04th Jun2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (June 3rd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Drake Maverick is fighting for the Cruiserweight Title and his job in the WWE. Okay, we’ve got enough action in here to make a mud-pie with a grease pit.

Match #1: Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim (Double Count-Out)

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The recent war of words between Mia Yim and Candice LeRae is anything but settled. The action spilled to the outside with both women too fixated on exchanging blows to answer the referee’s count of 10. Tegan Nox, and later Dakota Kai, Raquel González and Shotzi Blackheart were on the scene as well, and the situation devolved into an all-out melee. Also joining the action were LeRae and Yim’s significant others — and NXT TakeOver: In Your House opponents — Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee. General Manager William Regal ordered that a Mixed Tag Team Match start immediately.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – They couldn’t even let this go for five minutes. Hell, this didn’t even get a real finish. The whole thing was a set-up for the next match, which just pisses me off.

Match #2: Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano def. Keith Lee and Mia Yim

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The Johnny Gargano Way continues to be suspect as Gargano resorted to striking Lee in the eye with his car keys. With Yim checking on Lee, LeRae took advantage and rolled her up to steal a victory.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – Damn it. They even wrestled in their street clothes. I hated this, because it had almost no action and was just posturing for three minutes.

Match #3: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Tony Nese

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Gentleman Jack Gallagher made his way to ringside in an attempt to distract “Swerve,” but it backfired. Isaiah Scott turned Tony Nese’s attempted sunset driver into a sunset flip for the pin, continuing The Premier Athlete’s recent woes.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – There’s nothing bad here, but this was like a commercial for what the longer version would be. Nese losing again sucks, but at least Scott was the one to beat him. Strong moves highlighted a valiant effort that got its brains blown out as soon as the runners got up through the half-way point on the track. I’d hate to see Vince promote track and field events for the Olympics: “Here comes Markus Lang and BANG…he’s dead coming out of the second checkpoint. Talk about being…dead tired”.

Match #4: Breezango def. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan and The Undisputed Era – Number One Contender’s Match For The NXT Tag Team Championship Shot

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Breezango made a triumphant return to NXT, complete with another head-turning entrance in astronaut gear. Fandango picked up the victory, putting away The Undisputed ERA’s Bobby Fish with the Last Dance after Dexter Lumis’ presence in the crowd caught Fish’s attention. Imperium arrived afterward to confront their next challengers, but they weren’t alone, as Malcolm Bivens and Indus Sher also made their presence felt.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was fine, but was less than the sum of its parts. Breezango winning was a bit of a let-down, but almost necessary considering that they returned to action during this match. Burch and Lorcan were the best part of this, along with UE’s precise wrestling skills. If you like seeing Julia Roberts from that weird movie-within-a-movie scene from Notting Hill double as two people and win a tag match, then this will be right up your alley.

Match #5: Santana Garrett def. Aliyah

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Robert Stone, in his most desperate state after apparently learning last week that he no longer represents Chelsea Green, was ringside to cheer on Aliyah. But Stone only found himself more shattered as his lifeline lost to Santana Garrett following an impressive back handspring moonsault.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Garrett deserves a much longer match, but she tried to make her opponent look good in defeat.

Match #6: Cameron Grimes def. Bronson Reed

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The Cave-In remains one of the most potent maneuvers in NXT, and The Technical Savage caught The Aus-zilla with it out of nowhere to pick up another impressive victory. The hits kept coming for Bronson Reed, who was the target of a vicious post-match assault by Karrion Kross as a means to send a message to Tommaso Ciampa.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – These guys threw a bunch of heavy-hitting strikes and shots at each other, but they got cut off before they could make the match into something bigger than a couple of minutes piss-break.

Match #7: (Main Event) El Hijo del Fantasma def. Drake Maverick – Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals

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Despite being caught in several precarious positions by El Hijo del Fantasma, Drake Maverick refused to say die, but it wasn’t enough to become NXT Cruiserweight Champion. It was more than enough to solidify himself as an NXT Superstar, however. Preoccupied momentarily by the attempted interference of the masked men we’ve seen attack other Cruiserweights in recent weeks, Maverick lost after Fantasma hit the Phantom Driver. A teary-eyed Maverick was met at the top of the stage by Triple H moments later, however, and he found himself penning a contract offered by The Game, drawing a fitting close to his inspiring run through the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was a very strong match that was easily the best thing on the show. Drake worked his ass off to make this feel like one of the biggest matches of the year. Both of these fighters worked well together and sold the fight as a desperate quest to claim their own personal glory. Skadosky is cut. Manelli is cut. Bondospo is cut. Fakelchi…you are so cut. Stupid foot-ball players. Drake had one of the best performances of his career here and I’ll bet you that I will think that forever. Stockley is cut. Mokley…you’re cut. Palacios, hit the bricks. Amerwell is cut. Rock on Drake and rock on Fantasma, you stallions of the Port-A-Potty Awards…errrrrrr…NXT. The damn delete button doesn’t work, so I had to write “errrrrrrr”.

News Of The Night:

  1. Adam Cole fights Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship in a Backlot Brawl at Takeover: In Your House.
  2. Triple H gave Drake Maverick a new contract after he lost the Cruiser-Weight Title match.
  3. Breezango returned.
  4. Robert Stone is searching for a new client, thanks to Chelsea Green ditching him.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

Some great vignettes selling the Takeover card and a great main event were enough to get this close to three, but a lot of time was wasted otherwise.

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