Rick Steiner appears in new NXT 2.0 storyline

Apr 5, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

2022 WWE Hall of Famer Rick Steiner has been abducted by Joe Gacy and Harland.

The main event of tonight’s post-Stand & Deliver edition of NXT 2.0 saw new NXT Champion Bron Breakker retain his title over Gunther. The episode also featured various backstage vignettes from Gacy and Harland that were shown throughout the show, with Gacy talking about family and chaos.

After the main event win, Breakker stood tall with the NXT Title as the show was about to go off the air. Steiner suddenly appeared on the big screen and called him by his name, “Bronson!”

Rick congratulated Bron on his win and making him proud. The camera then zoomed out and we saw Rick was being held in a cage, tied up. Bron looked on as Gacy then appeared and said he had been telling Bron how family was everything. Harland came walking around the cage with a chain in his hands. Gacy then said we’ll see if they can teach this old dog some new tricks. Harland smacked the cage with his chain as Gacy covered the camera with his hand and NXT faded to black and went off the air.

There’s no word on what’s next for the new Steiner – Gacy storyline, but it looks like Harland or Gacy will end up challenging Breakker for the NXT Title, perhaps with Steiner’s safety on the line in a “Dog-Faced Gremlin In a Cage” bout.

Rick and his brother, Scott Steiner, were inducted into the 2022 WWE Hall of Fame Class during WrestleMania 38 Weekend this past Friday. Bron also opened tonight’s show and talked about how his first WrestleMania Weekend was full of ups & downs. He admitted he failed at Stand & Deliver but wouldn’t make any excuses for the loss to Dolph Ziggler, but then he got the chance to go to WrestleMania and was inspired by names like RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Kevin Owens and WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin. That got Breakker thinking about two things. One – he will headline WrestleMania one day, and two – he wasn’t leaving Dallas without the NXT Title. That’s how Bron picked himself up, dusted off, and challenged Ziggler to regain the NXT Title on last night’s RAW.

Breakker’s promo was then interrupted by Imperium, which led to Gunther challenging him to the title match main event.

Stay tuned for more on Breakker and the new feud with Gacy. You can see related photos and videos from tonight’s NXT below:

3 Responses

  1. Luke says:

    So we take a still green (although much better than his experience would suggest) Steiner, have him beat Walter right away (instead of giving them a series of matches for Steiner to grow and learn from one of the best in the business) and give him a kid who “looks like a wrestler”. Can someone please explain the thought process behind this?

  2. art123guy says:

    @Luke–Allow me to explain…WWE creative. You’re welcome.

  3. Chatty One says:

    I mean using Gunther as a throwaway match now does seem to be an afterthought given that Gacy is clearly his next storyline.

    I would hope given this loss and the loss of the tag titles is to start a new storyline for Imperium of them going more brutal on opponents so that by the time Breakker vs Gacy concludes, Gunther is now ready for a rematch which Breakker will in theory treat lightly because he already beat Gunther and Gunter unleashes his “mat is sacred” rejuvenation.

    But that requires WWE to write storylines and actually follow through with them in long term ways, which in present day only stands a 50/50 chance.

    That being said Gacy has been a well deserved push, taking his new gimmick (which was a complete 180) and delivering with it. Harland mostly now as monster muscle can be built up. I can’t call this a boring storyline, i’m just not sure it was the best timing. As i’m not sure i’m happy Ziggler vs Breakker is over.

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