5 Key Moments From WWE NXT (August 24, 2021)

Pete Dunne confronts Samoa Joe
Pete Dunne challenges Samoa Joe

This week’s NXT show came from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. The show opened with the new Million Dollar Champion Cameron Grimes, whilst we also saw Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter demand a Women’s Tag Team title match, and Johnny Gargano trying to cancel the InDex wedding. But mainly:

Danny Burch made his return, Thatcher out indefinitely

In the opening match of this week’s show Ridge Holland was victorious in a very hard hitting match against Timothy Thatcher. Afterwards Tommaso Ciampa brawled with Holland until Pete Dunne made the save, which also brought out Oney Lorcan and a returning Danny Burch to join in the melee. Holland, Dunne, Lorcan and Burch regrouped on the stage and stood tall with Ciampa and Thatcher still laid out at ringside. It was later announced that Timothy Thatcher is out of action indefinitely due to the attack.

Chaos as everyone steps up to Samoa Joe

Samoa Joe became the first ever three-time NXT Champion this weekend at TakeOver, and on this week’s NXT he was addressing the situation. First to interrupt was Pete Dunne to demand a title match against Joe. Then out came L.A. Knight who also demanded a match. Kyle O’Reilly followed and said he’s already earned a title match but he was attacked by Ridge Holland and taken out of the conversation. Tommaso Ciampa rushed from the side and attacked Dunne but was then attacked in turn by Holland. Joe then knocked Knight down with a huge Headbutt and stood tall in the ring with the NXT title as everyone else looked on.

Carmelo Hayes earned an NXT title opportunity against any champion he chooses

In the finals of the NXT Breakout Tournament, Carmelo Hayes outlasted Odyssey Jones in a very impressive match. Hayes got the pin and the win with a crucifix roll-up after getting hit with a splash from Jones. After the match Hayes was asked by William Regal which title he would be challenging for but Carmelo said it was too soon to know.

Quinn left Boa in a spin

Boa took on Xyon Quinn under the ever watchful eye of the mysterious Mei Ying. Boa dominated former professional rugby league player Quinn until toward the end of the match. Ying, who was sitting on the throne on the ramp, gave Boa the signal to end the match but Boa turned and was hit with a huge forearm strike from Xyon who then pinned Boa for the upset win. Quinn thought better than to try to walk by Mei Ying, and instead hopped the barrier to exit ringside.

Top Dollar slammed all of Legado del Fantasma, all at once

In the main event of the show Hit Row (NXT North American Champion Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and “Top Dolla” AJ Francis) took on Legado del Fantasma’s Santos Escobar, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde. During the match Top Dollar grabbed Wilde and Mendoza by their throats and lifted them both on his shoulders. Escobar jumped at Dollar but was ALSO caught by the big man and (after he walked around the ring) all three ended up being slammed to the mat. Legado del Fantasma went on to win the match after Escobar got a roll-up pin on Scott.