WWE NXT featured a tag team match between The Undisputed Era and the team of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, a No. 1 Contender’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship and Dexter Lumis challenging Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship ahead of NXT Halloween Havoc in two weeks.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT drew 639,000 viewers compared to 753,000 or AEW.
- October 7, 2020—639,000
- September 30, 2020—732,000
- September 23, 2020—696,000
- September 16, 2020—689,000
- September 9, 2020—838,000
WWE NXT—Key Competition
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- AEW Dynamite
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WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week:
2,275,149 (Up from 2,143,310 views)
- Most-Viewed: Ember Moon and Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez (460,292 views)
- Least-Viewed: Cameron Grimes Explains Himself (34,189 views)
- Median Viewership: 140,874 views
WWE NXT—Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong) def. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
With Ridge Holland on the shelf, it’ll be interested to see just how far NXT goes with what appeared to be an inevitable Undisputed Era fracture, or if they go that direction at all.
This match occurred simultaneously with a much better-promoted AEW Tag Team Championship match and the two matches ended at almost an identical time.
Jake Atlas def. Ashanti Thee Adonis
Jake Atlas beating recently pushed former jobber Ashanti Thee Adonis with an inside cradle is the most tepid endorsement one can have in NXT.
I was very encouraged to see the feud between Isiah “Swerve” Scott and Santos Escobar continue. These two have too much chemistry together to go their separate ways at this point.
Johnny Gargano def. Austin Theory
Austin Theory and Johnny Gargano could have a match of the year candidate with a little more seasoning for Theory and a lot better booking.
As hard as Austin Theory worked, the fact that there was essentially no way he was going to win this match really hurt it.
These are the type of matches Austin Theory needs to be losing, not the losses that make him look like a joke.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Candice LeRae
Shotzi Blackheart was fighting for an opportunity to become No. 1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship as the host.
Shotzi Blackheart looked like Andre the Giant standing next to Candice LeRae.
Shotzi Blackheart teased another Sliced Bread on the apron and you could almost hear the NXT fanbase holding its collective breath.
Shotzi Blackheart slapped on an extremely unique submission that was a cross between a crucifix and a sunset flip. That hold needs a name ASAP.
Now that Candice LeRae appears to be aligned with Indi Hartwell, she should be heavily favored to beat Io Shirai in what really should be her final shot at the NXT Women’s Championship during Io’s reign.
IMPERIUM def. Drake Maverick and Killian Dain
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain are quickly becoming my favorite act in NXT, and even though Maverick lost, it makes for better storytelling as this duo of strange bedfellows continues to find its footing.
By the time Maverick and Dain receive their inevitable NXT Tag Team Championship shot, it should be against a team of heels rather than lighthearted babyfaces Breezango.
Dain telling Maverick “nobody hits you but me” was a big step forward in their courtship.
Damian Priest def. Dexter Lumis—WWE NXT North American Championship
This main event will have tough sledding against a no-disqualification AEW World Championship match. Its slow start certainly won’t bode well for ratings either.
This match eventually took on all the drama of a pay-per-view main event as it built around Dexter Lumis’ bum ankle.
I love that Cameron Grimes was savvy enough to grab his hat before exiting the ring so the referee had no idea he attacked.