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By Andres Santiago on 2012-07-13 00:23:50

WWE NXT Taping - Full Sail, Orlando Florida - July 12, 2012

Dark Match:

Alex Riley vs Antonio Cesaro w/ Aksana
Riley won with the TKO.

Episode 1:

The taping started with a video of Dusty Rhodes announcing an 8 man "Gold Rush Tournament" to crown the first NXT Champion

The 8 participants were:
Richie Steamboat
Bo Dallas
Seth Rollins
Leo Kruger
Michael McGillicutty
Drew McIntyre
Jinder Mahal
Justin Gabriel

- 1st Round Tournament Match - Richie Steamboat vs Leo Kruger
Steamboat won with the Sling Blade.

- Big-E Langston vs Adam Mercer
This was a quick squash.
Langston won with the Big Ending.

- Audrey Marie vs Raquel Diaz
As Diaz walked down the ramp, she cut a promo saying she was starting an "Exfoliating Ugliness” tour tonight.
Diaz won with the Gory Bomb. Afterwards she put makeup on Audrey in the corner.

- Hunico and Camacho vs Mike Dalton and Jason Jordan
Dalton won with a quick pinfall off of a hurricana.

- 1st Round Tournament Match - Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins won with the Blackout.
McIntyre was in control of Rollins for most of the match, as he worked on Rollin’s arm.

Episode 2:

- 1st Round Tournament Match - Michael McGillicutty vs Justin Gabriel
McGillicutty won with the McGillicutter.

- CJ Parker vs Kassius Ohno
Ohno won with a Rolling Elbow to the back of Parker’s head.

- 1st Round Tournament Match - Bo Dallas vs Jinder Mahal
Mahal won with the Camel clutch.

Episode 3:

- Tamina Sunka and Paige vs Kaitlyn and Caylee Turner
Paige won with a small package on Turner.

- Heath Slater vs Scotty 2 Hotty
Scotty 2 Hotty won with the worm.
Before the match, Heath Slater cut a promo laying out an open challenge to anyone in the back.

- The Ascension vs The Usos
The Usos won via DQ when O'Brian pushed Jay off the top rope.
The ref called for a DQ because Cameron was the legal man. Ascension jumped Jimmy afterwards before leaving.

- 2nd Round Tournament Match - Jinder Mahal vs Richie Steamboat
Mahal won with the Camel Clutch.

- 2nd Round Tournament Match - Seth Rollins vs Michael McGillicutty
Rollins won with a running powerbomb corner, followed by the Blackout.

After the match, Jinder Mahal came down to confront Rollins. Dusty Rhodes came out and announced Rollins vs Mahal to crown the first champion will be held on July 26 at the next tapings.

Dark Match Main Event:

Cody Rhodes vs Kane
Kane won with the Chokeslam.


- There was no clear indicator of when the tapings for one episode ended and the next started. I made the distinctions by how the tournament matches were taped + when they took breaks to show Raw 1000 videos.
- Rollins vs McIntyre and Rollins vs McGillicutty were the two best matches on the show. With how much the crowd got behind Rollins, and I could see him getting a big reaction if he wins the title next week.
- Diaz vs Marie was the worst match of the night. Diaz even got a “You Can’t Wrestle” chant when she, badly, screwed up the gory bomb finish. They quickly redid the spot, so that may be edited off the broadcast.
- After Paige's NXT debut was getting squashed by Sofia Cortez, it was nice to see her and Tamina get to control most of the match and her get the victory. This was far better than the first diva match.
- Hunico and Camacho dominated Dalton for most of their match. The crowd reacted well to Dalton's surprise victory.
- Scotty got the second biggest reaction of the night, second only to Kane.
- When the lights went out for the The Ascension's entrance, the crowd went nuts thinking Kane was coming out.
- There were a number of fun chants throughout the night:
"Get a Haircut" for Gabriel.
"Lets Go Jesus" for Ohno.
"Where's the Beef" for Slater.
"Where's my Slushie" for Mahal.
"Not So Perfect" and "Shah" for McGillicutty.
The Shah chants started for the same reason they did for Hack Myers, McGillicutty making the noise during his punches. By the end of the his second match, they were the loudest chants of the night.

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