INDUCTION: Kaitlyn vs. Maxine, Round One – Think NXT Has Always Been Great? Think Again!

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NXT, 2010

I’m always a bit humored whenever I hear folks go on and on about the greatness of NXT.  Don’t get me wrong – the Takeovers are usually a lot of fun and feature great in-ring action.  But those of you who say there’s never a bad episode of the show are dead wrong.  That’s never the case with any wrestling show, or honestly, anything in this silly world in which we live.

It reminds me a lot of my friend Eric telling me how the Super Nintendo was the best console ever made, and how there were no bad games for it.  When I gave it to him for Christmas with nothing but a copy of Bebe’s Kids and made him play it for my amusement. Suffice to say, he changed his tune.  Being the good sport I am, after he admitted there was a lot of utter trash on that box, I gave him all the good games I had stashed away, including Street Fighter II Turbo, Final Fantasy III, and Super Mario World.

Today’s going to be a lot like that.  Except there’s no Legend of Zelda waiting at the end of this induction. Instead, you’ll get one of the worst botched finishes you ever did see.

We go back to the year 2010, on a very early episode of NXT.  Originally, the show didn’t feature matches as it does today; instead, it focused on the concept of veterans guiding rookies in their efforts to make it in the world of WWE.  You know, pros like Alicia Fox and Vicki Guerrero.  

Just typing that makes me feel stupid.

But such is the case here, as Vickie is the guiding light for Kaitlyn.  Now I am sure you will all remember Kaitlyn.  If not, here’s a GIF from Saturday Morning Slam in which she showed the chidlren of the world how to dress up like a penguin using nothing but garbage (perhaps literally) laying around the house.

Awww, isn’t she cute? 

No matter how many times I post that GIF, it’s never enough.  I think it should be the unofficial animated GIF of the site.  I mean, reposting such things over and over never gets old, right? 


What she said.

Her opponent this evening would be the Alicia Fox-led Maxine.  While I can’t imagine anyone not recalling the greatness of Kaitlyn, I can envision a world where no one can place the name “Maxine”.  I’m guessing you may know her better be her Lucha Underground moniker – Catrina.

Yes, the girlfriend or mother or whatever of the legendary Mil Muertes.  Remember when that show was great for like two seasons?  Catrina played a hand in that.  Well, she played the lips in it at least.

That came out totally wrong.

Her gimmick was the kiss of death. She’d literally lick guys on the face that he was going to have her man destroy. They made for a really good act.

Again, though, this was before all that.  So let’s see just how bad this legendarily awful encounter truly is.

To really spice things up, Vickie and Alicia have headset mics that can be heard by both the audience and the folks at home.  And more importantly, the other announcers.  Cole notes that this is great – but unlike when he normally thinks something is great and everyone is like, “oh heck no it ain’t”, here Cole notes that this will give him the night off since they can do their own running commentary.  That DOES sound great! Unfortunately, it’s really not, as Vickie’s play-by-play consists primarily of yelling “DO SOMETHING!” while Alicia mumbles things incoherently.

After seeing some horrific (and I do mean HORRIFIC) grappling, Cole can no longer remain silent, telling the viewers stupid enough to watch this at home that while they’ve seen some bad stuff on the show before, this may be the worst segment ever.  In fairness, while this match is bad, I’ve for sure seen way way way worse on WWE television. 

A lot of it involving Michael Cole. 

Remember his legendary heel run?

You should – it won the Gooker Award!

Still, I will say that in this match, Cole may be the highlight.  As the action continues to swirl the crapper, Cole simply gives up and starts talking on his cell phone.

Like literally, the dude got up and just walked around taking a call.

I think he was supposed to be a heel here. Not sure.

Then he hands his phone over to TONY CHIMMEL (!!!!) and we get footage of HIM talking on the phone.

Finally Cole comes back and blurts out, “Is this match seriously still going on????”

Ok, I get it.  Someone didn’t like this match.  But does anyone really want to show that it’s so atrocious that even the folks who are being PAID to watch it have given up?

How does that help anyone?

I mean, sure, I can’t blame them, but…ok, watching whatever that was supposed to be, I guess I’ll just say eh, yeah, I can’t blame them.

Still, I feel bad for the girls in the ring.  They were so very green, and it seemed throwing them out to do a match before a live crowd like this couldn’t possibly lead to anything but disaster.  It’s almost like someone backstage was getting off on their horrendosity.

But I’m positive there’s no one like that in the Gorilla position.

(Or maybe the rumors are true and Vince is a fan of this site.)

While Josh Matthews notes he’s at a loss for words at what he’s witnessing, Cole explains there’s a whole dictionary full of words to describe it: horrible, despicable, bad.  

Matthews: “C’mon ref – count faster!”

Cole: “I’ve said it before – there’s a reason we’re on dot com!”

Just when you think things cannot possibly get any worse, we get what I will charitably call “the finish”.  I’m not sure what was supposed to happen here, but I’m pretty sure Kaitlyn being pinned while Maxine patted her on her hootenanny wasn’t supposed to be it.

I mean, really – thats’ what happened.  Don’t ask me.  I don’t know.

What’s most shocking about this match is it wasn’t the last match these two had.  No, for over two years they wrestled each other ALL THE TIME.  In fact, after getting the suggestion to induct this match, I typed “Kaitlyn vs. Maxine” into Metacrawler (what, you use something else?) and was shocked at just how many videos came up.  In fact, the first match isn’t the one I inducted at all – instead, it was from 2012.  The actual wrestling was admittedly way better, but the commentary in which Johnny Curtis (he who would become Fandango) continually rubbed lotion on his chest while talking about riding around in a white 1976 abduction van (and I WISH I was making that up) was WrestleCrap material to say the very least.

But hey – that’s another induction for another day.

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21 Responses to "INDUCTION: Kaitlyn vs. Maxine, Round One – Think NXT Has Always Been Great? Think Again!"
  1. Chris V says:

    I remember C.M. Punk showing up to do commentary on this iteration of NXT, and it was probably the greatest wrestling show from that time.
    Everything in the ring was as terrible, just Punk made it absolutely hilarious.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      “It’s funny, because I’m not wearing any pants right now, and that’s how I watch NXT every week!”

      The REALLY funny part?
      One of the wrestlers in the match that was happening when Punk said that was none other than AJ Lee.

  2. Cameron A. says:

    “Cole: ‘I’ve said it before – there’s a reason we’re on dot com!\'”

    In Canada, it was also on TheScore. Surprisingly, TheScore didn’t drop NXT after the third season. I forget when exactly TheScore dropped NXT (I think around 2012-13), but a lesser channel wouldn’t have even stuck around for NXT: Redemption, never mind the start of NXT’s salad days.

  3. Arya Witner says:

    I reviewed NXT for for 8 years and THIS was the first match on the first show I reviewed. Somehow I kept watching.

    Thinking of NXT I need to write a 7 part induction for the greatness that was NXT Redemption for you, RD.

  4. 314 says:

    If I remember correctly NXT seasons 2 and 3 were like a test run for Cole’s heel character. While his character during his actual heel run on Raw/Smackdown was over the top annoying, during this NXT trial run he had just the right amount of cynicism/sarcasm. He was genuinely funny and it is probably my favorite era of commentary from him. Cole banging a gong on one episode was hysterical.

    Also: the season 3 episode where CM Punk joined commentary with Cole and Mathews is an all timer in commentary in WWE.

    • Jerry says:

      Fully agreed, Cole plus Mathews (and Striker) actually made the show fun to watch, no matter how the rest went down. It may have been at the expense of the wrestlers (Kaitlyn hits a sloppy spear mid-match, Cole gives out his “Spear! Spear! Spear!” shout reserved for Edge’s finisher at full sarcasm mode), but I’d say it was worth it. Can’t drop the memory of the gong either. 🙂
      I suspect, the leash for the commentary team was way less tight during that show.

    • Rich says:

      It started from the very first episode of the first season, initially with the ripping on Daniel Bryan, and got progressively more obnoxious from there. Presumably Josh Matthews spent the whole time taking notes for when he repeated the gimmick on Impact.

  5. Sean Bateman says:

    There is worse games than Bebe’s Kids on SNES, RJ, and AVGN will help you out. Plus, this match sucked.

    • Jimbolian says:

      Might be showing my age just a tiny bit, but I have a good SNES to tell. I rented from Blockbuster what was suppose to be a copy of Killer Instinct for SNES only to discover when I got home some kid pulled off the label of Killer Instinct and plastered it on a copy of Contra III. I was disappointed at first, but I found out Contra III was one hell of a fun game. To this day, I consider Contra III the far superior game than Killer Instinct.

  6. Larry says:

    “Wow. What an ugly, horrible ending for a match!” – Jackie Gayda

  7. Si says:

    Surprised you didn’t note the continuity of using the AJ gif in a Kaitlyn match during NXT season three.

    Yeah, for some reason WWE decided that the best way to sell the concept of pre-developmental NXT would be for Cole to give a work in progress to his heel character and degrade everything, which (allowing for match quality – wasn’t this Kaitlyn’s first ever match or something similar?) would be self-defeating enough but that it reached its peak during the women’s season, and that during the actual good matches later on in the run he practically had to drag himself away from the character, says even more about the company at the time.

  8. Alfonzo L Tyson says:

    You could have about half a years worth of material if you NXT Redemption. Just think about it…

  9. The Angry Jobber says:

    Holy cow! My mind has been absolutely blown! They made a Bebe’s Kids video game?? It would have added crap (perhaps “so bad it’s good”) if we found out who called Cole during the match?

  10. Guest says:

    At first I was like “wasn’t this already inducted”?

    And then I searched the site just to make sure I wasn’t suffering deja vu. And then I wondering how was that not already inducted before wonder why must I sit through this match again?

  11. Thun says:

    Cole: “I’ve said it before – there’s a reason we’re on dot com!”

    Not in Brazil, here it was on FX, having replaced WWECW, literally in the Saturday midnight spot between some random movie and a block of Seth McFarlane shows (Cleveland Brown, Family Guy, American Dad).

    I used to watch WWECW and was a bit disappointed when they shafted it for NXT, think that by the second season on, it was literally background noise while I was chatting with friends via MSN Messenger/Skype. I also recall thinking pretty much all the time that if Cole hated the show so much, he could’ve just quit then and there. Maybe not the wisest of moves to have your commentator give out about the show on a constant basis unless you establish he’s shit with money or something, the act got tired by the second night, I believe, and it went on to stink a match at fucking Wrestlemania.

  12. Mitch Colburn says:

    In her defense, Kaitlyn improved significantly as time went on and became a solid worker. Her stuff in the Mae Young Classic this year was great.

  13. @PresidenteClint says:

    “It reminds me a lot of my friend Eric telling me how the Super Nintendo was the best console ever made, and how there were no bad games for it. When I gave it to him for Christmas with nothing but a copy of Bebe’s Kids and made him play it for my amusement. Suffice to say, he changed his tune. Being the good sport I am, after he admitted there was a lot of utter trash on that box, I gave him all the good games I had stashed away, including Street Fighter II Turbo, Final Fantasy III, and Super Mario World.”

    One of my most annoying peeves on the e-gaming community is that the masses of both casual and committed gamers somehow take the Angry Video Game Nerd’s tirades as gospel, as if he were the VG version of Meltzer with a severe case of Tourettes. For example, he (as the AVGN) thought that the SNES version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was bad. Though other than the old guy thinking of a weapon that you can get later in the stage, the game itself is quite decent and has a great soundtrack. Albeit, it’s a bit underwhelming for SNES standards, which I’ll go through later.

    Problem is, James Rolfe admitted that his series are at best 15% sensible analysis and the rest is pure hyperbole centered on the gimmick, yet not many know about this and take his word as truth, because apparently saying “Fuckshit” every 10 seconds is enough to qualify an otherwise decent game as such. In short, his audience as a whole are being worked into a shoot (This is indirectly aimed toward Sean Bateman, btw.)

    Your friend Eric is right about the SNES being the best console ever made (for both the 90s and 16-bit overall.) The biggest negative it has is that not many developers made games that used the most of its specs, or made any good games at all (I personally thought LJN, the Russo to AVGN’s Cornette, did OK games for the Fed, but I digress.) It’s a testament to how phenomenal the console was that Nintendo briefly revived it a couple of years ago, where even new games were made for it, preserving the gaming experience in its pure state without the addendum of online gimmicks.

    To make another wrestling analogy, think of the SNES and the SEGA Genesis (MegaDrive in PAL regions) as the Monday night Wars, where the former is the WWF and the latter WCW. The SNES, despite being the superior console in every aspect, struggled to overcome the Genesis (nWo), since SEGA had their own Bischoff as marketing director (remember the infamous “Nintendon’t” slogan? I don’t), thus effectively leading potential consumers to believe that they were the “hip, modern” brand. It worked, since the dominant demographic were –and still are — preteens looking for acceptance as “young adults”, and gaming was their escape.

    In contrast, Nintendo was seen as the more infantile brand living in their own version of the “New Generation of games, with core games such as Super Mario being akin to the likes of Doink (good game/wrestler, but too cartoony for the likes of the “maturing” audience.) It didn’t help them either that their censorship of Mortal Kombat became a liability for them at the height of competition (SEGA’s version had the blood feature, albeit with a code input), strengthening their image as a clean-cut company a la Rocky Maivia, Bob Backlund, and pre-1997 Bret Hart. This gave SEGA the “edge” in sales.

    However, the tides would quickly turn. By 1993 Nintendo started to market themselves to both the general audience AND the young male adult demographic, and rapidly regained their losses. Mortal Kombat II came out and Nintendo, to prove that they were not the “kid-friendly” company SEGA made them to be, shilled for it HARD, enabling blood and all, causing co-creator John Tobias to shill for them. This was their transcending from the NG to the Attitude Era, which helped them take over the gaming industry again. As for SEGA, they treated Sonic like the nWo, ignored the aspect of quality control (booking), and ultimately were bleeding hundreds of thousands by the day. Fittingly, much like WCW, SEGA ceased to compete with Nintendo in 2001.

    • @PresidenteClint says:

      BTW just to clarify, I’m not saying that MK is the sole responsible game for Nintendo overcoming SEGA in the Console Wars. My general perception is that SEGA got too confident with their brief superiority and decided to keep on brandishing image and appeal towards teens (Russo) rather than making good games outside of Sonic, thinking Nintendo would stick to their guns as the family-friendly gaming company. Once Nintendo proved them wrong by being just as edgy and balls-to-the-wall, SEGA panicked and tried to slander them in both ads and in-game easter eggs, similar to WCW’s worked shoots, Madusa trashing the WWF Women’s belt, and Bischoff spoiling RAW results.

      The Sonic/nWo joke is that Sonic, SEGA’s bread and butter even to this day, ended at its peak with Sonic 3 (& Knuckles), much like how the nWo was better off with just Hogan, Hall and Nash. After that, however, both franchises got inflated with unnecessary members that led to fans souring all over it.

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