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jamesstrange
10-08-2010, 12:04 PM
At first the Nexus concept really got me but as usual WWE turned into into something other than wrestling. Out of the two seasons gone by I personally thought season 2 had the better rookies with more talent overall than those in season 1 but there were so many issues with both seasons that annoyed me so much. Yet the biggest problem I had is that whereas I felt some of the rookies were terrible wrestlers who weren't ready and really shouldn't be on a development deal with WWE when there's more talented guys out there and such, though that's a different rant...anyway I was just wondering out of all the rookies from the first two seasons who did people where the best wrestlers overall and ready for the main roster and who were terrible.

IMO: Season 1's best rookies were 1. Wade Barrett: he can talk, has the look and can wrestle.
2. Daniel Bryan: no question about it, I still don't get what he had left to develop.
3. Justin Gabriel: Had good presence and was a pleasure to watch in ring.

Season 2: 1. Kaval: Like Danielson really, what was there to develop and its good to see him get a chance at the big time.
2. Micheal McGillicutty: he was a great talker, and although some people think he was limited in the ring, with a small bit of work he could be 'perfect' (pardon the pun XD)
3. Alex Riley: his gimmick was great, he talked brilliantly and in ring he could move.
4. Husky Harris: His look was build made him unquie, he could move brilliantly but I don't think the WWE used him wrongly.
5. Percy Watson: I think he was one of the better guys in ring andhis gimmick was almost there, but still manages to get on my nerves a bit.

eyehatecena
10-18-2010, 12:03 PM
I agree with you on both Danielson and Kaval- they both should have just debuted on Raw or Smackdown without the NXT thing- but I am sure a lot of people would have had no idea who they were- so anyway to get them exposure was ok I guess.
Season One:
Barrett- that guy has 'it'- I figured at the beginning if Danielson did not get it, Barrett would. He really has not disappointed me yet.
Gabriel- he really suprised me- he looks comfortable in the ring, has actually made Cena look good in the ring. I see big things ahead for him. He needs a little work on the Mic, but not as bad as some that WWE has had on their roster for years. I think he would get over as a face just as good as a heel.

Season Two:
Henning- can't really say much about him, he is impressive for not wretsling for as long as Danielson or Kaval- not really crazy about the whole name change. But I see him getting better and better.

Husky Harris- again, not crazy about the name change, but for a big guy, Rotundo can get around- to me, he has the same 'it' Barrett has.

Riley- WWE is using him correctly putting him with Miz, and he is pretty good in the ring-- but soo much better on the Mic- I would like to see him in more ring action

Season three:
To tell the truth, I could really care less. I barely watched it when it was on. Niaomi was decent from what I rememeber, and AJ was too. Just sign those two and the one that is with Goldust- get rid of the rest.

jethro
10-18-2010, 12:20 PM
Wade Barrett - got the mic and wrestling skill,his match with Cena at HITC ppv was good
Gabriel - I used to think Slater was the right hand man for Barrett but I was wrong,Gabriel match with Orton this past Raw and Cena few weeks ago nothing but good,definitely can hang with the best.
Daniel Bryan - seens alot of his stuff before he joined WWE and FCW,deliver great match after great match,now that he is officially joined WWE main roster,cut ties with the Nexus and become US champ(made Miz tapped TWICE),its been great.
Sheffield - I like his powerhouse style during the team Nexus vs team WWE,I want to see more of his match unfortunately the injury.
Otunga - he has the look and the right attitude,as for in ring skill I yet to be impress.

I didnt watch season 2 and 3.

eyehatecena
10-20-2010, 11:00 AM
Otunga does have the mics skills and a good atitude- but yeah, he need more time in the ring to really impress me. Tarver had the atitude and mic skills, just not as great in the ring. Sheffield impressed me too.

Rich Cranium
10-23-2010, 09:49 PM
Kaval and Husky

SaberToothTigerz
11-04-2010, 12:47 PM
the one's who impressed me so far were mcguillicuty, kaval, daniel bryan and so far that's it
mcgullicuty seemed to be a rather expert on the technical side
kaval extremely athletic and his kicks are down right dangerous
daniel bryan has just awesomeness written all over him although his looks make him look like a weiner.

TheDevilsAdvocate
11-04-2010, 12:49 PM
Daniel Bryan
Wade Barret
Alex Riley
Kaval
Husky Harris
Percy Watson
AJ Lee

Bodom
11-04-2010, 12:59 PM
Watson definitely has potential......he just needs to stay off the "sugar"

The Brown One
12-16-2010, 03:05 AM
Naomi Knight- She could actually wrestle. And was better than 80% of WWEs current roster.
AJ-see Naomi

Wade Barett- He had the mic skills and the unique moveset.

Justin Gabriel- At first I thought he was the run of the mill cruiserweight. But he had his own awesome moveset and a mind blowing finisher to boot.

Kaval- I remembered him from the indies and TNA and his unorthodox style of wrestling kept me watching him.

Daniel Bryan- Again, seen his work in the indies and was very impressed. Every match this guy has was worth watching because of him.

SaberToothTigerz
12-24-2010, 04:45 PM
barrett, bryan, mcguillicuty, percy, justin, aj lee and naomi
from nxt season 4 byron saxton has charisma and brodus clay isnt half bad either

The Brown One
12-24-2010, 05:07 PM
barrett, bryan, mcguillicuty, percy, justin, aj lee and naomi
from nxt season 4 byron saxton has charisma and brodus clay isnt half bad either

Saxton probably won't win because the crowd doesn't like heels. But I'm rooting for him!

Tommy Thunder
12-24-2010, 06:21 PM
Saxton probably won't win because the crowd doesn't like heels. But I'm rooting for him!

The crowd don't like heels, but Barret won season 1! And I'm not sure if Saxton is face or heel 2bh. He's with Chris Masters who gets a pretty decent pop from the crowd these days, and in the match this week between Masters, Saxton and Natalya vs Di-Biase Clay and Maryse, Saxton got over pretty good with the crowd, and he got cheered when he got the pinfall. He's the guy I'm rooting for.

The Brown One
12-24-2010, 08:54 PM
The crowd don't like heels, but Barret won season 1! And I'm not sure if Saxton is face or heel 2bh. He's with Chris Masters who gets a pretty decent pop from the crowd these days, and in the match this week between Masters, Saxton and Natalya vs Di-Biase Clay and Maryse, Saxton got over pretty good with the crowd, and he got cheered when he got the pinfall. He's the guy I'm rooting for.

Didn't see it yet. Its going to air tonight here(Christmas day). But if you say he got a pop then the crowd must have some sense.

Kashdinero
12-26-2010, 10:42 AM
So far on this season only Byron and Brodus really stand out as performers I could invest in.

Last season was beyond awful. Naiomi v AJ was he only match that I'd want to see again.... Maxine would make a decent addition to Nexus upon their return (probably on SD).

Was esstatic for Lowki (no need to use his awful "slave name" no more) when he won and had quite high hopes for him.... Oh well.
Most of the other competitors were Waaaay too green to be on tv (live or edited) but Husky and Henning should evolve into something special. Riley clearly has managements backing and Vince apparently has high hopes for him.

Daniel Bryan v Jericho on the very first episode is the best match of the entire NXT run.
Watching Justin Gabriel has been frustrating due to his excellent wrestling skills bit his non-existent personality.

But nothing was more annoying than watching go 0-10!

The Brown One
12-26-2010, 03:41 PM
So far on this season only Byron and Brodus really stand out as performers I could invest in.

Last season was beyond awful. Naiomi v AJ was he only match that I'd want to see again.... Maxine would make a decent addition to Nexus upon their return (probably on SD).

Was esstatic for Lowki (no need to use his awful "slave name" no more) when he won and had quite high hopes for him.... Oh well.
Most of the other competitors were Waaaay too green to be on tv (live or edited) but Husky and Henning should evolve into something special. Riley clearly has managements backing and Vince apparently has high hopes for him.

Daniel Bryan v Jericho on the very first episode is the best match of the entire NXT run.
Watching Justin Gabriel has been frustrating due to his excellent wrestling skills bit his non-existent personality.

But nothing was more annoying than watching go 0-10!

The 0-10 thing was complete bullshit. What the hell wer'e they thinking?! It makes a mockery of the great Bryan Danielson.

Kashdinero
12-26-2010, 07:05 PM
The 0-10 thing was complete bullshit. What the hell wer'e they thinking?! It makes a mockery of the great Bryan Danielson.

Daniel and his fans and were definitely being tested with that one.

While I'm here....

The whole thing with bashing the Nerdy Daniel and the Internet fans is beyond moronic. It was the same with Lowki, and it's possible that Seth Rollins will get the same treatment if he's introduced in the same way as these two. The Internet is such a big part of the WWE universe and by mocking the dweebs on the net is, in essence mocking a vast majority of it's audience.
If Vince wasn't so far removed from the rest of the world, he might be able to see just how hypocritical it is when he commands his mouthpiece (Cole) to bash fans for knowing about the greatness of a performer they obviously feel the same way about. Why bother signing them to a contract in the first place if all their going to do is ridicule them. It's asinine behaviour like this that has me scratching my head and wondering if Vince Russo isn't still secretly employed with the company!

The Brown One
12-26-2010, 08:36 PM
Daniel and his fans and were definitely being tested with that one.

While I'm here....

The whole thing with bashing the Nerdy Daniel and the Internet fans is beyond moronic. It was the same with Lowki, and it's possible that Seth Rollins will get the same treatment if he's introduced in the same way as these two. The Internet is such a big part of the WWE universe and by mocking the dweebs on the net is, in essence mocking a vast majority of it's audience.
If Vince wasn't so far removed from the rest of the world, he might be able to see just how hypocritical it is when he commands his mouthpiece (Cole) to bash fans for knowing about the greatness of a performer they obviously feel the same way about. Why bother signing them to a contract in the first place if all their going to do is ridicule them. It's asinine behaviour like this that has me scratching my head and wondering if Vince Russo isn't still secretly employed with the company!

It seems like Vinnie takes pleasure in knowing that he can afford to sign a top indy star to a contract, then humiliate them and mock their dedicated fanbase that they have earned themselves. I won't be surprised if Seth goes the same way as DB or Lowki, but I hope I'm wrong.

IrkenInvader
12-26-2010, 08:57 PM
Does it really matter? Kaval was overwhelmingly loved by fans thats why he won and thats why Cena got more titles than some kids got Xmas presents. Why was the wrestler fired because the writers couldn't come up with anything.

SgtGohan
01-06-2011, 07:54 AM
well i'm pulling for saxton and otherwise bateman right now. i think both are awesome.