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WWE NXT: Eliminated wrestler buried again
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: It's time for our second elimination and, for the second time, the wrestler who is getting eliminated is buried on the show. Outside of that, this episode is one of the season's best, featuring a hilarious challenge and the in-ring debut of Alberto Del Rio's personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez. Should be a good one!

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

Striker introduces the rookies. It's time for the first competition. It's "How Well Do You Know Your Pro?" We played this in Season 3. First up is "When I first saw my rookie, I thought he was _____.

Johnny Curtis says impressive and R-Truth wrote cool. Byron Saxton says tan. Dolph Ziggler wrote "Carleton from Fresh Prince." Haha. That's a good one. Derrick Bateman says "the great city of Tulsa, Oklahoma." Daniel Bryan flips over his board and written on it is "Tulsa, Oklahoma." Everyone gets a big laugh out of that, including me. Conor O'Brian says "looked strange." Alberto Del Rio says "a rat" and that is incorrect. Brodus Clay says large and Ted DiBiase writes "out of shape." That is incorrect. Clay just stands there, completely offended.

Next question is "What would your rookie's job be if he was out of sports entertainment?" Saxton says a singer. Ziggler says "Lifetime News Network anchor." I love Dolph Ziggler. Bateman says "the next Steve Blackman" and Bryan has written "Steve Blackman." This is awesome. Ziggler flips his lid over this. O'Brian says "working in the circus." Del Rio says "my employ." That gets a big laugh. Clay says "bodyguard" and DiBiase also has "bodyguard." Striker goes to move on and remembers he forgot Curtis. Curtis says "NXT commentator" and Truth writes "dancer or actor." Bzzt!

So Bateman has 2 and Clay has 1. Everyone else is stuck at nothing.

Next is "What is your rookie's biggest area of improvement?" Clay says listening. DiBiase has written "learn to listen." That's a winner. O'Brian also says listening. Del Rio hangs his head in shame and has written "looks." Bateman is up next and says Bryan will have written Bateman's two favorite things "chicks and America." Bryan flips over his board and has "chicks and America." Ziggler says "this seems rigged." Haha. This is awesome. Saxton says "to be more like Dolph Ziggler." Ziggler says "more dream journal entries." Curtis says "getting noticed" and Truth wrote "confidence."

That's it and Bateman is the winner of four immunity points, meaning he has earned immunity.

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Match #1 - Byron Saxton vs. Chris Masters

Masters takes it to Saxton early on. Masters sends Saxton to the outside and Ziggler coaxes Masters to the outside where Saxton decks him with a right and takes over. Saxton takes over in the ring. Jawbreaker and then a chinlock for the former ECW announcer. Masters, though, picks Saxton up and rams him into the corner. He follows that up with a Samoan drop. Flying shoulder block, two clotheslines and a spinebuster get two for Masters.

After a brief spurt of offense, Saxton misses a corner splash and hits the post and Masters grabs him and cinches the Masterlock and that's it.

Winner via submission: Chris Masters

DiBiase and Maryse are backstage when Clay comes up. He says he's going to destroy Bryan and Bateman. He and DiBiase start arguing about nothing, really, and DiBiase tells him to start listening. He leaves and then Maryse speaks in French to DiBiase and that upsets him.

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Match #2 - Ted DiBiase & Brodus Clay vs. Daniel Bryan & Derrick Bateman

Grisham notes that neither Bryan nor Bateman have ever won a match on NXT.

Clay goes to town on Bryan and is dominating for the most part when DiBiase blind tags his way in. He goes for Dream Street but Bryan evades it and gets the tag to Bateman. He hits a corner dropkick and a leaping clothesline for two. DiBiase quickly puts an end to that and then gives Clay the business. Clay drops off the apron and goes to walk away and DiBiase continues to yell at him when Bateman comes up from behind and rolls him up for three.

Winners via pinfall: Daniel Bryan & Derrick Bateman

I think DiBiase has officially been demoted to Jobber Status.

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Match #3 - Conor O'Brian vs. Ricardo Rodriguez

This is great. Rodriguez does his own ring introduction. He comes to the ring for his first WWE match in a bath robe and a large pair of trunks that can only be compared to a large pair of granny panties. He trips getting into the ring.

O'Brian taking it Rodriguez. He exposes a turnbuckle and charges Rodriguez. Rodriguez moves and O'Brian hits the buckle and drops like a ton of bricks. Rodriguez comes off the ropes with a clumsy splash and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Ricardo Rodriguez

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It's time for our elimination. Of course, Bateman is immune from elimination. Striker asks Bateman who he thinks should be eliminated. He says the man with the most punchable face in WWE, Byron Saxton.

Now it's time to see who's going home. It's really no surprise that it's Conor O'Brian.

O'Brian starts to cut his goodbye promo when he is interrupted by Rodriguez, who announces O'Brian as the loser. O'Brian chases him to the back and comes back and tells everyone they all suck. Then he goes under the ring. I'm not kidding.

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!.