17th Oct2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Oct 16th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more from Triple H’s Turkish bath house. Like After-M.A.S.H, this show has potential, but it still feels like it’s only working towards feeling different from the WWE, rather than just being great wrestling. Well, it’s better than living at the DMV.


Match #1: Tommaso Ciampa def. Angel Garza

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Tommaso Ciampa is back and appears as dangerous as ever, and that could mean bad news for NXT Champion Adam Cole. The Blackheart went a long way Wednesday toward extinguishing any doubts about his recovery from injury. In his first action since February, Ciampa showed little ring rust during a defeat ofAngel Garza, securing the victory after an elevated hanging DDT dubbed Willow’s Belle.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was way too short. What was here was excellent, but the match got cut off from its own potential before it could even realize any of it. At least this was worth the brief time it took to watch.

Match #2: Imperium def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

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The duo of Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner — no strangers to Full Sail Live — impressed in a win against the veteran duo of Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was quite a bit of fun for a match that went less than ten minutes. There’s a lot of hard hits and some fine technical work as well. I’m really going for the entertainment value with this review. Genital warts! These guys deserved a longer time limit, but so does everybody else.

Match #3: Io Shirai def. Kayden Carter

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Io Shirai picked up a win over Kayden Carter in a showcase of athleticism that was punctuated by a breathtaking moonsault.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was largely a waste of time, with Io doing well in a squash.

Match #4: Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic – North American Title #1 Contender’s Match (No Contest)

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Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic already had plenty to fight for in what figured to be a decisive latest chapter in their tightly contested rivalry. Now they’ll again battle with even more on the line next week — with Roderick Strong thrown into the fray as well. The stakes escalated when NXT General Manager William Regal announced that Velveteen Dream would be unable to compete next week for Strong’s North American Championship — instead declaring that the victor of the bout between Lee and Dijakovic would vie for the title. The Messiah of the Backbreaker had other ideas, but they didn’t exactly play out as he hoped. The Limitless Lee and The Rare Breed again dazzled Full Sail Live in their usual physics-confounding fashion, but Strong put a premature end to what was supposed to be a rubber match. Strong attacked both Lee and The Rare Breed, forcing a No Contest in an attempt to get out of his championship defense.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was nice, long match that had all sorts of great wrestling in it. They had the match they should have had, except for the finish. These guys clubbed away on each other like it was the Major League Baseball World Series Finals. Fred Bear, Fred Bear, you so damn cute baby. Take me back, back where I belong! I can sing real good…in my mind. This match was the best thing so far, unlike my tater tots (they aren’t made of taters).

Match #5: Matt Riddle def. Bronson Reed

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If Matt Riddle was deterred by narrowly coming up short in his challenge for Adam Cole’s NXT Title, he didn’t show it. The Original Bro got right back on track in his first action since that spectacular encounter two weeks ago and was victorious, overcoming the best that the hulking Bronson Reed had to offer. Riddle especially wowed the NXT Universe with a series that included a Bro to Sleep and a powerbomb before later finishing Reed off with the Bro Derek to seal the win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a decent three minutes, but it felt like a waste of two fine talents.

Match #6: Tegan Nox def. Taynara Conti

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After Dakota Kai’s successful return to action, Tegan Nox returned in winning fashion as well, turning aside Taynara Conti after connecting with the Shiniest Wizard. Just as she did during her long road back from injury, Nox required a comeback effort in this contest, gaining the advantage with a powerful chokeslam and running corner senton.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Far too short to really matter.

Match #7: Killian Dain def. Boa

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At this rate, Killian Dain appears to be picking a new fight every week. Given The Beast of Belfast’s destructive capabilities, it’s no wonder why he continues to throw his weight around. Boa was courageous in his attempt at retribution after being victimized in Dain’s latest rampage last week but could not overcome the bruising Irishman, submitting to a ruthlessly applied half-nelson clutch after three Vader Bombs.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was another short, lame match.

Match #8: (Main Event) Damian Priest def. Pete Dunne

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The Archer of Infamy took aim at one of the biggest names NXT has to offer — and hit his mark. After Damian Priest attacked Pete Dunne earlier this month and asserted his desire for acclaim at The BruiserWeight’s expense, the issue came to a head with a spirited battle this week. Priest’s bid for infamy was nearly thwarted, with Dunne wearing him out through his trademark joint manipulation. The education in British Strong Style continued largely uninterrupted until Priest defied gravity with a springboard somersault senton to the outside. Priest continued to pour it on with a cyclone kick, Frankensteiner and “South of Heaven” chokeslam, but it wasn’t enough to keep Dunne down. The matchup seemed to push both beyond their limits, leading to an exchange of devastating strikes and counters of Priest’s Reckoning and Dunne’s Bitter End. With both competitors on wobbly legs after an epic fight, Priest’s underhanded tactics proved decisive. As Dunne prepared to snap his digits, Priest finessed the two into a tie-up with official Jessika Carr in the corner. That split-second opening was enough for Priest to deliver a savage kick below the belt, creating an opportunity for Priest to hit the Reckoning.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a wonderful main event that was exactly what it should have been from bell to bell. There was plenty of smash-mouth brutality here, which is a dinks way of saying they hit each other really fuggin’ hard. Fuggin’ ain’t a cuss word. Don’t fugg with me! I loved watching these guys hurt each other. Does that make me sick? Dunne should have won, but the WWE loves big men for some reason, so you get what you get. All in all, Thomas The Tank Engine has a big blue caboose and so do I. Oh, the match was really good.

News Of The Night:

  1. Killian Dain and Pete Dunne are feuding now, because they want to, I guess.
  2. Undisputed ERA attacked Velveteen Dream, which forced him out of the North American Title Match for next week.
  3. Rhea Ripley is feuding with Bianca Belair and Io Shirai.
  4. Roderick Strong defends the NXT North American Title against Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic, next week.
  5. KUSHIDA is out for a month, due to his match with WALTER where he got a hairline fracture in his wrist.
  6. Most of the women’s roster challenged Shayna Baszler to an NXT Women’s Title Match.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

Eight matches and only three were worth watching. This show was mostly filler and even with most of the filler being good in its way, that makes this show pretty useless.


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