05th Dec2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Dec 4th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Mickey Mouse riding away in a white Ford Bronco. Mickey’s wife Minnie was found stabbed to death along with Goofy. We have Johnny Cochran with us now. Johnny? If the glove does not fit than you must acquit! This TalkTech stuff picks up the damnedest things, doesn’t it? Donald clearly killed them both. Okay, let’s get to NXT.

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Match #1: Killian Dain def. Pete Dunne

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Pete Dunne made the best of being flattened on Killian Dain’s back at TakeOver: WarGames, but on this night a similar fate ended in defeat for The BruiserWeight. With Damian Priest unable to compete against Dain as scheduled, The Northern Ireland Nightmare elected to call out anyone in the NXT locker room bold enough to face him — and to little surprise, Dunne answered the call. The impromptu challenge set the stage for the first one-on-one battle between the two rivals, who have been embroiled since October. Dunne prevailing against Dain and Priest in a Triple Threat Match at WarGames for an NXT Championship opportunity only seemed to motivate The Beast of Belfast to seize one of the biggest victories of his NXT career. The BruiserWeight chased Dain up the ropes, trying to lock in a sleeper hold that he was only partially able to apply. It was enough to daze Dain and send him toppling backward, while also crushing Dunne underneath him in the process. Already landing in position for the pin, Dain needn’t even move a muscle from there for the three-count, picking up the win despite his semi-conscious state.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This turned out really well. Going for a long time and making the most of that time, these two clobbered the piss out of each other like a catheter in an earthquake. Dain needed to win a hard-hitting match and he did here. This was excellent action from two fantastic wrestlers.

Match #2: Shayna Baszler def. Xia Li

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What Xia Li called the opportunity of a lifetime proved to be just another minor bump in the road for Shayna Baszler. The NXT Women’s Champion handed Li the fate many have suffered before her — a submission loss thanks to the Kirifuda Clutch. Li brought her usual fire to the squared circle a week after suffering an ambush at Baszler’s hands, even nearly landing a three-count against The Queen of Spades following a sunset-flip powerbomb out of the corner. But following a dodged spinning heel kick a moment later, Li found herself caught in the Kirifuda Clutch with nowhere to go, forcing her to tap out.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Way too short to be what it should be, but at least the match was impressive. Shayna looks like she could use a massage, because she looks so pissed all the time. I liked the finish and the match wasn’t half bad either.

Match #3: The Forgotten Sons def. Adrian Alanis & Leon Ruff

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The Forgotten Sons were in anything but a welcoming mood when Full Sail played host to two of EVOLVE’s top Superstars this week. Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake dominated the tandem of Adrian Alanis & Leon Ruff in an impressive win for one of NXT’s most ruthless duos. Jaxson Ryker made sure to leave his mark as well, adding an extra dose of punishment with a chokeslam on the apron for Ruff following the bout.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a filthy stinkin’ squash match. Pleh.

Match #4: Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno

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Kassius Ohno tried to fire the first shot on behalf of NXT UK ahead of WWE Worlds Collide next month, but much like his previous efforts against Matt Riddle, it didn’t quite land the way he had hoped. In the midst of a self-described “career renaissance” during his current run in NXT UK, Ohno renewed hostilities with The Original Bro, whom he faced at TakeOver: Phoenix back in January. This meeting came under different circumstances with NXT and NXT UK Superstars set to face off at Worlds Collide in Houston on Jan. 25. The Wrestling Genius’ previous experience versus Riddle served him well as he dominated much of the early action. Riddle eventually rallied in signature fashion, however. The match met its conclusion with the longtime rivals trading a masterful series of counters. The Original Bro found his way on the winning end of the equation after landing a ripcord knee and a colossal Bro Derek.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – These guys had a good one with a lot of energy in it. I never thought I’d see UFC fight the guy that hijacked an Australian hidden camera show and screwed up the whole thing for fun, but here we are. Ohno has become prolifically chunky, like JIFFY Peanut Butter…  Also, Riddle has a finisher that references Bo Derek. Oh hell yeah! Perfect 10! Ohno needs a finisher called “Dudley Moore is horny and wants to nail the chick down by the beach”. All in all, Arlington Road is a good movie and this episode of Lucha Underground isn’t quite as good as usual.

Match #5: KUSHIDA def. Cameron Grimes

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Despite encountering a surprise challenger in his return to action, Kushida showed no signs of ring rust, picking up a singles victory over Cameron Grimes. Initially slated to face Raul Mendoza, NXT’s resident “timesplitter” found himself opposite Grimes, who took out Mendoza with a massive Cave-In on the steel ramp during his entrance. Showcasing his trademark athleticism, Kushida appeared more than fully recovered from the wrist injury that had sidelined him for nearly two months. The Technical Savage was the one flirting with injury on this occasion, thanks to Kushida’s modification of the octopus stretch that appeared to devastate Grimes’ shoulder. The bout ended in lightning-quick fashion moments later courtesy of a clever pinfall out of nowhere from Kushida, who had quickly re-announced himself as one of NXT’s most formidable competitors.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Far too short for guys this talented, this was a fun crumb of cookie to munch on nonetheless. KUSHIDA is great and so is Trevor Lee…errrrrrr…Cameron Grimes? I can’t keep track of these re-brandings. Put these two together again before they leave for All Elite Wrestling (AEW respects facial hair more than Vince McMahon does).

Match #6: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic def. The Undisputed ERA

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If Adam Cole’s NXT Title reign wasn’t already precarious with Tommaso Ciampa and Finn Bálor knocking on his doorstep, he now has to worry about a Limitless challenger as well. Keith Lee made a massive statement at Cole’s expense, winning alongside Ciampa and Dominik Dijakovic in Six-Man Tag action against The Undisputed ERA — impressing his way straight into the NXT Championship scene. With Bobby Fish sidelined due to injury, The Undisputed ERA had no numbers advantage to exploit, and may have been overwhelmed by the opposing trio as a result. However, it was Bálor’s arrival that set chaos — and the contest’s conclusion — into motion. He suddenly appeared in the ring to deliver a John Woo dropkick to Cole, who crashed into and incapacitated the referee. NXT’s “Prince” was far from done, next spiking The Blackheart with the 1916 DDT. Faced with Lee, Bálor had no answer for The Limitless Superstar’s power, and instead was laid out by a Spirit Bomb. Cole had since recovered and looked to take advantage, surprising Lee with a superkick. It didn’t keep Lee at bay long enough to land The Last Shot, though. Lee countered Cole’s running knee into a massive jackhammer for the pinfall victory for his team.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good main event that delivered action, albeit not particularly exciting action. There’s nothing bad here, but it might not be enough to make you believe a man can fly. Conversely, you will believe that man can fall off a horse and break his neck. Faster than a speeding bullet my ass… While not a masterpiece, this was a solid finale for the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Dakota Kai fights Mia Yim, next week.
  2. Shayna Baszler fights Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Title in two weeks.
  3. Finn Balor fights Tommaso Ciampa and Keith Lee next week to decide who fights Adam Cole for the NXT Title on December 18th.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

There wasn’t anything bad here, but this was just dull TV. Predictable to a point and too sedate the rest of the way, this show represents why so many dip-s—- get away with saying that professional wrestling isn’t exciting.

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