WWE NXT advertised Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams vs. Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis, Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner vs. Legado del Fantasma, Dakota Kai making her in-ring return against Cora Jade, Cameron Grimes “betting it all” in Duke Hudson’s Poker Room and Tony D’Angelo appearing on Lashing Out with Lash Legend.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT was up big in viewership with 746,000 tuning in for Halloween Havoc.
WWE NXT Ratings, Last Five Weeks
- October 26, 2021—746,000
- October 19, 2021—606,000
- October 12, 2021—632,000
- October 5, 2021—632,000
- September 28, 2021—655,000
WWE NXT 2.0—Key Competition
- MLB World Series
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch Drama (Pro Wrestling Bits)
WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 2,566,228 (Up from 1,271,375)
- Most-Viewed: Mandy Rose Wins NXT Women’s Title (850,265 views)
- Least-Viewed: Kay Lee Ray is Angry (57,002 views)
- Median Viewership: 207,600 views
WWE NXT Halloween Havoc Results | Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Mandy Rose Celebrates NXT Women’s Title Win
Tommaso Ciampa is the people’s champion in NXT, but Mandy Rose feels like more of a full-packaged world champion with a heel stable a la Roman Reigns.
Io Shirai naming all the people she doesn’t like will always be hilarious to me.
Rose used a oldie-but-goodie heel move by calling for the ref and then attacking Io Shirai the moment Io took her eye off the ball.
Dakota Kai def. Cora Jade
Given the winning streak Cora Jade was on, I wouldn’t put it past NXT to give her the victory over a returning Dakota Kai.
Dakota Kai’s theme music now features a tribal scream at the beginning, and I consider it an upgrade.
Given the fact that Shotzi Blackheart inexplicably turned heel on SmackDown, Dakota Kai landing back in NXT instead of the main roster is a blessing in disguise.
Xyon Quinn def. Robert Stone
Xyon Quinn’s rendition of “Sexy Boy” is one of the wildest things you’ll see in NXT 2.0. Entertaining as it was, I’m not sure it fits somebody with a shooter gimmick.
Robert Stone is slowly becoming an actual wrester instead of just a manager, but unfortunately he’ll forever be limited as a comedic wrestler.
NXT 2.0 throws a lot at its viewers from week to week, but given how Xyon Quinn is being pushed, he is shaping up to be one of the few things that sticks.
Legado del Fantasma def. Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly
Legado del Fantasma had awesome LWO-inspired t-shirts.
Xyon Quinn is teasing a romance storyline with Elektra Lopez, which will inevitably end with him getting jumped and/or kidnapped by her goons.
Bron Breakker def. Andre Chase
Andre Chase is an impeccable screamer.
I don’t know whether this was planned or not, but Chase yeeted the microphone after it didn’t work and demanded one that did. If this was improvised, he did a hell of a job.
Bron Breakker squashed Andre Chase and then vowed he would die trying to win the NXT Championship. He’s doing everything right as a valiant babyface, but reminds me too much of Scott Steiner for him not to be a heel.
Solo Sikoa def. Jeet Rama
Sikola has the legendary Anoa’i genes, so his expectations will be high, but if he continues on this path as a monster heel, I could see the next great NXT rivalry between him and fellow generational star Bron Breakker.
Boa def. Grayson Waller
Grayson Waller might have the catchiest theme music in NXT.
NXT decided to go back to character development for Boa, who had a cinematic Mei Ying.
Tommaso Ciampa and Carmelo Hayes Face Off
Carmelo Hayes stood toe-to-toe with Tommaso Ciampa and felt like every bit the star Ciampa was.
Hopefully NXT doesn’t rush this Hayes-Ciampa matchup, and if they do, I’d love to see Hayes win a non-title showdown to further build up the North American title as an “A-Title.”
Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams def. Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis
Prior to this match, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa shared a moment. It wasn’t necessarily a tease of anything, but moreso two O.G.’s exchanging a look as if to say “can you believe we’re still here?”
Vic Joseph announced NXT would have ticket information on its Facebook page, for fans wanting to attend, and it was music to my ears. NXT could use new audience members, between MSK-gate and all these dueling chants, this fanbase needs to be shaken up.
I love NXT building up the idea that anytime Carmelo Hayes shoots, “he don’t miss.” It is reminiscent to Vince McMahon’s guarantees or Paul Heyman’s “spoilers.”