26th Jun2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (June 24th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Bud Lucky talkin’ real slow about nothin’ in particular. With more superstars appearing under the #speakingout spotlight we’ll have to see what happens with WWE’s third brand in the coming weeks. Beside all of that, NXT seems to have a fine main event on its hands, so let’s see if it all comes together, or if Ralph will get me my coffee!

Match #1: Cameron Grimes def. Damian Priest

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The Technical Savage seized another massive victory, albeit with a bit of an asterisk. Having left Damian Priest wedged between his car and car door after an apparent attack outside the WWE Performance Center earlier in the day, Cameron Grimes had the upper-hand from the get-go. The Archer of Infamy, sporting taped ribs, fought against the advice of medical personnel and succumbed to defeat after two Cave-ins, including an especially devastating version on the outside of the ring.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Talk about a heavy-hitter. These two got on well, like a turkey in the military. Grimes worked over Priest and his injured ribs like Mike Tyson and a reporter who mentioned all of the terrible things he’s ever done. Grimes looked great here and, despite him possibly being a pervert (allegedly) he is a terrific wrestler. This was a fine opener.

Match #2: Santos Escobar def. Jake Atlas

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Jake Atlas took Santos Escobar’s savage assaults on Drake Maverick personally, and he sought to stick up for Maverick after they won each other’s respect in the NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament. While Atlas gave Escobar a fiery fight, Escobar and his devastating Phantom Driver were simply too much to overcome.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was simple entertainment with some pizazz and holy Donna Summers I just said “pizazz”. There’s nothing in here that didn’t work, but the match got blocked from capitalizing on the hard work these two were putting in (time and lack of a grand finish). Santos has leapt to the top of the heap with the name and gimmick change in such short order. If you wanted to merge Andrade with Angel Garza, you’d get Santos Escobar. Jake was nimble and energetic the whole time, which seems to be his calling card in NXT. I’ve got no issues with the wrestling itself and, if these two guys keep-up the good work they’ve been putting on, then NXT may just have two top names for some time…cop. I’m still kicking. I must be on Broadway.

Match #3: Dakota Kai & Raquel González def. KC Express (Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro)

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The Captain of Team Kick and “Big Mami Cool” continue to be a force to be reckoned with. They picked up another win, knocking off Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro. Afterward, Dakota Kai declared that Io Shirai — and her newly won NXT Women’s Championship — were in her cross hairs.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Mauro called Kayden and Kacy the KC Express, so I’ll call them that too (sounds like KC & The Sunshine Band on speed with ten items or less). There wasn’t anything special about this match overall, but it showed the potential for two solid teams that may just be of importance in the next few years. Kacy is coming along very nicely and Kayden owns the Death Star. Fire at will, commander! As matches go, this won’t shine the silver, but it will give it a bit of a polish.

Match #4: Karrion Kross def. Bronson Reed

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Bronson Reed brought the fight to Karrion Kross from the get-go, perhaps as much as any opponent Kross has faced thus far. But it didn’t take long for “The Duke of Doom” to turn the tide and take control with vicious strikes, launching the massive Aus-zilla across the ring with an exploder suplex. Kross made Reed tap out with the Kross Jacket after yet another dominant display.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This turned out well for a glorified squash. Kross looked tough, but gave Reed a chance to get mean enough to be taken seriously in the near future. Prince should’ve sung the U.S.A’s Pledge Of Allegiance (to the…FLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG!) and this had the right winner.

Match #5: Rhea Ripley def. Aliyah

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Rhea Ripley overwhelmed Aliyah with her significant strength advantage — and overcame a shoe thrown at her by Robert Stone — to take down NXT’s most boujee Superstar. The Nightmare pinned Aliyah after planting her with the Riptide.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Rhea squashed Aliyah to death. I mean…that’s it…that’s the match. Aliyah is dead and Rhea crushed her chances of ever running in the annual Ned Beatty Whooping Cough Marathon.

Match #6: Dexter Lumis def. Roderick Strong (Count-Out)

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Despite The Undisputed ERA’s best therapeutic efforts, Roderick Strong wasn’t ready to face his fears after all. Entering and exiting the ring multiple times, Strong eventually fled in horror and was counted out. Dexter Lumis still claimed his pound of flesh, as NXT’s “Tortured Artist” locked Bobby Fish in the Kata Gatame before Fish could escape as well.

My Opinion: 0.8 out of 5 – This didn’t really happen and did so for less than…what-ever. They might as well have not even shown up. The 0.8 is there because…I don’t know…pity I guess.

Match #7: (Main Event) Keith Lee def. Finn Bálor and Johnny Gargano – NXT North American Championship Match

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Keith Lee asserted his dominance early, overpowering Finn Bálor and Johnny Gargano until they united temporarily to launch him into the steel steps. But The Limitless Superstar was only neutralized for so long before he again took over, at one point hitting a pounce on the outside on both his foes. Lee was victorious following the Big Bang Catastrophe on Bálor, retaining his title and drawing a staredown with NXT Champion Adam Cole, whom he’ll face July 8 in a Winner Take All Match.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – Hey…alright…now we’re talkin’. There’s plenty of hard, meaty action here that will bust your hump the most like a rump roast made of lump toast thumped across the coast. Lee was the star here and him not winning would have just felt like such a bad move (nothing against Finn or Johnny getting a victory). The action is right dead center on where it should be. If you like three men bashing each other with all they’ve got, then this is your kinda joint…rolled-up with nice, crisp paper and blended with sandalwood and tinged with Salsa Con Queso…mmmm. Overall, this fabulous match went nearly twenty minutes and made the winner look like he could win a World Title.

News Of The Night:

  1. NXT North American Champion Keith Lee will face NXT Champion Adam Cole in a Winner Take All Match on July 8th.
  2. NXT is being billed as The Great American Bash, next week.
  3. Dexter Lumis fights Roderick Strong in a Strap Match, next week.
  4. Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae fight for an NXT Women’s Title shot, next week.
  5. Rhea Ripley fights Aliyah, next week, and if Rhea loses, she lets Robert Stone be her manager.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

There’s some good wrestling in here, but the vast majority of these bouts were too short to make their mark last (except for the main event).

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