WWE has had an odd relationship with death in their storytelling history. They've played with it a few times over the years with The Undertaker at the 1994 Royal Rumble, with The Rock throwing Stone Cold Steve Austin off of a bridge in an April of 1999 episode of Raw Is War, and with Paul Bearer being buried in cement at the 2004 Great American Bash. Of course, the most infamous incident was when Vince McMahon was blown up in his limo to end a June 2007 episode of Raw, which was followed days later by the very real murder/suicide tragedy involving WWE star Chris Benoit. And it is because of the real life ramifications of death that WWE rarely touches the topic. And then there was last night's episode of NXT 2.0.
First, let's cover some of the action that went down on last night's NXT 2.0 on the USA Network.
Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez defeated Kayden Carter & Katana Chance to become the Number One Contenders to face Toxic Attraction for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash.
Giovanni Vinci defeated Ikemen Jiro
Kiana James defeated Indi Hartwell
Joe Gacy & The Dyad defeated Diamond Mine
Sanga defeated Xyon Quinn
A returning Nikkita Lyons defeated NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose via Disqualification
And in non-match related action on last night's NXT 2.0, we saw the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen face a challenge from Pretty Deadly.
Grayson Waller tricked Carmelo Hayes into signing a contract to defend his North American Championship against him at The Great American Bash.
Wes Lee promises to bring it when he faces Trick Williams at The Great American Bash.
Lash Legend interrupting a medical update on Alba Fyre, whom she attacked with a baseball bat last week.
We saw the beginning of the end of Diamond Mine when after their loss, Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp challenged The Creed Brothers to an NXT Tag Team Championship match at The Great American Bash.
We got an obnoxious and stupid video from Wendy Choo in response to Tiffany Stratton.
We got another hype package for JD McDonagh
Xyon Quinn and Apollo Crews had a backstage run-in
And NXT Champion Bron Breakker and Cameron Grimes had a face-off in the ring ahead of their title match at The Great American Bash and things didn't go too well for the champ or the turnbuckle.
Now, onto the headline. If you've been following NXT 2.0, you will of course know all about Tony D'Angelo being "the Don of NXT" and that whole gimmick. He was flanked by his two goons, Stacks and Two Dimes, who carried out his calls for action. Well, things took a turn for the worse for poor Two Dimes.
The young wrestler was released by WWE a couple of weeks ago due to "a policy issue". So how were they going to handle this on NXT 2.0? Were they simply going to ignore it? No, unfortunately, it appears Two Dimes is now sleeping with the fishes in the NXT 2.0 universe. Packed full of all The Godfather homages you can handle (including the iconic theme music), we watch as Tony D and Stacks finish up dumping a "whacked" Two Dimes off of a bridge into the water below for betraying the Don. Poor Two Dimes, he was too weak and stupid.
And that's that for an ok episode of NXT 2.0. They did a pretty good job of setting up next week's The Great American Bash show and murders aside, there wasn't too much stupidity this week. Till next time friends.