– The post-Vengeance Day edition of WWE NXT 2.0 opens up on the USA Network with a video package of highlights from last week’s special episode. We’re live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida as Vic Joseph welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett.
– We go right to the ring and out comes NXT Champion Bron Breakker as the sirens go off and Alicia Taylor does the introductions. Fans stand and bark as Breakker hits the ring with the strap on his shoulder.
Bron says Santos Escobar put up a tough fight at Vengeance Day but he proved over his dead body will anyone take the title from him, and he can not think of a better weekend to try than WrestleMania 38 Weekend. Bron hypes NXT going back on the road for NXT Stand & Deliver. He’s giving the fans a heads up so they can be just as loud there in Dallas as they are here in Orlando. Bron promises he will walk into WrestleMania Weekend as champion, and walk out of Stand & Deliver with the title. As far as tonight’s main event goes… the music interrupts and out comes Dolph Ziggler to boos.
Ziggler congratulates Bron on his first NXT Title defense. Ziggler knows he’s not champion yet, but Bron can not be giving promises he can not keep. Ziggler wonders if Bron can make it to Stand & Deliver? Yes he can, but as champion? No, Ziggler does not think so. Ziggler says tonight he will stomp out what’s left of Tommaso Ciampa, then maybe he will carry Bron on his back all the way to Stand & Deliver. Ziggler warns that when he decides the time is right for the title to be his, it will be his. Bron says he owes Ziggler a receipt for superkicking him last week, so why does Ziggler bring his scrawny little ass to the ring right now.
Ziggler taunts Bron and calls him a hothead, saying it’s in his genes. They continue having words while Ziggler speaks from the entrance-way. Ziggler says Bron gets tonight off, and will be barred from ringside in the main event so he can not pull any cheap shots or receipts. Ziggler says Bron can just sit in the back and watch Ziggler do what he does better than anyone else in this business. Ziggler drops the mic and walks back to the back as his music hits. Source looks on.
– We see what happened last week between LA Knight and Grayson Waller.
LA Knight vs. Grayson Waller
We go back to the ring and out comes Grayson Waller with his bodyguard, Sanga. LA Knight is out next to a pop.
The bell rings and Knight charges but Waller immediately goes to the floor, standing next to Sanga and talking trash. Fans chant for Knight. Knight goes out but Waller returns to the ring, taunting Knight. Knight runs back in but Waller retreats back to the floor. Knight chases him back into the ring and levels him with a clothesline. Knight beats Waller around and knees him in the face. Knight launches him in from the apron with a shoulder block. Waller dodges Knight and sends him into the turnbuckles to turn it around.
Waller goes to the second rope but Knight dodges him and he rolls through. Knight counters again and crotches Waller on the top rope, then shakes the rope over and over. Knight decks Waller to send him back to the floor near the announcers. Fans chant for Knight as we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
Back from the break and Knight is in control at ringside, but he’s distracted by Sanga, which allows Waller to launch Knight into the steel ring steps. Waller brings it back in and covers for a 2 count. Waller with more offense and trash talking while he beats Knight around the ring. Fans chant “asshole!” at Waller now. Waller with a suplex. Waller goes to the second rope and nails a flying elbow drop for a close 2 count.
Fans rally for Knight as Waller continues to work him over, using the middle rope to choke him as the referee warns him. Sanga looks on as Waller levels Knight with a back elbow for another close 2 count. Fans do dueling chants now. Waller scoops Knight to his shoulders and drives him into the mat for another close pin attempt.
Waller goes to the entrance-way, runs and leaps through the ropes but Knight catches him with a big back suplex for a pop. Knight blocks a strike and unloads with lefts and rights. Knight with a flying shoulder tackle, then a big back-drop in the middle of the ring. Knight stomps away in the corner as fans chant along with him and the referee counts.
Knight whips Waller face-first into the turnbuckles, then hits the inverted neckbreaker for another pop. Sanga reaches up from the floor and holds Waller’s arm to prevent Knight from dropping Waller with the BFT. They tangle and Waller ends up using a handful of tights on a roll-up to get the win out of nowhere.
Winner: Grayson Waller
– After the bell, Waller stands tall as his music hits but Knight attacks him and unloads. Sanga runs in to make the save but Knight drops him with the BFT. Knight then drops Waller with another BFT as fans cheer him on. Fans chant for Knight as he makes his exit.
– We see footage from earlier today with Dakota Kai looking for Wendy Choo backstage. She finds Choo asleep and asks why she did not tell her they’re in the Dusty Classic together. Choo needs her afternoon sleep. She says she did not tell Kai but she told the imaginary friend she’s always talking to. Kai says her track record is not so good with friends, but Choo interrupts and says Kai has not had her as a partner yet. Choo skips away and says she will see Kai later. Kai talks to herself, confused about why Choo would choose her.
– Vic and Wade hype the 2022 Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
– We see Toxic Attraction (NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) headed to the Toxic Lounge to watch the beginning of the Dusty Classic. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see footage from earlier of Cora Jade and Raquel Gonzalez training for the Dusty Classic. Jade says she’s sore like they’ve been training with the program Gonzalez had for them, but now they’re trying something new. Jade has brought them to a ropes course in the trees. Gonzalez is a little worried about the final zip line across the field but Jade hypes her up and she accomplishes it. Gonzalez thanks Jade for helping her conquer her fear of heights. They’re ready for the Dusty Classic now.
– McKenzie Mitchell is with Toxic Attraction (NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) in their Toxic Lounge up above the crowd. They will be in this lounge to watch all tournament matches. They crack jokes on Cora Jade and Raquel Gonzalez, then they talk trash about Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray.
NXT Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First Round Match: Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray vs. Lash Legend and Amari Miller
We go back to the ring and out comes Io Shirai for the first match in the 2022 Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. Io Shirai is out next and they head to the ring together as fans chant. Lash Legend and Amari Miller are already waiting in the ring.
Shirai starts off with Legend and they lock up. Shirai blocks a slam but Legend levels her with a shoulder. They have words in the middle of the ring now. Legend grabs Shirai by her hair and talks some trash. Shirai blocks a move and nails a hurricanrana, sending Legend into position for the 619. Shirai nails the 619 and then springboards in from the apron but misses.
Legend works here over with forearms. Shirai decks her and goes to the top for the missile dropkick and a kip-up. Legend goes to the corner to re-group. Miller tags herself in and Legend isn’t thrilled. Shirai and Miller go at it with Shirai getting the upperhand and planting Miller face-first into the mat. KLR tags in and they double team Miller for a 2 count. KLR works on Miller’s arm and chops her. Miller blocks a suplex and rolls KLR up for a 2 count.
Miller comes right back with a kick to the head. Legend tags in and flattens KLR with a big boot. KLR superkicks Legend and hits here KLR Bomb. Shirai tags in as KLR goes to the top and flies to take Legend back down. KLR then knocks Miller off the apron. Shirai also goes to the top and hits her signature moonsault on Legend for the pin to win and advance.
Winners: Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray
– After the match, Shirai and KLR celebrate as the music hits. They will now face the winners of Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley vs. Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro. Toxic Attraction taunts Shirai and KLR from their lounge.
– McKenzie is backstage with Dante Chen now. He has some words for Duke Hudson, and says Duke thinks he’s a big shot for trying to end Chen’s career when he knew Chen had a family emergency, but Chen is here now and he will get his vengeance. Chen talks some more before walking off, and says Duke will have a hard time sweeping Persia Pirotta off her feet when he does not have any legs to stand on. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Brooks Jensen is with Josh Briggs backstage. Briggs says they’re going to get Jensen back in the game by recording a video for one of these dating apps. Briggs films Jensen but he’s not doing very well and seems to be too nervous.
Dante Chen Vs. Duke Hudson
We go back to the ring and out comes Duke Hudson. Dante Chen suddenly attacks from behind and beats him towards the ring.
Chen brings Duke into the ring and the bell rings as Chen rocks him into the corner. Hudson tries to fight back but Chen trips him, drags his legs to the edge of the apron and slams them into the apron. Chen pulls Hudson over to the ring post and wraps his legs around them. Chen keeps working on the legs until Duke pulls him shoulder-first into the ring post.
Chen comes in and unloads with strikes. Chen with a pump kick and a flying forearm. Chen with a neckbreaker and a splash into the corner. Chen kicks Duke in the gut and drops him with a DDT for a close 2 count. Chen continues to dominate, mounting Duke in the corner with right hands as fans count along.
Duke knocks Chen away and then charges with a big running boot as fans start booing him. Duke hits the big Razor’s Edge powerbomb in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Duke Hudson
– After the bell, Duke quickly hits Chen while he’s down as the referee yells at him. Duke stands tall as his music hits and we go to replays.
– We see Trick Williams and NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes walking backstage.
– The announcers lead us to a Black History Month video that shows WWE Hall of Famer Booker T visiting kids at For Oak Cliff in the Dallas area. Back to commercial.