The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 8/21/14: Ow, My Leg!

By: 08.22.14  •  68 Comments

Worst: Tyson Kidd’s Gear

It’s like Red Skull dressed up like Aquaman in the worst Halloween crossover special ever.

Worst: CJ Parker Has Taken Recycling Too Far

I see SOMEONE is getting some use out of Corey Graves’ pants while he’s away.

Stay down, Becks. Stay down.

Worst: But No Really, Becky

I really like her. I do, I promise! But she’s not there yet. Becky went from Riverdance extra to a Monsters of Rock opener you’ve never heard of, and it’s still not quite right. The screaming is supposed to represent her fire (or is that her hair?), but it still feels like a costume she’s putting on: One part Paige, one part Corey Graves, one part me hating those shoes. I will give a Best for not still skating on Irish stereotypes, though I would have popped the hardest if her new character was just “Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away,” and hailed from “that rundown gambling ship Full Sail mysteriously keeps in wet storage.”

Worster Worst: Missed Opportunities

If her new submission isn’t called The Indian Dethklok I’m gonna be so disappointed.

Best: Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch

As I’ve already said, things in TNA have been pretty crummy lately (forever), so switching to a show like NXT makes it a little harder to be objective. I just want to be all HEY GUYS DID YOU KNOW TYLER BREEZE WEARS THOSE FUZZY BOOTS BECAUSE THEY REMIND HIM OF HIS PUPPY ISN’T HE JUST THE BEST all over the report. But you know that. If you watch NXT, you know it’s good, and you don’t need me pointing out that people are good at wrestling every two seconds. But hey, you know who’s good at stuff? Charlotte. This has everything I want in a women’s match, nay, any wrestling match.

Lynch comes out with her screaming and histrionics, and Charlotte plays into it for a bit, and then just says aw forget it, I’m gonna f-ck your shit up. And she does. The match builds on their last meeting, with Becky working Charlotte’s leg as revenge for hurting hers in their last match. Charlotte gets out of it, then immediately does it right back to lynch. She’s a Flair. You wanna work the leg? She’ll show you how to work the leg. That’s wonderful. That’s also the great thing about women’s matches in general on NXT. They’re remembering their matches and building on them and learning to counter moves that did damage to them previously. Randy Orton doesn’t even do that. It’s some Tiger Mask-Dynamite Kid stuff, if Tiger Mask was still learning to do proper lariats. Charlotte is a fully developed somebody putting the boots to anybody who gets in her way. Nobody is jealous over a boy. While people like Becky Lynch are still finding what works for them, people like Charlotte and Bayley and Sasha Banks have these layered personalities and human reactions to one another, and their interactions mean something.

NXT just makes me so happy sometimes.

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