Bron Breakker to Ivy Nile: Every Superstar Who Debuted on WWE NXT 2.0

Published 09/15/2021, 9:38 AM EDT


After weeks of teasing, WWE finally launched the revamped NXT 2.0 with a bang! The Capitol Wrestling Center was absolutely unrecognizable with the new set design. However, the set, logo and theme song weren’t the only new things about the former black and gold brand.

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WWE brought in several superstars and set NXT 2.0 to be the perfect stage for their debut. Nine new superstars appeared on the premiere episode. Although the NXT Universe is only familiar with a couple of faces. So here’s looking at every new superstar that we saw on NXT 2.0.

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Bron Breakker – An impressive WWE debut at NXT 2.0

WWE Legend Rick Steiner’s son, Bronson Rechsteiner, made his WWE debut in terrific fashion. He debuted as Bron Breakker, and interrupted LA Knight during his promo at the beginning of the show.

The interruption led to an impromptu match, which Breakker shockingly won with dominance! Later in the night, the former Baltimore Ravens fullback confronted Tommaso Ciampa and let him know he’s coming for him. All in all, a picture perfect or dream debut!

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Lash Legend and Malik Blade

Former WNBA Rookie for the Seattle Storm, Anriel Howard and Joshua Dawkins also made an appearance. Ariel and Dawkins both appeared under the new ring names, Lash Legend and Malik Blade in a backstage segment where several new NXT Superstars congratulate Brok Breakker for his win.

Malik Blade stands at 6 feet 1 inches tall, and is the nephew of NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins. He trained at WWE Legend D-Von Dudley’s wrestling school before getting signed by WWE.

Brooks Jensen

Ben Buchanan, now known as Brooks Jensen is a second-generation WWE Superstar. He is the son of former WWE Tag Team Champion, Bull Buchanan. Jensen also appeared in the backstage segment alongside Malik Blade and Lash Legend. However, unlike them, he did make his in-ring debut.

Brooks Jensen made his WWE NXT 2.0 debut alongside Josh Briggs. The duo was billed as Briggs & Jensen and will be a full-time tag team going forward. Jensen showed mettle and nice teamwork with Briggs, but it wasn’t enough to put down Imperium.

Trick Williams

2021 NXT Breakout Tournament Winner Carmelo Hayes introduced Trick Williams, as his best friend and back-up plan to the NXT Universe. Hayes and Williams, both turned heel after cutting a fiery promo in the ring.

Trick Williams persuaded Carmelo Hayes to attack Duke Hudson who pushed them off during his entrance right when the duo was leaving. This solidified their heel turn and guaranteed that there will be a ton of onslaught when these two step in the ring.

Von Wagner – NXT Championship opportunity on WWE Debut!


Cal Bloom debuted a new ring name and gimmick, Von Wagner. He fended off Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland’s sneak attack in the locker room on Kyle O’Reilly. However, the damaged had been done and KOR was deemed unable to compete.

NXT General Manager, William Regal gave O’Reilly’s spot to Von Wagner and the former UCF Knights tight end did not disappoint. In fact, Wagner was only fraction of a second away from becoming NXT Champion on debut.

Persia Pirotta – Bridesmaid for Indi Hartwell

Steph De Lander also made her maiden appearance on NXT under her new name, Persia Pirotta. She appeared in a backstage segment as one of Indi Hartwell’s bridesmaid and was even in the ring during the InDex’s wedding.

Pirotta stands at an imposing 5 feet 11 inches and hails from Sydney, Australia. She made her pro-wrestling debut in 2017, and was known as the ‘Python Powerhouse from Sydney Australia’ on the independent circuit. However, with ‘Persia’ in her ring name, we wonder if they’ll carry on with her former nickname.

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Tony D’Angelo – former NCAA Champion


Joe Ariola, now, Tony D’Angelo shared a little bit about himself in a vignette. He said he was raised on the streets of Chicago and comes from a long line of businessmen. However, unlike his family, he found success in amateur wrestling at the University of Buffalo.

Despite being named an All-American in Greco-Roman, he didn’t have the fame or money until his family smartened him up. D’Angelo made a bold statement at the end before a ‘Coming Soon’ visual dropped. He said, “Let’s face it. There is no money in amateur wrestling. But you know where there is money? NXT.”

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Ivy Nile – Diamond Mine adds another prospect on WWE NXT 2.0

Malcolm Bivens introduced Ivy Nile to the entire world as the newest addition to Diamond Mine. He cut a terrific promo and put her over big time citing her unmatched discipline and strength. Ivy Nile formerly wrestled a few house shows and appeared on Raw Underground under her real name, Emily Andzulis.

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Emily Andzulis, aka Ivy Nile has a strong MMA background and has trained in pro wrestling under the watchful eye of Tom Prichard and WWE Hall of Famer Kane. Nile rose to fame when she became the first Female Titan Champion on the Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson hosted Titan Games.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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