Escobar might be next for Breakker, but Lopez is getting the push

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NXT 2.0 returns tonight (January 18) live from WWE Performance Center in Orlando!

Announcing the offer:

  • Walter vs. Roderick Strong
  • Tony D’Angelo’s memorial service for Pete Dunn
  • The men’s classic Dusty Rhodes Tag Team race begins

As usual, here are five questions about tonight’s NXT:

1) Who is the star of Legado Del Fantasma?

Santos Escobar took a win over Zion Quinn last Tuesday, but even while doing so, he wasn’t the focal point of the corner. The feud was happening because of Electra Lopez, and Electra Lopez made sure that the leader of her family eventually raised his hand.

The whole story felt outdated, but Lopez who is the one pulling the strings gave it an update. You play Quinn – and maybe you play Santos? By making them think they were fighting for her loyalty was a clever reversal of an old metaphor for professional wrestling, keeping her from going for the macho man/lady. Elizabeth.

So, even as Escobar sets his sights on NXT Champion Bron Breakker and battles Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza for their names in the Dusty Cup, it’s worth asking who pays WWE when they pay Legado Del Fantasma. Perhaps the commercial for tonight’s show will give us the answer:

It’s definitely an option that fits with the sexiness shift WWE tried to give NXT 2.0, and with someone not your standard Johnny Ace “Diva Search” type. Elektra definitely has the verbal skills and wrestling-level acting chops required for a place on Raw or SmackDown, and what we saw about her in the ring was pretty good. She is green, but shows some natural ability as a wrestler.

Perhaps this does not bode well for the rest of Legado. The three men are extremely talented, but they also feel like they’re a relic of the Triple H era. Wilder and Mendoza could get a “why not?” He ran to the next level due to WWE’s lack of focus on tag wrestling. As much as I love his work (King Cuerno 4 Life!), it’s hard to see where Escobar is in the current form. Breaker mode might be his last act.

2) Will Joe Gacy & Harland really accept losing Dusty Classic?

Speaking of Wilde & Mendoza, their first-round opponents are right there because Harland broke free from Gacy’s control in a qualifying match that The Inclusive One volunteered for. Aside from winning by elimination being a dull way for Blade owner and Idris Inoufeh to get into the tournament, do we really think that Joe and his monster are going to take their toll and sit on the sidelines? The better question is how will Gacy justify/justify everything they do next.

3) What are the best storylines in the men’s Dusty movie?

There are some great first round matches. Provided that this happens without incident, Legado vs. The Creeds vs. Brooks & Jensen is an interesting clash of skill and strength between two teams that could have a bright future. If we’re looking for favorites, we need to look at the angles.

Wes Lee and Nash Carter have been getting a lot of TV time in their quest to reclaim the NXT Tag belts from Imperium. Zack Gibson and James Drake of Grizzled Young Veterans made it to the finals of the last two Dusty classics and are striving to beat the hump, and Wilde & Mendoza have been in/around the title picture for a long time with nothing to show for it. The duo of Diamond Mine or County Boys can become men with a win.

All in all, I’d probably bet MSK making it two numbers in a row. But maybe I sleep on Buddy Hayward. sleeping? Say it reminds me…

4) Could Wendy Choo’s stunt work?


2.0 Focus on few things other than sex, and one such trick is highly understandable. Ex-Mei Ying got one of those who suffer from narcolepsy at a sleepover party / What if Orange Cassidy was a teenage girl character. And on her debut last week with Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta, she thought it was pretty fun. Am I at Choo Crew?

Are you?

5) Who is the mysterious benefactor of Von Wagner?

Grayson Waller’s rise ran into a hurdle last week when he was overtaken by AJ Styles and defeated by LA Knight. So how are the other guy running NXT 1.0 star off?

Since sending Kyle O’Reilly to join Adam Cole’s soap opera, Von Wagner has lost one, and he’s been pretty pissed. This outrage led him to a suspension and a fine in New Year’s Evil, but someone paid for it.

Robert Stone has been hanging around the big guy, a talented artist who needs something to do. Hopefully the answer to this question is the obvious one, and Suit Man Stone is that it’s missing an element in making something interesting going on from Wagner.

Give us your questions and answers in the comments below. Then join us on our live blog, and we’ll see what Qs and As brings us tonight.

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