WWE NXT: Top 5 Feuds in the Show's History
Daniel Bryan Attacks Michael Cole
Tonight, we get one step closer to WWE NXT: Redemption's inevitable finale, featuring out three finalists Titus O'Neil, Darren Young and Derrick Bateman.
Although we've had these three competitors remaining in the competition for the past two months now, it seems as if WWE has a knack for keeping the season going despite it getting more and more difficult to watch week in, and week out.
Nonetheless, the show has had it's shining moments throughout its 18-month history, including some worthy participants and success stories including Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, and Alex Riley. Of course it's challenges are painful to watch, along with it's short matches that are hard to take seriously, but there have been a handful of meaningful feuds amongst the five seasons that at some times keep the show exciting.
For those readers who haven't kept up with the current seasons since the show's bump to the website last September, I do not at all blame you, as I sometimes question myself wasting an hour of my time seeing the same old, predictable matches and segments each week.
Following the presentation, make sure to drop a comment on your thoughts of the show's on-going rivalries and whether you'd make any changes or improvements to the list.
5. Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young
Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young
Earlier in the NXT: Redemption season, Darren Young began to express jealously towards the rising Titus O'Neil following his numerous victories, slowly turning heel in the process. Young and his former pro, Chavo Guerrero, even kidnapped O'Neil's pro, Hornswoggle, at one point in order to get the upper hand over the dynamic duo.
The on-going rivalry included multiple matches, including a series of single bouts, a Blindfolded match, and a No Holds Barred match, all of which Young found himself unsuccessful. It wasn't too much later that Chavo Guerrero asked for his release from WWE, effectively Young to survive the rest of the season on his own.
Darren Young has since recruited returning Derrick Bateman in his alliance against O'Neil, but still coming up short. It's only a matter of time before one of the three competitors finds themselves eliminated from the never-ending broadcast.
4. Brodus Clay vs. Johnny Curtis
Brodus Clay Pins Johnny Curtis
During the midst of season four of WWE NXT, Johnny Curtis would make it his goal to simply push fellow participant Brodus Clay over his limit. Whether it be slamming the large athlete in promos or slapping him in the face, Curtis was looking to become Clay's primary target at all times.
Eventually, Brodus Clay would receive his measure of revenge by at one point putting Johnny Curtis through the announcing table. Clay would continue to brutalize Curtis for his actions, defeating him in singles matches on numerous occasions.
Ironically enough, it would be these two rookies that would last until the finals of Season Four. Despite Clay's strong following and promise, it was Curtis who emerged victorious as the winner of NXT Season Four.
Johnny Curtis looks to make his anticipated in-ring debut this Friday on SmackDown, following weeks of countless promos while making inside jokes. Brodus Clay has since returned to action and can be seen this Thursday competing on WWE Superstars.
3. Jacob Novak vs. William Regal
William Regal vs. Jacob Novak
Also featured on the current season of NXT was the returning Season Four rookie Jacob Novak, aided by his new pro JTG. This season also saw SmackDown's William Regal join commentary alongside Todd Grisham, certainly adding some more prestige to a few of the matches with his improving work.
A few weeks after the show's debut, JTG inspired Novak to revamp his entire look and attitude, which eventually saw Novak debut a new persona that had you thinking if Slam Master J returned to WWE. Novak's cocky attitude challenged Regal each week following his matches, that Regal in return dismissed as minimal experience.
After numerous weeks of gloating, Regal would return to the ring for one-night-only and eventually challenge Novak to a one-on-one on the following episode of NXT. Regal would go on to defeat Novak in a dominant fashion, as well as his turning pro JTG.
Soon afterwards, Jacob Novak was the first eliminated from his batch of rookies and subsequently released from his WWE contract in June.
2. Kaitlyn vs. Vickie Guerrero
Kaitlyn vs. Vickie Guerrero
During the season finale of the second season of WWE NXT, it was announced that newly signed Isis the Amazon would make her debut apart of the upcoming third season the following week with Vickie Guerrero serving as her pro. However, due to some revealing photos of the seven foot Diva surfacing online, unexperienced bodybuilder Kaitlyn would take her place on the show.
From day one, Vickie would constantly get on the nerves of her young rookie, even forcing her to wear a sweatshirt during one of her (worst) matches with Maxine. Unlike some rookies, Kaitlyn took her character to the main brands, accompanying Dolph Ziggler to his matches and subsequently adding more fuel to the fire in her feud with Vickie.
During one episode, Ziggler and Kaitlyn were found making out backstage, further wrecking the relationship between the three associates. Vickie and Kaitlyn even traded victories over each other, eventually banning Kaitlyn from Ziggler's matches at ringside.
In my opinion, Ziggler and Kaitlyn would have made for the perfect blonde couple, but officials might have felt she added nothing to his act while Vickie garners major heat. Kaitlyn would go on to win the third season of NXT, earning a SmackDown contract in the process.
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Michael Cole and the Miz
Daniel Bryan Attacks Michael Cole
Many believed Bryan Danielson, a.k.a. Daniel Bryan, was doomed from the start of WWE NXT following the announcement that then-United States Champion The Miz would be his storyline pro. The IWC would prove to be correct, following Miz's lack of curiosity in his rookie and allowing him to fail during every single one of Bryan's matches.
Subsequently, Daniel Bryan would find himself among the first eliminated due to lack of confidence in his character, no thanks to The Miz I might add. While addressing his elimination the following week, Bryan verbally called out the berating Michael Cole, who abused Bryan on commentary for weeks on end.
The segment would end in a brawl with Bryan destroying Cole at ring-side, making a note that he was a "poor man's replacement for Jim Ross". While being escorted out by security, Bryan also made an attempt to attack Miz at the top of the stage before making his exit.
Bryan's lash-out would lead to consecutive appearances on the NXT program despite his elimination, even bringing the rivalry to Raw by defeating his former pro The Miz in a one-off match at one point. The on-going feud between Bryan and his two adversaries came to abrupt end in June of last year due to the American Dragon's departure from the company.
Upon Daniel Bryan's return to WWE last summer, he quickly resumed his rivalry with Miz, leading him to defeat the Awesome One at the Night of Champions event and win the prestigious United States Championship. Meanwhile, Bryan's tension still exists to this day on SmackDown.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to leave your comments regarding the show's on-going rivalries or which ones who you enjoyed the most. But hey, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. GSM out.