WWE NXT Report CALDWELL'S WWE NXT RESULTS 2/8: Complete "virtual time" coverage of NXT Season 4, Week 10 - Elimination Week from Titletown
Feb 8, 2011 - 9:48:22 PM
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WWE NXT TV Results
February 8, 2011 - Season 4, Week 10
Taped in Green Bay, Wis.
Aired on WWE's website
By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
The cast of Season Four of WWE NXT:
-- Rookie: Johnny Curtis. Pro: R-Truth.
-- Rookie: Byron Saxton Pro: Dolph Ziggler
-- Rookie: Brodus Clay. Pro: Alberto Del Rio. (changed 1/25)
-- Rookie: Jacob Novak. Pro: Chris Masters
-- Rookie: Derrick Bateman. Pro: Daniel Bryan.
-- Rookie: Conor O'Brian. Pro: Ted DiBiase.
This week's elimination episode opened with a video package recapping recent events on NXT leading to tonight's elimination episode. A graphic asking "Who will be eliminated?" flashed on the screen leading to the standard NXT Season 4 intro video.
Arena: Todd Grisham introduced NXT as they went to various crowd shots of the fans sporting Packers gear. On-stage: Matt Striker was with Brodus Clay, Saxton, Curtis, and Bateman, who was wearing a cheesehead for the Packers. Striker recapped Curtis having the immunity lead with three points. Bateman has two points. The first Challenge is the Rock 'em, Sock 'Em joust. The winner gets two Immunity Points.
Up first was Johnny Curtis. His opponent was Derrick Bateman, who handed off the cheesehead to Striker. A few strikes resulted in Curtis falling off his podium and shoving Bateman down, but Curtis fell off his podium first. Bateman wins Round One.
Saxton and Brodus Clay were next. Clay slowly approached the podium, taking his sweet time measuring each step, unsure if he would crush the entire set-up. Clay continued to stall before shoving Saxton down. Clay is DQ'ed. "At least he tried," Grisham said. Clay then cut a promo that the Rock 'em Sock 'em deal isn't built for someone of his size. He vowed to make a statement in the ring tonight.
So, it's Saxton vs. Bateman in the finals. Bateman started a "Cheese-head" chant before approaching Saxton. Bateman fell off his podium and Saxton also fell down. The referees consulted and declared Saxton the winner of two immunity points. Josh Mathews wanted a replay. They went to a slow-motion replay showing Saxton's foot hitting the ground first before Bateman fell down. They went to another slow-motion replay showing Saxton fell off first. Striker then declared that because they're in Titletown, they will have a re-do because the replay indicated the wrong call. Why not just award it to the correct winner? When the ref goes under the hood to review a call, they don't cancel out the previous play and call it a mulligan. Anyways...
Finals II: Saxton made it clear this time around by smashing Bateman off his podium. Saxton wins it twice. Bateman smiled and applauded his opponent for a clean victory this time around. Saxton officially with two points. Curtis with 3, Bateman with 2, and Saxton with 2. The final challenge later tonight will determine who receives immunity from this week's elimination.
Before the bell sounded, they replayed events from last week when Bateman started a "turd" chant directed toward Dolph Ziggler. Back in the ring, Bateman was proud of his work. Bryan had the U.S. Title belt prominently displayed around his waist while standing on the apron in Bateman's corner. They cut to a shot of the Pros on-stage evaluating. Ricardo Rodriguez, Maryse, Chris Masters, and R-Truth were on-stage. Apparently Mason Ryan didn't do a good enough number on Truth on Raw. Bateman tried to agitate Dolph early on by shouting "turd" at him. Saxton then crotched Bateman on the top rope and went to work on Bateman, who the announcers tried to compare to Santino for his "entertainment value." Masters whispered "turd" into the mic throughout trying to get the crowd behind Bateman.
Masters then got a bit more bold telling the crowd to chant "turd, turd." Bateman, inspired, landed a back drop suplex before slowly reaching his feet. Bateman kicked Saxton across the chest, then charged Saxton with multiple palm thrusts. Bateman with a corner dropkick followed by a clothesline for a two count. Mathews declared the loser of this match will be eliminated. Bateman then struggled trying to apply a submission, which Saxton turned into a small package for a two count. Bateman then came right back with the LeBell Lock and Saxton was forced to tap out, with Nunzio on the call as the assigned referee for this bout.
WINNER: Bateman at 4:22 via submission. According to Mathews, Saxton is on his way out tonight. Fine singles match. The match could have done without the "turd" chant. Or Chris Masters.
Tonight: It's Clay vs. Curtis following up on their recent feud.
In-ring: Striker was with the four remaining Rookies. Saxton was selling the LeBell Lock as Striker announced the following contest is worth an important three points. Striker said this is a WWE Shop Challenge. The Rookies will have to guess the suggested retail value of each WWE merchandise item. Shop 'Til You Drop? Striker welcomed out NXT Season 3 Rookie A.J. as a special guest.
First item: Top 50 Superstars Of All-Time. Cue up The Price is Right theme music as A.J. modeled the DVD. Some of the Rookies acted like Price contestants "calculating numbers on their heads." Clay dropped $29.99. Saxton with $24.99. Saxton wanted to know the format. $19.99 was his pick. Johnny with the ol' $1. Striker revealed...$34.99 is the correct price. Clay gets the point.
Second item: Naomi, with a haircut, brought out a WWE Kids Magazine. They cut to Tony Chimel reading the item description. That might have been the most hilarious thing ever. Curtis said $6.95. Bateman with $9.99. Saxton with $10. Clay with $1. And the correct retail price is...$3.99. Clay scores the point again. Maryse was...well...excited?
Third item: A.J. with a mini-replica World Hvt. Title belt. Chimel read the item description as Mathews tried to slip in an Aaron Rodgers reference. Bateman said $39.99. $19.99 for Saxton. Clay with $19.95. Curtis with $30.11. Saxton scored the point with an exact guess. Does he also get the $100 from Bob Barker's pocket?
Fourth item: Naomi with the WWE Championship History Book. Mathews held his head in agony while Grisham looked on selling interest. $28.95 for Saxton. Bateman declared $38,351. Curtis with $30 even. Clay declared $23. Actual retail price was $28. Saxton was over, so Clay wins the point and the contest. Ziggler declared, "That's the first time Saxton's been over." No one in the crowd got it. Awesome.
So, the immunity standings have Clay with 3, Curtis with 3, Bateman with 2, and Saxton with 2. The announcers had no idea how they would break the tie between Clay and Curtis.
Announcers: Grisham and Mathews were shown on-camera for an Elimination Chamber PPV plug on the Road to WrestleMania. Cue up the Chamber video package highlighting this being the first major obstacle on the way to Mania.
Backstage: Curtis and R-Truth needed to have a chat. Truth was fresh as a daisy following Nexus's attack last night on Raw. Truth told Curtis to ignore the rumors and hearsay about what he thinks about him. They hugged it out and Truth left Curtis to prepare for his match.
In-ring: Ricardo accompanied Brodus Clay to the ring for the main event match up next.
2 -- BRODUS CLAY (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. JOHNNY CURTIS (w/R-Truth)
Back from break, the camera focused on Clay with his new singlet that contained "Sheeee!" written across his stomach. Grisham dryly noted Truth is excited to be in Green Bay tonight. Mathews no-sold the reference to Truth name-dropping Green Bay in Milwaukee last night on Raw. The bell sounded and Mathews said he has been given the power to decide who has immunity tonight. He wouldn't reveal his vote. Ziggler, with a cheesehead on his head, gave a shout-out to Milwaukee, Wis., mock Truth. He then dropped the cheesehead on the stage and dropped a Ric Flair elbow. Masters started a "turd" chant to mock Ziggler again.
All of that happened in the first few seconds of the match, which featured Clay dominating early on. Clay with a t-bone suplex as Grisham re-lived his "moment" on last week's NXT when Maryse feigned kissing him. Clay continued to wear down Curtis, who tried to fight back with fists to the stomach while Ricardo taunted him from the ring apron. Masters and Ziggler resumed their "turd" chant battle while Maryse acted unimpressed. Ziggler eventually just left. Grisham dryly noted he's surprised the WWE Universe hasn't left yet either.
Back in the ring, Clay continued to slow down the pace dominating the action. Masters said something indecipherable as Curtis made a comeback with a slingshot leg drop. And Ziggler is back. Maryse was unimpressed. In the ring, Curtis went for a top rope dropkick as Ricardo shouted: "Madre, madre." The action came to a standstill, then Clay slingshot Curtis throat-first across the top rope. Clay followed with a running powerslam. Emphatic finish leading to a pin for Curtis. Ricardo then introduced Clay as the victor.
WINNER: Clay at 6:10. Unimpressive match. They seemed a bit lost at times and potentially distracted by the non-sense on the stage. Clay continued to look dominant at the end of the day.
On-stage: Striker told the Pros to huddle up and debate who should be eliminated. It's up next.
[Break. The second installment of the Undertaker return tease video aired from last night's Raw.]
Announcers: Mathews noted Tobymac is providing the Elimination Chamber theme song.
Ringside: Striker asked Clay and Curtis to step up and claim the Immunity Points since they're both tied. Curtis gave a shout-out to the Packers for a cheap pop. Clay said he deserves the immunity because he does everything alone. He said he doesn't care about the Packers because the Steelers should have won. Striker asked the crowd who deserves immunity. Mathews noted it should be Clay since he just beat Curtis. Striker gave the immunity points to Curtis based on fan popularity. Didn't Mathews say he would decide? So, we learned that wrestling matches officially have zero impact on anything on NXT.
Anyways, cue the drumroll. As expected, Byron Saxton is going home. Saxton just stared straight ahead selling disdain. Masters gloated in "turd" Ziggler's face. Saxton sold holding back tears before Striker handed him the mic.
Saxton paused. "Spit it out, Bryan," Ziggler shouted at his Rookie. "It's Byron," Grisham whispered. More deep breathing from Saxton. "I don't understand. I don't understand how the WWE Universe eliminates Byron Saxton," he shouted. Saxton then smiled and said he forgives them for voting him off. Saxton said he's sure that one day, common sense will return and everything will be a-okay. Striker took the mic and told the crowd to say good-bye to Saxton.
Saxton made his way up the entrance ramp, but Ziggler cut him off and told him he just embarrassed him. Ziggler raised his voice and cut a promo on Saxton, saying he disgusts him. Ziggler screamed at Saxton that he doesn't deserve to be here. Maryse was snapping photos in the background. Saxton turned serious and slowly walked away as Ziggler accused him of being a loser and a bad wrestler. Masters told Saxton to be a real man and punch "turd" in the face. Saxton then smirked and shot Ziggler an eyebrow. He raised his hand in the air and slowly backed away with an "I'm better than you" glare toward Ziggler. End NXT. Where has that passion on the mic from Ziggler been his entire career? Ziggler brought it on the mic right there to close the show.
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