26th Mar2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Mar 24th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the build toward Stand and Deliver all card long. All card long? Egg foo young? Coco Buttah? Goo goo GA GA? Brian Cox has a big caca? What the hell am I even talking about now? We’ve got lots of matches here, so let’s do something else. Bye.

[Author’s Note: The following review features a wrestler (Jordan Devlin) who stands accused of sexual misconduct. Mr. Devlin has neither been judged innocent or guilty of the crimes for which he has been accused. If his presence offends you, then viewer discretion should be advised]

Match #1: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez def. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

“Big Mami Cool” has claimed a pivotal victory ahead of her NXT Women’s Title clash with Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. Though the first-time team of Shirai & Zoey Stark impressed, they were no match for the seasoned duo of Raquel González & Dakota Kai. González put Stark away with a huge one-arm powerbomb, then left The Genius of the Sky lying in tatters.

The Score: 5 out of 10

  • The Good: They hit each other. It looked cool. Io handled her s–t really well. Raquel played the tough bastard like a pro. Zoey performed the hell out of her part of the match. There was a certain get-up-and-go here that I really liked. This match worked very well for getting some momentum move to move.
  • The Bad: It was a rather dull match by and large.
  • The Verdict: As openers go, this was the latest.

Match #2: Bronson Reed def. LA Knight

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The war of words between Bronson Reed and LA Knight finally came to the squared circle, and NXT’s Colossal Superstar picked up a massive victory against one of the hottest free agent signings in NXT history. Reed put the braggadocios Knight away with a huge Tsunami splash.

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: Reed and LA worked well together in a hard-striking bout. Both fighters kept the offense going like a freight train raging down the track. There was no stopping this sucker from getting from point A to point B.
  • The Bad: This was a bit…quaint? What a dumb thought. I don’t know. It was solid and rough, but it lacked…I don’t know. This just wasn’t much overall.
  • The Verdict: It came and went and was forgotten by me even as it was happening. Still, it was alright.

Match #3: Karrion Kross def. Oney Lorcan

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Oney Lorcan was determined to get payback for his fallen tag team partner Danny Burch, who was injured last week at the hands of Karrion Kross. While Lorcan fought valiantly against the unbeaten Kross, he too fell to NXT’s doomsday deviant, with Kross picking up the win after a devastating elbow strike to the back to Lorcan’s head.

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: Kross looked the best he’s looked in some time. Oney returned to singles action here and got right back to what makes him great. As a matter of fact, this was really brutal at times. These guys didn’t take it easy on each other.
  • The Bad: Kross is still an uninspired fighter, despite getting better at showing his skills.
  • The Verdict: For a match where it goes right most of the time, then this one will do just fine.

Match #4: WALTER def. Drake Maverick

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The Ring General made short work of Drake Maverick, defeating the plucky underdog due to referee stoppage.

The Score: 0 out of 10

  • The Good: WALTER looked cool.
  • The Bad: It was a stinking squash match.
  • The Verdict: WALTER got wasted on a squash.

Match #5: Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart def. Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez – NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Robert Stone’s apparent “generous” offer was enough to entice Mercedes Martinez to team up with Aliyah with original Jessi Kamea sidelined, but the freshly reformed Robert Stone Brand duo wasn’t enough to dethrone the champions. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon were victorious with Moon pinning Aliyah after dropping her with the Eclipse.

The Score: 4 out of 10

  • The Good: They had lots of moves.
  • The Bad: This was a short match that was not very exciting.
  • The Verdict: This was a lame prize fight.

Match #6: (Main Event) Jordan Devlin def. KUSHIDA

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The Irish Ace already had his hands full with one of the world’s best competitors in Kushida, and on top of that, had to deal with the presence of Legado del Fantasma. But when Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza attempted to interfere against Jordan Devlin, the plan backfired, as Devlin got the victory with a bridging matchbook cover.

The Score: 6 out of 10

  • The Good: This was quite good at offering the action of…what the hell was I getting ready to say? The back and forth here was steady and firm. Neither man looked weak or feeble. I always felt confident in the quality of this bout.
  • The Bad: As a main event, this was rather timid. I never felt like this was going to reach the next level. Devlin was rather lame here.
  • The Verdict: If you wanna watch a match that is fun yet somehow more boring than this review, then you’ve found the right match.

Major News:

  1. There will be a battle Royal next week to decide the order of who is in a gauntlet match to decide who fights Johnny Gargano at Stand and Deliver.
  2. There promos from everybody and they were good, but still a waste of my time.

Final Verdict: 6/10

NXT managed to do a little with a lot, as usual.


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