WWE NXT: 21st September 2021
Filling in for Pixc this week is our wheely good friend, Kyle!
What’s up everybody it's Kyle here..
As our resident NXT correspondent Pixc has been away this week, I have been tasked to write the review for this week's NXT 2.0, which in my opinion should be called the art attack version of WWE.
Before the show even begins, it starts with a recap video package of the show last week as that was the relaunch of the former black and gold brand.
It showed some of the new NXT hopefuls such as Bron Breakker as well as Tommaso Champa regaining the vacated NXT Championship in the main event triple threat match.
The show opens with the young up and comers including Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes and Odyssey Jones in the ring, and here comes the new NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa. With a huge pop from the crowd. Ciampa starts his promo about the fact that he has gone 908 days since he last held the NXT Title, he was quick to point out that it was a title he never actually lost.
Now he is here as YOUR NXT Champion and Ciampa tells Goldie that he missed it too. Ciampa turns around and hypes up all of the new stars around here before calling himself “Mr. NXT”.
Ciampa went on by saying “You can put a new coat of paint on here but what matters most is the passion. That is what makes NXT, from the commentary team to the ring announcer to the fans, WE ARE NXT! As if by magic, out comes Cameron Grimes to say that the title is the rocket fuel that he needs to go “TO THE MOON”, Joe Gacy cuts him off. Before Gacy can even say a word out comes LA Knight to interrupt and call everyone in the ring a big pile of garbage. He should be getting the YOU DESERVE IT chants….and then Odyssey Jones cuts him off, saying Knight lost twice in one night.
Before anything can develop though, Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland come out, Dunne tells the newcomers to make names for themselves, but he sees a bunch of people scared to throw the first punch. Ciampa throws the first punch and it’s a huge brawl, with more people joining in from the locker room. Eventually Ciampa and Breakker are left alone, last clearing out Holland and Dunne. Sounds like a main event to me.
A bunch of the female superstars, including Kay Lee Ray, are having a brawl in the back.
Back in the arena, Breakker and Ciampa clear the ring again and Breakker issues the challenge for the tag match. This was a great way to start off the show as it brought flash backs of WWE back in the day for me.
Cruiserweight Title: Roderick Strong vs. Kushida
Strong is challenging and he has the rest of the Diamond Mine in tow. They go technical to start, with Kushida going after the leg and then the arm, with Strong bailing to the outside. The action gets back in the ring with Kushida armdragging out of an Angle Slam and hitting the basement dropkick.
An armbar takedown off the top sets up a running kick to Strong’s arm, but he kicks Kushida in the face as well. Now the Angle Slam connects for two but Kushida slaps on the Hoverboard Lock. Strong is about ready to tap when Malcolm Bivens puts his foot on the rope. Bivens tries to come in, allowing the rest of the Diamond Mine to jump Kushida. End of Heartache gives Strong the pin and the title.
Winner and NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong!
Although this was for the Cruiserweight Championship, you wouldn’t of thought so with how the match went as there wasn’t any high-flying moves to speak of, which to be honest is what I look for with the Cruiserweight division. That said, all in all, it was a good match.
After the match ends, out comes Grayson Waller to issue the challenge for the title next week. Waller taunts Strong for needing permission from his daddy’s and the match seems to be set.
We get a vignette from Tony D’Angelo, who seems to have mob connections, talks about working on the docks and having success. He’ll have success in WWE as well.
Another vignette straight after of Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen talking about getting in a bar fight all the way back in July (with security footage) that made them respect each other. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a street fight, a bar fight or a dog fight” because they’re going to end the fight. This is EXACTLY what the new blood need: a short, to the point explanation of who they are and what they’re about. More of this please WWE, no need to string us along for a month.
Amari Miller vs. Kay Lee Ray
Before the match starts we see Miller cut a promo (that seemed very scripted and straight out of promo class) about how she is from Missouri, the Show Me State, and is ready to show up/out. Ray knocks her down to start and hits a dropkick to do it again. The KLR (Gory) Bomb finishes Miller in just over a minute, what a squash!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray
Cut to earlier today, an unnamed wrestler held the door open for two women coming into the building. Another wrestler tried to come in but got punched out for his efforts. If I’m supposed to know who these people were, sorry Pixc, I don’t know if I’ve missed something here.
Dante Chen vs. Trey Baxter
Chen is the first ever WWE wrestler from Singapore, which is a big thing for WWE and Singapore which is the impression I got from the commentary team.
It was a quick start to the match with Baxter grabbing a quick backbreaker into a half nelson suplex. A small package is countered into a suplex version of Angel Garza’s Wing Clipper to give Chen the pin in a minute. Yet another squash, but I guess it needed to happen to make Chen look impressive.
Winner: Dante Chen
We go to Andre Chase University next , where Chase doesn’t think much of Odyssey Jones. A student named Steve points out that Jones beat Chase in the first round, earning himself an ejection. Chase also throws a chair ala Bobby Knight (basketball coach). So he’s taking over Timothy Thatcher’s old job?
We get a medical update: Kyle O’Reilly is on a week-to-week basis with a rib injury. Also, HHH is doing better and will hopefully be back soon.
We then see Joe Gacy sitting in a chair in the ring and talks about all of the violence around here. We settle differences around here but he comes from a place of conflict resolution. He doesn’t need to use his male privilege to get what he wants and he wants to show you that we can have peace in this safe space. That starts tonight.
Cameron Grimes vs. Joe Gacy
Gacy looks as if he’s been to an AA meeting and doesn’t seem to want to fight. Grimes tries a rollup but settles for a kick to the chest. Gacy hits his own kick to the face, setting up a swinging Rock Bottom. The chinlock goes on until Grimes fights out of it, only to be taken down by the handspring clothesline. Not that it matters as Grimes finishes him with the Cave In.
I’m not quite sure what the plan is with Gacy, but I can guarantee the fans will not get behind him at all.
After the match Grimes goes for a hug but Gacy storms off.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Video of the IN-DEX wedding last week. Next week: the honeymoon. (pointless)
Elektra Lopez vs. Anna Scheer
Lopez runs her over with a shoulder and yells too much. Some rolling suplexes are spun into a Blue Thunder Bomb to finish Scheer in quick time. What a shocker. Another squash match...
Winner: Elektra Lopez
At the end of the match Santos Escobar praises Lopez, who declares herself as the first lady of Legado del Fantasma. Lopez promises to take out B-Fab, Hit Row distract Legado del Fantasma as B-Fab comes out from behind for a brawl to ensue.
Next, we see Franky Monet tell Raquel Gonzalez that their title match is next week. That’s cool with Gonzalez, but here is Lash Legend to say her talk show debuts next week. That’s worth talking about.
Odyssey Jones vs. ??? / ???
Here we go again folks, another squash match. What number is it now, 4? And this time we dont even know who he's facing in this handicap match!
Jones throws them around to start and hits some running splashes in the corner. Cue Andre Chase as Jones hits a double crossbody. There’s a shoulder breaker to drop one of them so the second jumps on Jones’ back. This goes as well as expected and a middle rope splash crushes both of them for the double pin.
Winner: Odyssey Jones
Soon after the match, Chase comes in with a chair, but Jones blocks the shot, breaking the chair in the process.
Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams come in to see Grayson Waller and point out the contract Hayes has from winning the Breakout Tournament. Gigi Dolin, Mandy Rose and Jacy Jayne (known as Toxic Attraction) come in, leaving Hayes and Williams impressed.
Ikemen Jiro shows us all of his jackets. I think Ikemen may be getting some style advice from Seth Rollins... Well, they must go to the same tailor in any case…
Toxic Attraction make their way to the ring to address the fans. Mandy Rose talks about how she is a star that fans love to look at, but where were they when her face was broken? No one did anything but ridicule her and turned her into an instant gif. People treated her like they treated Gigi and Jacy, but they don’t give a damn about what the you people think.
Gigi and Jacy made her realize that there is a beast behind the beauty and they are going to take over. Gigi talks about how evil she is, but Mandy has to cut her off, telling the crowd to say WHAT if they don’t think she is the hottest thing alive. Jane says they want the Women’s Tag Team Titles to wrap this up.
Cut to backstage where Io Shirai seems ready to defend the titles, but Zoey Stark thinks it is a decision they should make together. Persia comes in to say Indi Hartwell will want a rematch for the titles after her honeymoon.
Bron Breakker/Tommaso Ciampa vs. Pete Dunne/Ridge Holland
Ciampa tries very quickly to hit the Fairy Tale Ending on Dunne but has to duck an enziguiri instead. We get an early standoff so Breakker comes in to shoulder Holland down. Holland drops to the mat so Breakker rolls over and picks him up for a t-bone drop. Dunne comes in and gets dropped as well so it’s off to Ciampa for a quickly broken chinlock. This time Dunne is able to take over on Ciampa and starts working on his hand as Dunne is known to do.
A hard stomp to the ribs keeps Ciampa down but he fights back up with some forearms to the face. They fight to the floor where Holland BLASTS Ciampa with a clothesline as we take a break. When we get back, Breakker is cleaning house with a variety of Stei….Breakker style suplexes. A Breakker Recliner has Dunne in more trouble but he slips the arms out to escape.
Holland breaks it up and hits an Alabama Slam as everything breaks down. Breakker and Holland bust out suplexes, leaving us with the big power showdown. They trade standing clotheslines until it’s a double clothesline to put them both down again. Dunne tries to bring in Holland’s stick but Ciampa makes the save. Holland breaks up Breakker’s gorilla press powerslam but here comes Kyle O’Reilly to hit Holland with the stick. Willow’s Bell plants Dunne and Breakker hits the gorilla press powerslam to finish Holland
Winners: Bron Breakker/Tommaso Ciampa
All in all, I felt this was a pretty good show with an outstanding start, but way too many squash matches. I am happy with how the show went and I'm pleased I got to review it.
Thats it from me, thanks for reading,and please leave your comments on the show below!