05th Mar2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Mar 3rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have to talk about Scooby Doo. That mangy mutt pissed all over my f—king rug! He was so Scooby-snacked out of his f—king gourd. I was watching “Sister Sister” and that hairy bastard pissed on my s—t! I’ll kill that son of a bitch! Pouland de le cousour valajeda me coup balantousa jecoup melintasha ouampala cayantala! That’s French for “I’m gonna kill this mother-f—king dog!” When I get done reviewing NXT, that dog is gonna Scooby-Dooby get it! NXT starts… Scooby Doo: Shaggy! Let’s sroke a rowl! Reeheeheeheeheeheehee! Shaggy: Like, f—k yeah! Me: No! You stoners get away from my rug! That’s a good rug! It’s not a piss rug! Get out or I’ll make you get a job! Shaggy: Oh s—t Scoob! Scooby: Rot a j-j-j-j-j-j-j-job! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! Me: That’s right you worthless losers! Now, say hello to Mr. Bat! You’re gonna get smashed! Smashed good! Shaggy and Scooby: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! Me: NXT…now!

Match #1: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Timothy Thatcher used his proficient mat-based arsenal early to ground and pound both opponents, later tagging in Tommaso Ciampa, who complemented his partner’s style with a barrage of crisp strikes. Thatcher & Ciampa were derailed by the presence of Imperium on stage, however, distracting their attention and stopping Thatcher from making a sorely-needed tag. With Oney Lorcan knocking Ciampa out of the equation, he and Danny Burch dropped Thatcher with a combination DDT for the victory.

The Score: 8 out of 10

The Good:

This match was brutal. These guys were really letting every-thing make a dent in each other. Nobody looked like they were getting lazy out in the ring.

The Bad:

Nothing was really bad here. Sometimes matches…wait. Imperium interrupted the match to make the finish into a bit of an angle.

The Verdict:

Damn good. They gotta put these guys back together.

Match #2: Ember Moon w/Shotzi Blackheart def. Aliyah w/Robert Stone and Jessi Kamea

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Aliyah impressed against the former NXT Women’s Champion, putting a big smile on the face of Robert Stone at ringside. But Ember Moon battled back, dropping NXT’s Boujee Superstar with a big-time spinebuster. Stone interjected himself, occupying the referee to allow Jessi Kamea to stop Moon from a possible high-flying attack. Shotzi Blackheart’s presence at ringside proved pivotal, as she snuffed out the shenanigans with a double-clothesline to both on the outside, allowing Moon to connect with the Eclipse for the victory.

The Score: 3 out of 10

The Good:

Shotzi’s name is spelt with a “Z”! Z! Z! Z! Zappata! Z! Moon and Aliyah (not the vampire chick from the plane crash) were trying the whole time and what little success they had here was not by accident.

The Bad:

Time was not on their side and it showed here.

The Verdict:

Z!

Match #3: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def. Raquel González & Dakota Kai – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Renewing a rivalry from NXT’s past, Shayna Baszler and Dakota Kai kicked things off in intense fashion. The Queen of Spades looked to execute the same maneuver she used to break Kai’s arm years ago, but Kai evaded and defiantly slapped Baszler. Raquel González’s entry completely upended the match, eventually setting the stage for a showdown between “Big Mami Cool” and Nia Jax — perhaps the two most powerful women in WWE. The powerhouses battered each other, inadvertently taking out the referee and eventually tumbling over the announce table, leading to a controversial ending. Meanwhile, Baszler trapped Kai in the Kirifuda Clutch, and though González was the legal competitor, Adam Pearce waved in a Raw official, who called for the bell, ruling the decision a technical submission.

The Score: 8 out of 10

The Good:

Nia didn’t kill anybody this time. This was pretty compact with action. There was no wasted moment here. Nia looked the best she’s looked in quite some time (albeit very slow). The wrestling was paced well and always smart…mostly.

The Bad:

Nia was here. The finish was screwy.

The Verdict:

Man, this was some good s—t…mostly.

Match #4: Cameron Grimes def. Bronson Reed

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Prior to the match, Bronson Reed crossed paths with LA Knight, who played a decisive role in this contest. Having seen enough after failing to chop the big man down, Cameron Grimes attempted to high-tail it out of the Capitol Wrestling Center, only for Reed to flatten him with a jaw-dropping dive through the ropes. Reed seemed poised to deliver the Tsunami splash to Grimes, but an altercation with Knight upended Reed and left him a sitting duck for Grimes’ Cave-In, making the win academic for The Technical Savage.

The Score: 4 out of 10

The Good:

These guys tried and showed that they had the chops to make this a success.

The Bad:

The match didn’t quite get going enough for the bout in question to really hit its stride.

The Verdict:

Maybe you should let them do more than just…oh yeah…LA Knight got involved. I hate interference finishes. The match had potential, but didn’t quite get there.

Match #5: (Main Event) Finn Bálor def. Roderick Strong

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Laser-focused on his mission of taking out Adam Cole, Finn Bálor was at the top of his game and grounded Roderick Strong for much of the matchup. Strong was eventually able to quicken the pace and fight back with signature offense, including hard strikes, a bevy of backbreakers, an olympic slam and a double-underhook powerbomb, after which he nearly pinned the NXT Champion. The full arsenal of two of NXT’s most technically savvy Superstars was on display as Bálor answered with a Slingblade out of nowhere before Strong blocked a flying dropkick and transitioned into the Strong Hold. The Prince countered Strong’s attempt at the End of Heartache, firing back with a miraculous double-foot stomp out of mid-air. Bálor’s second attempt at his flying dropkick found the mark, setting Strong up for the Coup de Grace and 1916 DDT to secure the victory.

The Score: 8 out of 10

The Good:

Do I even need to say that this was easy to watch? Am I an asshole? Is Hilary Duff my son? Finn and Roddy really went at it, like The Property Brothers at that orgy at Hedonism 69. Build my ass like a house…a s—t-house! Can you imagine a couple of lot lizards loving how this match was one great grapple after another? How has Finn and Roddy not been a major feud yet? You’ve got these two guys going hold for hold like Daniel Tosh when he goes to the male-cheerleader convention in Spadenko, Texas. There’s so much action in this match you’ll think you’re Lindsay Lohan getting her career back. Nope!

The Bad:

Ummmmm…it just wasn’t a 10 out of 10.

The Verdict:

This match kicked ass.

Major News:

  1. Adam Pearce screwed over Raquel and Dakota, which led William Regal to promise a major announcement concering this, next week.
  2. Io Shirai will defend the NXT Women’s Title against Toni Storm, next week.
  3. Finn Balor defends the NXT Championship against Adam Cole, next week.

Final Verdict: 7/10

I’d say this show turned out pretty well. It was a bit dull from time to time…maybe more than that. That being said, this show had three excellent match and they took up a hefty chunk of time, so that made this a good show.

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