WWE NXT 2.0 Era, Winners and looser
NXT has always been WWE’s developing brand, but the NXT 2.0 era has shown how vulnerable its wrestlers are.
Talent is becoming a huge deal at a much faster rate than in the past.
Some wrestlers have rapidly gained success, winning titles and being featured extensively on a weekly basis. Others have failed, often only earning an appearance or two before being released.
With the revamp’s one-year anniversary approaching in September. Let’s take a look back at the major winners and losers of NXT 2.0 thus far.
WWE NXT 2.0 Winner: Bron Breakker
Bron Breakker is a two-time NXT champion and easily the biggest winner on this list. He was immediately cast in a different light than the rest of the lineup and leaped right into the major event scene.
He has been the division’s centre point, with several main roster players and legends hailing him as one of the division’s next great things. This has also allowed him to make occasional cameo appearances on WWE Raw.
It doesn’t get much better than winning the championship and posting a 27-9 record, especially because the majority of his losses were due to antics that kept him from taking a legitimate loss.
WWE NXT 2.0 Winner: Carmelo Hayes
Carmelo Hayes doesn’t miss when he shoots. He is a two-time NXT North American titleholder who unified the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. He won an NXT Breakout Tournament, and was a member of the WarGames squad that defeated Team Black and Gold.
The 27-year-old may have been a one-hit wonder. However, every time he appears to be on the decline, he scores some significant wins in the following weeks to put him right back on top.
He’s competed in 30 WWE bouts thus far. He’s lost nine times, albeit three were prior to the NXT 2.0 reboot, one was via disqualification, and three were tag team battles.
WWE certainly sees a lot in him and has labelled him as one of the top talents to keep an eye on.
Expect him to join the main roster in 2023 or to become the next NXT champion.
WWE NXT 2.0 Winners: Toxic Attraction
Toxic Attraction has had the gold around their waists more frequently than not, whether you like them or not.
For nearly 260 days, Mandy Rose has held the NXT Women’s Championship. If she holds on for another month, she will be the fourth longest titleholder, after only Shayna Baszler, Asuka, and Charlotte Flair.
That number has been blown out of the water by Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne. Even if you add up everyone else’s reigns, they still have a larger total number of days as champions.
Since the transition to the 2.0 era, the entire women’s division has centred on these three.
Winner: Zoey Stark
Until Toxic Attraction, Zoey Stark’s tag team title reign with Io Shirai held the record for those belts.
However, Stark has missed many months of competition due to a torn MCL in November, and she only recently returned to action on this week’s programme.
After many weeks of teasing QR codes, it was revealed that the 28-year-old was making a comeback, and she won a 20-woman Battle Royal to earn a future title opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship.
It’s impossible to predict if Stark will dethrone Rose, but getting that massive win on her comeback is a huge accomplishment.
Winners: The Creed Brothers
The Creed Brothers appeared to have “future tag team champions” written all over them from the start.
It took a long since WWE planned to swerve fans by reintroducing the belts to MSK, only for Nash Carter to be released and Pretty Deadly to win the vacated championships as a diversion. However, all roads led back to Brutus and Julius Creed, who had the money.
They’re getting more comfortable chatting now, and they’re even venturing out of Diamond Mine’s shadow. With Roderick Strong’s leadership producing friction, it appears like The Creed Brothers may be able to strike out on their own shortly, having advanced beyond the necessity for a management and a spokesperson.
They haven’t been unbeaten, but they’ve played well. NXT 2.0 is all about ironing out the wrinkles on the road to greatness, and they’re getting better by the week.
WWE NXT 2.0 Loser: Lash Legend
Lash Legend was originally positioned as a babyface with her own chat programme. She was aggressive, but in a way that fans were meant to like because she was feisty.
That did not work out. WWE made the correct decision in turning her villain. But after she entered the ring, everything went wrong in another direction.
Almost every match she’s been in has been a disaster. Maneuvers are routinely bungled, rough parts are dangerously near to causing injuries. And none of the fights have been memorable in a positive sense.
Her most recent match with Indi Hartwell lasted less than four minutes but was a terrible disaster for both sides.
Legend has a lot of charm and a big size, but she needs a lot more seasoning. She exemplifies how NXT’s current strategy of pushing talent on TV before they’re ready is making everyone involved look horrible.
Loser: Indi Hartwell
One of several recent setbacks involving Hartwell from the previous year is the recent Legend vs. Hartwell encounter.
For Hartwell, things were going well before the 2.0 changeover. Along with Candice LeRae, she was the tag team champion. And having a good time as a member of The Way.
The titles were lost and the faction started to disintegrate over the next months, forcing Hartwell to concentrate on two additional partners. In Dexter Lumis (her on-screen husband) and Persia Pirotta (her best friend).
Instead of continuing with the two as a combination and turning into the skid, NXT went on, split them apart, and had Hartwell whine about all of her losses.