Vintage Best And Worst: WWE NXT 3/23/10, Season 1 Episode 5

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Worst: Daniel Bryan Loses His Fifth-Straight Match

So Edge really hates Chris Jericho, because —

oh, wait, are we wrestling again?

The main-event of the show is Darren Young and David Otunga teaming up to face Michael Tarver and Daniel Bryan. QUICK, GUESS WHO TAKES THE PINFALL. One of my favorite comments about the Vintage NXT reports so far was that looking back on the show beyond the “why are they burying Bryan Danielson?” question was unprecedented. I’ll be honest with you, it’s almost impossible to do. It’s easy to look back now that he’s the most popular wrestler in the company and say they were building him up as the ultimate underdog or whatever, but that’s not really the case. They’re just shit-talking him nonstop until he loses to everybody en route to elimination. He got one appearance (one) in the Raw roster version of the NXT team before they fired him.

Was this magical, precog storytelling, or just WWE having Bryan job clean to a David Otunga spinebuster because Luke Gallows and Michael Tarver were too busy yapping at ringside to make fans of non-WWE wrestling feel like assholes? Even four years removed it kinda makes me feel awful. They spend so much time hammering home the fact that win-loss records are the most important thing in the world heading into next week’s Pro rankings, which is funny because … well, I guess we’ll talk about that when we get there.

But yeah, it wasn’t hard to pick out the two legit superstar wrestlers in this mass of Carlito-stained refuse. Speaking of that …

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Best: CM Punk

One of my favorite things to do is go back and see how every single aspect of Daniel Bryan’s character had its groundwork laid in NXT season 1. His first word on WWE television was, “yes.” In episode 2, The Miz tells him he’s the “weak link” and gives him a complex. In episode 4, Big Show shows up for no reason to steal his heat. So what happens in episode 5?

Daniel Bryan is going to lose due to factors beyond his control, and CM Punk just stands around doing nothing while it happens. Ha, I might as well be watching Raw.

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