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    WWE NXT NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    So this week we saw sort of a progress report on NXT. Pretty much all of the rookies bring something to the ring but who has "it"? Who stands out the most?

    Here is a win/loss record for each rookie:

    Heath Slater (4-1)
    - with Christian, defeated Carlito & Michael Tarver.
    - defeated Carlito.
    - defeated Michael Tarver.
    - with Justin Gabriel, defeated Wade Barrett & Skip Sheffield.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    David Otunga (4-1)
    - defeated Darren Young.
    - lost to Darren Young.
    - with R-Truth, defeated Daniel Bryan & The Miz.
    - with Darren Young, defeated Daniel Bryan & Michael Tarver.
    - Won Battle Royal.

    Darren Young (3-2)
    - lost to David Otunga.
    - defeated David Otunga.
    - with CM Punk, defeated Justin Gabriel & Matt Hardy.
    - with David Otunga, defeated Daniel Bryan & Michael Tarver.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    Justin Gabriel (3-2)
    - with Matt Hardy, defeated William Regal & Skip Sheffield.
    - defeated Wade Barrett.
    - with Matt Hardy, lost to CM Punk & Darren Young.
    - with Heath Slater, defeated Wade Barrett & Skip Sheffield.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    Wade Barrett (3-3)
    - defeated Daniel Bryan.
    - lost to Justin Gabriel.
    - defeated Skip Sheffield.
    - with Skip Sheffield, lost to Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel.
    - with Matt Hardy, CM Punk & R-Truth defeated Christian, William Regal, Carlito & the Miz.
    - Lost Battle Royal.

    Daniel Bryan (0-6)
    - lost to Chris Jericho.
    - lost to Wade Barrett.
    - with The Miz, lost to R-Truth & David Otunga.
    - lost to Great Khali.
    - with Michael Tarver, lost to David Otunga & Darren Young.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    Skip Sheffield (0-4)
    - with William Regal, lost to Matt Hardy & Justin Gabriel.
    - lost to Wade Barrett.
    - with Wade Barrett, lost to Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    Michael Tarver (0-4)
    - with Carlito, lost to Christian & Heath Slater.
    - lost to Heath Slater.
    - with Daniel Bryan, lost to David Otunga & Darren Young.
    - lost Battle Royal.

    Win/Loss Record Courtesy of PWInsider
    Personally, my favorite is Justin Gabriel. I like how he works his matches and sells his opponents. And he's not exactly your generic tiny face highflyer. He's built like a grappler, but his style is so random and can variate at any time.

    Who grabs your attention the most?

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    I still think Bryan's mainstream run has been pretty impressive.Look past the record. He's already showing the signs of a true professional on a bigger level. He has done excellent-at-worse selling and perfect exaggeration in the case of storytelling. He did his work in making his match with Great Khali a pretty surrealistic challenge. He carried the world champion at the time to a great TV main event, and he's showing how diverse he is to a wider and new audience. He's been a bit shakey during promos, and I feel like he's trying not to fuel some of the edginess he had in the independents, but he's still doing great.

    Before NXT, I've only heard Wade Barrett on commentary and he was pretty good there. His in-ring ability fits his size and he isnt trying to emabrrassly fit anything beyond his crass into his offense. The only thing I would change is his finisher.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    It's kind of a given that Dragon's doing great, but I've really started liking Wade Barrett. He's got a great look, good (developing) character, and he's certainly got a present about him. David Otunga is the only other rookie who I've really noticed, the rest I don't really care much about.


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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    I still can't believe Bryan's gotten to 0-6 o.O

    I know a lot are hard on Darren Young but I think he's evolving quite nicely. Not the best though... I'd give it to Justin Gabriel to win this season if Bryan gets on the main roster another way.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Obviously Daniel Bryan. I hope there going somewhere with this losing streak

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Justin Gabriel seem pretty good in ring wise, I'd have no idea if he has a decent character or charisma, and his attire is stupid.

    Wade Barrett has caught my attention and impressed me the most, I wish they would have paired him up with Regal.

    Then of course, Daniel Bryan. But that's obvious.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Quote Originally Posted by BenWah View Post
    Justin Gabriel seem pretty good in ring wise, I'd have no idea if he has a decent character or charisma, and his attire is stupid.

    Wade Barrett has caught my attention and impressed me the most, I wish they would have paired him up with Regal.

    Then of course, Daniel Bryan. But that's obvious.
    How is his attire stupid? It's trunks and shin guards. Fits his striking/highflying style imo.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Ah, I was referring to his entrance attire. Which isn't a big deal, but still. I don't think he should bother with it.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    He's only worn it once, right? Maybe twice.

    Idunno.

    Daniel is obviously my favorite, but I love Barrett and I enjoy Gabriel, Skip, and Otunga.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Wade Barrett has been the most impressive so far imo and also has the look of a WWE star which Bryan doesn't.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    I like that Bryan doesn't have the look of a "WWE Star", it makes him stand out.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Quote Originally Posted by BenWah View Post
    I like that Bryan doesn't have the look of a "WWE Star", it makes him stand out.
    But let's be honest it won't get him far, they'll go with the one push because of the hype then they'll not bother too much with him.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    It hasn't hampered him too much so far.


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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Normally WWE doesn't give short guys any time of day. They've intentionally taken a liking to Danielson and made him the clear favorite amongst the rookies.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Wade Barrett seems good, he certainly stands out as looking more comfortable in the ring than others, but his finisher is fucking dull. He's lucky the WWE ring is as loud as it is, otherwise it'd be terrible.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Well so far they've invested a lot more time & effort into him then just jobbing him to heel Cena on Velocity, so I think we're off to a decent start.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Dont you guys hate me for this but Bryan has not impressed me yet. Gabriel and Barrett are looking good

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    Of the eight, I'd go for Danielson, Ottunga and Barrett, in no particular order... I'm really enjoying the show to be honest.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    I can appreciate why people are enjoying Danielson. But his promos just aren't standing out for his status amongst the other rooks. I could see if he was blowing the mic up with his promos but it doesn't even seem like he's comfortable being in the environment yet. This past Tuesday however, he was showing a little comfortableness on the mic That's about it though.

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    Re: NXT Rookies: Who Has Impressed You The Most?

    I agree on the promo front, and personally I don't want him to win NXT. I want him in the final, to put the other guy over (as I assume it'll be a match on PPV for the two finalists to decide the winner) and then go into a feud with Miz over the US Title after an after match fight between the pair.

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