10th Jul2020

‘WWE NXT: The Great American Bash – Part 2’ Review (July 8th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have night 2 of The Great American Bash…bash’a yo head in. We’ve got Keith Lee fighting Adam Cole in the main event, so change the channel now. Oh, hishy-pishy, this will be a good one…no it won’t…but it will! Night Court kicks ass and NXT starts…IIIIIIIIIIIrrrrrrrroooooonnnnnnn Maaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn!!!!!!!

Match #1: Candice LeRae def. Mia Yim – Street Fight Match

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Mia Yim jumpstarted this donnybrook by attacking Candice LeRae before she could even reach the ring. The action quickly spilled past the barricade and atop a nearby platform, where Yim dropkicked The Polson Pixie through a table below. But LeRae’s repeated use of steel chairs was the difference-maker, and she unleashed a swinging neckbreaker onto a pile of chairs from a table balanced on the top rope in a brutal finale for the win.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a fine WWE plunder brawl that managed to shake a lot of the clean-cut sheen off with the finale that saw a swinging neck-breaker on a pile of chairs. There are some brutal spots once they got out into the crowd, including the obligatory table break, and that’s what they should have been doing. LeRae and Yim did a nice job of looking like they wanted to kill each other and that is fine by me. I like violence, alright?! This was an excellent opener and I WANT A GLASS OF BETTER DAUGHTER!!!

Match #2: Bronson Reed def. Tony Nese

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The Premier Athlete insisted on disrespecting Bronson Reed by pointing out their abdominal disparity, but Tony Nese’s abs couldn’t save him from a massive top-rope splash by The Aus-Zilla.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a five minute waste of two skilled fighters. Nese barely got to show any-thing and Reed was stuck playing the role of the typical WWE monster heel. When Jay Ferguson sang “Thunder Island”, do you think he said, “Let’s make a lousy song!”? Jay Ferguson would have let this match go long and catch the ball, but not the WWE…XFL is dead, again. This was bullsh*t.

Match #3: Johnny Gargano def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

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Johnny Gargano won bragging rights after last week’s heated scuffle with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, but not without a fight. Two of NXT’s quickest competitors exchanged a dizzying array of counters throughout. A mistimed high risk by “Swerve” proved costly as Johnny Wrestling dropped him with a poison rana on the outside before planting him with a One Final Beat DDT.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some good stuff that really showed all that these guys can do and in slick style. Slick style? What an idiot…I am. Swerve and Gargano kept the match rollin’ along like an Italian’s head after the Pickle-Dick Mafia strikes…one slappa atta time. This was pure action and that is what GAB deserves.

Match #4: Legado del Fantasma def. Drake Maverick & Breezango

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Drake Maverick was salivating at the thought of finally getting his hands on Santos Escobar, and he eventually got his wish in this Six-Man Tag Team Match after the NXT Cruiserweight Champion had dodged him throughout. But Escobar thwarted Maverick’s attempt at top-rope offense, stringing him up with a thrust kick to set up the Phantom Driver.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a good, solid way to yank the crank. Maverick did a great job as a “house of fire” kind of baby-face. I can’t say that his performance spread through the whole match, but it did give this an anchor to…anchor with…damn it. If you like headlocks, then you’ll…see them here…? Well, at least this match had…headlocks…damn it.

Match #5: Mercedes Martinez def. Santana Garrett

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Mercedes Martinez’s return to NXT was an impressive one, as she put on a clinic against Santana Garrett, finishing her off with a devastating fisherman’s buster.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – For two minutes, this was not half bad. Robin is a little pussy and this was…60 Minutes (it was just two, though).

Match #6: (Main Event) Keith Lee def. Adam Cole –Winner Takes All Match

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The Panama City Playboy and The Limitless One treated the NXT Universe to a back-and-forth classic in the black-and-gold brand’s first-ever Title for Title Match. Both Superstars threw the best they had at the other, with Adam Cole beating a pin after a massive Spirit Bomb thanks to a pointer finger on the bottom rope. Keith Lee, too, showed resilience, surviving multiple Last Shots. Cole’s bid for a second Panama Sunrise proved to be one too many as Lee countered it for another Spirit Bomb before hitting the Big Bang Catastrophe to end the longest NXT Championship reign ever while becoming the first competitor to hold two NXT singles titles at the same time. As Lee celebrated his emotional win, Karrion Kross and Scarlett observed from afar.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fine match that started slow and got real good in the final stretch. The big chances weren’t taken until they were actually needed, which is the way I like it. Lee winning was the right call, even though Cole would have been a fine person to be the double-champion. Lee played the part of “big guy who smashes and does impressions” very well. Actually, the best part of this match was Lee just being himself. I surprised that I’m saying that, but Lee’s character was the most interesting part of this. This was a damn fine way give Keith Lee his biggest career moment yet.

News Of The Night:

  1. Cameron Grimes fights Damien Priest, next week.
  2. Karrion Kross was teased as being Keith Lee’s first challenger for the NXT Championship.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was all about Keith Lee winning and that’s the whole damn thing. This two week Great American Bash was not bad, but there were a few too many matches that were not GAB worthy.

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