Saturday Morning NXT/Smackdown – Jan 18 & 21

NXT

Derrick Bateman wins Know Your Pro Challenge

Chris Masters def. Byron Saxton

Daniel Bryan & Derrick Bateman def. Ted DiBiase & Brodus Clay

Ricardo Rodriguez def. Conor O’Brian

Conor O’Brian was eliminated

  • Bateman & Bryan totally cheated on the Challenge this week to secure immunity and it was hilarious
  • As usual, Byron Saxton plays the arrogant chump to a tee
  • DiBiase’s losing streak continues when Brodus refuse to take his scolding any long and left his Pro to fend for himself
  • The mach result above is not a joke, Alberto Del Rio’s ring announcer really did win his first ever WWE match

Elimination Thoughts

I didn’t think it was his time but after losing to Rodriguez it’s probably best he leave and move on away from this. I still think he’s got a future on the main roster and I hope to see him up there soon. And that takes the cheese, see.

Smackdown

Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth

Beth Phoenix def. Layla

Rey Mysterio def. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes

Jack Swagger def. Kofi Kingston in Amateur Wrestling Challenge 10 | 9

 Drew McIntyre def. Trent Barreta

Justin Gabriel def. Edge

Corre

Not to thrilled about the spelling but very intrigued by the group. Barrett, Gabriel, Slater and Jackson all came out at the top of the show and announced what Corre was: Barrett isn’t the leader, they’re all equals, they have no problems abiding by the rules of Smackdown and agreed with Teddy Long’s “no Nexus gang style tactics”. The latter didn’t matter by the end of the night as Teddy Long was found unconscious in his office and sent to the hospital for a head injury, leaving Vickie Guerrero in charge and made a for a member of Corre vs. Edge. She told them to do what they do best during the match.

The main event ended when the numbers game caught up to Edge when Jackson clotheslined him from the ring apron while the ref was distracted to give Gabriel the pinfall. Afterward the ganged up on Edge and left him laid out on the mat.

  • Thou the Teddy Long incident happened in the middle of the Del Rio/R-Truth match, the weirdest part is that Michael Tarver was apparently the first on the scene
  • Beth Phoenix has beaten both members of LayCool for 2 straight weeks now
  • “Dashing” Cody Rhodes had his nose broken from an exposed knee brace of Rey Mysterio’s during a 619.
  • I really hope he starts wearing a mask, medical or Phantom of the Opera
  • Finally the did Swagger’s Amatuer Wrestling Challenge right! The MVP one was awful.
  • But I still don’t think any one besides Swagger (and maybe Dolph Ziggler) knows how to score one of these matches
  • After soundly beating Barreta, The Chosen One got heated when the Dudebuster struck him post match.
  • A beat down occurred and an unapproving Kelly Kelly emerged
  • WWE Champion The Miz & protegé Alex Riley made a guest appearance, showed their Randy Orton beat down footage and were sent back to the back by the Rated R Superstar care of a Spear to Riley
  • Gabriel called his 450 Splash “Sternum Crushing” and they’re back to pushing the “One Man Rock Band” gimmick with Slater

Great show this week. It looks like this Corre/Teddy Long angle has a lot of potential. I’m excited to see how it all plays out along the Road to Wrestlemania.

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