Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s WWE NXT recap.
Filling in for Grash this week on the recap, so if you all are ready to get Wild & Young, then let’s get on with the show!
Jinder Mahal vs. Derrick Bateman
“USA” chants from the crowd as the bell sounds, to which Mahal is not too pleased about. Lock-up and Bateman with a side headlock takedown. Mahal tries to fight out, but Bateman comes back with a forearm and takes Mahal back down. Mahal sends Bateman to the corner to force a break, then talks trash in his native language. Lock-up and Mahal with a pair of knees to the gut, followed by a right hand. Mahal then with a series of shoulders to the ribs of Bateman in the corner, but Bateman comes back with a series of right hands. However, Mahal comes back with a kick to the gut, followed by a pair of back elbows. Irish whip by Mahal, but Bateman does a baseball slide to put on the brakes. Mahal charges, but Bateman catches him with a dropkick. Bateman with an arm wrench, followed by a pair of chops. Bateman then with a suplex for a nearfall. Bateman goes back to the side headlock, but Mahal brings him to the corner to force a break. Mahal goes for a right hand, but Bateman blocks it and hits one of his own. Bateman with a series of stomps in the corner, but then Mahal with a kick to the leg, followed by a running knee to the side of the head.
Mahal drives Bateman’s head into the mat, followed by a series of stomps. Mahal with a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Mahal chokes Bateman in the ropes, then hits a STO. Mahal then hits a series of knees using the ropes as a spring. Mahal with a pair of stomps, followed by a snapmare takeover and finally locks in a chinlock. The crowd starts chanting “USA” again to try and will on Bateman. Bateman gets to his feet and tries to break the hold, but Mahal comes back with another series of knees for a nearfall. Mahal then locks in a head and arm facelock as the crowd again wills on Bateman. Bateman gets to his feet and again tries to break the hold, but Mahal comes right back with a knee to the gut. Irish whip by Mahal, but Bateman gets his boots up. Bateman then misses a clothesline and Mahal goes for a suplex, but Bateman spins himself around in mid-air and lands on top of Mahal for a nearfall. Bateman with a chop, followed by an Irish whip, but Mahal reverses it. However, Mahal misses a clothesline and Bateman goes off the ropes, hitting a flying forearm.
Bateman with a clothesline, followed by a one man flapjack. Bateman then with a running Moonlight Drive for a nearfall. Bateman charges and connects with a flying clothesline, then heads up top. Bateman scores with a missile dropkick for a close nearfall. Bateman fires up, then goes for the snapmare DDT, but Mahal counters it. Bateman charges, but Mahal catches him with a running knee to the head.
Mahal with a series of knees to the small of Bateman’s back, then locks in the Camel Clutch and Bateman has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
“Showtime” Percy Watson vs. “The 1 Man Southern Rock Band” Heath Slater
Slater with a quick waistlock, then shoves off Watson and taunts him to draw Watson’s ire. Lock-up and Watson with a waistlock. Slater counters into a wristlock, but then Watson counters that into a side headlock takedown. Slater counters that with a headscissors, but Watson gets out with a kip-up that surprises Slater. Slater has words with the referee, but that was only to distract Watson as Slater nails him with a kick to the gut, followed by a pair of right hands. Irish whip by Slater, but Watson avoids a clothesline and goes off the ropes, nailing Slater with a leg lariat. Watson with a clothesline, followed by a fallaway faceplant for a nearfall. Slater rolls out to the apron and then when Watson tries to go after him, Slater nails him with a right hand.
Slater with a flying forearm, followed by a series of stomps & right hands. Slater with a kick to the gut, followed by another right hand for a nearfall. Slater applies a chinlock as the crowd begins to will on Watson. Watson gets to his feet and breaks the hold with gut shots, but misses a right hand and that allows Slater to connect with a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Slater with a kick to the gut, followed by a series of elbows to the chest before re-applying the chinlock. Slater hits another series of elbows as the crowd again wills on Watson. Watson gets to his feet and tries to break out, but Slater regains the advantage. Slater with a series of stomps and gains another nearfall. Slater with a series of right hands in the corner, followed by a snapmare takeover and then gains another nearfall. Slater then goes right back to the chinlock as the crowd again tries to will on Watson. Watson gets to his feet and drives Slater into the corner to the break the hold. Watson charges, but Slater gets his boots up to knock Watson back down. Slater with a hair flick before heading up to the middle ropes. Slater leaps off, but Watson gets his boots up this time, nailing Slater in the face.
Watson with a back elbow, followed by a right hand and finally a pair of dropkicks. Irish whip by Watson and he catches Slater coming in with an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Watson then goes off the ropes and connects with a flying clothesline. Watson is all fired up, then does the Heisman pose and hits the Showtime Splash for a close nearfall. Watson charges, but Slater moves out of the way. Slater tries to go for his belly-to-back facebuster, but Watson lands on his feet.
Watson then lifts up Slater and hits the Percecution for the victory.
Winner: “Showtime” Percy Watson by pinfall (Percecution)
Watson celebrates his victory as we go to commercial.
Alicia Fox vs. Maxine
Lock-up and Maxine sends Fox to the ropes, before breaking clean. Another lock-up and Fox sends Maxine to the corner, before breaking herself. Another lock-up and Maxine goes for a waistlock, but Fox breaks. Maxine with a shove, then sends Fox into the corner before breaking clean once more. Fox then gives a receipt by shoving Maxine down. Maxine then dives on Fox and both women go back and forth on the mat until Fox gains the advantage. Maxine comes back with a kick to the gut, followed by an Irish whip, but Fox reverses it. Fox with a leapfrog, followed by a split and finally takes Maxine over with a snapmare. Fox with a kick to the gut, but then Maxine sends her throat first into the middle rope.
Headfirst goes Fox off the top turnbuckle, followed by Maxine choking Fox with her boot. Maxine with a pair of back elbows to the gut of Fox, followed by a snapmare takeover. Maxine with a pair of knees between the shoulder blades, followed by locking in a chinlock. Crowd tries to will on Fox as she gets to her feet. Fox tries to break the hold, but Maxine drives her head into the mat for a nearfall. Maxine chokes Fox in the ropes again, then pulls at the hair. Fox comes back with a series of back elbows, but then Maxine regains the advantage by driving Fox back down to the mat. Maxine with a suplex for another nearfall. Maxine then goes back to the chinlock as the crowd tries to will on Fox once more. Fox gets to her feet and this time breaks the hold. Fox then sidesteps Maxine’s back body drop attempt with a kick to the chest, followed by a series of forearms. However, Maxine comes right back with a kick to the gut, followed by driving Fox facefirst into the mat. Maxine goes back to the chinlock along with her knee driven into Fox’s back. Fox gets to her feet and drives Maxine into the corner to break the hold.
Maxine charges, but Fox catches her with a dropkick, followed by another one. Irish whip by Fox, reversed by Maxine, but Fox springs up to the middle rope and hits a flying back elbow. Fox then with a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall. Maxine comes back with a chop, but then Fox with an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall.
However, right out of the pin attempt, Maxine hooks in a body scissors, followed by the Dragon Clutch and Fox has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Maxine by submission (Dragon Clutch)
Back from commercial, we go to this week’s “RAW Rebound” video, highlighting what happened between John Cena & The Big Show before we go to the main event.
4. Main Event: The Great Khali & Ezekiel Jackson vs. Drew McIntyre & Johnny Curtis
Khali & Curtis will start things off for their respective teams. Curtis tries for a waistlock, but Khali knocks him down with a right hand. Headfirst goes Curtis off the top turnbuckle, followed by a big overhand chop by Khali. Khali with a right hand that knocks Curtis down, followed by tagging in Zeke. Zeke with a club to the back, followed by a club to the chest. Zeke then with a hard Irish whip that bounces Curtis off the corner. Zeke goes for a slam, but Curtis rolls off and nails Zeke with a blow to the back of the head. Curtis brings Zeke to his side of the ring and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre with a right hand, followed by a series of stomps. McIntyre with another right hand, followed by an Irish whip, but Zeke reverses it. However, McIntyre sidesteps Zeke’s back body drop attempt with a knee to the head. McIntyre goes off the ropes, but Zeke catches him coming in with a back elbow. Zeke with a slam, then sends McIntyre headfirst off the top turnbuckle. Tag into Khali, who nails McIntyre with a big overhand chop. Khali with a right hand, but McIntyre comes back with a dropkick to the legs of Khali.
McIntyre then starts to unload with a series of right hands & stomps to Khali, before being pulled back by the referee. Tag into Curtis, who unloads with some stomps of his own, followed by choking Khali. Tag into McIntyre, who hits some more stomps before taunting the crowd. McIntyre charges, but Khali gets his boot up and then tags in Zeke.
Zeke then charges and connects with a pair of running clotheslines. Irish whip by Zeke sends McIntyre sternum first into the corner, followed by Zeke charging and connecting with an avalanche to McIntyre’s back. Zeke knocks Curtis off the apron, then sidesteps McIntyre and sends him sailing over the ropes and to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Zeke Irish whips McIntyre, but McIntyre holds onto the ropes. Zeke charges, but McIntyre gets his boots up. Tag into Curtis, but Zeke catches him and hits a series of slams. Zeke fires up, but McIntyre grabs onto his arm. Curtis tries to come in, but Zeke nails him with a back elbow. Zeke goes to the apron, but then McIntyre, who dropped down to the outside, charges and takes out Zeke’s leg with a chopblock sending Zeke crashing down to the outside.
Curtis goes to the outside and stomps at Zeke’s leg, then sends him back in the ring. Tag into McIntyre, who hits a pair of elbows to Zeke’s leg. Zeke tries to fight back, but McIntyre comes back with a knee to the gut. Tag into Curtis, who locks Zeke in a leglock. Zeke tries to fight out, but Curtis keeps the hold applied. Zeke finally breaks out, but Curtis tags in McIntyre. McIntyre with a kick to the back of Zeke’s leg, then drops down with all his body weight across Zeke’s leg. Zeke then fights out of the corner of McIntyre & Curtis, knocking Curtis off the apron, but then McIntyre comes back with a big boot for a nearfall. Tag into Curtis, who hits a stomp to Zeke’s leg, followed by a knee to it. Curtis locks in a step-over toe hold as the crowd tries to will on Zeke. Zeke kicks out of the hold, but then Curtis nails him with an elbow. Tag into McIntyre, who hits a series of stomps to Zeke. McIntyre goes off the ropes, but Zeke catches him with a slam.
Tag into Khali & Curtis, and Khali hits a series of clotheslines to both Curtis & McIntyre. Khali fires up as Zeke sends McIntyre over the ropes and to the outside.
Khali then goozles Curtis and drills him with the Punjabi Plunge for the victory.
Winners: The Great Khali & Ezekiel Jackson by pinfall (Punjabi Plunge)
Khali & Zeke celebrate their win the only way they know how as we go to credits.
Decent episode of NXT this week, but there was nothing that you really need to go out of your way and see.
Everyone I felt worked hard, but there wasn’t that good match on the show, like last week’s Triple Threat Match that I can say, go back and watch this.
Unfortunately for me, who has become a fan of NXT, and Grash, NXT seems to be in limbo right now.
They have dropped all of their storylines in the last 2 episodes and have really become a 2nd edition of Superstars to be quite honest.
Also, the unfortunate thing is that it doesn’t seem like this will change until they find a home for NXT in the US so they can air the stuff they taped last week from Full Sail.
So, until they do so, NXT is in limbo mode for the time being.
My Grade: C
This week on the Independent Roundtable:
– Discussion of the 5/19 ROH TV
– Discussion of the 5/13 FCW TV, featuring the 1st ever Kassius Ohno/Antonio Cesaro match
– A look at the best matches from last week’s CZW Proving Grounds, EVOLVE 12 & EVOLVE 13 iPPVs
– Plus, news of the week and much more
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With that, Grash will be back next week as he will bring you more goodness from the land of N-X-T!
Check y’all later!