24th Apr2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (April 22nd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Drew Barrymore is trying to kill me! On this week’s episode of Lancer, we’ve got more of the Cruiserweight Tournament and Michael Madsen squints too much. Are you ready to rock? I said…ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?! Well…too bad!

Match #1: Dakota Kai & Raquel González def. Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart

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Tegan Nox finally had a hand against her rivals Dakota Kai & Raquel González, but it didn’t matter on this occasion. Kai’s enforcer put Shotzi Blackheart away with an impressive one-armed Powerbomb.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – There’s not much here that really happened outside of some moves and a finish. Nox did well and every-body else held it together, but this was just a car with no juice in the tank.

Match #2: Jake Atlas def. Drake Maverick – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group A Match

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Jake Atlas got off to a 1-0 start in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament by defeating Drake Maverick with a spectacular cartwheel avalanche DDT.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – For six minutes or so, this was damn good. Maverick really thrived in a match with no crowd. Who woulda thought that the career comedy guy, with only two significantly serious matches in TNA/Impact to bolster his career, would be one of the people to thrive without anyone there to watch him? Maverick was like a house of fire to Atlas’s confident stalwart. There’s a little bit of everything in here, with Atlas fighting with the mind of a methodical killer. Hey, that’s too good for my reviews. Ham sandwiches, Mama! Atlas is kinda like a high-flying Randy Orton, if that makes any sense. I really liked this and wish it was much longer.

Match #3: KUSHIDA def. Tony Nese – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group A Match

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Kushida prevailed over Tony Nese in an ultra-physical encounter, submitting The Premier Athlete with the Sakuraba Lock to start his Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament run in victorious fashion.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was another excellent match that kept the midnight train rollin’ along like an electric, puppy-cat, pussy-dog. What the f— did I just say? If you know any-thing about these two guys, then you know that they are two of the best in wrestling. What-ever you see in here will be of the highest caliber and will not disappoint. Expect the best and know that this didn’t get a higher rating because it simply didn’t get the time to expand on what they were putting out there.

Match #4: Mia Yim def. Jessi Kamea

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After picking up a well-earned win over Jessi Kamea, The Head Baddie in Charge was confronted by NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair ahead of their bout next week.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Yim did a nice job here, but I didn’t get much from this short match.

Match #5: El Hijo del Fantasma def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group B Match

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Looking extremely impressive in his debut, El Hijo del Fantasma started 1-0 in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament after planting Jack Gallagher with a Samoan Driver.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine match that makes this tournament 3 for 3 tonight. Hijo and Jack worked hard to make the whole thing interesting and succeeded in spades. This was match was so good, that it’d be a crime to not take this seriously. Hell…Jack and Hijo really kicked ass here, though. Hijo might just be able to get a Rey Mysterio push from Vince; he’s that good.

Match #6: (Main Event) The Velveteen Dream & Dexter Lumis def. Adam Cole & Roderick Strong of The Undisputed ERA

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Seizing an early advantage ahead of his North American Title opportunity next week, Damian Priest struck Keith Lee in the throat with his now-patented nightstick, rendering him unable to compete. The chilling Dexter Lumis filled in for Lee in impromptu fashion with dominant offense, allowing Dream to hit a top-rope elbow on Adam Cole and pin the NXT Champion.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was lousy. Lumis still wasn’t very good and nothing else seemed to work well either.

News Of The Night:

  1. Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae (in a new purple hair/lip look) cut a long, tedious promo to turn them heel.
  2. Drake Maverick cut several promos here that made him the star of the show.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

I gave several of the matches 3.5, but the over-all amount of action was too scant for my taste.

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