07th Nov2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Nov 6th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some more stuff from the world’s most famous indy circuit rip-off. NXT has invaded the main roster and…well, All Elite Wrestling is around, so who cares? I just want Vince McMahon to actually give a $#!@ about the sport, but that’s not about to happen. Oh, wait…Vince’s doofus squad disagrees with me. Yeah, well they know what ass tastes like, so why would I listen to them? Okay, NXT does have fine wrestling matches, so let’s hope it all comes together for this show.

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Match #1: Pete Dunne def. Damian Priest

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Pete Dunne finally evened the score with Damian Priest — and he did it by giving The Archer of Infamy a dose of his own medicine. The score appears to be far from settled though, and the same goes for The BruiserWeight’s issue with Killian Dain. For the last month, Priest has been more than a thorn in the side of Dunne, first attacking him in a post-match ambush, and then getting the better of him in their first singles encounter. This time, though, Dunne scored a victory by resorting to the same tactics used by Priest in their previous battle, catching The Archer of Infamy with a low blow out of the referee’s sight after countering Priest’s attempt to do the same. From there, Dunne locked Priest in a rolling cross armbreaker to force a submission.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some fine action from two guys who match-up well together. Dunne and Priest have a natural chemistry together that might suggest that they could strike-up a good series of fights if given a shot at it. Like Reese’s Pieces in my pants, this was great.

Match #2: Taynara Conti def. Santana Garrett

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The empty spots remaining on Rhea Ripley and NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler’s respective WarGames teams represent a golden opportunity for the rest of the black-and-gold brand’s Women’s division. That includes Santana Garrett and Taynara Conti, who both looked to seize the moment in their one-on-one bout Wednesday. Garrett brought a relentless fire to the bout, but it was Conti showcasing her increasingly vicious edge with knee strikes scattered throughout en route to victory. Finishing Garrett off with a boot to the face, Conti picked up the pinfall — and hopefully for her sake, perhaps earning her way into the Women’s WarGames Match.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was decent wrestling, but it never quite got that Andy Gibb “Flowing Rivers” vibe to it that I was hoping for. Hey, don’t screw with Andy Gibb. These guys would likely have done better if this match had been given more freedom, but those are the breaks some-times.

Match #3: Shayna Baszler def. Dakota Kai

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WarGames may be the only solution for the rising tensions within the NXT Women’s Division — and Mia Yim wants to make sure she has a part in it. In taking on Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai sought to prove why she belonged as the fourth member of Rhea Ripley’s team for the upcoming first-ever Women’s WarGames Match. Between that and Kai’s well-documented issues with the NXT Women’s Champion, The Captain of Team Kick had plenty of motivation going into the bout. But Kai still couldn’t quite overcome her archnemesis, falling prey to the Kirifuda Clutch.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good night for both of them, with Kai looking tough and Shayna looking mean. I, on the other hand, look like the Rancor from Star Wars.

Match #4: Angel Garza def. Tony Nese – #1 Contendership To The NXT Cruiserweight Championship

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Angel Garza will try to make sure that The Man of The Hour’s reign as NXT Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t last much longer. With an impressive showing in a victory over Tony Nese to earn an opportunity at Lio Rush and his title, Garza appears fully capable of making that a reality when he challenges for the championship next week. Showcasing the same flamboyance and athleticism that has made him a favorite at Full Sail in short order, Garza captivated the crowd once again. His trademark tearaway pants even came in handy, allowing him to slip out of The Premier Athlete’s attempted powerbomb from the top rope. Garza later made another escape, barely finding the bottom rope with his boot before the count of three after Nese delivered a 450 splash. Angel Garza finished Nese off moments later with the “Wingclipper”.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was fine action with a high-octane tinge to the whole…I botched that analogy. I was going for a hillbilly, red-neck, Dukes Of Hazard kind of reference, but that won’t work coming from a wet noodle like me. This had all the action that 205 Live did have until about six weeks ago, so if you read those reviews than this should be your lucky day.

Match #5: Dominik Dijakovic def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

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Dominik Dijakovic continues to rack up the victories, and the NXT Universe continues to feast their eyes — as do The Rare Breed’s opponents. Two days removed from making his presence felt in the melee on Raw between NXT and the red brand, Dijakovic turned his focus back to Full Sail and a challenge from the promising Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. The Rare Breed showed a cockiness that nearly proved costly, at one point allowing Scott to hit a poison rana that almost won him the match. Later recovering and stifling Scott’s rally, The Rare Breed hit Scott flush with the Feast Your Eyes to secure another win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a strong match that had the wrong winner. I like Dijakovic, but Serve has been the bigger draw of the two for some time and ignoring that for any reason is just dumb. Fortunately, this was not a dumb match. I’m a dumb man/fish thing, but at least I have good taste in wrestling.

Match #6: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle vs. The O.C. (No Contest)

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The top Superstars of NXT are united in the war against Raw and SmackDown — but those allegiances only extend so far. And just whose side is Finn Bálor on? The Six-Man Tag Team Match between Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle and The O.C. devolved into complete chaos when Lee’s pounce sent AJ Styles crashing into the referee. Moments later, Ciampa seemed to have the match well in hand with Styles set up for The Fairytale Ending until Bálor entered, distracting The Blackheart long enough for Styles to escape. Bálor planted Riddle with the 1916 DDT on the outside and if their reciprocated hand gestures were any indication, they seemed to suggest an alliance — or at least a truce — with Styles. Not to be outdone, NXT Champion Adam Cole seized the chance to avenge The O.C.’s ambush on The Undisputed ERA earlier in the evening, taking to the ring and flooring The Phenomenal One with a superkick. With the hostile threat contained, The Panama City Playboy turned his attention to Ciampa, leveling his rival with The Last Shot. With that, Cole and Bálor were the only ones left standing, while the WWE Universe was left with more questions than answers as the road to Survivor Series and TakeOver: WarGames continues.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was getting some-where, but it got ruined by another WWE run-in finish. I thought NXT wasn’t going to have any of these? Damn it. Well, at least the wrestling was excellent.

News Of The Night:

  1. NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush defends the title against Angel Garza, next week.
  2. Mia Yim joins Rhea Ripley’s War Games team at the next Takeover.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an easy review, with the matches adding up to this score and the show itself delivering a good time.

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