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WWE NXT: Cole cameo highlights show
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: With the first elimination coming up next week, the heat is on for NXT's Season 4 competitors. We get three whole matches, including two pro vs. rookie matches with one rookie puling an upset. Also on tap is two more competitors, featuring a tremendous cameo from NXT prodigal son Michael Cole. Should be a good one!

And we are "LIVE!" from Rochester, NY. Todd Grisham and Josh Mathews are our commentators and Matt Striker is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - Johnny Curtis vs. Dolph Ziggler

Wow, Ziggler goes from have two great matches with John Cena on back-to-back shows to wrestling Johnny Curtis. Yikes.

A "You Suck" chant breaks out in the early going. This is all Ziggler early. He locks in a headlock that Curtis breaks but Ziggler knees him in the gut. Whip into the corner but Curtis moves as Ziggler comes in with a flying forearm. Forearms and a discus clothesline connect for Curtis and then he drops Ziggler on his face. Curtis goes to the top for the guillotine leg drop but Ziggler moves. He then plants the reeling Curtis with the Zig Zag and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

(Ads)

Match #2 - Derrick Bateman vs. Conor O'Brian

Daniel Bryan is absent this week, so Kofi Kingston is filling in for him this week in Bateman's corner.

Bateman controlling the match. He hits some jumping clotheslines and then connects with a running neckbreaker for two. He tries to pull O'Brian up from the apron but gets his arm snapped. O'Brian takes advantage of the downed Bateman and hits him with a full nelson slam and gets the pin out of nowhere.

Winner via pinfall: Conor O'Brian

Ted DiBiase and Maryse are arguing backstage. Then Brodus Clay comes up and thanks DiBiase for being such a great pro and having everything he wants. DiBiase thinks Clay is patronizing him. DiBiase suggests he take a pen and paper and take some notes when he faces Byron Saxton tonight since he didn't get the job done last week.

(Ads)

Wooboy. It's time for another challenge. It's the Power of the Punch. Get pumped for this. And if they can break the all-time record of 896 set by Alex Riley, they'll get another immunity point. Bateman comes in at 750. Curtis hits at 814 then flexes. Saxton at 625. O'Brian finishes at 531. This is hilarious. Ziggler tells Jacob Novak to take the blazer off before he punches. Striker calls him Brother Love. Novak finishes at 721. Ziggler says maybe he should've left it on so he'd have an excuse. Clay is up. A "Brodus" chant actually erupts. He finishes at 636. Not happy.

(Ads)

Match #3 - Byron Saxton vs. Ted DiBiase

DiBiase bullies the smaller Saxton in the early-going but Saxton hits a bulldog. That brief hope is squashed when he misses a corner splash. DiBiase goes back to work. Big clothesline connects for DiBiase. Knees to the face and then a fist-drop for DiBiase for two. Saxton, though, is hanging tough and is getting brief hope spots. Saxton on the apron and DiBiase hits a Stunner over the top rope that sends Saxton to the outside. Then Clay just runs over Saxton right in front of the ref.

Winner via disqualification: Byron Saxton

DiBiase and Mayrse run Clay down in the ring afterward. DiBiase orders Mayrse to slap him and she does. Clay is frothing at the mouth now. DiBiase and Maryse leave the ring laughing at Clay.

(Ads)

It's time for the second challenge and yes, it's a Talent Contest. This should be something. Heading into this, Curtis leads with four immunity points.

Bateman is first. He said while is was trapped in the airport over the weekend, he decided to write a haiku. It's called "Cheap Pop."

Boy does it feel great
Here in the Empire State
Rochester, New York

Curtis is up next and he is going to dance. He has a ribbon. Mathews asks if he can get Michael Cole's gong back. This was something.

Saxton is going to read a fairy tale. His delivery and goofiness here was pretty funny, but he got booed near the end by the crowd.

O'Brian is next and he says it's "Joke Time with Conor O'Brian."

He tells two of the absolute lamest jokes ever heard in the history of mankind.

Striker suggests that Brodus Clay just destroy everyone. I'd get onboard for that.

Novak says his talent is going to be to do something that no one else can do: Look good. He has a fashion show with himself.

Clay is up now. He says he's from the School of Hard Knocks. He says he can make anyone look "hood cool" so send him anyone from the back. Out comes, of all people, Michael Cole. He is in full heel mode here, immediately making fun of the city and the show. He gets digs in on Jim Ross and Kaval and the Internet fans ("How'd that work out for you?") with Clay just saying things behind him. This was tremendous.

The live audience pretty much hated everybody but Striker says Johnny Curtis is your winner. Hooray. Clay then beats everyone up.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.