Source for tonight’s results: PWInsider.com
Today is a day that will live in infamy. On the sixty-ninth anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we start the fourth season of NXT and after what turned out to be an okay third season of female rookies after a very slow start. This time we have six male rookies. The big question going into Season Four is if the announcing will as inconsequential as it was during season three with Michael Cole and his new mirror image Josh Mathews.
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 emphasis 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.
Source for tonight’s results: PWInsider.com
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