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WWE NXT: Another one bites the dust
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: The final four becomes the final three tonight as one rookie is heading home. We have two challenges and end up with an immunity points tie. And if that doesn't pique your interest, one of tonight's challenges is a "The Price is Right"-like game featuring WWE merchandise. Should be a good one!

And, thankfully for R-Truth we actually are "LIVE!" from Green Bay, Wisc., tonight. Todd Grisham and Josh Mathews are our commentators and Matt Striker is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Striker is on the stage with our four remaining rookies. It's time for "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Rookies." Haven't seen this one since Season 1, I believe.

First up is Johnny Curtis against a Cheesehead-wearing Derrick Bateman. Curtis tries to push Bateman off, but in doing so, falls off and hits the ground before Bateman. So that leaves Byron Saxton and Brodus Clay. Slight size mismatch here. Well, instead of getting up on the pedestal, pushes Saxton off his and then complains to Matt Striker he is 6-foot-8 and has size 17 shoes and this isn't made for him. He says he'll do his talking in the ring. So it's Bateman and Saxton in the final. We have another photo finish similar to the first match and Saxton is declared the winner. We see two replays and it's clear the referee's are wrong so Striker says we're going to have a rematch. This time, Saxton is the decisive winner. This was a colossal waste of time.

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Match #1 - Byron Saxton vs. Derrick Bateman

Best part of this in the early going is Dolph Ziggler sporting a Zack Ryder T-shirt under his blazer.

Saxton with a headlock. Bateman rolls his way out of it but Saxton clotheslines him. Back elbow lands for Saxton. Now Bateman fires up with a back suplex. Corner dropkick lands for Bateman and he follows that up with a leaping clothesline for two. Bateman can't find a submission and is rolled up for two. Saxton with another try for two but then Bateman counters that and Saxton finds himself right in the LaBelle Lock and has to tap.

Winner via submission: Derrick Bateman

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It's time for another Immunity Challenge. This is worth three immunity points. This challenge is the "WWEShop.com Challenge." The rookies will be presented with merchandise and have to guess the retail value. Striker welcomes out NXT Season 3 rookie diva AJ who is modeling the Top 50 Superstars of All Time DVD. This is right out of The Price is Right, complete with TPIR music. Clay guesses $29.99. Saxton guesses $24.99. Bateman wants to know if its Blu-Ray or regular, getting a big chuckle out of Mathews on commentary. He says $19.99. Curtis goes with $1, Bob. The price is $34.95 so Clay is correct.

Striker brings out Naomi from NXT Season 3, complete with shorter hair. She is modeling the latest edition of WWE Kids magazine. Curtis goes with $6.95. Bateman says $9.99. Saxton goes with $10 and Clay with $1. The retail value is $3.99, so Clay wins.

AJ is back to model a kids World Heavyweight Championship belt. Bateman says $39.99, Saxton says $19.99, Clay is $19.95 and Curtis is $30.11. The retail value is $19.99 so Saxton gets it right on.

Naomi brings out the WWE Championship book. Saxton says $28.95. Bateman goes with $38,451. Curtis with $30 and Clay with $23. The value is $28, so "Saxton is over," Striker says and Clay is the winner. Playing off Striker's comment, I believe it's his own pro Dolph Ziggler who says, "that's the first time Saxton's been over." I laughed so hard.

That's the end and Brodus Clay has earned three points, his first immunity points of the entire season.

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Curtis is backstage when he's approached by his pro R-Truth. He's complaining that he's been distracted by Truth allegedly going around telling people he has a big head and a big ego. Truth says Curtis should only be worried about two things: The elimination and Brodus Clay.

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Match #2 - Brodus Clay vs. Johnny Curtis

These two have always managed to find each other throughout the season when looking to make an example of someone.

Curtis with shoulders to the gut from the apron. He slides in under Clay. Clay goes for an elbow but Curtis moves. Curtis with some ground-and-pound but Clay shoves him off and then picks him up and drops him throat-first on the top rope. Clay with a front-facelock. Curtis punches out but Clay stays on him, going right back to him. He backs him into the corner and holds it until the referee's count hits four. Curtis fires up out of the corner with a face-buster. He lands some uppercuts and then a dropkick to the knee and finally drops Clay. He hits a slingshot legdrop for two.

Curtis goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick but Clay rolls into the ropes so Curtis can't get a cover. Curtis goes to pursue but Clay wrings his neck on the rope. Clay follows that up with a powerslam and that's it.

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

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It's time for our elimination. But first, since Curtis and Clay are tied, they have 20 seconds to tell the audience why they deserve immunity. I guess wins and losses don't matter on NXT, either.

Curtis goes for the easy hit saying he deserves it because "the Packers ruleeeeeeee!" Clay says he thinks the Steelers should've won anyway but he walks alone and he is the who, what, where, when and why of this competition and you do know that. Striker says it's not a popularity contest but it clearly is. Curtis has immunity.

It's time to find out who's going home. The eliminated rookie is Byron Saxton. Saxton looks legitimately devastated. He might be crying. He then heels it up says he doesn't understand how the WWE Universe eliminates him. He says he forgives them. He says everyone makes mistakes. He says he knows that little birdie known as common sense will return and everything will be A-OK.

Ziggler wants to know what he's smiling at. He says Saxton embarrassed him and doesn't have it or anything. He gets in his face and runs him down. Saxton doesn't do anything about it, either.

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!.