Quick hits on WWE NXT
• You know the old saying about how it’s better to be lucky than good? Well, it didn’t hold true on Tuesday night’s episode of WWE NXT, as Lucky Cannon was eliminated in the pros/fans voting. Cannon being sent home certainly wasn’t a surprise to anyone – including Cannon himself, judging by his facial expression when it was revealed that he and Alex Riley were the bottom two in the poll. Cannon has a good look and he showed some potential in the ring, but he just never connected with the audience. Fittingly, Cannon bombed when delivering his farewell address.
• Unlike Cannon’s elimination, Riley’s slip from third to fifth in the poll was a shock. Riley actually dropped one spot behind Husky Harris, which is absurd. Here are the complete poll results: 1. Kaval; 2. Michael McGillicutty; 3. Percy Watson; 4. Harris; 5. Riley; 6. Cannon. It was announced that there will be two eliminations next week.
• The main event was a good match between former tag team partners The Miz and John Morrison. My how times have changed. When The Miz beat Morrison clean at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view 10 months ago, I thought it was outrageous. I didn’t bat an eye, however, when Miz scored the clean win over Morrison on this show. Miz has really made Morrison look inferior on the past two NXT episodes. Last week, Miz clearly won a verbal exchange between the two, and then on Tuesday he made Morrison eat his words after Morrison challenged Miz to a match and said that he would prove that Team WWE didn’t need Miz at SummerSlam.
• The six-man tag team rematch from Raw (which pitted Kaval, Watson and Cannon against Riley, McGillicutty and Harris) had a lot of energy and the crowd was surprisingly into it. I was amazed that WWE actually booked Kaval to score the winning pinfall over McGillicutty. As far as in-ring ability, it’s obvious that Kaval is far above his fellow “rookies.”
• This week’s rookie challenge was pretty straight forward, as the competitors’ punching power was measured by hitting a speed bag that was connected to a machine. Riley won it with a mark of 890, beating out McGillicutty (863). Harris nearly missed the bag and finished with a score of 380, which was less than half of what commentator Josh Matthews got during a demonstration at the top of the show.
• While Cannon was cutting his painful-to-watch promo at the end of the show, Michael Cole said, “Will somebody please punch him in the mouth?” Hilarious.