WWE NXT 2.0 Results: July 26 Winners, Ratings, Reactions & Highlights | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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Zoey Stark is back! The former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion was shelved by Toxic Attraction and returned to take another hit on the group. She is the new #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship, held by Mandy Rose.
The July 26 edition of WWE NXT 2.0 opened with Stark talking about his recovery and his vision for his future.
The D’Angelo family took a major hit at Diamond Mine, exposing The Creed Brothers while Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp fought. Tony D’Angelo happily accepted an eight-man tag team match challenge to show off his group’s dominance.
Xyon Quinn willingly ruined Apollo Crews’ NXT comeback, costing him a match against Giovanni Vinci. The crews wanted revenge in a fight. Vinci would also be competing on the night, against Andre Chase.
Wes Lee was looking for revenge by fighting Grayson Waller while building momentum for a rematch against Trick Williams. Indi Hartwell was hoping to reverse recent bad luck against Arianna Grace.
Tuesday’s show had the opportunity to surprise many by spotlighting a lot of NXT 2.0’s top talent inside and outside the ring.
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Zoey Stark showed her gratitude to fans for accepting her after her injury.
Cora Jade interrupted on stage followed by Toxic Attraction from the ramp. Stark challenged Mandy Rose to a title match, but instead Gigi Dolin agreed to fight her later.
Jade’s involvement was unnecessary in this segment beyond keeping her on TV. We can get Stark versus Jade down the line, but the center of the night was Stark calling out the women who hurt her.
While Stark isn’t the most polite mic worker, she is passionate, which goes a long way. She shared the story of her injury and her road to recovery before explaining why she had to dethrone the NXT Women’s Champion. She sold the match anytime in the near future.
- Stark said she was given a timeline of over a year to come back from surgery. She returned after eight months.
- She called out Jade for throwing away the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship, emphasizing how much that title meant to her.
- McKenzie Mitchell interviewed The Schism during which Joe Gacy promised he could be Cameron Grimes’ new father figure.
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Grayson Waller dominated the action against Wes Lee. When Lee finally found his opening, Trick Williams pulled him cheap from the crowd, setting up Waller for a chop return that sealed victory for the loudmouth.
Beyond the cheap finish, it was a pretty good back-and-forth contest. Waller continues to show off a varied and fluid move set, while Lee has always played at a high level. These two are pros for a brand in desperate need.
Lee vs. Trick isn’t the most exciting feud, but it did help solidify the latter as more than just a lackey for Carmelo Hayes. This might just be the first step to separating the two.
Waller picked up another victory that could lead him to challenge for the NXT Championship.
Waller won. Lee by fall.
- Before exiting, Waller introduced himself as better than Lee and everyone watching.
- Lee tried to reverse the action but jumped directly onto Waller’s shoulders, who lifted him into an impact bomb.
- Waller knocked Lee off the top rope to the floor where Trick hit him in the back, almost causing a count.
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Xyon Quinn tried to keep control of the game, but once Apollo Crews got his footing, he never let go. He planted Quinn with a one-armed powerbomb for the win.
Although this match had time, it was not too exciting. Despite weeks of buildup, it never looked like Quinn stood a chance. The finish was flat, not landing hard enough to feel like a good end to the competition.
Both men are talented, but their ability to tell a story in the ring was in question here. Crews has the experience and talent to do more, while Quinn has shown some serious potential that NXT 2.0 isn’t all that interested in unlocking.
The crews def. Quinn by fall.
- Quinn planted Crews with a spinning firefighter slam, then went for his running forearm, but took a zuigiri that turned the momentum of the match.
- Wendy Choo woke up from a dream of her Battle Royal loss and vowed to make Tiffany Stratton’s life worse.
- Kiana James gave a PowerPoint presentation on Nikkita Lyons being the main issue in the NXT Women’s Division.
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Gigi Dolin barely challenged Zoey Stark. Once the #1 contender got going, she planted Dolin with a belly-to-back GTS to win.
Afterwards, Cora Jade attacked Stark, but Roxanne Perez came back to send her running.
Despite eight months away, Stark looked smoother than ever in the ring. The action was short but tight, not wasting a second throughout this surprisingly one-sided affair.
It’s a shame it was a full squash, but the point was to push Stark. She became quite the name, knocking out a former tag team champion and rival in minutes.
Perez’s return was somewhat disappointing. He left unnecessarily rushed. However, this allowed NXT to quickly announce the future of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Def. Dolin by fall.
- It was announced that Rose will face Stark at NXT Heatwave on August 16. Sarray took on the NXT Women’s Champion, setting up a match between them next week.
- Perez announced alongside Alundra Blayze that she was forfeiting the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, and a Fatal 4-Way next week would crown the new titleholders next week.
- Solo Sikoa challenged Von Wagner to a Falls Count Anywhere match next week. Wagner happily accepted despite Robert Stone’s warning.
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JD McDonagh appeared in the crowd where he gave fans health advice. He then greeted everyone at ringside. Finally, he called Bron Breakker.
The NXT Champion challenged McDonagh for a match at NXT Heatwave before headbutting him.
As McDonagh finished the segment sitting on the mat, it was a surprisingly clever segment. He showed his intelligence by going through the many ways he can break a man with limited strength.
Even when Breakker knocked him down, he laughed in the champion’s face. The height difference between these two barely seems to be a factor at this point, as the challenger has explained exactly how he’s going to beat the bigger man.
- McDonagh threatened to break Vic Joseph’s collarbone by applying pressure.
- Breakker broke McDonagh’s lip with a headbutt, making the challenger laugh.
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Andre Chase made Giovanni Vinci pay for his arrogance, nearly taking the win at several points.
Vinci finally put him away with a straitjacket powerbomb. Nathan Frazer then stopped Vinci from attacking the professor.
It was the game of the night and came from an unlikely source. While Vinci is a great wrestler, he also had to bring out a different energy from Chase. This was worked as a main event and made the most of the time he got.
Vinci was supposed to win here, but he gave the Professor more than expected. It was proof of the value both men bring to NXT and why they deserve greater attention.
If any game on this show was helped by the new creative regime, it’s this one.
Vinci won. Chase by pinfall.
- Prior to the match, Frazer found Chase U backstage and asked for the opportunity to represent them as the flag bearer.
- Vinci dominated until he decided to break the Chase U flag over his shoulder, tripping Chase, who knocked him out of the ring.
- Chase planted Vinci with an atomic drop, spinebuster, series of boots and a side slam that nearly won it.
- Vinci caught Chase jumping with a delayed vertical suplex, then Chase responded with a double powerbomb under the hook.
- NXT showed a comic book-style video package for Axiom, celebrating their first victory.
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Arianna Grace tried to prove herself, but she didn’t know how to achieve victory. Indi Hartwell knocked her out with a big boot to seal the victory instead.
It was a full squash as expected. Grace is still learning, so there hasn’t been much action here that has left an impact.
Hartwell secured a valuable victory. It was an innocuous segment to hopefully push Indi Wrestling on the right path.
Hartwell won. Grace by fall.
- Backstage before the show, Grace questioned why Hartwell cheaply shot her in the Battle Royal and promised to walk away from her negativity.
- Sanga talked about Valentina Feroz and Yulisa Leon for their title shot next week.
- Katana Chance and Kayden Carter got into a fight with Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley, and Elektra Lopez got involved to stoke the fire, sparking a fight.
- In pre-recorded interviews, Lash Legend and Alba Fyre warned each other what would happen if they fought again.
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Tony D’Angelo made sure Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo isolated less experienced member Damon Kemp. Finally, he got the Julius Creed hot tag. He changed the dynamic of the game.
Brutus Creed took a High-Low from Wilde and Del Toro, leaving Roderick Strong and Julius to fight the four. Strong accidentally put Julius in the face, allowing The Don to win with the Fuggedaboutit.
It was a surprisingly distraction-free clash of talents. The two teams fought until the most logical result. On the contrary, it was too short. As The Family grows more comfortable together, Diamond Mine falls apart, so there was no reason to spoil that dynamic.
Julius looked good throughout and even before the game. He was built as the new leader of the group, which likely means Strong will soon be fighting him for control of Diamond Mine.
The D’Angelo family won. Diamond mine by pinfall.
- Backstage, D’Angelo reminded his family to stay focused for the battle with Diamond Mine. Diamond Mine was getting along as they prepared for the match.
- Del Toro and Wilde wore matching clothes to D’Angelo and Stacks to show their solidarity.
- The contest started slow, but an entire brawl broke out before long, ending with the Don pulling out to get a Brutus Bomb.