Justin Gabriel v. Leo Kruger
: Justin Gabriel and Leo Kruger have competed against each other on a few other occasions since Kruger ‘hurt’ Gabriel’s tag team partner Tyson Kidd and while I have enjoyed their matches together nothing has really come of it.
: The two men exchanged submission moves until Gabriel climbed the top rope to hit the 450 Splash but Kruger punched and dragged Justin down and applied his finishing submission maneuver to pick up the victory.
: Nice video package of the NXT Stars at WrestleMania Axxess, especially the backstage moments with The Shield.
There is a lot of talk about eliminating one of the mid card titles, but I am strong advocate of not only keeping both titles but also bringing back a title that would add some flair to the middle of Raw and SmackDown. The WWE’s roster is as stacked with talent as it has been in a very long time. There are a lot of guys with next to nothing to do but work the house shows and dark matches. Yes I know everyone can’t be John Cena, someone has to make others look good, but there is so much WWE television time nowadays it makes so much sense to bring in another title. Between Raw, SmackDown, Main Event, and Saturday Morning Slam there is six and a half hours of WWE TV each week for all of us to consume, not to mention if you take in TNA and Ring of Honor that’s an additional four hours or so. Now as you take that all in ask yourself this; how much of that WWE time is just video packages? Better question how much time of that is video packages aired from the not only the previous show just one or two days ago but usually (on Raw) we see the same thing, be it a match finish or a promo or a video package at least twice every week on Raw. Who really wants to see that? I know the WWE didn’t do a fan survey and fans demanded more repetitive video packages. Bringing back the cruiserweight division will not only benefit a few Superstars behind the curtain but also the quality of each show’s product will continue to be fresh and not the what else is on tonight feeling sometimes we get.
: NXT started off with a bang, The Shield attacked two unknown Superstars in the ring. Dusty Rhodes came out and told Seth Rollins he would defend his title against Corey Graves tonight.
: Bo Dallas v. Epico w/ Primo was the first match of the night, the crowd chanting ‘We Want Rosa’ as the bell rang.
It was more than fitting that there was a Brooklyn Brawler sighting at TLC live from Brooklyn, New York last night. The Brawler spent the majority of his career enhancing the rest of the WWE roster, and it’s starting to look like Ryback we just be following in his footsteps. Sure Ryback started off his second stint with the main roster undefeated, but take those wins with a grain of salt. You might have been impressed to see Ryback lift two 180 pound indy guys and march around the ring for weeks on Raw but just remember this; Lex Luger lifted and slammed Yokozuna, would Ryback been able to pull that off? He can barely lift Brodus Clay. CM Punk’s attention is already turning toward The Rock and Royal Rumble; check out his new shit if you don’t believe me. From a creative stand point Ryback is almost at a standstill and him feuding with Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Triple H or even Punk again has Ryback written in as the jobber all over the white board in Gorilla.
Here we are again from the NXT arena, Michael McGillicutty’s music hit as the show opened up; his opponent was the WWE’s United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Cesaro began slapping at the chest of McGillicutty several times until McGillicutty took a few shots of his own. Cesaro head butted McGillicutty knocking him down. Antonio stared down members of the live audience while McGillicutty recovered and hit a flying close line on Cesaro. Michael attempted the pin but Cesaro kicked out at two. The crowd, vocally getting behind McGillicutty, watched as Michael attempted to keep up the fast pace but Cesaro wasn’t fooled long and knocked down the son of Mr. Perfect. Cesaro picked and throw down McGillicutty but again just for a two count. Cesaro applied a ground submission move until McGillicutty used all his power to get out of the move. McGillicutty hit another big closesline, trying to gain momentum hit Cesaro with a big boot to the face for a near fall. McGillicutty attempted to throw Cesaro into the corner but Antonio reversed and throw McGillicutty into the air and hit his big elbow followed by the reverse pile driver for the 1,2,3.