NXT Redux (September 28th, 2010): The Most Ridiculously Pointless Episode of NXT Ever!

Previously on NXT…

Lay-Cool paid a visit to their old stomping grounds and literally stomped the crap right out of Kaitlyn. AJ continued to roll and secure her status as fan favorite of season three. Naomi gave us all hope that the Diva future is bright when she squared off against Michelle McCool as part of the six-woman tag team match main event. Kelly Kelly went ghetto when she stepped up and challenged Lay-Cool on behalf of Naomi and Jamie. Aksana revealed a huge secret to Goldust about how good her chances were of being deported and how she would get beat with a shovel if she returned home. And the best part of the show, CM Punk stepped up and blessed the WWE Universe with his brilliant commentary.

Will these storylines continue? And more importantly, will Punk keep his promise to remain on commentary?

This week NXT begins in it’s typical fashion. The four pros in attendance (Vickie Guerrero, Alicia Fox, Primo Colon, and Kelly Kelly) are sitting on the stage and the handsome Matt Striker (dressed in an amazing Argyle pullover sweater) introduces the rookies. Aksana, AJ, Kaitlyn, Jamie, Naomi, and Maxine make their way out and Striker says that the competition is now starting to heat up. He announces that Wednesday, starting at noon, the WWE Universe can vote along with the pros for their favorite rookie Diva. Striker makes his way down the ramp while speaking and tells us that being a WWE Diva means you have to have athleticism. He stops in front of a shiny, red wheelbarrow.

Each Diva has to take the wheelbarrow and run around the ring. Whichever Diva has the fastest time will win the competition. The rookie Diva with the most challenge wins will have immunity from next week’s elimination. Maxine is called to the starting line first. She gets ready to take off but that naughty tease in the argyle suggests that the wheelbarrow should have something in it. He takes a shot at Michael Cole in the process.

Unfortunately for all of us, horror music starts to play and the annoying little creature known as Hornswoggle skips out from the backstage area. He’s going to sit in the wheelbarrow. God help us. If Hornswoggle falls out of the wheelbarrow, then whoever caused him to fall will get eliminated. Maxine echoes what we all feel and rolls her eyes. Nonetheless she takes her turn and clocks in with a time of 14.7 seconds. That’s the standard to beat. Here are the results of the wheelbarrow challenge:

Kaitlyn: 12.0
Aksana: 13.9
Jamie: 14.4
Maxine: 14.7
Naomi: 15.2
AJ: 17.7

Kaitlyn wins the challenge and celebrates with Hornswoggle and then Vickie. If my memory serves me correctly and sometimes it doesn’t, she’s now tied with Naomi and AJ for most challenge victories. The show goes to commercial break. When it returns, Cole and Josh Mathews set up AJ’s video package.

AJ introduces herself to us and says that she is representing all of the nerds. She says her style is definitely different and she never minded being the girl who stayed home on Saturday nights to play video games. AJ says that growing up was difficult because her parents weren’t really wealthy. Her father was a mechanic and her mother worked as a home health aid. She says that her parents did the best they could and that was fine with AJ. She didn’t mind not having a lot because she had her family. AJ reveals that she’s never wanted to be anything other than a WWE Diva. One of her fondest memories is standing in line with her father for eight hours just to get Wrestlemania tickets. AJ laughs that they got the worst seats ever and during the event, they could barely see anything. AJ says that at the end of the event her father apologized to her for not being able to get her better seats but she reassured him that it was alright because one day she would be competing in that ring. AJ says that there is no getting rid of her because her passion is what’s going to lead her to the top. Her package concludes and after Josh praises AJ, they reveal that “Diss The Diva” will be up later on tonight. The show goes to commercial again.

This time NXT returns with the Raw Rebound. People still fail to care. After the Raw Rebound is finished, a “Legendary” movie trailer airs. Once again, people fail to care. The show once again takes a break. When it comes back this time, Hell In A Cell is briefly mentioned and then Cole and Mathews reveal that starting next week, NXT will be seen exclusively on WWE.com. It’s now a web show. Congratulations to everyone involved. They remind us that the first elimination is next week and give us a nice little intro into Kaitlyn’s video package.

The Houston, Texas native introduces herself and says that growing up she was a huge tomboy who played soccer for thirteen years. As she got older she got into fitness and figure competitions and even placed in the top five of a huge competition. She was the youngest girl there so it was a big achievement. Kaitlyn says that up on stage she has to be a two dimensional person and it never really felt like she could show off her personality. She says that in the WWE she feels like she’s getting that chance. Kaitlyn says that one thing that stands out about her is that unlike the other girls, she can do the robot. Kaitlyn says that she wants to be the girl everyone can laugh with and she tries to be funny. She’s not afraid to try new things and push the envelope so to speak. She wants young girls to know that it’s alright to beautiful and athletic, and to have a personality. She wants them to be who they are and if that’s goofy, then they should be goofy. The WWE Diva Kaitlyn most admires is the Glamazon Beth Phoenix. She’s the total package and her presence just speaks for itself. Kaitlyn says that she wants to be the next Diva so bad and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

Her package concludes and Diss The Divas is teased again. The show goes to commercial. When it comes back, we’re treated to the entire episode of last week’s SmackDown. Well, perhaps not the entire episode but it sure feels like it. Cheesy horror music begins to play while Kane starts to speak. Undertaker and Paul Bearer make an appearance. And yeah… no one cares. Another commercial break takes place.

Finally, we get the super hyped Diss The Divas challenge. The girls are standing in the ring with Striker and he tells Aksana that she is up first. The object of this is to tell everyone why you deserve to win and why the other girls do not. Striker hands Aksana the mic and she thanks him, then she tells everyone to look at her. She poses for a few minutes and then says that Aksana goes to the gym every day and does five hundred sit-ups and five hundred crunches. Then she runs ten miles. She takes care of herself and the other girls… well they apparently eat pancakes every morning. Aksana says that all the rookie Divas wanna be Aksana.

AJ goes second. She says she is going to be the bigger woman and not diss the other girls. She says they’re all beautiful with great bodies, and that’s fine. But she deserves to be here more than they do because she’s not so typical. AJ wants to redefine the word “diva” because not all Divas have to wear lipstick and high heels. She says that Divas can like video games, action movies, and cars. AJ says that she is a Diva who loves this business and that makes her different than every girl who is in the ring with her. She says that the WWE Universe should pick her.

The third contestant is Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn has a smirk on her face and says that before she disses any Diva she wants to do an impression. She sticks her butt out and starts walking while asking the crowd who she is. Naomi doesn’t take to kindly to this and she sends Kaitlyn flying by kicking her square in the butt. Kaitlyn laughs it up and gets up and tells Naomi that was uncalled for. Kaitlyn tells the WWE Universe to remember what just happened because she’s going to be the girl who fell flat on her butt and who won season three of NXT. Striker calls her out and says she fell on her face but he understands her point. Jamie goes next.

Jamie points at Aksana and says she could talk about that one and how judging from her outfit she looks like she belongs in the circus… ON A TRAPEEEEEEZE. Or she could talk about AJ and how she acts like a ten year old on Christmas morning everytime NXT is broadcast. But Jamie doesn’t need to do that because she knows that she is the best one here and that she is going to win season three of NXT. She attempts to give the microphone to Kaitlyn and Striker reminds her that it’s Naomi’s turn. He also reminds the girls that they should take advantage of their time and try to convince the WWE Universe why they should vote.

Naomi goes and begins by saying that her mother taught her that if she doesn’t have anything nice to say then she shouldn’t say anything at all. However, if this competition is about wrestling and entertainment then she has all the other girls beat. Naomi says one other thing she’d like to address is the fact that during Kaitlyn’s confessional last week, the Texan attempted to talk smack about her. Naomi turns to Kaitlyn and tells her that the only reason why she won the challenge is because she [Naomi] messed up. Naomi starts going off and tells Kaitlyn that if she would have went any slower then Vickie would have had a better time. Naomi continues on by saying that Kaitlyn is far to cocky for reasons she doesn’t even understand. Naomi warns her that next time she has something to say, she better say it to her face. Kaitlyn isn’t at all bothered by this and she begins to mock Naomi’s booty again. Naomi hands Striker the microphone.

Maxine is last.

Maxine stands in the center of the ring and starts to talk about how she’s sick of the typical Diva and how all of them are the same. Kaitlyn moves behind Jamie and shoves Naomi pretty hard, which is something Naomi doesn’t really take to kindly too. Maxine is ranting about how the girls are way to happy and way to smiley, and she accuses them of smiling even when they lose. Maxine begins to ask the gentlemen in the audience why they want a nice girl anyway. Kaitlyn and AJ seem very bored by her speech and they turn towards each other and start doing the robot. Their antics continue while Maxine is speaking and Jamie pushes them both back. Kaitlyn is not bothered and she keeps it up until Maxine’s buzzer sounds. Diss The Divas is over thankfully.

Stiker goes to the crowd and asks them with help picking the winner. It’s pretty close between AJ and Naomi, but after Striker asks again AJ wins her third challenge and for all intents and purposes will be immune from elimination next week. AJ has another seizure and basically stalks poor Striker until she’s able to jump in his arms. She showers him with kisses and continues to celebrate until Vickie decides to spoil the party.

She walks down the ramp screeching her catchphrase and gets in the ring. She’s totally disgusted and goes right to Kaitlyn. Vickie says that week after week she has tried to mold Kaitlyn into someone who is a reflection of herself; someone who is powerful and perfect. Vickie demands that the crowd feel her pain because of what the WWE has given her to work with. Kaitlyn fires back that since the season has started all she’s done is try her best and all Vickie has done is bring her down. Kaitlyn says that the first elimination is right around the corner and that she’s not going to have another opportunity to do this so she’s is going to step it up. She challenges Vickie to a match. Vickie accepts the challenge and tells Kaitlyn that next week she is going to prove to everyone who the pro is and who the rookie is.

And she slaps the crap out of Kaitlyn.

That sets off a catfight that Vickie comes out the clear winner in. She complete kicks Kaitlyn’s butt until Striker pulls Vickie off of and away from Kaitlyn. Mathews and Cole remind us to tune into the show next week on WWE dot com and we go back to the ring where Striker is checking on Kaitlyn to make sure she’s okay. They review what just happened and the last episode of NXT on SyFy finally comes to a close.

Geeze. Where do I even begin? I wanted to run down the top five things from this week’s episode but I’m not sure if five things even happened. We’re bombarded with recaps and movie trailers, and the Divas definitely took a backseat tonight. They got a horrible send-off and I’m not even excited for next week’s episode. I like to think there is a silver lining in every cloud but is there? We were forced to watch Hornswoggle. That in itself is enough to make a sane person contemplate suicide. To top that off Diss The Diva was horrible and just proved that the majority of the girls shouldn’t be given microphones. I’m probably being a little harsh, but the show just irritated me to no end tonight. The WWE put absolutely no effort into this pre-elimination episode and they really gave us no reason to vote for one girl over the other.

Next week the show will be on WWE.com like previously mentioned so if you want to see who actually goes home, then tune in. It probably won’t be as bad as this episode was, but I’m not holding my breath. Vickie versus Kaitlyn is already scheduled and by the time Tuesday rolls around who knows what other brilliant plan the ‘E will come up with. Should be a doozy. Until then, Cryssi out!

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  • darnelmarsh12989

    Where the heck do the Bella twins be? They’re the worst pros in the history of the show! I gave Jamie mad respect for doing her best without her ” pros” around to help

  • GSP

    Goldust wasn’t there either. They were probably on European tour with the Raw roster when the show was taped last week.

  • wl75

    Darnel- The Bella were in Europe for some WWE house shows when this was taped last week (they left right after the double RAW taping the night before, so that’s why they weren’t on last week either)

  • Haus of Ashley

    Honestly, I felt this show was more dedicated to promoting RAW and SMACKDOWN’s Main Event feuds rather than the women, and getting them to interact with the crowd by putting on a display of their athleticism. Whatever scraps we get comes at a price nowadays.

    WWE won’t learn that – in fact, they thought NXT would be excellent, but with little care toward the regular brand members – how exactly can they change the way people view them when they are constantly keeping them down? They always want to change the division and make it compete with TNA (when it was good anyway, now it’s probably back down to nothing because there is no impending threat) but the fans aren’t used to taking the women seriously, and it bit them on the ass. Rinse and repeat; same with NXT. They had a chance, and they’re wasting it by having these girls lug around Hornswoggle, or Diss their fellow Diva. Show them that they are just as good, if not more entertaining than the men, and they would actually start to market them and gain profits like they did off Trish, Lita, Torrie, and Stacy. It would require work.

  • wl75

    The problem is that you have 2 that are head and shoulders above the rest in AJ and Naomi, and the other 4 don’t have enough experience to carry their share of the load, so they have to do the comps and all the talking and such. If you had 6 women who have some experience (or at least are more closely experienced), it would have worked better.

    And the personalities seem to hit the same tropes for the most part (the golddigger, the cheerleader, the spunky one, etc.). If they had gone off the board with someone that most of the mainstream fans haven’t seen personality-wise, you could have hit. (I’ll give an example of someone who could have worked in theory- Jessica James/Lady Poison. Jessica has two totally different wrestling styles based on the personality she’s inhabiting at the moment, and you could play off of the fact that the two sides of her are fighting for control)

  • Haus of Ashley

    I’m not disagreeing with promos on the show, but the competitons could’ve been better as well, because I think that is important element to this competition (and as well to the regular brands), but when most of them can’t hold a crowd with their words, I think the next best thing is showing their abilities .. and only two of those can really do that right now, and can actually be on the main roster and make success at this point. Kaitlyn definitely has a factor about her that needs to be expanded on, but in time. Rushing will lead to bad results. Maxine has a good quality that can be expanded on, and I think she’d be a great valet for a mid carder. Aksana would be well suited for a valet role while training more, and I think Jamie .. well, I have no positives or negatives about her, so I’m not sure where she fits in yet.

    And the promos they try and have them do are just ridiculous and not entertaining (which in result, makes the fans care less about whatever they’re selling to them). They’re not giving them much to work with, and I think this could’ve been better formatted through all the Seasons.

    I also think, having one stand out heel was a bad idea. I don’t get why they’re not trying just a little harder to make these girls stick to the fans mind, but I didn’t expect a miracle when it comes to storylines and continuity.

  • Cryssi

    I’m not having a problem viewing the videos, FYI. I just checked them.

  • KaleidoscopicMind

    I can’t watch the videos. Haww. :(

  • RadicalRhys297

    I really dont like causing a scene, but I do thing you were a little harsh. I mean this was on of the worst shows, maybe thee worst of the season thus far, what with the WTH barrel roll task with Horny, and the endless (felt like) RAW & SmackDown recaps, but there is a silver lining in this and you took it the wrong way, which was the Diss a Diva challenge.

    I mean sure, Askana, Jamie and Kaitlyn didn’t do good, but Naomi, AJ and Maxine were the best, not mic wise but what they actually said in their time. ‘AJ wants to redefine the word “diva” because not all Divas have to wear lipstick and high heels’, so she basically doesn’t want to be the same old clones we see in the ring these days. Linking this to Maxine’s promo, she went on how she’s sick of the same old typical diva and that their all the same happy go lucky smily face women, even when they lose they smile, which is well true to the likes of Kelly Kelly, Bellas, Eve. And Naomi didn’t say no different to before when all she cares about is wrestling and exciting the fans.

    I mean looks at it this way, when AJ was on about liking video games, cars and shiz the fans popped for it, so they LIKE a bit of variety in women, which WWE thinks we dont and we’re all massive big breasted blonde bimbo stalkers, even the kids apparently since they go along with it for them. x-P Maxine was dead on about the current crop of divas having little to no personality and acting skills. And remember when fans popped Naomi for her wanting to ‘wrestle’? They made her say that again and the fans paid more attention thats for sure.

    So it basically shows that Naomi and AJ dont want to be that pretty face that ‘smiles when they lose’, they want to be different (including Maxine now), they want to be unique and different from the current divas. But to sum up he show, sucked arsehole, nothing to hype up the elimination next week, did they even say it was AJ who is immune from it, or whoever it is… exactly, who is it, they never told us! x-P Also they did little to hype the move to WWE.com, and this was basically a show to hype up the main events for Raw & SmackDown, so you know it was shiz. But when you said there was no silver lining, I think you judged too quickly with the no in-ring time on the show (which that alone is wth?!?).

    But this is my opinion, my rant is over, I’ve cooled down, but you needed to hear that people. You have yours and I respect it, but I have mine, and as I am, I think I’m right, and people will agree. So there we go, have a nice day. ;-P

  • darnelmarsh12989

    oh ok but Majority of the time theyre not there… thats not fair to Jamie! We seen everyone interact wit their pros way more times than her.

  • Cryssi

    Kudos for finding a silver lining. I still stick by opinion. Isn’t America a great country?

  • Cryssi

    Further more, the problem is not with the girls and what they said. It’s how little care the WWE put into the show itself. I’m fairly certain I clearly stated that not just in this Redux but on the Post NXT Show itself. What sucked and made the episode horrible were two weak challenges and a host of promos for other shows that have nothing to do with NXT. So really, it’s great that you enjoyed the show for what it is, but compared to the first three episode which had great mic time for the girls, great matches, and fun storylines for everybody this one sucked and was a complete dud.

  • aiden123

    i think its hard 2 decide i mean its sad wwe has moved it 2 wwe.com because these divas were getting more of a character then gail kim and other girls on main roster!….. i thought maxine would b first out but she is growing on me and thought aj would win but im bored of her but i like her on fcw im hoping either kaitlyn or noami wins because when noami and michelle met in the tag match it was very fast paced!

  • GSP

    Apparently, AJ is booked like the female version of Daniel Bryan with her nerd gimmick. Her promo reminds me the moment when Bryan claimed to be the “Anti-superstar”.

  • Ryan1919

    It seems like Naomi is seriously getting pissed off with this show haha, you can tell that she’d rather be wrestling than having to do those competitions which is why she doesn’t seem to care anymore, that and the fact that she keeps getting screwed over.

  • RadicalRhys297

    ‘Kudos for finding a silver lining. I still stick by opinion. Isn’t America a great country?’

    I’m Welsh? x-D Lol

    I’m not saying I enjoyed the show, it was so dull and boring, worst of the season like I said up until the Diss a Diva segment. But with the Reduxs and faith in the show, I agree with you 100% Seems like they care less and their looking for reason to fill up extra time, and this is the wrong way. Still I liked the DtD segment like I said so that made the show average imo. Also AJ’s video package was alright, maybe Kaitlyn’s too, but besides them & DtD, not alot to be hyped up over. =-\

  • Silver-Bout

    Yawnnnn.. The girls did their best with what little they had tho. I am in love With AJ sooo cute, her laugh is heart melting :) haha and her video package was so good! Awh whata cutie XD

  • Aksana

    wow, Kaitlyn hasn’t changed abit from when she was a kid haha! she looks adorable, this week Kaitlyn really impressed me. I can’t help but think of her as a mini Eve. Someone tell me why Maxine wasn”t hired to be the ring announcer for season 2? she’s way better then Jamie on the mic…Aksana was entertaining tonight, shes improving her mic skills. Slowly, but shes improving. Aj once again made me cringe alot, I really wish she’d turn heel, and Naomi was great tonight! I really want to see Naomi VS Kaitlyn.

  • A.A

    the only two that got my vote is aj and naomi hopefully they made to the finals.kaitlyn start to stand out and show potential.aksana still damn funny.aj and kaitlyne crack me when they made fun of maxsine.

    too bad cm punk wasn’t their to make the show look better that was horrified

  • unscripted & flawless

    @ Cryssi … “Further more, the problem is not with the girls and what they said. It’s how little care the WWE put into the show itself. I’m fairly certain I clearly stated that not just in this Redux but on the Post NXT Show itself. What sucked and made the episode horrible were two weak challenges and a host of promos for other shows that have nothing to do with NXT. So really, it’s great that you enjoyed the show for what it is, but compared to the first three episode which had great mic time for the girls, great matches, and fun storylines for everybody this one sucked and was a complete dud.”

    › i won’t even give a full comment because i couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxtesxx TommyStarstruck

    Since WWE tore the Women’s Championship into two pieces (and had two Divas- LayCool holding it), they had a perfect opportunity to make a WWE Women’s Tag Team Division. With all the new NXT Divas coming in, it would’ve given any ‘green’ Divas the chance to team up with some of the more experienced Divas.They could eventually branch off (like Miz & Morrison did) into singles competition. This would also be “competition” to TNA’s Knockout Tag Division.

    WWE Divas Tag Team Division: [Possibilities]
    *LayCool: Layla & Michelle McCool
    *The Bella Twins: Nikki & Brie Bella w/ Jamie Keyes
    *(Golden Women) Les Femmes D’or: Aksana & Maryse w/ Jillian
    *Team A-List: Melina & AJ Lee (Would be an amazing ‘Heel’ team, too)
    *Su Yung/Vannah & Gail Kim (Could’ve been Angela Fong/Savannah & Gail Kim)
    *3rd Generation Divas: Natalya & Tamina
    *The Fox Sisters: Alicia Fox & Caylee Turner (Alicia’s sister)
    *Team Caliente: Maxine & Rosa Mendes & Eve (as Heel)
    *KN2: Naomi Night & Kelly Kelly

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxtesxx TommyStarstruck

    and I have a feeling WWE made this an all Divas NXT on purpose- because they knew SyFy would drop NXT when Smackdown switched over… So they wouldn’t “waste” any male talent, they made it an all Divas show and put little effort in the show.

    Creative most likely told Michael Cole to be so against NXT3 and say it’s horrible and boring, so when they put it as an online show, they’d have a valid reason to take it off the air. This gives them time to get Smackdown situated and by the time NXT4 comes around, they’ll probably have another channel for it. Ridiculous-

  • Wren

    AJ is, seriously, annoying x_x Her laugh, voice, mannerisms. She seems to have overdosed on the “Typical, face diva, personality, juice.”
    The show wasn’t very good. Probably because it was a double filming from last week. Hopefully next week will improve.

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    lmfao i have to say this was my favourite episode of NXT3..! I dont know why but i actually got into it.. maybe because there was no matches lol, the only match i want to see is AJ .v. Naomi & Alicia .v. AJ & Naomi in singles action.