This week's episode opened with Titus O'Neil and Percy Watson already in the ring dressed in street clothes. Well, Showtime was sporting ring trunks with a fashionable dress shirt. Titus noted this season has gone on forever and he's seen Pros and Rookies leave the show. He said he's been the constant and he sees the light at the end of the tunnel; that same light that got everyone out of bed this morning. Titus vowed to win NXT: Redemption...whenever the winner is determined.
Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins interrupted the proceedings. Reks said Titus needs to do something to deserve redemption. The crowd was annoyed with these two men. Titus just laughed. More back-and-forth between Reks and Hawkins that Titus had enough of. Before he could book a match of sorts tonight, Derrick Bateman's music interrupted. "Worst Show Ever," Bateman declared. Bateman said if they're talking breaking out, they should be breaking out the champagne for his wedding with Maxine. All five men gathered in the ring to continue this amateurish discussion. Bateman then shoved Percy, setting off a mild shoving match.
NXT booker Matt Striker walked out on-stage and noted they do things a little differently on NXT. He told Reks he gets a high pressure "main event situation" tonight against Titus O'Neil. Next, Striker addressed Bateman, who refused to look at Striker. Striker booked Bateman vs. Watson right now. It's a good thing Watson was already prepared by wearing his trunks to his talking segment.
1 -- DERRICK BATEMAN vs. PERCY WATSON (w/Titus O'Neil)
O'Neil was on commentary for this encounter. Titus picked up a football discussion with William Regal, who seemed disinterested. Showtime dumped Bateman to the floor 90 seconds in before landing forearm blows to the neck. Back in the ring, Bateman returned the favor with a swinging neckbreaker. And pause for a randomly inserted WWE/Kmart commercial. Bateman took control of the match and began playing to the crowd in-between moves. That gave Showtime an opening to make his comeback, highlighted by a Showtime Splash. Moments later, Watson finished off Bateman with the Percy-cution for the pin and the win. After a replay of the finish, Titus gave a positive evaluation of Percy's performance in the opener.
WINNER: Watson at 4:23.
Backstage: Maxine was flipping through a magazine before Johnny Curtis walked in. Curtis just wants things to be like they used to be. Curtis said he knows she still has her number if she needs anything. Maxine said his games aren't going to work. Curtis then relayed info about Bateman's loss moments ago, which Maxine apparently wasn't aware of. Maxine then pulled Curtis in close to tease him with a kiss before slapping him across the face.
Raw Rebound focused on Cena and Rock's confrontation/meeting prior to Survivor Series.
2 -- YOSHI TATSU vs. JTG (w/Tamina)
Back from the Rebound, Yoshi was already in the ring. No make-up for Yoshi, whose look continues to change. JTG was out next, flanked by Tamina in a business suit. The match started with a fast-paced back-and-forth, suggesting this would be a quick match. JTG then settled into a series of submission holds, leading the crowd to rally behind Yoshi. Yoshi ripped off a series of kick strikes before Tamina hopped on the ring apron to yell at Yoshi and the ref. It was enough of a distraction to allow JTG to plant Yoshi into the ringpost before rolling him up for the pin and the win.
WINNER: JTG at 4:06. Yoshi's stock has apparently dropped significantly. It sets up Yoshi for a revenge match on a future episode, but a loss to JTG, who WWE designated as an enhancement wrestler prior to joining forces with Tamina, isn't a good sign.
Announcers: Mathews and Regal broke down the Survivor Series line-up, focusing on whether Cena and Rock will coincide at the PPV.
Raw Replay: Rock's return promo, Miz & Truth's response, and Cena sharing the ring with Rock prior to a show-closing game of "can you top this?"
In-ring: Seconded by Percival Watson, Titus O'Neil came out first for the main event. After a plug for "WWE '12" featuring The Rock, Tyler Reks emerged with C-Hawk to oppose O'Neil.
3 -- TITUS O'NEIL (w/Percy Watson) vs. TYLER REKS (w/Curt Hawkins)
Mathews and Regal noted Striker angrily put together this match for the show, which led to them wondering why Striker is so angry this week. The match started with a basic back-and-forth before Titus dumped Reks over the top rope to the floor. Titus was slow re-entering the ring, which gave Reks an opening. Hawkins then tried to get involved, but Percy blasted him with a right hand. The ref only saw Percival's involvement, so he got the boot from the ref, like the player retaliating in a football game getting a 15-yard penalty. But, Hawkins, the instigator, was also given the boot before they cut to break.
Back from break, Reks was in control of the situation in a strict one-on-one now. Titus eventually shook off Reks's attack and delivered a back elbow smash followed by right hand blows. Reks cut off Titus and went for a second-rope move, but Titus intercepted with a two-hand catch into his sky-high bomb finisher. Titus made the cover for the win.
WINNER: Titus at 7:21. Just hand Titus the season win and move on.
Post-match: Darren Young made his return from suspension for a post-match attack on Titus. Young then demanded a microphone and cut a promo in Titus's face that it's not about redemption, but retribution. Young looked different facially. Perhaps shorter hair. D-Young left the ring, leaving Titus to recover in the ring. They went to a replay of the main event finish and D-Young's post-match attack before back-and-forth camera shots of Young and Titus closed out the show.
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