Worst: The Miz Should Be The Host Of Darkness And Silence
The worst moment of the night for me was Miz bumbling through a cheesecake interview with Maria Menounos, Fandango and Summer Rae showing up out of nowhere (with musical cue!) to make my life better and then being “served” by Miz and Maria’s class-1 ballroom dancing skills. It was made a little better by the crowd’s loudening ennnnghhhhh throughout the dance, but still.
In a world where people have adult brains and faces that don’t look like Howard the Duck, Miz should never get one over on anybody.
Best: Christian Vs. Alberto Del Rio
For me, this was the best match of the night.
The finish of this match gave me such an Awesome Face. One of Christian’s big moves (but not his finisher, which is important) is Edge’s spear. You know that at some point, he’s gonna go for it. Del Rio knows that, too. Del Rio wants to work the arm so he can get the submission win. Christian knows this. The match is built around both guys doing their homework and gutting through their mistakes, and it all builds to the big one … Christian goes for the spear and uses the shoulder attached to the arm Del Rio’s been working the entire match. It connects, but it puts his arm agony over the edge, and when he hesitates to deal with the pain, Del Rio snaps him up in the armbar and taps him out. Glorious, and the exact kind of sense pro wrestling should make.
I loved so much about this. I like how Del Rio’s gross hamburger face added to the drama. It made him look less polished, maybe? Like a guy who came for a fight. I especially liked how little downtime there was in the match … usually guys will hit big moves and just kinda walk around getting into position for the next one. Punk does this a lot. Daniel Bryan’s started doing it, too. You can tell what they’re about to do by where they’re standing in the ring. Here, Del Rio and Christian filled the downtime by going AT each other, and sometimes the cameraman would barely get everything onscreen because they aren’t painting by numbers. The dropkick counter to the spear with Christian just CRUMPLING might’ve been my favorite moment of the entire thing.
Great stuff from both guys, and I’ve officially forgiven Christian for looking, moving and acting like George Jetson since his return. And as a reminder, Alberto Del Rio is good as f**k at wrestling.
Standard best for a Renee Young appearance, as she and her magnificent ponytail showed up in the ring to ask Del Rio what he thought about his victory. A supplemental Best goes to Del Rio for letting his extreme confidence once again overcome his disdain for common people and convince him that he’s The Avatar or whatever, assuming this doesn’t lead to (1) Fat Shirt Rey Mysterio returning, or (2) Ricardo Rodriguez coming back to feud with him in some kind of pro-America thing.
For more on Renee being great at her job, please visit your local Best and Worst of NXT column.
Worst: When Did Brie Bella Turn Into AJ Lee?
I guess it’s an optical illusion caused by her being flanked by the Hooter Patrol, but Brie Bella is one chopped-up t-shirt and two video game references away from being AJ Lee. Also, Nikki Bella here reminds me of that time Bart Simpson tried out to be Fallout Boy and got told he wasn’t tall enough.
Worst: At Least Natalya Only Had To Do The Sharpshooter Once This Time
I sat here staring at my computer for 20 minutes trying to type something other than the word “fart.” So I guess I’m gonna go with “fart.”
I want more like this!
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