Winners, News And Notes On June 1, 2021

WWE NXT advertised Kyle O’Reilly vs. Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano for the right to become No. 1 Contender for the NXT Championship. NXT also advertised MSK vs. Legado del Fantasma for the NXT Tag Team Championships.

WWE NXT continued to hover around the 700,000-viewer range with 698,000 viewers for last week’s show.

  • May 25, 2021—698,000
  • May 18, 2021—700,000
  • May 11, 2021—697,000
  • May 4, 2021—761,000
  • April 27, 2021—744,000

WWE NXT—Key Competition 

Pro Wrestling Bits—Tony Khan’s Bizarre Promo Against Nick Khan

WWE NXT Stand and Deliver Total YouTube Viewership Last Week: 2,435,104 (Up from 2,040,923 views)

  • Most-Viewed: Karrion Kross vs. Finn Balor (548,404 views)
  • Least-Viewed: Finn Balor Aims to Regain NXT Title (30,172 views)
  • Median Viewership: 127,997 views

WWE NXT Results—Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Adam Cole Destroys Kyle O’Reilly, Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano

Fresh off an AEW pay-per-view filled with outside interference, but with a hot crowd, WWE NXT opened with a very lukewarm crowd but with outside interference. WWE opted to give fans the worst of both worlds on Tuesday nights.

Adam Cole had disappeared from TV for so long, it actually felt like the character was somewhat refreshed for the first time in the many years he’s been with NXT.

Dakota Kai Attacks Ember Moon

What a miserable night for the William Regal character, who once again had to walk out with WWE officials to contain a situation that had gotten away from him for the second time in two opening segments.

Dakota was not very convincing in the bully beatdown spot, and I think her diminutive size has something to do with it.

Jake Atlas def. LA Knight

There’s no way Jake Atlas should have lost to LA Knight on the first day of Pride Month, that would be like Bianca Belair losing to Santina Marella on February 1.

Jake Atlas has quietly defeated both LA Knight and Cameron Grimes. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say there’s an outside chance Ted DiBiase selects Atlas as his next protege.

After another wild brawl filled with WWE officials trying to stop it, this time backstage, WWE NXT feels like a show designed to make you ask “who’s in charge here?”

Prior to going to break, there was an awkward segment where Ted DiBiase began cutting a promo. NXT immediately went to commercial mid-promo, but not before showing Adam Cole walking to the ring while DiBiase was talking.

Karrion Kross Confronts Adam Cole

During Karrion Kross’ entrance, one fan was clapping, trying helplessly to get others to clap along. It was somewhat symbolic to how WWE has been pushing Karrion Kross on its fanbase amid disappointing viewership.

I’m really against Karrion Kross talking too much, but if he can continue to cut promos with Batista-like intensity, I’m all for it. This segment felt like a legitimate argument, even if it did further neuter the authority of William Regal. I loved it.

Kushida def. Carmelo Hayes—WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship

I love when open challenges are answered by wrestlers from outside of the promotion, and while Carmleo Hayes was making is NXT debut, this very much felt like that.

WWE only recently filed he trademark for Carmelo Hayes, so this whole thing might have come together on short notice.

Carmelo Hayes already has better theme music than at least half the roster in NXT.

I don’t know if this makes any sense, but watching Carmelo Hayes feels like a left-handed pro wrestling match. Some of his moves are reverse twists on others, and they look awesome.

The Way def. Zayda Ramier and Zoey Stark

Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix stepped all over each other in an argument over Dexter Lumis that started to border on a shoot. At one point, Wade Barrett brought up the very fair point that Beth Phoenix would never let either of her daughters around a creep like Lumis.

MSK def. Legado Del Fantasma—WWE NXT Tag Team Championship

Legado Del Fantasma vowed to try to hurt Wes Lee in addition to beating him, so the story of this match was Wes Lee selling for Legado Del Fantasma and building to a hot tag. It was a good pro wrestling match, but I feel like we were robbed of a potential high-flying masterpiece

The final five minutes of this match made up for a painfully slow start.

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