08th Mar2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Match 4th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this better be good, or I’ll suck s— just to get the taste out of my mouth. You know, we’ve got two cage matches here, so this might not just be Jim Crockette-lite (chubby cream).


Match #1: Dakota Kai def. Tegan Nox – Steel Cage Match

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The Steel Cage Match between Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai was exactly as hard-hitting as one would expect after months of angst fueled by Kai’s betrayal back at TakeOver: WarGames. But once again, it was The Captain of Team Kick prevailing over her arch-nemesis thanks to some help from Raquel González. Though she didn’t emerge victorious, The Girl with the Shiniest Wizard left the NXT Universe breathless on multiple occasions. First, after being chased up the cage by Kai, “Lady Kane” sent her foe flying back to the mat with a massive chokeslam, a la The Big Red Machine. Nox wasn’t done mesmerizing Full Sail yet, unleashing a spectacular cross-body block from atop the cage moments later. However, Nox’s Shining Wizard wasn’t enough to put Kai away. Later opting to try to win by escape, González intervened, pushing the cage door back to pin Nox against the outside. All Kai had to do from there was slither out to prevail once again.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked pretty damn well and had plenty of hard hits packed into this razor-sharp sardine can called a steel cage. This was a whole lot of guts and glory, like me with the Hershey squirts. This was a grudge in the old sense, with every blow dealt with a grunt and each shot taken with a grimace. The whole fight was a grind and in a steel cage, that’s what it needs to be. The offense offers some surprises every now and then. I don’t know if you will go for this match, but I dug this fight. Also, the finish sucked…but was somewhat clever…not really.

Match #2: Chelsea Green def. Shotzi Blackheart – For A Spot The NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender’s Ladder Match At TakeOver: Tampa

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The Robert Stone Brand is responsible for the first entrant in the NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender’s Ladder Match at TakeOver: Tampa. Chelsea Green earned a spot in that bout with a win over Shotzi Blackheart. With Stone looking on, pleased at ringside, Green unleashed an impressive top-rope missile dropkick and finished Blackheart off with the “I’m-Prettier” — a jumping version of the finishing maneuver patented by Christian years ago.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Holy Ving Rhames! This was a nice match, but it was a bit wonky in spots. These two didn’t make a bad pairing, but this did feel a few steps behind what it could have been.

Match #3: The Undisputed ERA def. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan

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The Undisputed ERA want their NXT Tag Team Titles back — but they’re not the only team on the black-and-gold brand with their eyes on the division’s top prizes. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly impressed in a victory over the team of Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, making a statement after losing their championships to The BroserWeights at TakeOver: Portland last month. Announcing afterward their intent to reclaim the gold, Fish & O’Reilly were joined by Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne, who sounded perfectly pleased to grant them a rematch. But their confrontation was halted by the arrival of The Grizzled Young Veterans, who left The BroserWeights lying after a ruthless mugging, asserting their own title opportunity worthiness.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was really strong stuff from two teams that work well together. This had a lot of smart, crisp action that makes me sound like I’m describing a porno with apples glued to the dude’s dork. This is one of those easy-viewing matches I always talk about. There’s nothing revolutionary in here or anything like that, but it all turned out well and made the middle of the show feel like it was keeping-up its end of the deal.

Match #4: Austin Theory def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

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Austin Theory caught the attention of Isaiah “Swerve” Scott earlier in the day when he brashly declared himself to already be among the greatest NXT competitors of all-time. While that level of praise is premature, “All Day” again showed the tremendous potential that he’s regularly turned heads with in bouts against the likes of Roderick Strong and Tommaso Ciampa, this time defeating Scott. Theory carried his hubris into the squared circle as well, battering “Swerve” with as much trash talk as physical attacks. Scott temporarily made Theory pay for his arrogance, stomping on his left arm after hyperextending it behind his back. Escaping to the apron for refuge, Theory turned aside Scott’s pursuit with a rake of the eyes and leg sweep off the ropes, allowing him to hit the “Austin Theory Launch” to seal the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – I liked this. Both guys are among the best out there and Justin Timberlake looks like a rat. The action was far more along the lines of ground-and-pound than you might believe, based of the way they usually wrestle. I sure as hell wasn’t expecting this to be as methodical as it was, but that’s nothing I have a problem with either. I could watch these two all day, just so we can cut the s—. Also, cutting s— is a great way to get into the movie business…or is that sucking s—? Anyway, this match does not suck s—, but it does kick ass. So, I’ve got a huge rack and this match was good s—…but not for cutting or sucking.

Match #5: (Main Event) Roderick Strong def. The Velveteen Dream – Steel Cage Match

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The long-running rivalry between The Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong finally culminated inside a brutal Steel Cage Match — but it may have only marked the beginning of Dream as a thorn in The Undisputed ERA’s side. Strong, clad in street pants rather than his usual trunks, was dressed rather suitably for a fight as opposed to a typical match. His wife, Marina Shafir — the target of much of Dream’s psychological warfare — helped escalate the violence significantly when she came to ringside to introduce a Kendo stick into the ring. The Velveteen Dream seemed prepared to unleash a possible Purple Rainmaker from the top of the cage before the arrival of the rest of The Undisputed ERA stole his focus away. But Dream somehow managed to fight them all off, even launching NXT Champion Adam Cole onto the mat from the cage after he climbed in. Then he stunned everyone with his decision moments later, intentionally shoving Strong out through the cage door to essentially hand his rival the victory. The motivation behind the odd choice became obvious as Dream shut and locked the door behind him, leaving him inside with only Cole, whom he eventually spiked with a Dream Valley Driver on a steel chair. Swiping Cole’s NXT Title, Dream scaled the cage once more to raise the black-and-gold brand’s top prize, making his next target more than clear.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was another mean, nasty cage match for NXT and a strong main event overall. I know…I used a pun. F— it. The idea of Dream being the real villain here was still in play (Strong is better as an intense face any day of the week, any-way), so expect this match to have the fruit-cake look real evil the whole time. The purple one kept-up with Strong, who has pissed better matches than this (this is good s— though). Dream also did a good job of using his personality to make a contrast for Strong to play off of, or whatever phrase I have to say to make it look like I know what I’m talking about. There’s planty of big shots and wide strikes here, so don’t get to close to the TV…but that’s not how TV works (wait…3D…Avatar hurts). In the long run, The Eagles are a bunch of p—— and I got a real kick out of this sucker.

News Of The Night:

  1. Cameron Grimes challenged Keith Lee to a North American Title match, which happens next week.
  2. Velveteen Dream looks to be the next challenger to the NXT Championship.

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

This was a pretty good show that had lots of action and the promise of some cool things for the future, but it still lacked the panache to do more than just get to next week.


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