05th Feb2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 3rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more from the men’s and women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classics as well as…what the… Zeus: I AM ZEUS! SUCK IT MORTAL! Me: Ummmmm… Zeus: BEND OVER AND BE F—KED! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Me: No. Zeus: HAHAHAHA…what? Me: No. Zeus: …BUT…I AM ZEUS! Me: Blow me, pecker-neck. Zeus: (chokes on spit) F…F—K YOU! Me: No. Zeus: MOM! THIS OTHER KID WON’T PLAY NICE! Me: Well, while I figure out what the hell is going on here, let’s just jump right into NXT.

Match #1: Dakota Kai & Raquel González def. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter – Women’s Dusty Cup Semifinal Match

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Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter’s heart has never been questioned, but the sheer force of Dakota Kai & Raquel González presented an incredibly unique challenge. Carter showed off incredible acrobatics and awareness as she took out Kai and González in the ring, but the towering González tossed her to the side and straight into the announce table. Catanzaro was willing to risk it all with a wild jump from off a ringside light structure to take out both competitors. After a frenzied sequence, “Big Mami Cool” regrouped and crushed Catanzaro with a vicious powerslam that sent González & Kai to the Women’s Dusty Cup Finals.

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #2: Austin Theory def. Leon Ruff

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Leon Ruff continues to try and disrupt The Way, but Austin Theory made him pay for it this time around. Ruff tried to use the element of surprise to his advantage with a number of crafty roll-up attempts. With numerous distractions at ringside, Ruff tangled with Johnny Gargano, which led to the NXT North American Champion’s ejection from ringside. After the high-flying eventually backfired, Theory put away Ruff with a thunderous ATL. Theory followed The Way to a post-match beatdown of Ruff, but Dexter Lumis took exception to the extracurriculars and targeted Theory.

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Legado del Fantasma def. Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado

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In a battle for lucha libre supremacy, Legado del Fantasma’s Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza bested Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado at their own game. The King of the Ropes elevated the action early with impressive aerial attacks. The ruthless teamwork of Legado del Fantasma would take control though, as Wilde set up Mendoza for a blistering flying kick for the win. After the match, MSK were quick to assert themselves and let Wilde & Mendoza know that they are ready for a battle to earn a spot in the Dusty Cup Finals at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #4: Toni Storm def. Jessi Kamea by disqualification

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Mayhem broke out mere moments into Toni Storm’s showdown with The Robert Stone Brand’s latest associate Jessi Kamea, as Mercedes Martinez and Io Shirai entered the fray. As her two opponents at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day traded blows, Shirai picked her spot and launched off the top turnbuckle to wipe out both Storm and Martinez.

My Opinion: 3 out of 10

Match #5: Santos Escobar def. Curt Stallion – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

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Legado del Fantasma’s beatdown of Curt Stallion allowed Santos Escobar to escape the title clash last week, but the only beatdown this Wednesday took place within the ropes. With Scarlett looking on from the upper tier of the Capitol Wrestling Center, Escobar couldn’t help but keep one eye away from the ring. The opening allowed Stallion to spring into action and almost rally for a win after a crushing splash off the top ropes. The Cruiserweight Champion came back to pull off a crushing slam for the win, but the fireworks had only just begun. Karrion Kross emerged to lay waste to Wilde & Mendoza and let Escobar know time is running out. Tick Tock.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher def. Undisputed ERA – Dusty Cup Quarter Final Match

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In a battle featuring four of NXT’s most ruthless warriors, Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher proved to the most battle-tested. After bonding in the fire of the Fight Pit, Ciampa & Thatcher showed incredible aggression and their old-school style. The match turned into a high-intensity flurry of strikes and elite maneuvers, as world-class skill was on display. Thatcher and Ciampa rolled into successive suplexes, and a running knee by Ciampa nearly finished the match. Cole & Strong teamed up for their strongest moment with a Superkick and running knee combo that nearly grounded The Blackheart for good. The odd-couple team gutted out their Dusty Cup Semifinal trip, as Ciampa caught Strong on his way back into the ring and planted him with a Willow’s Bell for the win.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

This was a good show, with some solid wrestling all the way through. I’d say that no match in particular stood out more than any other, but the main event was pretty firm all around. The Cruiserweight Title match was a quality bout, but it was far too slow to keep the rhythm going long enough to feel like it had the urgency necessary to be a true prize fight. For a bout this long in gestation, Escobar/Stallion did not live-up to the hype, despite still deserving some all the same when all was said and done. The individual Dusty Rhodes tag matches were fun in their way, in particular Kacy Catanzaro’s performance in the match. Kacy was really intense the whole time. I was beyond impressed, especially since she still hasn’t shown great wrestling ability yet. Kacy managed to make her aerial moves look damn near lethal every time she used one. I’m impressed and I hope this isn’t the last chance for me to be impressed with her skills. As for the other matches, you get a fun lucha bout that injected a different flavor into the show when it really needed it and…actually, Legado del Fantasma dominated the first part of this show. The faction had a tag bout, a prize fight and started an inter-divisional feud between Santos Escobar and Karrion Kross that made Santos look a little weak, but he kept his cool as well, so we’ll see how that fares. Speaking of Kross, he is also trying to start something with Edge, who took him down a peg or two without hitting or burying him either. Edge, now that we’re on the subject of him, came to NXT to scout Finn Balor and the possible next NXT Champion Pete Dunne, who will get his chance to test his mettle against Balor at Vengeance Day. There’s certainly fun to be had with this show this week, but it wasn’t all that I would’ve hoped for either.

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