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Quick hits on WWE NXT

• The first pro's poll was revealed on Tuesday night's episode of WWE NXT. The rookies were ranked in the following order (my rankings are in parentheses): 1. Daniel Bryan (1); 2. Wade Barrett (4); 3. Justin Gabriel (2); 4. Heath Slater (5); 5. David Otunga (3); 6. Skip Sheffield (7); 7. Michael Tarver (8); 8. Darren Young (6).

• Matt Striker said it was "the most important night in NXT history." Yeah, all six weeks of it. He explained that the pros will vote again in six weeks, and the lowest-ranked wrestler will be eliminated. One wrestler will then be eliminated each week until four remain, and from that group, a winner will be crowned. The winner not only receives a WWE contract, but also a title shot on pay-per-view against a champion of his choosing. Prediction: The Miz vs. Bryan for the U.S. title.

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• When it was announced that the winner of the rookies battle royal would host Raw this coming Monday, I correctly predicted that Otunga was going to win. He is the greenest of the eight competitors as far as in-ring experience, but he definitely is the most charismatic. I think he'll do well as host.

• Why was Gabriel standing in the ring scratching his head and looking perplexed after he hit the 450 Splash on Otunga in the battle royal? Talk about making a guy look like a goof.

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• The eight-man tag match, which saw The Smackdown Pros (CM Punk, Matt Hardy, R-Truth and Barrett, who substituted for Chris Jericho) defeat The Raw Pros (Christian, The Miz, William Regal and Carlito), was interesting. Barrett got a nice feather in his cap by scoring the winning pin on Christian. Whether or not Barrett wins this competition, it's a pretty safe bet that he is going to end up on either Raw or Smackdown.

• Jericho trading barbs with Michael Cole and Josh Matthews on commentary during the eight-man tag team match was entertaining. Jericho, however, may gave exposed that the pro's poll is a sham. When he was asked who he voted for, Jericho said "Wade Barrett." Of course, the rule is that a pro cannot vote for his rookie. When that was explained to Jericho, he replied, "I can do what I want. I'm the world champion."


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