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Quick hits on WWE NXT

• Even though Daniel Bryan is no longer in the competition on WWE NXT, he continues to be the star of the show. In the follow-up to last week's angle in which Bryan attacked announcer Michael Cole, the two had an even stronger segment on Tuesday night's episode. It began with Cole threatening to sue Bryan if he did not apologize for the attack. Bryan teased an apology but he and Cole ended up in a very heated verbal exchange that once again got physical. Bryan and Cole were both excellent on the mic and the confrontation had a realistic feel to it. After seeing Cole's performance, I'm convinced that he should be playing a heel authority figure rather than doing play by play.

• Heath Slater was voted off by the pros. It came down to him and Justin Gabriel, as Wade Barrett and David Otunga remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. I think it was the right call. I always saw Slater as being somewhere in the middle of the pack. As for Gabriel, I was high on him when the series first started, but I became less and less impressed with him as it went on. However, he had a good match against Barrett on this show (which Gabriel won, surprisingly), and for the first time in weeks I saw something in him again.

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• Cole yelling "Apologize!" as Bryan was being pulled off of him was hilarious. By the way, how inept was Cole's security? Four guys couldn't stop Bryan from getting to him?

• Cole said that Bryan's attack was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to him. Really? I seem to remember a disturbing scene with Heidenreich and Cole in a closet some years back. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin beat him up pretty good one time, as well.

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• When the pros were introduced at the top of the show, I knew there was no way that CM Punk was going to be there. WWE wasn't about to give away Punk's first appearance sans hair on NXT.

• The tag team match in which Otunga and R-Truth defeated Slater and Christian wasn't bad. Otunga is green in the ring for sure, but I don't think he's as bad as some make him out to be.

• Why did Matt Striker ask the rookies again who they think should be eliminated? He just asked them that question the night before on Raw. The funny thing is that the guys gave different answers. Gabriel even pointed out that if you ask him the question three times he'll give you three different answers.


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