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) was a professional wrestling livestreaming event produced by WWE. It was held primarily for wrestlers from the promotion's NXT brand division. The event took 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 debuted the Iron Survivor Challenge match-type in WWE, with one each for the men and women.

Five matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Bron Breakker defeated Apollo Crews to retain the NXT Championship. In other prominent matches, SmackDown's The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) defeated Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) to win the NXT Tag Team Championship, becoming the third WWE Tag Team Triple Crown Champions, winning their record 12th WWE Tag Team Championship as a team, and Kingston's record 15th WWE Tag Team Title individually.[1] Grayson Waller won the Men's Iron Survivor Challenge, while in the opening bout, Roxanne Perez won the Women's Iron Survivor Challenge.

Production

Background

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 aired 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.[2][3][4]

Storylines

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Vic Joseph
Booker T
Spanish commentators Marcelo Rodríguez
Jerry Soto
Ring announcer Alicia Taylor
Referees Adrian Butler
Chip Danning
Dallas Irvin
Derek Sanders
Joey Gonzalez
Pre-show panel Sam Roberts
McKenzie Mitchell
Denise Salcedo

NXT Deadline included several matches. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters to build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the NXT brand, while storylines were produced on the weekly television program, NXT, and the supplementary online streaming show, Level Up.[5][6]

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:

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[7] The following week, Breakker was scheduled to defend the NXT Championship against Crews at Deadline.[10]

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.[9]

On the November 15 episode of NXT, Alba Fyre lost her NXT Women's Championship match thanks to interference from Isla Dawn, who made her NXT debut.[7] On the December 6 episode, Fyre attacked Dawn after the latter's match. Later that night, a match between Fyre and Dawn was made official for Deadline.[9]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1D Ivy Nile (with Tatum Paxley) defeated Lash Legend Singles match[12] -
2D Chase University (Duke Hudson and Andre Chase) (with Thea Hail) defeated Javier Bernal and Xyon Quinn Tag team match[12] -
3 Roxanne Perez (2) defeated Zoey Stark (1), Cora Jade (1), Kiana James (0), and Indi Hartwell (1) Women's Iron Survivor Challenge to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women's Championship[13] 25:00
4 Isla Dawn defeated Alba Fyre by pinfall Singles match[14] 9:52
5 The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) defeated Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) (c) by pinfall Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[15] 14:05
6 Grayson Waller (3) defeated Carmelo Hayes (2), JD McDonagh (0), Joe Gacy (2), and Axiom (2) Men's Iron Survivor Challenge to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship[16] 25:00
7 Bron Breakker (c) defeated Apollo Crews by pinfall Singles match for the NXT Championship[17] 14:34
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Women's Iron Survivor Challenge statistics

Score Point Winner Fall Loser Decision Notes Time
0–0–0–0–1 Zoey Stark Roxanne Perez Pinfall Pinned after the K-360 9:31
1–0–0–0–1 Cora Jade Kiana James Pinfall Pinned after a superkick 12:38
1–1–0–0–1 Indi Hartwell Roxanne Perez Pinfall Pinned after a big boot 16:00
1–1–0–1–1 Roxanne Perez Zoey Stark Pinfall Pinned with a schoolgirl 18:37
1–1–0–2–1 Roxanne Perez Cora Jade Pinfall Pinned after Pop Rocks 23:01
Winner Roxanne Perez N/A 25:00

Men's Iron Survivor Challenge statistics

Score Point Winner Fall Loser Decision Notes Time
0–1–0–0–0 Carmelo Hayes Axiom Pinfall Pinned after a swinging vertical suplex on McDonagh onto Axiom 7:12
0–1–1–0–0 Grayson Waller Axiom Pinfall Pinned after a stunner 10:13
0–1–2–0–0 Grayson Waller JD McDonagh Pinfall Pinned after a stunner 10:17
1–1–2–0–0 Axiom Grayson Waller Pinfall Pinned with a roll-up 14:14
2–1–2–0–0 Axiom JD McDonagh Pinfall Pinned after the Golden Ratio 14:36
2–1–2–0–1 Joe Gacy Axiom Submission Submitted to the Rings of Saturn 16:02
2–1–2–0–2 Joe Gacy Carmelo Hayes Pinfall Pinned after the Upside-Down World 17:11
2–2–2–0–2 Carmelo Hayes Grayson Waller Submission Submitted to a crossface 19:24
2–2–3–0–2 Grayson Waller Axiom Pinfall Pinned after Hayes hit Axiom with a diving leg drop 24:30
Winner Grayson Waller N/A 25:00

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