01st Aug2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 31st 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this brand still can’t afford a vowel, which makes Wheel Of Fortune a bad move for any-one on this roster. Okay, we’ve got a cool main event on this show, so don’t forget to bring a towel.

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Match #1: Tyler Breeze def. Jaxson Ryker

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Prince Pretty claimed victory over The Forgotten Sons’ Jaxson Ryker, dealing the Sons’ muscle-packed punisher his first loss on NXT TV. Although Breeze endured an intense beating during the contest, he stayed patient and found enough of an opening to wrangle Ryker into a pinning predicament for the three-count.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – These didn’t do any-thing bad, but the match was just a few steps below what these guys are capable of. I’d love to see these guys get a lot longer to work with each other, but I guess they had to make room for more promos. Overall, this message will self-destruct in 3,2,1…

Match #2: Cameron Grimes def. Bronson Reed – Breakout Tournament Semi-Finals Match

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Whether it’s leveraging his ring positioning or exploiting the element of surprise, Cameron Grimes knows how to win. The Technical Savage proved as much in his Breakout Tournament Semifinal Match against fleetfooted juggernaut Bronson Reed. Grimes spent much of the match trying to take Reed off his feet in the hopes of neutralizing “Aus-zilla’s” incredible size advantage. Tactical as it was, Grimes’ grinding offense failed to wear down Reed past the point of no return. The 330-pounder fought back and smothered Grimes with a succession of moves that left the hirsute Carolinian flattened on the mat, but Reed’s subsequent pin attempt was called off when Grimes cleverly draped his foot over the bottom rope. After winning a thunderous exchange of strikes, Reed charged at the ropes like a bullet train – but by the time he turned, Grimes had already leaped high in the air, ready to greet Reed with a devastating double-foot stomp for the three-count. With the victory, Grimes advances to the Breakout Tournament Final, where he will take on Jordan Myles with an NXT championship opportunity hanging in the balance.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was some good stuff. Grimes is still finding his way of standing out in a more subdued environment, but if he keeps performing as well as he does, then he stands a chance of being a big star in NXT as well. Reed is an excellent wrestler to have on the roster and proved his worth in this match. Overall, this was another fine match in a strong tournament.

Match #3: (Main Event) Pete Dunne def. Roderick Strong

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With their NXT North American Title Triple Threat Match at TakeOver: Toronto less than two weeks away, Pete Dunne dealt a seismic blow to the egos (and bodies) of champion Velveteen Dream and fellow challenger Roderick Strong. The BruiserWeight first buoyed his pre-TakeOver momentum with a stirring submission victory over Strong in a gritty main event. Although Strong unleashed a galaxy of backbreaking moves in the hopes of rendering Dunne unable to compete on Aug. 10, The BruiserWeight exhibited the same type of intestinal fortitude that made him the longest reigning U.K. Champion in history. Dunne’s pain threshold was tested late in the match when Strong trapped him in the back-bending Strong Hold, but The BruiserWeight reversed the move, grabbed Strong’s fingers like a wishbone from the Thanksgiving table and wrenched them in opposite directions, forcing the Undisputed ERA member to cry uncle.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that was easy viewing, like a goat at Sea World. This was a wrestling clinic that never ran out of hemorrhoid cream, which is a really bad joke for kicking ass. These guys need to wrestle each other more often, like a mother shouldn’t eat her baby’s placenta. You know what, that’s a decision for the mother…my apologies. This match should lead to a series of great bouts between these two, unless NXT gets sold to Disney, where it’ll just become Mickey Mouse versus Goofy in a Minnie on a Pole match. That’s not a sex joke, by the way. It’s a kidnapping joke. Overall, this was the kind of match that wrestling needs more of in every way.

News Of The Night:

  1. Candice LeRae wrestles Io Shirai at TakeOver: Toronto.
  2. Shayna Baszler wrestles Mia Yim for the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Toronto.
  3. Matt Riddle fights Killian Dain, next week.
  4. Breezango reunited when Fandango returned from injury to save Tyler Breeze from an attack by The Forgotten Sons.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a good night that had a couple of quality matches that made this show worth it.

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