The Next Generation
The Uso Brothers (Jimmy and Jules) along with Tamina attacked The Hart Dynasty last week on Raw. The three newcomers are 2nd generation wrestlers (okay, the Wild Samoans are the boys' great uncles, so perhaps you can call it 3rd generation), while the Harts we all know are 3rd generation and the last graduates of the Hart dungeon. The Harts were a little upset with Uncle Bret over the situation they were put in, but this looks to be finally a great match up for all of them.
Fast forward to last night... Before finding out Wade Barrett was the NXT winner (he's been first in the voting all along, so I'm pretty disappointed we weren't thrown a curve ball at the end, but that's the only thing I'm disappointed about.), we found out the would in fact be a second season of NXT. So, when CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox are all showing programs based on Japanese game shows, circuses with stars, man versus anything crazy, we will be getting something very similar on Syfy with NXT, if the first season is any indicator. (I really wish they would just put the actual FCW shows in its place.)
Anyway, out of the eight new Rookies, two are 3rd generation wrestlers. Husky Harris (aka Duke Rotundo in FCW) is the grandson of Blackjack Mulligan and son of IRS. Michael McGillicutty (aka Joe Hennig) is the grandson of Larry "The Axe" Hennig and the son of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig. Cody Rhodes (yeah, son of Dusty Rhodes) is Harris' Pro and Kofi Kingston (sorry, he is not the son or grandson of a wrestler to my knowledge) is Hennig's Pro. I don't know why the two changed their names for NXT- perhaps they had a bet going on who could create the most absurd name for himself. By the looks of WWE personalities' twitter/blogs, I'd say McGillicutty won...
Does having the Rotundo and Hennig (sorry, I tried typing the new names, but, yeah McGillicutty wins as most ridiculous) boys on NXT mean they aren't at the level of the Uso's? Or, were they put on NXT to get us to watch? I really hope it's latter...
The other rookies will be:
Eli Cottonwood (Pro John Morrison) is the tallest at 7'1"
Percy Watson (Pro MVP) is a flamboyant South Beach partier
Titus O'Neil (Pro Zack Ryder) is former pro football player and Florida Gator Thad Bullard
Kaval (Pro Layla and Michelle McCool, yes, I'm serious) is by far the shortest at 5'8"
Lucky Cannon (Pro Mark Henry) is a former Sheriff's deputy
Alex Riley (Pro The Miz) is the FCW Heavyweight Champion who has a university jock (complete with letterman jacket) gimmick.