The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 12/7/16: Osaka To Me

Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE NXT: We hung out in Canada for another week following NXT TakeOver: Toronto so Tye Dillinger could get an NXT title shot in his native land, Canadian Ninja Nicole Matthews could get a shot at Asuka, and No Way Jose could continue his increasingly not-dancy rivalry with Sanity. Sorry, “SAnitY.”

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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for December 7, 2016.

Best: Hey, The Revival’s Still Here

This week’s episode begins with an attempted celebration speech by new NXT Tag Team Champions Hashtag Do It Yourself, which gets quickly interrupted by Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain. Despite spending most of the year quietly making Mr. Burns hands, Ellering decides that winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic has given him the platform with which to be a threatening comic book villain. But whoops, he gets interrupted by the former tag champs, The Revival, who made a bunch of “see you never” tweets about leaving NXT and debuting to end the New Day’s endless title run but I guess are sticking around. Not complaining. As a fan, I want to see them stay here and matter, not go up to Smackdown and get Ascension’d into being the 5th or 6th most important tag team in a 10-team pre-show match.

This segment is necessary to build the next few weeks of matches, which is great. DIY beat the Revival for the tag titles and the Revival wants a rematch. The Authors feel like they deserve a shot for winning the Dusty Classic. The Revival points out that the Authors only advanced because of Revival interference. On the January 11 edition of NXT, The Revival get their championship rematch against Hashtag Do It Two Guys. The winner of that matches goes on to face the Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio the night before the Royal Rumble. Lovely! I pretty much want to see all versions of that.

Hahaha What: Percy Watson Is Back

I don’t know if they’re just throwing a guy a bone or if Corey Graves is phasing himself out to call 35 different shows on the main roster, but SHOWTIME PERCY WATSON returns to join the commentary team. If you’ve never read our Best and Worst of NXT Season 2 — you should, it’s got Curtis Axel promos and Bray Wyatt hitting on the Undertaker’s wife — Watson was the guy who probably would’ve won the season if they hadn’t had him doing a weird hybrid Eddie Murphy in Norbit and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger gimmick.

From season 2, episode 1:

I’m sure we’ll talk about it a lot, but Percy Watson is one of those guys who seemed absolutely made to be a WWE Superstar, and then just nothing. Let us learn a lesson before we even begin, children: the one thing you can’t come back from is a Norbit gimmick.