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Quick hits on WWE NXT

• Tuesday night's second episode of WWE NXT touched on how the voting process works, but it still wasn't totally clear. It was explained that the "success or failure" of the eight rookies will be determined on a vote by the eight pros, who cannot vote for their own rookie. Perhaps I haven't been paying close enough attention, but I'm confused as to whether rookies will be voted off one at a time or if there will be one vote at the end of the season to determine the winner (or winners). In the long run it probably won't matter who wins, because if WWE likes one or more of the other rookies, they will eventually get promoted to the main roster. It's worked that way in the past with Tough Enough and the Diva Search. In fact, The Miz and rookie Skip Sheffield (Ryan Reeves) both competed in – but did not win – Tough Enough in 2004.

• Daniel Bryan (I still have to catch myself from writing Bryan Danielson) again was one of the featured performers this week. He wrestled Wade Barrett and also had a video package and a backstage scene with The Miz (which ended with Miz slapping Bryan hard in his injured ribs).

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• While WWE is acknowledging that Bryan is a 10-year veteran who has wrestled all over the world, they also are portraying him as a bit of an underdog. After losing to Chris Jericho last week, Bryan was pinned by Barrett this week. Even though he is 0-2, however, Bryan was competitive against Jericho and can use the rib injury as an out for the loss to Barrett.

• Bryan botched a spot in the match against Barrett when he slipped off the top rope on a springboard attempt. Jericho, who was doing commentary during the match, tried to cover by saying that Bryan's sore ribs caused him to be off his game.

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• Barrett, who is listed on WWE's Web site at 6 feet 5 and 265 pounds, has a good look to go along with his fine speaking skills.

• I've watched clips of Justin Gabriel in the past, so I wasn't surprised when I saw him do the 450 splash during the tag match in which he and Matt Hardy defeated William Regal and Sheffield. I'll be shocked if Gabriel isn't on the main roster in the near future, but I'm not predicting world titles for him just yet. He reminds me of Evan Bourne, but that's not necessarily a good thing considering Bourne's win-loss record.

• I haven't formed a strong opinion yet on Sheffield's "Cornfed Meathead" character, but even if he gets to WWE and gets over to some degree, the comedic nature of the character will likely keep him a mid-carder for life.

• David Otunga and Darren Young were given about 10 minutes or so for their match, and what they put together wasn't bad. It's interesting that Young, who I'm guessing is a babyface, beat the heel Otunga due to outside interference from his mentor, CM Punk.


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