WWE NXT 2.0 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 28
The June 28 edition of WWE NXT 2.0 promised to set the stage for NXT Great American Bash. The only match already announced for the July 5 event was Bron Breakker vs. Cameron Grimes, but plenty more were expected.
Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez wanted a shot at dethroning Mandy Rose's Toxic Attraction, but in order to get to Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, they would have to defeat NXT's longest running tag team, Katana Chance and Kayden Carter.
Built from previous weeks, Xyon Quinn would face Sanga, while Giovanni Vinci wanted to prove his style's impact against Ikemen Jiro. Indi Hartwell would also look to continue building herself up against Kiana James.
Tony D'Angelo and Santos Escobar continue to fight after The Emperor cost The Don the opportunity to defeat Carmelo Hayes and win the NXT North American Championship.
This and more would define NXT 2.0's dive into the summer, including the highlighting of the best rising talent in wrestling.
No. 1 Contender: Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez vs. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter seemed to have control of the action, but Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez refused to lose.
Jade saved Perez from an elevated 450 splash, setting up Perez to hit Pop Rox for the win.
This was a really strong opener, driven by four talented women with chemistry. The action was consistently wild, as Chance and Carter especially continue to innovate in the ring.
The result was predictable but...somewhat disappointing. Chance and Carter remain the only truly established tag team but cannot pick up a win over makeshift tandems.
Jade and Perez have a good chance of winning the women's tag titles next week.
Jade and Perez win by pinfall to earn a shot at the NXT Women's Tag Team Championships at NXT Great American Bash.
- Carter lifted Perez in the corner to set up an impressive elevated double stomp from Chance.
- In a backstage interview afterward, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne mocked their future opponents, and Nikkita Lyons challenged Mandy Rose.
- Later, Carter and Chance raged backstage, certain they were better than any other tag team. Tatum Paxley walked away before an argument with them could ensue.
Giovanni Vinci vs. Ikemen Jiro
Ikemen Jiro did not have much chance against Giovanni Vinci, who steamrolled him. After an impressive DDT, Vinci took the win with an elevated powerbomb.
There wasn't much of anything here to love or hate. It was a simple squash that highlighted what most of the audience should already know: Vinci is a very talented athlete.
This gimmick may do little to help him, but the impressive in-ring efforts of The Italian Superstar should make him a regular in NXT for a long time to come.
Vinci def. Jiro by pinfall.
- Vinci caught Jiro with a springboard tornado DDT that got the crowd chanting expletives in adoration. But the production crew censored them.
- After the match, Vinci made clear The Great American Bash could not happen without him.
Pretty Deadly Challenge the New NXT UK Tag Team Champions
Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs walked out with their newly won NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But Pretty Deadly ruined their celebration by mocking them, starting a fight that ended with the titleholders standing tall.
As much as Briggs and Jensen have proved themselves in NXT 2.0, they should not be NXT UK champions. The UK brand has plenty of talented teams that could have held the gold that actually represent the nation.
That said, battling Elton Prince and Kit Wilson should make for good TV. Pretty Deadly constantly prove themselves valuable to NXT as wrestlers and entertainers and should remain key figureheads of the brand.
- Grayson Waller asked for Carmelo Hayes' signature on a variety of merchandise, getting him to sign a contract for a title match without his knowledge.
Indi Hartwell vs. Kiana James
Indi Hartwell dominated Kiana James, but she missed a diving elbow at the wrong moment. This allowed James to stack her up and get her feet on the ropes to steal a three-count.
If James is seen as ready to truly contend with the top NXT women, she didn't show it here. Despite that, she pinned a former women's tag team champion and a contender to the NXT Women's Championship.
Hartwell was supposed to have found her confidence with the help of Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez, which would have made her one of the top stars in the division again. Instead, she is losing matches she should always win, no matter how much her opponent has to cheat.
James def. Hartwell by pinfall.
- Tony D'Angelo had to send Two Dimes to sleep with the fishes for going after his spot atop the family. He then got a call from Santos Escobar, who made fun of him.
- Wes Lee talked about what it meant to him that Trick Williams ruined his moment last week. He challenged Trick to a match at The Great American Bash.
Diamond Mine vs. Joe Gacy and The Dyad
Brutus Creed found himself isolated by The Dyad as Roderick Strong barked at him to get to the friendly corner.
Finally, Julius Creed got the hot tag to take over. Strong forced the blind tag and then argued with his Creed Brothers, leading to The Dyad hitting him with an elevated impact DDT to win.
The dissension in Diamond Mine continues to cost them matches. This was a big one as The Dyad suddenly enter the NXT Tag Team Championships scene with this win. The teams worked well to make the most of their time in this contest.
If Strong continues to get the way, Gacy could even finally get a big win for his group. While The Creed Brothers can be champions for a while, it would make little sense for Gacy to keep failing in every opportunity.
The Dyad and Gacy def. Diamond Mine by pinfall.
- Gacy tried to recruit The Creed Brothers from Diamond Mine, instead setting himself up for this six-man tag team match.
- Julius managed to lift one of the member of The Dyad while on his knees before standing up for a delayed suplex that Gacy barely saved his disciple from taking.
- The Creeds and
Strong argued backstage afterward. Strong challenged them to a match against him and Damon Kemp next week.
Xyon Quinn vs. Sanga
Xyon Quinn attacked Sanga from behind during his entrance, and the two brawled to the ring. Quinn clearly bit off more than he could chew, though, and took a massive chokeslam to seal the loss.
This was an awkward squash. It seems Quinn has lost some favor in NXT 2.0 given his repeat losses. His giant opponent has the size and look to thrive in WWE, but he should not be this much of a priority over a man who was on the verge of title contention a few months back.
Sanga has improved in the ring given recent performances, and he will thrive more on the main roster than in NXT when the time comes. Still, if the company wants to commit to him, he would provide an interesting challenge to Bron Breakker.
Sanga def. Quinn by pinfall.
- Quinn's confidence was shaken when he looked into the angry eyes on Sanga, who chopped him in the back then gave him a Snake Eyes.
Mandy Rose vs. Nikkita Lyons
After Nikkita Lyons got back up from a Mandy Rose missile dropkick, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne ran into the ring. The NXT women's tag team champions attacked Lyons to cause a disqualification.
Rose did some heavy lifting here to make Lyons look good, and it was almost too much. The match itself was good, but Lyons did not add enough to it. Her selling was inconsistent. She ran out of moves in her arsenal about five minutes in.
The weak finish took away from a solid TV match, but it was one that never showed enough to make Lyons look like anything more than a talented rookie against a veteran. All of that is to say the likely rematch to come from this is not promising.
Lyons def. Rose by disqualification.
- Rose mocked Lyons, calling her "nothing" while wiping her face repeatedly, until Lyons caught her hand and threw her around the ring.
- Lash Legend mocked Alba Fyre, who she said she had put on the shelf permanently.
- Wendy Choo dreamed of success and then promised to beat Tiffany Stratton at The Great American Bash.
Cameron Grimes Takes a Cheap Shot at Bron Breakker Before Great American Bash
Wade Barrett hosted a face-off between Bron Breakker and Cameron Grimes just one week before their match at The Great American Bash.
The two got heated until Grimes attacked the NXT champion and sent him hard into the turnbuckle, breaking the top rope with Breakker's shoulder.
Breakker vs. Grimes is a match that did not need much hype to work. The Richest Man in NXT is a veteran who can make any story work. He sells it all with his words and backs it up with his action.
His side of the promo was perfect, building him up as a good guy who has a legitimate grievance with a champion who has pushed him to breaking point. He may play the heel in the ring, but he could just as easily turn the crowd to his side.
Anything can happen next week. It is likely Breakker will win, but Grimes has sold this match as a can't-miss contest.
- NXT showed a vignette, highlighting the power and dominance of Breakker. A later promo went over the way that Grimes has changed since losing his first NXT title.
- After hurting Breakker's shoulder, Grimes taunted him, saying he was not afraid of the champion at less than 100 percent.