21st Apr2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Apr 20th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Sarray debuting tonight. Yummy yummy yummy I got cum in my tummy ‘cuz I guzzled man ja-jizz! John Denver wrote those lyrics in his classic “Ballad of a Mississippi Slut” and they are every bit as true now as they were then. Wrestling is like that slut, because it swallows that dude juice like Wonko McBillichucky does with his pride when the white man kisses his sister. Kirsten Dunst called me other day and said I was a liar. What would she know? I’ve never even talked to her before! She’s never even called me before! I hate it when people I’ve never met call me and tell me I’m a jerk for lying about having had talked to them. It’s not my fault I’m imagining Kirsten Dunst talking to me and berating me for lying about it when not asked. I feel like Wonko McBillichucky swallowing dick slime like in that John Denver song I made up to f–k with you. NXT stands for “F–k Kirsten Dunst”. NXT starts…with an “N”.

[Author’s Note: Austin Theory, a wrestler present in the broadcast of this show, was accused of soliciting sexual attention and possible contact from a girl the age of thirteen. It should be noted that Theory has not been found guilty or innocent of his alleged crimes and the accuser in question may have lied about her age and/or altered the presented evidence to falsely incriminate Theory. If Theory’s presence on this show alarms or upsets you, then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: LA Knight def. Dexter Lumis

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NXT’s Tortured Artist took it to the loquacious LA Knight with his hard-hitting style, but he lost his focus after making eyes with Indi Hartwell at ringside. Knight used the opportunity to drop Dexter Lumis with a facebuster for the win. Afterward, Lumis and Hartwell yet again appeared poised to lock lips before the rest of The Way pried Hartwell away.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #2 Grizzled Young Veterans def. Breezango

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Less than impressed with Breezango’s Queen’s Guard garb, Zack Gibson & James Drake punished Tyler Breeze & Fandango with their signature smash-mouth offense as well as their deceptive savvy, as Drake feined a knee injury to gain the upper hand. The Grizzled Young Veterans later sealed the deal with the Ticket to Mayhem on Breeze.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Sarray def. Zoey Stark

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“The Warrior of The Sun” surpassed the high expectations for her debut in an edge-of-your-seat battle with Zoey Stark, who again impressed. But Stark was bested by Sarray’s deep arsenal of unique offense and blistering strikes, with Sarray claiming the win after a huge spinning heel kick and t-bone suplex. The combatants respectfully embraced afterward, only for the feel-good moment to be ruined by Toni Storm’s vicious attack on Stark, who defeated Storm on the NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Pre-Show.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #4: Kushida def. Oney Lorcan – NXT Cruiserweight Title Match

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Oney Lorcan answered the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion’s open challenge, commencing a matchup between two of NXT’s hardest-hitting competitors — under 205 pounds or otherwise. NXT’s resident Time Splitter prevailed with the Hoverboard Lock before feeling the wrath of former champion Santos Escobar and Legado del Fantasma, though NXT Tag Team Champions MSK hit the ring to provide backup and help Kushida clean house.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Imperium def. Ever-Rise

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Following Imperium’s assault last week on Killian Dain & Drake Maverick, Dain came to ringside to confront Wolfe in puzzlingly diplomatic fashion. Maverick also joined and seemed set on resolving the matter with his fists before Dain carried him out. All the commotion provided enough of a distraction for Chase Parker to nearly scored an upset pin on Fabian Aichner, but Imperium regathered themselves and dropped Tyler Breeze with the European Bomb for the victory.

The Score: 1 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Kyle O’Reilly def. Cameron Grimes

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The NXT Universe wondered whether Kyle O’Reilly would ever be the same following his grueling war with Adam Cole. The initial answer? No, and it wasn’t a bad thing. O’Reilly not only looked more self-assured than ever, he also showcased a seemingly newfound killer instinct. Though Cameron Grimes astutely targeted O’Reilly’s previously injured neck, O’Reilly rallied and put The Technical Savage away with a devastating knee from the top rope.

The Score: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

On the surface, three of these matches would seem to suggest that this was a fabulous show. That being said, every match was undercooked when it comes to time. Even the main event was forced to shove twenty minutes of action into ten. This card was not a good occasion to have the bouts run short. Only one match was incapable of high quality and was because it was a one minute squash. Sarray had a great debut against Zoey Stark. Their match had some intricate grappling that led to more of that strong-style that Antonio Inoki made-up to cover for why so many Japanese wrestlers were just hitting each other all the time. KUSHIDA had an excellent fight with Oney Lorcan that ran the gamut of what you can do in the division. The opener was a bit dull, but it held together in the right spots so as to not fall apart in the finale. As for the main event, we got as intense a fight as you could ask for from these two. They rolled on the ground like kissin’ cousins at the family reunion and I would have no idea about any of that stuff. Overall, this was a show built on setting up Kyle O’Reilly as a big star and it worked. While this was not the most spectacular episode of NXT, it was simple and effective, so that goes a long way in keeping the flame burning hot. Okay. That’ll do it for this week. I’ll see you next time.

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