WWE NXT advertised its third face-to-face showdown across three brands as Samoa Joe comes face-to-face with Karrion Kross. This after Roman Reigns and John Cena came face-to-face on Friday Night SmackDown and Bobby Lashley and Goldberg came face-to-face on Raw.
NXT also advertised MSK vs. Imperium, Carmelo Hayes vs. Duke Hudson in the semifinals of the NXT Breakout Tournament and Dexter Lumis and Indi Hartwell vs. Robert Stone and Jessi Kamea.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE NXT was up significantly after back-to-back historic lows due to being moved to SyFy. NXT’s viewership may have also been bolstered by interest coming out of last week’s shocking releases where WWE released 13 NXT talents including Bronson Reed and Mercedes Martinez. NXT’s ratings momentum is set to be stifled yet again as NXT episodes are set to be taped yet again next week, reportedly much to the chagrin of the USA Network.
- August 10, 2021—751,000
- August 3, 2021—520,000
- July 27, 2921—520,000
- July 20, 2021—709,000
- July 13, 2021—705,000
WWE NXT—Key Competition
- America’s Got Talent!
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WWE NXT Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 1,824,026 (Down from 4,324,641 views)
- Most-Viewed: Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis’ Romantic Date (315,604 views)
- Least-Viewed: MSK Fires back at Imperium (42,482 views)
- Median Viewership: 143,258 views
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WWE NXT Results: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Ilja Dragunov def. Roderick Strong
After Ilja Dragunov’s loss last week and Kushida being unable to get medically cleared, this was nothing more than wrestlers wrestling for the sake of wrestling.
I don’t know if this rule applies in NXT, but Kushida is coming up on 30 days without defending the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
Hit Row Brawls with Legado Del Fantasma
Santos Escobar interrupted Swerve Scott just as he was about to explain to the NXT audience what “on sight” means.
Santos Escobar challenged Swerve Scott to a parking lot brawl and promised his goons wouldn’t be there. Miraculously, Hit Row believed this heel and let their man go to the parking lot all by himself, only for him to be jumped by Legado Del Fantasma.
Hit Row ultimately won the outdoors brawl, which featured a tribute to Kevin Nash lawn-darting Rey Mysterio into the garage door.
Cameron Grimes def. Josh Briggs
For all these fans fearful that big men were going to overtake NXT, tonight was yet another show filled with smaller guys beating guys far bigger than them.
Ted DiBiase won $20,000 after betting L.A. Knight that Cameron Grimes would win, as if the Million-Dollar Man needed the money.
Dexter Lumis and Indi Hartwell vs. Robert Stone and Jessi Kamea; Indi Hartwell Proposes to Dexter Lumis
Robert Stone took accessorizing to the next level with a fake ponytail.
Indi Hartwell now wears gloves as part of her ring gear and even checked out Dexter Lumis’ butt during their stone-faced entrance.
I just realized Franky Monet’s relationship with Robert Stone is similar to that of John E. Bravo in IMPACT.
Though he’s much leaner than he was when he was Robbie E., but Robert Stone continues to maintain an impressive physique.
Indi Hartwell proposed to Dexter Lumis, and with NXT’s roster being gutted on its way to pre-tapes, a TV wedding can’t come fast enough.
After supplying Indi Hartwell with an eyeball engagement ring, Beth Phoenix has to be the favorite to be Indi Hartwell’s Maid of Honor.
Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai Face-to-Face
Raquel Gonzalez brought up some great points about Dakota Kai’s history of turning on her best friends the way she did against Tegan Nox.
Fans surprisingly seemed to be behind Dakota Kai by the end of his backstage faceoff.
Carmelo Hayes def. Duke Hudson
I was shocked Carmelo Haye beat Duke Hudson, and will now be on his way to a finals match against Odyssey Jones. I’m here for it.
Carmelo Hayes cut a very good promo about facing the Final Boss Odyssey Jones.
MSK def. Imperium
Nash Carter took a very scary bump on his head in the corner but was thankfully okay.
Poor Ilja Dragunov jumped WALTER from behind twice and still got beat up by WALTER.
I would be flat-out shocked if Iljua Dragunov beats WALTER this Sunday, but at least they’ll get to chop the hell out of one another for my viewing pleasure.
Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe Face Off
There were “where is Scarlett” chants that seemed to throw off Karrion Kross a bit.
Karrion Kross owed to drop Samoa Joe, only to promptly get dropped by Samoa JOe, but the ensuing brawl was entertaining as they literally took down the plexiglass in the CWC.