COMMENTATORS: Byron Saxton & William Regal (& Jim Ross)
The Gold Rush concludes this week on NXT as the first champion of the brand is crowned. Will it be Seth Rollins? Will it be Jinder Mahal? Do you probably already know? I mean yeah probably. Also on the show The Usos and The Ascension are destined to do this forever, Big E Langston wrecks another fool, and Jason Jordan & Mike Dalton try to make it 2-0 against Hunico & Camacho.
- NXT CHAMPION: Vacant
- Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan vs. Hunico & Camacho
- Big E Langston vs. Chase Donovan
- GOLD RUSH – FINALS: Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal for the vacant NXT CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan vs. Hunico & Camacho
Dalton & Jordan upset Hunico & Camacho on the 8.1.2012 episode of NXT; the former want to prove it wasn’t a fluke while the latter wants to prove it was.
Dalton with a wristlock on Camacho, Jordan quickly tags in and drops a double ax across the arm before settling into a wristlock of his own. Camacho escapes with an Irish whip, Jordan drops him with repeated shoulderblocks followed by a dropkick. Camacho sends Jordan into the ropes, plants him with a spinebuster. Camacho connects with a back suplex, Hunico tags in and hits a springboard senton followed by a kick to the spine for a two-count, and shows some unexpected strength with a deadlift slam for another near fall. NICE. Camacho tags in and plants his Chucks into the forehead of Jordan, following up with a butterfly suplex and standing legdrop for the 1…2…Jordan kicks out. Jordan flips out of a suplex and connects with a dropkick. Hunico tags in but so does Dalton and it’s the latter who’s the house of fire. Spinning heel kick and nip up into a corner splash and hurricanrana roll-up for the 1…2…Hunico kicks out. Not going to win the same way this time. Dalton with a missile dropkick for the 1…2…Camacho breaks it up. Jordan attacks Camacho, ref forces him to the apron. Camacho snaps Dalton across the top rope and Hunico follows up with a sort-of Angle Slam for the 1…2…3.
Hunico & Camacho defeated Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan via pinfall (Time Not Recorded)
- Looks like it might have been a fluke after all! Hunico & Camacho pick up the win to even the series thanks to some underhanded tactics. Good match here, Dalton & Jordan make a good team despite feeling slapped together, and I’ll always throw it up for Hunico & Camacho.
Out come The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso), dressed to wrestle but apparently here to talk. They have unfinished business with “Ascensions” and call them out. Lights go out, SUPER SRS VIDEO GAME MENU MUSIC HITS, and The Ascension (Conor O’Brian & Kenneth Cameron) attack The Usos from behind, sending one shoulder-first into the ring post. They stalk the other and hit Total Elimination on the floor. Ascension return to the ring, Total Elimination on Jimmy! Growls and yells and strobe lights commence. The feud continues!
-RAW REBOUND: Jerry Lawler asks for an apology from CM Punk for kicking him in the head. Punk says he’s sorry…that Lawler is jealous because he was never WWE Champion. Punk asks Lawler if he wants to fight, Lawler accepts and it happens in a STEEL CAGE as voted by the WWE Universe. Punk wins via submission with the Anaconda Vice. After the match RAW GM AJ Lee announces that Punk will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena at Night of Champions. Punk locks the cage and demands Lawler call him the “Best in the World”, beating him with a mic repeatedly when Lawler refuses until Cena finally makes the save when the cage is lifted. Y’all couldn’t do that DURING the attack?
Big E Langston vs. Chase Donovan
Donovan is from my home state but if you think I’m gonna root against Langston you’re a CRAZY PERSON. Bell rings, Langston throws Donovan down then bowls him right over. Straps go down, Big Ending is had and we’re done here. Thanks for coming, Chase!
Big E Langston defeated Chase Donovan via pinfall (0:40)
-DID YOU KNOW?: The WWE App has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times in the past two weeks, beating apps for channels like TNT and History Channel. Love that dig at TNT.
-NXT Superstars and Divas flood the entrance stage to watch the main event.
-MOMENTS AGO: Briley Pierce tries to get an interview with Big E Langston, Langston just breathes all angrily at him until he moves away.
–Howard Finkel introduces NXT Commissioner “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, who grabs the NXT Championship from the podium on the stage and carries it into the ring. Jim Ross joins Saxton and Regal to help call this historic main event. Fink handles the in-ring introductions, Rhodes tries to shake the hands of both participants but Mahal wants none of it. WHAT A HEEL.
GOLD RUSH TOURNAMENT: FINALS
Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal for the vacant NXT CHAMPIONSHIP
Rollins with a waistlock takedown to start, Mahal gets to the ropes and connects with a cheapshot to take control. Rollins floats over in the corner, rolls over Mahal, and connects with a pair of dropkicks and a buckle shot. Rollins snaps off a chop, Mahal dodges the Curb Stomp but gets sent to the floor. Rollins goes for a kick, Mahal catches it and sends him crashing to the mat then slams him off the apron onto the ramp. Mahal continues the offense in the ring as we cut to commercial.
Back live and Mahal has a chinlock on Rollins, bending him over his knees. Mahal trips Rollins, drops a knee across the bridge of the nose. Rollins fights back but his back is too hurt to execute a suplex and gets clubbed down. Irish whip and backbreaker, Mahal covers for the 1…2…Rollins kicks out. Hammer throw into the corner, choke against the bottom rope. Mahal brings him back to the mat with a butterfly slam and covers but Rollins once again kicks out. Mahal continues wearing down the back with a slam and a suplex, gets a near fall of the lateral press, then moves to a kneeling Abdominal Stretch. Rollins fights out but runs right into a high knee to the sternum/jaw and Mahal covers for the 1…2…not yet. Rollins quickly gets to the ropes to prevent a Camel Clutch, Mahal drives a series of knees into the kidney/spine, Rollins somehow catches him with an enzuigiri, landing on his side to prevent further injury to his back. Nice touch. Rollins catches Mahal with a pair of kicks and a running one-footed dropkick. Mahal misses a knee in the corner and sends himself flying out to the floor awkwardly. Instead of taking a minute to rest Rollins heads to the top and connects with a crossbody, hurting his back more in the process. “ROLLINS” chant as Mahal gets rolled back into the ring. Mahal crotches Rollins on the top buckle and connects with a TOP ROPE superplex and both men are down as we go to our final commercial break.
Rollins and Mahal trade strikes and kicks, Mahal connects with a tilt-a-whirl slam for the 1…2…kickout. Rollins escapes a full nelson slam and catches Mahal with a kick from the apron followed by a springboard knee strike for the 1…2…KICKOUT. Rollins with a forearm in the corner followed by a flatliner into the middle buckle and a superkick for the 1…2…MAHAL KICKS OUT. Ross calling it a “savate kick” in the 21st century rules. Mahal dodges a corkscrew moonsault and hits a full nelson slam for the 1…2…ROLLINS KICKS OUT. Mahal goes for the Camel Clutch again, Rollins grabs the ropes and counters into a roll-up for the 1…2…kickout. Rollins with a buckle bomb and the BLACKOUT for the 1…2…3!
Seth Rollins defeated Jinder Mahal via pinfall to win the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (13:14 shown)
- A historic win for Seth Rollins as NXT crowns its first champion. I liked the match overall and this is probably one of Mahal’s best in his career with WWE. Good drama with a lot of nearfalls and you could feel the drive each man had to become the first champion. Congrats to Rollins, may you have a long reign not interrupted by a call-up to the main roster and a full gimmick overall. Ahem.
Rhodes raises Rollins’ arm in victory as Saxton puts over how big of a moment this is. Rollins swings the belt around like a crazy person, babyfaces parade him around on their shoulders, then Rollins celebrates in the crowd as the episode draws to a close.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Undercard honestly didn’t matter as NXT was all about crowning the first champion this week. Luckily Rollins and Mahal were up to the task of making the first championship match in the brand’s history a good one, and Rollins getting the win was a nice feel-good moment. A historic NXT for sure.
- MATCH OF THE NIGHT: Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal
- MOMENT OF THE NIGHT: Fink handles the in-ring introductions in the main event for that extra BIG FIGHT FEEL