WWE NXT Great American Bash 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction, Highlights

Kevin BergeJuly 5, 2022

WWE NXT Great American Bash 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction, Highlights

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    Few nights are more important to WWE NXT than NXT Great American Bash. Each year, the young talent get this chance to stand out in major matches during a packed WWE summer.

    This year, the main event would be Bron Breakker vs. Cameron Grimes. The Richest Man in WWE had put all his chips on the table in a bid to become NXT champion, even intentionally injuring Breakker a week before their fight.

    Grayson Waller hoodwinked Carmelo Hayes, getting him to accidentally sign a contract for a title match between them. With limited time to prepare, The A Champion needed to be money to overcome Waller's most underhanded tactics.

    Tag team gold was also on the line. Toxic Attraction faced a fresh challenge in best friends Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez. Meanwhile, Diamond Mine imploded as The Creed Brothers fought Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp.

    Rivalries continue to grow between younger stars in NXT. Tiffany Stratton would challenge Wendy Choo, while Wes Lee wanted to shut up Trick Williams.

    Great American Bash hoped to be the best show of the summer for all of WWE, and it was up to the talent to make the most of the spotlight. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon Henley would host the night.

NXT Women's Tag Titles: Toxic Attraction (c) vs. Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez

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    Toxic Attraction did not look like they had an answer for Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez. After Jade knocked Jacy Jayne out of the way, Perez hit Pop-Rox on Gigi Dolin to win.

    The biggest positive here is that there are finally new women's tag team champions. Toxic Attraction have dominated for too long. As long as this is not a Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonalez situation with a short reign, the women's tag division gets a necessary boost.

    This looked like a better match on paper than in practice. The women worked fine together, but it felt like the two teams did not come in with much of a plan. It was just a generic tag where the result came up suddenly after 10 minutes.

    Result

    Perez and Jade def. Toxic Attraction by pinfall to become the new NXT women's tag team champions.

    Grade

    B-

    Notable Moments

    • The night started with a pool party hosted by Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon Henley with many of the stars of NXT that were not on the GAB card.
    • Mandy Rose got thrown out when she pulled the referee out of the ring.
    • Later, as she and Jade were celebrating, Perez announced she would face Rose next week for the NXT Women's Championship. Rose responded by mocking Perez for thinking she could beat her.
    • Pretty Deadly promised to beat down Briggs and Jensen soon.

Wes Lee vs. Trick Williams

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    Trick Williams blinded Wes Lee with rubbing alcohol that he poured on his hands. He followed up with a roundhouse big boot for the victory.

    Despite treating NXT Great American Bash as a major event, this was more of a regular NXT match. It went about three minutes, so the action did not get moving before it was over. Lee and Trick can do a lot better together.

    The spot was more clever than expected. It is rare WWE does not repeat itself, but Trick's use of rubbing alcohol was a first-time move. This should lead to a rematch where his antics are monitored more closely by the referee.

    Result

    Trick def. Lee by pinfall.

    Grade

    C-

    Notable Moments

    • Trick came out in a Muhammad Ali-inspired robe.
    • Tony D'Angelo revealed to Legado del Fantasma that he had hospitalized Santos Escobar then demanded Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro follow Elektra Lopez's example in helping The Family.

Tiffany Stratton vs. Wendy Choo

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    Wendy Choo caught Tiffany Stratton backstage to start this brawl off quickly. While that gave Choo an early edge, she was overwhelmed by The Buff Barbie, who hit her with a corkscrew senton out of the corner to win.

    While it took some time, Stratton has found her way in the ring. She has gotten steadily better with each performance. This was her best match to date. It was silly at first but then turned physical, with both women using everything in their arsenal to win.

    Honestly, it was just a shame it only lasted five minutes. The Buff Barbie winning made sense. She continues to shine with strong booking. She will be in the title scene before long.

    Result

    Stratton def. Choo by pinfall.

    Grade

    B+

    Notable Moments

    • Choo powdered Stratton backstage then drove her in a wheelchair through the backstage area.
    • Choo countered a powerbomb with a headscissors takedown then hit an uranage into a sleeper hold.

Giovanni Vinci Challenged Apollo Crews

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    Apollo Crews came out to discuss what it means to finally be himself again in NXT. Giovanni Vinci challenged him to a match next week, giving him seven days to give his kids an excuse for why he lost.

    While Crews vs. Vinci is a match that can really shine, it does not make much sense. Both men need wins at the moment, and neither can afford a loss. Even if Xyon Quinn interferes, it will only come across as a setback for Crews rather than a triumph for the Italian Superstar.

    Hopefully, Crews will at least get enough time to show his talent next week. If he is genuinely on the brand for the long haul, he has plenty he can do for many, starting with Vinci and Quinn.

    Grade

    B

    Notable Moments

    • Crews came out to a new theme, which sadly sounded like most of WWE's newer themes.
    • Quinn later called out Crews in an interview for ignoring him.
    • The former A-Kid talked about his physics background before revealing his new name, Axiom.
    • Robert Stone and Sofia Cromwell complained about Von Wagner's treatment, convincing Solo Sikoa to step in and challenge him.

NXT North American Title: Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Grayson Waller

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    Carmelo Hayes and Grayson Waller both feigned a handshake to start the match but instead went for cheap shots. It set the tone for a match where both were glad to take any shortcut. Trick Williams played his role well in distracting Waller enough for Melo to hit a diving axe kick that won the match.

    This was one of the best television matches NXT has produced all year. Melo and Waller have chemistry left to explore and told a great story of two men unafraid of taking shortcuts. The action was wild and led to a dramatic final sequence.

    This should not be the end of this rivalry. Especially with The A Champion surely turning face down the road, he and Waller have plenty they can still deliver. For now, it made sense for Melo to retain as the fresh champion.

    Result

    Melo def. Waller by pinfall to retain the NXT North American Championship.

    Grade

    A

    Notable Moments

    • Backstage beforehand, Waller promised to take gold from Melo while The A Champion made clear any friendship he had with Waller was ruined.
    • Melo got a special introduction with dramatic music and Trick putting him over from the stage.
    • Melo caught Waller with a tilt-a-whirl DDT. Waller responded with his signature springboard elbow drop.
    • Wes Lee attacked Trick outside, causing a distraction that set up Waller to roll back into the ring right into a facebuster.

NXT Tag Titles: Creed Brothers (c) vs. Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp

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    Roderick Strong played Julius and Brutus Creed by aggravating them while letting Damon Kemp take the punishment for his team. However, Julius got rolling and then forced Strong to tag out, allowing Kemp to take a low clothesline that allowed The Creeds to retain.

    This was a solid tag team match that showcased what The Messiah of the Backbreaker does best. He was the ring general here while making Julius and Brutus look as dangerous as they ever have.

    The contest did lack drama. It never felt like Strong and Kemp had a chance to win. However, that seemed to be the point. The Messiah of the Backbreaker is simply not able to keep up with The Creeds, and it is causing him to fall apart.

    Result

    Creed Brothers def. Strong and Kemp by pinfall to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.

    Grade

    B

    Notable Moments

    • Backstage, Ivy Nile refused to believe Diamond Mine could fall apart. Nile then defended Tatum Paxley from the anger of Kayden Carter and Katana Chance.
    • Just before the match, Diamond Mine warmed up, but Strong walked away.
    • Brutus hurt himself as he blasted Kemp outside with a Brutus Bomb.
    • Strong slapped Julius to cause a distraction then blasted Brutus with two high knees.
    • Andre Chase ran a classroom session in which he announced Chase U was going to England. 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker (c) vs. Cameron Grimes

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    Cameron Grimes made clear he would target the bad right shoulder of Bron Breakker, and he executed with a focused assault. Cameron Grimes thought he had the win with a diving Cave-In, but the NXT champion caught him with a Spear to win.

    After the match, JD McDonagh attacked Breakker and sent him through a table at ringside. He told the champion that he was The Necessary Evil.

    This was a really strong main event. The pace steadily built over the course of the match to make it almost feel like the Cave-In by Grimes would seal the win. The champion won by the skin of his teeth, and there is something to be said of whether the challenger would win in a second round.

    However, it looks like Breakker is moving on to another extremely talented heel. McDonagh has already won gold in NXT, and he will likely win more. He is unlikely to dethrone Breakker, but he should make an immediate impact by working off him.

    Result

    Breakker def. Grimes by pinfall to retain the NXT Championship.

    Grade

    B

    Notable Moments

    • Breakker said his shoulder was fine, and he refused tape from the trainer. Grimes promised him he would do anything to win.
    • Earlier in the night, NXT showed another vignette on McDonagh in which he discussed his father and announced his arrival in NXT 2.0 next week.
    • Grimes caught Breakker with a somersault plancha off the apron to the right shoulder of Breakker then stomped on the injury repeatedly.
    • Breakker caught Grimes with a Frankensteiner for a close nearfall. Grimes nearly won with a Cave-In.
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