- Elimination Houdini: Kaitlyn arguably. She was the least talented of the girls on the show but was popular with the fans because of her feud with Vickie.
- A feud which was immediately killed off after her win.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Kaitlyn, the last-second replacement who went on to win.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Maxine in the first episode. Her wrestling attire appeared to be an ice dancer costume.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: CM Punk's comment about pants can come off as this when you realize that one of the women he was commentating on would be his future wife, AJ Lee.
- Hollywood Homely: AJ. She went out of her way to explain how plain and unattractive she was and one episode even had Cody Rhodes claim she'd probably never kissed a boy before. Right, except she looks like this and she loves cars, comic books and video games. She's probably got boys (and girls) lining up down the street for her.
- Hollywood Pudgy: Kaitlyn went out of her way to make fun of Vickie's weight and Naomi for having a big butt when they looked quite healthy.
- Memetic Mutation: Beating Aksana with shovels.
- So Bad, It's Good: WWE didn't even try to hide the fact that it was impossible to take this season seriously, and it was no more apparent than with commentators Michael Cole and Josh Mathews, who proceeded to take the absolute piss out of the show for its entire duration, even going as far as to outright break character just to make fun and hang lampshades over whatever stupid thing happened to be going on at the time.
- When Josh Mathews, the commentator who plays straight man no matter which show he's doing ends up spending half his time snickering, giggling, and otherwise unable to keep a straight face as well as making comments like "You realize this is fake, right?" on-air to Cole (who responses with faux surprize and giggling of his own), you know something's hit some sort of limit.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Maxine throwing pie at Hornswoggle.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It may have been annoying seeing them get disrespected, but having real veterans like Daniel Bryan and Kaval did bring some charm to NXT. Another one, even someone less known like Sumie Sakai or Miss Rachel, even someone with fewer overseas tours like Amber O'Neal, could have done the same here. If no local vets were available there was probably a Mexican, Japanese, La Chacala, Kayoko Haruyama or someone available.
YMMV / NXT 3