07th May2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 6th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Adam Cole defends the World Title against the Sagebrush Kid or what-ever the pervert calls himself. Are you ready..? For Annie Lennox? FFFFFFFFFFFFFF— YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!

Match #1: Johnny Gargano def. Dominik Dijakovic

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The new attitude of NXT’s resident power couple was on full display with Candice LeRae getting involved in this bout multiple times, including a distraction that allowed husband Johnny Gargano to remove the top turnbuckle. Johnny Wrestling later countered Dominik Dijakovic’s powerbomb attempt, sending The Rare Breed face-first into the exposed steel and making him a sitting duck for Gargano’s slingshot DDT known as One Final Beat.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – There was some good wrestling in here, but it felt like merely a taste of what these guys can really do. The right guy won a match that was fun, but so is licking pudding off of a goat’s ass.

Match #2: Akira Tozawa def. Jack Gallagher – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group B Match

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Akira Tozawa is in full control of his own destiny in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament. The Stamina Monster knocked off Jack Gallagher with a top-rope senton to remain Group B’s only unbeaten competitor at 2-0.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was way too short for two guys so talented. It’s almost criminal how short this was. At least there was some decent action in here for the brief amount of time this match went for.

Match #3: Chelsea Green def. Xia Li

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Is The Robert Stone Brand poised to add a new client? Chelsea Green defeated Xia Li thanks in part to Aliyah, who has had her issues with Li. Afterward, Robert Stone extended a hand to Aliyah, begging the question if they would be doing business together in a more official capacity in the future.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – I’ve got hair that’s longer than this match and of higher quality.

Match #4: Karrion Kross def. Leon Ruff

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Karrion Kross’ highly anticipated NXT in-ring debut was as destructive as promised. With the sinister Scarlett at his side, Kross made a striking entrance that was eclipsed only by his sheer malice. He immediately flattened Leon Ruff with two devastating Doomsday Saito suplexes before submitting him with the Kross Jacket.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Some suplexes and a submission were all this match had to offer.

Match #5: Io Shirai def. Charlotte Flair – NXT Women’s Championship Match (Disqualification)

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Did The Evil Genius of the Sky have Charlotte Flair on the ropes? The Queen resorted to a disqualification, apparently growing frustrated enough to blast Io Shirai with a Kendo stick. Charlotte continued to inflict damage — that was, until Rhea Ripley showed up. The woman whom Charlotte dethroned to once again become NXT Women’s Champion appeared for the first time since her WrestleMania defeat, landing a few blows and sending Flair scurrying from the ring. But The Nightmare also may have made an enemy of Shirai in the process, as the two exchanged heated words and later got into a shoving match in the parking lot area.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was not nearly as good as I was hoping for. Flair just isn’t all that interesting, which doesn’t help when fighting a more interesting, but less pushed athlete in Io. Was there ever a time when it looked like Io would win? I would have gone with Io winning, if only to spike some interest in an immediate re-match for a week or two later. Well, at least this match was bad…it was dull though.

Match #6: KUSHIDA def. Jake Atlas – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group A Match

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Kushida’s dreaded armbar continues to serve him well. NXT’s resident Time Splitter used it to put away Jake Atlas and improve his record to 2-0, giving him sole possession of first place in Group A.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – How can you book so important a match to be so short? It was like they were barely in the ring to begin with. Maybe these guys should ask for their release if this is the way they’re going to be treated by Vince?

Match #7: Cameron Grimes def. Denzel Dejournette

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Denzel Dejournette was more than ready for Cameron Grimes, starting off the bout with a furious pace, but The Technical Savage quickly turned the tide with the Cave-In. Grimes wasn’t done picking fights. Almost as soon as he mentioned Finn Bálor during a post-match tirade, he was confronted by The Prince, and fisticuffs quickly ensued, with Bálor getting the better of the exchange and sending a message to his mystery assailant.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – Grimes won in just a few seconds or so, so there you go.

Match #8: (Main Event) Adam Cole def. The Velveteen Dream – NXT Championship Match

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Adam Cole and The Velveteen Dream’s long-awaited duel for the top prize in NXT lived up to the billing in a highly-thrilling, seesaw affair, but the difference-maker may have been Dexter Lumis’ inadvertent interference. Emerging from underneath the ring to stop Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong from getting involved, Lumis sent Strong flying into the referee, leaving him unable to count Dream’s pin after he hit the Purple Rainmaker. Cole recovered to deliver a superkick and the Last Shot to escape with his gold.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Dream looked like a geek in a match that saw Cole look good as the champ. Cole won a competitive bout that just didn’t have enough life to it. All in all, Cole won and should have.

News Of The Night:

  1. Aliyah may join Robert Stone’s faction.
  2. Dexter Lumis interfered in Adam Cole’s match to stop the Undisputed Era from interfering.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was a lame show that I wanted to like, but just couldn’t, due to the lack of wrestling despite having eight matches.


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