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WWE NXT: Love triangle reaches breaking point
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: The show's resident love triangle continues, as host Matt Striker books Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis to team together in a tag team match against The Usos. When that predictably goes south, things heat up a bit as this never-ending season rolls on. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Richmond, Va. Josh Mathews and Matt Striker are our commentators and Striker is our host. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - Derrick Bateman (Cleveland, Ohio) & Johnny Curtis (Westbrook, Maine) vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso (San Francisco, Calif.)

Bateman and Curtis are being put together by Striker to learn how to get along together.

Curtis blind tags himself in and takes over and then goes to bring in Bateman, but he hops off the mat and tags off. Curtis blows a gasket and turns right around into a kick. He eats the butt splash and then a top-rope splash and that is all she wrote.

Winners via pinfall: Jimmy & Jey Uso

Trent Barreta is looking for backup from Yoshi Tatsu tonight. He agrees, but is ambushed by Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins after Barreta leaves and shoved into and locked in a closet.

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Match #2 - Trent Barreta (Mount Sinai, NY) vs. Curt Hawkins (Queens, NY)

Hawkins in control. They end up on the outside and Hawkins shoves Barreta into the ring apron and then, back in the ring, works a headlock. Barreta, though, gains an opening when Hawkins decides to talk trash to Striker. He gets moving with a knee to the chest and a double stomp out of the corner. He goes to the top but gets distracted by Reks. That allows Hawkins to recover, shove him down and hit his finish and that is all she wrote for Barreta.

Winner via pinfall: Curt Hawkins

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Match #3 - Kaitlyn (Houston, Texas) vs. Maxine (Tampa, Fla.)

Maxine is all over Kaitlyn in the early-going. Maxine jumps into a guillotine choke but Kaitlyn breaks the hold by running Maxine into the corner. She hits a back elbow and a dropkick. Maxine pulls the hair and drags Kaitlyn down when Bateman comes down. The distraction allows Kaitlyn to roll Maxine up and get three.

Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn

Maxine is, to put it lightly, not pleased about this. So Bateman starts singing to her. I am not making this up. Then Curtis attacks him from behind, ending the pain and making him my favorite professional wrestler of all times.

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Match #4 - Percy Watson (Miami, Fla.) vs. Tyson Kidd (Calgary, Alberta)

Kidd is dominant early, but Watson lifts his way out of a headlock and drops Kidd and goes to work. A dropkick followed by some clotheslines connect. He hits a hip toss for two. He loads Kidd up on the top rope and is going for a superplex but Kidd drops down to the apron and necks Watson on the top rope. He follows up with the springboard elbow and that is it.

Winner via pinfall: Tyson Kidd

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Striker has left the announce desk to handle some commotion between Bateman, Maxine and Curtis. He books a match between Bateman and Curtis for next week.

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Match #5 - Titus O'Neil (Tampa, Fla.) vs. JTG (Brooklyn, NY)

JTG controls the early part of the match by crotching O'Neil on the ring curtain. O'Neil fires up and hits a scoop slam for two. JTG tries a roll-up but any further offense doesn't last long as O'Neil hits the Clash of the Titus out of nowhere and gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: Titus O'Neil

JTG and Darren Young attack O'Neil after the match. Young gets the mic and calls O'Neil and NXT failure.

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!.