28th Feb2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 27th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have George Lucas helping Disney fix the problems they started with their Star Wars movies by having the saga’s creator edit ten takes into one five second scene for a budget of one million dollars a second. Also, there might be a bit of wrestling here some-where.

Match #1: Vanessa Borne & Aliyah def. Taynara Conti & Xia Li

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In Xia Li, Taynara Conti found a powerful ally to combat Vanessa Borne & Aliyah, the same duo that caused Conti headaches weeks ago. Although The Vision and The Battle Angel’s rule-breaking ways allowed them to get the upper hand against Conti after the Brazilian Superstar got off to a hot start, Li turned the tide once she entered the match. Showing her martial arts mastery, Li plowed through Aliyah with an array of kicks. Yet, she was caught flatfooted after Aliyah wisely tagged in Borne while the Chinese Superstar attempted an O’Connor roll. Borne & Aliyah then joined forces to stun Li with a vicious neckbreaker/backbreaker combination to seal the win, giving their chic combo a major win in their debut as a team.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a bit cumbersome for its own good, but they put their backs into it and were able to make something of the match, even if it was nothing memorable.

Match #2: Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic ended in a Double Count-out

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Whether you were hoping to feast your eyes on Dominik Dijakovic’s rare combination of speed and strength or bask in the glory of Keith Lee’s equally explosive hybrid offense, the collision between NXT’s two gravity-defying big men didn’t disappoint. Lee and Dijakovic traded one mind-blowing move after another, all the while leaving the NXT Universe in total awe. From Lee flawlessly sticking the landing after Dijakovic muscled up his 320-pound frame for a monkey flip, to The Rare Breed crushing Lee with a chokeslam powerbomb for a near-fall, the match brimmed with eye-popping feats of athleticism. About the only thing the match didn’t produce was a clear-cut victor. After Lee got knocked to the floor, the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Dijakovic flew onto him with an incredible Asai moonsault, causing both men to hit the steel ramp. The impact left both men unable to return to the ring by the referee’s count of 10, resulting in a Double Count-out. Yet, with NXT fans chanting “Let them fight!” as officials desperately tried to separate Lee and Dijakovic, something tells us this won’t be the last time we see the modern-day hosses battle inside the yellow ropes.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun sprint to nowhere that seemed more intent of synthesizing a feud, rather than just letting these guys knock the piss out of each other. This was like watching two Marco Corleones fighting each other to decide who will get stuck with calling themselves Mark Jindrak. Hey, that’s a joke…it might not be funny, though. This was like watching a jousting match between two guys riding bulls while bashing each other with battering rams. There’s a joke about Congress in here somewhere that I can’t quite figure out. Maybe a Parliament joke instead? Anyway, once the ground stopped shaking, this match ended without a finish and it took a bit of the fun out of this, but it worked out fine.

Match #3: (Main Event) NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler def. Mia Yim

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Mia Yim had fire in her stomach and retribution on her mind as she fought NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler in a fiercely contested non-title match. Yet, all the determination in the world wasn’t enough to curtail Baszler’s warpath. Both Superstars incurred heavy damage. Baszler’s hand was a mess after her ground-and-pound strategy went awry and she accidentally punched the mat full-force, giving Yim an easy target. However, Baszler had a bull’s-eye of her own after The Head Baddie in Charge missed a kick and struck the steel ring steps, injuring her right leg (which was surgically repaired in 2017). Yim shrieked in pain as The Submission Magician mauled her weakened limb. Still, she mustered the strength to not only block the Kirifuda Clutch (breaking Baszler’s grip by going after the champion’s bad hand), but she even connected with Sole Food out of nowhere. The move would normally spell the end, but Yim was slow to make the cover, and Baszler kicked out at two. When Yim went for Protect Ya Neck moments later, Baszler showed her cunning, tripping the HBIC and once again cinching in the Kirifuda Clutch. Refusing to let her signature hold be broken twice in the same match, Baszler wrapped her legs around Yim’s arms and prevented her from busting the hold, and Yim’s tapout was inevitable. After such a gutsy display, Yim’s grit must be applauded. Just don’t expect Baszler to lead the slow clap; the meanspirited Queen of Spades is too busy imposing her will upon the NXT Women’s division.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a rough, mean match that got screwed out of having a big finale, thanks to the small time limit. The way they wrestled the match, you’d think that this thing was in it for the long haul, but we ended up getting a taste of what these two would really like to do. Look for a lot of wear and tear to come in to play, as the war of attrition is fought over who would tap first. I almost sounded like I knew what I was talking about…almost. There’s some-thing to this pairing and I’d love to see Yim be the next big contender for the title.

News Of The Night:

  1. Adam Cole is still coming after the North American Title.
  2. The Boss ‘N Hug Connection will defend the Women’s Tag Team Titles on Raw, Smackdown and NXT.
  3. The 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will have the following teams: The Undisputed ERA, The Street Profits, The Forgotten Sons, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black & Ricochet, Moustache Mountain and Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
  4. Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic seem poised for a feud.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a solid show that featured some good wrestling and some good news for the future regarding the Women’s Tag Titles.


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