02nd Apr2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Mar 31st 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the last NXT show on Wednesdays. This league is off to Tuesday, where it will reside by itself, due to Impact moving to Thursday. I feel like a diddy. Yo yo yo! Blow it out yo azzzzzzzzz!!!!!!! I’m so tired of thiz shiiiiiiiii! Get the f–k out of here! Carlos Colon! Carlos Colon! PLZLZLZLZLZLZLZ!!!!!!!!!! NXT! PLZLZLZLZLZLZ!!!!!!!!!!!

Match #1: Cameron Grimes def. Roderick Strong

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Cameron Grimes remained persistent in his bid to purchase The Undisputed ERA intellectual property from Roderick Strong, and he came armed with a “Grimes The System” shirt and new mashed-up theme music. But the beyond annoyed Strong snapped and channeled his frustration with the situation involving Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly into aggression against The Technical Savage. That same emotion proved costly for Strong, though. Grimes appeared to pull a foreign object from his tights, only for it to be an Undisputed ERA armband. With his focus halted, Strong was a sitting duck for a devastating Cave-In by Grimes.

The Score: 7 out of 10

  • The Good: Duck sucka! A priest, a rabbi and a shaman walked into a preschool. The rabbi said to the priest, “Who are you going to molest first?”. What does this have to do with this match? That joke is how I felt about seeing this booked as the opener. I felt like this was getting two minutes and Jack-s–t before the bell rang, but we actually have a damn good bout to see here. Both men went shot for shot like a violent fight and it was very strong stuff. I was thrilled to see this be so fast and fierce, like a California Raisin getting pounded by Gavin Newsom…the pervert.
  • The Bad: This needed a few more minutes.
  • The Verdict: These guys looked excellent in a heated bout. Both men were stuffed with guff and gusto the likes of which I haven’t seen since I last saw them. I hope the rest of the show is of at least this notable quality.

Match #2: Santos Escobar def. Tyler Breeze

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Looking to prove his championship bonafides — and not-so-subtly taking a page out of TakeOver opponent Jordan Devlin’s book — Santos Escobar issued an open challenge that was answered by former NXT Tag Team Champion Tyler Breeze. While Prince Pretty gave Escobar far more than he likely bargained for, the leader of Legado del Fantasma emerged victorious after planting Breeze with a Phantom Driver. Afterward, Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde looked to continue the assault on Breeze, but MSK had other ideas, chasing them off. Finally, The Grizzled Young Veterans offered a confident message ahead of next week’s NXT Tag Team Title Triple Threat Match at TakeOver.

The Score: 5 out of 10

  • The Good: There’s some fine work from Breeze here. Santos was big and tough here. These guys had some fine chemistry.
  • The Bad: This just never had a chance to capitalize on the skills of both men.
  • The Verdict: This was disappointing, but still worth watching once.

Match #3: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell def. Gigi Dolin & Zayda Ramier

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The upstart duo of Gigi Dolin and Zayda Ramier gave The Way a spirited challenge, but they were no match for the well-oiled machine of Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell. LeRae laid out Ramier with the Wicked Stepsister, setting her up for a big springboard elbow from Hartwell for the win. Afterward, LeRae declared that The Way had decided that they should challenge for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, and as fighting champions, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon were happy to throw down.

The Score: 2 out of 10

  • The Good: They grappled a couple of times.
  • The Bad: They only really grappled a couple of times.
  • The Verdict: It was a squash…damn it.

Match #4: Raquel González def. Zoey Stark

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One week before she challenges for the NXT Women’s Title, Raquel González looked almost unstoppable. While Zoey Stark once again showed she could more than hold her own against the black-and-gold brand’s elite — and even scored several near-falls against the No.1 Contender — she had no answer for González’s devastating one-armed powerbomb. Though González had already gotten the better of NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai during an altercation earlier in the evening, The Genius of the Sky came back for more. And once again, Shirai was left lying in tatters after González launched her into the ringside plexiglass and demanded she stay down.

The Score: 4 out of 10

  • The Good: Raquel did well with the much better Stark. You get some fun mauling from Raquel.
  • The Bad: It was mostly just a glorified squash.
  • The Verdict: Raquel was the right one to win the bout.

Match #5: Xia Li def. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter

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Though a tag team bout was on tap, Tian Sha had a curveball for Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, as they instead faced off with only Xia Li in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, and that wasn’t the only surprise. With Mei Ying looking on from the ramp, Carter eventually confronted her — only to be incapacitated by a unique pressure point hold and a mysterious smoke blown into her face. Meanwhile, Li decimated Catanzaro with a huge spin kick to pick up another vicious victory.

The Score: 1 out of 10

  • The Good: Their bras didn’t pop off.
  • The Bad: This was short and boring.
  • The Verdict: This sucked.

Match #6: (Main Event) Battle Royal Match – Winner: LA Knight

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Even the usual chaos that comes with a Battle Royal ramped up a notch, as Leon Ruff attacked rival Isaiah “Swerve” Scott prior to the bell, setting the tone for a tumultuous bout — one that Roderick Strong no-showed after declaring earlier in the evening he was “done” while on his way out of the Capitol Wrestling Center. Kushida and Pete Dunne had no love lost for each other after a tense previous confrontation. Their beef proved costly, as both men eliminated each other with NXT’s resident Time Splitter refusing to relinquish the Hoverboard Lock until referees separated the two. Though “Swerve” and Ruff clinched spots in the Gauntlet Eliminator, Bronson Reed impressed by launching both men out of the ring in powerful fashion. After standing almost motionless in the corner for the entire bout, the bizarre Dexter Lumis finally joined the action, uniting briefly with LA Knight and Cameron Grimes to toss the colossal Reed. With three men remaining, Grimes appeared set on buying his way to victory, but Lumis and Knight weren’t interested, sending The Technical Savage soaring over the ropes. Finally, Knight claimed victory — and the final entry in the Gauntlet Eliminator — with a bit of cunning. After being sent over the top rope but catching himself on the apron, Lumis sent Knight through the ropes. Knight deftly ripped Lumis off the apron for the elimination, giving himself plenty to brag about.

The Score: 3 out of 10

  • The Good: The eliminations went well…I guess. LA was a surprise winner here.
  • The Bad: The match was just dull. There was no real zeal here to speak of.
  • The Verdict: What a lame main event.

Final Verdict: 5/10

On a night where Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez kept brawling, this show still felt like a weak way to sell Stand and Deliver. It’s a good thing that show has a great card, because this did it no favors.

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