steamboat grabbed a headlock. Ohno tried to break it, but Steamboat held on so Ohno shoved him into the ropes, but Steamboat popped him with a shoulder block for a one count, then took him over with a side mare into a headlock. Ohno countered with a headscissors, but Steamboat kicked out and grabbed a second headlock takedown, but Ohno countered with the headscissors again. Steamboat kipped up again, and they stood off, but Ohno piefaced Steamboat, daring him to come at him. Steamboat responded with a series of hard chops to the chest. Steamboat slammed his head into a far turnbuckle, then hit a few more chops. Steamboat whipped him in, but Ohno caught him charging with a knee that put him down. Ohno looked to follow up, but Steamboat caught him with a backdrop and a pair of double chops to the chest. Steamboat grabbed him in a Thai clinch, but Ohno broke it off and caught Steamboat with a thumb to the eye that Steamboat sold like a champ, as if he had really been blinded. The ref gave Ohno a strong admonishment, while Ohno played off like it had been an honest error.

Ohno then stalked Steamboat in the corner, but Steamboat came from the floor with some up kicks, then hit some chops to the chest and was delivering sledges to the back of the neck when Ohno reached out and raked the other eye. Steamboat sold it big and the ref called for the bell correctly for the first time in thirty years probably.

Winner: Steamboat by disqualification

After the match, Ohno was pissed at the referee, and acted very frustrated, but then he nailed Steamboat with a boot from behind, sending him to the floor. Ohno then went out and slammed him throat first into the rails. Ohno stared manically and yelled at the crowd, then tossed him back in the ring, and lifted him up and nailed him with a roaring elbow to the back of the neck. A few refs finally came out and chased Ohno off. Ohno then sauntered to the back, looking out in the crowd. We then see who he was looking at as Richie’s father, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, came out into the ring. He shouted at the trainer and the refs and it was awesome.

We get a WWE App commercial. Man, I’m happy that bullshit is over, but we certainly could have used that during the commercial feature during the Cena-Nakamura match a few weeks ago, huh.

Audrey Marie vs. Paige

Saxton did a good job selling a grim mood after what happened to Richie Steamboat. He is so much better as a play-by-play guy than he is an analyst. Or maybe it’s just Regal. Paige gets a great pop here. She really was the first home-grown Full Sail talent to get over, male or female.

They lock up to start the match, and Marie grabbed a headlock. Paige tried to take her to the ropes, but Marie kicked off the ropes to keep her from coming off. Paige got the ropes and tried to shove her off, but Marie held onto the wrist, and used a twist on the arm to get the headlock on, and took her over. Paige rolled her back for a one count, then came up slowly to her feet. Paige countered a top wristlock, and then very unsportingly took her down by the hair. Paige then stepped on the hair and pulled up on the arms, letting out a trademark scream. The ref admonished Paige for her tactics, but then Marie double legged her to the mat and we got an old school ECW style Catfight. This is where the NXT Women started folks!

Marie ended up getting the better of it and then locked in a bodyscissors and rolled with it in a move I can’t remember. She ended up with a two count. Paige recovered in the corner and when Marie came after her, Paige decked with a forearm shot. She jumped on Marie and pulled her hair some, then lifted her up for a short arm clothesline. She let out one more big screen before she hit The Rampaiger (modified fisherman’s buster) for the three count.

Winner: Paige by pin

Next we see an angry Ricky Steamboat in the back. He yells at a security guard and scares off Briley Pierce when he comes to interview him. He then runs into Kassius Ohno, who is in his track jacket and glasses, with his hair in a ponytail. He comes to Ricky and introduces himself like a fan boy, which only infuriates Ricky. Ohno says that his son clearly doesn’t have a lot of potential, since Ohno left him laying. Ricky says he attacked him when his back was turned after the match, and asks if he dare do that face to face. When Ohno turns away, Ricky turns him by the chin and says to look at him when he talks to him, then shoves Ohno. The refs and security get in between them quick. Ohno yells “What are you gonna do, armdrag me!?”  and asks Steamboat if he wants his career ended twice as they are separated.

They then hype words from the new champ, Seth Rollins, an appearance by Brodus Clay, and the Usos vs the Ascension in the main event.

Then they recap Ohno’s attack on Steamboat after their match, and says that Richie has now been taken to a local medical facility. Man, WWE gives them a lot of business.

Percy Watson vs. Leo Kruger

This is the debut of Kruger’s new hunter character. He had switched from white boots and tights, to black boots and cargo pants, had a fang around his neck, and his head and facial hair were both different. Regal is now talking about his exploits as a poacher in South Africa, with a penchant for elephant tusks. That’s heat.

The bell rings to start the match and Kruger is crouched down in the corner with a strange look on his face, his tongue sticking out ever so slightly. He walked towards Watson in the center of the ring, still crouched. Watson complained to the ref and Kruger finally stood tall and they locked up. Kruger drove the bigger man into the ropes, but instead of breaking, came at Watson with hard knees to the chest and clubbing blows to the back of the neck, then took him over with a snap suplex.

Kruger banged on his own head, then started working over Waston, clubbing him in his back, then brought him in the corner for a series of forearms, before delivering a double stomp to the chest for a two count. Kruger then raked at the face of Watson, as Regal gave a nice synopsis of the history of wrestling in South Africa. Kruger whipped Watson into the opposite corner, but caught Kruger charging with a back elbow, then just shoved him in the back. Watson came in but Kruger caught him with an uppercut to the throat, followed by a bodyslam, but Watson avoided an elbow drop. Watson came up with a series of right and lefts, then caught Kruger with a pair of dropkicks and a flying clothesline. Watson then hit the Showtime Splash for a two count.

Watson went for a whip, but Kruger blocked it and caught him with a hotshot. Kruger then hit a neck breaker into a facebuster for the three count. Regal said it was going back to his roots for Leo Kruger.

Winner: Kruger by pin

The Raw Rebound was another goody this week, as Raw emanated from the Champ’s hometown of Chicago. Raw GM AJ Lee tried to make Cena vs Del Rio in a Challenger’s Match and WWE Champ CM Punk vs World Champion Sheamus. Punk refused, saying he was taking a personal day. Meanwhile, Cena and Del Rio ended up having a crazy brawl that went all over the arena, until Punk reemerged to cost Cena the match, then give him the GTS on a car. He got in the car and it drove away…and we see the driver is Paul Heyman. Nice!

Brodus Clay (with the Funkadyctals) vs. Brian Collins

Brodus does the full entrance with the introduction and the dance. I had forgotten…how funkin ridiculous that was. Jim Ross joins the commentary table for this match…from some reason.  Anyways, once the dancing is done and the jumpsuit is off, Brodus and his opponent lock up. They lock up and Clay shoves the man to the mat. Collins gets up a little pissed and goes for a shoulder block, but gets nothing. Clay whips him into the corner and hits a an avalanche in the corner, then hits an Exploder suplex. Clay catches Collins with a headbutt to the chest, and hits the big splash for a three count.

Winner: Clay by pin

Saxton then recaps what happened last week between the Usos and the Ascension, setting up their main event match for this week.

The Ascension (Kenneth Cameron and Connor O’Brien) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

The Ascension did their awe-inspiring entrance, and the Usos did the Haka, but cut a little short and rushed the ring, to face off with the Ascension, who didn’t back down. The ref got between them and the two decided to start the match conventionally. The Ascension yelled in their corner as Cameron charged at Jimmy to start the match, but Jimmy got under him and double legged him into the turnbuckle and worked him over with punches and kicks. Connor came in, but Jey cut him off with a Flying Clothesline and pounded him. Cameron took a powder, and the Usos double clotheslined O’Brien over the top to the floor. Cameron charged wildly back into the ring, but the Usos clubbed him and threw him back over the top to the floor. Commercial Break.

BFC, Jimmy held Cameron in the corner with his shoulder, and Jey came over the top with a flying forearm. Jey hit Cameron with a pair of headbutts, then dropped him with a European Uppercut before tagging Jimmy. They whipped him into a double back elbow, then joined hands for a double elbow drop. Jimmy picked him up, but Cameron threw him off and hit a forearm, then applied a headlock. Jimmy went to the ropes and shoved him off, but O’Brien made a blind tag. Cameron slid to the outside and screamed at Jimmy, and O’Brien caught him with a clothesline when he turned around. O’Brien pulled at the face and brought him into the corner to begin putting the boots to him.

The Ascension did their elementary version of the Usos’ Unicorn Stampede, tagging out and stomping Jimmy into the mat. O’Brien finally stayed in and applied a bodyscissors, then added a chin lock. O’Brien stayed with hold for a bit, before tagging in Cameron. He came in applied a flipping neck crank, which he then took the back from and applied his own bodyscissors, then added an armbar. Jimmy managed to slip out his arm and punch his way out, but Cameron caught him with a double axhandle to the back and brought him back into the Ascension corner. O’Brien tagged in and hit a trio of headlock takedowns before settling in with the move. Jimmy managed to fight to his feet, and break the hold with some bodyshots. O’Brien shoved him off looking for a backdrop, but Jimmy kicked it away hard and both men collapsed to their knees.

Jimmy struggled to his feet to get to his brother, but O’Brien was up first and he clubbed Jey on the apron. Jey predictably got up and tried to go after him, and O’Brien whipped Jimmy into the corner and stomped him and tagged in Cameron, who took air for an elbow drop for a two count. Cameron then applied a keylock. Jimmy got to his feet and tried to fight out, but Cameron clubbed him with a right and made the tag. O’Brien nailed him and took him down with a headlock takedown. O’Brien put all his weight on and cranked, but Jimmy fought back and got to his feet to break the hold, O’Brien clubbed him and sent him into the corner, but charged right into a boot.

Tags both ways! Jey caught Cameron with a pair of Flying forearms and a superkick to the ribs, then dropped down to deliver an uppercut. Cameron came back with a clothesline, but Jey ducked and hit a terrible looking spinning elbow. He clubbed O’Brien, then gathered up hype for a running Stinkface in the corner. He pulled Cameron to the center of the ring, but O’Brien interrupted. Jey caught him with a superkick to the ribs and threw him over the top to the floor. Jey went for a Samoan Drop, but Cameron escaped, but Jey caught him with a superkick. But Jey for some reason went to climb the damn opposite turnbuckle. O’Brien tried to come back into play, but Jey kicked him off, and then Jimmy hit a suicide dive to the floor on him. Jey began climbing, but Cameron flew at the ropes to crotch him. Jey fell to the mat, and Cameron caught him with a modified Codebreaker for the three count.

Winner: The Ascension by pin

The Ascension stared them down as they retreated to the back.

They then replayed the video they began the show with, recapping Rollins’ win over Mahal and his celebration afterwards.

In the ring, Jim Ross introduced Rollins, who did his belt wave mosh pit and got a real nice pop. JR then asked how he overcome the lower back injury and the skills of Jinder Mahal. Rollins said that it had been tough, but then he thought about what Jinder called him a week before-a born loser. Rollins said that there was a time in his life that he heard that every day. So he decided to preserve last week, like he had done all of his life and overcame. JR then said that for so much of his career, he had been the hunter. Now he was the hunted, and asked how he would cope. Rollins replied that if there wasn’t a bullseye on his forehead, he’d paint one himself. He said it didn’t matter who you are or where you came from, sooner or later, everyone gets Blacked Out. They shook hands, and Rollins did the belt wave and Saxton said we had entered the Era of Rollins to end the show.

Frank’s Take: This was a tale of two shows. Most of the first part of the show was devoted to the tremendous angle between Kassius Ohno and Richie Steamboat. I loved everything about it. What I didn’t love that how the hell in 2012, we had a damn Catfight in a women’s match. My how far we have come! The rest of the show was just there. But that Rollins promo gave me chills to start the show. I don’t think we fully appreciate what a talent he is anymore…

Frank has been a wrestling fan since he was two years old. (Don't worry, he's got proof.) He's also a huge boxing and UFC fan and has a long standing love affair with Popeyes Chicken. He still owns a VHS copy of the first Ring of Honor show ever and was watching NXT before it was cool (or good). Bret Hart > Shawn Michaels. You can follow him on Twitter at @FightFanaticPod and on Tumblr at FrankTheFightFanatic. He's also starting his own podcast soon!