The 3rd edition of WWE NXT came to you, live, from the Key Arena in Seattle, WA. Since the show’s inaugural episode two weeks ago, there has been much distain and conflicts between the NXT Rookies & their WWE Pros. While Pro/Rookie pairings like Christian & Heath Slater and Matt Hardy & Justin Gabriel seem to be on the same page, there is no question that the pairings of The Miz & Daniel Bryan and R-Truth & David Otunga are tumultuous at best with the Pros and their Rookies frequently getting in each other’s faces and even getting into backstage brawls like R-Truth & David Otunga did on last week’s NXT. Whether the teams get along or not, the two most volatile Pro & Rookie pairings would square off in tag team action as United States & Unified WWE Tag Team Champion The Miz would team with his NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan, to take on R-Truth and his NXT Rookie, David Otunga.
- R-Truth & David Otunga def. The Miz & Daniel Bryan by David Otunga pinning The Miz following a heel kick by R-Truth.
Before the match began, The Miz told Daniel Bryan that, if Bryan was pinned or made to submit, then he would ensure that Bryan would be kicked off of NXT. During the match, Bryan had David Otunga locked in a heel hook, but The Miz tagged himself in, which led to a confrontation between Miz & Bryan. R-Truth then took advantage by hitting a heel kick on The Miz which led to Otunga pinning The Miz for the win for himself and R-Truth.
- Heath Slater (with Christian) def. Carlito (with Michael Tarver) by counter roll-up.
- Justin Gabriel def. Wade Barrett by pin following the 450 Splash.
The show kicks off with the opening match of the night as the two most dysfunctional Pro/Rookie teams squared off in tag team action as United States & Unified WWE Tag Team Champion The Miz would team with his NXT Rookie, Washington’s own Daniel Bryan as they would face R-Truth & David Otunga! Before their match, The Miz tells his Rookie, Daniel Bryan, that, if Bryan gets pinned or is made to submit to the match, then he will ensure that Daniel Bryan is kicked off of NXT! The whole match came apart for The Miz & Daniel Bryan once Bryan had a heel hook locked in on David Otunga as, just as it looked like Otunga would tap out, The Miz opts to tag himself in! This prompts a confrontation between Miz & Bryan that results in R-Truth taking advantage of the distraction to hit Miz with a heel kick, followed by Otunga pinning The Miz to win the match for himself and his WWE Pro, R-Truth! After the match, The Miz got in the face of his NXT Rookie once again and, after feigning a slap to The Miz, Bryan stormed to the backstage area!
Backstage, NXT Host Matt Striker asks The Miz if Miz has let Daniel Bryan down instead of the other way around! Miz responds by saying that he is the United States Champion and one-half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, which prompts an interruption by Daniel Bryan, who tells his Pro that every partner that Miz has held the tag titles with has “carried” Miz and states that, if Miz is so great, then why was The Miz the one getting pinned in their tag match!
After getting apple spit in his face at the end of last week’s NXT, Rookie Heath Slater was out for revenge as he went one-on-one with WWE Pro, Carlito! In the end, it was Carlito’s underestimation of Heath Slater that led to his downfall as, after Christian took the apple of Carlito, Carlito took his eye off of the ball and found himself getting rolled up by Heath Slater en route to Slater picking up the upset victory over Carlito! How will Carlito and his NXT Rookie, Michael Tarver, respond to this loss?
Backstage, WWE Pro CM Punk gives his NXT Rookie, Darren Young, an ultimatum; either pledge his allegiance to the straightedge lifestyle and be successful or do things his “way” and see how things work out! Will Darren Young abandon all that he is in order to continue his tutelage under CM Punk or will Darren Young take his chances on paving his own way to WWE superstardom?
Then it was time for the main event as the NXT Rookie of World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, Wade Barrett, would go one-on-one with the NXT Rookie of Matt Hardy, Justin Gabriel! The exciting and lightning-quick Justin Gabriel was able to fell the bigger Wade Barrett by hitting the 450 Splash on Barrett en route to picking up the win! After the match was over, Chris Jericho entered the ring and blind-sided Matt Hardy; sending Hardy out of the ring! This left Gabriel all alone with Jericho as Jericho hit the Codebreaker on the NXT Rookie before torturing Gabriel in the Walls of Jericho! How will Matt Hardy & Justin Gabriel respond to this attack by Chris Jericho?