We are live from Corpus Christi, Texas and your announcers are Josh ‘I get to talk to real people, not a computer’ Mathews and Michael ‘Who is the NXT general manager’ Cole.
The pros are on the stage and it is time to go to Matt Striker, who is in the ring. The rookies come to the ring. Matt mentions that one of the seven men in the ring will be gone at the end of the night. Matt reminds everyone that the poll is a combination of the WWE Universe and the NXT Pros.
Matt says that most of them will be able to prove themselves physically, but now it is time to prove themselves verbally. They will have a minute to talk about anything other than why they shouldn’t be eliminated.
Lucky Cannon goes first and his topic is friends. He says that he didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. When he did well in school and sports, nobody seemed to care. When he was hurt and down, nobody really cared about him. Now that he is this close to making it into the WWE, people seem to care. He says that he lost a childhood friend. Thanks to nobody, he has become a somebody.
Eli Cottonwood is next and his topic is eyes. He says that there is something that I can do that nobody else in the ring can do. There is something I can do that nobody in the arena can do. There is something that I can do that nobody else in the WWE Universe can do. He can look in the eyes of the giant. He can also look in the eyes of the Dead Man . . . The Undertaker.
Husky Harris is next and his topic is husky. He says that he sees a bunch of big bodies, abs, and tans. They look like Tarzan and they fight like Jane. Husky says that if you want to know about him, you can ask MVP. He says that he is like a tank with a Ferrari engine.
Kaval’s topic is dreams. He asks if anyone had a dream that it hurt. He says that he had a dream in Brooklyn to fight on the greatest stage. There were people who told him that he didn’t have what it took. He says that he fought for a decade as Low Ki and he says that it wasn’t about the size of the fighter, but the size of the fight.
Michael McGillicutty is not going to give his topic. Michael mentions that he won the challenge last week so he is the man to beat. He talks about the video package where the pros commented on his progress. He says that it was good except for one man. Michael asks Miz if he called him mediocre. Miz says that he did and he meant it. Michael wants to show Miz that he is mediocre and that Michael is the one who is awesome.
Miz tells McGillicutty to talk to him when he gets a Raw or Smackdown contract.
Alex Riley’s subject is Starbucks. Alex says that if it was up to the pros or anyone with an education, he would have won by a country mile. Since it is being decided by the democracy of dorks, he is competing with a man trying out for the voice of God or as a poor man’s Eddie Murphy. Alex says that he is the sun of the NXT galaxy. He says that everything revolves around him and there are no stars around, just a bunch of Star . . . bucks.
Percy Watson’s topic is having a good time. Percy says that people tell him that he always talks about having a good time. Percy says that life is hard and you have to work hard to get where you are in life. He says that his motto is work hard, but play harder. He says that life is short so you need to shake and groove.
It is time for a video package on Percy Watson. MVP says that Percy has a lot of showmanship. Henry says that he wants to see what is next from Percy. They talk about the connection he has with the crowd. Miz mentions that Percy has no lenses in his glasses so why is he wearing them. Cody says that under the surface is a solid athlete. Zack doesn’t get him. Miz says that you need to be serious in the ring. Porter says that if he shows the dedication, he will teach Percy. Cody says that Percy has more going for him than glasses and a goofy smile.
Match Number One: Percy Watson with Montel Vontavious Porter versus Zack Ryder
Ryder wants Porter off the apron and Ryder with a knee and forearm followed by a side head lock. Ryder with a shoulder tackle but Watson with a back elbow. Ryder with a double leg take down and punches to Watson. Ryder sends Watson into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Ryder with a running face wash to the head for a near fall. Ryder with a knee drop and he gets a near fall as Porter gives Watson some more advice. Ryder with a reverse chin lock. Watson with elbows and punches but Ryder sends Watson into the turnbuckles and he tries for another facewash but Watson moves. Watson with a drop kick or two. Watson with a flying clothesline and Ryder goes to the apron. Ryder drops Watson on the top rope and then he tries for the Rough Rider but Watson hits the floatover DDT and then he hits the twisting Oh Yeah splash for the three count.
Winner: Percy Watson
John Morrison gives some advice to Eli and Morrison says that Eli is doing great. He wants Eli to watch a video tape from last week’s obstacle course. We see the problems that Eli had with the course. John starts to laugh and Eli says that he isn’t an acrobat. Morrison says that people are calling him Eli Rottonwood. Morrison says that Eli has an opportunity against Michael McGillicutty. Eli has one word for Michael. Morrison asks if it is intensity and Eli says that it is mustache.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael and Josh talk about the elimination that will take place. However, there is one rookie who has immunity. In case you missed last week’s obstacle course challenge, we have a recap. The challenge was won by Michael McGillicutty and he has immunity.
Match Number Two: Michael McGillicutty with Kofi Kingston versus Eli Cottonwood with John Morrison
Cottonwood sends Michael into the corner but Michael with punches and forearms. Cottonwood with a shoulder tackle. Cottonwood sends Michael into the turnbuckles and then connects with elbows and a forearm. Cottonwood with a an Irish whip and a side slam for a near fall. Eli chokes Michael in the ropes and the referee warns him. Eli stands on Michael’s foot. Eli with a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall. Eli with a neck vise on Michael but Michael with punches and he sends Michael to the mat. Eli with a leg drop and slam and he gets a near fall. Eli with an arm bar on Michael and Michael with punches followed by a running clothesline but Eli stays on his feet. Eli with a reverse atomic drop but he misses a big boot in the ropes and Michael with kicks to the leg and then he hits a single leg DDT. Michael with a drop kick to Eli and then he hits a swinging neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Michael McGillicutty
It is time to go to the back where Ashley Valence mentions that we will have the next NXT poll later tonight. The pros comment on Kaval. Miz says that he is very good in the ring. Mark Henry says that he is probably the most polished in the ring. Kofi says that he has a quiet confidence about him. They also talk about his kicks. Cody and Mark talk about Kaval’s pros. Layla and Michelle . Miz says that Kaval needs to be bigger than life. Morrison says that Kaval takes himself too seriously. Michelle and Layla talk about turning the frown upside down. MVP says that Kaval has made an impact. Cody says that in a fair world, Kaval would be the next breakout star. Michelle and Kaval say that they love Kaval.
Michelle and Layla want to know why he isn’t smiling. Husky bumps into Kaval and Kaval asks Husky if he has a problem. Husky says that he didn’t see Kaval standing there. He says that Kaval is not noticeable. Michelle and Layla mention that Kaval was number one. Husky wants to know if Kaval is going to let his girlfriends do all of the talking. Kaval says that he lets his talking take place in the ring. Husky says that if Kaval brings that intensity to the ring, he will have fun in the ring. Kaval says that they are going to have a lot of fun in the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Kaval with Layla and Michelle McCool versus Husky Harris with Dashing Cody Rhodes
Kaval with a kick as he avoids Husky. Husky throws Kaval into the corner and he punches Kaval. Husky with a hip toss but Kaval rolls through. Kaval with a kick and a heel kick for a near fall. Kaval with a kick to the chest and then to the leg. Husky with a head butt. Kaval with a kick but Husky hits a short arm clothesline. Husky with a waist lock to Kaval but Kaval with elbows and a kick followed by a European uppercut. Husky with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Kaval with a leg sweep followed by a kick to the back of the head. Kaval with an Irish whip but Husky with a clothesline out of the corner for a near fall. Harris with an Irish whip and he sends Kaval to the apron and then Michelle and Layla go to the floor. Harris sends Kaval into the ring post and then Harris hits an inverted suplex on Kaval. Harris with the Fat Boy Senton for the three count.
Winner: Husky Harris
After the match, Matt Striker comes out and he wants the pros to tabulate their votes so we can find out which rookie gets to take the walk of shame (until they form a group of their own after the end of Season Two?).
We go to commercial.
We are back and more people watched NXT than a lot of other networks’ shows.
We see the Raw Rebound featuring on the split among the CenArmy (or is it JeriChORPS)
Time to run through the card for SummerSlam.
We go to commercial and it is nail biting time for all of the rookies except Michael McGillicutty.
We are back and it is time for the moment that you have been waiting for. Who joins Titus O’Neil in NXT Limbo?
The rookies are at ringside.
Matt says that only one can win NXT and earn a title match on pay per view. Matt also tells us that the rookie at the bottom of the poll will be eliminated, that is unless Michael McGillicutty finishes in seventh.
The new poll is ready.
In first place is Michael McGillicutty. He is followed by Kaval in second place. Third place is Alex Riley.
Fourth place is Percy Watson. Fifth place goes to Lucky Cannon.
That means that Husky Harris or Eli Cottonwood will be eliminated.
The man in sixth place is Husky Harris so Eli Cottonwood is eliminated.
Matt asks Eli if he has anything to say before he takes the walk of shame and turns in his knives. Eli decides to attack Husky Harris and some of the other rookies join in the attack while Kaval and McGillicutty watch from a distance. Eli walks up the ramp and Morrison tries to calm him down and he pushes Morrison.
Matt asks Husky if there is anything that is not connecting with the WWE Universe. Husky says that they have seen the warpath he has made over the last few weeks. He says that it is his competition to win.
Matt asks Micahel what it feels like to be number one. Michael says that he came here to win NXT. He is on the right path. Michael says that he will not lose on NXT and he will become a World Champion.
Matt asks if he was concerned about Eli jumping him. Alex says that he is a better athlete than Eli and he knows that he is better than Michael and Kaval. He says that he will be number one.
Michael and Alex push each other and they brawl at ringside. Lucky tries to hold them off. Eli comes back despite being eliminated.
There is pandemonium as we go to credits.