|By Kian Terani | August 16, 2012 | Comments|
Earlier Today: Richie Steamboat is asked backstage about his semi-final match tonight against Jinder Mahal in the Gold Rush Tournament. He says it is a dream of his to be a champion and he's ready. Jinder Mahal shows up and speaks in his native tongue, and then he says Steamboat's dream will become a nightmare.
-opening video (Sofia Cortez hasn't yet been removed)
-We are down to four competitors in the Gold Rush Tournament; both semi-final matches will take place tonight.
-Jim Ross is on commentary with William Regal and Byron Saxon.
Gold Rush Semi-Final: Jinder Mahal vs. Richie Steamboat
Mahal picks up the NXT Championship Belt, set-up on the stage, and bows to it. Steamboat looks over at the NXT Championship Belt also, as he makes his way to the ring. Mahal takes the early lead and starts to dominate Steamboat. Steamboat fights out of the corner and hits a dropkick for 2. Steamboat hits an armdrag and proceeds with a chop to the chest but Mahal counters back by dropping him across the top rope and hitting a high knee for 2.
Steamboat fights off the mat and hits a flurry of quick clotheslines. Steamboat counters a Camel Clutch attempt and gets 2. Mahal reverses a backslide and hits a swinging neckbreaker; Steamboat gets the shoulder up. Mahal sets Steamboat on the top turnbuckle but Steamboat pushes him off and comes off but Mahal ducks and Steamboat hits the mat hard. Mahal quickly applies the Camel Clutch and Steamboat taps after several seconds.
Winner by submission: Jinder Mahal
Leo Kruger comments on his loss in the Gold Rush Tournament. First he speaks in his native tongue, then he removes his fake tooth and says something has been brewing inside of him as he smiles maniacally.
Heath Slater come down to the ring and puts himself over. He makes an open challenge to ANYBODY in the back.
Slater is still waiting for a challenger in the ring. Scotty 2 Hotty's music hits to very-little-to-no reaction.
Heath Slater vs. Scotty 2 Hotty
The reaction gets slightly better once he come out and does his shtick. They actually start chanting his name a little. Scotty plays to them and gets them to clap, in unison. (Random Fact: Scotty was Steve Austin's first opponent in WWF). Scotty knocks Slater down and shows some nice agility. Scotty "raises the roof" for the crowd. Slater takes advantage and hits him with a clothesline. Slater mocks Scotty's actions and puts the boots to him for a 2.
Slater continues with a neckbreaker for another 2. Slater tries to toss Scotty out of the ring but he hangs on between the ropes like a spider in a web. Slater turns his back and Scotty hits a faceplant from behind, setting up the Worm. Most of the crowd seems to remember the routine and Scotty nails it for the pin.
Winner by pin: Scotty 2 Hotty
The Ascension (Conor O'Brian & Kenneth Cameron) vs. The Uso's
The Ascension make their Brood-like entrance, followed by The Uso's. Jey and Cameron go at it hard and Cameron hits several head-butts as Jey brings him in the corner and tags Jimmy. They do some double-teaming and Jimmy goes to work. Regal reminds us of the link between the Uso's and Scotty 2 Hotty via their dad, Rikishi. Cameron takes control and drops Jimmy on his neck in the corner. Cameron and O'Brian take turns stomping Jimmy in their corner with quick tags. O'Brian drops a big elbow and only gets 2. Cameron tags in and drops his own impressive elbow for another near-fall. Jimmy tries to fight out of the corner but The Ascension keeps the pressure on and the ring cut-off.
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