06th Feb2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 5th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and there better be some damn wrestling on here, or I’ll be pissed.

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Match #1: Angel Garza def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

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Riding high after laying out Rey Mysterio on Raw, Angel Garza picked up an impressive victory over Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and has one thing on his mind: recapturing the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Garza came into this one holding a grudge with “Swerve” after he was the one to eat the pinfall in their Fatal 4-Way Match back at WWE Worlds Collide, costing him the title. But NXT’s resident lothario delivered his message in convincing fashion, defeating Scott with the Wing Clipper after again demonstrating the aggression he showcased against Humberto Carrillo and Mysterio. Afterward, Garza was sure to point out that he’d have his eyes on reigning champion Jordan Devlin, who never defeated him in the first place.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a really nice match that had some exciting action from two very talented athletes.

Match #2: Dominik Dijakovic def. Killian Dain

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Dominik Dijakovic has his wish — another opportunity against Keith Lee, and this time for The Limitless One’s newly won NXT North American Title. Lee will put that championship on the line against The Rare Breed in less than two weeks’ time at NXT TakeOver: Portland, but getting there was no easy task. First, Dijakovic had to deal with Killian Dain, who felt he was being overlooked in the pecking order to challenge Lee. To no one’s surprise, these two behemoths brought an enormous amount of physicality to the squared circle, though it was Dijakovic ultimately making The Beast of Belfast feast his eyes.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – These guys tried to play baseball with each other’s asses. Pete Rose might try to place a bet on this s—. I say let Pete Rose back in so he can get his Hall Of Fame s— going on…as long as he lets Kane choke-slam his ass again. Trick Or Pete, B—-! Anyway, Dain and DD really knocked the piss out of each other, which is a great thing for those that need a catheter. I liked this, even though it had the grace of a moose in a blender.

Match #3: Mercedes Martinez def. Kacy Catanzaro

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned right away about Mercedes Martinez in NXT, it’s that she isn’t here to make friends. That was on full display in her singles bout against the upset-minded Kacy Catanzaro this week. Catanzaro nearly pulled off the shocker with a near fall on a hurricanrana cover, but the close call only seemed to fuel Martinez’s intensity even more. “The Latina Sensation” put her diminutive opponent down after a devastating fisherman’s buster.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – Mercedes worked hard to make Kacy look good and it worked. This was all about the veteran looking great in the national spot-light. How can you not like Mercedes Martinez? What’s that? One hair at a time? F— you, smart-ass. Good for Mercedes. F— you, smart-ass.

Match #4: Jordan Devlin def. Tyler Breeze

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If Angel Garza thinks it will be easy to reclaim his NXT Cruiserweight Title, he’s sorely mistaken. Reigning champion Jordan Devlin made his NXT TV debut in a win over Tyler Breeze, who was barely able to get started after Devlin tattooed him with a baseball slide on the apron during his ring entrance. Breeze later found his bearings and gave The Irish Ace all he could handle and then some. Devlin looked at home at Full Sail, though, putting Prince Pretty away with a headbutt that echoed throughout the arena followed by the Devlin Side.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a really good match that gave Breeze his best bout in forever. Devlin looked great and is miles ahead of where he was a year ago. This was like Cool Whip. What the hell am I getting at? I guess I just like Cool Whip. Devlin came across really well as champion and made Breeze look more important than he has in years. What a great match to book. What’s the catch? Was this pumped full of anthrax or some-thing? Vince never gives away wrestling matches this good unless they give you cancer…prick.

Match #5: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa & The BroserWeights vs. The Undisputed ERA (No Contest)

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The Undisputed ERA has long dominated NXT, but their adversaries are starting to line up at a frantic pace. This time, a ghost from the group’s past — The Velveteen Dream — returned to Full Sail to join the fight against The UE, but for a very different reason. Making his first appearance at Full Sail since The Undisputed ERA took him out months ago, Dream had clearly not forgotten about their history together. With the Six-Man Tag Team Match between Tommaso Ciampa & The BroserWeights and The UE devolving into an uncontested melee, the former NXT North American seized the moment — and the ring — to dispose of The Undisputed ERA one by one to stand tall. Before His Purple Highness’s arrival, the Six-Man melee started in a fashion similar to their brawl earlier in the evening — in complete disarray with the action starting on the ramp before the competitors even entered the ring. It also ended chaotically as the referee had no choice but to call for the bell once Roderick Strong interjected himself into the action.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine match that had plenty of action and lots of energy. Ciampa did his “I stepped on a baby on the way here” routine the whole time, which I’ve grown to love over the years. Every-thing about this was easy-viewing, which never hurts when you’re talking about WWE programming in the 21st Century. You’d think we were in Brock Lesnar’s Suplex City with all of the slams being thrown around here, but that doesn’t hurt my feelings either. I didn’t like the No Contest, but they had a point to it this time, so that’s okay, I guess. Over-all, this was a strong main event that was a casualty of booking desires that came at the expense of just having a good match.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Velveteen Dream returned to attack The Undisputed ERA.
  2. NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair took out Charlotte Flair after the Royal Rumble winner came to answer the Wrestlemania challenge for the NXT Women’s Title.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

Way better than last week…way better.

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