The ultra-colourful developmental arm of WWE, NXT 2.0, bring you another special event from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. NXT Vengeance Day is highlighted by the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals and Bron Breakker vs. Santos Escobar for the NXT Championship. Was it any good? Join Jez and Dan for the full rundown and review on The Main Event Podcast.
The show kicked off with an opening montage of the members of Toxic Attraction messaging each other about their matches as well as the other matches on the card.
Weaponized Steel Cage Match – Pete Dunne vs. Tony D’Angelo
We head into the arena where Pete Dunne is already inside the steel cage and Tony D’Angelo arrived in a flash limo. Dunne was unimpressed with this and started the match by railing on D’Angelo with vicious steel chair shots. When D’Angelo came back a little and tried to get a weapon from a toolbox, Dunne shut it on his fingers, jumped on it and then continued the punishment by placing a spanner over a finger and yanking the hand back behind his head. When Tony D was able to return to the toolbox, he got out some cable tie handcuffs and locked the arms of Dunne behind his back. After being DDT’d and almost defeated, Dunne countered a slam through a table into a sleeper and was able to work free of the cuffs using some pliers. With his hands free, Dunne was able to powerbomb Tony D through a table and get a nearfall of his own. Each man went for their signature weapon – a crowbar for D’Angelo and a cricket bat for Dunne – but The Bruiserweight got the better of the exchange, breaking his bat over the back of D’Angelo. Now without a weapon, Dunne secured a crowbar of his own and, after nailing D’Angelo with it, hit the Bitter End and picked up a hard fought win over his rival.
Jez’s Pick: Tony D’Angelo
Dan’s Pick: Pete Dunne
Winner: Pete Dunne
Jez 0 – Dan 1
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship – Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) (c) vs. Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta
The next contest was the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match with Toxic Attraction – Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne defending the titles against Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta. Before the bell, the challengers were attacked during their entrance but when the action took to the ring, Pirotta and Hartwell took control of the match. The third member of Toxic Attraction, Mandy Rose, tried to shift momentum back towards her girls but she was caught by the referee and ejected from ringside. After the commercials, the challengers continued their path to the gold with Persia Pirotta getting a nearfall after a Samoan Drop. Indi Hartwell almost picked up the win herself but the pin was broken up by Jacy Jayne. Jayne followed this up by launching Pirotta into the ringsteps and finally the champions took control of the match, double teaming Hartwell and putting her away after a high/low big boot. With a 1-2-3, Toxic Attraction remain the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Jez’s Pick: Toxic Attraction
Dan’s Pick: Toxic Attraction
Winner: Toxic Attraction
Jez 1 – Dan 2
LA Knight vs Grayson Waller and Sanga – If Knight wins, the restraining order will be lifted.
In the parking lot, Grayson Waller met with some police officers and claimed that the emotional distress of LA Knight was too much for him. In the ring, LA Knight was moments away from speaking when Waller’s music hit and out he came with the 5-0. Waller made his case using video on the big screen but Knight had evidence of his own, an unprovoked assault from Waller and the fact that, as per the restraining order, Waller cannot touch Knight either. The police officers left the ring and Knight finally got some revenge on Grayson Waller.
Jez’s Pick: LA Knight
Dan’s Pick: LA Knight
Winner: Advertised match did not take place
Jez 1 – Dan 2
NXT North American Championship – Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Cameron Grimes
Up next was the defence of the NXT North American Championship with the A-Champion, Carmelo Hayes facing Cameron Grimes. The match started off as a technically sound affair with the pair exchanging holds both on their feet and on the mat. A distraction from Trick Williams outside the ring allowed Hayes to take control of the match as the show went into commercial. On the other side, Grimes fought back into the match, getting a nearfall, but Melo quickly reclaimed his momentum with fast, springboard manoeuvres. Trick Williams got involved again but this time it cost his man and Grimes was able to get another nearfall with a high crossbody from the top rope. Grimes went for Hayes outside the ring but Trick put himself in the way, taking a Cave In for his troubles. Carmelo used yet another diversion to launch his challenger face first into the ringside barricade. After a submission failed to put Grimes away, Hayes took to the top rope and hit a massive scissors kick and picked up the win.
Jez’s Pick: Cameron Grimes
Dan’s Pick: Carmelo Hayes
Winner: Carmelo Hayes
Jez 1 – Dan 3
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals – MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) vs. The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed)
As the night rolled on, the next battle was in the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals. First to enter, to a bizarre mashup of their entrance theme and a funky version of Dusty Rhodes music, were the defending Dusty Cup winners, MSK. Accompanying the Creed Brothers, Malcolm Bivens had his own theatrics. Holding a John Cena style “Never Give Up” towel, he flipped it around to say “Nah, you should.” As the match began, Nash Carter tried to match the amateur wrestling style of the Creeds but this didn’t work and so he tagged in Wes Lee and MSK reverted to their tried and tested hit and run style. In control of the match, MSK employed frequent tags as they tried to keep their opponents grounded, picking up several nearfalls along the way. Nash Carter made a fatal error, though, diving out of the ring to try and take down Julius Creed but the taller Creed Brother caught him and buried him in the ground at ringside. Creed rolled Carter back into the ring and put a hurt on him with a gigantic clothesline. The Creeds picked up the win and etched their way into the history books as 2022 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winners.
Jez’s Pick: MSK
Dan’s Pick: Creed Brothers
Winner: Creed Brothers
Jez 1 – Dan 4
Before the main event, Imperium took to the ring to congratulate the Creed Brothers for winning the Dusty Cup but suggest that all it gives them is an opportunity at the titles – an opportunity they’re not ready for. GUNTHER also said that he would be watching the main event with the highest of interest. Before they could finish, Solo Sikoa made his way to the ramp. Sikoa said that where he was from ‘the mat’ didn’t matter because they’d just find the biggest and baddest dude and slap him. Sikoa said he would do just that and make GUNTHER his bitch.
NXT Championship – Bron Breakker (c) vs. Santos Escobar
Our commercial free main event was the NXT Championship match between Bron Breakker and Santos Escobar. On his way to the ramp, Bron Breaker set fire to an old Vengeance V from the classic pay-per-view sets, furthering the ongoing theme of leaving the old ways of professional wrestling behind. Breakker began the match displaying his strength shoulder barging Escobar down and locking him in headlocks he struggled to escape. Escobar left the ring to try and use his speed to outsmart the champion but Breakker’s speed was put on display as he kept up with the challenger. More effective at stopping the momentum of Breakker, though, was a visit to the steel steps which allowed Escobar to take the NXT Champion back into the ring and wear him down. Despite several nearfalls, Breakker stayed in the match and so the rest of Legado del Fantasma tried to get involved. Breaker dealt with them but was Superkicked by Dolph Ziggler behind the referee’s back. Escobar was unable to make the pin, though, and an incensed Bron Breakker went on a tear culminating in a Spear and a Bodypress Slam for the 1-2-3.
Jez’s Pick: Bron Breakker
Dan’s Pick: Bron Breakker
Jez 2 – Dan 5
Dan awards 4 out of 5 Crowbars
Jez awards 3.5 out of 5 Crowbars
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