Wrestling Review: NXT 2.0 In Your House (2022)

All five of NXT 2.0’s championships will be defended, and two factions will battle it out to determine who is the stronger groups at NXT 2.0 In Your House. In the main event, Bron Breakker will need to keep his emotions in check as he faces the psychotic Joe Gacy with Breakker’s NXT Championship hanging in the balance. As per Gacy’s challenge, Breakker will not have the usual champion’s advantage on his side, and if he gets himself disqualified, then Gacy will win the title. Meanwhile, The Creed Brothers battle Pretty Deadly for more than just the NXT Tag Team Championships; if Diamond Mine’s Creed Brothers are unsuccessful in their challenge, they will be kicked out of the Diamond Mine faction, as per orders of Diamond Mine’s leader, Roderick Strong. Mandy Rose will face an unconventional challenge against the whimsical Wendy Choo for Rose’s NXT Women’s Championship, and Rose’s Toxic Attraction teammates will also be defending their gold. The Women’s Tag Team Championships will be defended for the first time at an In Your House event, as the final two-thirds of Toxic Attraction, Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin, defend their gold against Kayden Carter and Katana Chance. Carmelo Hayes looks to become a two-time NXT North American Championship holder when he faces the defending champion, Cameron Grimes. Whoever wins will have little time to celebrate, however, as the Samoan Street Fighter, Solo Sikoa is waiting and claims that he has next. Finally, the first match on this show will see two of NXT 2.0s top factions go to war, ostensibly for the last time: the losing team between Legado Del Fantasma and Tony D’Angelo’s family must disband, and join the other. By the end of the night, either Santos Escobar or Tony D’Angelo will stand alone as the true leader of NXT 2.0.

+ Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson) (c) vs The Creed Brothers (Julius Creed & Brutus Creed) (NXT Tag Team Championships): I’m genuinely a big fan of Pretty Deadly, but I do have some issues with this match, and specially the ‘Creeds are out of Diamond Mine if they lost’ stipulation. They should have either simply won the titles in the gauntlet a few weeks ago, or not had this stipulation for this match and saved it for the future. The match was good, and I think Pretty Deadly are a great team (though why they replaced Breezango I’ll never know). They are not quite there yet, but the Creeds could be onto something in the future, if they are given a chance
+ Cameron Grimes (c) vs Carmelo Hayes (w/ Trick Williams) (NXT North American Championship): this was a good match, but I have to say it felt a lot like a regular Raw/Smackdown championship match. Both of Melo and Grimes should be main roster superstars by this point, and they prove here once again they can put on a perfectly solid wrestling match
+ Toxic Attraction (Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin) (c) vs Kayden Carter & Katana Chance (NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships): I won’t say this was anything must-see, but it was perfectly fine. Frankly, considering how Jacy usually goes, I’d say that is a huge improvement. Chance and Carter did some really nice tag team offence which reminded me of AEW’s Private Party in some ways, and generally I liked both of the KCs, Gigi was impressive, as they handled more of the heavy lifting for Toxic Attraction, which is again a role she has not always excelled in
+ Legado Del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro) (w/ Elektra Lopez) vs Tony D’Angelo, Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Tron “Two Dimes” Donovan): I really don’t know where Stacks and Two Dimes came from, and I don’t recognise them off the top of my head, but they are a really good team, and that is event when compared to how good Wilde/Del Toro are. Escobar is one of the best wrestlers in NXT, if not WWE as a whole, if not all of wrestling right now, and D’Angelo is improving rapidly. This was a great match, with a really satisfying and somewhat unique ending

Bron Breakker (c) vs Joe Gacy (NXT Championship – if Breakker is disqualified he will lose the title): this match was literally beat-for-beat the same as John Cena versus Bray Wyatt from Wrestlemania XXX, to the point I might have thought it was an intentional shot-for-shot remake of the key moments there. I love Bray Wyatt and can’t wait to see what he does next, but Joe Gacy is no Bray Wyatt, and this knockoff imitation is doing him no favours. Hopefully I don’t even need to explain why building up a match where the hero can’t even get his proper revenge on the bad guy is a bad idea. This sucked
Mandy Rose (c) vs Wendy Choo (NXT Women’s Championship): I have no issue with either champion or challenger, but this just didn’t do it for me. Wendy’s gimmick is great when it’s done as a single joke spot in PWG or on an indie show somewhere, but the idea of someone ‘falling asleep’ in a championship match is just horrendous. It’s a shame, because when she fire up here she looked good. Mandy was the perfectly competent champion she has been, but when you consider Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and especially Asuka are fighting for the Raw title at Hell in a Cell, she just don’t hold a candle

> there was a lot of the standard WWE camerawork garbage on this show, but there were also a few creative shots. Just stop cutting the shot so much during the action, please.

Should you watch this event: Despite the two major singles title matches being wildly disappointing, overall I actually enjoyed this. I didn’t know it was even happening until it was almost over, hence the late review, but the show itself was surprisingly okay. The opening six-man was the best match on the show, and ironically the only one with no title on the line.

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