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1973 - Johnny Powers & Pat Patterson come to Japan for a tour and are billed as National Wrestling Federation North American Tag Team Champions, making them the first team to hold the belts without actually winning them in a tournament or match.
1981 - Junkyard Dog defeats The Great Kabuki in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign with the belt.
1987 - NBC taped WWF's 14th Saturday Night's Main Event program at the Landover Arena in Landover, Maryland. The show would air on January 2, 1988. The show saw the following results:
- WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeat King Kong Bundy with a legdrop. After the match, Andre The Giant attacked Hogan.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana) defeat The Bolsheviks (Boris Zuhkov & Nikolai Volkoff) in two straight falls of a three falls match. Martel made Zuhkov submit to a Boston crab to win the first fall, and Santana pinned Zuhkov after he collided with Volkoff to win the second.
- Jake Roberts defeat Sika with a rollup. After the match, Roberts DDT'd manager Mr. Fuji.
- Greg Valentine defeated Koko B. Ware with a figure four leglock.
1987 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeat Antonio Inoki & Dick Murdoch to win the New Japan Pro Wrestling's Japan Cup Tag League in Tokyo.
1988 - The NWA held their fourth Clash Of The Champions event, subtitled "Seasons Beatings" at the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here are the results of the show, which was aired lived on TBS:
- The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) defeated Eddie Gilbert & Ron Simmons in a tournament final to win the United States Tag Team Title. The belts had been vacated the previous September when then-champions The Midnight Express won the NWA World Tag Team Title.
- Steve Williams defeated The Italian Stallion.
- Ivan Koloff defeated Paul Jones. Koloff had to wrestle with one hand tied behind his back.
- Road Warrior Animal defeated Dusty Rhodes by disqualification. As a result, The Road Warriors gained possession of the World Six Man Tag Team Title that they had shared with Rhodes. They selected Genichiro Tenryu as their new partner.
- Ric Flair & Barry Windham defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) when Windham pinned Eaton.
1989 - Riki Choshu defeats Shinya Hashimoto to win New Japan Pro Wrestling's World Cup Tournament in Tokyo, Japan at Sumo Hall. Choshu defeats Masahiro Chono in the semifinals, while Hashimoto defeated Steve Williams.
1990 - Terry Gordy & Steve Williams win the All Japan World Tag Team Title by winning the annual Real World Tag League tournament in Tokyo, Japan. The belts had been vacated in July when The Great Kabuki (who held the belts with Jumbo Tsuruta) jumped with Genichiro Tenryu to SWS (Super World Sports). William & Gordy defeat Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey on the final night of the tournament, winning the tournament by one point.
1992 - Leslie Belanger defeats Miss Texas in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Women's Heavyweight Title, ending Miss Texas' fourth reign as champion.
1996 - Raven defeats The Sandman in a Barbed Wire match in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the ECW Arena to win the ECW World Heavyweight Title for a second time. This was the fourth no-ropes barbed wire match in ECW history (there were only five total in ECW). This would end Sandman's fourth ECW Title reign, and it would be over four years before he would win it back.
1997 - WWF held their D-Generation X Pay-per-view in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Civic Center. This event saw the return of Owen Hart to WWF television for the first time since the Survivor Series "Montreal Screwjob" the previous month. Here are the results:
- TAKA Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher with the Michinoku Driver in the finals of a month long tournament to win the WWF World Light Heavyweight Title. TAKA defeated Devon Storm and Mr. Aguila to reach the finals, while Christopher defeated Flash Flanagan and Scott Taylor (Scott 2 Hotty).
- Los Boricuas (Miguel Perez, Jesus Castillo & Jose Estrada) defeated DOA (Chainz, Skull and Eight Ball) when Estrada pinned Chainz.
- Butterbean defeated Marc Mero via DQ in the fourth round of a Toughman boxing match when Mero hit Butterbean with a lowblow.
- WWF World Tag Team Champions Billy Gunn & Road Dogg defeated The Legion of Doom via DQ when Hawk took a slop bucket from Henry Godwinn (who had come down to interfere) and used it as a weapon.
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Bootcamp match with a Pedigree after Chyna gave Slaughter a low blow.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated The Undertaker via DQ when Kane interfered and chokeslammed Jarrett when Jarrett got in his way as he went after Undertaker.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Steve Austin defeated Rocky Maivia with a stunner.
- Ken Shamrock defeated WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels via DQ when Triple H and Chyna attacked Shamrock as he had Michaels in an anklelock. After the match, Owen Hart came out from the crowd and attacked Michaels, the first time Owen had been seen since Montreal. Sadly, WWF dropped the ball and decided not to to follow-up with a Owen vs. Shawn feud.
2002 - Ring Of Honor held their "Night Of The Butcher" event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are the results:
- Paul E. Normous defeated Mace.
- American Dragon defeated Marcos.
- Paul London defeated Angel Dust.
- Da Hit Squad defeated The Outkast Killaz.
- AJ Styles defeated Jimmy Rave.
- Michael Shane defeated Jeremy Lopez.
- Colt Cabana defeated CM Punk.
- Paul London defeated EZ Money.
- American Dragon defeated Chad Collyer.
- Jose & Joel Maximo defeated Special K, Da Hit Squad, and Jay Briscoe & Amazing Red in a Tag Team Scramble match.
- Divine Storm defeated Jeff Starr & Shockwave.
- Paul London defeated American Dragon.
- Ring Of Honor Champion Xavier defeated AJ Styles.
- Homicide & Abdullah The Butcher defeated The Carnage Crew.
2009 - WWE broadcast Raw. Ed Shirreffs filed the following TV report:
The Pearl Harbor Day Monday Night Raw comes to us live from Dallas, Texas, where maverick Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be hosting the show. Richard Trionfo is watching his beloved Washington Capitals in Tampa Bay, so I'll do my best to fill in. TLC is just 6 days away. That won't stop the Miz from defending his United States Title against Mark Henry tonight. Also, Chris Jericho has to take on DX by himself in a Handicapped Match.
Mark Cuban makes an entrance from the crowd. He's wearing a faded Mavericks sweatshirt. He's just like us! He plans on having a "showdown" between Sheamus and John Cena, who Cuban calls his "main man". They will get to tell each other exactly what they think. No holds barred talking! But first, a match.
John Cena vs. Carlito
Carlito gave Cena a healthy dose of truth on the mic last week. The Bella Twins are shown in the crowd with Cuban. Carlito gets Cena into the corner and kicks him repeatedly. Carlito with more kicks out of the corner, followed by a knee lift. He escapes an Attitude Adjustment attempt and hits a dropkick for two. Cena gets whipped into the corner, but comes out strong with shoulderblocks. Blue Thunder Driver, but before he can hit a Five Knuckle Shuffle, Sheamus' music plays and the Celtic Warrior gets on stage. Cuban goes out to confront him. He gets security to keep Sheamus from going any further. Sheamus retreats. Carlito takes advantage and attacks Cena, but Cena catches him on the Backstabber attempt with an Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Your winner, John Cena!
Next week's Raw is three hours since the Slammy Awards will be presented.
Randy Orton and Legacy come out to a recap of last week's beatdown on Kofi. Orton congratulates Cuban on his Championship Showdown, which he predicts will end in chaos. He gets down to brass tacks and tells Cuban he is going to lift his ban on championship matches against John Cena. Ted tells Cuban he doesn't have to be stupid. He shows a clip of the last time Orton and Cuban were in the ring together, over six years ago at Survivor Series. Orton laid Cuban out with an RKO. Cuban responds and manages to get some shots in at referees. Cuban makes a match between Orton and Kofi, with Cuban as the guest referee. Cody tells Cuban that Orton will hurt him. Much like the Mavericks, Cuban is all talk. Cody offers to face Cuban in the ring. If Cody wins, Randy's ban is lifted. Cuban wants to take this up in June after the Mavericks win the NBA title. Always the optimist! Cuban gives Legacy a match against Evan Bourne & Primo Colon.
Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase) vs. Evan Bourne & Primo Colon
The match is in progress after the break. Ted with a two count on Primo. Cody and Ted work Primo over in the corner. Cody in with a stomp for two after double teams on Colon. Ted in with a dropkick to Primo. DiBiase punches Primo. Primo with a back drop, but Cody tags in and prevents the tag. Legacy double team Primo and Cody covers for two.
Cody and Primo collide, knocking both men down. Cody and Primo make the tags. Bourne in with a rana on Ted. He kicks Cody. Quick clothesline to Ted. He goes to the top, but DiBiase meets him. Bourne knocks him down and drives Ted to the mat with double knees for two. Cody interferes, but is taken out by Primo. Bourne misses a kick and DiBiase hits Dream Street for the win.
Your winners, Legacy!
After the match, Cuban ejects Rhodes and DiBiase from the American Airlines Arena. Video package on Sheamus follows.
TLC promo featuring various chairs, ladders and tables. It'll be weird to see a TLC PPV without blood. Kelly Kelly is the guest ring announcer for the Diva match.
Maryse vs. Gail Kim
Kim takes Maryse down and tosses her. Kim blocks a kick and clotheslines Maryse. Charge in the corner by Kim and she rolls up Maryse for two. Stinger Splash by Kim and she chokes Maryse in the corner. Maryse with five fingers to the face. Maryse bails and Kim gives chase. Kim goes to jump to the top, but Maryse kicks her to the mat and pins her with the assistance of the ropes.
Your winner, Maryse!
Maryse tells Kelly to call her the next Divas Champion and those two start to scuffle. Melina comes out to assist Kelly Kelly and tells Maryse to run.
Back from the break, DX has another Christmas commercial. If you like their usual shenanigans, you'll like this. I do question the makeup of anyone that would wear a DX skullcap, Santa Hat, scarf or slippers. Shawn has the new Smackdown vs. Raw video game for Hunter. DX are beating up Jericho and Big Show on the screen. Hunter already got a copy for free. Trips gives Shawn a Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle is wearing his own personal DX t-shirt. No subtitles this week. I wonder how Buck feels about Shawn comparing Horny to Chewbacca. They pull out a script and start criticizing it. A writer runs off screen. Inside references! Horny knocks the Christmas tree and DX to the floor.
Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston w/ Special Guest Referee Mark Cuban
Orton and Kofi lock up. It goes to the corner and Kofi ducks a punch. Kingston knocks Orton out of the ring with a clothesline, then hits a suicide dive. Kofi throws Orton back in the ring, but misses a splash in the corner and Orton clotheslines him. Orton clubs Kofi across the chest, then stomps him in the lower abdomen repeatedly.
Kofi tries to kick back, but Orton with a scoop slam and knee drop. Chinlock by Orton. Kofi tries to get out, but he is thrown back down to the mat. Orton with another chinlock. Kofi gets out and punches Orton. Cuban steps in to stop the punches, but Kofi goes right back to it and nails Orton with a sick European Uppercut. Side Russian Leg Sweep and a Boom Boom to Orton. Kingston misses Trouble in Paradise and Orton hits a backbreaker. Orton slithers on the mat like the Viper he is. Kofi blocks an RKO and gives Orton a back slide. Cuban with a fast count and Kofi wins.
Your winner, Kofi Kingston!
Cuban says he waited six years for payback and he got Orton. It's now 1-1 between Kofi and Randy. Cuban sets up the rubber match for Sunday at TLC.
United States Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Mark Henry
Henry uses his power early. Miz with a Sunset Flip attempt. He avoids Henry, who tries to sit on him. Kick by Miz for two. Miz ducks a punch from Henry. Henry knocks Miz down. Military press by Henry, but Miz goes for the eyes to get out and kicks Henry out of the ring. Miz gets on the apron and kicks Henry into the ring post. Henry grabs Miz by the throat and shoves him. Back in the ring, Miz goes to the top and leaps onto Henry. Henry catches him and goes for the World's Strongest Slam, but Miz turns it into a DDT for the win.
Your winner, The Miz!
Eve Torres & Hornswoggle vs. Jillian Hall & Chavo Guerrero
Hall has recovered from being killed by Henry last week and she keeps Eve on the mat. Eve back with clotheslines and dropkicks for two. Eve blocks a splash from Jillian and hits a somersault for the win.
Your winners, Eve & Hornswoggle.
After the match, Chavo goes after Horny. Didn't they patch things up? Eve stops him from doing major damage. She'll knock you out, Chavo. Just ask Matt Hardy! Chris Masters gets in the ring to confront Chavo. Chavo pokes Masters in his pecs, which start to move all on their own. Is this his version of Hulking up? Masterlock into a Full Nelson Slam on Chavo.Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole get in the ring to rundown the current PPV lineup.
Before his match, Chris Jericho gets on the mic. The crowd chants "You suck." Jericho: "No, I don't." He plans on repeating as Superstar of the Year, and also predicts wins in OMG Moment of the Year, Match of the Year and Tag Team of the Year. Jericho calls himself bigger than Raw or Smackdown. He's omnipotent and goes where he wants, when he wants. He'll stay on Raw as long as he wants to stay on Raw. He tells DX they will lose on Sunday. He says after they rid WWE of DX, the new catchphrase will be never underestimate Chris Jericho. Great promo.
Chris Jericho vs. DeGeneration X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H)
DX beat on Jericho in the corner. Shawn with a stiff chop and some kicks to Jericho. DX keep tagging each other in to stay fresh. Jericho makes the ropes and shoves the referee into HHH. Michaels comes back in, but Big Show beats down HBK. HHH with a chair shot to Big Show. Big Show shrugs it off and punches the chair into HHH's face. Michaels gets a ladder from under the rung, but Jericho with a baseball slide to knock the ladder into Shawn's chest. Big Show picks the ladder up and hits DX with it. Michaels and HHH are put into the ladder. Jericho hits the ladder with a chair as Big Show holds DX in it. Jericho holds the titles up and says they will never have them. Jericho poses atop the ladder. Great segment setting up their TLC match.
Championship Showdown: John Cena talks to Sheamus
Mark Cuban is your moderator. There is a press conference table in the ring. It looks like they are trying to make this like a big time boxing match. He'll ask each man three questions, nothing is off limits.
Q1: Why do you feel you'll win this Sunday?
Sheamus: He claims what took Cena years to win (the WWE title) will take Sheamus weeks. He's obsessed with the sound Cena made going through a table and he plans on hearing it again on Sunday.
Cena: No comment.
Q2: Is either man concerned about the dangers of being in a tables match?
Sheamus: Sheamus says Cena isn't concerned enough since he wants a rematch at TLC if he loses. Sheamus says if that happens, he'll put him through a table again. Cena has never faced anyone like Sheamus and he'll lose everything at TLC, his title, health and state of mind.
Cena: No comment.
Q3: What do you want to say directly to your opponent?
Cena: He has a question for Sheamus. Cena's been in WWE for seven years. He's faced them all in that time. Shawn Michaels to Keven Federline. They all came at Cena because he's always been the man to beat. A lot of guys saying the same things Sheamus said. He's been in arenas where they stand behind him and in arenas where they can't stand him. Cena believes in Hustle, Loyalty and Respect. He's earned the right to say the Champ Is Here! He calls himself 250 pounds of problem that is very angry. He tells Sheamus to back up what he says or he will be a footnote in WWE history. He is impressed by Sheamus, but not intimidated. He never gets around to the question.
Sheamus and Cena knock down the conference set up. Cuban is shoved by Sheamus and Sheamus with a bicycle kick to Cena. Sheamus sets a table up in the corner. Another kick to Cena's head. Cuban back up with a shove that knocks Sheamus down. Sheamus looks shocked he would do that. Sheamus does what David Stern has wanted to do for years and puts Cuban through a table. The Celtic Warrior calls himself the new WWE Champion. Some of the Dallas Mavericks leaver their seats and Sheamus walks off. Where were you when your boss went through the table, guys? Cena gets back up and stares at Sheamus to end the show.
We are live on tape on the internet and your announcers are Todd ‘I Hope I Care’ Grisham and Josh ‘Minor Cole Miner’ Mathews. Your host is Matt ‘The Saving Grace of Season Three’ Striker.
Matt introduces the pros. R Truth comes out first and he asks ‘What’s Up’ and then he brings out his rookie. He says that this is the hottest guy since grits, Johnny Curtis. Ted DiBiase and Maryse are out next and Ted introduces the biggest, most intimidating powerhouse ever to be on NXT, Brodus Clay. Chris Masters comes out and he appears to have forgotten his shirt and introduction by Matt Striker. He says that his rookie is a bit brash and cocky. He might not be a masterpiece, but he comes close. He introduces Byron Saxton.
Dolph Ziggler comes out and he forgot a shirt but has a jacket. He says that he is awesome at what he does and if his rookie listens, he will be almost as good as him. He introduces his rookie Jacob Novak. Jacob also has the jacket and no shirt look going on. The next pro is Season One rookie Daniel Bryan. He brings out his rookie who is manly, so manly oh so manly that his name is Derrick Bateman. Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio who drives into the building. While Alberto poses, Ricardo introduces Conor O’Brian.
Matt welcomes the rookies and says that they are going to get the chance to do what many wish they can do, become WWE Superstars. He says that everyone is watching what they are doing. There will be voting from the pros and WWE Universe. The winner of NXT will earn a Championship match.
It is time for our rookies to introduce themselves to the world.
Johnny Curtis says that he wants to do something different. He wants to make a few shout outs. First he wants to give one to the WWE Universe. Then he wants to give one to his fourth grade gym teacher. He says that a vote for him is a vote for freedom.
Brodus Clay says that he is coming at this competition with lemon juice and razor blades. He says that if you aren’t cool with it, there are two options, nothing or like it.
Byron Saxton is next and he says he looks forward to building a bond of importance and strength. Together they will become WWE’s next breakout star.
Jacob Novak wants to ask the universe if they grew up playing board games. His board game of choice was Monopoly because you got to own your competition and that is what he is going to do on Season Four. He will own the board.
Derrick Bateman wants to mentions that he is honored and privileged to debut in his home state of Ohio. Today is a day that will live in infamy because it is NXT Season Four. He is the superstar who is Mantastic.
Conor O’Brian says hey to Ohio. He says that he has been made fun of his entire life because he looks like a rat. Rats are survivors because they strike at the right moment. He says that takes the cheese.
Alberto tells Conor that if he is going to be his rookie, he needs to do a better job because he is boring. He says that Conor is just like Daniel Bryan.
Bryan tells Conor not to listen to Del Rio. He says that O’Brian did okay even though he looks like a rat. Bryan says that Del Rio is jealous because he has never won a title.
Matt gets between Alberto and Daniel and we are going to have a tag match with Alberto and Conor O’Brian versus Derrick Bateman and Daniel Bryan.
Todd and Josh talk about the promos and it is time to take a look at the Byron Saxton video package.
Bryon is from Virginia and he says that he is better because he had a privileged background. He always listened to his parents and never missed a day of school. Since he was four years old, he knew this is what he wanted to do. He was a newscaster in the past and he calls himself a multimedia man. Byron says that NXT is an opportunity after his time on ECW came crashing down. He wants people to go home and look in the mirror and say that you can be just like Byron. He says that it is his time and he does not lose.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Johnny Curtis versus Jacob Novak
Curtis with a waist lock and hammer lock. Novak makes it to the ropes. The pros give some advice to their rookies. Novak with shoulders in the corner but Curtis with an Irish whip. Curtis with a forearm and Irish whip but Curtis is sent to the apron. Curtis with a shoulder and he flips over Novak and returns to the ring and gets a near fall with a backslide. Novak with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Novak punches Curtis and the referee warns Novak. Novak with punches to Curtis. Curtis with a kick but Novak with another knee. Novak with a boot to Curtis for a near fall. Novak with a reverse chin lock.
We see some of the pros on the stage as the match continues.
Curtis with punches to Novak followed by a discus clothesline. Novak with a kick but Curtis with a power slam for a near fall. Curtis misses a knee into the corner but Novak misses a splash into the corner. Curtis with a spinning heel kick followed by a leg drop from the top turnbuckle for the three count.
Winner: Johnny Curtis
It is time for the Brodus Clay video package. He says that it was tough growing up and he was in foster homes. He was aggressive as a child and that kept him and his brother together. Before joining the WWE, he was involved in executive protection. He worked for Snoop Dogg. He goes into business for himself in WWE. He gets all of the benefits and rewards. He gets the paycheck, the glory, and the fame. The contract allows him to be his own guy and do things his own way.
We go to commercial.
The rookies are on the stage for the first rookie challenge. Matt tells the challenges will give the winner immunity points that will help at the time of eliminations.
It is time for capture the flag. They will need to bring the ladder into the ring, climb the ladder, climb the ladder, get the flag, and return to the start/stop line.
Johnny Curtis is first and his time is 28.6 seconds. Conor O’Brian is next and his time is 28.2 seconds and he takes the lead. The third rookie is Brodus Clay and his time is 33.5 seconds.
Byron Saxton is next and he has some trouble with the ladder and he falls of the ladder and he has to go down again. Byron takes his time getting to the start/finish line and his time is an emphatic 56.8 seconds. Jacob Novak is next and his time is 26.9 seconds even after jogging up the ramp to take the lead. The final rookie is Derrick Bateman and while Bateman climbs the ladder, Bryan is encouraging Derrick and his time is 27.3 seconds.
The winner of the first challenge is Jacob Novak while Josh suggests that the official timer might not have been on the up and up.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a Raw Rebound with the moment that made me a big fan of the Viper.
Ted and Maryse are in the back and Maryse say that Ted don’t listen to her. Ted asks for Brodus to give us a second so they can argue in private in front of the cameras. Ted wants Maryse to put this behind them. Ted tells Brodus that he is big and intimidating. They need to turn that presence into strength and power. Maryse say that he needs a makeover. Ted says that Brodus has all of the tools and if they listen to him this competition is his to lose. Brodus and Ted leave and Maryse stand there.
Chris Masters sees Bryon using some moisturizer to emphasize his muscles. Chris says that Byron is going to be money with him as his trainer. Chris says that he has some tips for Byron and Byron says that he is the master of the P90X workout. Masters and Saxton pose and then Byron says that he has a photo shoot for wwe.com.
Match Number Two: Daniel Bryan and Derrick Bateman versus Alberto Del Rio and Conor O’Brian
The rookies start off and Bateman and O’Brian lock up . O’Brian with a side head lock and punch followed by a snap mare and kicks. O’Brian with kicks in the corner and the referee warns him. Del Rio tags in and he connects with a running kick into the corner. Del Rio with a snap mare and drop kick to the back. Del Rio knocks Bryan off the apron and then he sends Bateman into the turnbuckles and slams him. O’Brian tags in and he kicks Bateman in the head and gets a near fall. Bateman tries for a sunset flip but O’Brian punches and kicks Bateman.
O’Brian with a suplex for a near fall. Del Rio tags in and he kicks Bateman in the ribs. Del Rio with a back elbow and gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Del Rio backs Bateman into the corner and O’Brian tags in and he kicks Bateman but Bateman with punches but O’Brian gets a near fall. Bateman with an airplane spin and he makes the tag to Bryan.
Bryan puts O’Brian into another airplane spin and he shows his rookie how to do it. Bryan with a drop kick that sends O’Brian to the floor and then Bryan knocks Del Rio to the floor. Bateman tags in and he hits a tope suicida onto Del Rio and O’Brian as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a double sledge to O’Brian as he is tagged back in. Bryan with an arm bar to O’Brian. Bryan with kicks into the corner and the referee pulls him off. Bryan with an Irish whip and Del Rio pulls O’Brian out of the way when Bryan tries for the running drop kick. Del Rio tags in and he kicks Bryan and gets a near fall. Del Rio with a back breaker to Bryan for a near fall. Del Rio works on the back and puts him in a rear chin lock. Bryan with forearms followed by a sunset flip for a near fall. Del Rio with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Del Rio returns to the back with kicks. O’Brian tags back in and he hits a suplex and gets a near fall.
Ziggler makes his comments about the match on a live mic as Del Rio tags in.
Bryan with freoarms to O’Brian and Del Rio but Del Rio with a knee. Del Rio runs into a boot and Bryan with a running Yakuza Kick out of the corner and both men are down. Bateman tags in and he hits a clothesline or two on Del Rio. Bateman with a drop kick into the corner and then he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick and he tries for a slam but Bateman gets out of the hold and hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Bryan sends O’Brian to the floor and hits a pescado. Del Rio with an Irish whip and he runs into an elbow. Bateman misses a move from the turnbuckles and he hits the cross arm breaker and Bateman taps out.
Winners: Conor O’Brian and Alberto Del Rio
We go to credits.
The Usos are on the mic before the opening match and Jimmy and Jey ask everyone if they are ready for some NXT and then they try to get the crowd behind them.
Derrick Bateman interrupts the festivities and he wants to talk about last week and how he had one of the biggest wins of his life, but his alleged fiancée left with Johnny Curtis.
Jimmy tells Derrick that Tamina and JTG told him, but Maxine isn’t playing games with Derrick. Jey says that Maxine left by herself last week.
Match Number One: The Usos versus Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks
Curt and Jimmy start things off and they lock up. They lock up again and Curt with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Jimmy sets for a superkick but Curt avoids it and backs into his corner to tag in Tyler.
Reks with a kick to the midsection but he misses a short arm clothesline and Jimmy with an uppercut. Jey with a clothesline to Reks for a near fall. Jey slides into a side head lock. Reks with a hip toss but Jey kicks him off and hits a hip toss of his own and a diving head butt for a near fall. Jimmy tags back in and they double team Reks and get a near fall.
Jimmy floats over on an Irish whip and then Jimmy dances and gives Reks a back body drop. Curt tries to interfere and then the Usos with a double clothesline that sends Reks and Hawkins to the floor.
Reks kicks Jey when Curt holds on to his leg. Jey is sent onto the top turnbuckle and Reks punches him. Curt tags back in and he kicks Jey and applies a reverse chin lock. Curt tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Jey with a lateral press. Jey tries for a slingshot move but Hawkins pushes Jey to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Reks with a slam on Jey for a near fall. Curt tags in and he kicks Jey and mocks the Usos. Reks tags back in and he kicks Jey. Jey with punches and a kick to Reks when Tyler charges at him. Hawkins tags in and he attacks Jey to keep him from making the tag. Hawkins with a reverse chin lock and forearm to the back. Jey with an Irish whip and a spinning forearm and both men are down.
Reks tags in and so does Jimmy. Jimmy with clotheslines to Reks and Hawkins. Jimmy sends Reks into Hawkins and then Jimmy hits a Samoan drop followed by a running butt splash for a near fall. Jimmy misses a splash into the corner and Reks with a flatline into the turnbuckles for a near fall.
Reks tries for a slam but Jimmy escapes and he gets a near fall with a rollup. Reks with a clothesline to Jimmy and then he sets for the Burning Hammer but Jimmy counters with a bulldog for a near fall that is broken up but Hawkins. Jey almost super kicks his brother but he blocks it. Jimmy whips Jey’s leg into Hawkins to take care of him. Jimmy with a super kick to Reks. Jey tags in and hits the superfly splash for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
Derrick Bateman is walking in the back and he asks Tyson Kidd if he has seen Maxine and Tyson says that he cannot stand her. He stops Trent Barreta and Justin Gabriel to ask them if they have seen Maxine and they have not seen her. Derrick thinks that he sees Maxine but it is Maxine’s mother and she asks him if that is any way to talk to his future mother in law. Derrick says that he is flustered about what happened last week and she calms him down. She says that Maxine was a little grumpy and has had problems with her boyfriends in the past. She tells Derrick that Maxine doesn’t know how lucky she is.
Johnny Curtis stops by and sees what has been going on and Maxine’s mom slaps Derrick and walks away. Derrick says that it wasn’t what it looks like. Johnny says that he would never leave with another man’s fiancée, but he says that he was with Derrick’s mom last week. Derrick goes after Johnny but he is stopped by Trent, Tyson, and Justin.
Tyson asks Johnny if he is okay and he says that he is fantastic.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that we will see Derrick Bateman versus Johnny Curtis in the main event.
Match Number Two: Titus O’Neil and Percy Watson versus JTG and Darren Young with Tamina
Percy and JTG start things off and they lock up with Percy backing JTG into the corner. Watson with a clean break and then they lock up again. JTG with a side head lock but he holds on when Watson tries for an Irish whip. Watson with a leg lariat followed by a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Watson with a European uppercut to JTG followed by an Irish whip but JTG with an elbow when Percy charges.
Young tags in and he comes off the turnbuckles but Watson with a punch to the midsection followed by jabs and a right that sends Young to the floor. Young with a belly-to-back suplex onto the apron and he gets a near fall.
Young sends Watson’s head into JTG’s boot. JTG tags in and they send Watson back first into the turnbuckles. JTG with a snap mare and forearm to the back. JTG says something to Titus and that allows Percy to recover and he punches JTG. JTG with a neck breaker for a near fall.
JTG with an arm bar on Watson as he tries to wear down his opponent. JTG with an elbow to the midsection. Titus tries to encourage Percy to fight back but JTG with an uppercut. Watson with a rollup but JTG with a shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall. JTG returns to the reverse chin lock on Percy. Percy with a punch to the midsection but JTG with a knee of his own.
JTG with the sliding uppercut and then he goes to the turnbuckles but Watson meets him with a drop kick and both men are down. Young and O’Neil tag in and Titus with punches and then he sends Darren into the turnbuckles and punches him. Titus with an Irish whip and shoulder tackle. Titus with a forearm to JTG that knocks him off the apron. Titus with a big boot and he barks. Titus with a shoulder breaker to Young for a near fall. Watson is sent to the apron by JTG but JTG is pulled to the floor by Watson.
Titus gets distracted by Tamina and Young with a knee to the back and a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Darren Young and JTG with an assist from Tamina
After the match, Titus and Percy discuss their loss and Titus shows some frustration over the loss. Titus takes a mic and he says that it he has been on this show for thirty-nine weeks. He says that last year he said that he would come back to make it a win. He has worked as hard as he could. He says that Darren Young only cares about himself. Titus says that he does not mind the boos and he has been told that he cannot do it his entire life. Titus says that he has two kids at home that he loves. He talks about how everyone comes with their families week after week to support this. Titus challenges Darren Young to come out next week and show that he is a man. Titus says that he will prove that he is the next WWE breakout star.
We go to commercial.
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Match Number Three: Derrick Bateman versus Johnny Curtis in what should be a Maxine on a Pole Match
Curtis retreats to the ropes to avoid Bateman at the start of the match. Curtis with a clothesline and then he slaps and chops Derrick. Curtis with a running back elbow and then he gets a near fall on Bateman. Bateman with a flying forearm and chops to Curtis. Derrick with a kick and punches in the corner. Curtis kicks and punches Derrick and sends him into the turnbuckles.
Curtis with a hard Irish whip to Curtis. Bateman with a kick and chops to Curtis. Bateman with forearms and chops in the corner followed by a hard Irish whip. Bateman starts bleeding from the nose and then he hits a running drop kick to Curtis and Johnny goes to the floor. Bateman with a baseball slide to Curtis and then he goes to the apron and tries for a drop kick off the apron but Curtis side steps him and Bateman appears to have hurt his elbow as we go to commercial.
We are back and Curtis works on Bateman’s elbow with a key lock. Curtis with a knee drop to the arm. Curtis uses the turnbuckle to work on the arm and then he drops the arm on the top turnbuckle. Curtis with a wrist clutch elbow drop to the injured arm for a near fall. Curtis with an arm drag into an arm bar and then he works on the wrist.
Curtis with a key lock but Bateman tries for a head scissors and Curtis fights him off. Curtis with a forearm to the elbow and a punch to the head. Bateman with chops and punches as he tries to fight one handed. Curtis reverses an Irish whip and Bateman goes elbow first into the turnbuckles. Bateman with an Irish whip and back body drop but Bateman still feels the pain in his elbow.
Bateman with a clothesline and running back elbow for a near fall. Bateman with the running drop kick into the corner and then he goes up top and hits a cross body but Curtis rolls through and gets a near fall. Bateman with a back slide for a near fall. Curtis and Bateman exchange chops and then they bump heads.
Bateman with the side head lock DDT for the three count.
Winner: Derrick Bateman
After the match, Maxine’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring. Maxine asks if Derrick is going to stoop that low and do that to her mother. She says that she is disgusted by Derrick. Maxine takes off the ring and says that the engagement is off. Maxine leaves the ring and walks away.
Johnny Curtis has an evil smile on his face as Maxine walks into the credits.
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