NXT’s new theme song and intro carries forward from the ArRIVAL special last week. Speaking of, ArRIVAL was incredible. The Cesaro/Zayn match will go down as one of my favorite matches of all time and the Paige/Emma match is by far the best women’s match I’ve ever seen.
Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips & William Regal on commentary. Hopefully this week Regal can maintain the face persona.
Neville d Camacho – 2/5
I guess with Hunico taking over the role of Sin Cara, they’re going to have to figure out what to do with injury prone Camacho. It’s a shame because the guy has the right build and look for the main roster but just can’t seem to stay healthy enough for a legit push. This match didn’t really help him as he jobbed to Neville in less than five minutes.
WWE NXT Arrival
Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: February 27, 2014
Commentators: William Regal and Josh Matthews
The February 27, 2014 edition of NXT Arrival is a professional wrestling television show of the WWE, which took place at the Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
The WWE NXT Arrival Kickoff pre-show starts with Renee Young, Bret Hart, Paul Heyman and Kevin Nash. We’re live outside of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The NXT Universe is hype tonight. Bret says he’s honored to be here tonight. Nash says he skipped his wife’s birthday today so he could be a part of something special. Heyman jokes and has Renee re-introduce him as the greatest manager of all-time. Renee plugs social media and the hashtag for tonight is #NXTArrival. We go to a NXT video package.
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Well, here we are, the last NXT before the WWE Network goes live. Next week’s NXT is being billed as the first ever NXT PPV and called “Arrival” with some goofy capitalization gimmick that allows WWE to copyright it. I won’t state the obvious here, I promise. However, the kickoff show will have Kevin Nash, Bret Hart & Paul Heyman on as their expert panel. That should be interesting considering the outright contempt Nash has had for Hart in every shoot interview he’s ever done.
Our announce team continues to be Tensai (face), Tom Phillips (straight) and Byron Saxton (heel). This week the announcers did a much better job sticking to their gimmick. Byron is definitely better at announcing than Tensai as he seems more able to verbally joust. The production team needs to do a better job of checking audio levels though as Byron’s mic was very low.
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Our announce team this week, which seems to have stopped playing musical chairs for now, is Byron Saxton (heel), Tom Phillips (straight) and Tensai (face). While I love William Regal in the announce position, he has trouble maintaining his gimmick. Saxton and Phillips do well staying on point and dragging Tensai back into line when necessary. I would prefer to hear Alex Riley do face commentating, but NXT will likely shuffle talent around Tom Phillips who has come a long way in less than a year calling the matches straight.
In an effort to make NXT ready for a switch to a live show, it’s being filmed closer to air date as we quickly approach the launch of the WWE Network. Some matches have been re-performed while others scrapped and replaced with something new.
Word coming out of WWE developmental is that WWE is planning to bring back NXT to national television this fall.
While the news may bring back bad memories of what the NXT show became in its final seasons (green slime anybody?), the idea is to use a more traditional format. One source compared the planned NXT show to WWE’s version of ECW, with an emphasis on in-ring action and spotlighting up and coming talent.