June 21, 2011
WWE NXT: Ryder makes surprise appearance
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on WWE NXT: We're getting down to the nitty gritty as only three rookies remain. Tonight isn't about them, though, as NXT gets a special visit from WWE Internet Champion Zack Ryder. He confronts his NXT Season 2 rookie Titus O'Neil and the two clash in the main event. Should be a good one!
And we are "LIVE!" from Hershey, Pa. Todd Grisham and William Regal are our commentators and Matt Striker and Maryse are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).
Titus O'Neil and Hornswaggle are out to start the show. Hornswaggle, through O'Neil, asks Maryse to come out. Hornswaggle says he has a surprise for her and asks her to close her eyes and hold out her hand. Hornswaggle puts a jewelry box in her hand. It's a ring pop. She basically makes fun of him and says he has a little brain, calls him a fat troll and tells him to get a woman his own size. She walks off when Zack Ryder's music hits.
He's curious how O'Neil has made it farther this season with Hornswaggle as his pro than he did with Ryder as his pro in Season 2. O'Neil says Hornswaggle is a better pro. Ryder disagrees and they almost come to blows when Striker comes out and books them against each other in tonight's main event.
Match #1 - Vladimir Kozlov (Moscow, Russia), Conor O'Brian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) & Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Texas), Darren Young (Miami, Fla.) & JTG (Brooklyn, NY)
Tatsu gets in against JTG and is looking for revenge. He keeps going at JTG but JTG keeps hugging the ropes before bringing in his partners. Kozlov in now and he runs wild and all the faces stand in the centre of the ring as the heels regroup on the outside.
The faces are in control of Guerrero. O'Brian goes for a delayed vertical suplex but Guerrero knees his way out and they take over. They are just all over O'Brian here. But finally he beats his way out of the corner only to run into a dropkick to the knees from Guerrero then JTG wraps his knee around the post. Finally he gets the tag in to Tatsu.
Tatsu in against JTG and gets rolling. He knocks Guerrero and Young off the apron and drops JTG. Shining Wizard on JTG and that cover is broke up but Young and Guerrero. Kozlov in and they try to double suplex him and he reverses it. JTG knocks him out of the ring only to run into the high kick from Tatsu and that's it.
Winners via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu, Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O'Brian
Tyson Kidd is on the phone with Lucky Cannon when he comes into the locker room and sees Tatsu's shrine to his action figure. Tatsu tells him don't touch, Kidd says he wasn't and then Tatsu presents it with a Hershey bar.
Match #2 - Titus O'Neil (Tampa, Fla.) vs. Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY)
Hornswaggle gets involved early and bites Ryder on the backside behind the referee's back. O'Neil tries to take advantage with a roll-up but Ryder kicks out at two and rolls to the outside.
O'Neil in control as we return, but he charges Ryder in the corner and eats a double knee. Double sledge for Ryder and then he locks in a side headlock. O'Neil works his way out but runs into a big boot. Broski Boot connects for Ryder. O'Neil, though, gets out and hits a big running clothesline and then a fallaway slam.
O'Neil looking for the Clash of the Titus but Ryder rolls out of the ring. O'Neil chases Ryder but gets distracted by Hornswaggle. Ryder attacks as O'Neil gets in the ring and then lines him up for the Rough Ryder and hits it. That's all.
Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder