The 12th edition of WWE NXT came to you from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Twelve weeks after the eight NXT Rookies made their debut on NXT, one of the eight Rookies will have their dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar crushed as the NXT Rookie ranked at number eight via the second Pros’ Poll will be eliminated from the NXT competition!
- Wade Barrett def. Heath Slater by pin following the Barrett Wasteland.
- Skip Sheffield def. Darren Young by pin following the Jaw Jacker.
- David Otunga def. Justin Gabriel by pin following the A-List Slam.
The show starts off with the eight NXT Rookies as Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver, & Darren Young make their way to ringside to learn which one of them will have their dreams of a WWE Superstar come to an end via the first NXT elimination! After refusing to compete in numerous NXT contests and having a win/loss record of one win and seven losses in his NXT run, as well as saying that he should be the one eliminated last week, it was revealed that Michael Tarver was the first Rookie eliminated from the NXT competition! While many people were not surprised to see Michael Tarver eliminated from NXT, a shocking announcement was made on NXT as there was a second elimination on NXT! Despite being the most popular NXT Rookie among the eight WWE Pros in the first Pros’ Poll, Daniel Bryan was eliminated from the NXT competition as a result of stating last week that he should be the one eliminated! It was then revealed that the elimination of Daniel Bryan & Michael Tarver were not a result of the second WWE Pros’ Poll, but that the two eliminations were made by WWE management! Following this reveal, it was announced that the second WWE Pros’ Poll will be revealed later in the night with the Rookie ranked at number six Rookie becoming the third Rookie elimination of the night! Which of the six remaining NXT Rookies will be the third Rookie eliminated?
After witnessing the shocking elimination of both Daniel Bryan & Michael Tarver, two of the six remaining NXT Rookies were in action as Wade Barrett went one-on-one with Heath Slater! In the end, it was Barrett picking up the all-important win over Heath Slater! Could Wade Barrett or Heath Slater be the third NXT Rookie eliminated from competition via the second WWE Pros’ Poll?
With the third NXT elimination looming, Skip Sheffield went one-on-one with Darren Young. Following his unique, but vicious jawbreaker finisher, it was the intense Skip Sheffield picking up the win over Darren Young! Could this loss lead to Darren Young being the third NXT Rookie eliminated?
Following his shocking elimination earlier in the night, Daniel Bryan spoke on his NXT elimination and states that he “never makes excuses” and he will “find a way to make it”! Daniel Bryan then proclaims that “Daniel Bryan might be done”, but “God knows” what will happen to Bryan Danielson! Whether he is Daniel Bryan or Bryan Danielson, have we seen the last of this very capable competitor in the WWE?
With the third NXT elimination rapidly approaching, the Rookie who won immunity from elimination by winning the obstacle course challenge last week, Justin Gabriel, went one-on-one with David “A-List” Otunga! In the end, it was Otunga picking up the win over Justin Gabriel! Could this win keep David Otunga from being the third NXT Rookie to be eliminated?
Then it was time for the NXT elimination to take place as Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, & Darren Young lined up at ringside! When asked who should be eliminated from the NXT competition, Darren Young boldly stated that Wade Barrett should be eliminated! Heath Slater was posed with the same question and Slater said that David Otunga should be eliminated because he “does not belong” in NXT! The immune Justin Gabriel agreed with Slater by saying that David Otunga should be eliminated because he has an “attitude problem”! Skip Sheffield was asked the same question and said that it is “time to separate the men from the boys” before also saying that David Otunga should be eliminated, saying that he “does not belong” in NXT! David Otunga was asked the question of who should be eliminated and Otunga said that Heath Slater should be eliminated because Slater is a “nobody” and accuses Slater of “copying” him! Wade Barrett then agrees with three of his fellow Rookies by saying that David Otunga should be the one eliminated! Then it was time for the big reveal as the second WWE Pros’ Poll would be revealed and the eight WWE Pros voted for the remaining six NXT Rookies! The new number one in the NXT competition was revealed to be Wade Barrett, who moved up from the number two spot from the first Pros’ Poll! The new number two was revealed to be David Otunga, the number three was Justin Gabriel, and the number four was Heath Slater! This means that either Skip Sheffield or Darren Young would be the third NXT eliminated! It was then revealed that Darren Young secured the number five spot, meaning that Skip Sheffield is eliminated from the NXT competition! In his departing words, Skip Sheffield vowed that he will “be back”! Next week on WWE NXT, there will be a third WWE Pros’ Poll and whoever is at the number five spot in that Poll will be eliminated from the competition just like Daniel Bryan, Michael Tarver, & Skip Sheffield have! With Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, & Darren Young left in the NXT competition, who will be eliminated next week and who will come one step closer to achieving their dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar?