NXT Redux (November 9th, 2010): NXT Does Manchester. Rookie Girls All Make Statements In The Process.

author’s note; Apologies for the lateness of this Redux. I was asked to work at 8am yesterday morning and usually I do these things in the morning. But I ended up staying at work until close (8pm) and was just far to tired to function when all was said and done!

Previously on NXT…

The second rookie elimination of the season took place with bad girl Maxine getting the boot. The highly anticipated nuptials of Aksana and Goldust had a few glitches but in the end the couple managed to tie the knot. Too bad Aksana slapped the taste out of her new husband’s mouth when he went to kiss her. Cody Rhodes invaded the show and ended up being the kissee in a most amusing kissing contest. AJ may or may not have hinted towards feelings for her NXT mentor, Primo Colon. Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler were finally caught kissing, and Vickie Guerrero ended up with wedding cake all over her face.

Oh boy.

What kind of drama will enfold tonight? Grab a beer, pop some popcorn, and get your ear plugs ready. NXT is about to begin!

When NXT opens, the handsome Matt Striker is standing in the ring. He lifts the microphone to his lips to welcome the remaining four rookie girls to the show but instead, Goldust’s theme music hits and the Bizarre One walks out to the ring. No painted on tears tonight from what I can see. Goldust has the microphone and he calls out Aksana. He says that all week long, his “wife” hasn’t picked up her phone or anything, and he deserves an explanation. Goldust says it’s in Aksana’s best interest that she gets out to the ring right now. Aksana does indeed walk out and she’s got the Million Dollar Championship draped across her shoulder. She mocks Goldust by asking him if his heart is broken or something. She reveals that she used her pro to solve her immigration issues and now she has her green card and can stay in the country. Everything is all about Aksana and now she has the title. Aksana says that when she and Goldust get divorced she will own half of everything he has, including the belt and she plans on cashing in her half. That’s the American way.

I was right about Aksana. Imagine that.

Goldust calls Aksana a conniving little Lithuanian witch. He also says she is clueless and that tonight she’s not in America. She may be able to stay in the U.S.A., but he thinks it’s time to kick her butt right out of Britain. Aksana is not amused. To her surprise, Naomi walks out next. She has a microphone and she says that she doesn’t want Aksana kicked out of the country. When Goldust goes to protest, Naomi explains herself. She says she felt like Aksana was fake the entire time and she never bought the immigration story for one minute. She accuses Aksana of hatching the plan just to become the center of attention. Aksana protests the accusation and claims that she really would have gotten beat with a shovel if she would have had to return home. Naomi just doesn’t care. She says Aksana is fake and phony, and she wants to face her in a match tonight. Aksana looks at Goldust and asks him what she should do since he is her pro and all. Goldust finds that hilarious and tells Aksana to go and get her butt kicked by Naomi tonight.

Looks like we have our main event.

After a few promos, we finally get to see Striker welcome the girls to the show tonight. Bless him. He mentions how Maxine was eliminated last week and we only have four girls left. Striker also reveals that starting tomorrow at noon eastern time, the WWE Universe can start casting their votes on who they want to stay. With four weeks of competition left, there will be an elimination next week. With that said, he explains that immunity will start over tonight. Tonight’s first competition is an arm wrestling match. AJ will take on Aksana in the first match, while Kaitlyn and Naomi will square off in the second match. The winners of the respective matches will face each other. AJ and Aksana are up first and Aksana wins this pretty easily. Kaitlyn and Naomi go and surprisingly, Kaitlyn wins without much of a challenge. It’s down to Aksana and Kaitlyn for immunity. Kaitlyn has the upper-hand but Aksana hangs strong and tries to cheat. She grabs Kaitlyn by the hair which breaks their hold and the referee disqualifies her. Kaitlyn has won this contest.

AJ versus Nikki Bella is up next.

Nikki and her sister, Brie Bella, come to the ring first and shocker of shocks, they look happy to be together. Highlights of “Twin Magic” from Raw last night are shown and Josh Matthews points out that there seems to be no animosity between the girls on Raw. Primo’s awful music hits and he walks to the ring with AJ.

Nikki starts off the match by kicking AJ and tossing her into the corner. A take-down follows along with a Nikki Bella suplex. Pretty. AJ comes firing back with some feisty forearms, but Nikki is able to whip her into the ropes. AJ does get the reversal so I suppose Nikki didn’t really manage that whip to well, but nonetheless AJ has control of the match. She takes Nikki’s head and begins beating it into the turnbuckle. Nikki shows her resiliency and bounces back, and she even gets the first pinfall attempt. AJ kicks out after a two. Nikki goes for wear down tactics and slams AJ into the mat. The smaller competitor gets thrown into the corner and suplexed down. Nikki takes aj’s arm and wrenches them back while pressing her knee in the lower back of her opponent. Nikki continues to kick around AJ and throws her into the corner. AJ ducks a clothesline attempt but it matters nada because Nikki remains the dominant one in this match. Brie, meanwhile, is on the outside and she just looks annoyed by Nikki’s attitude.

AJ tries to fight back with some kicks, but Nikki just ends up destroying her. She goes for a cover but AJ manages to kick out. AJ still keeps up the fight but Nikki is just on fire tonight. She continues to wear down AJ. AJ eventually gets Nikki down on the mat but after a few seconds, Nikki comes back with a back breaker across the knee. AJ finally gets tossed from the ring and Nikki follows her out. Brie backs off from getting involved and Nikki takes her shoulder and uses it to drive AJ kidney first into the ring apron. Nikki, who has been favoring her knee, tries to throw Brie into the match but Brie isn’t having it. Primo runs to their side and gets involved in their business, as does the referee. Brie will not get in the ring and Nikki just resigns herself to winning the match. Primo continues to get involved and that causes Nikki to gripe at him. With her distracted, AJ is able to recover enough to roll up Nikki and she picks up the win. AJ and Primo celebrate while the Bellas appear very frustrated inside the ring. Nikki kicks the ring rope in disgust and NXT fades out.

The show returns with the second rookie competition of the night. It’s another guessing competition with stupid air horns. This time the girls have to guess high school yearbook photos. The competition comes down to AJ and Kaitlyn. John Morrison’s photo is the tiebreaker. After some friendly fighting, AJ manages to get the answer out and she wins the challenge. She’s tied with Kaitlyn for most immunity wins now.

Later on in the show, highlights of the Vickie/Dolph/Kaitlyn are shown. They include but are not limited to the big kiss from last week and the “match” between Vickie and Kaitlyn on SmackDown. Once that finishes, Vickie and Kaitlyn are seen backstage. Vickie takes the time to brag about her big victory and then she runs down Kaitlyn’s looks, smarts, and tells her that Dolph wants nothing to do with her because she’s not the woman Vickie is. Kaitlyn laughs it off and says that’s hilarious because Dolph told her the same thing. She’s not the woman Vickie is because she’s nowhere near as large as Vickie. A fight breaks out and this is insane. Kaitlyn and Vickie are hitting pretty hard. The segment ends with Vickie decisively slamming Kaitlyn into the catering table.

The main event is next and Naomi walks to the ring with Kelly Kelly. Aksana walks to the ring after a brief break and she’s going at it solo tonight it seems. However, Goldust gets the last entrance of the night. Is he going to support Aksana?


Goldust joins Kelly on Naomi’s side of the ring and the match officially begins. Naomi begins by drop kicking Aksana and the blond rolls to the outside of the ring. Naomi brings her back and after one offensive move from Aksana, Naomi begins to show off. Aksana sells the better wrestler’s move-set like a champ and Naomi gets Aksana in position for a cover. She only gets a two count. The momentum of the match changes and Aksana is able to go on offense. She hits Naomi square in the back with a beautiful drop kick and follows it up with a fierce elbow. She throws Naomi into the corner and knocks her head into the turnbuckle. Aksana continues to use the corner to her advantage and eventually she goes for a cover. Naomi is able to get out after a two. Lots of near falls tonight. Aksana puts Naomi in a camel clutch like submission but the savvy Naomi fights her way back into the match.

Aksana refuses to lose her advantage and she nails Naomi with a cutesy little slam, then locks in a half Boston crab. Wow! Naomi wiggles free and fights her way back into the match. She gets to the ropes but Aksana nearly destroys her with a clothesline. Aksana starts stomping away on Naomi and she goes for another half crab. She’s clearly trying to wear her down. Naomi makes it to the ropes again and Aksana has no choice but to break the hold. She does manage to throw Naomi into the corner and clothesline her. Aksana also throws some forearms and punches. Aksana attempts another cover, but Naomi is able to counter. Both women are down and they struggle back up to their feet. Naomi ducks a wild clothesline and turns around to hit Aksana with a spinning heel kick. Naomi begins to throw herself around and after that, Aksana basically has no chance. She gets in one vintage Goldust move and a neckbreaker. Naomi still can’t be stopped. After shaking off a big boot to the face, Naomi nails Aksana with a sick superkick and she gets the victory.

Goldust, Naomi, and Kelly celebrate while they stand over Aksana’s fallen body. Goldust is so disappointed in his rookie and we actually see the Billion Dollar Baby from Lithuanian looking pretty remorseful as this episode of NXT comes to a close.

Tonight’s show was interesting, but blah from a storyline aspect. I’m not going to run down the top five things because I find it hard pressed to find highlights from tonight’s offering. I will say that the actual in-ring action was promising. Naomi just seems to be able to drag a good match out of anyone. She’s probably the only girl who is truly main roster ready in all aspects of WWE programming but she’s probably the one who is least likely to get there and that truly depresses me. My Matt Striker bias made me hate the beginning of the show but looking beyond that, it was nice to kick things off with a great opening promo between Aksana, Goldust, and then Naomi.

The backstage brawl between Vickie and Kaitlyn was solid. They should just fight every week. No need for them to try and “wrestle” inside the ring. I found it disappointing Dolph wasn’t around to see the fight or break it up. Seems pointless to fight over a man when said man is not even around. AJ versus Nikki was MOTN. How good is Nikki Bella in the ring? I want more Bella twin matches and I give credit to Primo. He was right there to stop the cheating ways of the evil twin. He’s one of the best pros NXT has had on all three seasons to be honest.

They announced that next week there will be an elimination. I have a feeling Naomi is going home but for once, I truly hope I’m wrong. Until nxt week, Cryssi… out!

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  • Lady Sheamus (Hello from Tokyo!)

    At least Naomi won, but if she’s eliminated/released then I won’t be surprised. smh

  • The_JM

    Why would Naomi be released? nxt was good i give it a 3.5/5 gotta love Nikki Bella i didnt even know how good the bellas were. Great write up Cryssi

  • fanboy

    I liked the episde… but I really didn’t like the challenges… very boring…

    Aksana is so cute as a heel… she still acts somewhat innocent… but has the Trish-esque cockiness… like how trish (heel run) used to bow for the crowd… while Aksana (now heel) blows kisses to everyone…

    AJ is so awesome… I like the way she sold every move of Nikki… too bad no continuation for Primo and AJ storyline..

  • fanboy

    Vickie looks great.. she has lost some weight… I’m surprised that Vickie even takes bumps…. like last Smackdown… I agree… Kaitlyn and Vickie should just fight backstage

    Naomi… dang… she got one hell of a ass….

    GOD.. I HATE THE COMMENTARY SO MUCH!! why are they saying…. the whole thing is fake…???? I know it is.. but…. they shouldn’t be doing this to one of they’re shows… Cole really needs to get his character staright.. he calls Aksana a wench (not sure with the spelling) and now he’s on her side? and he also likes Naomi?? didn’t he bash her before? he really needs to remember who his character is… Josh is such a douche…

    The main event was nice… Liked some of Aksana’s moves… the drop kick… the Ted DiBiase move… the finish was sloppy….

    I hope Kaitlyn is eliminated next… but I have a feeling either AJ or Naomi is going home

  • ABC

    great write up…I see Aksana or Kaitlyn going home next week though

  • Aksana

    N’awh, Aksana you little cutie! I haven’t seen the episode yet, but i’m sure Aksana, Goldust and Naomi rocked the segment. I really like Naomi’s mic skills, I think Maxine was the best on the mic followed by Naomi.

    Rookie “Challenges”…meh.

    Aj VS Nikki for me would be something to watch, they both have very similar builds. I think Nikki is alot better in-ring then Brie so i’m glad it was Nikki who is getting this “heel turn”. Aj clearly is the better wrestler, but nonetheless i’m pretty sure it was a nice match.

    Aksana VS Naomi = my dream! well, not really but yeah. Aksana and Naomi are no doubt my favourite rookies. It is such a diffrence from seeing them on FCW wrestling, and now seeing them wrestling on WWE. Both the girls will have fine jobs within WWE. Naomi is a fabulous wrestler, and I really hope she wins NXT. Whilst Aksana isn’t as good as Aj and Naomi she is pretty decent. Watch her match with Jamie Keyes and compare it to her match with Naomi, she’s improved a awful lot.

    Based on my opinion, Kaitlyn shoud be eliminated next. I don’t have a problem saying that her and Aksana are the girls who least deserve to win because they don’t. Both of them need some more training, and then could be class act divas. Aksana has allready over passed Rosa Mendes, so this does prove she has more potential then an actual WWE Diva. Kaitlyn also is improving, she sells really well. But technically she needs alot of work.

    With the public however, I feel Aksana and Aj are both in hot water. Aksana hasn’t won over the public at all face or heel. The public have really grown to Aj. But they don’t see enough of her. Whilst Aksana is occasionally on Raw and Superstars Aj is only seen on NXT – she has made about 2 apparences on Superstars… in that she was just managing Primo. I hope to god AJ stays though, she deserves it more.

  • fanboy

    @ AKSANA— watch some videos on youtube.. they just uploaded earlier

  • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

    I don’t see Naomi going home at all, in fact I see her winning it or being runner up for sure. The win is between Kaitlyn, AJ and Naomi. I think without a doubt that Aksana is going home, the heel turn pretty much sealed the deal. If they wanted a strong heel out of this, Maxine would still be around. She is better on the mic and in the ring.

    Nikki Bella vs AJ was fun to watch as a Divas fan. I love a good heel and Nikki has proven that she can do it, she threw AJ around like she was nothing but a feather. If they handle this properly, this could finally give the Bellas the proper push they deserve. I still think it’ll be hard, not many people will buy twin sisters really hating each other, especially since they’ve been joined at the hip since they debuted. Maybe it can just be a good twin/evil twin thing. Either way, more Nikki Bella please.

    Though I don’t think she is much of a wrestler as she is a personality, Aksana impressed me in the main even with Naomi. She pulled out some good moves and showed that she is dedicated and can improve, in fact I think she is now the most improved since this started. I know I said I see her going home, but that doesn’t mean I want her to. Naomi proved why she has been the top dog yet again. She’s a rookie and she can carry really green wrestlers to good matches and we’ve seen what she can do against actual Divas, so I think this girl is golden. Even if she doesn’t win, I don’t see how the WWE could pass up bringing her to the main roster, she is one of their own and one of the better model turned wrestler projects.

    And whoever said Vickie and Kaitlyn should just fight are right, that backstage assault was pretty brutal. No more wrestling, just fight! And more Dolph! Preferably shirtless :)

  • darkangels

    i glad the million dollar is getting some shine i hope the wwe let the divas use it in their division it looks fanstastic on aksana

  • Shan

    On a completely different note; I LOVED Kelly’s shoes!!!! Now that that’s outta my system, lol, Aksana definitely surprised me here. That match with Naomi was so good! I could see them on Smackdown (since RAW is basically crap in my book right now)! Naomi definitely has to win this thing; I can see her and LayCool feuding. I like AJ but Naomi I definitely believe is ready for the Big Time. She’s like last season’s Alex Riley in that she’s the total package (and before anyone gets upset I mean to me. It’s completely subjective). If she’s eliminated nest week, there is no justice on NXT!

  • Ed

    “This simmering rivalry is just 45 minutes old! I’ve got goosebumps!” ROTFLMAO!

    You have no idea how much I love Michael Cole right now. He singlehandedly makes this show awesome every single week.

  • pourquoi-bitch

    I don’t get why these announcers are allowed to belittle the divas. Like after the match, Josh Matthews was like “what is going on here, was there a switch — why did they have no problem switching before, why not this makes no sense.” Like fuck off, they didn’t switch because Primo got involved it’s not that difficult to figure out. These announcers are starting to really annoy me.

  • LadyGoDiva

    Askana was pretty badass in that match against Naomi, that match between Nikkie Bella vs AJ was descent.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/art1ej art1e

    Askana cant sell kicks she kept falling before they where hitting her & it was clear to see…

    Naomi deserves this the most if they gave her a storyline on nxt or get her to help Kelly on smackdown against lay-cool in a match she’ll get over based on her moves & having kelly by her side….

    katliyn or askana have to go like now….

  • xfrenchkiss

    Great night, IMO, for the Rookies.

    Naomi and Aksana really stood out, and I loved how WWE set them up by having Naomi get into Aksana’s face earlier and then schedule a match later for the two. They have pretty good chemistry and put on a really good match. Aksana is definitely improving and growing throughout the NXT competition and taking whatever she can learn from it. Naomi has pretty much just done amazing throughout the competition and fought from being the generic face. For that reason, I think one of the two should win. More so, Naomi, just because I believe she could put on a good match with Natalya, Beth, Michelle or whoever is the champion at that time and bring more personality and charisma to the feud than AJ could. Anyway, good night for the girls. Kaitlyn and Vickie’s backstage brawl went well, better than any “wrestling” match they have put on, AJ did well working with Nikki, and loved the Naomi and Aksana promo + match. Good night, if Aksana gets let go, it’s going to suck because she’s the only real entertainment for the show. Naomi is good, but Aksana is just gold and I’m not nearly into the Kaitlyn and Dolph drama as much as WWE seems to be…

  • Luis

    wow awesome NXT
    Nikki impressed me A LOT lol as did AJ, Aksana and Naomi she is a great wrestler i hope she wins :)
    i see Aksana going home next week either her or Kaitlyn

  • gl83

    @Aksana You can add Naomi to the list as well because she hasn’t even had any interaction with her pro at all. Kaitlyn shows up on smackdown with Vickie and Dolph. Aksana is on Raw with Goldust. And AJ shows up on Superstars with Primo. But even when Kelly Kelly is on whether it be Superstars or Smackdown I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Naomi.

    And unlike, AJ, the crowd don’t seem to care about Naomi.

  • http://yahoo.com madslam2009

    I have a bad feeling that Naomi will be elimanted. WWE failed to give this girl any storine, thinking that her in-ring work will get her the win. But not alot of people watch NXT so it was vitle that she appears on the show because I think that if people just see her with Kelly, theyll vote for her. Naomi has the deck stacked against her and its not her fault.

    The 2 matches ere good even though Aksana fell a little earlier when Naomi hit her Leg Lariat. Nikki really does wrestle good. And the segment/fight backstage was good. Evertyhing else was good.

  • StarKeisha

    OHMAGAWD! Nikki vs AJ and Aksana vs Naomi has been da best matches in da season! I been done Nikki be a good wrestler, she been done need to go single and go fur da title! Aksana improve so much ohmagawd! Naomi needs to win dat’s ma gurl!

  • bortman

    i love aksana!!!! OMG! lol

    but really, her character is developing quite interesting. the innocent, comedic and now heelish just proved that she no maryse 2.0. shes aksana! the billion dollar baby!

    the match between naomi and aksana was probably the best match so far in nxt3 i’ve seen so far. botch free and enjoyable! i love how aksana adopt some moves from goldust and ted dibiase. naomi, shes just really ready to be on the roster right now! she better than half the diva in wwe right now imo.

  • mikeparis18

    Aksana did well in the ring (better than Maryse IMO) and I really doubt WWE is gonna release her. Naomi and AJ did well in their respective matches also, but I, like Cryssi, have a bad feeling that Naomi is gonna go home. If I had my way, Kaitlyn would be gone, She isn’t good in the ring and her personality isn’t all that IMO. Hopefully its Kat, Aksana, and then Naomi and AJ in the finale. We havent seen Aj and Naomi wrestle each other yet on NXT so if they do get rid of Naomi I hope they put her in the ring with AJ before cutting her cords.

  • Aksana


    …you’re kidding!? Naomi has had huge pops with the crowd during NXT. And Naomi isn’t used on Raw, Smackdown and Superstars because she is involved more on NXT. She, out of all of the remaining girls has been involved in matches on NXT in which the crowd have really adapted to her wrestling skills, so I think she’ll be safe.

  • Mr.Snark

    Naomi is a beast in the ring. She gonna be all right. They will probably just make her an heel when she debuts on the roster!!! Naomi is the only NXT girl that could have a good match with virtually anyone on the rosters and stellar matches with Gail Kim, Nattie, Beth and McCool. AJ is cool and a good wrestler by Naomi is a prodigy!!!

    Really, if they want to get her over and stay over she needs to be put with a baby face for a good rub. She needs to be put with Kofi Kingston for 6 plus months. She could get the rub from him and he could stay relevant. They would be an awesome duo. They have a similar move sets and would have exciting mixed tag matches.

  • melina prez

    Good night !!!!!!!!!!!!