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WWE NXT: Cesaro, Kidd battle for US title
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE NXT: The company's best all-around show rolls on with another week and in the main event, a championship is decided. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defends the title against Tyson Kidd in a great technical wrestling affair. In other action, Roman Reigns makes his long-awaited debut and Leo Kruger is in action. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Orlando, Fla. Tony Luftman, William Regal and later Jim Ross are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - Jimmy & Jey Uso (San Francisco, Calif.) vs. Michael McGillicutty (Champlin, Minn.) & Johnny Curtis (Westbrook, Maine)

The ultra-serious McGillicutty and the trying-to-be-sexy Curtis can't get along at all. They dominate early but the Usos make the big tag and Jey gets rolling. He hits the big butt bomb, a Samoan drop and then tags in Jimmy, who hits the Superfly Splash and that's it.

Winners via pinfall: The Usos

Kassius Ohno and Trent Baretta are backstage and Ohno suggests Baretta's win last week was a fluke, so they agree to do it again next week.

(Ads)

Match #2 - Xavier Woods (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Leo Kruger (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Kruger in control but Woods is able to explode and get a brief bit of life, but he goes to the top rope and Kruger sidesteps him, grabs him and finishes him with the modified neckbreaker.

Winner via pinfall: Leo Kruger

Big E Langston is giving a promo when Vickie Guerrero comes out and interrupts. She says she's recruiting for her stable and says Big E has caught her eye. The crowd chants "just say no." Big E says he has exactly what Vickie needs and then claps the powder in her face. She screams and runs off.

(Ads)

Next we get a bunch of people coming out and saying they deserve NXT title shots. First it's Jinder Mahal, then Justin Gabriel, then Drew McIntyre and then Bo Dallas. They argue for a little bit before being interrupted by NXT commissioner Dusty Rhodes. He says the four will meet next week to determine the No. 1 contender.

(Ads)

Match #3 - CJ Parker (Joliet, Ill.) vs. Roman Reigns (Parts Unknown)

This one is all Reigns, as he makes a successful debut with a squash of Parker.

(Ads)

Match #4 - WWE United States Championship - Antonio Cesaro (Lucerne, Switzerland) vs. Tyson Kidd (Calgary, Alberta)

A fantastic back-and-forth start to this one. Counters, bridges, arm drags and more. This is just great technical wrestling.

(Ads)

Kidd is rolling and works some kicks. He's getting the best of Cesaro here. He hits a nice kick to the head from the apron and then comes over the top with a head scissor takeover into a pinning combination for two. He hits a guillotine leg drop and Cesaro goes to the out. Kidd on the apron and he runs up and jacks Cesaro's jaw with a big kick right to the kisser. Kidd throws Cesaro back into the ring and hits the springboard elbow but the champion is able to kick out of one of the challenger's signature moves.

Cesaro, though, rallies and hits the Very European uppercut and finishes Kidd with the Neutralizer.

Winner via pinfall and STILL WWE United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.