WWE NXT Results – March 30th, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We start off with a video package featuring the rookies during the history of NXT while looking at the four factors that the mentors will be using.
We are live from Las Vegas, Nevada and your announcers are Josh ‘Will the 8th place rookie have to go to detention’ Mathews and Michael ‘I get to teach Home Ec in the next grading period’ Cole. Your host for the evening is Matt ‘Teacher’s Pet’ Striker.
We go to Matt in the ring and he welcomes everyone to the ‘most important night in the history of NXT’. He mentions that over the last six weeks, the rookies have done everything to impress their mentors and the WWE Universe.
The rookies come to the ring. Striker welcomes them to the first milestone on their journey to become WWE stars. Striker talks about the four criteria. Win-Loss Records; Quality of Opponent; Work Ethic; and It Factor.
The official standings are Darren Young in 8th; Michael Tarver in 7th; Skip Sheffield in 6th; David Otunga in 5th; Heath Slater in 4th; Justin Gabriel in 3rd; Wade Barrett in 2nd; and Daniel Bryan in 1st.
Striker asks Young about being in 8th. Young says that everyone knows about his situation with CM Punk, so he needs to step it up and show everyone what he is about.
Now it is time to hear from Daniel Bryan. Daniel says that his win loss record isn’t the best and Michael Cole says that he doesn’t have the ‘it factor’, but there are a lot of people who look like Superstars but are married to celebrities.
Otunga gets in Bryan’s face after that comment. Otunga says that he might have the least experience, but he has the ‘it factor’. He says that he has the most charisma and compares talking to Bryan like eating mashed potatoes. Bryan comments on Otunga’s clothes.
We have six weeks until the next grading period ends. At that time, we will have our first elimination. Each week after that one rookie will be eliminated until they are down to four. The winner of NXT will get a pay per view title match against any champion.
Striker says that all of the rookies will be in a Battle Royal tonight. The winner of the Battle Royal will get the opportunity to host Monday Night Raw.
Michael Cole is outraged at Daniel Bryan’s comments and points out that Bryan has not won while Josh points out that record isn’t the only factor.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: CM Punk Luke Gallows and Serena, Matt Hardy, R Truth, and Chris Jericho with Wade Barrettversus Carlito, William Regal, Christian, and the Miz
Jericho comes to the ring in a suit and he joins Cole and Mathews at the announce table.
Wade Barrett takes Jericho’s spot in the match for the Smackdown wrestlers. Carlito and Truth start things off. Truth punches Carlito and the apple is dislodged. Truth with a hip toss and arm drag. Truth works on the arm and he tags in Punk and he snap mares Carlito and hits a leg drop. Punk continues to work on the arm but Carlito with punches and kicks in the corner. Regal tags in and he has something to say to Punk. Regal gets on his knees and Punk laughs at him. Punk tags Barrett into the match and Regal tags Christian in. Christian with punches to Barrett and a side head lock. Barrett with a kick and punch to Christian. Barrett with a shoulder tackle and then he sends Christian into the corner. Christian with a back elbow and a sunset flip from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Hardy tags in and Miz wants to get into the match so he tags himself in. Miz with a kick and punch. Hardy sends Miz into the turnbuckles and hits a clothesline. Hardy punches Miz in the corner. Hardy and Miz go to the floor and all eight wrestlers are at ringside as we go to commercial.
We are back and Carlito with a cover on Matt Hardy. Carlito with a sleeper on Hardy but Hardy gets to his feet and Carlito backs him into the corner. Miz tags in and he punches Hardy but Hardy punches back because Miz took too long. Miz with a sleeper but Hardy with a jawbreaker. Truth tags in and hits a flying clothesline and faltline. Truth with a leg lariat and then he knocks Regal down on the apron. Miz with a couple of neckbreakers and gets a near fall but Punk breaks it up. Regal tags in and he connects with forearms. Regal with a hard Irish whip and kicks Truth in the back and gets a near fall. Carlito tags in and he kicks Truth in the back. Carlito with a rear chin lock but Truth gets on his feet and he punches Carlito. Carlito with a drop kick to Truth. Christian tags in and he hits a snap mare and then he works on Truth’s neck. Christian with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Regal tags in and he connects with knees to the head followed by a gutwrench suplex. Regal with a cravate into a front face lock. Miz tags in and he kicks Truth in the midsection followed by a snap suplex for a near fall. Miz with a punch to Truth as he mocks the Smackdown wrestlers. Miz with a knee to the back as he applies a front face lock on Truth. Miz with a knee followed by an Irish whip and he hits the running clothesline into the ropes. Miz goes up top but Truth hits a drop kick and both men are down. Punk and Christian tag in and Christian with a running forearm followed by a corkscrew back elbow from the turnbuckles. Punk has Christian up for the Go To Sleep but Chrsitian escapes. All of the wrestlers hit finishers and go to the floor as things get out of control. Barrett tags in and Christian hits an inverted DDT on Barrett. The referee deals with Punk and Christian punches Jericho who is at ringside. Barrett with a slam from a fireman’s carry on Christian for the three count.
Winners: Wade Barrett, CM Punk, Matt Hardy, and R Truth
We see Chris Jericho, Wade Barrett, CM Punk, Serena, and Luke Gallows in the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to talk about Wrestlemania and the end of Shawn Michaels’ career. Time to take a look back at part of Shawn Michaels’ farewell from last night’s Raw.
We take a look back at the Rookie Poll.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: NXT Rookie Battle Royal featuring Heath Slater, Darren Young, Michael Otunga, Daniel Bryan, Michael Tarver, Skip Sheffield, Justin Gabriel, and Wade Barrett
Everyone looks like they are gunning for Barrett and they all go after him as the bell rings and Barrett is eliminated first. Young goes after Bryan while Sheffield punches Gabriel and we go to commercial.
We are back and we are now down to five since Darren Young just got eliminated. Skip Sheffield was eliminated after getting in some offense. Gabriel tries to eliminate Otunga. Michael Tarver is eliminated by Bryan and then Slater eliminates Bryan and himself with a cross body. We are down to Otunga and Gabriel and they lock up. Gabriel with a punch but Otunga punches back. Otunga with a shoulder in the corner. Gabriel with kicks to the leg and a forearm. Gabriel misses a round kick but hits an enzuigiri. Gabriel goes up top and hits a 450 splash and then he celebrates and then stands in the center of the ring instead of eliminating Otunga. Gabriel picks up Otunga and then he tries to send him over the top rope but Otunga with a rake of the eyes and then he throws Gabriel out.
Winner: David Otunga
After the match, R Truth comes to the ring to celebrate with the Raw guest host.
Matt Striker comes into the ring to interview the Raw guest host. Matt asks David what is going through his head. He says that he told everyone and he should have been ranked number one. He talks about how he beat everyone. Otunga says that he is Mr. NXT and the guest host of Raw. Matt asks David if he can announce anything for Monday. David says that the A List will be all over Raw and then he talks about how he wants 427 green M&Ms in his dressing room.
We go to credits.