This week on WWE NXT we get very bad immigration advice in a storyline that only detracts from the point of this show, a competition to win a contract with WWE. Four rookies, four weeks left with an elimination next week. Kaitlyn wins a highly staged arm wrestling competition. AJ actually picks up a win over Niki Bella but the focus is on the twins miscommunication and Primo watching for the switch. Thus, the win doesn’t elevate AJ in any way.
The second challenge is kind of fun as the rookies have to identify WWE employees from their high school photos. Jerry Lawler in high school looked a hell of a lot like Cody Rhodes. Which makes the King’s insults of Cody Rhodes’ looks kind of funny. The contest is actually pretty close, except for Aksana sucking, but AJ beats Kaitlyn in a tiebreaker. There’s a recap of Vickie Guererro being hit by a cake from last week. I loathe Vickie being on-screen but I’ll give her props for being willing to do anything on global television.
Aksana and Naomi are the main event with Goldust in Naomi’s corner. Naomi has raw talent and can hit a variety of moves, but she still hasn’t mastered the flow of matches. Aksana is even more limited. Naomi rightfully gets the win. Kaitlyn and Aksana are both deeply enmeshed in the storylines of this show so don’t expect either of them to go home. That puts AJ and Naomi in the danger zone. Naomi’s probably the best wrestler of the pack, but AJ is genuinely likable. Maybe they can drop Aksana and somehow keep her around to play out her story with Goldust. That’s optimistic on my part .. but a man can dream. More importantly, there are only 4 weeks before this nightmare comes to a close and I can start looking forward to the return of Tough Enough.