WWE NXT Deadline 2022 Results: Winners, Ratings, Reactions & Highlights
0 out of 5
WWE NXT has been built up to this time. NXT Deadline will be a show like no one has ever seen in WWE, including an all-new match: the Iron Survivor Challenge.
Carmelo Hayes, JD McDonagh, Grayson Waller, Joe Gacy and Axiom would face off in the men’s match while Cora Jade, Zoey Stark, Roxanne Perez, Indi Hartwell would face off in the women’s match.
Only one man and one woman would come out with a title shot, an opportunity to challenge for the NXT Championship or the NXT Women’s Championship.
While NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose would take the night off to see her next challenge crowned, NXT Champion Bron Breakker defended her gold against her toughest challenge, Apollo Crews.
The NXT Tag Team Championships would also be on the line as New Day came to NXT to challenge Pretty Deadly. Alba Fyre was hoping to put Isla Dawn behind her in a grudge match.
This premium NXT live event was meant to be a statement night, a night that got everyone paying attention to the golden brand again.
Iron Survivor Women’s Challenge
1 out of 5
After a quick 25 minutes, Roxanne Perez was the only woman remaining with two falls. Cora Jade, Zoey Stark and Indi Hartwell all had one while Kiana James couldn’t take a fall.
It was better than expected, but it probably wasn’t the standout match WWE wanted it to be. It was 25 minutes and felt like 10, which is a solid compliment. However, it lacked memorable moments.
The mad dash to the falls didn’t allow you to really breathe at any time. This format also doesn’t help in getting a solid finish as it just ends up with everyone trying to get a late win.
Perez’s victory was the best call. She was the foundation of the NXT Women’s Division, even without gold. She should dethrone Mandy Rose, probably at NXT New Year’s Evil or Vengeance Day.
Perez wins the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge with two falls to become the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.
- Perez and Stark started and went back and forth with neither coming close to a fall.
- James took third and nearly got a pin on Perez, but Stark broke.
- Stark got the first pinfall on Perez with his GTS variant finisher.
- Jade taunted Perez in the penalty area as she headed to the ring as the fourth, and as she came out of the penalty area, Perez attacked Jade and Stark.
- Jade rolled up James for a surprise pinfall to get her first point.
- Hartwell ran with an immediate shot and pinned Perez with a big boot.
- Perez finally landed a roll-up on Stark.
- Perez took the lead with Pop Rox on Jade.
Alba Fyre vs. Isla Dawn
2 out of 5
Alba Fyre hit Isla Dawn with a diving senton bomb, but the ref suddenly started choking on some kind of black slime. In the chaos, Dawn sent Fyre into an exposed turnbuckle then planted her with a standing elbow for the win.
Dawn looked solid in her first NXT premium live event match, but it didn’t end up being truly spot-worthy. In particular, the finish was deflating, taking away from the action without putting either woman down.
This will likely be the end of Fyre’s run in NXT, or at least time is drawing to a close. If there’s another match left between these two, Dawn will win that one as well, so she might be better served by escaping now and going to Raw and SmackDown with more momentum.
Dawn def. Fire by fall.
- Dawn caught Fyre with a double dipping knee for a near fall. Fyre responded with a plancha somersault diving outside.
- Fyre planted Dawn with a Blood Bomb on the ground but couldn’t get the pinfall.
- Dawn grabbed the match’s first referee’s leg and seemingly cursed him.
- Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley spoke about the unfortunate situation with The Creed Brothers until Kayden Carter and Katana Chance arrived to show their support. Later, Toxic Attraction battled the Tag Champions until brawling with Nile and Paxley.
- Drew Gulak said he was in NXT to start fresh and find the success he dreams of. Damon Kemp told him to watch his game on Tuesday night closely.
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly (c) vs. New Day
3 out of 5
Pretty Deadly tried to use every trick in the book to survive the New Day. However, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were ahead of them at every turn. With Kit Wilson knocked out at ringside, New Day hit Midnight Hour for the pinfall on Elton Prince.
Matches like this are completely unexpected in NXT. It helps when one of the teams is New Day, but Pretty Deadly fits right in with Kofi and Woods. The fun burst of spots can be enough to make the whole night worth watching.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. New Day vs Pretty Deadly should happen again, but it deserves special attention. In the meantime, New Day can have a run in NXT that continues to build NXT’s best division.
If Pretty Deadly doesn’t win the titles soon, Wilson and Prince have proven they’re ready for the main roster.
New day def. Pretty Deadly by fall to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions (and WWE Triple Crown Champions).
- Woods did the side plate check to Wilson. Prince and Kofi got into an argument during the match, and the former WWE Champion absolutely won.
- Pretty Deadly finally got back into action by throwing Kofi into the corner steel post.
- Woods got the hot tag and knocked out both Pretty Deadly members, ending it with a senton on Prince through the ropes which led straight down a baseball slide to Wilson.
- Everyone did an Eddie Guerrero in the middle of the ring with the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- Wilson caught Woods with an NXT Tag Team Championship for a near fall. Kofi blocked Spilled Milk then took Wilson out with Trouble in Paradise.
Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge
4 out of 5
Grayson Waller stole the pinfall from Carmelo Hayes on a diving ax kick on Axiom for a third pinfall. That puts him ahead of Joe Gacy, Melo, and Axiom, who had two each. JD McDonagh finished without a fall.
It was fantastic and the proof of concept WWE needed with the Iron Survivor Challenge. What made it work was the multitude of memorable moments. No one got lost in the shuffle, and the pace was so fast no one really felt like they’d failed.
While The A Champion came in as the favorite, Waller’s victory here made sense. He’s always been NXT’s most crafty heel. He always finds a way, and he manipulated everyone to his advantage to steal a third fall at the very end.
If WWE wants this to remain an annual tradition, it will be important to have creative talent and a route agent who can guide them to the big spots. This could be a major win for WWE in the long run.
Waller won the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge with three falls to become the new No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship.
- McDonagh planted Axiom with a rolling clothesline and powerbomb for a near fall in the opening five minutes.
- After finishing third, Meko scored the first drop with a rebound cutter.
- Waller ran with a double cutter and got pins on both McDonagh and Axiom.
- When time was up, Axiom closed the penalty box door and beat McDonagh. Later, The Necessary Evil got their revenge by doing the same with Waller’s help.
- Axiom caught a jubilant Waller with a roll up then hit the Golden Ratio on McDonagh for a second pinfall in quick succession.
- Gacy got last place and locked Axiom in a LaBell Lock for a pinfall. Once Melo recovered, he laid him down with a spring-loaded clothesline for a second fall.
- In desperation, The A Champion rolled Waller into a crossface to force a submission.
- McDonagh knocked everyone out with instant Olympic Slams, but everyone came back to break the pinfall. He found himself surrounded and kicked.
NXT Championship: Bron Breaker (c) vs. Apollo Crews
5 out of 5
Apollo Crews used his full arsenal to defeat Bron Breakker, but nothing worked. Finally, Breakker finished him off with a spear to retain his title. Afterwards, Waller took out Breakker with a running back cutter and knelt on the champion with his NXT Championship.
It was honestly a disappointment on a good night of NXT programming. Breaker vs. Crews never really got started. It was a flat main event that never sold out that the NXT Champion could lose.
Beyond a cheesy moment when Crews tapped into something deep within him, there was nothing to it. He came out of a filler title defense for NXT television.
Had Waller been allowed to cash in on his title shot that night, the show would have been put together, but simply introducing him to the champion made it all the more clear that the men’s Iron Survivor Challenge should have been the main event.
Breaker def. Crews per pinfall to retain the NXT Championship.
- Breakker took Crews out on the outside with a somersault plancha, but then dove into a knee from his challenger.
- The camera zoomed in on Crews’ eyes as he tapped into something internal and began to crush Breakker with three powerbombs and a frog splash.
- Breakker hit Crews with his own finisher for a near fall, then the challenger did the same to the champ.