26th Feb2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 24th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and it’s time for the Jedi…to go bowling! Qui Gon Jinn: I get to throw the ball first! Obi Wan: F—k you! My name is B1G D1CK! Luke: Dad! Are you gonna play? Darth Vader: Rap is crap! Yoda: Down your throat you shall suck it! QGJ: I’m using that ball! Luke: Eat me, s—t-stain! Darth: Luke! Shake that ass! Obi: Wazzzzzzzuuuuuuuuppppppp!!!!!!!! Yoda: Puzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaawwwww!!!!!! Obi: No! My thing! Mine! Luke: Who’s first, bitches?! QGJ: Me! Me! Meeeeeeee!!!!!!! Yoda: Luke…bend over. Luke: What? Yoda: Yoda…wants to plow you. Spock: I’m not a Jedi, yet I’m here in this sketch. Highly illogical. Yoda: Gonna bite those big-ass ears, Yoda is! Darth: Spring Break! OQJ: I’m so…ronery, so ronery, so ronery and sadry arone… Obi: Haha! You’re ronery! OGJ: Die cream-puff! Luke: Killllllllll hiiiiiiiiiiiim!!!!!!! Darth: Luke…I’m cumming. Yoda: No! My cum-dumpster! Mine! Me: Okay…they didn’t even bowl. NXT starts… Spock: How did I get here? Yoda: I’M GONNA BITE YA!!!!!!

Match #1: Dexter Lumis def. Johnny Gargano

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With the strangely chipper Austin Theory and the rest of The Way at ringside, Johnny Gargano sought payback for Theory’s abduction at the hands of Dexter Lumis. While Gargano turned the early tide with his usual cunning when the match spilled outside the ring by driving Lumis into the apron, Lumis rallied with his signature offense, including a bulldog and slingshot suplex. Gargano seemed to feign an injury, occupying the referee’s attention and creating an opening for Theory to bash Lumis with a chair. But Theory couldn’t pull the trigger, and Lumis recovered to drop Gargano with a side slam before taking out the North American Champion with Silence.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • Lumis is getting better. Gargano is still really freakin’ Italian. Molta Benne! There’s some great head-locks here and Lumis has finally begun getting interesting in the ring after…a decade? Holy s—t. I can’t believe I’ve been watching him for a decade. Gargano has a pointy nose. You could cut ass with that schnozzer. Honk! This was not quite the smartest match in the world, but attempts were made to link one move to another and, since those moves were exciting, it came together fairly well.

The Bad:

  • Lumis is still not quite ready for TV, despite getting much better. Gargano losing felt wrong, but he handled himself well in defeat. This was a match that felt like it needed a little more finesse to it. Jane Fonda could give me some finesse…if she wanted to hand out charity. Why do fools fall in love…with ferrets? I don’t really have any criticisms beyond what I already mentioned, so give me your wallet.

The Verdict:

  • This was a sturdy opener that was made memorable by having a legitimate star putting over an ever-improving prospect in Lumis.

Match #2: Io Shirai def. Zoey Stark

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

One week after impressing the NXT Universe in her black-and-gold brand debut, Zoey Stark turned heads again with a strong showing against the NXT Women’s Champion. But Io Shirai prevailed, sending Stark into the bottom turnbuckle to set her up for her moonsault. The combatants exchanged respect before promptly being interrupted by Toni Storm, who demanded a one-on-one opportunity for Shirai’s title — a challenge Shirai accepted. That matchup will take place in two weeks on NXT.

The Score: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • Io carried Stark through the parts where she is still a bit dull and made the match stick together like rice on a lizard’s teat. Teat! This was mechanically some fine stuff, but lacking some of the style that you might expect from Io’s matches.

The Bad:

  • Stark is still a bit lackluster at this point, but talented nonetheless. Io wasn’t quite as dynamic as usual, but not terrible.

The Verdict:

  • Overall, not a bad second match.

Match #3: Xia Li def. Kacy Catanzaro (Referee Stoppage)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Unlike Xia Li’s other recent victims, Kacy Catanzaro dodged much of her early offense, and that unfamiliar dynamic put Li on her heels. Li eventually took control on the outside after driving her into the ringside barricade, then showed an even more vicious side than we’ve seen, stomping Catanzaro’s knee and appearing to seriously injure her and force a referee stoppage. With Li’s work apparently not done, Mei Ying seemed to signal for more, and Li obliged, leveling Catanzaro with a spin kick with the rest of Tian Sha looking on.

The Score: 3 out of 10

The Good:

  • Li smashed Kacy to death and Kacy looked convincing in death.

The Bad:

  • This wasn’t much of a match.

The Verdict:

  • Kacy is likely out dealing with a real injury, so this devastating squash is here to cover for that…I might have looked that up before I wrote this…I cheated.

Match #4: Grizzled Young Veterans def. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After ambushing MSK backstage and smashing Wes Lee’s hand with a chair earlier in the evening, The Grizzled Young veterans informed the NXT Universe that Lee suffered a broken hand, and they proudly claimed responsibility and celebrated their fine from NXT General Manager William Regal. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick brought a worthy fight to the runners-up of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, but Zack Gibson & James Drake were too much, and they prevailed after dropping Drake with the Ticket to Mayhem.

The Score: 5 out of 10

The Good:

  • GYV smacked the tossed salad out of Dain and Maverick…hold the olives…and puppies. There was a lot of clobberin’ goin’ on, but not much beyond just some hard hits and grappling every now and then.

The Bad:

  • This was sloppy at a few points. I’d call the match rather weak in the finale.

The Verdict:

  • There’s some decent fighting in here, but not enough to make the match more than just the next on the card.

Match #5: (Main Event) Karrion Kross def. Santos Escobar – No Disqualification Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Karrion Kross deftly caught Legado del Fantasma by surprise, taking out Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza in the parking lot, clearing the way to ram Santos Escobar into a semi trailer. Wilde and Mendoza reemerged to begin the three-on-one assault, battering the former NXT Champion against the truck. With Wilde and Mendoza leading Kross back into the Capitol Wrestling Center, Escobar let his guard down. That allowed Kross to overpower Wilde and Mendoza, sending both through the ringside plexiglass in an awesome display of power. Kross eventually overcame the numbers game and devastated Escobar with a Doomsday Saito through the announce table, then finished his foe with a devastating forearm strike to the back of the head.

The Score: 8 out of 10

The Good:

  • They brawled…a lot. This was an old-fashioned wrestling brawl, complete with more brawling. Legado del Fantasma attacked Kross the whole time and it was very effective in selling this as a fight without rules. It always felt like you never quite knew what was going to happen. This was not just a plunder fest, but a tooth-and-nail fight to the finish.

The Bad:

  • I wanted more wrestling in this, but the switch to a pure grudge match was still effective. Kross’s selling was weak, but he did attempt to look hurt at least.

The Verdict:

  • This felt like a real main event and a proper end to their feud.

Major News:

  1. Adam Cole apologized to an absent Kyle O’Reilly and betrayed Roderick Strong to re-affirm that he has betrayed Undisputed Era.
  2. The Way ‘s Austin Theory is being sent to therapy after professing his love for Dexter Lumis (his kidnapper).
  3. Indi Hartwell thinks Dexter Lumis is hot.

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was solid, enjoyable wrestling that held together all the way until the main event and peaked with that main event. Also, Josephus of the National Wrestling Alliance has died. You can donate money to his family at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/joseph-jocephus-hudson

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