Arena: Michael Cole and Josh Mathews introduced the show and Cole said it's the Halloween edition, which means a horrifying and terrible hour of TV. Matt Striker then introduced the five remaining Rookies in Halloween costumes. A.J. in a Ninja Turtle outfit. Naomi in a Hamburger Helper outfit. Kaitlyn dressed as Vickie Guerrero. Maxine as a witch. Aksana was dressed as a devil.
In-ring: Striker recapped Naomi in the lead with three points in the Immunity Standings before next week's elimination. Striker said the first contest for points is judging the Halloween costumes. Aksana was up first and kind of did circles while standing in place. Maxine was next as the Ice Queen. She vowed to send shivers up Striker's spine. But, there's only one spot for this queen and that's up top.
Kaitlyn was next doing the "Excuse me!" routine over and over. Vickie just shook her head selling disgust from the stage. She proceeded to fall down and trip over herself. Cole said that was a better bump than the one she took in her match last week. Naomi was next and she had a joke. She pitched the Hamburger Helper product and the crowd booed. A.J. said she's a Ninja Turtle and proceeded to do some weird movements. Primo kind of raised his eyebrows from the stage.
Striker ran down the candidates. Aksana was booed. Maxine was booed. "Vickie" Kaitlyn was cheered loudly. Hamburger Naomi was booed. A.J. was cheered, but not close to Kaitlyn. Striker ran down the cheers again before settling on Kaitlyn as the winner. Striker sent it back to Todd Pettengill and Sean Mooney. Cole sarcastically said no one remembers them.
Backstage: Ted DiBiase is on the show with Maryse. Maryse complained that she doesn't want to be on this show at all. DiBiase sternly paced the hallway apparently looking for Goldust as Cole quipped they don't want to be here either.
[Break. Next Monday on Raw: Barrett has presented an opportunity to Cena. What will Cena do to earn his freedom? ... WrestleMania plug: Tickets for WM27 in Atlanta go on-sale Saturday, November 13.]
In-ring: Back from break, Kelly Kelly's music hit and she entered the ring to back up Naomi in the Hamburger Helper get-up. Alicia Fox then came out to back up Maxine.
1 -- MAXINE (w/Alicia Fox) vs. NAOMI (w/Kelly Kelly)
Cole and Mathews began watching a movie on a laptop with ring announcer Chimel them. Mathews shouted at Chimel not to read the script. The "action" moved to ringside where Maxine pounded Naomi into the announce table. Mathews told Cole to get involved in the action. Cole took a blow in the proceedings and Mathews nearly dropped his popcorn. Back in the ring, Maxine worked over Naomi, who mounted a comeback and scored a nearfall. Naomi eventually scored the pinfall for the win. Cole said they should give her a hand. Mathews said perhaps a hand-me-down.
WINNER: Naomi in 5:00. What can you say about a match when one participant wrestles in a giant Hamburger Helper outfit? (n/a)
Backstage: Goldust and Aksana talked backstage about DiBiase and Maryse coming to NXT to look for them. Aksana was too concerned about the wedding. Suddenly, Immigration Dude entered and told Goldust her papers aren't in order. If the wedding doesn't go down next week, he'll have her deported. Goldust told her everything will be okay.
[Break. "Knucklehead" plug. The movie wasn't even tracked this weekend so no box office numbers to report.]
In-ring: The Bella Twins's music hit to bring out Brie Bella for singles action. Cole noted a bit of sibling rivalry between Brie and heelish Nikki Bella on last week's show. Primo's music hit to bring out A.J., in the Ninja Turtle get-up, as the opponent here.
2 -- A.J. (w/Primo) vs. BRIE BELLA (w/Nikki Bella)
Mathews said he has a theory on why Nikki was so aggressive on NXT last week. He figures it's because they moved away from each other with an East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry. Or something like that. Brie landed an early dropkick as Mathews referenced Jamie Keyes eliminated a few weeks ago in the first round of cuts. Brie landed a knock-down clothesline for a two count as Nikki shouted encouragement to finish her off. A.J. fought back and Nikki started screaming at Brie on the outside to get the job done. Primo walked over and said he's watching the switcheroo here. Back in the ring, A.J. went to work on Brie as Nikki tried to rally the crowd. "Fire it up! Fire it up!" Nikki shouted, using sports motivation cliche #593.
A.J. continued to dominate, then Nikki just yanked Brie out of the ring to pull the switcheroo, much to Brie's chagrin. The ref didn't see it and Nikki dropped A.J. for the win. Afterward, Brie walked away not happy with Nikki taking control of things here. Primo was given a technical for arguing with the ref. Cole played delusional heel announcer that Brie should just be happy.
WINNER: Bellas in 6:00. More character development for Nikki tapping into her heelish tendencies. Of course, the show is about developing the characters of the Rookies, but that ship has sailed. Decent action here.
Backstage: Maryse told DiBiase she wants to get out of here as soon as possible. She said the girls are icky and disgusting and smell. Maryse told DiBiase he should just go buy another Million Dollar Title belt. DiBiase said it's a matter of principle because the belt has been in his family for 20 years. He told her she's going to help him get it back. Maryse walked off in a huff and DiBiase rolled his eyes in frustration.
Announcers: Cole repeated the "Stand Up for WWE" campaign telling their audience to fight back against "negativity." They cued up the video package from Raw last night with the wrestlers talking about their dreams to become WWE stars.
Ringside: Mathews said this is the only place he's wanted to be and he's been with WWE for ten years. Cole said the scary thing is he's kind of Mathews's teacher at "WWE University." He said it's "all about entertainment." Cole told the audience to participate in "standing up" for WWE.
In-ring: There was a buffet table full of Halloween candy with the Pros standing behind the Rookies, who were seated at the table. Striker said the person who has consumed the most amount of candy will be declared the winner. Striker needed some help and out came Hornswoggle in his hometown area. Horny was sporting Santino's Cowboy outfit from Raw last night.
They put one minute on the clock and the Rookies started gorging themselves on candy. Hornswoggle tried to taunt Maxine as Vickie screamed at Kaitlyn to hurry up. Aksana offered some candy to Goldust, who massaged her shoulders. The countdown clock expired and the refs began tallying up the food consumed. Both referees agreed that Maxine won. And that leaves Aksana as the only point-less Rookie thus far.
After this, Maxine and A.J. had a shoving contest. A.J. then shoved Maxine over Hornswoggle, who was on the ground. Kaitlyn started to sell that she was choking and Vickie screamed at her, "What's wrong with you?!" Kaitlyn then bent over and threw up on Vickie, who tried to compose herself before slowly walking out of the ring. Cole said this is one of the reasons why NXT was the shortest-running episodic TV show in history.
Still to come: DiBiase and Maryse team up to face Goldust and Aksana in a mixed tag match.
[Break. A reminder that WM27 tickets go on-sale Saturday, Nov. 13.]
Announcers: Cole and Mathews tried to get serious talking about Undertaker's funeral hosted by Kane this Friday on Smackdown. Cole said he has a great idea for the NXT funeral next week. Mathews said next week will be the next elimination.
Backstage: Vickie was heard screaming on the other side of a locker room door. Dolph Ziggler walked out and Kaitlyn asked how she's doing. Vickie kept screaming as Ziggler tried to talk down Kaitlyn before they teased some chemistry. Vickie finally screamed for Ziggler to get back in the room.
Still to come: Million Dollar Couple vs. Team Gold. Mathews wondered if the show will still be on the air next week.
Next week: The "Internet event of the year" with Goldust and Aksana's wedding. Mathews said it will be from the "most romantic city in the world," Bridgeport, Conn. Cole snickered as Goldust and Aksana came to the ring for the main event. Cole said the best way to celebrate their wedding next week is, "A big old wrestling match." Mathews retorted, "We don't say that." DiBiase and Maryse then came out as the opposition. Mathews said Cole is starting to act like Jim Ross. Cole wondered where that came from and said he must be balding and have a gut. Mathews added he has to be a Big 12 fanatic.
3 -- GOLDUST & AKSANA vs. TED DIBIASE & MARYSE
Aksana, in her red devil outfit, started things off against Maryse. They stalled a bit before Maryse tried to yank out Aksana's hair. Maryse eventually yanked off Aksana's devil horns and tail out of frustration. Mathews noted it's interesting Aksana wrestles in her engagement ring. DiBiase had enough of this and entered the ring before calling out Goldust. Mathews said he hopes it's an open bar wedding next week. Cole dropped a Michael P.S. Hayes reference as DiBiase clotheslined Goldust and worked him over.
DiBiase knocked Goldust to the outside and rammed him into the announce table. Maryse then choked Goldust as the ref began a ten count. Back in the ring, DiBiase landed a dropkick before Goldust escaped and tagged in Aksana. Maryse had to tag in and the Divas went to work. The men eventually became re-involved and the action broke down. Suddenly, Aksana caught Maryse with a small package and scored the pin for the win.
Post-match: DiBiase grabbed his Million Dollar Title belt. Maryse grabbed it and taunted Aksana, who slapped both of them. Goldust then took back the belt and cleared DiBiase from the ring. Goldust and Aksana took off from ringside to celebrate on the entrance ramp as Maryse and DiBiase tried to collect themselves ringside. Cole plugged the wedding next week to close the show.
WINNERS: Goldust & Aksana in 7:00. Fine. It served its purpose continuing the DiBiase vs. Goldust feud.
Updated Immunity Standings:
-- Naomi: 3 points
-- A.J.: 1 point
-- Kaitlyn: 1 point
-- Maxine: 1 point
-- Aksana: 0 points
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