09th Aug2019

WWE NXT’ Review (Aug 7th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…very little wrestling.

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Match #1: Shane Thorne def. Joaquin Wilde

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After spending weeks bashing the NXT Breakout Tournament and its competitors, it was put-up or shut-up time for Shane Thorne as he battled tourney alum Joaquin Wilde. Wilde’s high-risk, high-reward offense gave Thorne headaches and nearly cost the Australian Superstar the match: Thorne was almost counted out after being hit with back-to-back dives to the floor, only breaking the ref’s count with a second to spare before rolling back outside to recuperate.

Wilde tried to return the action to the ring, but that’s when Thorne came unglued. The self-described “Black Swan” yanked the NXT rookie to the floor and ran him into every steel object in sight, slamming Wilde into the ring post, steps and entrance ramp with malicious intent. Thorne then closed the books on Wilde for good, drilling him with a running knee strike for the victory. Thorne showed little glee over the win, instead muttering to himself as he stormed back to the locker room, suggesting the campaign against the Breakout Tournament has driven The Worst well past his breaking point.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine match that is probably going to have a review of it that looks like every other review I’ve written, because I’m a lousy writer. These guys went back and forth like a schizophrenic who make their minds. The action was pretty lively and managed to make both fighters look impressive when they needed to. I’m glad when a match actually has a positive effect on the wrestlers, rather than just coming and going as quickly as the passage of time. Overall, this was a fine little match.

Match #2: (Main Event) Matt Riddle vs. Killian Dain

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Like being sideswiped by an 18-wheeler, Matt Riddle never saw Killian Dain’s blitz coming. The Original Bro was entering ringside for a face-to-face fight with Dain when he suffered yet another blindside attack by The Beast of Belfast. The Northern Ireland Nightmare appeared out of the blue and cut down Riddle with the Divide, flattening the former UFC fighter on the thinly padded floor.

Referees tried halting Dain’s siege, but to little avail, as the 300-plus-pound brawler cannonballed into Riddle, sandwiching The Original Bro into the steel ring steps. Appearing wholly satisfied with the beating he dished out, Dain then exited the arena as officials tended to the reeling Riddle, making clear that the long-awaited fair fight between the two warriors would not be happening this night.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – The match never started and NXT loses a little more credibility. When you promise a match, you should deliver the match. Card subject to change is not supposed to be a threat, but it is becoming a sadistic one to boot. Why should I trust NXT to deliver the match at any point if this booking decision was based purely on a bait and switch method?

News Of The Night:

  1. Breezango fights The Forgotten Sons, next week.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This show was missing much of what it needed to be interesting, including more wrestling matches.

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