15th May2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 13th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and He Loved Big Brother…NOT! Big Brother has a big, stinky butt and is a f—-face. 2+2=4 mother-f—–! Okay, enough dissidence, or you will be vaporized. I think I’ve gone full Herb Abrams. Let’s hear it for… NXT!

Match #1: Imperium def. Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher – NXT Tag Team Championship Match

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As a significantly more experienced team, Imperium controlled much of the action. However, the decisive moment had very little to do with Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel. Matt Riddle’s monkey flip inadvertently sent Barthel flying into Timothy Thatcher, and a fed-up Thatcher walked out on Riddle, who was desperately seeking a tag. The Original Bro succumbed to the 2-on-1 disadvantage, suffering the pinfall defeat after the European Bomb crowned new champions.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This wasn’t the match I was hoping for, but there was enough of the gruff, fierce, smash-mouth fighting you’d expect from these four. This kinda went flat at the end, due to the angle with Riddle and Thatcher, but the wrestling up until that point was excellent. It’s nice that Imperium won the titles, but I wish that this could have had a bit more to it.

Match #2: Tegan Nox def. Indi Hartwell

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“Impressive” Indi Hartwell showed no fear in her bid for an upset, but Tegan Nox was up to the task, taking down Hartwell with the Shiniest Wizard.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was decent, but it needed…I don’t know. Indi is good, but she’s un-refined at this point. Tegan, on the other hand, is ready for bigger things than just a random match here or there. Since Tegan won this match, I would hope that means that we get a Tegan Nox Women’s Title match soon.

Match #3: Jake Atlas def. Tony Nese – NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group A Match

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Jake Atlas put Tony Nese away with a top-rope “Rainbow DDT,” keeping his hopes of becoming Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion alive.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Why would you want this go so short? These guys worked hard to make just a few minutes feel like the best thing on the show. Nese always seems to get the wrong end of the spike, if you know what I mean. I’m not talking about Nese losing again, but rather how he just shows up and gets no promotion for any-thing that he does, no matter how much he has to offer. Well, at least this match gave two very talented athletes a chance to just strut their stuff, but not for half as long as they should have been allowed to.

Match #4: Cameron Grimes def. Finn Bálor

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Cameron Grimes found the biggest win of his career thanks to an assist from Damian Priest. The Archer of Infamy struck Finn Bálor in the back of the knee with his trusty nightstick, leaving him a sitting duck for The Technical Savage’s Cave-In for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Go figure. Finn jobbed to Grimes. Hopefully, this doesn’t go the way of Hogan to Kidman, but I just don’t see Triple H/Vince McMahon having a grand plan for Grimes. As for the action, these guys delivered what you would hope for, but not much more than that.

Match #5: Jack Gallagher def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott – NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament Group B Match

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Isaiah “Swerve” Scott’s dreams of winning the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title were dashed thanks to Tony Nese. The Premier Athlete took out his frustrations on Scott, viciously attacking him before this bout and leaving him vulnerable, which resulted in a victory for Jack Gallagher.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was not bad and certainly was decent, but this can be seen as a missed opportunity, due to the match not being longer. I am so tired of having to say that, but that’s the way Vince and his people book. There’s nothing in here that is terrible or bad, but just knowing that the match is being held back from what it can really do, that’s just depressing.

Match #6: Kayden Carter def. Aliyah

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Robert Stone was at ringside to get a first-hand look at Aliyah’s performance, but he may have not liked what he saw as Aliyah tapped out to Kayden Carter’s deathlock submission.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – There’s not much here to talk about. This was just a couple minutes of action that didn’t do all that much, thanks to the booking.

Match #7: (Main Event) Matt Riddle def. Timothy Thatcher

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Timothy Thatcher used surgical precision to pick apart the already weakened Matt Riddle from his backstage attack earlier in the evening. While Thatcher showcased the full extent of his technical prowess, The Original Bro turned one of his precisely applied holds into a pinfall out of thin air to steal the win. Thatcher was far from done with Riddle, though, locking him in the Fujiwara Armbar afterward and refusing to let go while Riddle screamed in agony.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – I wanted this go a…broken record. Riddle and Thatcher had a big-time mat fight that got cut off just as it was getting interesting. Thatcher has really freaky sort of way about him, doesn’t he? I liked how these two were able to focus more on mounting each other to gain an advantage, rather than just using numerous moves to accomplish that goal. If you like clever transitions that lead to sharp wrestling holds, then this is a match you can go for.

News Of The Night:

  1. Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae did another terrible “At-Home” vignette.
  2. Damien Priest is the one that attacked Finn Bálor.
  3. Timothy Thatcher betrayed Matt Riddle over his constant shenanigans and an errant kick to the head caused by Riddle throwing one of the Imperium competitors away from his body.
  4. Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a middling show that did a lot, but accomplished very little overall.


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