This Wednesday on WWE NXT Redemption, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks were fired in storylines by NXT's official match coordinator and former WWE King of the Ring William Regal. For those who do not watch NXT Redemption on a regular basis, Hawkins and Reks were the show's main heels who had kidnapped NXT host Matt Striker and framed one of NXT's on-screen couples, Johnny Curtis (the winner of NXT season four) and Maxine.
A bit over 10 minutes before the end of the show, Hawkins and Reks headed out to the ring with microphones in hand, denying their involvement in Striker's kidnapping. They then accused William Regal of doctoring footage backstage in the production truck to incriminate them.
Before they could continue, Matt Striker interrupted Hawkins and Reks. Striker accused Hawkins and Reks of taking everything away from him. Wielding Hawkins' signature walking stick in his hand, Striker called Hawkins a moron who left his smoking gun behind at the time of the attack before swinging the walking stick at both Hawkins and Reks.
Having had enough, Regal removed his headset and ordered a match between Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks, with the stipulation that the loser of the match would be fired.
Hawkins immediately took it to Reks, decking him with a cheap shot while Reks was distracted. After being separated, Matt Strker then unzipped his tracksuit jacket, revealing a referee shirt. In a six-minute match, both men would give it their all, using flying crossbodies, brutal clotheslines and even a slingshot plancha by the 246-pound Tyler Reks. Ultimately, Reks would counter Hawkins' Upside Down Frown twisting scoop slam into a schoolboy roll-up for the win.
Reks showed little remorse post-match for his former on-screen ally, even going along with the crowd's rendition of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."
In a fit of rage, Hawkins put his hands on Matt Striker, who floored Hawkins with a punch. Regal then once again took the microphone and fired Hawkins from NXT before calling Reks over. Regal congratulated Reks on his victory, shook his hand and then announced that he was also future endeavored.
With Hawkins and Reks being lower midcarders in the WWE ranks, perhaps even jobbers to the likes of Brodus Clay, I don't think it would come as any surprise if they were released in WWE's annual cuts.
In my opinion, during their time on NXT, Reks and Hawkins have showed they have great potential, whether it be as a tag team or singles competitors. Reks is an agile big man with a high-flying move set that instantly puts him in a unique class, while Hawkins reminds me of a younger Shawn Michaels with lots of charisma that can make the crowd hate him at any moment.
For WWE to release Hawkins and Reks would be a mistake as they still have a lot to offer to the WWE as a whole. They can put them in the tag division against the likes of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, or maybe even against Tyson Kidd and the recently injured Justin Gabriel.
Although I won't be surprised if Hawkins and Reks end up on the future endeavored list, I certainly hope they don't. What do you guys think?
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