This week WWE NXT 2.0 was held at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. B-Fab and Top Dolla got kidnapped, Quinn, Creed, and Hudson were victorious in their respective one-on-one matches, and Raquel Gonzalez accepted Mandy Rose’s challenge for Halloween Havoc telling her it will be a “Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal” match. Plus all of this:
Joe Gacy attempted to get in the title picture, Harland made himself known
WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa granted Joe Gacy the chance to get involved in the title match at Halloween Havoc in a non-title one-on-one match this week. All Gacy had to do was go through the Blackheart. Joe started off with a lot of decent offence but it wasn’t long before Ciampa got the upper hand, hitting Gacy with four huge running clotheslines in the corner with another in the centre of the ring for good measure.
After avoiding the Air Raid Crash Gacy slugged it out with the WWE NXT Champion until he got a knee to the face, but he rallied and hit Tommaso with a huge powerbomb for a two count. Gacy attempted a moonsault from the second rope but Ciampa moved out of the way and a few moments later Tommaso hit the Fairy Tale Ending to get the pin and win.
After the match Harland (the former Parker Boudreaux) ran in from the crowd and attacked Ciampa then had a very odd interaction with Gacy – Harland grabbed him by the throat but then ran away due to Joe running his hand down his face. Very odd indeed.
Nile debuted, and dominated
The newest member of the Diamond Mine, Ivy Nile, made her in-ring debut against Valentina Feroz. Nile was impressive throughout the short match, showing off her strength and, as Wade Barrett said on commentary, showing shades of the Glamazon Beth Phoenix.
Feroz was forced to tap out when she was put in a Torture Rack-like submission with Ivy Nile actually squatting at the same time as she had Valentina on her shoulders.
Holland and Dunne came up short
Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner teamed up against Ridge Holland and the Brusierweight Pete Dunne. Holland and Dunne took it in turns to target the knee of O’Reilly, which meant that he spent most of the first half of the match on the mat. Eventually Kyle managed to get the tag to Wagner who immediately unloaded on Holland.
Under the direction of Wagner, O’Reilly hit a flying knee on the outside to put Dunne down and in the ring Wagner hit Ridge with a double underhook slam to get the pin on the big man.
Hartwell and Pirotta stood tall; Stark and Shirai stood taller
Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta were victorious in a tag team match against Sarray and Amari Miller, when Mrs. Lumis pinned Sarray after an elbow drop from the top. After the bell Persia took to the mic and told the crowd that her and Indi deserved a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles.
This brought out the Tag Team Champions themselves, Io Shirai and Zoey Stark. Shirai got in to the ring and pointed at Hartwell and Pirotta in turn, telling them both “I don’t like you.” Gigi Dolin and Jacey Jayne of Toxic Attraction also made their way to the ring and announced the only thing they give a damn about is the titles. They then rushed the ring and all six Superstars went at each other, and as it all cleared it was Stark and Shirai left triumphant in the middle of the ring.
The WWE NXT North American Championship was on the line in the main event of this week’s show, as champion Isaiah “Swerve” Scott defended for the first time since winning the belt on June 29th (30 day rule? No?). His challenger was Santos Escobar of the Legado del Fantasma who came out with Elektra Lopez, Raul Mendoza, and Joaquin Wilde before Escobar decided to go it alone and sent his stable to the back.
Swerve made the first move, attacking Santos before he could get in to the ring and when the bell finally rung neither wrestler held back. The match was incredibly fast paced and hard hitting with multiple close pinfalls and plenty of huge moves including Escobar paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero with a frogsplash, from which Scott kicked out of once more.
Mendoza and Wilde returned and tried to distract the ref but they were stopped by Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams of Hit Row resulting in a brawl on the outside. Swerve threw Santos into a previously exposed turnbuckle then hit the JML Driver, got the pin, and retained the title.
After the match Hayes and Trick got inside the ring and Carmelo raised Swerve’s arm before he decided to knock Isaiah down with a huge clothesline. Hayes then signed and cashed in his WWE NXT Breakout Tournament contract and immediately challenged Scott for the WWE NXT North American title. Trick almost took Isiah’s head off with a huge boot to the head before landing an axe kick from the top on the back of Scott’s neck. A three count later and Williams became the new WWE NXT North American Champion.