WWE NXT Heatwave preview (Aug. 16, 2022): Under new management

NXT 2.0 returns tonight (Aug. 16) stay from the WWE Efficiency Heart in Orlando!

Tonight’s a particular episode — HEATWAVE! — with a PPV PLE-like card, so let’s take a look at every of the 5 introduced matches.

Mind Video games
Bron Breakker (c) vs. JD McDonagh for the NXT championship

WWE’s tried to place variations on completely different challenges in entrance of younger Bron throughout his NXT championship run. Every of his main packages have seen challengers attempt to exploit what they see as a complete in Breakker’s recreation. Joe Gacy tried to get him to lose his mood by concentrating on Bron’s dad. Cameron Grimes questioned his coronary heart, stating the champ will not be solely new to the enterprise, however was pushed from the leap and by no means actually needed to wrestle.

McDonagh is taking a extra scientific method, bragging about how his information of anatomy means he can coronary heart Breakker in a mess of the way. The Irish Ace additionally appears to be relying on Bron being the “animal” he claims to be in title matches, as that can make it simpler for the previous Jordan Devlin to outsmart his bigger, stronger opponent.

Which is one other factor WWE’s tried to do with their prime prospect — put him within the ring with skilled guys who work a distinct type than his. The Finn Bálor-trained McDonagh ought to be one other fascinating take a look at for the second era Celebrity, and provides Triple H and group extra information as they attempt to determine what further seasoning Breakker wants earlier than they promote him to Uncooked or SmackDown.

A story of two visions
Mandy Rose (c) vs. Zoey Stark for the NXT Girls’s championship

Much more than Breakker, Poisonous Attraction is the act followers affiliate with the two.0 revamp. Rose was deliberate for NXT earlier than Vince McMahon & John Laurinaitis began overseeing the model, however it’s tough to think about Journeys would have booked her for a title run that’s approaching the one yr mark.

Stark, alternatively, is somebody The Recreation & his group clearly suppose numerous. She was rapidly pushed after signing initially of 2021. A knee harm stalled that, however she not too long ago revealed she labored as a producer for Shawn Michaels whereas she was rehabbing from the harm. Clearly, upon her return she picked proper again up the place she left off, profitable the battle royal to turn into #1 contender (she’s additionally getting a style of the principle roster, teaming with Nikkita Lyons on SmackDown this week because the NXT group within the WWE Girls’s Tag Title Event).

So does Triple H ebook Rose’s reign to run somewhat longer? Or change to one in every of “his folks” on the first alternative?

Worldwide swag
Carmelo Hayes (c) vs. Giovanni Vinci for the NXT North American title

The boastful Italian clotheshorse (fka as Imperium’s Fabian Aichner) tried to get a North American title match throughout Hayes’ final open problem, however Nathan Frazer actually ran previous him for the shot. Vinci made certain Frazer took an L to The A Champion, then made it clear he needed to his personal probability to take the belt at Heatwave.

Hayes, by no means one to again down for a combat, took him up on it. In story and in actual life, each males appear targeted on stealing the present. This one ought to rock, although it appears fairly unlikely to lead to a title change.

Payback’s a b****
Cora Jade vs. Roxanne Perez

Two extra younger Superstars WWE is clearly enthusiastic about, Jade teamed up with Perez shortly after the previous ROH Girls’s champ’s debut. Shortly thereafter, the pair had captured tag group gold. Perez’s victory within the Breakout Event modified all that, although. A jealous Jade value her accomplice the title match towards Mandy Rose, then trashed her half of the Tag titles.

Perez has up to now taken the excessive highway, for essentially the most half. She respectively handed over her Tag belt so there may very well be a match to crown their successors, and solely actually gotten bodily with Jade whereas watching her buddy Zoey Stark’s again.

That every one adjustments tonight.

As soon as and for all
Santos Escobar vs. Tony D’Angelo

This feud has been happening for some time now (as documented final week here), which is why each males agreed to a Avenue Struggle with quite a bit on the road. If Escobar wins, he and his Legado Del Fantasma household are completed coping with Tony D and his. If The Don wins, Santos is completed in 2.0.

Anticipate plenty of interference from the LDF and whoever D’Angelo hasn’t murked from his crew (that may be Stacks… R.I.P. Two Dimes). I’d additionally take a look at this as an indication of whether or not Escobar goes to the principle roster alone, or with Joaquin Wilde, Cruz Del Toro & Elektra Lopez. The lucha libre veteran acquired a spot on stage finally week’s WrestleMania 39 Ticket Launch occasion, so he’s headed to Uncooked or SmackDown. D’Angelo most likely wants extra work, and perhaps a re-evaluation by the brand new boss.


Julius Creed of Diamond Mine additionally guarantees to deal with a problem inside the group… Will Diamond Mine lastly explode? Be a part of us in our live blog, and we’ll discover out on tonight’s present!

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