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WWE NXT: Barrett wins show's first season
Second season also announced
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Wade Barrett and his pro, Chris Jericho, back on April 20, 2010. Photo by Bruno Silveira, www.topropephotography.net

Tonight on WWE NXT: After 15 weeks, the season finale of NXT is here. It's down to Wade Barrett, David Otunga and Justin Gabriel, and one of these three men will go home with a WWE contract and a championship match of their choosing at a future pay-per-view. Also tonight, the second season's pros and rookies are announced. Should be a good one!

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

Striker is in the ring and he welcomes the five eliminated rookies, who all are sitting in the front row. Then he introduces the WWE pros and finally the three remaining rookies. Striker says there will be two editions of the Pros Poll tonight. He says all three will see action in a triple threat match and it's next.

But first, throughout the night, we'll be finding out who is on the next season of NXT. First up is Husky Harris, the son of Mike "IRS" Rotundo. He'll be paired with Cody Rhodes.

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It's time to meet a Season 2 Pro. It's John Morrison. He says his rookie is like a giant redwood tree, but is a little hard to talk to. His name is Eli Cottonwood. He's 7-foot-1, more than 300 pounds.

Match #1 - Triple Threat Elimination Match Justin Gabriel (Cape Town, South Africa) vs. David Otunga (Hollywood, Calif.) vs. Wade Barrett (Manchester, England)

Gabriel comes over the top with a springboard sunset flip on Barrett, but he kicks out at two. Barrett is sent to the outside and Otunga hits a powerslam on Gabriel. Barrett rings Otunga on the ropes and Gabriel kicks him and hits the 450 Splash. He goes for the cover, but Barrett pulls Gabriel to the outside and steals the pin. Otunga eliminated.

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We're back and Barrett is in control, working an abdominal stretch on Gabriel. He fires up, though, hitting some kicks and knocking Barrett down. Roaring elbow for Gabriel. He hits a flying crossbody into the corner and then a springboard crossbody for a very near fall. Gabriel with a sunset flip for another close call. Gabriel takes Barrett down and goes to the top for the 450 Splash but Barrett gets his knees up and small packages Gabriel to pick up the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

It's sent up to the stage with Striker and he tells the pros to cast their votes for the first pros poll.

Our next Season 2 Pro is MVP. His rookie is Percy Watson, who calls himself "the entertainer of all entertainers." Just a goofy promo.

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Our next NXT Pro is Zack Ryder(!). His rookie is Titus O'Neil.

It's time for the Pros Poll to be revealed. But first, Striker goes to the eliminated rookies and asks them who they think should be eliminated. Michael Tarver says if he could choose anybody, he'd choose himself. Daniel Bryan is next and he says Wade Barrett should win. Skip Sheffield says he doesn't care who wins. Darren Young says his money is on Wade Barrett to win. Heath Slater says Wade Barrett proved it tonight and he should win.

Now it's time for the poll:

1. Wade Barrett
2. David Otunga
3. Justin Gabriel

That means, despite finishing off Otunga tonight, Gabriel is eliminated. Gabriel says he will keep coming back until he makes it in WWE and one day he will be a world champion.

His pro, Matt Hardy, has the mic and says he sees that Gabriel is much like him he will not die.

Our next pros are LAY-COOL. That's right, co-Women's Champions Layla and Michelle McCool will be the pros for KAVAL, the former Low-Ki. That rules.

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Our next pro is Mark Henry. His rookie will be Lucky Cannon, who has had a couple close calls in his life, hence the nickname.

Barrett and Otunga are in the ring and have to cut promos on each other in 60 seconds. Barrett rips up Barrett's body, saying the only pay-per-view match he'd pay to see Barrett in was if he was facing Aquafresh and Listerine. Barrett says he's sure the viewers turned away in droves. He says he's seen The Great Khali move around in the ring with more balance and poise than Otunga. Barrett says with the "It Factor" that if he adds two more letters in front of it, he'll have his opinion of Otunga.

Striker tells the pros to gather and come up with the final pro.

Kofi Kingston is the latest pro and his rookie is Michael McGillicutty, the son of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.

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Striker gets ready to introduce the new poll, but he is cut off by The Miz, who says he is coming back for Season 2, and he won't be burdened with a loser like Daniel Bryan. His rookie will be Alex Riley, who suggests they call the show "Alex Riley and the Seven Dorks."

Now it's time for the poll.

Well, maybe not. The pros start bickering. William Regal congratulates Barrett, saying the English always do better. Then Regal challenges anybody to do something. He calls Miz "Kermit" and Matt Hardy "Eugene." R-Truth dances in front of him and Christian says he hasn't won a fight in a year. CM Punk just walks off. Jericho tells Regal to quit embarrassing himself. Striker cuts them off and asks for the poll.

1. Wade Barrett
2. David Otunga

Wade Barrett is your winner of NXT Season 1.

Otunga says this can't be real. Even Stevie Wonder could see he's the next breakout star. Google that.

Barrett says he told everybody he was going to win from the start and he was right. He says he came to WWE to make money and this is the beginning of a brand new era in WWE. One that will culminate in him winning the WWE Heavyweight Title.

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!.