WWE kicked off an eight-man “Gold Rush Tournament” to determine the first-ever WWE NXT Champion at Thursday’s WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Competitors participating in the tournament include Bo Dallas, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Leo Kruger, Michael McGillicutty, Richie Steamboat and Seth Rollins.
First round tournament matches taped Thursday were Richie Steamboat vs. Leo Kruger, Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre, Justin Gabriel vs. Michael McGillicutty and Bo Dallas vs. Jinder Mahal. Both semifinal matches were also taped Thursday. The match to determine the first WWE NXT Champion will take place at the next taping on July 26.
Heath Slater continued his storyline of demeaning former WWE Superstars, which led to the return of Scotty 2 Hotty. The former Too Cool member scored the pinfall victory after performing the Worm.
Other matches taped Thursday for upcoming WWE NXT episodes were Big E Langston vs. Adam Mercer, Audrey Marie vs. Raquel Diaz, Jason Jordan and Mike Dalton vs. Camacho and Huncio, CJ Parker vs. Kassius Ohno, Caylee Turner and Kaitlyn vs. Paige and Tamina, Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso vs. Conor O’Brian and Kenneth Cameron.
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