The former Intercontinental Champion has dropped his Nigerian prince gimmick, and accent, and it appears he’s back on the brand full time.
Quick Results from NXT 2.0 6/7/22
– Josh Briggs defeated Von Wagner via pinfall
– Nathan Frazer defeated Santos Escobar via pinfall
– Roxanne Perez defeated Tiffany Stratton via pinfall to win the Women’s Breakout Tournament
– Pretty Deadly defeated Andre Chase via pinfall in a Handicap Match
– Alba Fyre defeated Tatum Paxley via pinfall
– Solo Sikoa and Apollo Crews defeated Carmelo Hayes and Grayson Waller via pinfall
Smith’s Sentiment: Really fun show tonight. Apollo Crews being back is fantastic, especially without the gimmick. He’s a guy that was being wasted on the main roster, for a very long time, but now is an immediate player in NXT. He got a loud pop from the crowd and his eventual match with Bron Breakker will be crazy good.
Full results below, courtesy of WWE.com:
Josh Briggs def. Von Wagner
Both competitors had their posse in tow with Brooks Jensen, still in a cast, and Fallon Henley in the corner of Briggs and Mr. Stone and Sofia Cromwell in the corner of Wagner.
The action was fast and furious in the ring and on the outside. At one point Wagner took Jensen by the cast and slammed the cast straight onto the unforgiving ring apron.
That same ended up being Wagner’s downfall, however, as Fallon Henley jumped onto the apron to distract the referee which gave Jensen enough time to slip off his cast and toss it to Briggs who used it to club Wagner before striking him with a colossal clothesline to give him the victory.
Nathan Frazer def. Santos Escobar
D’Angelo was quick to critique Escobar in the ring, finding fault with a terrific dive to the outside that Escobar executed to wipe out Frazer.
Frazer shined brightly in this match, hitting an awe-inspiring running hurricanrana on Escobar to light up the crowd. Frazer and Escobar put on a frenetic show, with Frazer performing a Standing Shooting Star Press and Escobar striking Frazer with a stunning Superkick.
The tension between The Emperor and The Don of NXT couldn’t be simmered though as Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan offered Escobar a crowbar to use against Frazer. Escobar refused the crowbar, sliding it back to “Two Dimes” but the distraction enabled Frazer to capitalize as he hit a Phoenix Splash to pick up another victory.
Apollo Crews answered Bron Breakker’s challenge
The first-ever NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament came to a conclusion with a historic bang as Tiffany Stratton and Roxanne Perez fought tooth-and-nail to come out on top.
Stratton and Perez wowed the NXT 2.0 crowd with multiple reversals and high-octane offense. As Stratton looked to get the victory with a gorgeous Moonsault, Perez rolled out of the way and flattened Stratton with a Pop-Rox for the pinfall victory.
After the match, Perez’s best friend Cora Jade ran down to congratulate her, handing her the Women’s Breakout Tournament contract. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Perez and Jade as a rather thorny Mandy Rose and her Toxic Attraction cohorts came out and taunted the two besties. The NXT Women’s Champion suggested Perez go to Raw or SmackDown to cash in her contract as she had no chance in beating Rose.
This infuriated Perez who attacked The Golden Goddess, setting up a 3-on-2 brawl until an unlikely savior in the form of Indi Hartwell came to their aid. With Hartwell’s help, they sent Rose, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne tumbling to the arena floor, standing tall in the center of the ring.
Pretty Deadly def. Andre Chase after taking out Bodhi Hayward
Andre Chase fought valiantly but could not overcome the combined forces of Elton Prince and Kit Wilson. As the match progressed, Bodhi Hayward attempted to crawl his way to the ring and join the fray but he was still reeling from Pretty Deadly’s attack.
Chase University’s newest member, Thea Hail, rushed out to help Hayward, but realizing the predicament he was in decided to jump up on the apron and try to tag into the match. Chase was close to tagging in Hail but decided against it, mounting a comeback after Hail slapped a mocking Prince. Despite his efforts, the numbers game caught up to Chase and he was put away with Spilt Milk, giving Pretty Deadly the win.
Alba Fyre def. Tatum Paxley
After the match, Fyre shook the hand of Paxley, acknowledging her performance, but as she made her way up the entrance ramp Fyre was blindsided by a blitzing big boot from the loathsome Lash Legend.
Apollo Crews & Solo Sikoa def. Carmelo Hayes & Grayson Waller
After gaining some separation Sikoa finally tagged in Crews, who raced in like a house on fire to deliver a flurry of German Suplexes left right and center. Crews even broke out his vintage Standing Moonsault, nearly giving the victory to his team. In the end it would be Crews and Sikoa who had the final laugh, picking up the victory following a devastating Spinning Sit-Out Powerbomb by Crews.