03rd May2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 1st 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Kushida fighting Chris Hero! I know, it’s Kassius Ohno now, but it’s still Kushida and Chris Hero, so stick around for a big-time match.

Match #1: Forgotten Sons def. Humberto Carrillo, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

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Nothing binds a group quite like a common enemy. After several tumultuous encounters with The Forgotten Sons in recent weeks, Humberto Carrillo, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch funneled all their frustration against the treacherous trio in a high-octane Six-Man Tag Team Match. Lorcan swung the pendulum of bedlam out of the gate, forcing Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake to the outside with one heavy-handed strike after another. Burch and Carrillo also followed suit with punch-and-kick combos and a few aerial surprises, and Carrillo’s incredible springboard arm drag sent Cutler flying out of the ring. Yet, the temper of Jaxson Ryker would see no bounds.

After Burch cinched Cutler with a crossface submission, The Forgotten Sons’ walking powerhouse clobbered the British brawler with an avalanche of punches, only to be intercepted by Carrillo’s missile dropkick off the top rope. Ryker returned the favor shortly after, pushing Blake out of Carrillo’s way as he dove through the ropes, causing Carrillo to inadvertently crash into Lorcan. The shrewd diversion left Burch exposed to an all-out assault by the ruthless trio, as they wasted no time blasting him with a powerbomb straight into the knees of Cutler. Soon after, Ryker placed Burch and Carrillo into the inverted DDT position, which welcomed a stomp combo from Cutler and Blake to draw the three-count and drop an emphasis on the following three words: Do unto others.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a smooth sailing kind of thing, where it all went pretty well, but it wasn’t some great adventure either.

Match #2: Dominik Dijakovic def. Mansoor

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With his eyes fixated on Velveteen Dream’s NXT North American Title, Dominik Dijakovic nearly saw his championship desire get the best of him in singles competition against Mansoor. As the machine-tooled fighter attempted to pull off a three-second defeat like his last bout, he was caught by surprise when the quick-footed Mansoor dodged his cyclone kick and forced him into defense. Mansoor pulled out all stops to keep the hulking Superstar down, leveling him with an onslaught of hard strikes while thwarting his opponent’s attacks with swift counters. Mansoor’s unrelenting endurance wowed the NXT Universe, as he withstood a downpour of offense by Dijakovic with his innovative defense, drawing “Man-soor” chants throughout Full Sail Live. The momentum shifted midair, however, after a diving crossbody attempt resulted in Mansoor absorbing a brutal right kick from Dijakovic. Dijakovic then pummeled the scrappy underdog with a combination of hard-hitting strikes and folded him with the devastating Feast Your Eyes to snag to pinfall.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Well, at least Dijakovic kept the boat from sinking in the water. Do you like these sailing references? We gotta get that Cape Cod crowd in here from the states. Anyway, this was a squash, for the most part.

Match #3: (Main Event) Kushida def. Kassius Ohno

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Making his much-anticipated NXT TV debut, Kushida dispatched a serious statement onto resident “shiny new toy inspector” Kassius Ohno. As chants of “Kushida” filled Full Sail Live, NXT’s highly touted Superstar embarked on an epic course to fortify the “hottest free agent” and “blockbuster signing” talks that trailed him inside the ropes. For Ohno, who methodically sported all black, the goal was simple and plain: turn out the lights on the acclaimed newcomer. Once the bell rang, the two explosive grapplers went for broke. After dismissing Kushida’s handshake with a crude kick, Ohno went tit-for-tat, keeping pace and exchanging holds with the 12-year veteran in an evenly matched contest. After Kushida attempted a hip toss, Ohno countered with a leg drop that was dashed into a standing shooting star press, locking both Superstars into an incredible stalemate. After getting a feel of his opponent’s venerable in-ring IQ, Ohno offered a reconciliatory handshake to the former Japanese champion, but that was only so that he could find an opening to launch a vicious big boot right onto the nose of Kushida.

While the decorated MMA fighter-turned-Superstar did his best to fend off his The Knockout Artist’s mean streak, cutting him down with an enzuigiri and a beautiful springboard tomahawk, Ohno eventually unloaded a sit-out facebuster that left a battle scar on the nose of the formidable grappler. Ever the warrior, however, Kushida withstood the punishment, fought back and even downed his foe with an amazing springboard hurricanrana before mockingly grabbing his handshake from a dazed Ohno. He misstepped moments later when his hand-spring back elbow collided with a hammering forearm by Ohno. Though The Wrestling Genius appeared to have matters firmly in control when he revved up his engine for a big boot, Kushida met Ohno with a wind-up punch – a tribute to New York Yankees pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka. Seconds later, he disarmed his foe with a running kick to the left arm before clamping the Hoverboard Lock onto Ohno’s limb to draw a tapout. Kushida’s hard-fought win marked a telling message to not only Kassius Ohno, but the rest of the locker room: The future is here and now.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was the main event and it should have been because it delivered strong wrestling. They better allow these two to wrestle again or I’ll hold my breath until my face turns blue. I’m ugly enough as it is, so the color will just make it worse for any-one that has to look at me. When I come out from under my bridge, the people run screaming. Imagine seeing a blue troll. Anyway, I can get off topic because this match sells itself on its quality, which is the best compliment you can give to a match.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a one match show on a night with two good matches.


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