By CJ Blaze
In this article, I want to discuss the charismatic-filled developmental territory known as NXT. Over the last five months, we have seen five unique superstars get the call-up to the main roster. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns made a shocking debut at Survivor Series this past November, when they sent Ryback through a table. Big E Langston, the current NXT Champion, made his debut in December. Langston’s a big guy and he is Dolph and AJ’s bodyguard. This past January at the annual Royal Rumble event, we saw the first NXT entrant: Bo Dallas. He put up quite the fight, and even eliminated the Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett. So now, I am going to name five NXT superstars that should be coming to the main roster this year or next year.
5. Adrian Neville
Formerly known as PAC in the independent circuits, Adrian Neville recently made his debut in NXT. Last month, he teamed with Oliver Grey to defeat Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to become the first-ever NXT Tag Team Champions. He is an extraordinary high-flyer, and it won't be long before we see him with a mid-card title in WWE.
John Laurinaitis interrupts WWE Champion The Rock's promo.
Fun promo from The Rock and the returning John Laurinaitis. Although Rock's promo catered to the live crowd more than it did hype his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29, I was fine with it. I didn't care for the return for Laurinaitis, but he did have an enjoyable exchange with The Great One. The People's Elbow to Big Johnny was predictable, but was a nice treat for those in attendance.
Solid match between Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett and Chris Jericho. It felt fresh and the two managed to work very well together. They developed some awesome chemistry with one another and the finish with The Miz distracting Barrett to allow Jericho to pick up the victory was well done. Jericho's post-match promo was a nice way of furthering his feud with Fandango as well.
Great promo from Paul Heyman discussing Brock Lesnar's upcoming match with Triple H at WrestleMania 29. Needless to say, Heyman is easily one of the best mic workers in WWE today, so this segment was an automatic hit. He showed true emotion when speaking and made the Career Threatening stipulation for HHH feel important. I didn't have high hopes going into this feud, but it's definitely been much better booked thus far than originally expected.
Decent weightlifting competition between Mark Henry and Ryback. Although Henry breaking the apparent record was impressive, it was pretty predictable once it was mentioned. This wasn't necessarily a bad segment, but it definitely didn't bring much excitement to the show either. If nothing else, it gave Henry some strong momentum going into his match with Ryback at 'Mania.
By Carson Koschik
We start off Main Event with Team Hell No coming out to the ring for Kane's match with Antonio Cesaro. Maybe it's just the indy bias in me, but I would have liked it a lot better if it was Bryan facing Cesaro. Cesaro comes out and cuts an anti-American yodel. Yes, I said yodel. I guess he's officially dropped the whole anti-American American patriot gimmick he had before. After he's done, some USA chants start from the crowd. Is it just me, or are the USA chants kind of racist? It communicates a "If you aren't from our country we hate you" vibe from the fans. By the way, Kane wasn't born in the States either. He was born in the depths of HELL. The Miz and Daniel Bryan start bickering at commentary about how Miz taught Bryan everything he knows. This isn't a knock on the Miz, but I'm pretty sure Bryan knew 20 times more than the Miz did before he came into the WWE. During the match, Cesaro yodels some more, making a battle cry out of it. God I hope they ake this a part of his character. Watching Antonio Cesaro yodel makes me happy on some many different levels. After a good 20 minutes of in ring action, Kane signals for a Chokeslam and AJ's music hits. She skips around the ring, but Daniel Bryan cuts her off to stop any further distractions. Cesaro hits a diving double stomp, but it isn't enough to put away Kane. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Kane reverses and hits a Chokeslam for the win. Pretty good match. A lot of yodelling from Cesaro. I'm a little peeved that Cesaro keeps losing, as he could've easily gotten a dirty win there, but he doesn't really have a 'Mania match to have momentum for (which is really stupid by the way).
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Great opening segment featuring Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray. Everyone was excellent on the mic here, which made for a strong segment. It helped establish the main event match between Hardy and Anderson for later in the night while also building towards the rematch between Hardy and Ray in two weeks.
Fun tag team match with Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeating Bad Influence. We've seen the match countless times in recent months, but it's no secret that these two teams work very well together. The various heel antics from Daniels and Kaz were entertaining and the crowd was certainly hot for the bout. I have no problem with Chavo and Hernandez winning, but TNA is in desperate need of some new tag teams to contend for the titles.