Carmelo Hayes retains, issues dramatic North American Title challenge for Stand & Deliver
Carmelo Hayes remained "The A Champion" of NXT 2.0 after defending his North American Championship in a barn-burner main event match with Pete Dunne. Plus, Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa bested The Dirty Dawgs, Gunther stood tall in a heavyweight showdown with Solo Sikoa, and the tag teams of Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade and Wendy Choo & Dakota Kai earned spots in the Women's Dusty Classic semifinals in a mammoth episode of NXT 2.0!
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WWE NXT results: March 1, 2022
NXT Champion Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa def. The Dirty Dawgs
With NXT Champion Bron Breakker by his side, Tommaso Ciampa was able to exorcise his demons against The Dirty Dawgs for last week's surprise attack, pinning Dolph Ziggler following a wild tag team match to kick off the night.
Ciampa & Breakker jumped the duo before the bell and combining for an assisted spinebuster once action got inside the ring.
The Dirty Dawgs used some dirty tricks to take control, dumping Breakker into the crowd and picking apart The Blackheart. With the crowd cheering him on, the NXT Champion inserted himself back into the match, tossing Ziggler and Roode around the ring with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes.
Breakker nearly knocked The Showoff out of his boots with a monstrous Spear before lifting Ziggler onto his shoulders for a tandem bulldog off the top ropes that yielded a near-fall. Ciampa finished the job moments later with a Fairytale Ending on Ziggler for the win.
LA Knight laid out a final challenge to Grayson Waller
Despite their heated exchanges over the last couple of months, LA Knight and Grayson Waller managed to agree on one thing: This rivalry has to end. But for Knight, the only way to settle the score is a Last Man Standing Match.
Wendy Choo & Dakota Kai def. Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta in Dusty Cup Match
The surprising pair of Wendy Choo & Dakota Kai shocked the NXT Universe when the newly formed tag team upset the veteran duo of Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta to advance to the Dusty Classic Semifinals.
The odd couple caught Hartwell & Pirotta off guard with some shocking tandem offense before Kai delivered a flurry of kicks to stun Hartwell. Pirotta laid waste to Kai until Choo dove in to break up a pin at the last second. Kai & Choo joined forces to chop down Pirotta with a combined running kick and neckbreaker before landing a splash and a double stomp off the top rope in quick succession for the 1-2-3.
Lash Legend def. Amari Miller
Still upset at losing in the Dusty Classic opening round, Lash Legend took out her frustrations on her former tag team partner Amari Miller.
The powerhouse Legend bullied Miller, drilling her with a big boot. Miller attempted to rally with a moonsault for a near-fall, but Legend tossed Miller into the turnbuckle before hoisting her up for a devastating slam and the pin. Afterward, Legend proclaimed herself the next big Superstar, calling out Nikkita Lyons in particular.
Gunther def. Solo Sikoa
Solo Sikoa may run the island, but inside the squared circle Gunther proved he is The Ring General in an explosive heavyweight collision.
Sikoa went right at Gunther, but The Ring General dropped The Street Champion with a thunderous chop. For the first time in his NXT 2.0 career, Sikoa was on the defensive as Gunther rained down massive blows until Sikoa caught him with a spinning backheel kick to take Gunther off his feet. Realizing his opening, Sikoa flattened Gunther with a splash outside the ring, hitting a superkick for a near-fall.
Sikoa went for another massive splash off the top rope, but he landed face-first onto the mat as Gunther rolled out of the way, catching Sikoa with a chop before delivering two monstrous powerbombs for the victory.
Harland def. Draco Anthony
Joe Gacy's preachings on creating peaceful resolutions have begun to influence the menacing Harland, who decimated Draco Anthony with a barrage of splashes and right hands before recording the pinfall with a massive slam. Harland followed up by lifting Anthony off the mat and embracing him in an awkward hug as Gacy smiled.
Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade def. Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz in Dusty Cup Match
Raquel Gonzalez & Cora Jade have been putting in extracurricular training, and it paid off when the new tag team triumphed over friends Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz in the opening round of the 2022 Dusty Classic.
Big Mami Cool survived an early onslaught, but just as she and Jade started rolling, Leon & Feroz leveled Gonzalez with consecutive high-flying splashes to the outside floor. With the former NXT Women's Champion down, Leon & Feroz picked apart Jade for a series of near-falls.
Jade finally managed to slip away from the duo to tag in a revived Gonzalez, who proceeded to lay waste to Feroz, catching her in midair for a fallaway slam and delivering a massive Chingona Bomb. After a swift boot dealt with an interfering Leon, Gonzalez grabbed her tag team partner and powerbombed Jade onto Feroz for the pin.
Von Wagner def. Andre Chase
Andre Chase could not even get out of the gates as Von Wagner demolished the founder of Chase U, tossing him around the ring.
Chase fought back by dishing out his Chase U stomps, and Chase's star pupil Bodhi Hayward got in the face of Robert Stone outside the ring, prompting Chase to step in. Chase ducked a vicious right hand from Wagner that connected with Hayward's face.
After tossing Wagner into the ring post, Chase checked on Hayward, who told his mentor to go win the match. As Chase rolled back into the ring, however, he walked right into a huge clothesline and a swinging slam that gave Wagner the win.
Carmelo Hayes def. Pete Dunne in an NXT North American Championship Match
Carmelo Hayes seemingly backed up his claims of being "The A-Champion" of NXT after dispatching Pete Dunne, with a little help from his friend Trick Williams, to retain the North American Championship.
The two Superstars put on a clinic for the NXT faithful, going blow-for-blow until an X-Plex gave Dunne the upper hand. With Hayes and Dunne trading blows, "The A-Champ" dropped The BruiserWeight with a DDT on the apron, pummeling Dunne with forearms that only seemed to fire up "The Baddest Man in NXT."
After surviving one Bitter End, Hayes reversed a second attempt and climbed to the top rope, where he was caught by Dunne. Luckily for Hayes, Williams hopped on the apron to draw the attention of Dunne but paid for the distraction by having his fingers snapped. The momentary lapse in judgement allowed Hayes to push Dunne off the top ropes and deliver a leg drop to remain the North American Champion.
Reveling in his title defense, Hayes proclaimed his greatness and laid down the gauntlet for Stand & Deliver, stating he would defend the North American Championship the same way it was introduced: in a Ladder Match.