5 Key Moments From WWE NXT 2.0 (September 21, 2021)

Bron Breakker Tommaso Ciampa
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This week NXT 2.0 once again came from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. In separate matches we saw wins for Grimes, Kay Lee Ray, and Dante Chen, as well as Elektra Lopez dominating in her match. B-Fab vs. Lopez in a no disqualification match was made for next week, as was Raquel Gonzalez defending the NXT Women’s title against Franky Monet. But back to this week:

New class, more chaos

As the show started the ring was filled with the new class of NXT 2.0. Trick Williams, Carmelo Hayes, Odyssey Jones, Joe Gacy, Brooks Jensen, Josh Briggs, and Bron Breakker were all present as the NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa made his way to the ring and got on the mic. Ciampa passionately told the crowd how these wrestlers had busted their asses day in and day out, and were ready to show the world just how good they are. He went on to say that NXT 2.0 just became the A-Show and shouted “Together WE. ARE. NXT!” Cameron Grimes then made his way to the ring suggesting he wanted a title shot, which brought out L.A. Knight who said that he was “looking at a heap of happy hot garbage standing in the ring.” Odyssey Jones told him to shut up. Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland were next out to the ring, and just as Dunne said that all he saw were a bunch of geezers scared to throw the first punch, Ciampa hit him. A huge brawl broke out and more wrestlers ran to join in. Ciampa and Bron Breakker were the ones left standing after lastly ejecting Dunne and Holland.

Strong wins the Cruiserweight title and got a new challenger straight away

NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida defended the belt against Roderick Strong, as the rest of the Diamond Mine kept watch. Kushida got the Hoverboard Lock on Strong but Malcolm Bivens got Roderick’s leg on the rope to break the hold. A distraction by Bivens took the referee’s focus and Ivy Nile attacked Kushida then rolled him back inside the ring leaving him prone for Strong. A backbreaker and a pin gave Strong the win and the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. After the match, Grayson Waller came out and challenged Strong for next week’s show, with the challenge accepted on his behalf by Bivens.

Odyssey impressed in a handicap match

Cary Millman and Darren Chiapetta did their best against Odyssey Jones when they took him on 2-on-1, with all three men in the ring at the same time. Odyssey launched both men around the ring and even a distraction from Andre Chase didn’t help their cause, as Jones delivered a huge frogsplash from the second rope and pinned them both at the same time.

Multiple teams wanted a title shot

Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, and Jacy Jayne) were in the ring and Rose told everyone listening that they are what the future of the NXT 2.0 women’s division looks like. Dolin then got on the mic and said that they won’t sit in the back and wait on an opportunity, and Jayne followed with the statement that they want a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles held by Io Shirai and Zoey Stark. Backstage, Shirai said that if they want a title match they’re on, and Stark agreed (after first saying it was a conversation they should have together). Following this, Persia Pirotta approached the champions and said that when Indi Hartwell gets back from her honeymoon they ALSO want a shot at the belts.

Dunne and Holland vs. Ciampa and Breakker

The main event of the show saw Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland come up short against Bron Breakker and the NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa. At one point in the match Breakker applied the Steiner Recliner to Dunne and got a huge crowd reaction. The end of the match came about when Kyle O’Reilly appeared from nowhere and hit Holland with his own baton. Ciampa then hit the Willow’s Bell on Dunne as Holland got pressed high in the air by Breakker, who then slammed him hard to the canvas and got the pin for his team. After the match, Breakker grabbed the NXT title from the referee and slowly handed it to Ciampa as the show went off the air.