18th Jan2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 13th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Match #1: Candice LeRae def. Shotzi Blackheart

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Shotzi Blackheart may have surprised Candice LeRae early, using mat-based wrestling to ground The Poison Pixie instead of her usual high-flying repertoire. LeRae answered, pulling Blackheart into the Gargano Escape until Blackheart countered with a knee to the face and followed by spiking LeRae with a DDT. Blackheart looked to be setting up for her top-rope senton before Indi Hartwell distracted her, and LeRae capitalized by hitting a huge spinning neckbreaker off the second rope for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #2: The Grizzled Young Veterans def. Ever-Rise in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Match

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Despite being massive underdogs, Ever-Rise stunned The Grizzled Young Veterans early with a quick start. Zack Gibson & James Drake eventually isolated Chase Parker, but Parker found a way to tag in Matt Martel, who blew away both Grizzled Vets. Riding high confidence from a strong showing, Ever-Rise came close to victory after Parker launched Drake into a Spear by Martel, but Gibson broke up the ensuing pin attempt. Gibson & Drake’s craftiness won out, and they hit the Ticket to Mayhem to advance in the tournament.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5

Match #3: Johnny Gargano def. Dexter Lumis

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Dexter Lumis overwhelmed Johnny Gargano with his strength before a high risk proved costly, as the North American Champion evaded a Swanton Bomb. NXT’s Tortured Artist attempted to lock Johnny Wrestling in Silence twice to no avail, and Austin Theory interjected himself on the third attempt, allowing Gargano to surprise Lumis with a quick pinning combination. Gargano and Theory both paid the price afterward, though, as Kushida — who will team with Leon Ruff against them next week in the Dusty Classic — sent Gargano a message by applying the Hoverboard Lock, while Lumis locked in Silence on Theory.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5

Match #4: MSK def. Jake Atlas & Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Match

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Nash Carter & Wes Lee of MSK made an immediate impact in their NXT debut, dazzling the Capitol Wrestling Center with their high-flying offense. The unlikely team of Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Jake Atlas impressed in spite of their recently rivalry, matching MSK with a barrage of hyper-athletic attacks as well. “Swerve” & Atlas looked poised for victory after a spinning powerslam and 450 splash, but Carter broke up Scott’s pin. MSK finished the job with a spectacular double-team, Lee later dropped Swerve with a poison rana, and MSK finished the job with a spectacular double-team neckbreaker to pick up a big win in their first bout.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Match #5: Xia Li def. Valentina Feroz

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Xia Li looked almost unstoppable for the second straight bout, this time dismantling Valentina Feroz in short order, pinning her after a huge right hand to the jaw and a devastating spinning kick to the face. Afterward, her shadowy leader seemingly commanded more punishment, and Li dutifully unleashed a series of ruthless strikes on Feroz at ringside, leaving her further battered.

My Opinion: 1.6 out of 5

Match #6: (Main Event) The Undisputed ERA def. Breezango in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Match

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In a huge first-round battle pitting former NXT Tag Team Champions against one another, both Adam Cole & Roderick Strong and Breezango pulled out all the stops in hopes of advancing a step closer to the Dusty Cup. But they weren’t alone, as the tension between The UE and Pete Dunne and company spilled over with Dunne, Lorcan & Burch hitting ringside to attack O’Reilly. United with O’Reilly by a common enemy, Bálor joined the fray to help even the odds, but he couldn’t stop Dunne from savagely blasting O’Reilly’s injured jaw with a huge forearm and kick against the barricade. Cole temporarily took his eyes off the ball out of concern for his fallen ally at ringside, and Fandango sought to take advantage, countering Cole’s Panama Sunrise. But the former NXT Champion had a perfectly timed counter of his own, meeting Fandango off the top rope with big superkick for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a light and fluffy panda of a flamingo. Dr. Nestor Shapiro once said, “Bitches be crazy.” and I couldn’t agree more…people will like the show, because it has some nice matches. Nothing here was on the level of the best that this brand has ever offered, but it was worth watching from beginning to end. The Dusty tag matches turned out nicely and offered excellent action in short order. MSK had a great debut, even though they looked like lower-card athletes the whole time. I was hoping Breezango would win, but they are lower on the totem pole when compared to their opponents, so I get it. Pete Dunne and Karrion Kross were officially teased as coming after Finn Balor and the NXT Title, along with Kyle O’Reilly still pursuing the strap. The Undisputed Era/The Brand feud continued and feels like it has some juice in its tank. Candice and Shotzi had a slow yet fierce match that never lacked any quality combat. Xia Li keeps getting better and better as a sadistic killer. I had fun with this show. If you want to watch a solid episode of wrestling television, then NXT will offer enough wrestling action for you to enjoy.


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