01st May2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (April 29th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Dino Bravo’s wolly-whomper is bigger than my whole body. We’ve got some stuff to get to, some good and some…Geico can save you hundreds on car insurance.

Match #1: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. El Hijo del Fantasma – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group B Match

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“Swerve” improved his tournament record to 1-1 in crafty fashion, dealing El Hijo del Fantasma his first loss by pinning him with a crucifix roll-up after an exciting back-and-forth encounter.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – Like Paul Williams in a velvet blender set on “the guy who directed Vegas Vacation better shut his ass”, I enjoyed this match. This was more like a tastes of what these two can do together, but a quality demo reel is better than a bad match. Scott and Hijo did all the high spots to make your crotch jump up your ass at a thousand miles an hour, but I wanted more wrestling from these guys. In any case, we had two top-notch fighters open the show, get that curtain pulled all the way, but they might have hit a snag or two along the way.

Match #2: Candice LeRae def. Kacy Catanzaro

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“The Poison Pixie” has a new attitude, and it already appears to be paying dividends in the ring. Accompanied by husband Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae knocked off Kacy Catanzaro in vicious fashion, putting her away with the “Wicked Stepsister” — a surfboard face smash.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – LeRae is not right as a heel. This whole match was a quick slog that just didn’t work for either. This was too short, but also not fast enough to keep the momentum (or start any either). It’s a shame, as LeRae is still one of the best and Kacy is getting better all the time, but no crowd might have nipped this fella in the ass one too many times. I said LeRae doesn’t work as a heel and if you watch this match, her grimacing as if to dismiss an opponent (hallmark of a heel) just made her look like a mid-card nothing rather than the star she normally is. There’s not much to say here, so I’m just spit-balling to get this thing to look like a real review.

Match #3: Charlotte Flair def. Mia Yim – NXT Women’s Championship Match

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Charlotte Flair looked comfortable in her first match since reclaiming her throne on the black-and-gold brand, forcing Mia Yim to submit with the Figure-Eight Leg Lock. The Queen wasn’t able to soak in her victory for long, though, as Io Shirai immediately confronted her ahead of their title showdown next week.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – The match was slow and sluggish, but it was mechanically quite sound and everything they were doing made sense. Flair worked hard and Yim was right there with her, but this needed a little more gas in the tank to get all the way to the other side of town. There’s some excellent wrestling at the end of the match, but there’s not enough of that all the way through.

Match #4: Dexter Lumis def. Shane Thorne

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The NXT Universe still knows very little about Dexter Lumis, but they’ve definitely learned he’s a force to be reckoned with in the ring. He knocked off another opponent this week, making quick work of Shane Thorne with a modified Uranage before transitioning directly into the Anaconda Vice.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Thorne gave a good performance in a lame match that had the wrong winner. Lumis just can’t wrestle, but he is a great looking character (should be Killer Kross’s manager when he debuts). Thorne is a star, but not to Vince. Well, this whole thing was depressing as hell.

Match #5: Drake Maverick def. Tony Nese – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group A Match

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Despite being disrespected and underestimated by Tony Nese, Drake Maverick dug deep to keep his hopes alive, improving his tournament record to 1-1 after a massive avalanche bulldog.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was surprisingly tame for a match between these two, but was still good.

Match #6: (Main Event) Keith Lee def. Damian Priest – NXT North American Championship Match

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Overcoming a bruised larynx suffered last week at the hands of Damian Priest, Keith Lee overcame The Archer of Infamy in perhaps his gutsiest performance yet. The Limitless Superstar thwarted Priest’s attempt to once again use his nightstick, pinning him after a pair of huge Spirit Bombs.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a decent main event that was a bit dumb in the psychology department, but had big dudes hitting each other for a while. Lee won and should have, so at least it turned out right after the bell.

News Of The Night:

  1. Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher did a “Know Your Friend” segment that was very entertaining and was a complete waste of time that pissed me off.
  2. El Hijo del Fantasma avoided being man-napped.
  3. Finn Balor will confront his attacker, next week.
  4. Here are next week’s matches:
    Adam Cole fights Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship
    Charlotte Flair fights Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship
    Johnny Gargano will fight Dominik Dijakovic
  5. Karrion (Killer) Kross debuts, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

This show didn’t do much for me, just like this review probably didn’t do much for you.

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