Backstage news on Vince McMahon's involvement with WWE NXT 2.0


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Why did Samoa Joe relinquish the NXT title?

As WWE gets set to usher in a new era of NXT on Tuesday night, a familiar face will be noticeably absent. Samoa Joe will be off television indefinitely after suffering an undisclosed injury recently, forcing the NXT champion to relinquish his title on Sunday. Sportsnet.caWWE set to usher in new era of NXT with Samoa Joe sidelined

Is Big E the new WWE Champion?

After 12 Years, Big E Finally Wins the WWE Championship: 'It Was a Spiritual Experience' ... BOSTON — It's a new day in WWE. Big E cashed in his Money in the Bank contract Monday night on Raw, then defeated Bobby Lashley to become the new WWE champion. Sports IllustratedAfter 12 Years, Big E Finally Wins the WWE Championship: ‘It Was a Spiritual Experience’

What is Samoa Joe's injury?

During the Impact! tapings on May 15, Joe was injured as he performed a kick, and it was reported that he tore every knee ligament except the anterior cruciate ligament. wikipedia.orgSamoa Joe - Wikipedia

Going into this week’s WWE NXT 2.0 relaunch, there was a lot of concern from fans and some wrestlers about how much involvement Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn would have with the show.

It was reported last week in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that McMahon and Dunn were expected to oversee the big picture things on the show but they would have the usual crew handling the day-to-day affairs.

Ringside News is reporting that McMahon reviewed the show with head writer Ed Koskey and things are still up in the air on whether or not this current system will remain in place or if this is a work in progress.

RSN also reported that none of the main roster writers were used for the NXT 2.0 relaunch. At this point, it’s not clear if the current process with McMahon reviewing the script with Koskey is a one time thing or not. It’s not clear how much input McMahon had on the show.

What is clear is that the show that aired last night reflects McMahon’s overall vision for the brand. The idea with NXT 2.0 is to focus more on younger talent with the idea being that they can eventually become stars on the main roster. McMahon is said to want to develop more wrestlers who could someday main event WrestleMania.

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WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 14

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The time has come. After weeks and months of hints, the September 14 edition of WWE NXT presented the new era of the brand. NXT 2.0 would begin with a huge season premiere.

After the surprise announcement of Samoa Joe relinquishing the NXT Championship, general manager William Regal moved fast to turn what was originally a No. 1 Contender's match into a title bout. Tommaso Ciampa, Kyle O'Reilly, Pete Dunne and LA Knight would fight to crown the new champion.

Another wait was finally over. InDex were officially getting married. Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis had an odd but endearing love affair that would end with Johnny Gargano walking Indi Wrestling down the aisle to marry The Tortured Artist.

After a brutal attack last week, Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro wanted revenge on Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne. The two teams would clash in an intense fight between title contenders.

The show also promised action from plenty of young up-and-coming talent. Ridge Holland and The Creed Brothers would compete in separate matches. B-Fab would make her in-ring debut.

Tuesday's show did not have a major card set from the outset, but it was clear it would be a special moment considering the hype surrounding the night.

NXT started with promos from Tommaso Ciampa, Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly and LA Knight.

When The Million Dollar Mega-Star finished talking himself up, Bron Breakker challenged him to a match. Knight accepted with noticeable arrogance.

He found himself quickly at a disadvantage against the newcomer, though. Breakker's strength was too much for Knight, who was caught with a gorilla press powerslam for the loss.

While Breakker is a major prospect, he is a work in progress. This was an odd booking decision to set the tone of the night. He defeated Knight in less than four minutes on the same night his opponent would challenge for the NXT Championship.

This immediately made Knight look less worthy of the title match to come, and it was not even a great showcase for the newcomer. Breakker could have at least gotten to show off more here before the quick win.

Josh Briggs talked up his tag team partner Brooks Jensen before the bell, and the two fought hard against a top tag team.

However, Imperium used their speed and tag team chemistry to take advantage of mistakes by the new tandem.

Fabian Aichner put this match away with a double underhook superplex.

Imperium def. Jensen and Briggs by pinfall.

While there was a serious possibility of another upset here, this was really just a squash to put over Imperium. Aichner and Marcel Bartel can make anything look good, but there wasn't much time to make the most of the spotlight.

The newcomer here, Jensen, did not seem ready for the moment. It is good to see NXT doing more with Briggs, but he may be paired with the wrong star to seriously succeed.

Hit Row put over B-Fab before her in-ring debut. Surprisingly, she was short on words, looking to focus on action in the ring instead.

It wasn't much of a match once the bell rang. B-Fab crushed Katrina Cortez, catching her with a bicycle kick and a neckbreaker for the win.

B-Fab went off on Elektra Lopez after the bell, which brought up Legado del Fantasma. The two women were ready to fight, but Santos Escobar had Lopez wait for the right time to face B-Fab.

B-Fab did not look great in her first match. She was out of position a couple times in a short contest, and Cortez did not sell well. What mattered in the moment was to give B-Fab a victory, but she will need to keep learning before she can seriously challenge the top women in NXT.

She and Lopez have a solid rivalry building, but they are not ready for the spotlight on their own. It is vital that these women are prepared for the moment before they have their first singles match.

Carmelo Hayes brought out a new friend in the form of Trick Williams. He explained that he needed someone to watch his back for a future title opportunity.

Trick told Hayes to stop being humble and take his shot at the top. The two walked out of the ring with confidence.

Duke Hudson interrupted as they walked out, disrespecting the man who beat him in the NXT Breakout Tournament. Trick and Hayes stomped Hudson into the mat before planting him with a springboard uppercut.

While it was a smart decision to pair Hayes and Trick, their first night together was uncoordinated. The promo missed its mark, and both spoke with limited confidence but could not seem to find a clear reason behind their words.

This seemed to be a way to turn Hayes, but he was beating down on a heel with limited experience himself. Hopefully, WWE will give the two better material going forward to sell their dynamic much better.

Before the match, Dolin and Jayne hyped up Mandy Rose's new look, fueled by her injury at the hands of Sarray. Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter lost their smiles before the bell could ring, though.

God's Greatest Creation interfered quickly to cause a disqualification. The heels beat down the faces until Sarray made the save. And GM William Regal restarted the match as a six-woman tag.

Rose looked dominant early as she threw around everyone in her path, particularly beating down Catanzaro. Escaping the grip of Jayne, Catanzaro escaped and got the hot tag to Carter, who ran over the heels. Sarray got involved and went after Rose.

God's Greatest Creation sent The Warrior of the Sun out of the ring. Rose then hit a bicycle knee on Carter to take the victory.

Catanzaro and Carter def. Dolin and Jayne by DQ; Rose, Dolin and Jayne def. Sarray, Catanzaro and Carter by pinfall.

This was the first legitimate match on the card. While it took a restart to get to where it needed to be, the six-woman tag team match was quality. Rose especially showed out throughout.

This was after the reveal of her hair change. Rose going brunette was not the big moment NXT made it out to be, but it at least seemed to fuel a change in personality. She was more aggressive in the ring and fit more naturally with Dolin and Jayne.

It finally feels like the heel trio have found their rhythm together. NXT can use fresh heels even in a dynamic women's division.

Ridge Holland showed no remorse in his vicious attack on Drake Maverick. He sent the smaller star flying out of the ring before finally taking him out with Northern Grit.

Grayson Waller checked on his brutalized partner while Holland stood tall.

This was a perfectly fine squash that did nothing for either man. It was just another opportunity to give Holland a win. This would be OK if there was a clear direction for him, but all he is at the moment is Pete Dunne's lackey.

Maverick deserves better than he has gotten, but there is no way he is going far in NXT 2.0. He and Waller are a jobber tag team at the best.

The Creed Brothers simply enjoyed punishing their opponents before taking an easy victory.

Brutus Creed made an impact before teammate Julius ended this with a rolling fireman's carry into a low running uppercut.

Malcolm Bivens put over the newest member of Diamond Mine, Ivy Nile. Kushida interrupted to challenge Roderick Strong to a match. Bivens made it official for next week for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.

The Creed Brothers def. local competitors by pinfall.

The Creed Brothers are fun to watch but clearly unrefined. It will be interesting to see what happens when they are truly challenged in the ring. For now, we have only seen what they can do when their opponents just lay down for them.

Diamond Mine continues to grow with an interesting addition in Nile, who has a unique physique. Hopefully, she is not lost in the shuffle.

Kushida vs. Strong has been built a while, and it is the rare feud that has carried over clean to NXT 2.0. Hopefully, the two get the time to shine.

Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland attacked Kyle O'Reilly in the locker room. The beatdown was too much for KOR to be able to compete, so William Regal replaced him with another new star, Von Wagner.

Tommaso Ciampa cut a final promo, promising to get back his NXT Championship.

Wagner held the ring early, but he got DDTed by LA Knight followed by The Bruiserweight nearly breaking his fingers. The big man got back into the fight, clotheslining Dunne out of the ring follow by a reverse side slam to Knight.

Knight snuck in to plant Dunne with Blunt Force Trauma for a nearfall broken up by Wagner. Wagner got the Blunt Force Trauma for his trouble, but Ciampa took over. He nearly had Dunne with the Fairy Tale Ending, but the British wrestler turned it into the Bitter End.

Knight got involved again followed by Wagner, who hit The Million Dollar Mega-Star with an Olympic Slam. In the ensuing action, Wagner hit a double underhook suplex on Knight then Ciampa ran in and struck the Fairy Tale Ending on Knight for the win.

Ciampa def. Knight, Dunne and Wagner by pinfall to become the new NXT champion.

After a night of too many short squashes, this was a breath of fresh air. Even though Wagner felt a bit shoe-horned in, he definitely showed up in this match. He looked at home in a limited role fighting top talent. WWE still needs to work on his look and presentation, though.

This came down to a fight between Dunne and Ciampa to become the veteran who will lead NXT 2.0 immediately, and The Blackheart won the battle. He is now a two-time NXT champion who can work with just about anyone NXT throws at him.

Given how this first night has gone, it seems Ciampa will be fighting plenty of new stars in the coming months. It is just a question of who will dethrone him because that could come quickly if the brand wants to move away from the old stars.

Johnny Gargano, Odyssey Jones and Drake Maverick prepared for the wedding. Austin Theory arrived with Damian Priest, while Candice LeRae made sure that Indi Hartwell was prepared beforehand.

Gargano had trouble giving away the spotlight. Theory revealed Ikemen Jiro had the rings. Indi Wrestling had some cute things to say in her vows. The priest questioned why Dexter Lumis had no vows and got knocked out with the Silence.

Beth Phoenix stepped up to officiate. Andre Chase tried to get involved, but Odyssey clawed him back into his seat. The Tortured Artist finally spoke to say "I do." The Glamazon ordained the wedding, and the two passionately kissed.

Backstage, Tommaso Ciampa shook hands with Bron Breakker, who clearly had his eyes on the NXT Championship.

This was everything it needed to be. It was just a massive, crazy wrestling comedy angle that did not actually go off the rails. Many stars got a chance to shine without overshadowing the central fun.

Lumis and Hartwell are married, and their story can continue to grow wilder for NXT 2.0. It should be fun to watch her progression into the wife of The Tortured Artist as well as what happens with Gargano.

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Tommaso Ciampa wins the NXT championship

Cageside Seats 15 September, 2021 - 01:31pm

Who wants it more?@NXTCiampa, @PeteDunneYxB, @LAKnightWWE and @WWEVonWagner are leaving it all on the mat with the #NXTChampionship on the line. #WWENXT

The match was predictably good, even by its own standards, and despite the nature of the circumstances. In the end, Tommaso Ciampa, so eager to win Goldie back, managed to do just that. The greatest love story in sports entertainment takes center stage once again, and Ciampa will be the champion to lead NXT 2.0 into the future.

Wagner, for his part, looked every bit like he belonged in the match. We’ll see what comes next for him after such a great placement in his first big appearance.

NXT recap & reactions (Sept. 14, 2021): I now pronounce you 2.0

Cageside Seats 15 September, 2021 - 01:31pm

NXT’s favorite couple starts their new journey on the same night the brand gets a fresh start.

The weirdest thing about the show is the “NXT 2.0” title and constant references. It doesn’t make sense, it’s weird branding, and once again, evokes the ‘90s. Do you remember dial-up modems, parachute pants, and cassette decks? NXT 2.0 remembers.

Not sure if Claire remembers any of that but do yourself a favor and follow her blog.

Let’s not bury the lede: Dexter Lumis spoke.

I saw it with my own two eyes and heard it with my ears. While he didn’t have much to say by way of vows—a thumbs up goes a long way apparently—he did muster the brain power to say “I do.” It was a great payoff and character moment, while also proving me wrong in the process.

Anyone who reads this space on the regular knows I believed this wedding was doomed because it’s wrestling. Also, that was the buildup right? Nope.

The story wasn’t building to an end of Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis, or even a fight between Dexter and Johnny “Daddy” Gargano. This was was all about Dexter’s development as a character. He showed human characteristics, made two genuine connections, and finally spoke. The fact that his first words were inspired by the woman he loves is pretty profound and beautiful. And yeah, it’s silly too because it’s wrestling.

The wedding was worth the wait and every single minute NXT spent on it. I don’t drink but I’ll gladly put a glass of tea or water in the air for the happy couple. Especially because the groom carries an axe in his jacket and I don’t want that type of static.

For those of you late to the party, Samoa Joesph relinquished the NXT Championship due to injury. What injury? The world may never know, but his absence means the numero uno contender Fatal 4-Way turned into a coronation match for a new ruler of the NXT 2.0 roost.

Would it be former Million Dollar Champion LA Knight? Or perhaps Pete Dunne? Would Tommaso Ciampa get to finish a story that was so rudely interrupted due to injury all those years ago? Or would Kyle O’Reilly finally get the gold around his waist?

Yeah, about that last option. Earlier in the night, Dunne and Ridge Holland rushed Kyle like it was Black Friday and he was a Walmart security guard. With Kyle out of commission and a main event spot open, we got the new cat Von Wagner. Intrigue, right?

It was clear from the opening bell this night belonged to Ciampa. He had the best story going in, and did everything he could to make a four-way dance into a one-on-one competition with anyone in his way. He was also the most focused. Pete Dunne clearly had Kyle on the brain, LA Knight had issues earlier in the night that we’ll get to later, and yeah, the new guy wasn't winning. This was a match built around one man’s determined to do anything in his power to get back what he never loss.

Each contestant had moments of domination. LA Knight and Dunne both hit their finishers but alas, it’s hard to win a match when at least two other men have enough strength to break up pins.

Welcome to #WWENXT, @WWEVonWagner! ‍♂️ #NXTChampionship @PeteDunneYxB @NXTCiampa

Like I said, this was Ciampa’s night. Eventually, the Fatal 4-Way devolved into what most Fatal 4-Ways devolve into, which is chaos. Wagner was out cold on the floor, and Ciampa was recovering on the outside from a vicious German Suplex courtesy of Dunne. Dunne, always too arrogant for his own good, decided that was the time to go to the top rope and put the finishing touches on Ciampa.

However, his arrogance and hatred for Ciampa blinded him to the fact LA Knight was right there for the taking in the corner of the ring. Knight, always the opportunist, made him pay for that oversight.

Knight ran to the top rope with blood leaking out his forehead and hit a superplex. Before he could even turn around to go for a pin, in came Wagner, who looked prime to steal the title on his first night in the big (?) leagues.

Remember how I said this night was all about Ciampa? He waited in the wings on the outside, hit Wagner harder than a bolt of lightning to break up the pin, and put an already dazed and confused LA Knight to sleep with the Fairytale Ending to become the first champion of NXT 2.0

Who wants it more?@NXTCiampa, @PeteDunneYxB, @LAKnightWWE and @WWEVonWagner are leaving it all on the mat with the #NXTChampionship on the line. #WWENXT

A solid match, clearly setting up Ciampa as the standard bearer for the Rainbow brand—farewell black and gold—while setting up Wagner as someone to reckon with down the line. LA Knight took two pins in one night, leaving him wandering aimlessly right now. Dunne, on the other hand, has a date with Kyle because vengeance is always on the menu in wrestling.

Breaker’s spot here feels like a thesis statement for NXT 2.0. He is the type of cat WWE wants to develop going forward, complete with a name and look straight out of 1995. His upset win over Knight in the opening match of the night, along with the closing credit stare down with the Champion Ciampa, speak louder than any words ever could.

Peak behind the curtain, but Fabolous ruined me and an entire generation. I misspelled “fabulous” all because I have his voice in my head.

B-FAB made her in-ring debut beating up on Katrina Cortez. Looks like she’s going with the Rude Awakening as her finisher, which fits her frame, style, and character really well. The match didn’t last long enough to get a feel for her in the ring though, so the jury is still at least somewhat out on that regard.

We did get yet another tease of her and Elektra Lopez going one-on-one though. The interaction ended abruptly, but they need to do this thing sooner than later because for me, this feud is starting to lose its juice.

First off, shoutout to Master P. NXT 2.0 is clearly all about the ‘90s tonight.

Carmelo Hayes introduced Trick Williams to the world as his backup since he’s got a target on his back. After exchanging pleasantries built around late ‘90s slang, Williams told his partner he needs an attitude adjustment.

No more humility, no more letting stuff slide or being happy to be here. Hayes agrees and as the two leave the ring, Duke Hudson came out for reasons. Hudson disrespected Hayes, which prompted Trick to use the incident as a teachable moment.

Trick and Carmelo jumped Hudson, which on its face, is a very heel thing to do. Sure, we don’t like Hudson, but he didn’t really do anything other than talk a little trash to the guy who beat him. After the two on one beatdown, they posed for the crowd.

In the end, still don’t know why Duke came to the ring, nor do we know who Carmelo plans to challenge—or when he plans to issue said challenge—and he looks kinda like a jerk? I wasn’t feeling it.

I looked away for a second during the Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne x Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter match and it turned into six-woman tag.

After a couple moves Mandy Rose 3.0 debuted, now with black hair and different shades of makeup. But, she’s also packing a new attitude, which I’m a fan of. Before the numbers game got the best of Kacy & Kayden, Sarray came out to even the odds. As a result, we got a fun three-on-three tag match with Rose’s new attitude as the focal point. She dominated the match for the most part, showing grit and viciousness I didn’t know she had.

Rose pinned Carter after the latter took her eyes off the prize. Clearly this isn’t over between these six women as Sarray and her Tik Tok teammates need to adjust their strategy to deal with this new incarnation of Ms. Rose and Toxic Attraction.

NXT did a lot of things here: Continued pushing the Creed Brothers as a dominant tag team, introduced Ivy Nile as the newest member of the Diamond Mine, and finally set the cruiserweight championship match between Kushida and Roderick Strong.

Looking forward to the match, the Creed boys look legit, and Ivy is swole AF. Also, the woman is carb-free since 2005. Give her props for that alone.

To paraphrase Wade Barrett, some things in NXT will remain the same, no matter how many numbers are in its title. And Imperium dominating tag teams is one of those things. Fabian and Marcel disposed of Brooks Jensen x Josh Briggs with the quickness. After their loss to MSK a couple weeks ago, they need to earn back some street cred in sweat. This was a good start.

Drake Maverick thought he was the smartest man in the world on the most recent edition of Raw. Well, that was then. Doesn’t look too bright today as Ridge Holland ran through him quicker than that stampede Mufasa fell into. Not sure what we’re doing here...

Let’s keep this short and sweet: I don’t trust WWE to handle Tony D’Angelo’s character with any type of care. The Italian stereotype from Chicago with a family in waste management who sounds ike he’s from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Yup, this is a thing now.

This was a weird show for obvious reasons. A lot happened, even if it felt disjointed. We got a mix of NXT vets and new kids on the block. The hope is we learn to care for them as much as we care for the stalwarts. Maybe this is the formula going forward or maybe this was just for the night. Either way, NXT 2.0 is a work in progress.

But Indi and Dex got married and that’s really all that matters.

That’s my grade and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.

Shawn Michaels Appeared After NXT 2.0 Went Off The Air

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Shawn Michaels made a surprise appearance once cameras stopped rolling for NXT 2.0.

The revamp of NXT got underway this past Tuesday night (Sept. 14). The show featured a fatal four-way match to determine the new NXT Champion as well as the wedding of Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis.

The show also featured a slew of debuts. One of them was Rick Steiner’s son, Bronson Rechsteiner. His ring name is Bron Breakker. He opened the show by getting an upset win over LA Knight. Breakker then closed the show by confronting newly-minted NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.

Once the show went off the air, fans in attendance were in for a treat. WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels appeared.

After the show went off the air, Johnny Gargano talked up the future of NXT and put over the rest of the locker room, with help from LeRae, Grimes and a surprise Shawn Michaels sighting #WWENXT

Michaels has played a pivotal role behind the scenes in NXT. After the revamp episode, Michaels helped Johnny Gargano put over the NXT talent. Gargano said the future is bright for NXT. Gargano had appeared at the wedding of Hartwell and Lumis.

While Triple H has been known to make surprise appearances for the NXT audience, he had been dealing with a cardiac event. The good news is, “The Game” is expected to make a full recovery. Triple H serves as the WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development.

Here are more photos of Shawn Michaels appearing after NXT 2.0:

Was Samoa Joe’s Injury A Storyline Decision? -

eWrestlingNews 14 September, 2021 - 05:05pm

A new report from PWInsider however, has offered some clarity on various aspects regarding the injury.

The report notes that the injury is a legitimate one, with the call for Joe to relinquish his title being made by WWE’s medical staff. The decision was in no way a creative decision, and tonight’s scheduled Fatal-4-Way match for the NXT Championship is just WWE’s way of rolling with the punches.

Samoa Joe’s injury is not expected to be a long-term one. Instead, Joe is expected to return in the near future, but a return date has not been decided or planned.

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