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Tony D’Angelo built his family on WWE NXT 2.0 with the aim of taking over the brand. On the June 21 issue, he had the chance to complete that journey by defeating Carmelo Hayes for the NXT North American Championship.
Solo Sikoa and Grayson Waller have aspirations of becoming the North American title holder, but first they would fight each other to get ahead.
Alba Fyre is trying to rebuild, but Lash Legend has challenged her in hopes of starting her own career.
Cameron Grimes challenged Edris Enofe to work harder, and he accepted the opportunity to prove himself against the Richest Man in NXT. Brooks Jensen finally sought revenge on Von Wagner for hurting him in April.
NXT 2.0 continues to move forward, building stories that set the stage for bigger matches to come involving hungry young stars.
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Grayson Waller called a big game before the match, but Solo Sikoa put him in the ring and quickly shut him up.
Sikoa may have had most of the control of the fight, but Waller overcame him. The heel sent his opponent into an exposed turnbuckle and then hit a returning cutter to win.
Sikoa may not be a veteran based on experience, but he works like one in the ring. This helps elevate your opponents to compete at a major level. He told a complete story with Waller while staying within the expected WWE style.
It might not have been the most exciting of affairs, but this was a much better-than-usual television match for NXT 2.0. Waller managed to show his reach in the ring and scored a surprise victory over a potential title contender.
As long as this helps launch Waller into contention for the title, the result makes sense. Both men will be interesting candidates for Carmelo Hayes, and even Bron Breakker, soon.
- Waller dodged a charging Sikoa and then planted it with a leg loop.
- Waller struggled out of one Samoan takedown only to jump straight into another as he attempted a roll-back cutter.
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Katana Chance and Kayden Carter moved quickly for a quick win, but Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz refused to lose easily. It took a high 450 splash/neckbreaker combo to win.
This was better than it looked on paper. Two of the more established women’s teams took advantage of their familiarity with each other to make a solid sprint.
The result was a foregone conclusion, but Leon and Feroz looked better than ever together. The latter looked strong on his hot tag streak, particularly. We hope that one of these teams will help the right in the women’s division.
- Chance came out of a double suplex and hit both opponents with a double neckbreaker.
- Former Jordan Devlin promised he would come to NXT 2.0 as soon as JD McDonagh.
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Stacks and Two Dimes came out ahead of Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro to follow this game closely.
However, after Damon Kemp was taken out, Two Dimes accidentally stumbled upon Del Toro. This gave Roderick Strong a knee to win.
Kemp was an ideal addition to Diamond Mine. He is an explosive athlete, who is benefiting from working with Strong. In a game with a lot of talent, he stood out many times. That said, everyone seemed fine with the limited time.
No one in the D’Angelo Family is doing well lately. This makes for a solid story in the short term, but can ruin momentum for everyone involved if they don’t finish it soon.
- Strong slapped Kemp across the face, which irritated him. He suplexed the two Legado del Fantasma members around the ring and then laid his forearms on the mat.
- In the ring, Wes Lee spoke about his pain and need to prove himself. Trick Williams interrupted to mock him for leaving his tag team partner and later turned down a fight with him.
- In a pre-recorded interview, Tiffany Stratton called Wendy Choo tragic and vowed to ruin her.
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Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne called Roxanne Perez, Cora Jade and Indi Hartwell’s win last week a fluke.
Perez and Jade broke off to challenge Toxic Attraction for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter took offense, starting a fight between the teams.
This could have been done in a backstage segment. Instead, Toxic Attraction lengthened their promotions while saying the same thing they said most weeks. Perez struggled with WWE promo style here and it took a long time to fight for the tag titles.
The content was good, but it didn’t feel like it should have lasted that long. It also made little sense that Chance and Carter, after losing clean, would take offense to Jade getting a shot at the title she won. The game between the teams should be good, though.
- Dolin got a corner of his own when Toxic Attraction arrived in the ring.
- In an interview, Giovanni Vinci promised to give NXT a boost, but Ikemen Jiro challenged him.
- NXT showed another Apollo Crews video pack in which he wondered how he could be better.
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Edris Enofe tried to prove himself against Cameron Grimes and made his best plays. However, after he missed a 450 splash, Grimes planted him with a uranage and the Cave-In to win.
That was too short to be really good, but the two worked hard with limited time. Enofe is extremely talented and will soon make an impact. This was the briefest sample of that potential.
NXT’s richest man is still playing face but leaning more towards heel trends. He will play the same role against Bron Breakker. He could go in high heels afterwards or move on as a fan favorite. Either way works, though it would be a shame to transform Grimes again.
- Enofe demanded that Grimes continue kicking him in the chest, refusing to fall.
- After the match, Grimes shook hands with Enofe and Malik Blade.
- Breakker congratulated Grimes, who promised he would beat the champion at the Great American Bash.
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Brooks Jensen found himself at a disadvantage against Von Wagner. While doing his best, he dove straight into the arms of Wagner, who landed a firefighter’s carry slam to win.
This was a good sprint between two great men who had the chance to show more than they showed in the last few weeks. Jensen especially had his best performance to date as a solo act. He told the right story here, as he was always outmatched, but never discouraged from continuing to fight.
Now that Wagner has defeated Jensen, he will likely be looking to get his win back from Josh Briggs. Fortunately, Round 2 buys more time than its predecessor.
- Wagner used the ropes and turnbuckle to injure Jensen’s right arm and fingers.
- Jensen hit a clothesline running and explosive DDT to nearly fall over.
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Lash Legend used her strength to dominate, but she lost a large boot to prepare Alba Fyre for a bloody bomb. Legend dodged the senton bomb and hit Fyre with a baseball bat, causing a disqualification.
This was a weak ending to arguably the best work of Legend’s career to date. Fyre sold her well and pushed her to be better. It ended up coming out as a preview of a full match.
Fyre is stuck in this feud with Legend for at least a few more weeks. Fortunately, NXT allows veterans to remain dominant. She is the rare star now that is well protected since her rebrand.
- In a pre-recorded interview, Nikkita Lyons warned that she did not expect more and would return next week.
- Joe Gacy told The Dyad that the success they would find next would be sweeter than any gold they had won before.
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The D’Angelo Family tried to get involved early, and Trick Williams realized he was at a disadvantage. The distraction allowed Tony D’Angelo to take the place against Carmelo Hayes. However, when it mattered most, Santos Escobar passed brass knuckles to Melo, who used them to win.
With all the hype, this could have gone on longer. Melo and D’Angelo have chemistry to explore. Still, it was a good game from start to finish, where the right man won. Escobar costing The Don protects D’Angelo for a future title shot.
At the moment, The A Champion will pass to one of many possible challengers. D’Angelo vs Escobar continues, and there needs to be at least one last match between them.
- Backstage early in the evening, D’Angelo reminded Escobar to help him win. Later, Melo vowed to beat The Don and The D’Angelo Family in the main event.
- D’Angelo relied on his power, but Melo dodged it, sending him to the turnbuckle followed by a lung blower for nearly a drop.