This week's episode opened with a segment setting up this week's main event of William Regal and Matt Striker against Darren Young and JTG. Backstage, Tyson Kidd and Derrick Bateman were shown walking in the hallway. Bateman randomly smashed an object to hype himself up. They're in tag action against a partner of Titus O'Neil's choosing next.
[Break. Next Monday: It's Hugh Jackman in a "can't-miss" Raw Supershow.]
In-ring: Bateman's music hit to bring out Bateman and Kidd, who did an Outsiders-style pose on the stage. Jack Korpela and Regal were shown at the commentary table discussing Regal's latest endeavor into the ring. Titus O'Neil then came out to his own theme music, accompanied by his new tag partner from last week's Superstars, Percy Watson. Apparently it took 28 weeks to find Titus some music besides Hornswoggle's theme.
1 -- TYSON KIDD & DERRICK BATEMAN vs. TITUS O'NEIL & PERCY WATSON
Showtime started things off against Bateman before tagging in Titus to double-team Bateman. Of note, no sign of Maxine with Bateman, nor Hornswoggle with Titus for this tag match. Kidd then tagged in and took a beating from Titus and Percy. Percy was only slowed down when Bateman grabbed his foot from the outside to allow the heels to take control of the action. Kidd made a mistake at 5:45 attempting a top-rope move that Watson intercepted with a dropkick. Titus then hot-tagged and ran over Bateman, who also tagged in. Titus channeled Ultimate Warrior with the rope-shake and delivered a powerslam for a pin...except Kidd broke it up. Moments later, Titus dropped Bateman with his sky-high bomb - Clash of the Titus - for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Titus & Showtime at 7:06. Your basic NXT tag match enhancing Titus and giving Showtime some ring time.
Still to come tonight: A.J. vs. Maxine in a re-match from a few weeks ago.
Backstage: A.J. was on the phone. She was tired of talking to Hornswoggle's voice mail and told Hornswoggle to call her back ASAP. Maxine then stepped into the shot and claimed Swoggle took off to Palm Springs with the Bella Twins. He wants to be with a real woman, she claimed. A.J. wasn't buying it, but Maxine claimed to have proof on an electronic device. Upon reviewing the evidence, A.J. decided Maxine was making it up. They decided to settle the issue in the ring tonight.
[Break. Sheamus wants you to BA STAR.]
In-ring: A.J.'s music hit to bring out Hornswoggle's girlfriend as Korpela expressed concern over Hornswoggle's whereabouts. Maxine was out next as Regal claimed her father is a part-time ventriloquist. On that note...
2 -- A.J. vs. MAXINE
Regal told some stories as the two Divas exchanged blows fighting over the whereabouts of Hornswoggle. Maxine took control as Regal turned his attention to running down Darren Young and Jimmy the Gimmick ahead of the main event tag match later in the show. "Where's your boyfriend at, huh?" Maxine taunted A.J. before A.J. teased a comeback. A.J. never really made a comeback and eventually succumbed to a power move from Maxine for the pin. Afterward, Titus represented Hornswoggle by checking on A.J. to ensure no further damage from Maxine.
WINNER: Maxine at 5:40. Well, at least someone from the Bateman & Maxine duo is getting over on NXT.
Still to come: Main event tag match.
This Friday on Smackdown: Edge is back. He's hosting the Cutting Edge with Orton and Henry.
In-ring: William Regal's music played to bring out Korpela's tag partner for the main event. The schoolbell sounded to bring out Striker as his tag partner. Striker was back to the generic blue trunks, red kneepads, and white boots. Striker shook hands with Regal before JTG's music played to bring out JTG and Darren Young. Suddenly...yes...Michael Cole. Cole made his way to ringside to boos before the bell sounded.
3 -- WILLIAM REGAL & MATT STRIKER vs. DARREN YOUNG & JTG
Cole, standing up, declared he is back home here on NXT. Regal leaned on the top rope to engage Cole before Cole asked Korpela what happened to the other guy (Grisham). JTG and Regal then started running the ropes simultaneously as Cole tried to understand what was going on here. Regal and Striker playing battering ram to clear the heels to the outside. Korpela sent it to break as Cole heeled on the show for cutting to a break so early in the match.
Back from break, Cole told "Jim" he needs to correct something. He called out Korpela for calling this an "incredible" main event going to break. Cole then heeled on Striker and his outfit, said no one can understand JTG, said Young is still living on Summerslam two years ago (one year ago), and said the show has completely gone off the deep end. Cole said Striker being back in the ring shows how low the show has gone. Cole just kept talking as Korpela just smiled and watched Cole. Korpela threw Cole a softball saying Striker is a fan and has so much respect for WWE. Cole said he's flabbergasted that WWE actually pays to send Striker and Korpela to TV every week. He said he'd like to see Triple H sitting at his desk at Titan Towers when the expense account comes in from Korpela's breakfast tab. Cole then heeled on the show for being on Internet only, and not even on television. Cole noted Zack Ryder's YouTube show gets more hits than this show gets.
While all this was going on, the heels were working over Striker. Cole suddenly flipped his opinion of Young and talked him up. Crazy Cole then flipped his opinion again and heeled on Young for trying to question Regal's credibility. Korpela tried to defend Striker, saying he's been in the gym a whole two times a week the past two weeks. Cole had a field day as the heels continued to work on Striker. Cole then heeled on Hunter again, saying WWE could finally be on the right path if Hunter loses on Sunday to be gone as COO. Cole then heeled on hockey, Canada, and Striker getting a cheap pop in the opening segment.
Regal hot-tagged at 9:15 and cleaned house before doing his bit mule-kicking Young while having the ref distracted. Regal cleared JTG to the outside before tagging in Striker again. Striker charged Young with a right hand, then blasted him with a boot to the face. And another one in the corner. Striker made a cover, but JTG broke it up. Regal and JTG battled to the outside, while back in the ring, Striker and Young had a weird exchange trying to set up a spot. Afterward, Young power-lifted Striker to his shoulders and delivered a Roddy Strong-style gutbuster for the pin and the win. Cole said it's time for something new on NXT. Cole noted it was his pleasure to carry Korpela the last few minutes.
Suddenly, the Usos randomly stormed the ring and cleared JTG and Young to the outside. The Usos stood tall in the ring and Cole said perhaps the Usos will get their opportunities if Hunter loses on Sunday. Korpela signed off as Cole tried to get the last word in.
WINNERS: Young & JTG at 11:02. What was that? Since WWE isn't trying to sell anything and this show went off the tracks a long time ago, Cole was great in his absurdity. At the end of the day, there's still no end in sight for this season. It will never end.
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