SEASON 3, EPISODE 7
BRADLEY CENTER, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH, 2011
Last week on NXT, we saw the first person eliminated from the competition as Dolph Ziggler defeated MVP and consigned the Ballin’ Superstar to the WWE history books. Elimination from the NXT competition means, of course, that MVP’s time in the WWE is over. As for Ziggler and the other six remaining participants, things now get serious. At the moment, Great Khali is leading the way but – as NXT reaches the halfway stage tonight – he is there to be shot at. After Week 6, the standings stand as follows:
Of course, the rankings don’t tell the whole story – Kaval currently sits in last position in the rankings but he is actually the only one secure of his place on NXT right now. After winning the NXT Battle Royal at the Rumble, Kaval won the right to immunity from the first two eliminations meaning that he is guaranteed to survive past the Elimination Chamber PPV. Can the same be said for any of the other NXT competitors?
SECOND NXT ELIMINATION MATCH NEXT WEEK:
*** RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 6 ***
** 1 **
** 2 **
** 3 **
** 4 **
** 5 **
** 6 **
** 7 **
** ALREADY ELIMINATED **
MVP (Week 6)
The show began with news from NXT announcer Matt Striker that next week’s edition of NXT would feature the second NXT Elimination match between the lowest ranked, eligible competitors. Striker informed the audience that – as it stands – that would be Dolph Ziggler, who survived the Elimination match last week, and R-Truth, both members of Team Rock – or Team Rock and Sock as they are now known. Striker went on to inform everybody that both Ziggler and Truth would have chance to escape the elimination places as they would face the two men immediately above them in the rankings: Ziggler will face Chavo Guerrero tonight as well as R-Truth going up against Drew McIntyre. If Ziggler and Truth can win their matches, they would escape the danger spots and would send their opponents into the Elimination match next week. As for the other three men remaining in the NXT competition, Great Khali, Vladimir Kozlov and Kaval, they would be involved in a Tag Team match. To open the show, Striker introduced Khali and Kaval first and then Kozlov with ... Cody Rhodes from SMACKDOWN.
Great Khali (1) & Kaval (7) vs. Cody Rhodes and Vladimir Kozlov (2):
The big man – small man combination of Khali and Kaval take the adulation of the crowd as they look to get the win over the Russian and the arrogant, cocky Rhodes. The power of Khali and the speed and agility of Kaval allow them to take control and they manage to take down their opponents over and over again until Kozlov manages to get back at Kaval with a headbutt to his chest as he comes off the top rope. This leads to a period of dominance from Kozlov as he frustrates Khali by keeping Kaval away from the tag. In the end, Kaval makes the hot tag and Khali comes in and uses the Khali Chop to knock down Kozlov and Rhodes for a close 2 count on Cody – Kozlov making the save just in time. Kozlov also denies Khali once more as he looks to hit the Punjabi Plunge on Kaval and this leads to the two big men battling out of the ring, the men ranked one and two trading punches. As Khali exits, Kaval gets the blind tag and he comes in and attacks Cody but the SMACKDOWN star gets a reversal and hits the CROSS RHODES ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
Cody Rhodes & Vladimir Kozlov
After the break, MVP, the man eliminated last week, heads out into the arena for his final appearance in the WWE. He thanks the WWE Universe for all their support during his time in the WWE as well as Teddy Long, the man who hired him in the first place. MVP says that he is devastated to have lost last week and he wishes he could have beaten Ziggler if only to get rid of Vickie Guerrero. As MVP tries to continue, out comes his mentor, JBL, to interrupt. JBL tells MVP that in his early days on SMACKDOWN, JBL looked out for him and helped him, he never gave MVP any bad advice. In truth, MVP couldn’t have wished for a better mentor than him but he didn’t listen to him, he didn’t follow his advice and instructions and now he only has himself to blame for his elimination from NXT. MVP angrily reacts and tells JBL that he has more class than to run around ganging up on somebody just because of his size which is what JBL expected him to do. He says that Kozlov and McIntyre might be stupid enough to follow those kind of orders but he has principles ... JBL cuts him off. He says that if MVP had ganged up on Kaval at the Royal Rumble, as he told him to, then Kaval would have never won the Battle Royal. If that hadn’t happened, Kaval wouldn’t have got the immunity and then MVP would never have ended up in the Elimination match last week. JBL says that MVP is out of NXT for one reason – his own stupidity. JBL leaves and then MVP speaks up once more. He says he isn’t out of NXT because of stupidity, he is out here because of his pride and because he simply came up short. MVP thanks the fans one more time and then takes his leave from the NXT competition ... and the WWE.
Alicia Fox vs. Michelle McCool (w/Kharma):
After Chip Butty’s announcement a fortnight ago is replayed, we are reminded that McCool needs to win two more matches, including tonight, in order to get into the Divas Championship Triple Threat match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Replays of McCool’s wins in the last two weeks are shown before we head into the match tonight. McCool makes short work of Alicia Fox after another little distraction from Kharma ... WINGS OF LOVE! ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
Michelle McCool takes one step closer to the Divas Championship as she gets another big win. She now will face one more match next week on Episode 8 of NXT and one more win will mean that she will challenge Divas Champion Maryse and former champion and Laycool partner, Layla, in a Triple Threat match. Striker and Josh Mathews remind us that McCool and Kharma viciously beat Maryse and Layla at the Rumble but then informs us that they will return to the WWE next week on NXT to see if McCool can earn her spot in the title match.
Drew McIntyre (4) vs. R-Truth (5):
Here is R-Truth’s chance to get out of 5th spot and the danger zone as he goes up against Drew McIntyre. If he can beat the Sinister Scotsman, it will be McIntyre who will be in the Elimination match next week on NXT instead. McIntyre dominates as the crowd rally around Truth but they can’t inspire him to make a comeback until he finally counters as Drew goes for the Future Shock DDT. R-Truth reverses into a jawbreaker and then hits the Scissors Kick as he looks to get the big win. The crowd chant along as the referee counts ... 1 ... 2 ... McINTYRE KICKS OUT JUST IN TIME! The crowd are disappointed but Truth goes back to the Scot and looks to hit another big move but McIntyre manages to counter ... FUTURE SHOCK DDT! It’s over! McIntyre hooks the leg ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
Drew McIntyre remains fourth in the NXT rankings as a result of the victory whilst R-Truth stays fifth and confirms that he will be in next week’s match to determine the second elimination from NXT! Truth is disappointed but he steels himself – he has one last chance next week to save his NXT chances and his career in the WWE ...
MICK FOLEY UPDATE ON THE ROCK:
Foley apologises for taking up time on the show and commiserates with Truth’s loss to McIntyre earlier tonight. He says he realises that next week will now feature two members of his team – Truth vs. Ziggler or Chavo, all three are on Team Rock – but he is sure that after the elimination, he will be able to inspire the remaining two to challenge for victory. Foley says that “Team Rock n Sock” will win NXT for The Rock who has been advised to remain away from the WWE indefinitely as he recovers from a severe concussion. Foley suggests that WrestleMania is the grandest stage of them all and only The Rock can electrify that event – he is sure Rock will be back in time to inspire his team and to kick JBL’s ‘candy ass’ all over WrestleMania 27.
MAIN EVENT – Chavo Guerrero (3) vs. Dolph Ziggler (6):
Before the match, Striker and Mathews remind us of the little sub-plot behind this match after the words of Dolph Ziggler’s associate Vickie Guerrero when she slammed Chavo and declared him a disgrace to the Guerrero name. Vickie reinforces this as she speaks ill of Chavo before the match and she vows that Ziggler will defeat him tonight. With third spot on the line, Chavo and Dolph go at it and they have a good back and forth match, both men desperate to win and avoid facing R-Truth in a battle to the end next week. Chavo tries to rub Vickie’s nose in it as he goes for the Frog Splash used so effectively by his Uncle Eddie but Ziggler moves out of the way late and Chavo hits the mat hard. Getting to his feet dazed, Ziggler catches Chavo and locks on the Sleeper hold. Chavo’s struggles to get out of it but he isn’t able to. Ziggler keeps it locked in and Chavo falls to his knees, will he pass out? Guerrero hears the backing of the crowd and he desperately tries to fight to his feet one last time ... He jumps up and pushes off the top turnbuckle with his feet, rolling back, Ziggler is trapped and his shoulders are down ... 1 ... 2 ... ZIGGLER JUST KICKS OUT! Chavo can’t believe it but he kicks Ziggler in the gut and then slams him down to the mat before heading to the corner again. Vickie jumps up on the apron and drags his foot back, Chavo manages to shake her off and the referee orders her away but Ziggler pounces and knocks Chavo’s feet from under him. Chavo crotches himself on the top buckle and then falls forward, stumbling off the ropes. He staggers to his feet and turns ... ZIG ZAG! ZIGGLER HITS THE ZIG ZAG TO CHAVO! Dolph makes the cover as Vickie counts along ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
The result means that Ziggler has taken Chavo’s third place in the rankings by defeating the Mexican. However, this means that Chavo drops into Ziggler’s sixth place and that means that next week’s Elimination match will feature R-Truth vs. Chavo Guerrero, one of these two men will be eliminated from NXT and WWE next week!
*** RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 7 ***
** 1 **
** 2 **
** 3 **
** 4 **
** 5 **
** 6 **
** 7 **
** ALREADY ELIMINATED **
MVP (Week 6)
** NEXT WEEK ON NXT **
NXT ELIMINATION MATCH
Chavo Guerrero vs. R-Truth
Michelle McCool in action – if she wins, she earns her place in the Divas Championship match with Layla and Maryse (c) at the Elimination Chamber.