-It’s elimination time, as we head into the thirteenth week of NXT Redemption! We start with a recap of the feud between Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. The kidnapping of Hornswoggle, the ambush on Titus, the frog splash on Hornswoggle, and highlights from the no-disqualification match are shown. The opening titles roll, and commentator Todd Grisham welcomes us from Des Moines, Iowa.
-The rookies are lined up in the ring. Maryse and Matt Striker welcome us. Maryse then welcomes her friend Michael Cole to the ring. Cole sits at ringside next to Grisham.
-Matt Striker reminds us that the winner of this season of NXT will get a spot on the next season of NXT, and they will get the chance to pick their own pro. We get a recap of the current redemption point standings: O’Neil has 19, Young has 7, Saxton has 4, and the other two rookies have 0. We learn that in the event of a tie between the pro’s poll and the WWE Universe’s poll, the redemption points will act as the tiebreaker.
-The rookies get a chance to win over the crowd one last time.
-Conor O’Brian is first. He says that he is not done sacrificing his body for this business and the WWE Universe. He says that Conor O’Brian is not done.
-Lucky Cannon says that if you’re not a fan of him, you’re deaf, dumb, and blind. He has Adonis DNA, and he’s championship material. He’s not going to beg for votes, because he has Maryse on his side. Maryse doesn’t seem very receptive.
-Darren Young is next. He says that he’s been at the top since the start of NXT Redemption. He then starts yelling and says that he shouldn’t even be here because he’s a WWE Superstar. He says that he was in the main event of Summerslam. He says that he deserves to be facing John Cena.
-Byron Saxton says that he shouldn’t have to explain why the WWE Universe should vote for him. He says that he did the impossible last week in spite of having the most incompetent pro, Yoshi Tatsu. He says the real question for the WWE Universe is why not vote for him?
-Titus O’Neil is next. He’s the only guy to get an initial pop. He says that he’s bigger, badder, and bigger, just like the WWE’s new slogan. He’s had the support of the WWE Universe and the best pro, Hornswoggle, so he says that elimination is not an option. The only option is to make it a win.
-Hornswoggle’s music hits and he comes out to greet Titus. Darren Young stares down Hornswoggle as we go to commercial.
Challenge #1: Tag Team Turmoil
-A rookie and pro team will face off against another team. The losing team will be eliminated and the last team standing is the winner.
Match #1: Hornswoggle & Titus O’Neil vs. Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon
-Titus and Kidd lock up, before Titus pushes him down. Kidd fights back with a number of strikes before running the ropes. Titus grabs Kidd and hits an awkward looking high-angle side walk slam. He then tags in Hornswoggle, who hits a hurricanrana on Kidd. Hornswoggle then blows a kiss to Maryse and tags in Titus, much to the chagrin of Cannon. Titus shoulder blocks Kidd and gets a two count. Kidd runs the ropes but gets a big powerslam. Meanwhile, Hornswoggle goes over to Maryse, which distracts Titus. Titus looks through the ropes but Kidd takes advantage, jumping over the apron and hitting a leg drop on Titus. Titus falls into the ring and Kidd hits a springboard elbow drop from the apron for the three-count.
Winners: Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon
Match #2: Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon vs. Yoshi Tatsu & Byron Saxton
-Yoshi and Kidd start out in the ring. Yoshi and Kidd trade dropkicks. Yoshi takes control with an arm wrench. Yoshi whips Kidd and hits a shoulder block, but Saxton gets a blind tag and comes in. Saxton rams Kidd’s head into the turnbuckle and whips him into the other turnbuckle hard enough to knock Kidd down for a two-count. Kidd forces Byron into the corner and tags Cannon in. Cannon attack’s Saxton’s back, driving knees into his back. Lucky breaks the hold and hits two legdrops for a two-count. Cannon then applies a grounded leg choke, using the ropes for leverage. Lucky gets the tag to Kidd, who hits a snapmare and a kick to Saxton’s back for another two-count. Kidd then applies a grounded chinlock until Saxton fights out. Saxton runs the ropes and hits a flying elbow. Kidd quickly tags in Cannon, who hits a big boot to Saxton, getting a two-count. Cannon then reapplies his chokehold and lets go a few seconds later only to hit a standing neckbreaker when Saxton got to his feet. Cannon whips Saxton into the corner and hits a clothesline for a two-count. Yoshi tries to break up the pin, but Kidd enters the ring and takes both Yoshi and himself out of the ring over the ropes. Byron hits his shoulder jawbreaker and goes to the second rope. Byron jumps to Cannon, but Cannon gets a huge mid-air big boot for the three-count.
Winners: Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon
Match #3: Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon vs. Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O’Brian
-Vladimir and Cannon are in the ring. Vlad hits an arm drag and a number of knees to the solar plexus before being interrupted by JTG, whose rookie has already been eliminated. Conor tags in and hits a scoop slam on Cannon. Conor applies a front headlock before Cannon pushes him into the ropes, allowing Kidd to get a cheap shot to Conor’s back. Kidd gets tagged in and hits an elbow to Conor’s face. Kidd chokes Conor on the second rope and hits a kick to Conor’s ribs. Cannon tags in and applies his triangle choke while JTG gives his mostly-negative thoughts on the rookies. Kidd gets tagged in and continues the assault on Conor with a grounded chinlock. Conor fights to his feet and botches a back suplex. Cannon gets a tag and enters the ring, grounding Conor with a hip toss and a headlock. Conor eventually gets the tag to Vlad, who hits a number of shoulder blocks and his trapping headbutts. Vlad hits a running powerslam and a boot on Kidd, who was trying to interfere. An Iron Curtain by Kozlov gets the three-count.
Winners: Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O’Brian
Match #4: Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O’Brian vs. Chavo Guerrero & Darren Young
-Vlad and Darren are in the ring. Vlad is in control with a front headlock . Vlad hits a fireman’s carry and sets up Darren in Vlad’s corner and tags Conor in. Conor hits a European uppercut and a short-arm clothesline for a two-count. Conor wrenches Darren’s arm and grounds him with a hammerlock. Conor hits another European uppercut and a hip toss into a side headlock. Darren gets to his feet and whips Conor, who eats a back elbow. Darren tags in Chavo, who sets Conor up in the corner. Darren hits some cheap shots while the ref’s back is turned. Darren gets tagged in and goes to the top rope. Darren hits a modified axe handle for a two-count. Darren applies a rear chinlock as a slight clap from the crowd breaks out. Conor forces Darren into the corner. Darren whips Conor into another corner and charges him, causing them to collide. Both rookies go down and both rookies eventually get the tag. Vlad comes in quickly and hits his trapping headbutts. Chavo tries to climb to the second rope and jump, but Vlad hits a headbutt in mid-air. Vlad goes for a running powerslam but Darren grabs Chavo’s legs, allowing Chavo to get off his shoulders. Vlad boots Darren off the apron and Chavo takes control with a spinning wheel kick, knocking Kozlov out of the ring. Vlad slowly makes it back into the ring and Chavo sets him down on the apron. Chavo jumps over the ropes and lands an elbow on Vlad before tagging in Darren. Darren hits a neckbreaker for a two-count before tagging Chavo back in. Chavo stomps a mudhole in Kozlov before the referee separates them, allowing Darren to choke Kozlov in the corner. Kozlov htis a boot to Darren again, but Chavo takes advantage, hitting Kozlov before tagging in Darren. Darren and Chavo try to hit a double suplex, but Vlad counters and suplexes them both at once. Vlad crawls to Conor and gets a tag, who comes in and clears house. Conor hits a flapjack on Darren for a two-count, before Chavo breaks up the pin. Chavo goes for the Three Amigos but Conor counters. Vlad knocks himself and Chavo out of the ring, allowing Darren to get Conor up on his shoulders. Conor fights off of his shoulders and hits a high-impact Saito suplex for the three-count.
Winners: Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O’Brian, who wins 3 redemption points.
-The five remaining rookies are lined up at ringside. Matt Striker puts over their hard work and determination before going to the screen to see who has been eliminated.
-Byron Saxton has been eliminated.
-Byron takes the mic and says that the elimination was a mistake. He says the person who put his face on the Tron made a mistake. He wants the WWE Universe to remember the day they sent home a living, breathing role model. He says that we will never forget this day for the rest of our lives. Byron angrily walks up the ramp to end the show.
-That’s it for this week’s NXT Redemption. Thanks for reading.
(Credit: Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld)