WWE NXT on WWE.com Broadcast Announcers: Josh Mathews & Todd Grisham & Matt Striker Location: Sacramento, California | Date: February 22, 2011 [ REVIEWED BY SHANE ST. GERMAIN ]
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Johnny Curtis & R-Truth: R-Truth told Johnny he’s been doing really well and that there would be no pros there tonight because it’s time for the rookies to fly on their own. Johnny started howling like an idiot.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Brodus Clay & Ricardo Rodriguez: Ricardo told Brodus to do a really good job tonight for Alberto Del Rio and that nothing mattered until this point.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT Derrick Bateman & Daniel Bryan: Daniel said if he returned next week and Derrick was eliminated he would punch him in the face. Derrick said it was time to cowboy up.
ON STAGE (GRACE UNDER PRESSURE CHALLENGE) Matt Striker & The NXT Rookies (Brodus Clay & Johnny Curtis & Derrick Bateman): Matt said Brodus had 5 immunity points. Matt said for this challenge they had to first bounce a ball into a cup, then build a tower out of blocks a certain way, then flip a cup over so it lands a certain way, and finally use chopsticks to arrange dice a certain way. Johnny went first and took forever on the tower. Johnny finished at 1 minute and nineteen seconds. Derrick took forever putting the ball in the cup and building the tower. Derrick flipped the cup without missing a beat and then started rolling the dice until the refs just disqualified him. Brodus threw a handful of balls at the cups to get one in, finished the tower easily, took forever flipping the cup and then just turned the table around the arrange the die. Johnny Curtis won and got 3 immunity points.
TRIPLE THREAT MATCH Johnny Curtis defeated Brodus Clay and Derrick Bateman: Johnny Curtis managed to pull out a win after him and Derrick double suplexed Brodus. Johnny then falcon arrow suplexed Bateman onto Brodus and pinned Bateman for the win.
IN THE RING (TALK THE TALK CHALLENGE) Matt Striker & The NXT Rookies (Brodus Clay & Johnny Curtis & Derrick Bateman): Matt said each rookie would have 30 seconds to tell the crowd why they should win. Johnny Curtis went first and said he was going to make fun of Shrek and AC Slater but decided not to. Johnny thanked everyone for letting him perform in front of them every week and told them to vote for him because a vote for him is a vote for freedom. Derrick said he had it, he breathed it, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is take it. Brodus talked really fast and I couldn’t really understand him but the fans seemed to like him because he’s from Sacramento and put it over a bit. Brodus won the challenge.
ELIMINATION TIME Matt Striker & The NXT Rookies (Brodus Clay & Johnny Curtis & Derrick Bateman): Derrick Bateman was eliminated. Matt said Derrick had a lot of personality and charisma and the road wasn’t over yet. Derrick said he felt he had the support of the fans but sometimes this is the way the cookie crumbles. Derrick said he proved he is the future face of the franchise and is the most entertaining rookie. Then Brodus punched Johnny in the face.