Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Next Generation

Does anybody else find it strange that a week after Rikishi's twins and Jimmy Snuka's daughter appear on Raw, Mr. Perfect's kid and IRS's kid are announced as Rookies for Season 2 of NXT?

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.


Anonymous MissLindsie said...

You forgot that they are taking a cheap shot on Tommy Dreamer's wife, which that is so stupid...The worse is Kavel has to deal with not one, but two pros, which they are Divas, LayCool! Although Layla is the WWE Women's Champion, why on earth is Michelle has a replica belt of Layla's title? It's stupid. One thing for sure, Chris Jericho spoke out last week that Wade Barrett was going to win NXT and he is right. But, I just don't get is why on earth did William Regal drop the bombshell on revealing Wade Barrett being the winner, without revealing the pros' poll, first?

June 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM 
Blogger Red Mask said...

Joe Hennig changed his twitter ID from "hennigtweets" to "McGillicuttyNXT" and answered the questions about his new name:

"A lot of folks are asking about my "name." Let's face it: Michael McGillicutty is the next generation of the WWE, the next World Champion, while on the hand Joe Hennig was simply the son of Mr. Perfect... I will make a mark in the WWE & on NXT by MYSELF, not my name..."

June 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM 
Blogger Red Mask said...

BTW, MissLindsie, yes, you're right that the McGillicutty last name was used by Tommy Dreamer's wife, but I don't think the name choice had anything to do with her... McGillicutty I think is actually a play on the fact that his father was Mr. Perfect, since McGillicutty can mean silly or useless in a derogatory way... so, even though he says he will be a star, he is also saying he is the opposite of his father.

Good note on Regal... I thought he was just trying to stall the outcome, like like other contest reality shows do, but perhaps he did say his lines a little early, and the other guys were trying to cover it up...

Thanks for reading!

June 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM 

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