NXT Watch (May 16th, 2012): New Hair, New Gear, Same Great Action

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And yes, that only took fifteen minutes to come up with but that’s the sacrifice I make to stand out with these openings! Welcome to your weekly NXT recap, although if things continue like they were on this week’s episode, I’m not sure how cheery I can continue to be, but more on that later. This episode brings us the final show traveling on the road with SmackDown, as the first ever NXT/FCW taping takes place at Full Sail University later today! It’s only fitting that the final Divas match we get to witness in front of this huge crowd is beteen Kaitlyn and Maxine. And well, that was it for tonight. Sigh, once again… more on that later.

We trot out to the arena as my new favorite song, SPIN THE BOTTLE, sways its way into my eardrum. Kaitlyn walks out in some new bangs, but my focus is on this theme song as I sing along vibrantly. “Why don’t you spin the botttleeeee, spin it right arounnnddd, duh duh duh duh duh duh”. Next thing I know, Kaitlyn is standing in the ring and we are cut off by the perky theme song of the not so perky Maxine. I’m very disappointed we are not treated to the “new” Maxine, who would have called Kaitlyn by the name of “Katie” and graced us with that charming presence. Nonetheless, Maxine walks out in some new gear and a very, very dark tan.

William Regal notices Maxine’s vibrant change of skin color as well, which leaves us to believe it’s real and Mad Max enjoyed the sun a little too much. Spray tanners don’t exist in Redux world!

The two circle around the ring and Maxine goes to lock up, but Kaitlyn reverses into a brief roll up that Maxine breaks quickly. Mad Max shoves Kaitlyn off a tad, but Kaitlyn quickly bodyslams her and hits a few legdrops for a near fall. Maxine with a punch, as she leaps onto Kaitlyn with the Dragon Sleeper! Kaitlyn thankfully manages to back Maxine into the corner and then hoist her into the air. Maxine keeps the hold in tact, but Kaitlyn lifts her back up once more and this time drops her onto the ropes.

Kaitlyn tosses Maxine in the ring, but Max rolls out and catches her breath for a second. Kaitlyn quickly tries to pull her back into the ring, but Maxine drops her neck on the second rope with a vicious manner. Maxine pulls Kaitlyn out onto the ring apron and… GOOD GOD, basically chops the skin off Kaitlyn’s chest. From there, Maxine applies a chin lock as the crowd gets behind Kaitlyn to break out. She attempts said comeback, but Maxine controls her and slams her head into the canvas. Maxine reverts to a knee over the throat, as she continues her utter dominance of the season three winner.

Queen Maxine works over Kaitlyn’s head again, as William Regal puts over Maxine as the person who has made the biggest impact on NXT! I agree! Kaitlyn fights out of the Queen’s clutches, but not for long as Maxine drops her with a clothesline for a series of nearfalls. Mad Max slams Kaitlyn’s head over and over, as I wonder if Kaitlyn is still sane through all of this head bashing. She must be because she managed to dodge a running attempt from Maxine and drop toe hold her right into the turnbuckle! Kaitlyn mounts her comeback carefully, hitting a nice dropkick and a huge leaping shoulder tackle!

Kaitlyn with a punch as she sends Maxine off the ropes and runs off the opposing side with an awesome crossbody, as it now looks like Kaitlyn has been cut open. I swear, Kaitlyn is becoming Ric Flair with the amount of times she gets busted open. Maxine hooks a Small Package for a close call, but Kaitlyn kicks out. Nevertheless, Maxine’s tan seems to have also done even more wonders for her in ring savvy, as she capitalizes right away on Kaitlyn and locks on a sick bridging headlock! Kaitlyn gets to a vertical base, but Maxine keeps the hold in tact and transitions it into a DDT!

That’s right, Maxine, show the world why you deserve to be in a larger role when it comes to this division. Kaitlyn crawls towards the corner, but unfortunately for her Maxine hops on the back and applies a choke hold! Thankfully for our NXT winner though, she quickly manages to spin Maxine around onto her feet and drop her with the full nelson into a sit out bomb using her legs! Maxine tries to fight, but she ultimately taps. Oh heck, here we go… SPIN THE BOTTLE! Kaitlyn celebrates with the fans at ringside, as Mad Max plots for another day.

Thoughts: Okay, before we break down this match, I want to discuss NXT. I know “change” is coming, but if said “change” is cutting out the backstage segments, and scrapping like every story that was going on such as JTG/Alicia Fox, the Percy Watson attacks, and the “new” Maxine, I want this change to take it’s sorry behind and hit the bricks. NXT tonight was basically Superstars with yellow ropes and I do not want my hidden gem of the company to become that. I’m hoping this was just a mere roadblock in our travels to Full Sail University, but if NXT becomes “Superstars LITE” weekly, I’m not going to be a happy camper.

Okay, now with that out of my system, the match tonight was great, and I mean really, really great. I always felt like every Kaitlyn/Maxine match was competing for second place since my favorite (the one they had with AJ at ringside) could not be touched, but tonight just shoved that one out of the way. And in non-match news, Maxine’s new gear looked tremendous on her and I honestly think I prefer it to the older type. I still like that NXT at least gave us a long Divas match, though. I guess the plus side to the removal of basically every storyline is that the matches got a ridiculously awesome amount of time. That’s my positive moment through all of this, but I swear if I go another NXT like this I’m not sure what I will do. Give me back JTG and Alicia Fox! Give me back smiling “Tammy”-calling Maxine! Give me back Percy’s attacks! Superstars version 2.0 is okay for now, but next week is a different story.

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  • jcarcano12

    Maxine outfit georgous
    4/5 good match
    but Kaitlin is boring

  • lucky1now

    wow and i didnt think i can like maxine more she has what it takes to be a star in the main roster im guessing by the time aj makes a big impact on the division maxine will be right there as well

  • jcarcano12

    I wonder was going to happen tonight on nxt/fcw

    • jcarcano12

      Its call superstar showdown n Paige lost against Sofia

  • Litaker61

    Not really a fan of the match. I felt like they were just running through the motions and the fact that this was longer than the usual Divas match I just felt underwhelmed.

  • WWFoverWWE

    lol what happened to the 5-minute good match and kaitlyns new move that was reported? Nothing but lies.

    Maxine’s outfit looks like something Rosa Mendez would wear.

    • GlamazonInTraining89

      OMG I thought I was the only one who thought that It looks like a gold version of Rosa’s silver outfit ,tho she’s was wearing Flairs & Rosa generally wears “straight leg” that tucks into her boots.

    • T@KESH1

      no new move – comnfirmed
      not a good match – (left blank)

      • Raekon

        The only newer move of Kaitlyn was the flying shoulder tackle.
        The so called “Rings of Saturn” was actually to modified lotus lock submission she does as one out of her 4 finishers.

    • Bhentoooot

      she’s the next rosa. it could be right?

      • Raekon

        No she is not.
        Only because she has a similar top on it doesn’t mean that she has taken the jobber position.
        Maxine was given wins and background storylines after all.
        Those are things that Rosa was never given on the main roster.

  • No Holds Barred

    Can’t wait for the new NXT/FCW tapings, a big FCW crowd will be great to see.

    and an extra hour added to RAW starting July, ahh!

    • jcarcano12

      Sofia vs Paige

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    LOVED LOVED, maxine new outfit, looked very nice on her,

    I really liked the match, it was fresh and interesting, my only problem was Kaitlyns entrance theme, she really neeeds a new one , and fast

    • shameronstar

      I’m actually growing to like Kaitlyn’s theme for some reason. It gets better as you go further into the full song and as you listen to it repeatedly! And Maxine’s new attire was hot!

  • shameronstar

    It looks like they dropped all the storylines. I hope to God not because they were better than the stuff the main roster has. Plus, “new” Maxine was such a hot mess that I liked it. I just hope we get to see Sofia, Caylee, Audrey, and/or Paige soon because as much as I like Kaitlyn and Maxine having Bugs/Daffy altercations we need more female talent for Maxine’s and Kaitlyn’s characters to bounce off of.

  • Rhawk

    Was it just me or did I get major Ivory vibes from maxine’s attire? Either way she needs to wear that stuff more often, she looked well fit in it. ;-)

    • Raekon

      Yep a little! ^_^
      Loved her new outfit and to me these pants compliment her body much more than the “body suit” thingy with the straps.

  • GlamazonInTraining89

    I couldn’t stop staring at how gorgeous Maxine looked & Hopefully she gets moved to smackdown soon .

  • French.One

    Kaitlyn was off :/
    Maxine held her own but she really needs to add some moves with speed to be more enjoyable in the ring.

    • T@KESH1

      another comment missing needed detail

  • FrankNFurter

    Okay so here are my sentiments:

    The ladies got a respectable amount of time, which is a plus…BUT they didn’t take advantage of it. They didn’t really show the fans much of anything (what they can offer, in-ring wise)

    It almost seemed as if Max and Kaitlyn booked the match themselves, because it didn’t really flow, there wasn’t any sort of psychology or technicality, if that’s the word. Don’t get me wrong, there were some nice maneuvers shown, but not the best executions.

    Maxine barely sold Kait’s leg drops which bothered me. Kaitlyn didn’t use a new submission either, it was the same full-nelson leg-lock. ):

    All in all, it was a “so so” match just to fill the time slot, not too much background or story involved. Oh yeah, Maxine’s new attire is HOT, I don’t usually like the bell-bottom style tights but Maxine wore them flawlessly.

    • ricky_says_hi

      Maxine actually worked Kaitlyn’s neck. it’s a story that isn’t used often but that’s definitely what it was. most of Maxine’s moves targeted Kaitlyn’s neck area so that was probably what they were going for

      • FrankNFurter

        Aaaaah. Thanks for pointing that out, I completely overlooked the targeting of the neck, but that’s probably because Maxine virtually uses the same submissions here, in every match she’s in. Makes sense…i suppose considering her finisher.

    • T@KESH1

      these two did alright in spite of issues:

      - is heavily dependent on a particular heel move, hair/head slams. She even attempted one when K8ln was in a seated position! Luckily for her, K8ln held true to being one of the best sellers and it went off without issue. That would not have worked with Tamina, as we saw not too long ago as she isn’t amiable to being moved about.
      - uses submission moves that make her finisher less special. On top of what we see with her not posing or setting it up at all, she should NEVER go for a back mount unless its for her dragon clutch! & imo, she shouldn’t go for a guillotine choke either (dragon sleeper accord to Bobby) as its too similiar to her finisher.
      - is getting away with muscling a rookie…

      - has two issues hindering her (on top of minimal rookie experience) Selling very well & the power game embargo she is under belies the size/offense she needs to employ, thus forcing selling to be the focus. It makes no sense that someone who is countering a front headlock with a full pickup is: not bullying in a str8 lockup, getting hair/head slammed all over the ring, and is selling impact offense harder than someone she outsizes!
      - her running attacks (barring the need for more dropkick height) are quite good, that shoulder tackle is perfection! I can almost say for certain she is under a clothesline / shoulder-tackle usage limitation. It makes no sense that there is no repetition of those moves and use of similiar ones when they are unquestionably her best.
      - not only are moves barred but it affects others that need the stampin! The extreme lack of impact on the bubba bomb is crazy; it looks like a consensual takedown instead of the power move its meant to be. At least it sets up the finish, of which needs fine tuning itself – no more studder-stepping! Pick both wrists, center the arms, then apply the lock; force it! Nothing less than non-fluidity on a finisher is acceptable for heavens sake, esp on one that could be a rest hold!

      • Raekon

        Great Stuff T@KESH1! :)
        It definately shows how divas are limited in their movesets through the management on the main roster.

        If you check earlier matches of Kaitlyn on FCW, she did more impactful moves, yet on the main roster she has to step it down. :(

        I guess one of the main points on a Divas training in FCW is that after they learned impactful moves, they need to learn how to use them less impactful on the main roster or something. -.-

        • T@KESH1

          Yeah ur right, I do remember her doing some electric chair drops, no-assist bodyslams, etc. back in early FCW.

          As crazy as that sounds, it does befit the other mgmt parameters going. (ugh) Altho, Kaitlyn choosing to hit it like that IS possible as she’s still learning (refer the snap over pin attempt – I don’t ever recall seeing someone not overhook the legs the whole way thru, and doing it the way she does which lends to a mess up)


    1º: Am I the only one who didn´t like Maxine´s new attire? I prefer her old one, it suits her much better, and its really different!

    2º: I swear, if I hear Maxine screaming one more time, I kill somebody, she annoys me even more then Kelly Kelly!

    3º: Kaitlyn, I really love you girl, but you don´t need just a new theme, you need a new entrance aswell, when you enter is like ” YEAH HI EVERYBODY, I DON´T KNOW WHAT TO DO SO i´M GONNA DO SOME STUPID WEIRD THINGS AND A WEIRD WALKING UNTIL I GET TO THE RING :D”

    4º: About the match, I felt that it was just one more match. nothing new or special, I already know their move sets, they need to do something new, and they need new opponets aswell!

    • T@KESH1


      As opposed to other faces who do what?

      • T@KESH1

        overall, I def agree that the spin she’s been doing since NXT isn’t enough considering she lost that music (rainfall) and stopped sticking to that blonde & black attire she went with for awhile.

        but compared to others, that generic move is more than most, a couple have inherited their thing, others a similar generic move, and some simply do hello variations.

        • Choko

          I agree. There is no rhytm in Kaitlyn’s entrance.

          She just walks to the ring and then does something with her hair sometimes.

        • T@KESH1

          no, everyone essentially “just walks”, with the rare exception of Alicia Fox cat-walking and Lita rocking out, there really isn’t anything special about ANY other Divas walking. You notice it with Kaitlyn b/c of the compounding issues of a lack of music and her single generic posturing (her spin)

  • Choko


    Maxine looks even more like Dawn Marie now. + They’re characters and motions in the ring are quite alike aswell.

    I can’t wait till’ she has an affair with Kaitlyn or Kelly’s dad… jk

  • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    Loved Maxine’s new attire. Kaitlyn’s hairstyle, not so much. These two have come a long way since their disastrous NXT encounter and I really like their propensity towards displaying technical wrestling skills. Really the only thing lacking here was the fact the crowd didn’t seem to be into it, but that’s a common complaint in the Divas division.

  • redsandman99

    I liked Maxine’s new attire. Hopefully though, the fun storylines and stuff get back into full swing when they get going in their new home.

  • Raekon

    What I liked:

    - Maxines new outfit
    - Kaitlyns Shoulder Tackle
    - The amount of time given

    What I disliked:

    - missing storylines
    - the slowness of the match (which unfortunately goes to maxines account cause every match she is involved is slow because of her)
    - Kaitlyn being restricted on her offence in the meantime

    All in all though it was a good match and I liked the Maxine added a few more submissions in her moveset.

  • jcarcano12

    Sofia vs Paige in the new nxt show

    • redsandman99

      I saw that. And was it me or did the spoilers make it look like FCW and NXT are just being combined?

      • shokko22

        Wait whats going on?

        • jcarcano12

          I think they did combine Because even people from raw n smackdown wrestle.
          And Its a new show call superstars showdown it’s going to be the new NXT.

    • Raekon

      OMG…. why couldn’t they just rename NXT and make a new brand out of it while keeping the ongoing storylines?

      This is just plain stupid!
      Now all we will get will be only matches without any background again like in the superstars show. -.-

      Sofia vs Paige should turn out to be a great match but I hate that they dropped the Anti-Diva stable because they were gold together.

      • redsandman99

        This was the first night of tapings. It doesn’t mean they won’t do storylines and stuff. I don’t think they should have dropped everything from NXT but let’s see if they come up with new ones for everyone.

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    i liked maxines new outfit channeling rosa mendes….

    for the match it was off on some bits & kaitlyn looked lost & sloppy…..ill give maxine credit that she gets the crowd behind whoever shes facing…i like the submissions but doing so many in one match loses interest from the crowd…
    i did like that maxine busted out some new moves like the ddt..which looked like the best ddt since litas & jazzs….

    • T@KESH1

      “kaitlyn looked lost & sloppy”
      -other than the stutter on the lotus/pin, where?

      “which looked like the best ddt since litas & jazzs”
      -it was clearly the sell; Maxine’s back bump was quite standard

  • Marlon Eric

    Are gay guys the only people who like the Divas’ theme songs?

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      I think so..i can admit to singing kaitlyns new theme lol..i have most on my ipod…

      • Marlon Eric

        Admittedly, Maryse’s theme was the shit, as well as Torrie Wilson’s old (the one Lillian Garcia sung) theme song.

        • Choko

          Maryse’s and Torrie’s themes were awesome, but Kaitlyn’s new theme is horrible, horrible very stupid. lol I a straight girl btw.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          Marlon Eric..i’ve got torries “Need A Little Time” theme as well i think that one stands out plus Lillian singing it is an extra touch…

  • Morris Muffin

    NXT just taped 3 shows and Sofia and Paige are on the third show! So look forward to that in three weeks time :D

    • Marlon Eric

      Is that the new NXT / FCW show they are trying to pitch to television networks or is this one definitely being aired?

  • http://twitter.com/Passionisma Thaila

    How f’in amazing is Maxine. Except she got rid of her vixen attire :(

  • Quisee

    This was a good match in my opinion. Both Divas performed well to me and I found the match enjoyable to watch.

    I like Maxine’s new attire

    Kaitlyn’s entrance theme is growing on me abit.

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    Maxine’s new gear is MUCH better than her old gear! She looked much better, although her gold eyeshadow did get all over everything lol.

    I like Kaitlyn. She’s spunky, she’s not another generic, cookie cutter blonde and she’s doing very well for just starting out. I hope we get to see more of her as she continues to improve.

  • eyecon

    I like Maxine’s old gear because it shows more skin 8 ) but I agree with Bobby the whole time I was watching NXT I was thinking “what the hell happen to the story lines”