WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 16
The next Takeover special, titled Respect, now has its main event courtesy of an in-ring confrontation between NXT women's champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. The title will be on the line in a 30-minute Iron Man match that will give women the opportunity to main event a WWE special for the first time since the heyday of Trish Stratus and Lita.
The Dusty Rhodes Classic continued as well, with Rhyno and Baron Corbin knocking off the upstart team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.
Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger each scored impressive victories, and Bull Dempsey came face-to-face with Tyler Breeze.
Which matches and segments graded out highest and why?
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Tyler Breeze vs. Adam Rose
Adam Rose's "party pooper" gimmick made its NXT debut this week, but unfortunately for him, there was no match to be wrestled as Tyler Breeze made his entrance and was interrupted by Bull Dempsey.
Prince Pretty referred to the previous week's loss as an accident—like Dempsey's birth. Rather than acknowledging the Bull Fit competitor any more, he demanded he step aside so he could compete. Instead, Dempsey blasted Rose, then cleared the ring of the heels.
Following the break, Breeze accepted Dempsey's earlier challenge for a match on next week's episode.
This was an angle and was never intended to be any more or less. Rose was a background player, which has become a theme in his career regardless of the character he is portraying.
As for the feud between Breeze and Dempsey, it at least gives the former something to do. He is significantly ahead of Dempsey in terms of star power and experience. That experience could help the heavyweight develop more of an in-ring presence.
The question is whether someone of Breeze's stature should be stuck doing that rather than competing further up the card, perhaps in a feud with Finn Balor over the NXT Championship.
Tye Dillinger in Action
"The Perfect 10" Tye Dillinger returned to the squared circle and wasted little time demonstrating what he considers his immense talent, squaring off with Danny Burch in singles competition.
Dillinger showed off early, giving his wristlock and cartwheel a perfect score. Burch, a grizzled veteran, answered with a wristlock of his own. His control over the match was short-lived, though, as Dillinger dropped a knee pad and delivered a modified Codebreaker for the pinfall victory.
Tye Dillinger pinned Danny Burch
The Perfect 10 gimmick is working wonders for Dillinger thus far. He is confident in his new skin, and the fans eat the character up. At some point, he is going to have to exhibit the ability to talk, to show more charisma elsewhere in his performance, but for now, it works.
Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe
Apollo Crews continued his winning ways on Wednesday night, scoring a big pinfall victory over Solomon Crowe, who has become a glorified jobber in recent months.
The former hacker-turned-whatever he is controlled the majority of the match, slowing Crews down and dictating the pace of the match.
Late, though, the newcomer exploded with a burst of energy, taking Crowe down with an Enzuigiri and finishing him with a gorilla press/standing moonsault combination.
Apollo Crews defeated Solomon Crowe
Crews is a special performer whose speed, agility and strength make him an athlete the likes of which fans have not seen since the prime of Brock Lesnar. He is explosive and brings great energy to his performances.
This was a great next step for him as it was not a traditional squash, but it also did not make him look bad. He won clean over someone who has credibility with fans, which is exactly what he needs to continue moving up the ladder in NXT.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rhyno and Baron Corbin
The power combo of Rhyno and Baron Corbin is one of the favorites to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and Wednesday's victory over Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa proved why.
Gargano and Ciampa were game, even appearing on their way to victory late in the bout. Gargano cleared the squared circle and had momentum on his side.
Unfortunately for him, Corbin was right there to finish him off with End of Days and finish the Cinderella story of the indie duo.
Rhyno and Baron Corbin defeated Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano
This was not quite as good as the Lucha Dragons versus Samoa Joe and Finn Balor from the previous week, but it was a really solid outing for all four Superstars.
Corbin continues to impress, proving that he can excel in matches that last longer than the 30 seconds he is typically allowed. He and Rhyno have great tag team chemistry and should make excellent opposition for the likes of Balor and Joe and the Vaudevillains.
As for Gargano and Ciampa, their performances were very strong in both tag matches they competed in. It should be interesting to see whether that is enough to earn them a spot on the NXT roster.
Bayley vs. Sarah Dobson
NXT women's champion Bayley returned to the NXT Arena to battle Sarah Dobson, who was looking to earn the attention of management and, potentially, a spot on the roster.
She impressed for the most part, punishing the champion for the majority of the match. Like all great and inspirational babyfaces, though, the purely good Bayley mounted a comeback and finished her opponent off with the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex.
Sasha Banks interrupted Bayley's post-match promo and insisted the new champion was only better than her for three seconds on one night. Bayley, never one to back down from a challenge, promised to grant Banks her rematch anytime, any place.
William Regal arrived seconds later and answered fans' wishes by announcing an Iron Man match between the Divas for the next Takeover event.
Bayley defeated Sarah Dobson
Sorry, the women's wrestling nerd (and general fandom of both of these ladies) got the best of this writer for a moment.
The Iron Man match announcement is one that will give Banks and Bayley the opportunity to prove to Vince McMahon that women cannot just deliver a solid match but they can do so while maintaining the interest of fans for an extended period of time.
Given the character dynamic and history of both women involved, their Takeover: Respect main event should be one of the great matches of the year.