WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 started off the 2024 PLE year for the brand off with a bang. From the solid opener and the NO DQ match. To The Women's Match and The epic Main event from Ilja Dragunov and Trick Williams. The show revolved around Trick Williams pulling double duty and his stories with Ilja and Carmelo. The main event delivered along with the show ending with the heel turn from Carmelo Hayes to Trick Williams. I felt the atmosphere surrounding the whole night was a top notch atmosphere especially with Vic Joseph calling the show with Wade Barrett. A very solid PLE from NXT to start the year with a climatic moment in their biggest story.
WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 marks the beginning of NXT’s PLE run this year. The first special event officially ran with the GM Ava. Trick Williams is in for a wild night with two high profile matches, one the Dusty Classic finals and the other being the main event against champion, Ilja Dragunov. Lyra Valkyria faces the one champion to never lose the championship, Roxanne Perez. OTM faces The Family in a mixed tag match. Oba Femi faces the man he cashes his championship shot against in Dragon Lee. and Joe Gacy faces DIJAK under No DQ rules.
AMAZING Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin Vs Trick Williams and Carmelo Hayes – Dusty Rhodes Classic Final Match: WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 Opening Match
From the event standpoint this was a very solid opener with a very strong atmosphere surrounding the match. These four men truly delivered a tag team match despite being primarily singles stars. I feel the match excelled in the storytelling aspect along with the psychology between all four men. From the tag psychology of Bron and Corbin being the more cohesive unit and working on both Trick and Carmelo. We have Trick tweaking his knee in the match that starts to become a key component of this match and the later match. The only thing that was evident were a number of rough spots, including the tight ropes that cause Breakker to have a whiff, and a couple of less smooth spots in the match.
Results: Bron Breakker by Pinfall via Spear On Carmelo Hayes
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.00 Stars
AMAZING Joe Gacy Vs DIJAK – NO DQ Match:
Something about DIJAK and stipulation matches always deliver. While the match had a very simple story it was told effectively. We have two different type of insane stars, DIJAK being the collected yet sadistic heel while Gacy is a loveable pain loving psycho. This match didn’t struggle with innovative spots and sequences, from Gacy using himself as a weapon despite having a trash can over his head, and Gacy duct taping DIJAK’s eyes. The atmosphere matched the chaos and this was thoroughly enjoyable.
Results: Dijak by Pinfall via Feast Your Eyes
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
GOOD Out The Mud, Jaida Parker, Bronco Nima and Lucien Price with Scrypts Vs The Family, Tony D’Angelo, Channing Stacks Lorenzo and Adriana Rizzo:
This to me was the one match I was not expected too much out of. I keep forgetting that Tony and Stacks are tag champs in NXT and just aren’t that interested in them at this point. Personally I feel like the stuff in this match was fine but this was a NXT TV match. I felt the inexperience of the women stars in the match was evident and it makes me question doing this as a PLE match. I thought the crowd was solid for the match tho and the tag psychology was good enough as well.
Results: Tony D’Angelo by Pinfall via Forget About It
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.00 Stars
AMAZING Lyra Valkyria Vs Roxanne Perez (Vs Lola Vice) – NXT Women’s Championship Match :
I knew this was going to deliver between two talented stars in Lyra and Roxanne. What I didn’t expect was the match to be structured very well, a slow build with solid wrestling and great spots. Just when Roxanne was about to get the win after Pop Rox, Lola Vice cashes in. Personally, her failing the cash in is the right choice because I don’t think she should hold the title at least for this year. But this match was a very well done triple threat match after the cash in.
We have Lola, Roxanne and Lyra looking great in the ring with each other. With Lola having to step it up at this stage. I feel the story elements of Tatum and Lyra’s dynamic was advanced with this match. We have Roxanne losing another big match but clearly developing as she attacked Lola later on in the night. Perez has the chance to continue saying she hasn’t been pinned or submitted in a championship match.
Results: Lyra Valkyria by Pinfall via Night Wish On Lola Vice
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
GREAT Oba Femi Vs Dragon Lee – NXT North American Championship: WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 Semi Main Event
Sink or swim for Mr Oba Femi. Boy did he swim, the entrance, the aura and presence is there in this environment. While I felt it struggled with being the match nobody knew was going to be match of the night or anything of that status. This match was really well done, Oba looked great and Dragon Lee worked well with Femi. Femi effectively looks like a dominant monster in this match and it was solid. Great defense for the champion.
Results: Oba Femi by Pinfall via Pop Up Powerbomb
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 3.50 Stars
MUST WATCH Trick Williams with Carmelo Hayes Vs Ilja Dragunov – NXT Championship Match: WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 Main Event
Boy, this main event delivered everything it needed too. From compelling action, to Trick Williams proving he is a main event talent. The crowd was firmly behind Trick so much that they were booing Ilja. Spots and moves that were done within the match made sense to the story and to the people involved. From Trick doing the first 48, to Ilja doing the H bomb that put away Carmelo Hayes. All of the moves and nearfalls made sense and added to the feeling. The nearfalls were electric with the crowd and rightfully so. Trick proved he could hang in this match and boy did he deliver.
Results: Ilja Dragunov by Pinfall via Torpedo Moscow
Coby Galenzoski WR Star Rating – 4.75 Stars
Overall WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024…
WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2024 started off the 2024 PLE year for the brand off with a bang. From the solid opener and the NO DQ match. To The Women’s Match and The epic Main event from Ilja Dragunov and Trick Williams. The show revolved around Trick Williams pulling double duty and his stories with Ilja and Carmelo. The main event delivered along with the show ending with the heel turn from Carmelo Hayes to Trick Williams. I felt the atmosphere surrounding the whole night was a top notch atmosphere especially with Vic Joseph calling the show with Wade Barrett. A very solid PLE from NXT to start the year with a climatic moment in their biggest story.
Matches: 0.75/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.75/1 Stars
Atmosphere…: 1/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.75/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 1/1 Stars
Overall Rating. 4.25/5 Stars
Photo Credit: WWE – Feb 4 2024
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