This week's episode opened with Jack Korpela introducing a show that, in theory, is supposed to find the next WWE breakout star. Cue up JTG's theme music to start the show. JTG was joined by Darren Young on the way to the ring. Once in the ring, they addressed the crowd as haters, which the crowd popped for. JTG told them they were supposed to boo, so he did it again and they booed. JTG then noted he is standing in the ring right now. Good to know. JTG talked up Young and said he's guaranteed to be WWE's next breakout star. Young spoke next that it's an honor to be in the ring with the greatest tag team specialist in the world. That's a unique label. JTG then recapped their path of destruction on NXT the past few weeks before saying they plan on capturing tag gold.
Suddenly, the Usos's music played to bring out the Usos styling in street clothes. Jimmy took offense to them calling themselves the best tag team in WWE. Jey said he'll admit to them winning a couple of matches, but they ignored what happened after the matches. Cue up footage from the past two weeks when the Usos took apart Young & JTG. Back in the ring, JTG took offense to the Usos jumping them after the bell. Jimmy then offered a history lesson on their relatives as tag champions. D-Young took exception before JTG told him to slow down. JTG said it's time to get real and honest. He said growing up, the Usos's family...was a complete joke. The Usos then chased them out of the ring and challenged them to a tag match later tonight in the main event.
In-ring: Back on NXT, Yoshi Tatsu's happy, fun music played to bring out the dark, masked Yoshi Tatsu. Cue up audience confusion. New music for NXT played to bring out Jinder Mahal from Smackdown. Regal played up Jinder's background as Mahal entered the ring to face Yoshi.
1 -- YOSHI TATSU vs. JINDER MAHAL
Korpela added some context to the match that Mahal defeated Yoshi in two minutes in his first WWE TV match. Mahal controlled the action and the crowd figured out Yoshi was the face, so they rallied behind him. Regal cracked a joke that he knows Mahal's uncle, who is a Karaoke champion named "Getupto Singh." Mahal continued an aggressive attack before taking Yoshi up top for a superplex, but Yoshi blocked and airballed a spin kick from the top rope. Mahal called for the end and delivered an emphatic slam out of the full nelson position for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Mahal at 6:09. Unless Mahal is going to become a regular on NXT, it's questionable for Yoshi to take the loss here. Of course, this is NXT.
Backstage, Hornswoggle was spotted walking down the hallway. Maxine tried to plant an evil seed in his brain, but he ignored her and kept walking. Swoggle then found A.J. and Titus O'Neil talking in the hallway. He handed the letter to Titus, who read a poem. Something about being anchored to the dead NXT ship and needing to set sail to Smackdown. So, Swoggle is leaving NXT. Swoggle walked off, then A.J. asked Titus if Swoggle knows she's on Smackdown too. Titus seemed too perplexed by the poem to respond. And there goes the last original NXT Season 5 pairing.
In-ring: Showtime's music hit to bring out Percy Watson for singles action. Regal endorsed Percival as he bounced to the ring shaking hands with fans on the front row. Tyson Kidd, looking thicker than in past weeks, was out next to face Watson.
2 -- PERCY WATSON vs. TYSON KIDD
Kidd completely dominated early on with aggressive kick strikes and submission holds. "C'mon, ask him!" Kidd shouted toward the ref. Watson made a comeback as Regal noted Watson could be a big deal in WWE if someone took him under his or her wing. Moments later, Watson lost control and Kidd nailed a springboard elbow drop clear across the ring for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Kidd at 3:53. Impressive win for Kidd, if matters on NXT.
Backstage: Matt Striker resurfaced on NXT with a backstage interview with Jinder Mahal. Striker tried to get a word on his relationship with Great Khali, which drew Jinder's ire. He said that name is dead to him and he is the only one who matters. Mahal said whether it's Smackdown, NXT, or Raw, he's back on track on his path to greatness.
Up next: Usos vs. JTG & Young in the main event.
In-ring: The Usos came out on-stage for their awesome war dance before bouncing to the ring for the main event. JTG then brought out Darren Young for the main event.
3 -- THE USOS vs. DARREN YOUNG & JTG
At the beginning of the match, Korpela brought up JTG being part of a "successful tag team" earlier in his career, and added an interesting point that they never held tag titles in WWE. Regal was surprised and Korpela said most people believe they held tag gold before. JTG and Young took control of the match going to break.
Back from break, JTG and Young retained control of the match. Jimmy fought back and tried to shake off the heel team's work on his back, but Young rammed him into the ringpost to focus on the back again. Jimmy eventually scored with a Samoan Drop to break free and make the hot tag to Jey. After a nearfall in Jey's favor, the action broke down. Young tried to put away Jey with his gutbuster, but Jey blocked, superkicked him, and tagged in Jimmy for the Superfly Splash. It was good for the pin on Young for the win.
WINNERS: Usos at 11:37. Even-Steven match booking with Young & JTG dominating before the Usos picked up the win. Usos back on track.
Post-match: Out of nowhere, Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins stormed the ringside area to drop the Usos. Korpela said the tag division is exploding on NXT and you can't take your eyes off the ball. Hawkins and Reks backed away from the Usos with cocky smiles to conclude the show.
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