04th Oct2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Oct 3rd 2018)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and while Russia may have influenced the hatred of The Last Jedi, it still wasn’t a very good movie. Then again, neither was The Force Awakens, so I guess it’s all C3PO’s fault. F#@k ‘im.

Match #1: Lacey Evans def. Candice LeRae

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While Lacey Evans had much to say in last week’s testy parking lot confrontation, Candice LeRae, instead, had her fists do all the talking this week. Using her tenacious in-ring style as a mouthpiece, LeRae pulled out all stops to make The Lady of NXT eat her words, throwing chops, hard elbows and flying hard rights to ensure the message was received. Yet, Evans didn’t make things easy, as she controlled much of the action with her brutal strength. LeRae managed to withstand that brutal offense, though, and staged a fiery comeback after Evans jeeringly shouted, “You’re no good, just like your husband.” But LeRae eventually learned that the taunt was calculated, as The Lady of NXT goaded LeRae into losing her cool. As soon as the ref pried LeRae off The Lady of NXT, Evans slugged her with a hard-hitting Woman’s Right to pick up the win. With this victory, Evans will surely have even more to say if these two cross paths again.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had lots of grueling hits and strikes. I think you’ll grit your teeth whenever LeRae is on offense in this brutal bout.

Match #2: The Forgotten Sons def. Vinny Mixon, Cesar Rise & Torrey Kirsh

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In the wake of their debut, The Forgotten Sons have already made quite an impression on the NXT Universe. Between Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler’s defeat of The Street Profits and a decisive singles victory by Jaxson Ryker, the roughneck trio has been delivering statements with every in-ring performance. This week was no different, as their combined brute strength overpowered the unit of Vinny Mixon, Cesar Rise & Torrey Kirsh in six-man tag team competition. The heavy-hitting trio demonstrated a jaw-dropping show of force against their opponents, as everyone from Ryker to Cutler and Blake came out slugging. From Blake trying to rip Mixon’s arm out of its socket to Cutler (with Blake) tossing Kirsh to Ryker for a slingshot powerbomb, nothing was to be forgotten in this consecutive victory for the dominant team.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a standard match of brief length that got us from point A to point B without any problems.

Match #3: Johnny Gargano def. Tony Nese

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A fired-up Johnny Gargano stepped into Full Sail Live and made good on his promise of swapping “sorry” for glory. So, ridding himself of the billowing “Johnny Failure” stench that followed his disappointing loss to Velveteen Dream last month, the hard-luck Superstar became “Johnny Freaking Wrestling” in an epic encounter with 205 Live’s Tony Nese. This fast-paced matchup was a physical test of strength and speed, as Gargano measured The Premier Athlete’s mechanical precision with pure electricity, bolting in and out of the ring with a highlight-reel offense. But Nese remained dominant for a better part of the match, using his power advantage to outwit his opponent. At one point, he even countered the Gargano Escape with a devastating deadlift buckle bomb. However, those overpowering maneuvers invigorated Gargano. Using the crowd’s “This is awesome” chants as fuel, Johnny Wrestling came alive. When The Premier Athlete came close to recording a premier upset — throwing Gargano into the turnbuckle with a German suplex — a charged-up Johnny Wrestling chopped down Nese with a running clothesline, followed by a Gargano Escape to pick up the win. Sending a clear message to the Superstars of the black-and-yellow brand, “Johnny Freaking Wrestling” is here, exchanging excuses for execution.

My Take: 4 out of 5 – This was an outstanding match that should have been the main event. This was far too good, with every second of this match being so easy and fun to watch. I could go for more from these two together.

Match #4: Main Event – Lars Sullivan def. EC3

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After being sidelined for an entire month, EC3 wasted no time bringing Top One Percent-level pain to The Freak from the opening bell. With vicious beatdowns in their rear-view mirror, the two outsized NXT Superstars engaged in a larger-than-life slugfest that saw EC3 search for payback as Sullivan attempted, at all costs, to stop his opponent. The Top One Percent accelerated off pure adrenaline in the first half of the match, ramming The Freak three times into the rigid steel steps, thus exposing signs of wear on the human bulldozer. From there, he continued with his brand of retribution, lifting the massive Sullivan with a thunderous body slam and a ring-rattling suplex to set off the Richter scale. But as EC3’s adrenaline began to wear off, the mighty Sullivan cut down his opponent’s momentum with a vicious Freak Accident onto the ring apron. As chaos opens opportunity, Sullivan went on to defy gravity, drilling a laid-out EC3 with a flying headbutt to earn the three-count. Although The Freak stood tall in this battle, EC3 turned “Lars Sullivan territory” into total bedlam.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match, but it paled in comparison to the previous match. You can expect some hard-hitting action that made for a good climax to the card.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tommaso Ciampa pledged to destroy Velveteen Dream if he pisses him off.

Final Verdict: 3 out of 5 – Overall this turned out to be a good night with one great match and a couple of vicious ones to remind you that this is a fine roster.


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