WWE NXT Report CALDWELL'S WWE NXT RESULTS 5/3: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of NXT Season 5, Week 9 - Latest Rookie Match & Challenges
May 3, 2011 - 9:50:04 PM
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WWE NXT TV Results
May 3, 2011 - Season 5, Week 9
Taped in Orlando, Fla.
Aired on WWE's website
By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
The cast of Season Five of WWE NXT (Pros):
-- Darren Young (Chavo Guerrero)
-- Jacob Novak (JTG)
-- Byron Saxton (Yoshi Tatsu)
-- Conor O'Brian (Kozlov)
-- Lucky Cannon (Tyson Kidd)
-- Titus O'Neil (Hornswoggle)
This week's WWE NXT episode opened with NXT commentators Todd Grisham introducing the show. Grisham said they're going to re-visit Rock's birthday last night on Raw during the show.
Instead of the usual NXT Rookie & Pro intros, Chavo Guerrero's music hit to bring out Chavo for the opening bout. William Regal, dressed to wrestle, joined Grisham and NXT Rookie Titus O'Neil at the announce table. Chavo's Rookie, Darren Young, then came out to face him.
Before the match started, Hornswoggle was introduced as special referee. Titus did his loud noise calling out to Hornswoggle, who indicated to the competitors he would call it right down the middle. Horny then spent several extra moments checking the competitors for international objects, including in Young's hair. Horny spotted something in Young's boot and demanded an inspection. Young removed his boot to give Horny the proof, then Horny chucked Young's boot out of the ring and called for the bell.
1 -- CHAVO GUERRERO vs. DARREN YOUNG -- Hornswoggle special referee
A one-footed Young hobbled across the ring toward Chavo, who quickly targeted the exposed leg. Regal mentioned past barefoot wrestlers, prompting a Haku reference from Titus. Grisham tried a poetry joke, which fell flat. Young made a comeback with a back-body drop and went for a cover, but Hornswoggle found himself preoccupied. Chavo then clotheslined Young over the top rope and landed a plancha leading to a break.
Back on NXT, Chavo was wearing down Young as Hornswoggle pretended to show concern for Young. Young made a comeback and chucked Chavo to the outside, then dropped Chavo across the ring apron on the floor. Back in the ring, Young wore down Chavo and choked him across the middle rope. Hornswoggle reprimanded Young some more, then Young resumed his attack and scored a slow one count. Young, still on one foot, lost control of Chavo before Chavo landed a textbook dropkick. "To the lips," Titus said with great enthusiasm.
Chavo slingshot Young across the top rope and landed a slingshot dive from the apron for a two count. Chavo did a bit of an Eddie shake and went for multiple suplexes, but Young escaped and bumped Hornswoggle. Horny refused to count Young's subsequent pin on a Nothern Lights suplex. Young got up and argued with Horny, who then bit him on the tailbone. Titus tried to act like he didn't see anything, but was rather unconvincing. Chavo followed with Three Amigos and climbed up top to deliver the Frog splash. The pin and Hornswoggle made it official for the win. Chavo and Horny celebrating, putting aside their issues from a few years ago to show the kids that everyone can get along.
WINNER: Chavo at 9:13. Fine match continuing the Pro vs. Rookie issues in the Chavo and Young feud. (*1/2)
Earlier Today: Kozlov tried to give Conor O'Brian some advice on finding himself on NXT. Kozlov said he would show him some special techniques. Kozlov pulled out a 2x4 piece of wood with a target drawn in the middle. Kozlov told Conor to release his spirit. Kozlov then smashed the wood over his forehead. Conor was impressed. Kozlov noted it's his turn. Conor said it's his first time, so maybe they should start with something smaller. Kozlov eventually talked Conor into a frenzy and Conor smashed it over his forehead. Conor sold shcok over realizing the power inside him. Kozlov told him he will become great like him one day...otherwise he will bring the pain to him. Mad face. Chuckle. Laugh. Exit.
2 -- CONOR O'BRIAN (w/Kozlov) vs. LUCKY CANNON (w/Tyson Kidd)
As Cannon came to the ring noting to the crowd it's all about him, the announcers mentioned that NXT host Maryse is not in the house this week after Kharma took care of her on Raw last night. Prior to the bell sounded, Regal said he gave himself a fake tan ahead of his scheduled match against Novak tonight. Regal continued to run down Novak's Pro, JTG, as the two Rookies traded holds in the ring. And they continued to trade holds for a while. Cannon then tried to bail from the ring, but Conor threw him back in. Kidd tried to get involved, which gave Cannon an opening to kick Conor in the head and hit an ugly-looking fireman's carry finisher for the win.
WINNER: Cannon at 4:16. Well below-average match. The NXT Rookies are still learning how to put together the meat of a match, as evidenced by this in-ring effort. Cannon has the character aspect down pat, but Needs Improvement in the ring.
Raw Last Night: Kharma frightened Kelly Kelly and destroyed Maryse. Grisham and Regal discussed Kharma's "absolute destruction" and Regal said Maryse will never be the same again. Good follow-through on Maryse not being on NXT after the events last night.
Locker Room: Yoshi Tatsu sold concern re-watching the tape. Byron Saxton walked in and asked how Maryse is doing. Yoshi said he doesn't know. Saxton then calmly apologized for last week and said they need to get on the same page. Yoshi said he's still concerned about Maryse. Saxton almost snapped again and told Yoshi this is about him. And if Yoshi can't get it together as his Pro, he's doing this on his own. Saxton tossed Yoshi's phone back to Yoshi, who slowly dialed a number.
Up next: William Regal's in-ring return against Jacob Novak.
In-ring: JTG's music hit to bring out JTG and Jacob Novak. Matt Striker was on commentary with Grisham, replacing Regal. JTG introduced himself and his Rookie, Novak, who was in full Slam Master J mode complete with cornrows. Novak said it's clear when you're "just an announcer," you mean nothing. He said he's going to make Regal famous tonight and give everyone something to cheer about tonight. Cue up Regal's music. Regal strolled out on-stage and looked at the Pros assembled on the stage. Regal said it doesn't matter how old he is or how washed up, he's going to show every other Pro here in WWE exactly how to take care of a Rookie. Regal then turned his attention to JTG and called him a muppet.
JTG snapped to attention and told Novak he has the night off because "this muppet is going to show this clown (Regal) how we get down on Sesame Street." Regal shot JTG a quizzical look and said he doesn't know what he just said. Regal clarified the match has changed and noted he doesn't think much of Novak, but he thinks JTG is a waste of space and he really loathes him. Regal hit the ring and they cut to break.
[Break. Tough Enough plug for next week - they suggested Jeremiah has a serious injury and they showed clips of Steve Austin announcing he's taking two belts, meaning two eliminations.]
3 -- WILLIAM REGAL vs. JTG (w/Jacob Novak)
The bell sounded and JTG quickly bailed to the outside to catch a breather. The ringside audience taunted JTG, who collected himself and mock applauded Regal. JTG then slipped back into the ring and assumed a fighting stance. Regal danced around the ring, then ducked under JTG and landed knee strikes beneath the jaw. JTG bailed from the ring again to catch a breather as Novak paced around with JTG. Back in the ring, Regal extended a mock handshake. Scout's Honor. JTG shook, then Regal stomped on JTG's hand. In between knee strikes, Regal told Novak he's too much of a coward. Regal then walked into a boot to the head that finally gave JTG some momentum.
JTG mounted Regal and landed multiple right hand strikes for a one count. JTG followed with a hip toss for another one count. JTG taunted Regal and landed right hand strikes. Novak got involved on the outside, then Regal popped to his feet and told JTG to bring it stronger. JTG ducked under the ropes to avoid Regal's wrath, then slipped out of the ring to keep Regal pacing around the ring like a hungry tiger. Regal and JTG eventually traded places in a game of cat & mouse, so Regal popped Novak on the outside.
Back in the ring, Regal drove JTG to the corner before doing some back mule kicks to the gut as the ref tried to reprimand him. Can Regal get his own show? Regal then measured JTG for the knee trembler strike and connected. Regal made a cover, but Novak interfered to cause a DQ. Post-match: Novak pounded on Regal and made Regal gasp for air. Novak then collected JTG and pulled him out of the ring. From the outside, Novak taunted Regal, who collected himself in the ring and eyed Novak that he can't wait to get a piece of him.
WINNER: Regal via DQ at 6:01. Although he doesn't appear to be in great physical shape, Regal hasn't lost a step being a master storyteller in the ring. Nice match that allowed JTG and Novak to show something new personality-wise. (*1/2)
Up Next: Rock's birthday celebration from Raw.
Raw Rebound: They aired a video package - rather than real-time footage - of Rock's birthday celebration. Vince McMahon was shown welcoming Rock "home." Cue up the video package on Rock's life, career, and family. Plus, clips of the celebrity shout-outs to Rock, Pitbull, Mya, and John Cena confronting Rock to set up their WWE Title match at WrestleMania 28. Plus, Michael "KG" Cole taking the Rock Bottom and People's Elbow. The video package closed with Rock saying, "Finally, The Rock has come back...home." And NXT concluded. No challenges this week and stil no announcement of the first elimination.
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