The June 24, 2020 episode of WWE NXT aired live on the USA Network from the Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University.
The show was headlined by NXT North American Champion Keith Lee defending the title against Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano.
WWE NXT Results (6/24)
- Cameron Grimes def. Damian Priest.
- Santos Escobar defeated Jake Atlas.
- Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez def. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.
- Karrion Kross def. Bronson Reed.
- Rhea Ripley def. Aliyah
- Dexter Lumis def. Roderick Strong via countout.
- NXT North American Champion Keith Lee def. Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor.
Here are the takeaways from this week’s show:
Cameron Grimes vs. Damien Priest
WWE booked Cameron Grimes vs. Damien Priest in a singles match after a one week build in the opening segment.
WWE did an angle where an hour before the show, Grimes had attacked Priest in the parking lot, and Priest sold his back, which was taped up.
The match was fine with the big-small man combo that has been working for decades in the pro wrestling business. The finish saw Grimes hit his finisher for the win.
Both stars are in an interesting spot as Grimes comes across as a mid-card talent who has his moments but mostly comes across as a comedy guy. On the flip side, for the majority of his time in NXT, Priest has been protected and pushed as a main player on the brand.
However, Priest finds himself in an interesting spot right now as he’s not in a top program. Perhaps that will change in the near future.
Karrion Kross vs. Bronson Reed
Karrion Kross vs. Bronson Reed in a singles match was booked and as expected, Kross went over strong with his submission finisher. Reed did get some more offense than those who have come before him.
Clearly, Reed stood no chance against Kross, who is being groomed as the next big star under the NXT banner. From doing quick squash matches to taking out Tommaso Ciampa, a former NXT Champion and top NXT star mind you, with ease.
Next, he has his sights set for the NXT Title. The question is whether that will be Adam Cole or another star.
Roderick Strong Doesn’t Face His Fear
Two weeks of doing therapy with Kyle O’Reilly and getting put into a trunk, Roderick Strong took on Dexter Lumis in a singles match.
Of course, this feud started when Lumis put Strong and Bobby Fish in the trunk of his car in the middle of the Backlot Brawl between NXT Champion Adam Cole and The Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
Lumis won the contest by countout when Strong retreated from the ring as Lumis walked him down. Thus, it appears that this feud will continue as WWE has already booked them in a Strap Match next week.
Lee vs. Gargano vs. Balor
The first big match announced last week is in the books as NXT North American Champion Keith Lee defended the title against Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano.
The stipulation to go along with it was that the winner of that match would go on to the July 8 episode for a “Winner Takes All” match against NXT Champion Adam Cole.
WWE saved this match for last and rightfully so as it was a big match with top names under the NXT banner. As expected, it was a wild contest that saw the finish be Lee surviving the odds and pinning Gargano for the victory.
Obviously, Lee will now face Cole in order to determine the undisputed champion in NXT. Post-match, Cole and Lee had a staredown to close the show.