We are reminded that the first NXT Champion will be crowned next week.
Match Number One: Derrick Bateman versus Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana)
They lock up and Cesaro with forearms to the midsection followed by a hip lock take down. Cesaro with a head butt to Bateman followed by punches and forearms in the corner. The referee warns Cesaro and Bateman takes advantage and he connects with forearms in the corner. Bateman with a drop kick for a near fall.
Bateman with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Cesaro hot shots Bateman to stop Derrick’s momentum. Cesaro with head butts to the sternum followed by a buttefly suplex for a near fall. Cesaro with a cravate and take down followed by a leaping forearm to the back of the head for a near fall.
Cesaro with a reverse chin lock but Bateman gets back to his feet. Cesaro pulls him down by his hair but the referee was unable to see it. Bateman with a belly-to-back suplex to escape the hold. Bateman with punches to Cesaro followed by a few clotheslines. Bateman with a splash into the corner and then he hits an STO but Cesaro rolls to the apron. Bateman hip tosses Cesaro back into the ring.
Bateman misses a running knee into the turnbuckles and Cesaro with a deadlift side salto followed by the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
We go to commercial.
We are back with a video package of Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, Miz, Santino Marella, John Cena, and Christian talking about how important it is to be the first NXT Champion. We see footage from the semifinals.
Match Number Two: Tamina Snuka versus Sofia Cortez
Sofia has something to say to Tamina and she poses for Tamina. Tamina with a Japanese arm drag. Sofia with a shot to the midsection for a near fall. Sofia with a series of kicks and she backs Tamina into the turnbuckles. The referee warns Sofia and Tamina with a forearm. Sofia with a round kick and then she takes Tamina to the mat with a body scissors.
Tamina tries to get to the ropes but Sofia pulls Tamina’s hair. Tamina gets to her feet and she backs Sofia into the turnbuckles. Tamina with a punch and chops to Sofia. Tamina with a flying forearm and super kick for a near fall. Tamina with a slam and then she points to the turnbuckles and goes up top for the Superfly Splash and she hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Tamina Snuka
After the match, Raquel Diaz interrupts Tamina’s celebration in the ring. Raquel gets some lipstick and puts an ‘L’ on Tamina’s forehead.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Kassius Ohno versus Jake Carter
They lock up and Ohno with a side head lock. Ohno turns the side head lock into a cravate when Carter tries to Irish whip Ohno. Ohno continues to hold on to the head lock but Carter with an escape followed by a series of near falls after leg sweeps. Ohno chops Carter in the corner but Carter with punches of his own.
Carter with a hip toss to Ohno followed by a slam. Ohno rolls to the apron and then Carter punches him. Ohno with a kick from the apron and then he gets a near fall on Carter. Ohno with a kick to the ribs and more boots to the chest. Carter with punches but Ohno with an elbow.
Ohno sends Carter into the turnbuckles. Ohno with a chop and boot to the head. Ohno with a side head lock and he turns it into a cravate. Carter with punches to try to get out of the hold. Ohno with a knee to the head followed by a boot to the back of the head. Ohno misses a boot to the head and Carter with a punch and suplex. Cater with a side slam and he gets a near fall.
Carter with a kick to the head but Ohno side steps Carter and hits a roaring elbow and gets the three count.
Winner: Kassius Ohno
After the match, Ohno attacks Carter and connects with knees in the corner and then he hits a roaring elbow.
Richie Steamboat makes his way to the ring and Ohno decides that it is time to end his attack on Carter.
We take a look at the SummerSlam festivities in Los Angeles.
We go to commercial.
We are back with more comments about the NXT Championship from WWE superstars. Santino Marella says that it is only a first step for the person who wins it. Ted DiBiase says that it is the first step. John Cena says that the winner needs to rise to the level because of the talent. Dolph Ziggler talks about how it is a step to winning more championships.
Jim Ross has joined Byron and William for the main event.
Match Number Four: Michael McGillicutty and Johnny Curtis versus Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
Michael and Tyson start things off. They lock up and Michael backs Tyson into the turnbuckles. Michael with an elbow and then he works on the arm wit an elbow. Michael with a hammer lock. Kidd goes into the ropes and he ties up Michael’s arm. Kidd with an arm drag into an arm bar.
Gabriel tags in and hits a sunset flip and then connects with an arm drag into an arm bar. Kidd tags back in and Gabriel slingshots Michael into a shoulder from Kidd. Kidd with a reverse rollup and then he applies an arm bar. Gabriel tags back in and they hit a double back elbow and snap mare followed by kicks for a near fall.
Gabriel with a front face lock but Michael with a kick and arm bar but Gabriel with an arm drag. Gabriel knocks Curtis off the apron but that distraction allows Michael to connect with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Michael with punches to Gabriel followed by a reverse chin lock.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Curtis with a forearm to Gabriel. Curtis with shoulders in the corner and then he tags Michael back in. Michael with knees and then Curtis is tagged back in. Curtis with a knee to the ribs followed by a hard Irish whip. Curtis gets a near fall. Curtis with a front face lock followed by a suplex and he gets another near fall. Curtis with a reverse chin lock.
Gabriel with a punch but Curtis with a fireman’s carry and Michael tags in and he kicks Gabriel. Michael with knees to Gabriel and he gets a near fall. Michael sends Gabriel into Curtis’ boot and Curtis tags in and he snap mares Gabriel and stretches him. Gabriel with elbows but Curtis with a knee and he gets a near fall. Curtis goes up top for a corkscrew leg drop from the top but Gabriel moves out of the way.
Michael and Tyson tag in and Kidd with a kick and a springboard drop kick. Kidd with a series of kicks to Michael followed by a drop kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Michael with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles and Curtis is tagged in and Michael and Curtis hit a side slam and leg drop combination. Gabriel breaks up the cover.
Curtis puts Kidd on the top turnbuckle and Kidd blocks the superplex attempt. Kidd tries for a double jump moonsault but misses it. Kidd is able to hit a neck breaker for a near fall. Gabriel tags in and hits a blockbuster for the three count.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
We see Kassius Ohno in the back and Briley Pierce wants to know if he will accept Richie Steamboat’s challenge. He says that Richie doesn’t like seeing people in pain, but he will like it less when he is the one in pain. Ohno accepts the challenge.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Byron Saxton is in the ring and he says that we are a week away from the finals of the Gold Rush Tournament to determine the first NXT Champion. Byron brings out Seth Rollins first. Out next is Jinder Mahal.
Byron asks Seth what it means to him to have the opportunity to become NXT Champion. Seth says that his entire life, all he has wanted is to hold a championship in WWE. The opportunity to become the first NXT Champion means everything to him. Growing up isn’t always easy. It is hard to find yourself and what you stand for. He was like that until he found wrestling and the WWE. That gave him purpose, direction, and a dream. Now here he stands on the brink of achieving that dream. There is no way he is leaving this building without becoming the first NXT Champion.
Byron asks Jinder for his comments about the opportunity to become NXT Champion.
Jinder tells Seth that was a very touching story, but to him, he sounded like everyone else in here, a born loser. Jinder says that he was born into greatness. Becoming the first NXT Champion is his birthright. He is the supreme superstar. As for Seth’s dream, it will remain a dream. The reality is that the first NXT Champion will be Jinder Mahal.
Mahal attacks Rollins and punches him in the face. Rollins takes Mahal down and he fires back with punches of his own. Rollins clotheslines Mahal over the top rope to the floor and then Rollins hits a suicide dive onto Mahal. Referees come to separate the two men and we go to credits.