22nd Nov2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Nov 21st 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I still can’t figure out what NXT stands for. Nana Xanatos Titillates. There, that’s NXT. Nana Xanatos Titillates. Okay, let’s jump right into Nana Xanatos Titillates.

Match #1: Keith Lee def. Fidel Bravo

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Keith Lee once again showcased his Limitless potential as he demolished Fidel Bravo with ease under the bright lights of the STAPLES Center. Despite Lee’s gigantic size advantage, Bravo brashly shoved him in the face to start the bout. Lee made him pay dearly, slugging him to the mat and chopping his chest in a burst heard throughout the arena. He cut down Bravo with a devastating cross body block before putting him out of his misery with the Supernova for the decisive win.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a fun little burst of action that has intentions that are far too slow for what Keith needs to become a big draw in the biggest wrestling league in the world.

Match #2: Lars Sullivan def. Keita Murray

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It took Lars Sullivan four moves and roughly 30 seconds to dispose of the completely overwhelmed Keita Murray. The Rocky Mountain Monster secured the three-count after trouncing Murray with the Freak Accident. Although The Freak appears set to expand his warpath outside of the black-and-gold brand, he declared after the match that beatings like the one he gave Murray will continue until Sullivan gets an NXT Championship Match. To underscore that point, he ravaged Murray after the bell with brutal crossfaces, but before he could smash Murray with another Freak Accident, Keith Lee intervened to save the day. As one of the few Superstars in the world who can match Sullivan’s size and strength, Lee sent The Freak flying from the ring with a pounce. Sullivan and Lee almost came to blows again later in the night in the locker room, prompting NXT General Manager William Regal to announce that the two giants will face off next Wednesday on WWE Network.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Lars won in quick fashion, so he was protected, at least. Why waste the card away with squash matches? Are you gonna pay to see to people pretend to fight for thirty seconds when you already pay to see people do that in the UFC?

Match #3: Nikki Cross def. Candice LeRae

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Following her intense battle with Nikki Cross, it’s plain to see that something has snapped inside Candice LeRae. Whether it was the head games waged by NXT’s Twisted Sister during the months-long Aleister Black investigation that are to blame, or Johnny Gargano’s own change of heart that inspired his wife’s rough new demeanor, LeRae showed a previously unseen level of aggression as she fought Cross. LeRae also displayed tremendous resilience, kicking out after being clobbered by Cross’ Purge. Later, she threw the Scottish Superstar off the turnbuckles with an elevated German suplex that brought LeRae’s home-state fans to their feet. Cross, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy the “playtime” brutality, and broke out in laughter. By that point, LeRae was seeing red. She unloaded her pent-up rage via forearm and knee strikes, and then locked in her husband’s signature hold, the Gargano Escape, but Cross forced a rope break. LeRae stayed on the prowl, and Cross exploited her angered state. She snapped LeRae throat-first onto the ropes and then surprised her with a spinning neckbreaker that spelled the end.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and it’s all due to how creative these guys are. Nikki is a very unique athlete and I love that I can explain her in just one word… crazy. Brian Pillman made a lot of money by portraying a wily nut-case and Nikki could possibly do just the same. LeRae is always a great talent to watch and she deserves so much more than just being booked to mirror what-ever her husband Johnny Gargano is doing at the time. Over-all, this match was a good one and worth taking a stroll to the easy chair just to enjoy.

News Of The Night:

  1. Lars Sullivan and Keith Lee will fight, next week.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This was a pretty dull show. The card itself was rather tepid, even by WWE standards. Some revolution this Nana Xanatos Titillates has turned out to be.


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