August 17, 2011
WWE NXT: Bateman gains a girlfriend
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on WWE NXT: After weeks of going nowhere, WWE has finally decided to throw some wrinkles into NXT. On this episode, we get a returning Diva plus a mysterious symbol on the Tron following one of the matches. And the in-ring action wasn't too bad, either. Should be a good one!
And we are LIVE! from Bakersfield, Calif. Todd Grisham and William Regal are our commentators and Matt Striker and is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).
Titus O'Neil, Hornswaggle and AJ are out to start the show. All three have mics. O'Neil talks about how he's been on a journey, but so has Hornswaggle looking for true love. He says Hornswaggle has something to tell AJ. He says something and O'Neil translates it about she being the most special Diva to spend his time with. He then gets down on a knee and presents her with a Ring Pop. He says, through O'Neil, that he'll be faithful and such. AJ says this has never been about size, it doesn't matter how big he is or how many presents she gets, it's all about the size of his heart.
As she's speaking, Derrick Bateman's music hits. He looks disgusted. And confirms it. He says everyone in the back is throwing up. He tells Hornswaggle if he thinks anyone could love him, he's dumber than O'Neil looks. O'Neil says Bateman should turn around before O'Neil beats him and kicks his teeth in. Hornswaggle gets all uppity when Bateman says when he looks at Hornswaggle and AJ, he's not sure which one is the leprechaun and which one is the troll. This sets him off and Hornswaggle advances up the ramp looking for the fight with Bateman. Bateman comes in until O'Neil advances as well and O'Neil and Hornswaggle chase Bateman to the back.
This leaves AJ in the ring where she is immediately attacked from behind by a mystery woman. And we get a close up and see it's Maxine from NXT Season 3 with a new hair color.
Match #1 - JTG (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Tyson Kidd (Calgary, Alberta)
JTG with a neck cracker and then he goes to work with some ground-and-pound on Kidd. He sits on the top turnbuckle. Kidd charges but gets leapfrogged. Then JTG hits the ropes and Kidd takes him down and locks in a single leg crab and JTG taps.
Winner via submission: Tyson Kidd
Kidd is celebrating when a symbol comes up on the Tron and some music plays. Kidd starts looking around and nothing comes of it.
Match #2 - Matt Striker (Bayside, NY) vs. Darren Young (Miami, Fla.)
Striker gets off to a hot start and has Young reeling. He goes to work on the hand. Now Young's mouth is bleeding. They go on the apron and Young goes for a neckbreaker, but Striker stops it. Young, though, does hit him with a side slam on the apron. Back in the ring, Striker lands a big boot and then a draping corkscrew neckbreaker for two when Young gets his foot on the rope. Young counters Striker and goes for his finish but Striker slips out and hits a backcracker for two. Striker goes for a roll but Young counters into his finish and that's it.
Winner via pinfall: Darren Young
Match #3 - Derrick Bateman (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Titus O'Neil (Tampa, Fla.)
Bateman grabs the mic and introduces the love of his life, Maxine. Maxine says Hornswaggle wishes he could handle a real woman like her. He says Hornswaggle settled some something less because he couldn't handle a real woman. She says if he thinks she's causing problems for him now, just wait, they're just getting started.
Bateman with a chinlock but O'Neil fires up. Then they botch a couple spots right in a row. Not as bad as Jack Swagger and Alex Riley from Raw, but still bad. Now they redo it and O'Neil hits a big jumping clothesline and then a shoulder breaker for two. O'Neil follows with a fallaway slam and Bateman rolls to the outside.
O'Neil throws him back in the ring and goes to get back in when Maxine holds his leg. This allows Bateman to recover and he rolls O'Neil up as he gets back in the ring. He gets the three.
Winner via pinfall: Derrick Bateman