NXT Deadline

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NXT Deadline
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Promotional poster featuring Joe Gacy, JD McDonagh, Axiom, Carmelo Hayes, and Grayson Waller
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
DateDecember 10, 2022
CityOrlando, Florida
VenueWWE Performance Center
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NXT Deadline (stylized as DEADL1NE) is an upcoming professional wrestling livestreaming event produced by WWE. It will be held for wrestlers from the promotion's NXT brand division, with one team from the SmackDown brand also appearing. The event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Deadline replaced NXT WarGames as the brand's December event, as the WarGames concept was moved to the main roster for that year's Survivor Series event for the Raw and SmackDown brands. Additionally, Deadline will debut the Iron Survivor Challenge match-type in WWE.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

On October 15, 2022, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE filed to trademark the name "NXT Deadline" for their developmental brand, NXT. During a media conference on October 21 the night before NXT Halloween Havoc, WWE executive Shawn Michaels confirmed that NXT's next livestreaming event would be Deadline. It was scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 10 at NXT's home venue, the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and will air on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network in international markets. Deadline replaced NXT WarGames as the brand's December event, after the WarGames concept was moved to the main roster for the 2022 Survivor Series for the Raw and SmackDown brands.[1][2][3]

Storylines[edit]

NXT Deadline will include several matches. The matches result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters to build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand, while storylines are produced on the weekly television program, NXT, and the supplementary online streaming show Level Up.[4][5]

On the November 15 episode of NXT, WWE executive Shawn Michaels announced a new match format for WWE called the Iron Survivor Challenge, which would occur at Deadline, with one each for the men and women. The rules are as follows:

  • Two wrestlers start the match and every five minutes another wrestler enters until all five participants are present.
  • After the last wrestler enters, there is a predetermined time limit.
  • Each time a wrestler scores a pinfall, submission, or being the victim of a disqualification, they gain a point.
  • A wrestler who is pinned, submitted, or is disqualified goes into a penalty box for 90 seconds.
  • The winner of the match is the wrestler who scores the most points at the end of the time limit.
  • The winners of the men's and women's matches become the #1 contenders for the NXT Championship and NXT Women's Championship, respectively.[6]

On the November 29 episode of NXT, the first four contestants for the men's Iron Survivor Challenge were revealed as Carmelo Hayes, JD McDonagh, Grayson Waller, and Joe Gacy, while for the women's match, Zoey Stark, Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez, and Kiana James were revealed as the first four participants.[7] The following week, Axiom won the fifth and final spot in the men's match by defeating Von Wagner and Andre Chase in a triple threat match, while Indi Hartwell won the fifth and final spot in the women's by defeating Wendy Choo and Fallon Henley, also in a triple threat match.[8]

On the November 15 episode of NXT, Apollo Crews warned NXT Champion Bron Breakker that his goal was to become champion. Later, after Crews' match, Breakker appeared to confront him.[6] The following week, Breakker was scheduled to defend the NXT Championship against Crews at Deadline.[9]

On the December 6 episode of NXT, while NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) were reading a Christmas story, they were interrupted by SmackDown roster members The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), who attacked the duo and challenged them for the titles. The match was made official for Deadline.[8]

On the November 15 episode of NXT, Alba Fyre lost to NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose in a Last Woman Standing match after interference from Isla Dawn, who made her NXT debut.[6] On the December 6 episode, after Dawn successfully won her match, Fyre attacked her. Later that night, a match between Dawn and Fyre was made official for Deadline.[8]

Matches[edit]

No. Matches* Stipulations
1 Carmelo Hayes vs. JD McDonagh vs. Grayson Waller vs. Joe Gacy vs. Axiom Men's Iron Survivor Challenge to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship[10]
2 Zoey Stark vs. Cora Jade vs. Roxanne Perez vs. Kiana James vs. Indi Hartwell Women's Iron Survivor Challenge to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women's Championship[11]
3 Bron Breakker (c) vs. Apollo Crews Singles match for the NXT Championship[12]
4 Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) (c) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[13]
5 Alba Fyre vs. Isla Dawn Singles match[14]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • *Card subject to change

References[edit]

  1. ^ Currier, Joseph (October 21, 2022). "WWE confirms NXT Deadline special for December 10". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Archived from the original on October 21, 2022. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  2. ^ Johnson, Mike (October 21, 2022). "The next WWE NXT PPV will be..." PWInsider. Archived from the original on October 21, 2022. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Powell, Jason (October 21, 2022). "NXT Deadline event announced for December". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on October 21, 2022. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  4. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on November 29, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  5. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Moore, John (November 15, 2022). "11/15 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Bron Breakker vs. Von Wagner for the NXT Championship, Mandy Rose vs. Alba Fyre in a Last Woman Standing match for the NXT Women's Championship, Apollo Crews vs. JD McDonagh, Indi Hartwell vs. Tatum Paxley, Jagger Reid and Rip Fowler vs. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 16, 2022. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  7. ^ Moore, John (November 29, 2022). "11/29 NXT TV results: Moore's review of WWE Hall of Famers revealing the participants in the Iron Survivor Challenge matches, Toxic Attraction vs. Kayden Carter, Katana Chance, and Nikkita Lyons, Dijak returns to the ring, Indi Hartwell vs. Roxanne Perez, Fallon Henley vs. Kiana James, JD McDonagh vs. Julius Creed". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 30, 2022. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c Moore, John (December 6, 2022). "12/6 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Von Wagner vs. Axiom vs. Andre Chase, and Wendy Choo vs. Fallon Henley vs. Indi Hartwell in Triple Threats for the final spots in the Iron Survivor Challenge matches at NXT Deadline, Hank Walker vs. Charlie Dempsey, Tony D'Angelo returns to action". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  9. ^ Moore, John (November 22, 2022). "11/22 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Wes Lee vs. Carmelo Hayes for the NXT North American Championship, Cora Jade vs. Wendy Choo, Ivey Nile vs. Tatum Paxley, Toxic Attraction opening, the identity of SCRYPTS revealed". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  10. ^ "Carmelo Hayes vs. Grayson Waller vs. Joe Gacy vs. JD McDonagh vs. Axiom (Iron Survivor Challenge Match)". WWE. November 29, 2022. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  11. ^ "Roxanne Perez vs. Cora Jade vs. Zoey Stark vs. Kiana James vs. Indi Hartwell (Iron Survivor Challenge)". WWE. November 29, 2022. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  12. ^ "Bron Breakker vs. Apollo Crews (NXT Championship Match)". WWE. November 22, 2022. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  13. ^ Zak, Brad (December 6, 2022). "Pretty Deadly vs. The New Day (NXT Tag Team Title Match)". WWE. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Alba Fyre vs. Isla Dawn". WWE. December 6, 2022. Retrieved December 7, 2022.

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