The 2nd edition of WWE NXT came to you from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS. On the second edition of the revolutionary show where eight WWE Pros would mentor eight NXT Rookies, veteran tag team competitor Matt Hardy would introduce his NXT Rookie, Justin Gabriel, and bare-knuckled British brawler William Regal would introduce his Texas-sized NXT Rookie, Skip Sheffield.
- Darren Young (with The Straightedge Society) def. David Otunga (with R-Truth) by pin following a modified full-nelson slam.
- Wade Barrett (in his in-ring debut) def. Daniel Bryan by pin following a modified military press slam.
- Matt Hardy & Justin Gabriel (in his in-ring debut) def. William Regal & Skip Sheffield (in his in-ring debut) by Justin Gabriel pinning William Regal following the 450 Splash.
Further details on the WWE NXT concept were revealed on the show as the NXT Rookies who earn a contract to compete on either RAW & SmackDown will be determined by a vote placed by all eight of the WWE Pros! The catch for the WWE Pros is that they can not vote for, or against, their own Rookie! The bottom line is that the WWE careers of the NXT Rookies lie in the hands of the eight WWE Pros!
The opening match of the night was a rematch from last week’s NXT as David Otunga, the NXT Rookie of R-Truth, took on Darren Young, the NXT Rookie of CM Punk. In the end, it was the collaborative work of The Straightedge Society on the outside of the ring that led to a Darren Young victory as, while Luke Gallows distracted the referee, CM Punk tripped up David Otunga, which allowed Young to hit a modified full-nelson slam en route to avenging his loss to Otunga last week! After the match, R-Truth tried to help his NXT Rookie, David Otunga, to his feet following the loss, but Otunga shoved Truth before exiting the ring!
Backstage, The Miz confronts his NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan, and tells his Rookie that Bryan is “nothing” and reveals that, despite Bryan’s injuries from his match with Chris Jericho last week, Daniel Bryan will still go one-on-one with Jericho’s NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett!
Backstage, David Otunga is being interviewed by NXT Host Matt Striker, but R-Truth gets in his face following the shove by Otunga moments earlier and the Pro & Rookie ended up brawling in the backstage area until referees were eventually able to break the two apart! What impact will this have on the Pro & Rookie partnership?
As ordered by his WWE Pro, The Miz, Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with Wade Barrett, as his WWE Pro, World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, served as a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Barrett utilizing a modified military press slam on the injured ribs of Daniel Bryan en route to picking up the win! After the match, Chris Jericho entered the ring and locked in the Walls of Jericho on Bryan once again! How will The Miz react to his NXT Rookie’s loss? How will Daniel Bryan react to the post-match attack by Chris Jericho?
Then it was time for the main event as WWE Pro Matt Hardy would debut his NXT Rookie, Justin Gabriel, as they would team up to face William Regal and his NXT Rookie, Skip Sheffield! Throughout the match, William Regal continued to shout orders at his NXT Rookie, Skip Sheffield, and, in the end, Matt Hardy planted Regal with the Twist of Fate and tagged in Justin Gabriel, who hit an incredible 450 Splash on Regal en route to picking up the win for his team!
Backstage, NXT Host Matt Striker is with the other six NXT Rookies and Carlito, the WWE Pro of Rookie Michael Tarver, comes in and spits apple in the face of NXT Rookie Heath Slater! How will Slater react to Carlito’s actions? How will Slater’s WWE Pro, Christian, react?