December 22, 2010
WWE NXT: More fodder for the blooper reel
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on WWE NXT: During a trivia challenge, the rookies are asked to name cities where WrestleMania has been held. One rookie, who shall remain nameless, answered "PeeWee Herman." In a way, that right there sums up WWE NXT in a nutshell. Also tonight, we get a wheelbarrow challenge. Should be a good one!
And we are "LIVE!" from San Antonio, Texas. Todd Grisham and Josh Mathews are our commentators and Matt Striker is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).
Striker welcomes out the six rookies to the stage. It's time for our a challenge, the Wheelbarrow Challenge. Striker says they need something to weigh it down, so he brings out the Soaring Eagle to sit in it. Yesssss.
Johnny Curtis is up first. He finishes in 13 seconds flat. Jacob Novak is next. He finishes in 12.8 seconds. Brodus Clay finishes in 13.8 seconds. Conor O'Brian finishes at 12.7 seconds. Byron Saxton finishes at 12.5 seconds. Derrick Bateman also finishes at 12.5 seconds.
Since we have a tie, those two have a wheel-off. Saxton finishes at 13.1. Bateman kills him and finishes at 12 seconds flat.
Match #1 - Jacob Novak vs. Johnny Curtis
This is a return match from the season premier.
They battle on the outside after Novak shoves Curtis off the top turnbuckle to the floor. Novak whips him into the side of the ring. Back in the ring, Novak keeps up the pressure. Novak with a headlock but Curtis fires out with a slam. Both men down. Uppercuts land for Curtis. He throws Novak into the steel post and locks in an armbar. Novak is struggling when his pro Dolph Ziggler steps in. Curtis' replacement pro, JTG, comes flying in. The ref takes him and Ziggler comes back and drills Curtis. Novak hits him with a big boot and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Jacob Novak
It's time for the Hot Seat Trivia Challenge. If they get it wrong, they're gone. They have five seconds to answer. First up is "Undertaker WrestleMania opponents." They all get one. Big pop for Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Next up is King of the Ring winners. They all get King of the Ring winners through one round, so we go to a second round. Brodus Clay says Diesel and that is wrong, so he's gone. Next up is "Cities That Have Hosted WrestleMania." O'Brian says "PeeWee Herman" and is laughed out of the building. Wow. That just happened. He's gone. Curtis freezes on the second turn. He's gone. Next up is "Name A 2010 WWE Pay-Per-View." Saxton says Survivor Series and that had already been said. He's gone. Down to Bateman and Novak. Category is "WWE Champions." Novak misses his clock after like two, so Bateman is the winner.
Match #2 - Ted DiBiase, Brodus Clay & Maryse vs. Chris Masters, Byron Saxton & Natalya
Early going sees Natalya terrorize Maryse before Maryse brings in Clay. Saxton in. Big belly-to-belly suplex connects for Clay and Saxton is down and out on the floor.
We're back and the two pros are in and Masters is going to town on DiBiase. But DiBiase gets the tag to Clay and he uses his power to control Masters briefly, but Masters chops him hard and tags Saxton. Again, Clay's power is too much. Exploder suplex connects, then a stomp to the throat. Saxton gets going with some knees and then a facebuster. Masters wants the tag but Saxton ignores him. Clay tags DiBiase and he drills Saxton with a dropkick. Headlock for DiBiase. Saxton fires up and finally tags Masters. He goes to work. Chops and a discus clothesline hit, then a power slam connects for two. DiBiase reverses a whip and goes for Dream Street but Masters rolls out and hits a spinebuster. Clay distracts Masters as he calls for the Masterlock and DiBiase takes over.
He catapults Masters into the bottom rope. But Masters is able to fight out of the corner and tags Saxton, but then DiBiase tags Maryse. Seems the Divas are legal, but they rolls out of the ring and the pros go break them in. Clay and Saxton are in the ring and slams Saxton. Clay goes for a Vader Bomb but Saxton moves and pins him.
Winners via pinfall: Chris Masters, Byron Saxton & Natalya