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Winners, News And Notes On October 12, 2021

WWE NXT advertised Isiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Santos Escobar for the NXT North American Championship, Joe Gacy vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner vs. Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland.

Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT garnered 632,000.

  • October 5, 2021—632,000
  • September 28, 2021—655,000
  • September 21, 2021—746,000
  • September 14, 2021—770,000
  • September 7, 2021—601,000

WWE NXT 2.0—Key Competition 

Jade Cargill is Perfect for the TBS Title (Pro Wrestling Bits)

WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 2,128,965

  • Most-Viewed: Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose (431,526 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Von Wagner Shows Respect to Kyle O’Reilly (51,474 views)
  • Median Viewership: 111,190 views

WWE NXT 2.0 Results: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tommaso Ciampa def. Joe Gacy

Following this match, Harland attacked both Tommaso Ciampa and Joe Gacy, however Gacy appeared to have control over Harland as he gently stroked his face. A heater is exactly what a character like Joe Gacy needs, and would give NXT an excuse to put the inexperienced Harland (Parker Bordeaux) on television without him having to wrestle long matches.

Toxic Attraction Appears Live

Raquel Gonzalez challenged Mandy Rose to “Spin the Wheel, and Make a Deal,” and a stipulation match makes me even more suspicious of Raquel Gonzalez’ chances to retain.

Xyon Quinn def. Malik Blade

A theme throughout this show was wrestlers walking out immediately following each others’ matches as NXT rushed through each of these segments.

This match was all but ruined by dueling chants for Quinn and Malik Blade that didn’t let up.

Ivy Nile def. Valentina Feroz

There was a vignette for a mystery star that said “I have to bury the past so I can start again,” and all signs point to Elias.

Of course, this match was kept short, but NXT is on to something with Ivy Nile. She’s obviously athletic but has a fantastic presence in the ring, though the match got sloppy in parts.

Julius Creed def. Ikemen Jiro

Julius Creed fantastically no-sold a forearm from Ikemen Jiro by taking a bump and popping right back up.

Julius Creed and Ikemen Jiro are two of my favorites in NXT, though I like the Creed Brothers better as a tag team so I was rooting for Jiro.

Lashing Out with Lash Legend

Lash Legend made a timely “Squid Games” reference that got enthusiastic (if not fake) laughter from the live audience.

In addition to her undeniable charisma, Lash Legend can sing as well. When all is said and done, there might be nothing she can’t do.

The two snaps and a clap is going to get over in live arena settings.

Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner vs. Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland

I’m just counting down the days for this Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly tag team to end. I don’t even want to see the spin off into a feud because each needs a more charismatic counterpart to make the other more interesting.

Andre Chase is the only NXT Superstar who gets to say the f-word multiple times per segment, good on him.

Duke Hudson def. Grayson Waller

Grayson Waller’s gimmick seems to be a cross between Marc Mero and Too Cool.

Duke Hudson’s poker playing did not come into play (pun intended) in this match, though I don’t know how one would use the cards as a weapon.

Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirrota vs. Sarray and Amari Miller

During this match, Beth Phoenix referenced the ongoing controversy stemming from the short match times of women in the Queen’s Crown tournament, which has become a popular (but valid) talking point among the Internet Wrestling Monolith.

Indi and Persia won and Amari Miller was simply in this match to take the pinfall.

Io Shirai needs a t-shirt that says “I don’t like you.”

Cameron Grimes is set to have an online dating gimmick that may require him to shave his beard and chest, and if so, it’ll be a massive mistake.

Isiah “Swerve” Scott def. Santos Escobar—WWE NXT North American Championship; Carmelo Hayes def. Swerve Scott for the NXT North American Championship

With Hit Row kidnapped in NXT, and on their way to WWE, Swerve Scott’s chances of retaining the NXT North American Championship are slim-to-none.

Swerve Scott is really going out with a bang as he hit a backflip tope within the opening seconds of this match.

The announcers really played up this potentially being the last time the NXT North American Championship was going to be defended in NXT, but it felt too little, too late.

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams hit the ring to come to Isiah “Swerve” Scott’s aid, and I immediately became suspicious that Carmelo Hayes was going to cash in. That’s exactly what happened.

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