I'm sure most people have already seen the old leaked promos from about a year ago, but lucky for us, there are a whole set of brand new ones to check out! From just last week (9/11), these provide us with a first look at some new superstars we haven't seen yet, and we can also see how our favorites are coming along.
The whole playlist of videos can currently be found here. Watch while you can before they get taken down!
Just to run through some highlights:
Tyler Breeze, Adrian Neville & Scott Dawson
I hope they actually do give Breeze his own show! I would watch the hell out of some Shooting the Breeze with Tyler...Breeze segments. He was great here. He's just got his character down so well. Dawson was impressive too. Neville still needs work, but he seems to have improved.
Very funny! Bo is getting better and better with his oblivious false-face routine. Before I was unsure how well his gimmick would translate to the main roster, due to the specific way it has evolved on NXT, but if he goes up and starts acting exactly the way he has been over the last month or two, there is no way he doesn't get an extreme reaction. Count me a Bo-liever!
I love Bayley. She is adorable and her character is funny and interesting. The first promo too gives you a little taste of what heel Bayley could be like - one day she'll get sick of nobody remembering her and snap. The storylines practically write themselves!
I had never seen this guy before, and out of all the new guys he impressed me the most (Shaun Ricker probably had the best delivery, but I felt his content was not quite up to par). This gimmick, the foreigner who unintentionally says perverse and self-deprecating malapropisms, is hilarious and brilliant. The only problem is, it's probably a too suggestive for a modern WWE audience...but still very impressive work here! They seem to be planning a tag team with he and Lefort as well (they have a promo together on that playlist), which should be entertaining.
I put these two together because of the thematic similarities - frustrated old guy - and they both seemed very sincere. Kruger's was probably the better of the two promos by a hair - it left me intrigued as to what he might do now that he's "cut the strings" as it were. Ohno meanwhile looks like he's in pretty damn good shape - the love handles are gone, and he's got a lot more tone in the upper body. Hopefully he keeps improving even more and they will finally call him up later in the year.
This isn't a fantastic promo by any means, but it really just highlights the likability of Zayn. Try to imagine some other babyface cutting this same promo - you wouldn't want to hear it. But with Sami, even when the role he plays is basically the standard cookie cutter face character where he just loves to compete and loves his fans and his mom and whatever, he just has this quality where he seems real and relatable and so it doesn't come off as lame. Not a lot of guys could pull that off.
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Stellar work as usual. Cass can be somewhat shaky at times and isn't the natural that Enzo is, but he did a good job here. Enzo of course is fantastic. Spell it out with me guys: ESS AEY DUBBLE-U EFF TEE --- SAWFT!!!
That's all I'm gonna go over here, but I highly encourage you to check out the rest of the videos for a look at the new guys and the guys we don't see much of. It's fascinating to get to see them at work like this. Hopefully these promo leaks become a regular thing! Let's try to get a discussion going in the comments about all this stuff too guys!