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NXT: From kegs to Kane
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: Now that the pros have weighed in, it's time to get serious. For the first time, the NXT rookies compete against one another in a contest carrying a keg around the ring. Seriously. Elsewhere, the pros are nowhere to be found and the winner of the keg run gets to face Kane. Should be a good one!

And we are "LIVE!" from Chicago, Ill. Michael Cole and Josh Mathews are our commentators. Matt Striker is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Striker brings out all eight rookies. He asks David Otunga why he walked away from a chance to become one-half of the Unified Tag Team Champions last night. Otunga said he hopped off the apron because the A-List doesn't share the spotlight for anybody, plus, he was doing a favor for an NXT pro, The Miz, who can help him in the Pro's Poll.

Striker then goes to Daniel Bryan, who says he doesn't believe he should be No. 1. Striker says he should live it up. Then Striker goes to Michael Tarver, who says he believes Bryan shouldn't be No. 1 and he is a target and should get out of his way. Tarver says he played by the rules but now he is a pitbull off the leash and he is the most dangerous man in NXT. Period.

Striker says they are going to test their mental and physical abilities to see if they can become a Superstar. Striker then walks down to a keg, which weighs 160 pounds. Each rookie will have to carry the keg around the ring. The person who does it quickest will win, but if they drop it at any point before the finish, they are disqualified.

Bryan does it and gets throughly mocked by Cole the entire time, finishing at 24.9 seconds. Wade Barrett finishes at 14.7 seconds. Then Justin Gabriel comes in at 13.6 seconds. Heath Slater is next, finishing at 12.0 seconds. Otunga is next, finishing at 14.1 seconds. Skip Sheffield is next and gets hosed on the clock stop. His official time is 12.4 seconds, even though it looked like 11.6 to me. Tarver immediately drops the keg and is DQ'd. He's not happy. That leaves Darren Young, who finishes at 13.6 seconds.

Winner via line cross: Heath Slater

Striker says the best thing about NXT is that you never know what is going to happen. Because he won, Slater is going to main event NXT tonight. Then they bring out his opponent. Just like old times, it's Kane. And just like that, 20 minutes of NXT is done.

(Ads)

Striker is backstage with Sheffield. He asks him what's going through his mind. Sheffield says he should've won. It was rigged, he says. He says the people aren't ready for Skip Sheffield, the universe isn't ready, so he's not going to be a nice guy anymore.

(Ads)

Match #1 - Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.) vs. Darren Young (Miami, Fla.)

Bryan hits a running knee off the apron that sends Young crashing into the dasher boards. Back in the ring, missile dropkick connect. They exchange slaps then Young just takes Bryan down and holds him for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Darren Young

(Ads)

Match #2 - Justin Gabriel (Cape Town, South Africa) vs. Michael Tarver (Akron, Ohio)

Springboard crossbody lands for Gabriel. He then goes to the top but is crotched by Tarver. Tarver goes to the top but Gabriel pushes him neck-first into the top rope and hits the 450 Splash for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Justin Gabriel

(Ads)

Match #3 - David Otunga (Hollywood, Calif.) vs. Wade Barrett (Manchester, England)

Barrett sends Otunga face-first into the buckle and then violently kicks him square in the back. Barrett works the back. Otunga starts to get going, hitting a pounce. Otunga rolls Barrett up for two. Neckbreaker connects for Otunga. But Otunga can't sustain the momentum and Barrett hits his finish for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

(Ads)

Match #4 - Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) vs. Heath Slater (Pineville, WV)

Crossbody connects for Slater and gets Kane down but a kick to the head sends Slater back to reality. Kane throws him outside and hits a huge uppercut. Back in the ring, Kane continues the beatdown. Slater somehow gets a sunset flip but that's it. Kane hits a "vintage" sidewalk slam but Slater kicks out. Huge clothesline for Kane. Then a flying clothesline from the top rope. Uppercut hits. Then Kane hits the chokeslam and it's academic.

Winner via pinfall: Kane

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.