New matches announced for NXT Heatwave

Aug 9, 2022 - by Staff

Three new matches are now official for WWE NXT Heatwave.

NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes will put his title on the line against Giovanni Vinci next Tuesday night.

Tonight’s Heatwave go-home edition of NXT 2.0 saw Vinci confront Hayes in the ring, calling on him to host an Open Challenge for next week. The challenge was accepted, and the title match was made official for next week. This comes after Vinci was ready to hit the ring and challenge Hayes last week, but Nathan Frazer beat him to the title shot, but Hayes ended up retaining.

Cora Jade vs. Roxanne Perez in a battle of former best friends and tag team partners is also official for Heatwave.

Jade recently turned heel on Perez, just a week after they won the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles together. Jade cost Perez a shot against NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, and then the titles were declared vacant. Tonight’s NXT 2.0 episode saw Jade take on new #1 contender Zoey Stark in the main event. Rose had recruited Jade to take out Stark, promising her a title shot at Heatwave if she succeeded. After Stark got the win in tonight’s main event, Perez chased Stark to the back with a kendo stick, while Stark took out Rose to prevent a sneak attack.

The lengthy feud between Santos Escobar and Tony D’Angelo is set to end at Heatwave as well.

Tonight’s Heatwave go-home show featured the “Final Accord” between Tony D and Escobar, which was another sitdown meeting at an outdoor amphitheater. After a back & forth between the two, they proposed one more match to take place at Heatwave, with the stakes increased. Escobar challenged D’Angelo to a match and said if Tony wins, Santos will leave NXT, and will never be seen on the brand again. D’Angelo agreed but said he gets to keep Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro, if he wins. Escobar said if he wins, then Lopez, Wilde and Del Toro will be free from The Family, and back full-time with Legado del Fantasma. D’Angelo then agreed to the stipulation but under one condition – the match will be a one-on-one Street Fight. If Santos wins, Legado del Fantasma is free, and if Tony wins, Escobar is history in NXT.

The match was then made official as Escobar promised they will find out next week who is the true leader of leaders. Tony D promised to rid NXT of Escobar for good. WWE then clarified that Escobar will be banned from NXT if he loses.

The inaugural Heatwave edition of NXT 2.0 will air next Tuesday from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The one-hour show will air live on the USA Network. Below is the updated Heatwave card:

NXT Title Match
JD McDonagh vs. Bron Breakker (c)

NXT Women’s Title Match
Zoey Stark vs. Mandy Rose (c)

NXT North American Title Match
Giovanni Vinci vs. Carmelo Hayes (c)

Street Fight
Tony D’Angelo vs. Santos Escobar
If D’Angelo wins, Santos must leave NXT and Elektra Lopez, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde must stay with The Family. If Escobar wins, Legado del Fantasma is free from The Family.

Cora Jade vs. Roxanne Perez

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