WWE NXT 2.0 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 9
Just one week before Heatwave, many of the stars of WWE NXT 2.0 looked to make an impact while gearing themselves up for success at the big event.
Mandy Rose convinced Cora Jade to fight Zoey Stark with the promise that she would get an NXT Women's Championship match next week if she ensured Stark could not make the show.
Wes Lee has found his journey to singles success delayed by the interference of Carmelo Hayes' loudmouth friend, Trick Williams. He wanted to put Trick behind him quickly by facing him in a rare wrestling stipulation, a rounds match.
Kiana James taunted Nikkita Lyons in order to get under her skin. In response, Lyons challenged her to a match.
Santos Escobar is back, and he and Tony D'Angelo had agreed to a one-on-one accord where the two bosses would meet to speak one last time before a likely showdown.
NXT also promised a big video package, highlighting the feud between Bron Breakker and JD McDonagh. This was set to be a night when rivals would clash and not everyone would walk out under their own power.
Nikkita Lyons vs. Kiana James
While Kiana James challenged her, Nikkita Lyons' striking ability was too much. She finished the match off with a spinning kick and split-leg drop. Afterward, the loser laid out the winner.
This was a fine but forgettable match. It certainly should not have opened over more interesting contests, especially with the finish. Lyons vs. James is apparently not over, even though no one believes the latter can ever win.
Lyons is a likely No. 1 contender to the NXT Women's Championship sooner rather than later. This feud does nothing but keep her on TV. She could use a rival who can help her improve.
Lyons def. James by pinfall.
- Before the match, NXT showed an interview for Lyons and Zoey Stark, who are set to compete in the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships tournament.
- James targeted the left knee of Lyons throughout.
Rounds: Trick Williams (w/ Carmelo Hayes) vs. Wes Lee
Wes Lee and Trick Williams battled all the way to the fifth round of this Rounds match. Each man managed a pinfall, but Lee got the second pin after knocking down Trick with a gloved punch to the face.
While this stipulation may be a hard sell for some due to the many rules, this worked really well. Each round told a unique story, going back-and-forth from boxing to wrestling. It is just a shame one round was lost during the picture-in-picture break.
In the end, Lee got a big win and welcome revenge against his rival. Carmelo Hayes watched everything from ringside, even getting involved, so there is a future title match ahead between these two.
Lee def. Trick with two pinfalls, ending in round five.
- Both men worked the first round like a boxing match, and Lee had his opponent trapped on the ropes just as time expired.
- In the second round, Melo grabbed Lee's leg to set up a Trick boot for the first pinfall.
- Lee got a pinfall in the fourth round with a crucifix pin, and Trick responded by cheap-shotting his opponent with a right hand between rounds.
- Afterward, The A Champion bragged about beating Nathan Frazer. Giovanni Vinci interrupted to challenge the NXT North American champion, and a brawl broke out.
Arianna Grace vs. Thea Hail (w/ Chase U)
Arianna Grace aggressively attacked Thea Hail from the opening bell.
While Hail got some momentum, she could not overcome the size and power of her opponent, who defeated her with a big boot and forward fireman's carry slam.
It makes sense to not give Hail anything right away. She is young and can learn through losses. This will also help establish some of NXT's less-built talent such as Grace.
These two had a simple match that showed why both are still in development. It was ugly at times, but the closing stretch was decent. It was the rare three-minute match that was as long as it needed to be.
Grace def. Hail by pinfall.
- Grace went to Andre Chase to blame Hail for bruising her face, and The Professor decided the situation should be handled in the ring.
- NXT showed a big promo package for Bron Breakker and JD McDonagh in which both men sounded confident in their ability to succeed next week.
Roderick Strong vs. Apollo Crews
Roderick Strong showed how dangerous he can be, dominating Apollo Crews with technical offense. However, Crews came back and planted The Messiah of the Backbreaker with a chokeslam variant for the win.
Strong vs. Crews could have been built more before it happened, but the two men fought like seasoned veterans as expected. It was a good old-fashioned fight that was more reminiscent of the previous black-and-gold brand.
With more build, it could have been truly special, but it was nice to see a complete physical battle. Both men have endurance to spare, and they could impress in a rematch.
Crews def. Strong by pinfall.
- The Creed Brothers went over tape with Apollo Crews until Roderick Strong appeared. He challenged Crews for trying to influence Diamond Mine.
- Crews struggled to get the finish despite getting close throughout.
- Strong kneed Crews on the ropes and then caught him on the apron with a side-walk slam.
- Afterward, Julius Creed saw something on tape that upset him before Strong arrived, complaining about Diamond Mine not joining him in his match.
- Grayson Waller warned Crews later that he was not welcome in NXT 2.0.
Santos Escobar and Tony D'Angelo Sit Down for a Final Accord
Santos Escobar and Tony D'Angelo sat down for one last talk. The Emperor agreed to a Street Fight next week where he would leave NXT if he lost, but Legado del Fantasma were free from The D'Angelo Family if he won.
This could have been bigger, but the stipulation set will make next week special. Escobar is the clear babyface, fighting for his family above all else. If he leaves NXT, it would be a shame, but he can add to Raw or SmackDown right away.
Escobar without Legado del Fantasma would be disappointing, but D'Angelo may need the group more. It would certainly be interesting to see Legado turn on The Emperor on his way out.
- Escobar spoke to Elektra Lopez on his way to the meeting, ready for any kind of surprise attack by The Don.
- Katana Chance and Kayden Carter gave praise to Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz before Sanga told the two he would take them on a trip next week to find their center.
- Wendy Choo attacked Tiffany Stratton backstage, promising their fight was not over.
Pretty Deadly vs. Malik Blade and Edris Enofe
While Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen tried to stop Pretty Deadly from cheating, Elton Prince sent Edris Enofe into a steel chair, and Kit Wilson tagged in for Spilt Milk for the win.
Lash Legend attacked Fallon Henley afterward before standing with Pretty Deadly.
Enofe and Malik Blade were working with limited time here, but this was a good sprint. These teams could do something special with more time. Maybe down the lines, they will be fighting with gold on the line.
Legend joining Pretty Deadly to even the odds against the NXT UK tag team champions makes sense. However, she comes off as an awkward character to pair with Prince and Wilson, who are more naturally charismatic.
Pretty Deadly def. Blade and Enofe by pinfall.
- Speaking to Blade backstage, Legend tried to excuse her loss to Alba Fyre by blaming anyone else. Enofe arrived and told her to shut up. Pretty Deadly stood up for Legend.
- Pretty Deadly enjoyed taunting Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen at ringside, which sent the NXT UK tag team champions out to confront them.
- Enofe hit a big diving elbow on Wilson, and then Blade took out Prince with a dive to the outside and nearly set them up to win.
- Cameron Grimes met Solo Sikoa backstage after Sikoa was told he would be out injured for a month, wishing him well. The Schism once again spoke to Grimes on his way out of the arena.
Zoey Stark vs. Cora Jade
Cora Jade debated throughout the match if she should use a metal pipe she brought with her to injure Zoey Stark, but Roxanne Perez grabbed her weapon.
With Jade distracted, Stark caught her with the belly-to-back GTS to win.
It is always welcome to see the women in NXT highlighted, and this was the obvious main event for the night given the stakes and talent involved.
Jade was never going to win here with Perez waiting for her at Heatwave, but the two sold this as a battle of top contenders. Stark especially showed off how good she is, using new moves beyond what fans have seen before.
As a preview for next week, Stark looked ready to challenge Mandy Rose more than anyone else has to date.
While it may not be the right time, Stark has the story to fit the moment, and it would fully establish her as the top female talent in NXT.
Stark def. Jade by pinfall.
- Nikkita Lyons told Stark to go out and pick up a big win to continue their momentum.
- Toxic Attraction promised to come back better from their loss in a vignette.
- Rose joined commentary for the main event.
- Stark completely flipped Jade on her head with a suplex for a near-fall. Jade tried to hit Sliced Bread #2 but slipped right into a superkick that got another near-fall for Stark.
- Jade got a near-fall off a hammerlock DDT then Sliced Bread #2 for another.
- The show ended with Perez running off Jade while Stark laid out Rose with the belly-to-back GTS and stood tall with the NXT Women's Championship.