05th Jul2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 3rd 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 a lot of matches to talk about. I hope that the card is not too crowded with only an hour to air them all. Okay, let’s make like Ted Turner and do what Vince McMahon never actually did, which is be in the movie business. Hi, Sal Mandini! Wanna wrestle?

Match #1: Mia Yim def. Aliyah

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Having suffered Aliyah and Vanessa Borne’s insults for weeks on end, Mia Yim didn’t waste her opportunity to make Aliyah pay the piper. The threat of an angry Yim was enough to make Aliyah quake in her boots, and once she got within arm’s reach of The Head Baddie in Charge, she appeared all but ready to ask for forgiveness. However, a timely assist by Borne, who accompanied Aliyah to the ring, swung things in the favor of the Boujee Superstar, who was suddenly emboldened once again. Even though NXT’s self-proclaimed “Highers” took the low road, Yim remained mission focused. The HBIC torpedoed Aliyah and Borne with a two-for-one topé suicida, then flattened Aliyah with a fallaway slam before connecting with a match-ending Protect Ya Neck. Following her triumph, Yim took a victory lap past the NXT announce desk, where she laid out a crystal-clear message to NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, promising to not only take The Queen of Spades’ title, but to also deliver a whooping that Baszler won’t soon forget.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – A dull but solid match that didn’t do enough for either wrestler outside of a win for Yim.

Match #2: Kushida def. Jeff Parker

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Any Superstar who wishes to test his mettle against Kushida might think twice after this week’s edition of NXT. The Japanese icon — who has declared that he wants to face WWE’s best, regardless of brand affiliation — meticulously dismantled Canada’s Jeff Parker. Whether they were fighting for the position on the mat or exchanging strikes on their feet, Kushida dictated the pace. It wasn’t long before Kushida applied the Sakuraba Lock, the painful double wristlock named after his mentor, UFC Hall of Famer Kazushi Sakuraba. Parker had no choice but to tap out, leaving Kushida’s spotless win-loss record intact.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – A perfectly fine yet pointless waste of Kushida’s time, given that it was a squash. I already know Kushida is great. Just have him wrestle great wrestler already.

Match #3: Cameron Grimes def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in the first round of the NXT Breakout Tournament

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Cameron Grimes and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott made a jaw-dropping first impression in their NXT TV debuts, but only Grimes emerged with what matters most: passage into the second round of the NXT Breakout Tournament. In a dazzling see-saw battle that featured a bevy of creative offensive bursts, the gritty North Carolinian lived up to his reputation of being an “absolute opportunist.” Whereas the fleet-footed Scott stunned Grimes and NXT fans alike with his elastic assault (including a breathtaking hurricanrana that saw Scott leap off the mat and onto the shoulders of Grimes, who was sitting on the top turnbuckle), Grimes relied on a more ground-based, hard-hitting approach. He picked his spots carefully, countering one of Swerve’s highlight-reel salvos with a ferocious sit-out powerbomb for a two-count. Despite the close call, Swerve still had surprises left up his sleeve. He popped Grimes with a blink-and-you-missed-it kick to the face and then took to the skies with a head-over-heels Fosbury Flop to the floor. Upon returning to the ring, however, Scott was turned inside-out by Grimes’ reversal of a crossbody block and then undone by a leaping double foot stomp that nearly caved in Swerve’s sternum. The stomp was enough to put Scott down for the count and move Grimes to the tournament semifinals.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some fabulous wrestling from two of the best. It’s a shame that their names have been changed (Trevor Lee and Shane Strickland, respectively), because wrestlers of their caliber deserve to have every bit of momentum going for them that they can. This was an action feast that will leave you feeling full and satisfied after you’ve finished savoring every juicy bite. Oh, I like food. Any-way, this is a fantastic match that could’ve gone on forever and never have worn out its welcome.

Match #4: Bianca Belair def. Priscilla Zuniga

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Determined to reverse course after going 1-2 against Mia Yim, Bianca Belair returned to the ring with a point to prove. Her opponent, Priscilla Zuniga, would have suffered the effects either way, but Zuniga’s decision to pie-face Belair at the start of the match didn’t help matters. In no mood to play around, The EST of NXT responded with a thunderous forearm smash, and the drubbing that ensued was severe. Belair stomped, press-slammed and powerbombed Zuniga twice, then she launched Zuniga overhead like a medicine ball, causing the overwhelmed competitor to slam face-first into the turnbuckle. Belair finished her decimation of Zuniga with the K.O.D. to pick up the decisive win. If you thought The EST of NXT was dangerous before, when she was still un-de-fea-ted, then Belair has some news for you.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Belair looked excellent here, like a baseball bat being swung so hard it forces a home run through sheer will. The match itself felt very ephemeral, but Belair did not. Okay, that’s that.

Match #5: (Main Event) Roderick Strong def. Tyler Breeze

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Who deserves credit for making NXT what it is today: The Undisputed ERA, who’ve run roughshod over the brand for nearly two years, or Superstars like Tyler Breeze, a veritable NXT O.G. who laid the groundwork before “TakeOver” had even entered the vernacular? Undisputed ERA’s Roderick Strong was ready to answer that question on his own, or so appeared to be the case when he arrived for his battle against Prince Pretty without any Undisputed ERA teammates in sight. With the playing field seemingly level, Breeze and Strong threw down in a thrilling conflict. The Messiah of the Backbreaker carved out an early lead thanks to two particularly brutal variants of his pet move: First, Strong demolished Breeze’s vertebrae with a catch-and-release backbreaker onto the corner of the steel ring steps, then he bent Breeze like a paperclip with a backbreaker onto the guard rail.

Everything Strong did after that point targeted Breeze’s back, but Breeze stayed in the fight through it all, peppering Strong with well-timed strikes and claiming a near fall off a Supermodel Kick. As fatigue began to set in, the battle devolved into an all-out slugfest. Breeze rattled Strong with an enzuigiri, but before he could take advantage, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish ran to the ring and jumped onto the apron, distracting the referee. Prince Pretty dispatched Fish with a kick, but by the time Breeze turned around, Strong had an enzuigiri waiting for him. The three-count was administered seconds later, after Strong splintered Breeze with the End of Heartache. The win continues Strong’s wave of momentum, which began when he pinned NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream’s shoulders to the mat two weeks ago. Whether The Messiah of the Backbreaker deserves full credit for defeating Breeze is another matter entirely.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine main event that delivered another strong match between these two. There might be a pun in that last sentence. Roddy you think? Okay, I’ll stop that. Both of these guys worked hard to make this look competitive and were quite successful. Strong is one of the best and when he’s given these big matches like he was here, he just hits the ball out of the park every time. Breeze looked great here and is quickly recovering from his terrible main roster run. This was better than an episode of Dance Moms (every-thing is, though). Overall, this was a match that was worthy of the main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Matt Riddle got a nice vignette about his wrestling training.
  2. Adam Cole did a whole thing where he invaded Jonny Gargano’s life just to ruin it.
  3. Killian Dane got a vignette.
  4. The Street Profits fight Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan for the NXT Tag team Titles, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

There was no non-sense this week, as the entire hour was all about the big matches and the big stars wrestling them.

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