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The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 12/4/13: Zami Sayn! Zami Sayn! Sami Zayn! Sami!

By / 12.05.13

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Best: Mojo Rawley’s Politeness, Or
Worst: Does Mojo Rawley Know How A Camera Works?

The combination of …

1. ass-based offense
3. that adorable Breast Cancer Awareness video he filmed, and
4. the constant use of “sir” to address his peers

… makes Mojo Rawley remain one of my favorite new guys on the show. I wonder about him, though, because he kinda seems shoot simple. Like what the French call les incompétents. He delivers his dialogue to LeFort, Dawson and the camera all at the same time, which seems technically impossible, but there he is pulling it off.

He’s making good points, I guess, but I would’ve popped pretty hard if Weird Announcer Guy had randomly yelled “ARE YOU TALKING TO ME” from offscreen.

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Best: Aiden English’s Tights

I feel like I get hung up on Aiden English’s character and bad musical arrangements too often, so I’d like to take a minute to say how much I love his sparkly laurel tights. They’re perfect.

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Best: The Absolute Brilliance Of Cesaro Vs. Regal (So Far)

Okay, so this was the best part of the show for me, and one of the best things I’ve seen from WWE in a while.

Last week, Antonio Cesaro had a match and announcer Byron Saxton accidentally stepped on his Gadsden flag. Cesaro got all up on his face and started to get physical, so William Regal got up from the announce table, pulled Saxton out of the ring and saved him. There was no physicality between Cesaro and Regal, but the gesture pissed Cesaro off, and his plan this week was good … but the way it was executed and the story it told were even better.

Cesaro comes out and says he wants to apologize to Saxton. Saxton obviously knows how heels work and is wary, but ends up getting coaxed onto the stage where Cesaro shakes his hand and apologizes in five different languages. Lovely. Then, as a gesture of “good will” that Cesaro knows he can purposely misinterpret as disrespect no matter where it goes, he gets Byron to put his hand on his heart and do the We The People taunt. Byron only does it halfheartedly, so Cesaro gets mad at him and starts beating him up for “making fun of him.” If Byron had gone all in with it, Cesaro could’ve claimed the same thing. That is EVIL.

The best part is that as Cesaro’s beating him up, he stops and glares over toward the area where the wrestlers walk out. The camera even swings over there. Nothing. Cesaro starts yelling WHERE’S REGAL in Byron’s face and Byron’s rightfully all I DON’T KNOW MAN WTF, and that’s where we get the big reveal: this entire thing was a plan to draw out Regal for a fight. It didn’t work, but the storytelling, acting and camerawork all built it up and told us everything we needed to know. In a few minutes NXT built a feud better than anybody’s gotten on Raw in 2013, and that is why I like this show so much.


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Worst: Those Wii U Commercials

If these were my kids, they’d get a gigantic Rex Banner-style catapult for Christmas, which I would then use to launch them into space. Then I would laugh and laugh.

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Best: A Heel Move By A Babyface That Actually Makes Sense

Leo Kruger gets a match against the “returning” Tyson Kidd, and the match gets a Best for three reasons:

1. Alex Riley actually being right for once, mentioning how Kidd’s physique, tights and hair make him look a lot like Eddie Guerrero
2. NXT remembering that Kruger cheap-shotted an injured Tyson Kidd way back in February, explaining why this match is happening at all (because history is important, kids, even if it’s not overbearing or necessary for the enjoyment of the show)
3. Sami Zayn’s “heel” action made total sense

Earlier in the show, we saw the “last week” video of Kruger’s PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE forearm to the shoulders on Zayn. Because of this, Zayn comes down to the ring during Kruger’s match and, using his knowledge of WWE logic, provides a distraction, causing Kruger to lose. I usually speak ill of babyfaces doing heel stuff like this, but I think when it’s a direct 1:1 revenge scenario, it works. Zayn got cheapshotted, so he got his revenge. It makes him look like he isn’t a doormat. On Raw, Kruger would cheapshot Zayn, Zayn would cause a distraction, and then spend the next month dumping sewage on Kruger and blasting him with chairs and shit because “revenge is sweet.” Context helps pro wrestling make a lot of sense to me.

I also really liked Zayn causing the flash roll-up but still reacting to it from the apron … he backs up when he sees Tyson going for it, sorta inches in as the count happens to make sure he doesn’t have to follow up with anything, then relaxes and celebrates when it works. The little things, you guys.

The match gets a small supplemental Worst for being a 10-month revenge story and ending on a flash pin unrelated to Kidd whatsoever, but whatever, Total Divas made him a Raw guy so I guess this was just to tie up the loose end.

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