21st Dec2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Dec 16th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and…what the h…help! They’re taking me! The… Colack The Wicked: HAHAHAHA!!!!!! We shall take you to our masters in the Marble Spires of Moltant! Come feeble mortal! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Nathan: Can I bring my computer so I can finish my reviews? It has a function that allows me to just dictate to the program and it does all the work. Colack: …f— it. Yeah, what the hell. Nathan: Thanks. Well, I guess I’m being kidnapped by these testicled Girl Scouts… Colack: We are not Girl Sc… Nathan: Yeah yeah yeah. I hope these chicks have huge hooters. Bouncy bouncy! Okay, let the review begin!

Match #1: Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory def. Leon Ruff & KUSHIDA

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Mentor and mentee were in lockstep from the get-go, as Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory showcased instant team chemistry. Kushida & Leon Ruff battled back with their athleticism, highlighted by Ruff planting Theory with a massive DDT out of nowhere, though The Way countered with a well-coordinated dropkick-missile Spear combination. Ruff put Gargano down with a spectacular springboard cutter and looked to pin the North American Champion with a crucifix, but Theory, who made a blind tag, dropped Ruff with an innovative, modified flapjack for the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5

Match #2: Tommaso Ciampa def. Tyler Rust

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Tommaso Ciampa set a chair up outside the ring, seemingly an open invitation to Timothy Thatcher, and one that was accepted as the dean of Thatch-As-Thatch-Can made his way to ringside for a front-row seat as Ciampa punished former Thatcher student Tyler Rust. The action spilled out right in front of Thatcher at one point, and a kick from Rust errantly caught Thatcher, enraging him to the point that he had to be held back by referees. Rust recovered to demonstrate a deep arsenal of innovative offense and primarily targeted Ciampa’s arms with several vicious holds. But The Blackheart prevailed after spiking him with Willow’s Bell.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #3: Kyle O’Reilly def. Pete Dunne to earn an NXT Title opportunity against Finn Bálor at NXT New Year’s Evil

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Bedlam ruled the Capitol Wrestling Center before the opening bell, as Drake Maverick & Killian Dain looked to settle unfinished business with NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, while The Undisputed ERA’s Adam Cole and Roderick Strong — and even the returning Breezango — joined in on the fisticuffs. Once the action was officially underway, it became immediately evident how familiar Kyle O’Reilly and Pete Dunne have become with each other’s repertoires after weeks of warring between their factions, as both Superstars traded counters while jostling for the early advantage. O’Reilly eventually claimed the edge, countering a potential X-Plex attempt on the apron into a suplex to the floor. The UE’s martial-arts master followed with a diving knee off the top rope, punching his ticket to face Finn Bálor at NXT New Year’s Evil.

My Opinion: 4.6 out of 5

Match #4: Shotzi Blackheart def. Indi Hartwell via disqualification

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The Way made their presence felt at ringside, as the trophy Johnny Gargano unveiled last week for Candice LeRae wound up in Indi Hartwel’s hands, but the referee saw her blast Shotzi Blackheart with it, leading to a disqualification. Victory was far from sweet for Blackheart, though, as LeRae laid her out with the Wicked Stepsister afterward.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5

Match #5: Karrion Kross def. Desmond Troy

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In his first bout in four months after being out with a shoulder surgery, Karrion Kross picked up right where he left off. The former NXT Champion decimated Desmond Troy in a dominant performance, flattening him with the Doomsday Saito before forcing him to submit to the Kross Jacket. Kross wasn’t finished with just the victory though, challenging Damian Priest to a bout in three weeks’ time at NXT New Year’s Evil.

My Opinion: 1.6 out of 5

Match #6: (Main Event) Toni Storm def. Rhea Ripley

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The first two NXT UK Women’s Champions renewed their rivalry in hard-hitting fashion with Rhea Ripley taking control against Toni Storm behind her overwhelming power. Raquel González continued to be a thorn in The Nightmare’s side, however. While Ripley’s boot sent Storm crashing into González, who toppled over the ringside barrier, González had the last laugh. With the referee checking on Storm, “Big Mami Cool” sent Ripley shoulder-first into the post, and Storm capitalized to hit the Storm Zero for a massive victory over her long-time foe.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.8/5

The good score is on account of the O’Reilly/Dunne being another fantastic match between those two. Oh, I’m rescoring the Ladder Match they had a few weeks ago as a 5 instead of a 4.9. Screw it…the match kicked ass. So it was rushed…still ruled. Back to this week…Dunne and O’Reilly did it again. It was needlessly brutal, but I won’t take points off for effort, no matter how much I may cringe seeing it when a safer, more thoughtful match would have been just as effective. That being said, for a match that was not the main event, it was definitely the match of the show. Storm and Ripley tried to strike it rich again, but they came-up a bit short. Nevertheless, their main event was a worth bout of a certain quality, due to… Colack: Silence, slut! Nathan: I’m doing the rev… Colack: The skank shall finish this speakification! Nathan: The opener was fine, but it was no great contest either. The rest was different shades of the same dull color: bland. Colack: That was a terrible sentence! Nathan: Who’s writing this here? Colack: Point taken…whore. Nathan: All in all, this was a good show with one truly great match and that will take us to another great re-match in O’Reilly/Balor 2. Colack: Excellent, bitch! Now, we begin the preparations! Nathan: Preparations for what? Colack: For…THE SHUNTING! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Nathan: Huh. How long does that take? Colack: Two to three days! Nathan: Well, I guess that takes us up through SmackDown. See ya soon for MLW: Fusion!

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