WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 24
WWE NXT focused on the women's division on its January 24 show. The champions would be in attendance as well as multiple veterans of the brand.
Roxanne Perez was set to meet her future challengers, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, in an NXT Women's Championship Triple Threat summit to sign the contract for their match at Vengeance Day on February 4.
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter agreed to Alba Fyre's challenge for an NXT Tag Team Championship match, but the Scot was without a partner for the bout. Isla Dawn was likely to be watching closely.
Indi Hartwell and Tiffany Stratton would face off one-on-one. Elektra Lopez was also looking to make an example out of Wendy Choo, while Chase U had an award ceremony planned for Thea Hail after her first win in NXT.
This was not all NXT had to offer with Vengeance Day rapidly approaching. Grayson Waller has continued to antagonize Bron Breakker, and Wes Lee and Dijak were headed for a collision. Meanwhile, Apollo Crews and Carmelo Hayes had unfinished business.
This was likely to be an action-packed night for WWE NXT.
Indi Hartwell vs. Tiffany Stratton
Tiffany Stratton faced a game Indi Hartwell even before the bell, but The Buff Barbie had a plan. She faked an injury to cheap-shot her rival and then hit a rolling fireman's carry slam and moonsault to win.
This could have gone quite a bit longer, but the two worked well together throughout. It was one of the smoothest matches from Hartwell in a while, and Stratton looked even better here than she did before her injury.
It is likely NXT is going to build up The Buff Barbie for a title feud with Roxanne Perez, and that is a smart play. Stratton is ready to test herself at the highest level and could come out of that feud as a main roster act.
Stratton def. Hartwell by pinfall.
- Hartwell grabbed Vic Joseph's microphone as she made her way to the ring and promised to beat up Stratton.
- Indi Wrestling attacked The Buff Barbie during her entrance, beginning the fight early.
Thea Hail Award Ceremony/Andre Chase Vs. JD McDonagh
Andre Chase presented an award to Thea Hail to mark her first win in NXT last week. JD McDonagh interrupted, degrading Chase U for celebrating mediocrity. Chase ripped off his ceremonial attire and punched The Necessary Evil out of the ring.
While Chase fought hard, he was no match for McDonagh, who put him down with the Devil Inside after Duke Hudson walked out on The Professor.
This was a solid Chase match, driven by his consistent high energy. He and McDonagh didn't do too much out of their usual offense, but it wasn't necessary to do much more.
The point here was the story. The Necessary Evil earned his name, pushing Chase U to address the issues within the stable. It looks like Hudson and Chase could be on a collision course.
McDonagh def. Chase by pinfall.
- Hail looked like an angry bulldog when McDonagh interrupted her.
- Chase hit McDonagh with the Chase U stomps and a sit-out uranage for a near-fall.
- Chase countered the Devil Inside with a knee to the face, but McDonagh responded with a headbutt. Chase countered another into a Canadian Destroyer.
Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley vs. Kiana James and Fallon Henley
Fallon Henley could not get along with Kiana James early, but they kept control of the action individually. After James tripped Ivy Nile from behind and then kept Tatum Paxley from interfering, Henley won with a Shining Wizard.
This was a disappointing match due to the lack of respect given to Nile and Paxley. While James cheated to help Henley win, this should have been much more competitive. It came off as NXT pushing down one of its most solid tag teams.
The pairing of James and Henley can be good, especially once they figure out their differences. They can help shore up their weaknesses in the ring while helping each other grow.
Henley and James def. Nile and Paxley by pinfall.
- Before the match, James asked Henley to let her open the match, but the two struggled to decide on anything together.
- The New Day told The Dyad and Malik Blade and Edris Enofé that they would both participate in the New Day Tag Team Invitational next week, and the winner would be added to the NXT Tag Team Championships match at Vengeance Day.
The Creed Brothers (w/ Ivy Nile) vs. Drew Gulak and Hank Walker
Julius and Brutus Creed looked surprisingly outmatched early in this match. However, Charlie Dempsey appeared at ringside and distracted Drew Gulak.
Gulak did not tag out and left Hank Walker alone to take a Brutus Bomb for the loss.
Afterward, The Creed Brothers put over Ivy Nile for getting them back on track. However, Indus Sher and Jinder Mahal arrived to challenge them, and Nile accepted for them.
This was a good tag team match. Everyone involved was at the top of their game. Walker especially stepped up while surrounded by top guys and looked like a real star.
This initially awkward pairing of Gulak and Walker has turned into an engaging story driven by the passion of the young star. The Creeds played this like they were still finding their chemistry again, and it worked really well in selling them returning to form.
Finally, The Creed Brothers vs. Indus Sher will happen next week, and it should be fantastic.
The Creed Brothers def. Gulak and Walker by pinfall.
- Earlier in the day, Gulak brought in some of his students to train with The Creed Brothers, but Gulak and Julius nearly came to blows when they locked up.
- Gulak and Julius traded punches in the center of the ring, and Walker then tagged in and planted Julius with a wheelbarrow slam into an armbreaker for a near-submission.
- Brutus and Walker met in the middle with clotheslines.
- Apollo Crews headed to Carmelo Hayes' favorite barbershop. Melo and Trick Williams met him there, and Crews and Hayes agreed to a 2-out-of-3 Falls match.
Elektra Lopez vs. Wendy Choo
Elektra Lopez was confident about her chances in this match and dominated Wendy Choo.
When Choo began to come back, she blasted her with brass knuckles for the three-count. Valentina Feroz was left frustrated, but her expression seemed to change as Lopez stood tall.
This should have been a longer match given the talent involved. Choo picked up a big victory over Cora Jade recently, only for NXT to squander that momentum by having her lose in three minutes to further the story of Lopez and Feroz.
While the result made sense, NXT needs to be willing to rely upon the talent to tell a complete story in the ring rather than rushing the finish to get onto the next step.
Lopez def. Choo by pinfall.
- Lopez invited Feroz to watch at ringside. She accepted.
- Afterward, Feroz questioned Lopez backstage about losing friends with dirty tactics.
- Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo celebrated their new partnership at a fancy Italian restaurant.
Grayson Waller Gets One-Up on Bron Breakker Again
Grayson Waller sauntered to the ring and called out Bron Breakker with his fake NXT Championship.
The men's locker room tried to stop the NXT champion from fighting him, but the two still brawled until Waller sent Breakker through the barricade.
Waller and Breakker have done great work together to build this feud. It has grown into the biggest angle the brand has produced in over a year. For once, the NXT champion feels truly vulnerable against an opponent who can beat him.
In particular, Waller keeps showing he has the chops to be a top star in WWE. He has become the new Ultimate Opportunist in a way that makes him the biggest heel in NXT by a wide margin.
- NXT opened by showing a clip of Waller antagonizing Breakker at the WWE Performance Center until the two brawled and Waller was kicked out.
- Stevie Turner announced her NXT debut next week.
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship: Chance and Carter (c) vs. Alba Fyre and Sol Ruca
Just before the bell, Sol Ruca came out and stood in Alba Fyre's corner. Ruca worked with the Scot but was disturbed by her aggressive approach.
When Ruca was isolated, Katana Chance and Kayden Carter hit her with a neckbreaker/450 splash combo for the win.
This was a solid contest, though it was mostly the NXT women's tag team champions showing all they can do as a tag team. They have more offense than any other tag team in NXT.
Fyre's story continues to evolve. It looks like she may finally be accepting Dawn as an ally. Those two could be the team to dethrone Carter and Chance, unlike Henley and James, who should lose but look competitive.
Carter and Chance def. Fyre and Ruca by pinfall to retain the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.
- Brooks Jensen told Fallon Henley that he went to Shawn Michaels and got her and Kiana James an NXT Women's Tag Team Championships match. Henley was not happy because she had not been consulted.
- Ruca caught Carter with a standing cutter, and Fyre then slammed Chance into the steel steps outside, which Ruca was unhappy about.
- Carter used Chance as a weapon, planting her on top of Fyre with an inverted electric chair drop for near-fall.
- Afterward, Fyre walked away with Isla Dawn. Henley and James appeared on the stage to officially accept their title match at Vengeance Day.
Toxic Attraction Trick Roxanne Perez
Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne threw catty shots at one another until Roxanne Perez mocked both of them.
The two members of Toxic Attraction looked ready to fight each other but then switched modes, stomping the NXT women's champion and sending her through a table.
The show ended with Dolin and Jayne holding the championship belt together.
Spending the whole night listening to Toxic Attraction insulting one another was not all that interesting a sell for Vengeance Day. It would have made no sense for the two to turn on each other, so the only option was for them to be faking it.
This led to a predictable end to the show that hardly felt necessary. Dolin and Jayne could have been dominating from the start together rather than pretending to squabble.
The match should be good, but the build has only been OK. It will likely be the final hurrah for Toxic Attraction in NXT before moving to the main roster. WWE cannot afford to break up a rare strong women's tag team.
- McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Jayne and Dolin separately, and they talked down about each other.
- Gallus promised to take over the NXT tag team division like they did in NXT UK.
- Cora Jade tried to talk down about Lyra Valkyria, but the camera cut to Nikkita Lyons, who had been injured in the NXT parking lot, the most dangerous spot in WWE.
- Wes Lee and Dijak met in a dark room where the NXT North American champion refused to show any fear in the face of his latest challenger.