Ilja Dragunov steps on JD McDonagh's moment with shocking arrival
JD McDonagh's victory celebration was cut short as former NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov made a shocking arrival on NXT 2.0. Plus, Solo Sikoa was forced to relinquish the North American Title to set up a massive Ladder Match for Halloween Havoc, Nathan Frazer evened his best of three series with Axiom, and Oro Mensah made a splash in his debut to qualify for the North American Title Ladder Match on a monumental episode of NXT 2.0!
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WWE NXT results: Sept. 20, 2022
Solo Sikoa was forced to relinquish the NXT North American Title
Nathan Frazer def. Axiom to tie their best of three series
Down 1-0 in the series, Nathan Frazer threw everything he had at Axiom in another fast paced match in an attempt to even their best of three series. Frazer tried to end it early, but Axiom showed his prowess again locking in a variety of unique submission attempts before delivering a picture perfect suplex.
Frazer finally stopped Axiom in his tracks with a stunning mid-air dropkick, but the masked Superstar quickly rallied with a dropkick of his own before delivering a flurry of kicks. The two Superstars traded vicious kicks with Axiom nearly wrapping up the series following a top-rope slam.
Axiom climbed to the top rope once again, but Frazer quickly leapt up to send Axiom flying with a superplex and a twisting neckbreaker in quick succession before landing a Phoenix Splash to record the pinfall.
Toxic Attraction def. Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley
Ivy Nile did her best to ignore the Diamond Mine drama and focus on the task at hand as she and Tatum Paxley squared up with Toxic Attraction. Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne put the boots to Paxley in the opening minutes, but once Nile was tagged in "The Pitbull" took all of her frustrations out on the former two-time NXT Women's Tag Team Champions.
After Toxic Attraction took out Paxley with a suplex, Nile fought off Dolin & Jayne as long as she could, but the numbers game eventually caught up with her as the duo upended Nile with a tandem high-low kicks for the 1-2-3.
The Schism stated NXT’s adjustment period is over
The Dyad def. Edris Enofé & Malik Blade
Edris Enofé & Malik Blade were chomping at the bit to get their hands on The Dyad after Rip Fowler & Jagger Reid attacked the pair in the parking lot last week. After cutting off Joe Gacy's speech and returning the favor, Blade jumped right into action, laying out Fowler with a dropkick.
Blade & Enofé pushed the pace, taking out The Dyad with a series of high-flying maneuvers, but a quick tug on Blade's sweater opened the door for Fowler & Reid to hit their tandem knee drop and backbreaker. After giving Gacy a hug, The Dyad isolated and pummeled Blade.
Enofé raced in to help his partner, but as they began to roll Reid pulled the rope down to send Blade tumbling to the outside floor. Reid then flew in to drop Enofé and toss him up to Fowler for a pair of double knees and the pinfall.
Cora Jade def. Wendy Choo
The second year of "The Generation of Jade" started out with a bang as Cora Jade locked up with Wendy Choo for a spirited showdown. Choo caught Jade by surprise, but as the sleepy Superstar went for a baseball slide Jade caught her legs and slammed them against the apron.
Jade savagely battered Choo until she sent Jade flying with a belly-to-belly suplex. Choo continued to toss Jade around the ring, but as she went to flatten Jade in the corner, Jade rolled out of the way and slammed Choo face first into the turnbuckle before planting her with a DDT to secure the victory.
While Jade celebrated, Lash Legend saw her opening and raced in to level Choo with a pump kick.
Carmelo Hayes claimed he is still the “A Champion”
Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward def. Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams
Carmelo Hayes did not want to learn from a teachable moment as he and Williams attacked Andre Chase and his star pupil Bodhi Hayward while they attempted to pass along some wisdom to the former North American Champion. Fired up, Hayes & Williams took it right to Chase & Hayward until Hayward upended Williams with a tackle, tagging in Chase for the patented "Chase U Stomps."
Together, Chase & Hayward tortured Williams, but as Chase went to the top rope Williams moved out of the way and caught him with an atomic drop. Hayes jumped in to smash Chase with a pump-kick, but as he looked to hit a springboard clothesline Chase side-stepped and rolled up Hayes for a quick 1-2-3 to steal the win.
Von Wagner def. Sanga
Von Wagner and Sanga looked to settle their score in the ring as the two behemoths traded clubbing blows in a punishing match. Wagner hammered away at Sanga to try and take him off his feet, but was unsuccessful as Sanga fired back with a side slam and a kick off the apron.
As action spilled outside the ring, Sanga caught Mr. Stone for a chokeslam, but Wagner ran in to save his manager by shoving Sanga into the ring post and steel steps. Wagner rolled Sanga back into the ring and picked up the towering Superstar for a swinging slam and the pinfall.
Oro Mensah def. Grayson Waller to earn a spot in the Halloween Havoc North American Title Ladder Match
Oro Mensah was thrown into the deep end for his first match on NXT 2.0 as he took on Grayson Waller for a spot in the upcoming North American Title Ladder Match at Halloween Havoc. The newcomer was welcomed with a swift right hand from Waller, but Mensah showed off a few moves of his own after taunting "The Arrogant Aussie."
Waller made Mensah pay for the slight with a belly-to-back suplex before raining down elbows. Mensah rallied behind a Pele kick, but Waller hung him across the ropes.
As Waller exited the ring to line up his running stunner, Apollo Crews appeared out of nowhere to block "The Arrogant Aussie's" path. While Waller stood there stunned, Mensah flew over the ropes, and Crews, to flatten Waller. Mensah lined Waller up for a flying back heel kick to record the pin and punch his ticket to Halloween Havoc.
JD McDonagh def. Tyler Bate to become top contender for NXT Title
Storied rivals Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh squared off in a heated match for a future title opportunity as NXT Champion Bron Breakker watched on from the commentary table. The familiar foes traded counters and reversals at a frenzied pace as both Superstars looked to gain the upper hand.
The Irish Ace planted Bate with a uranage and a standing moonsault, but it was not enough to put away "The Big Strong Boi" as Bate blocked a Devil Inside attempt to slingshot McDonagh over the ropes and crashing to the arena floor. McDonagh trash talked Breakker, but took his eyes off Bate as he flung McDonagh across the ring with an exploder suplex before taking The Irish Ace for a dizzying ride on his shoulders.
McDonagh swung momentum back to his corner with a springboard moonsault to the arena floor followed swiftly by a 360 splash and a brainbuster for a nearfall. With chants of "fight forever" ringing throughout the arena, Bate climbed to the top rope looking for a massive Tyler Driver 97, but McDonagh tagged bate with a headbutt. McDonagh picked Bate up for a top rope Spanish Fly, quickly pulling Bate back off the mat for a Devil Inside to earn a hard-fought victory.
McDonagh's celebrations were short lived as Breakker stepped into the ring to stand toe-to-toe with his future opponent. Both Superstars were left stunned, however, as their stare down was interrupted by the entrance of former NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov as he stepped into the ring and stared down both McDonagh and Breakker as the show went off the air.