01st Feb2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 30th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some more wrestling from Triple H’s weekly plea to the share-holders that he can run Vince’s circus.

Match #1: Kairi Sane & Io Shirai def. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

What a week it’s been for Kairi Sane & Io Shirai. After claiming multiple NXT Year-End Awards at TakeOver: Phoenix and making impactful showings in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, the “Sky Pirates” tasted the sweet satisfaction of retribution as they faced Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir in a long-awaited tag team match. The Four Horsewomen’s “ground soldiers,” whose interference caused Sane to lose the NXT Women’s Title to Shayna Baszler at WWE Evolution last September, used quick tags and aggressive tactics to ground The Genius of the Sky. After absorbing Duke & Shafir’s ruthless attack, however, the perseverant Shirai broke free of Shafir’s grasp and tagged in The Pirate Princess. Sane sped up the action from there, tackling Shafir with an Interceptor spear before uniting with Shirai for a pop-up elbow drop. Shirai then blitzed Duke with a suicide dive, giving Sane freedom to soar with the Insane Elbow and pin Shafir, much to the delight of the NXT Universe.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – The action was good, but it was a bit clunky, like a corvette with a loose muffler. Does that car reference work? Who gives a $#!@. The Horsewomen did well with the Sky Pirates, who are already coming into their own in short order. This could become a big pairing for the year if these teams get the chance to figure out their offensive style. Over-all, this was good stuff, despite not reaching its full potential.

Match #2: (Main Event) The Forgotten Sons def. The Street Profits

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

The Forgotten Sons’ victory over The Street Profits didn’t come easily, nor was it without controversy, but neither of those details change the fact that Steve Cutler, Wesley Blake & Jaxson Ryker proved that they are an absolute threat to anybody who dares overlook them. Only Cutler & Blake were sanctioned for the match, but that didn’t stop the monstrous Ryker from making his presence felt when it mattered the most. After a wild seesaw battle that saw plenty of highlight reel-worthy double-team maneuvers — from Blake powerbombing Montez Ford onto Cutler’s knees, to the Profits hitting an incredible electric chair blockbuster on Blake — Ryker yanked down the top strand while Ford was running the ropes, causing Ford to tumble to the floor. He then leveled the Street Profit with a hard hit. The referee missed the illegal interference, but Angelo Dawkins did not. However, as The Curse of Greatness approached The Forgotten Sons’ heavy hitter with bad intentions in mind, Blake wiped him out with an outrageous dive to the floor. Soon after, Dawkins felt the brunt of Blake & Cutler’s vicious inverted DDT/stomp combo, and he was unable to kick out. The final visual of the “Savages of NXT” standing tall spoke volumes, and after such a brutal display, it might have also sent chills through the NXT locker room.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a decent tag match, but it felt a bit dull. There wasn’t anything here that would make you think that NXT was special. I like the teams, but they have that NXT stink on them already, but with All Elite Wrestling already offering money to prospective athletes, these teams might have a chance to go to at least one place and make some money. Sorry, but NXT isn’t going to be the thing that makes most wrestlers a living, so why should I pretend that NXT is the best when it’s just OVW with a big budget?

News Of The Night:

  1. This Sunday, Ricochet, Aleister Black & Velveteen Dream will fight Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano & Adam Cole in NXT’s Halftime Heat, which is occurring during the American Football extravaganza known as the Super Bowl.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This sucked. The matches were fine, but this show felt like it had no reason to exist.

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