19th Jun2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (June 17th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and on this this episode of NXT, we try to find out what the hell the brand’s initals actually stand for and why there’s a church in my town with the same name. Is NXT a Christian endeavor? Is Jesus the general manager? Inquiring minds want to know! Well, as we ponder these pressing questions, let’s see what this week has in store…

Match #1: Imperium def. Breezango – NXT Tag Team Championship Match

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Tyler Breeze & Fandango found a way to get on Imperium’s nerves even more than they already were, mocking their opponents’ signature entrance as “Emporium.” Chaos erupted with the arrival of Malcolm Bivens and Indus Sher, who were met by Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan for an all-out brawl. Aichner capitalized on the chaos, spiking Fandango with a DDT to secure the victory and retain the NXT Tag Team Titles.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was alright. Breezango is still trying to find the right rhythm for their tag matches, but with a more cohesive tandem in Imperium, they had the freedom to experiment. I’d say that the match itself could have been more dedicated to the mat wrestling that Imperium embodies (embodies…stupid word), but this is a Vince McMahon production and Vince once had Mae Young give birth to a hand…on live TV. There’s a more ambitious match here that is worth booking in the near future, but this bout was only a tease of what could come.

Match #2: Damian Priest def. Killian Dain

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Killian Dain brought the brutality per usual, but Damian Priest showcased resilience in spades. The Archer of Infamy claimed a huge victory, putting away The Beast of Belfast with the Reckoning.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a real crack over the head and I didn’t mind the headache that came with it. Priest is still getting better, but at least he’s becoming a more complete wrestler with each passing match. Dain is still being underutilized, but he never gets lazy out in that ring. I woulda given this a lot more time, but what does a tumbleweed know?

Match #3: Aliyah def. Xia Li

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The now perpetually disheveled Robert Stone provided NXT’s Boujee Superstar with an assist in the most bizarre of ways. Arriving at ringside mid-match, Stone threw up all over the ring, taking Xia Li’s attention off Aliyah, who then rolled up her longtime rival for the win.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was decent, but was typical of WWE booking, in that the women got booked to do spots and stunts until somebody had to eat a 3-count sandwich.

Match #4: Dakota Kai def. Kayden Carter

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The Captain of Team Kick and Kayden Carter weren’t the only ones involved in the action, as their tag team partners Kacy Catanzaro and Raquel González came to blows on the outside, but Dakota Kai prevailing over Carter thanks to a unique submission maneuver.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – See the above.

Match #5: Bronson Reed def. Leon Ruff

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Bronson Reed made short work of Leon Ruff, but that wasn’t the only thing he was focused on. Afterward, The Aus-zilla issued a challenge to Karrion Kross for next week.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – See the above, but switch the crotches.

Match #6: (Main Event) Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

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Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart brought a break-neck pace to the action, but the veteran craftiness of Bayley & Sasha Banks won out, as The Legit Boss made Blackheart tap to the Bank Statement. “The Golden Role Models'” could only temporarily bask in the afterglow of their victory, however, as NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai cleared the ring of both.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a fine main event that simply suffered from having to go short. The new tag champs have been a blessing, because the matches are actually appealing now (work rate and they can draw). There wasn’t anything in this match I didn’t enjoy, from the character work to the wrestling itself. Hey, the women actually got to wrestle on a WWE show. I’m happy when these women matches actually get to deliver. Overall, I’m a happy camper.

News of The Night:

  1. Bronson Reed fights Karrion Kross, next week.
  2. Keith Lee will his North American Championship against Finn Bálor and Johnny Gargano next week in a Triple Threat Match with the winner challenging Adam Cole on July 8th for the NXT Championship in a Winner Takes All match.
  3. Cameron Grimes fights Damien Priest, next week.
  4. Dexter Lumis wants to be tag champions with Velveteen Dream, but Dream did not reciprocate.
  5. Kyle O’Reilly was funny playing a shrink in a bad comedy segment to help Roderick Strong get over being afraid of weirdos.

Final Verdict: 2.7/5

The main event saved the day here.

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