NXT recap & reactions (Nov. 23, 2021): Attitude 2.0

NXT 2.0 is on your airwaves, ladies and gentlemen! Come on a journey in two hours as the brand sets the battle lines War games It perfectly shows what the brand will look like in the future. As always, show some love to Claire on her blog, then come back here to find out what it all means.

Let’s talk about NXT!


I’m still number 1

NXT 2.0 makes this intergenerational struggle the very fabric of the brand. It was the basis for much of the show this week, but no more prevalent than the two booked-out games. We’ll get to the second in a few hundred words or so, but let’s start with the main event.

Carmelo Hayes defended his North American Championship for the first time. He did so in a triple threat match with Pete Dunn in one corner, Johnny Gargano in the other, and Trek Williams by his side. Milo didn’t let two of the NXT vets get into the fight and pick the bones because he has too much ego for it.

Mello’s strategy was to apply the multiplication operations equally and without bias. Like another new school cat earlier on the show, Milo is forced to prove that he’s better than anyone else and that he belongs.

Gargano and Dunn eventually did the smart thing when they let their powers combine to neutralize the hero, but that only lasted but for a long time. It’s hard to shake their old school mentality. These two know about the world of wrestling completely different from their rival, one where a dog ate a dog because it seems cannibalism was a thing.

Even when they have the opportunity to put the kitten aside for counting, they can’t put aside their disdain for each other to move on. Even a little.

But the man who does not have this problem is clearly Tony D’Angelo. Earlier, Tony told us he put all his money on Milo to win. So when it seemed like Dunne had the champ exactly where he wanted it, D’Angelo made a tackle.

Not only to make sure his gamble pays off in the best possible way, but because Tony Moreover He has beef with his old NXT guard. The Italian intervention gave Melo the opening he needed to score and score.

From that point, all Hades separated. Grayson Waller Wall. The. Knight, who both legitimately fought backstage for nearly two hours in a row, were knocked out ringside. I’ve seen wrestling so it was clear where this is headed.

Most evident when Grayson, Melo and Tony were in the position of the excellent pounce to injured Johnny Gargano, and Mr. NXT himself.

A familiar tune was played and the NXT Champion made his way to the ring with a chair in hand. Tomasso Ciampa came to defend his former best friend and arch rival, along with his territory. The ring was cleared, the old school cats stood tall and then Bron Bricker joined the reindeer games.

Bricker, who also envisions himself as the leader of the New School, shouts “War Games” into a microphone, then rushes along with Milo, Grayson, and Tony D into the ring to fight Ciampa, Gargano, Nate and Dunn.

And since WWE has always been the most meticulous of organizations, Vic Joseph announced it’s old school versus new school in a couple of weeks at War games.

While the addition of LA Knight makes sense based on his age and background, integrating his story as part of Which The team is not as smooth as one would like it to be. But the rest of this makes perfect sense. The Breakker and Melo team think it’s a new day. Each of them said a lot in different ways. The Ciampa and Gargano team (most of them) say the little bucks aren’t all that fast.

The War games The match means a lot to both teams and I’m curious how it will play out. Whoever wins, and how they will win, will say a lot about the destination of WWE as they see NXT 2.0. But it also raises the question: Where do we go from there?


respect

Last week, Grayson Waller talked about his fatness and did it all with his chest. And according to Waller, what they stand for and how they became a thing is a thing of the past. As far as he’s concerned, he’s good and deserves just as much props.

Guess who didn’t take that too gently?

If you say Tommaso Ciampa, you obviously watched NXT last week. Thanks to Waller’s not-so-kind words, he and this week’s NXT Champion followed him up in a good excellent match. Waller didn’t need to defeat the hero as much as he needed to hang out with him. But the hero had to make an example of his opponent and quickly put him away. While he did well on the first part of that plan, the second part was, to put it mildly, less successful.

Waller was starting to look quite exaggerated, but once he found his niche, it was clear that Ciampa needed to take it seriously. For Ciampa, this wasn’t about Waller and more about all of NXT. Waller represents the new school, but Ciampa thinks there’s no school like the old school, and he’s the damned principal.

Ciampa hit his usual places but it’s Waller who is stunned here, really making the champ sweat and showing that it’s no joke. In the end, after two previously unsuccessful attempts, Waller fell victim to Fairytale Ending.

But wow, that look on Ciampa’s face when it was over was said more than any word I ever wrote. ft. Waller Schiamba work And whether he wanted to give it to her or not, Grayson Waller earned the respect of a hero.


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family feud

Last week, Persia Pirotta took on some light work for her tag team while Andy Hartwell took care of her fallen husband. This week, Indy claimed she was focused and ready for it wrestle Sports entertainment as they were in tag team competition with Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter.

The funniest part of the whole ordeal was telling Persia Indy could sit outside too. Persia really thought she could Catanzaro and Carter on her own? disrespectable!

Indy does not focus. She spent most of the match looking at her ring finger and it got pinned because she’s unfocused. How far can Persia stand in this position?

Mac’s return

Guess who’s back? Santos Escobar. After attacking Xyon Quinn last week, Legado del Fantasma leader participated in a squash match, man Malik Blade. Seriously, this name is just awesome.

This turned into a confrontation between LDF, Kyle O’Reilly, Von Wagner (henceforth known as Von Reilly Wagner), and Imperium. Although it started with Electra Lopez apparently continuing her meat with Xyon Quinn, so it wasn’t a smooth transition from one story to the next.

Imperium made a natural alien heel schtick. You know, insulting the crowd for being stupid and knowing only one language, besides their general arrogance. LDF and Von Reilly Wagner will battle next week for a chance to eliminate the NXT Champion in War games.

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I really loved the Cameron Grimes show. why? It felt real and not something someone had written for him. Not that they didn’t, but the emotion is hard to fake, and Grimes clearly felt every word. It also proved why someone like Duke Hudson rubbed it every wrong way possible.

Grimes has been told his whole life to be a joke and worthless, the same things Hudson tells him on a regular basis. Last week, Duke went too far when he cut Cameron’s hair and embarrassed him on national television just because, according to Duke, he didn’t deserve it.

in a War games, we get a hair-and-hair match with Cameron in one corner and Doc in another. Oh, and Duke will have tufts of Cameron’s hair next to him in a plastic bag.

Queen B*tch

Mandy Rose had one job: beat Korra Jade and put her out of business War games. Rose fails thanks to an outside distraction from Kay Lee Ray, who brings a baseball bat to a fistfight. Cora Jade scored a quick show, while team Jade, Io Sharai and Raquel Gonález found their fourth woman in Ms. Ray. The self-proclaimed NXT queen wasn’t happy about it, but it was her fault.

weight loss

Joe Gacy and LA Knight enter the wrestling arena. They don’t have a match because Grayson Waller attacks Knight on his way to the ring. Then there’s Gacy, standing by his side alone, on the microphone doing what he normally does. Mine comes with diamonds on their mind with their hatred of Gacy in tow. Then Gacy started talking about his gossip on the internet and almost derailed the entire show.

His eye for the Cruiserweights title now, Gacy has talked a good game about shame. Then Roderick Strong strutted, his chest puffing, as he falls into the clear game. Gacy Heavy vs. Roderick the Cruiser for the title is running in War games. A fight almost broke out but then Harland showed up and Bivens said peace and have a nice day.

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Ivy Nile is a monster. I don’t know what they’re doing with her other than showing she’s a monster but so far, nothing but Diamond Mine first lady squash matches. This was no different because she put Yulisa Lyon away faster than a star Wars Fans roll their eyes at this Darth Vader scene Revenge of the Sith. You know the scene.

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Briggs & Jensen beat Grizzled Young Veterans in a fun, if unremarkable game. The story here is how GYV kept getting everyone in and out of the ring, but it didn’t work out this time. James Drake faked a knee injury the way football and basketball players flounder. and here approx He worked until he tried to kick using the same supposedly injured knee. Nah.


NXT 2.0 is the Attitude Era lite. This is not an offense, just a note of what they seem to want the brand to be. In this episode alone, we got a prison rape joke courtesy of MSK, Tiffany Stratton’s article showed everything but her face, Much From talk segments, very short matches that create other stories or more talk, and a show that moves so fast one might notice things that don’t quite add up. All that, plus their focus on “sharpness” and focus on sex, all add up to WWE dipping its toes in the water in the late ’90s.

Some will like it and some will not. They still put character puzzles together to make this kind of TV really pop, and maybe one day we’ll get there. NXT, even in 2.0 form, doesn’t do badly enough, but it’s not the home of fundamentalist wrestling owners as it used to be.

Time will tell how daring this strategy is, Cotton.

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This is my degree and I am committed to it. Your turn.

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