INDUCTION: NXT Halloween Costume Contest – Featuring the BEST – and WORST – Wrestling Getups Ever!

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NXT, 2010

If there’s one thing in pro wrestling I will always love and never get tired of, it’s shows celebrating Halloween…and particularly costume contests inside a wrestling ring!  I don’t care that I’ve inducted like 47 of them over the years, I will continue to hunt them down and every year you can pretty much bet that I will find another and it will make its way to the site.


Seriously, who could ever hate Layla as a MIME?  (Or as AJ Lee called her on commentary, a “Sexy Skittle”?)

(I miss you, Deever.  Come back soon.  Like now.  Immediately.  I promise I’ll watch Raw live, TiVo it, and watch it on Hulu too just to make sure you get every credit possible.)

Today, we will journey back to Halloween 2010…in the land of NXT!


If you’re a noobie and think that NXT was always the weekly show featuring the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, Samoa Joe and the like, well…ummm…you’re a noobie.

And man have I become a terrible writer.  Seriously, that sentence?  What was up with that?

Anyway, NXT was originally a talent contest, in which various wrestlers, actors, athletes, whatever, tried to win WWE contracts.  But the company didn’t feel safe letting unknowns out there by themselves, so they would pair them up with “pros” to show them the ropes.


Which was of course particularly helpful in the case of one Daniel Bryan, a lowly rookie who had probably wrestled around 6 matches in his life at this point, who was therefore instructed by a true ring general in the form of THE MIZ.

That’s a joke.  Please delete the hate mail you had already started writing.

Additionally, don’t email me telling me how absolutely awesome Miz is these days.  He’s better.  There’s a difference between being great and simply improving.  And you guys acting like he’s suddenly the second coming of Ric Flair are more than a bit out to lunch.

I will give him this, though – he’s an incredible troll.  Want folks to hate you?  Just go to Instagram and take pictures in your backyard.


You know, when this is your wife.

Ok, maybe he is great.  Flair never trolled anyone to that level.  Heck, he didn’t even deliver on those photos of Elizabeth at WrestleMania VIII.  I mean, sure, she was WWF Liz and not WCW Liz, but still.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, NXT.

And Halloween!


And a costume contest that looked something like this.  Tonight, in this very ring, not only do we get the girls, but we get their pros watching live on stage!  Let’s play an extra fun game tonight, as I try to remember who their mentors are as they are introduced.

Up first is Aksana!


She was from Lithuania and was a brunette I think for most of her WWE career.  How I remember that I have no idea.  Also shocking is that I recall her pro – Goldust.  They wound up getting married so that she could have US citizenship and then she divorced him or something.  Guessing that was probably induction worthy and I should probably put it on the to do list.

Game #2!  I am going to guess what their costumes are!  Let’s see, she’s wearing all red, and has horns growing out of her head.  She also has a wand that looks like a W.

Can only mean one thing…she’s the Warlord!


Up yours, Goldie!


Tell me this isn’t overwhelming evidence of my logic!


Eh, you’re right.  Hers was much smaller.  And red.

Anyway, she’s apparently the devil.  Time for the obligatory “sexy” dance!


Oof…that wasn’t sexy at all.  Turns out those quotations up above were well placed.

Next up is…


….ummm…well, I have no idea.  According to Matt Striker, her name is Maxine.  I legit have zero recollection of this woman whatsoever.  If I can’t remember who she is, then I am going out on a limb and saying I’m probably not going to know her pro.  Just because she’s on my mind (as she often is), I’ll say Layla.

In lieu of some lewd gyrations, she opts to tells us that she would cause there to be cold water (??) and she wouldn’t want Striker to suffer from shrinkage.  That there’s some patented WWE comedy, kids!

Oh, and it turns out her pro is Alicia Fox.


Who had pretty much the same reaction to that joke that I did.

As to her costume…no idea.  So I am not only 0 for 2 on this one, I am actually 0 for 3.  Apparently she’s an “ice princess”, which is unquestionably the lamest idea yet in any of these hootenannies I’ve ever covered.

But don’t you fret, as things quickly turn around with Kaitlyn!  Everyone knows my affinity for this woman, specifically when it comes to Halloween.

Remember her as a penguin?


You should – I post that like every other induction these days.  In fact, that image may be up there with Man Mountain Rock’s shoulder shrug as the most repeated image in WrestleCrap history.  Doesn’t matter if you are sick of seeing it – I’m not, and sometimes you just gotta do one for yourself.  Also gives me a good excuse to once more post a link to the WrestleCrap Saturday Morning Slam archives.   Those really need to be added to the Network so we can have weekly viewing parties together.


Kaitlyn shows herself to not only be a great penguin, but the most amazing Vickie Guerrero ever by shoving Striker out of the way and launching into a very vocal “EXCUSE ME!”

I mean, sure it’s just screaming two words as loud as you possibly can, but Kaitlyn does it with such panache you can’t help but love her for it.


Kinda like you dig it (admit it, you do) when she throws in sultry little look that even as a parody was more alluring than whatever the heck Aksana was doing.


She wraps up by tripping over her own two feet and throwing a Vickiefit™.  This impersonation is so spot on if I took my glasses off and watched from my couch, I may have thought it actually WAS Vickie.


As fun as this was, I have to admit that normally I’d take issue with them making fun of Vickie’s derrière.  The catch here is I am not sure they were; I mean, you know, Kaitlyn is a bit…


…stocky, shall we say.

Next up, we run into the first of the contestants that are still in the company to this day, that being Naomi.  In fact, let’s give her a hand.


And if you think that joke is terrible, she one-ups me with the following.

Naomi: “Matt, what did the glove say to the face?”

Striker: “I dunno, what?”




Ok, her joke is better…if only because mine didn’t give someone the chance to punch Matt Striker right in the face.


She then shills Hamburger Helper while doing a goofy little dance.

I should note that someone within this company apparently saw this jitterbug and…


…came up with this.

Not sure what even to think of that logic.

I could watch it for hours, though.

Next up is AJ Lee!


And she’s…the world’s worst Robin?

Actually, she says she’s a lion.  Really, she does.  Evidence.


No no no – she’s a NINJA TURTLE.

So why did you make that stupid joke about being a lion?


Yeah, me neither.


She then is given the floor to do her sashay, and it goes about as expected…with the added plus of her attempting to stab Striker.

Wonder what her pro thinks of this display?


Eh, about the same as me.

That’s kinda mesmerizing too.  Don’t think I could watch it as long as I can watch the Funkadactyls, but I could down an RC and a Moon Pie looking at it.

Now I do think I should bring up a very important point here:  these girls were trying to win a contest.  Not just this costume one, but one in which they’d get SIGNED by WWE!

And this is what they came up with!


Was there ever any doubt who was going to win?

Kaitlyn not only won this goof fest, but also went on to win the whole shooting match, nabbing that WWE contract in the process.  I mean, sure, they all wound up in the company, but seriously, good for her.  She seemed to just look like she was having fun out there.

In fact, this whole bit was kinda fun.  These things generally are, and this one was no exception.

That said, it did make me realize I miss a lot of things, though.


The Deever.






And Matt Striker being pummeled.

Probably the last one more than anything.

Happy Halloween, kids!

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30 Responses to "INDUCTION: NXT Halloween Costume Contest – Featuring the BEST – and WORST – Wrestling Getups Ever!"
  1. Justin Henry says:

    The image of Maxine and Matt Striker needs more Mil Muertes.

  2. The Lunatic Binge says:

    Dayum Kaitlyn. How you doin’

  3. Sean Bateman says:

    Only Naomi is left from this “class” of NXT in the WWE

  4. Hulk6785 says:

    I, too, miss Layla. It’s amazing she could be so entertaining and sexy dressed up in that weird mime getup.

  5. Cameron A. says:

    I think this season of NXT is one of the few times the quality of “WWE comedy” doesn’t matter, given how Michael Cole and Josh Mathews treat kayfabe like it’s their own personal urinal.

  6. Alexandru says:

    I agree it’s always good to see Matt Striker get smacked around. He makes LU painful to watch. He tries way too hard. His constant insider terms on live T.V. is obnoxious

  7. CF says:

    Gods — talk about “horror”: The Vickie Guerrero impression just caused me to flash back to my 9th-grade English class, and the incompetent doormat of a teacher we had. Her total inability to maintain any kind of control over the students, and her unwillingness to hand out detentions to malefactors, led to her screaming “EXCUSE ME” at us for most of the hour, in pretty-much-exactly that manner and tone. To this day, someone saying “EXCUSE ME” to me is risking getting a fist in the grille.

    I don’t know if she’s dead by now, but the sentiment remains: Rot In Hell, Ms. Kucera of La Cañada High School, you incompetent clown.

    • Guest says:

      Threatening someone with detention doesn’t mean anything if they don’t care about staying after school or being suspended or whatever.

  8. #OPC says:

    I completely forgot about Goldust with the Million Dollar Belt too.

  9. Thomas Moffatt says:

    No Mae Young/Mark Henry reference in there? Shame.

  10. Kev says:

    Maxine was one of the better NXT rookies during that third season and it’s a shame it didn’t work out. Kaitlyn, though was made of amazing and it’s a travesty WWE had no idea what to do with her while she was there.

    I think she’d have been huge if she (and AJ too) had just come into the company just a few years later alongside Bayley, Charlotte, Becky and Sasha.

    • Guest says:

      Kaitlyn wasn’t very good though. Heck most of the fans couldn’t have care less about her especially once they put the Diva’s title on her.

      AJ on the other hand was liked well enough to be given a long title reign (for no reason).

  11. John C says:

    Now I am jealous of The Miz, check out that cool flotation device by the pool. Who wouldn’t want a big swan like that to float around on. So So Striker said he got a splinter, figures he always seemed pretty wooden in his delivery.

  12. Alvin says:

    All I know is this makes me want some Hamburger Helper.
    And I don’t even like Hamburger Helper.

  13. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    R.D is such a trooper for sitting through these terrible Divas Halloween costume segments year after year. Ugh!

  14. Si says:

    Seeing as nobody else has said it: you do know Maxine, she’s Catrina in Lucha Underground.

  15. Caveman says:

    I wish NXT went back to costume contests instead of having a Yokozuna impersonator beat up a Michael Sexton impersonator and vice versa.

  16. Andy says:

    Layla might have been the hottest woman WWE ever had.

    And Kaitlyn… man, did they miss the boat. However, following her on Instagram these days, I am so glad they missed the boat. Insanely hot.

  17. Guest says:

    “Additionally, don’t email me telling me how absolutely awesome Miz is these days. He’s better. There’s a difference between being great and simply improving. And you guys acting like he’s suddenly the second coming of Ric Flair are more than a bit out to lunch”.

    This is weird because half the smarks still think he’s awful. But yet swear up and down about how “allegedly” good Ziggler is even though he’s been with the company even longer than Miz has and has been just as awful over the same period of time.

  18. john gianno says:

    Am I the only one whom thinks that Striker is awesome? I loved his commentary, he has a great look, and his is quite funny. He had me in stitches at an indie show a few years back, and it wasn’t from him beating me up. The way he engaged with the audience was priceless. But this is coming from a guy who thinks that Flair and The Rock were horrible promo guys. Maybe I AM a fool. :*-(

  19. Arya Witner says:

    I should point out that I inducted the entire season already, where the unquestionable highlight was the Goldust-Aksana wedding

  20. 80's Guy says:

    Kaitlyn used to be hot, now she just looks like an exhibit in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum from the waist up.

    Her face is more “creepy mannequin in a horror movie” than what it used to be, and the phony funbags look terrible.

    Such a shame.

  21. AK says:

    Deal, how could you forget to mention Naomi’s Pro? It was someone the whole lot of us hold dear to our Wrestlecrap hearts..Triple Kelly!

    Oh wait, that’s not right. It was the less spectacular so they only named her twice, Kelly Kelly. The little Exhibitionist that couldn’t.

    I do agree that the Miz being Daniel Bryan’s pro smacks of irony but to call K² a pro to anyone let alone someone like Naomi who has talent was the ultimate suspension of disbelief.

  22. ClawsomeMan says:

    That’s why most of the NXT pre-developmental territory is not on the Network.

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