Last night, I prepared myself to finally be treated to a watchable season of NXT, where each episode wouldn't make me cringe. I set high standards for the expected roster of rising stars, including Tyler Black, Brett DiBiase and Xavier Woods.
For anyone who tuned in to the season premiere of WWE NXT, I was brutally proved wrong.
Instead of something "we've never seen before," it was exactly the opposite. WWE had former losers of past seasons return and seek redemption for a second chance.
But just not any losers—only the six competitors who were eliminated nearly first from the respective seasons.
The pros were no better, as sadly enough, the biggest name on the show is Chavo Guerrero. The rest are "WWE Superstars Regulars" including JTG, Tyson Kidd, Vladimir Kozlov, Yoshi Tatsu and even (as it pains me to write it) former Crusierweight Champion Hornswoggle.
Yes, I said Hornswoggle. A midget who fails to teach anything to anyone, much less speak English.
But here's the best part—the winner earns an opportunity to compete in Season Six. As bad as that is to continue this show, the stakes just got lower, along with the few amount of viewers NXT ever received.
My biggest question regarding this show is the presence of former Nexus member Darren Young.
Obviously, WWE cares about this show as much as they do about TNA—nothing at all, and it shows. Listen to the commentary on Season Three, specifically Michael Cole, and he will tell you how excruciating it was view the Tuesday night program.
But do they care about it so little that they believe that we, the IWC, are mindless?
No one can forget Darren Young from NXT Season One, where he thereafter played the "weak link" in the Nexus for two months before finally being exiled in August. Following a two month hiatus, Darren Young returned as a WWE Superstars regular for a short time, with (by my count) only two wins out of approximately ten.
Wouldn't his place on WWE Superstars mean he was under contract to RAW for the last six months, despite how sporadically he was used?
Darren Young obviously needs improvement, and sending him back to train would benefit, but defying logic in the world of wrestling plainly insults my intelligence. Don't get me wrong; I am not a hater of Darren Young, nor am I his No. 1 fan.
I enjoy his charisma, and as William Regal said, has potential within him that only he can pursue. Darren Young is my new favorite to win the competition with already a singles win and three Redemption points, but basically forgetting his entire past will only confuse viewers already familiar with him, and will display how much WWE really takes their "next evolution in television" seriously.
I'm also unhappy that sending Young back to NXT means he will no longer use the Tyler Reks-remix entrance theme that I enjoyed. Oh well.
For the record, the only reason I will continue to watch this dreadful program is due to William Regal's new place on commentary, but that's another story for another article.
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