Tommaso Ciampa won the NXT Championship for the second time as the brand ushered in a new era on Tuesday night.
Historically WWE ’s developmental brand, NXT has produced or helped shape some of wrestling’s biggest talents, including Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
But with the company seemingly searching for a fresh, new look and feel for the show – which lost out on the so-called Wednesday night wars to AEW – what had been known as the black and yellow brand has been given a complete revamp.
Airing in the US on Tuesday, what WWE called NXT 2.0 debuted on the USA Network and here in the UK on BT Sport.
The first show was a triumph of colour and vibrancy, a real contrast to the NXT that had – very successfully – presented itself as a darker more brooding show compared to WWE hits like Raw and SmackDown.
Complete with a new set and audience layout, NXT 2.0 was packed with matches, including a main event that saw Ciampa clinch their top male title for the second time.
He faced off against LA Knight, Pete Dunne and Von Wagner in a fatal four-way contest, eventually pinning night for the victory.
It was Knight’s second loss of the evening after he’d opened the in-ring action for the evening with a defeat to Bron Breakker.
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Breakker would then emerge as the show went off the air, confronting newly-crowned champ Ciampa as the two faced off in a tense stare-down.
The title win was an especially sweet moment for Ciampa. He had been in the midst of a lengthy run as NXT Champion back in 2019 when a legitimate injury forced him to relinquish the gold before going on to have major surgery.
Ironically, Tuesday night's victory game at the expense of previous champ, Samoa Joe, who was also forced to hand over the title after an undisclosed medical issue – this just weeks after he'd won it.
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Among the night’s other entertainment on NXT was the much-anticipated wedding Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis, which eventually went off without a hitch, but not before Lumis attacked the Priest in a bizarrely amusing scene.
Other match-ups saw Imperium defeat Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen and, in a six-woman tag team affair, Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne overcame Sarray, Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter.
WWE NXT continues to air weekly in the UK on BT Sport – for more details visit wwe.com
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