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NXT Retro Review Episode 13: Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty



Retro WWE NXT Episode 13 – Original air date – September 12, 2012

Coheed and Cambria open the show, then we go straight into the Ascension music, as we are clearly starting off hot…

Byron Saxton and William Regal are on commentary. Summer Rae is the ring announcer. This is a fresh set of tapings.

Kenneth Cameron (with Connor O’Brien) vs. Jey Uso (with Jimmy)

Uso avoided a charge to start the match and they went to lock up, but Cameron countered into a waistlock and took Jey down, then mocked him with a little scream. Jey got to his feet and they paced and went to lock up again but Jey grabbed the waistlock this time and threw Cameron into the mat. They finally locked up and they started throwing right hands from clinch until Cameron locked on a headlock. Jey tossed Cameron and Cameron put him down with a shoulder block, but Jey dropped down, then sidestepped the taller Cameron and threw him all the way over the top to the floor.

Cameron grunted before charging back in, but ran right into a clothesline and a backdrop from Jey. Jey took some time to hype up the fans and charged into the corner, but Cameron was there to meet him with a boot to the face. Cameron started slamming his face into the mat, then kicked him in the back and choked him over the ropes. The ref took time to admonish Cameron and O’Brien nailed him with a right. Jimmy came over briefly, but Connor backed off. Jey came up and Cameron decked him with a right hand and covered for a two count. Cameron used a bodyscissors with a chinlock. Jey broke the bodyscissors and Cameron kept the chinlock on. Jey got to his feet and rammed him into the buckle and finally broke out with a snapmare, but Cameron him with a European Uppercut. Cameron came back and charged right into an uppercut of Jey’s, but when Jey charged, Cameron caught him with a hiptoss into the turnbuckles that looked awesome. Cameron almost broke out into convulsions in celebration, then covered for a two count.

Cameron applied a headlock and pounded him with right hands, but missed a kneedrop. Jey tried to rally but Cameron put him down with a left hand for a two count. Cameron hit a bodyslam, but missed a big flying elbowdrop. Jey came up and superkicked him in the ribs, then caught him with an uppercut. Cameron missed a clothesline and caught him (sort of) with a spinning flying forearm. Jey was setting up for a charge in the corner, but Connor tripped him. Jimmy came over and took out Connor with a superkick. Cameron caught Jey with a nice modified gordbuster, but Jey kicked out. Cameron went to pick Jey up by the hair, but Jey shoved him off and caught a charging Cameron with a superkick for a three count.

Winner: Jey Uso via pinfall

They announce Michael McGillicutty versus Tyson Kidd in the main event, and say that Big E Langston will be up next.

BFC, we go to the back and we see NXT GM Dusty Rhodes talking to Rob Naylor, saying someone will be a great addition to the Divas division when Rick Victor comes into the room and says Rhodes knows what he is capable of and that he can beat Seth Rollins. Rhodes responded that he needed to calm down and said that being a contender and showing what he was capable of are two different things. He said that he didn’t give matches away here and that Victor needed to prove himself. He replied that he would.

Big E Langston vs. Chad Baxter

Langston was supposed to be a heel, I think, but he gets a nice pop from the crowd at Full Sail, who clearly see him as a real ass kicker. They lock up to start the match and Big E hits right off the bat with a knee to the gut and then beats him down with sledges to the back. Baxter tries to fight off with some weak right hands and Big E shoves him off and went for a backdrop and Baxter tried a sunset flip, but Big E widened his base and grabbed him by the throat and tossed him into the turnbuckle. Big E then hit some shoulder blocks in the corner, then picked Baxter up for a trio of scoop backbreakers. He then waited and got a running start for the bodyblock. Big E then pulled the straps down, with the fans reacting. Big E then hit the Big Ending for the three count. 

Winner: Big E via pinfall

Big E stayed a little bit after the match and ended up picking Baxter up and nailing him with a second Big Ending! Big E then counted to five himself and smiled. Regal wondered if that was what he wanted to prove, that he could get a five count instead of three. Big E then asked for a mic and the fans enthusiastically started chanting “One More Time.” Big E then said that a three count was normal, and Big E Langston was not normal. He said that from now on his opponents would feel the pain of the Five Count. His music played and looked like he was gonna leave, but he came back and the fans exploded. He hit a third Big Ending and then gave Baxter another five count! The fans loved it!

BFC, we got a shot of Kassius Ohno in the back, in his track jacket and nerd glasses. He said that he had been telling people for weeks now, that Kassius hurts people. And no one believed him, until Richie Steamboat found out the hard way. He said that he would prove once and for all next week, when he had the first ever “Kassius Ohno sparring session”, then piefaced the camera away.

And then we get the infamous Where’s Trent promo. It starts with everyone from Zack Ryder to Daniel Bryan to Vickie Guerrero asking the question “Where’s Trent?” They showed Trent getting injured on NXT Redemption and him basically becoming a forgotten man, and then showed that he had been found. They then showed Briley Pierce going and finding Trent in an electric closet, watching a monitor and eating celery. Pierce asked if he wanted to wrestle next week on NXT and Trent said sure. He returns next week!

Garrett Dylan made his entrance, playing his generic cowboy character. But then the Hallelujah chorus played and Damien Sandow came out to a huge pop. He had been on the main roster for a little less than six months but was already a smart fan darling. He made his entrance and then took the mike. He did his classic introduction and said that he had come to NXT to spread his quest to enlighten the masses. They tried to show some fans booing him, but most were cheering. He said instead of competing he was inviting young Mr. Dylan to sit at ringside and listen to a lecture that he had prepared for all of them. He hoped that for their enlightenment and Dr. Dylan’s safety, he would accept the offer. “You’re Welcome/” But of course, Dylan was opting to stay and fight.

Damien Sandow vs. Garrett Dylan

Dylan is actually Jody Kristofferson, the son of actor Kris Kristofferson. They locked up to start the match and Dylan drove him into the ropes, but Sandow used a subtle little pull of the tights to put Dylan in the corner. The ref called for a clean break, but in true Sandow fashion, he fired a right hand over the ref that Dylan on the chin. He started working over Dylan in the corner, pounding him to the mat and then raising his hands like he had done nothing wrong, popping the fans. Sandow snapmared him over and hit a kneedrop for a one count.

Sandow whipped him into the corner, but Dylan avoided a charge and schoolboyed him for a quick two count, but Sandow cut him off with a right hand and a headbutt. Sandow hit some shoulder blocks to the ribs in the corner, then just threw him down face first to the mat. Sandow brought him and hit a right, then whipped him in looking for a clothesline, but Dylan ducked and caught Sandow with a shoulder tackle, followed by a big lariat for a two count. Dylan went to pick him up, but Sandow caught him with a shoulder to the ribs, then caught him with a Russian Legsweep. Sandow then posed before dropping the famous Elbow From Disdain. Sandow then set up and said “You’re Welcome” before hitting the double arm neck breaker for the pin.

Winner: Sandow via pinfall

Sandow then posed in the fans adulation and then did a cartwheel to their delight.

Then Briley Pierce interviewed NXT Champion Seth Rollins. Pierce asked him about tonight’s main event and how he felt about possibly facing the winner of the match. Seth replied that he said it before, friend or foe, he would face anyone, anytime. Rick Victor then came up to him and said that was easy to say when he was protected, and accused Seth of not even knowing his name. Seth smiled and then clearly jokingly said that he didn’t know Victor’s name. Victor then proceeded to slap Rollins in the face. Pierce’s facial reactions were awesome. Seth then said that he did know who Rick Victor is and he had just jumped to the top of his list.

Then we got the Raw Rebound, but it recalls a Raw we all would rather forgot-The One Where Jerry Lawler Has A Heart Attack. So let’s move on.

Then we see Seth going into Dusty’s office and asking for a match with Victor. Dusty tried to calm him down and remind him that Dusty had been a hunted man before. He then said that he would give him a match with Victor next week. Seth shook his hand and said that he would make sure Dusty didn’t regret it.

Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty

The fans were chanting “Yah!” before he even made his entrance. Jim Ross joined Saxton and Regal for the main event has become his custom. Ross said that the winner of the match would almost certainly get the first shot at Seth Rollins. A “Let’s Go Tyson” chant broke out, and McGillicutty yelled at them to shut up.

McGillicutty charged at Kidd, who avoided it and applied a waistlock. McGillicutty worked to grab the wristlock and escape, but Kidd pulled his wrist away. They paced and locked up and Kidd went up to grab a headlock, then took over McGillicutty with a side mare. McGillicutty got his hand in the face and used it to push Kidd into a headscissors. Kidd then rolled his opponent to his belly and went to a leglock, then switched into a Fujiwara Armbar, but McGillicutty fought his way to the ropes. McGillicutty called for a test of strength, but once they got one knucklelock, McGillicutty turned into a wristlock. Kidd used the ropes to flip out and took McGillicutty over with a fireman’s carry and tried to go to an armbar, but McGillicutty got to the ropes. They got to their feet and paced, then locked up again and McGillicutty grabbed a headlock and took Kidd down. Kidd escaped and cartwheeled out, and then caught McGillicutty with a dropkick and he decided to take a powder.

McGillicutty took his time getting back in the ring, and they went for the test of strength again, but this time mcGilllicutty caught him with a boot to the gut, then dropped him twice with right hands before choking him with his boot in the corner. McGillicutty went for a whip that Kidd reversed, but McGillicutty went to backdrop him over the top only to have Kidd land on the apron, but when Kidd went for a shoulder to the ribs, McGillicutty caught him with a knee to the head, then caught him with a hangman’s neckbreaker with his legs hanging from the ropes1 McGillicutty barked at Kidd as we go to commercial.

BFC, the fans “yah!” away as McGillicutty hammers Kidd to the head, then hits a snap suplex for a two count. McGillicutty works him over with some rights, then covers again for a two count, before slapping a rear chinlock. Kidd managed to work his way to his feet, but Kidd armdragged out of the hold. Kidd ducked a clothesline and caught McGillicutty with a crucifix into a sunset flip. Kidd ducked the cutoff clothesline, but McGillicutty caught him with a clothesline to the neck. He covered for a two count, with the fans “Yah!” with the count. McGillicutty worked him over in the corner and Kidd tried to fight out with some rights, but McGillicutty kicked him in the gut and whipped him hard into the buckles.

The fans broke out a “Let’s Go Tyson”/”Yah yah Yah” chant. McGillicutty worked him over to the apron and went to suplex him back in, but Tyson rolled out and caught McGillicutty with an enziguri to the front of the head. Kidd came up and caught a woozy McGillicutty with two leg kicks, then a spinning heel dropkick. He followed up with a spinning heel kick to the ribs, then a basement dropkick for a two count. Kidd tried to whip him in for another spinkick, but McGillicutty grabbed the ropes and slipped to the outside. Kidd came after him with a dropkick through the ropes, then went for a pescado, but McGillicutty walked away, but Kidd landed on the apron and laid out McGillicutty with a Penalty Kick from the apron. Kidd got up and threw McGillicutty in the ring, and went for a springboard elbow drop, but McGillicutty got the knees up!

McGillicutty seized on him with the Perfect Plex, but Kidd kicked out. McGillicutty covered again for a two count. McGillicutty then went up top, but Kidd crotched him on the top, then pulled his legs out and hit a top rope hurricanrana for a near fall. Kidd tried to stay on him, but McGillicutty caught him with a jawbreaker. He went for a back suplex, but Kidd landed on his feet and went for an enziguri, but McGillicutty ducked and caught him with that sweet swinging neckbreaker for the three count!

Winner: McGillicutty via pinfall

Ross put over McGillicutty and speculated that he might just get a shot at the NXT Title now and that’s how the show ends.

Frank’s Take: This was a really fun episode, and would have been just because the inclusion of Damien Sandow. Man, I forgot just how great a performer that guy is. It’s amazing how over he was at WrestleMania 31 and the way that the WWE dropped the ball with that is almost unforgivable. Just despicable. I also loved the continued evolution of Big E Langston. This is the fourth squash match this guy has had and he was already over with the audience and smart enough to run with it. He’s the first brand new guy to really get over at Full Sail and an important cog in NXT’s Evolution. The main event was another fun match between two guys that were having as good of matches as anyone in the company at the time. My only problem with the episode was why, of all people, was Rick Victor the first guy to go after Seth. He had lost two matches early on, and they literally could have chosen anyone else. The only thing wrong with an otherwise excellent episode.

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!