The fourth edition of WWE NXT came to you, live, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. As the eight NXT Rookies continue their pursuit of a spot on RAW or SmackDown, the Rookies would continue to go through their trials and tribulations en route to achieving their dreams of WWE superstardom.
- CM Punk & Darren Young (with Luke Gallows & Serena) def. Matt Hardy & Justin Gabriel by Darren Young pinning Matt Hardy following the GTS.
During the match, Luke Gallows got involved in the contest and ended up distracting the referee long enough for CM Punk to illegally enter the ring and hit the GTS on Matt Hardy to allow Darren Young to pin Matt and pick up the win.
- The Great Khali def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Punjabi Plunge.
- Heath Slater def. Michael Tarver by roll-up.
- Wade Barrett def. Skip Sheffield by pin following a modified Fireman’s Carry slam.
The show kicks off with the opening match of the night as WWE Pro CM Punk would team with his NXT Rookie Darren Young to face WWE Pro Matt Hardy and his NXT Rookie Justin Gabriel. During the match, The Straightedge Society got involved on behalf of their leader and it proved to be the difference-maker in the contest as, on the outside of the ring, Luke Gallows takes Justin Gabriel out of the equation, but Gallows then runs into Matt Hardy, who hits the Side Effect on Gallows on the outside! Back in the ring, Matt is setting up for the Twist of Fate on Darren Young, but a timely distraction by Luke Gallows allows CM Punk to illegally enter the ring and hit the GTS on Matt Hardy, which would provide Young the opportunity to score the pinfall on Matt to pick up the win for himself and CM Punk! After the match, Luke Gallows leaves both Justin Gabriel & Matt Hardy laid out! After laying out Gabriel & Hardy, The Straightedge Society and Darren Young looked to be united; that was, until, Luke Gallows grabbed Young around the neck and delivered the Gallows Pole to the NXT Rookie of his leader, CM Punk! Why did Luke Gallows lay out Darren Young? What prompted CM Punk to have Gallows lay out the Rookie?
Before the opening match, it was announced that, in two weeks time, the first round of voting will take place as the eight WWE Pros will vote for the NXT Rookie whom they believe should move on to RAW or SmackDown! Which NXT Rookie will gain the most votes from the eight WWE Pros?
In a match organized by his WWE Pro, The Miz, Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with the seven foot, four inch goliath known as The Great Khali! Daniel Bryan more than held his own against “The Punjabi Playboy”, but in the end, Bryan would succumb to the sheer size of his opponent as Khali delivered the thunderous Punjabi Plunge to the NXT Rookie en route to winning the match! Things went from bad to worse for Daniel Bryan after the match as the tag team partner of The Miz and one-half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, Big Show, came out and delivered a chokeslam to Bryan! How will Daniel Bryan’s extremely tumultuous partnership with The Miz weigh with the other seven WWE Pros when the first round of voting to determine the winner of NXT commences in two weeks?
Coming off of his upset victory over Carlito last week, NXT Rookie Heath Slater would go one-on-one with Carlito’s NXT Rookie Michael Tarver. In the end, “The One-Man Rock Band” Heath Slater was able to out-maneuver Michael Tarver and roll-up Tarver to pick up the win! After the match, Tarver responded to the loss by laying out Slater!
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 William Regal, Skip Sheffield. In the end, it was Wade Barrett picking up the win following a modified fireman’s carry slam on the thick Rookie known as Skip Sheffield! How will the wins and losses factor into the decision-making process of the WWE Pros in two weeks when the first round of voting for the NXT Rookies begins?