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WWE NXT LIVE
Fort Pierce, FL
14 SEP 2012
The show started about 45 minutes late due to getting everyone through the autograph line for Dusty and Cody Rhodes. There were about 800-1000 fans in attendance tonight.
One thing that I found interesting was seeing Charlotte, the daughter of Ric Flair, outside the venue helping with selling posters and programs for fans to sign. Several of us recognized her and asked her to take pics and sign autographs and she was very nice and accommodating to the fans. A very classy young woman and a tribute to her father!
The ring announcer starts the show by stating: “You have seen the Touts, you have read the Tweets and yes folks the Main Event tonight is WWE NXT Champion Seth Rollins vs Cody Rhodes!”
Jason Jordan defeated Garrett Dylan with a flying neckbreaker. Good opening bout. Both worked the crowd to build both fan support for Jordan and heel heat for Garrett Both showed some good skills. A nice opening match
Next up Kassious Ohno comes to the ring for a promo basically copying C.M. Punks Chicago Raw promo stating that he should be in the Main Event facing either Cody Rhodes or Seth Rollins. He states that since he isn’t in the main event that he is taking a personal day and the fans will not have the honor of seeing him compete tonight. Before leaving the ring he states that he will be checking his Twitter to see if #RollinsvsRhodes is trending at all later tonight. (Hmm! I smell a run in during the Main Event)
Aiden English vs Erick Rowan
Rowan wins with a choke slam. This was a typical small guy vs big monster type of match. Some decent back and forth but not much interaction with the crowd.
Richie Steamboat then comes to the ring to promote the raffle for a CM Punk Autographed ringside chair.
Special Grudge Match:
Dean Ambrose vs James Bronson.
Ambrose wins via submission with a modified STF. I have no idea what the grudge was here storyline wise but this was a very entertaining match. Lots of interaction with the crowd. Some wicked bumps and some great back and forth action.
Mike Dalton and Xavier Woods vs The Bombers.
Bombers win when a member of the team trips Dalton while he was trying to bodyslam the other Bomber while Woods thinking that Dalton was in control was pandering to the crowd.
This was a good match that showed potential for these teams should WWE ever start to take the tag division seriously again. Dalton and Woods had a lot of bromance type of heel heat going and both teams worked hard to deliver a good solid tag match.
CJ Parker vs Roman Reigns.
Reigns pinned Parker with a power side slam. Good solid bout between two faces. A lot of good solid wrestling so far I can honestly say that all of the talents are working hard to entertain the fans in attendance.
Divas Triple Threat
Audrey Marie v Emma vs Paige
This was a very solid divas match and easily better than anything that has been on Smackdown and Raw including PPV’s this year. A very entertaining match with a lot of good wrestling and some very interesting three way moves executed. Emma won by pinning Audrey after she landed on her after Paige kicked out of a pinfall attempt by Emma, A very creative ending. It’s sad that the WWE doesn’t take the divas more seriously when ity comes to actual wrestling because these ladies would have solid futures if they did.
Bo Dallas and Trent vs Cory Graves and Judas Delvin??
Dallas wins the bout by Spearing Graves for the pinfall, An excellent tag match featuring many of NXT’s top talents and another example of how great the tag division could be if it were taken seriously. Lots of near fall, fast paced back and forth action, hot tags and great interaction with the crowd in attendance, Second best match of the night.
Before the Main Event they gave away the CMPunk chair. Fans booed the winner! They also announced that NXT will be live in Ft Lauderdale in October with Alberto Del Rio appearing for autographs
WWE NXT Champion Seth Rollins vs Cody Rhodes.
Rollins enters the ring and then Cody comes out to a huge monster pop! Cody is over huge here in Fort Pierce. He tales the mic from the ring announcer and thanks her for her introduction of Cody but he wants to do his own and proceeds to put himself over huge which the crowd eats up! Seth responds with a sarcastic clapping and then extends his hand to Cody which he refuses. Match starts and Cody get Seth with two hair pull take downs and the crowd is loving it as the Daniel Bryan ‘YES! YES! YES!” make their first loud appearance of the night. Lots of solid wrestling action then begins as Seth shows that he can keep up with Cody. Cody then offers Seth a handshake and he accepts but then Cody smacks him in the mouth for his trouble. Seth retaliates and Cody walks out only to be pursued by Seth and brought back to the ring. Cody then gets the upper hand and proceeds to work Seth over with solid mat wrestling and submission holds. Crowd is into this match huge as the Yes chants and Cody chants are raining loud and proud throughout the Fenn Center. Cody then dumps Seth out of the ring and then grabs the NXT Title Belt and poses holding over his head as he is the new champion. YES chants continue for this. Seth returns to the ring only to get pummeled some more and Cody locks on the figure four. As a huge “TAP!! TAP!! TAP!!” chant breaks out Seth reverses the hold after failing to reach the ropes. Seth regroups to a corner where Cody charges him but misses as Seth ducks out of the way as Seth makes his comeback, The two start trading punches as the BOO…YAY chant breaks out. Seth then clotheslines Cody over the top and dives on to him over the top and throws Cody back in the ring.
At this point we get the suspected run in as Kassius Ohno hits the ring and starts attacking Cody. At this point the music hits “AMERICAN DREAM” as Dusty comes out and says that this should be a DQ win for his son Cody however it’s not ending this way and that since Ohno was complaining about not being in the Main Event that he is now and as the Commissioner of NXT this is now a Triple Threat Match!
Ohno continues to pound on Cody however Seth returns to the ring and super-kicks Ohno who then walks right into Cody’s finisher. As he attempts to pin Ohno, Seth tosses Cody out of the ring and scores the pinfall
WINNER: Seth Rollins
This was an outstanding match. Excellent crowd heat. The fans were into this match big time! This would be a great rivalry if and when Rollins get called up to the WWE and if they allowed them to work like this on TV and PPV. This would have been an excellent PPV main event if it was booked properly. One ofthe best house show matches I have seen in a long time.
After the match Cody returned to the ring with the NXT belt, handed it to Rollins and shook his hand. Rollins then cut a promo putting over Rhodes as the future of WWE and stating that if you thought Rollins vs Rhodes lived up to the hype them how about Rollins vs Rhodes II, II, IV, V and so on and that he wanted to be a part of Cody being the future of the WWE He also put the crowd over as living up to the hype as well.
Overall a very solid and entertaining show, Most of the matches ran about 10 minutes with teh exception of the last two which the tag match got about 15 and the Main Event about 20-25 minutes. All of the talents worked hard to entertain the fans and put on a great show. There are some solid workers that will make great WWE Superstars someday if they ever make it to the WWE.