NXT 2.0 notes: Gunther, Rhea Ripley, Ciampa featured, Gigi Dolin is back, Fit Finlay, Grimes-Gacy

The likes of Gunther, Butch, Rhea Ripley & Ciampa made cameos, Fit Finlay appears, Gigi Dolin is back, Cameron Grimes/Joe Gacy segment

In addition to Finn Balor and Shayna Baszler who appeared on NXT 2.0’s Worlds Collide go-home show, Intercontinental Champion Gunther was featured and gave words of encouragement to NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate. Gunther and Bate clashed at NXT TakeOver: Cardiff in 2019 and that match was referenced.

There was an interview segment with Blair Davenport, who is in the Triple-Threat Women’s Championship unification match. Davenport was approached by Rhea Ripley.

Bate received additional support from Butch (Pete Dunne) via video. The device that the video played on was handed to Bate by Fit Finlay. Tyler Bate’s opponent at Worlds Collide, NXT Champion Bron Breakker was shown support from Ciampa who Breakker defeated to win his first NXT Title.

Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin was present on tonight’s program alongside Jacy Jayne and NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose. Gigi and Jacy cost Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley their match against the Women’s Tag Team Champions Kayden Carter and Katana Chance. Gigi and Jacy advanced to the second round of the WWE Women’s Tag Title tournament, but they were pulled from the tourney due to Gigi going down with an injury.

Nathan Frazer and Axiom agreed to face each other in a best of three.

There was a segment with The Schism (Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reid). They invited Cameron Grimes to the ring. Grimes opted to leave, but Gacy brought up Grimes’ late father which caused Grimes to go after The Schism. Instead of fighting him back, Gacy held Fowler and Reid back and hugged Grimes.

In Charlie Dempsey’s NXT 2.0 in-ring debut, he fell in defeat to Andre Chase via a roll up.

The show opener saw Grayson Waller score a win over Apollo Crews.

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