29th Apr2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Apr 27th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Vince McMahon pretending that he is funding an independent promotion and a developmental school at the same time. NXT…it exists. I enjoy the matches…usually. That being said, NXT is most certainly a WWE product. It has the WWE house style getting mixed with a diluted version of the Ring Of Honor house style, but without any of the loose (very loose) psychology of either. I don’t despise NXT, but I definitely don’t see it as so separate from Vince McMahon’s vision for pro wrestling as others do, so I don’t shower it with praise. There’s too many stories in NXT. There’s too many titles in NXT. There’s no true focal point, except for when someone like Finn Balor has the strap wrapped around his waist. Gene LaBell: You gotta grab his c—k! Tug ‘em into Hell! Roddy Piper: Babababaf—kinloo! Me: Ummm… Roddy Piper: Where’s the vowel in this NXT mother-f—ker?! Gene LaBell: Get ‘em on the dark side of the moon mother-f—ker! Me: Wha… Gene LaBell: Who’s the cuck? Roddy Piper: Look at me! I’m a f—kin’ dinosaur! Me: Alright! That’s enough! NXT star… Gene LaBell: I beat the s—t out of Little Orphan Annie! The b—ch went cock-eyed on me and paid the f—kin’ price! Roddy Piper: What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is a goin’ on here?! Anal bleaching?! Me: Oh God. NXT starts now.

Match #1: Mercedes Martinez def. Dakota Kai (disqualification)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez looking on, Mercedes Martinez and Dakota Kai battled in a seesaw affair. Martinez and Gonzalez eventually found themselves face to face on the outside, with Martinez dropping the champion with a straight right. Gonzalez retaliated back in the ring with a massive boot, forcing the disqualification. But Martinez was anything but a winner, as “Big Mami Cool” left her lying after a savage assault.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Zayda Ramier def. Toni Storm

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Clearly still not over her upset loss against Zoey Stark back at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Toni Storm sought to make an example of the upstart Zayda Ramier. Storm did just that until Stark arrived after Storm badmouthed her earlier, and Stark’s presence at ringside caused a lapse in Storm’s focus. Ramier wisely capitalized, hitting a spectacular Shooting Star Press to deal Storm another disappointing defeat.

The Score: 3 out of 10

Match #3: Bronson Reed def. Austin Theory

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With help from the rest of The Way, Austin Theory looked to be cruising to victory after Bronson Reed ate a superkick from NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano outside the ring. The match devolved into chaos when Dexter Lumis arrived at ringside with his eyes locked on Indi Hartwell, who spurned him after Lumis supposedly sent flowers to Way rivals Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon. Theory collided with Lumis, sending him crashing to the outside, and moments later Reed flattened “All Day” with the Tsunami, earning another crack at Johnny Gargano.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #4: Imperium def. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick

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Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner did an excellent job isolating Drake Maverick, but eventually Killian Dain was fed up enough to bulldoze his way into the ring despite not being the legal man. Imperium later seemed stuck in a disagreement on the outside when Barthel ordered Alexander Wolfe to attack Dain — Wolfe’s former SAnitY stablemate — with a chair. While Wolfe couldn’t pull the trigger, he did stop an attack by Dain, and Barthel sent The Beast of Belfast crashing into the steps. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Barthel & Aichner planted Maverick with the European Bomb for the victory.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) Legado del Fantasma def. KUSHIDA & MSK

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida and his NXT Tag Team Champion partners showcased impressive synergy until the bout took a brutal twist thanks to Santos Escobar, who powerbombed NXT’s resident Time Splitter through the announce table. Back in the ring, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza brought the onslaught to MSK as well, though Wes Lee & Nash Carter refused to stay down. Kushida seemingly made a mistake refusing medical attention at ringside, as Escobar capitalized by planting him with the Phantom Driver, while Wilde & Mendoza took out Carter with a potent double-team attack to earn the pinfall.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

As a show, this was good. The stories were too prevalent. That’s an issue that Vince McMahon is always going to struggle with. He is not what you’d call the most thoughtful, creative promoter. Vince allows Triple H to mimic EVOLVE, but not to the point of being fundamentally different from the WWE formula. I watch NXT and feel like I’m being conned and not very well I might add. I do greatly prefer NXT to the WWE itself, but since the former is owned by the latter, it really doesn’t matter in the long run. NXT is like Sunglass Hut in that Sunglass Hut is owned by Luxotica, which positions it as a competitor to any of the other glasses stores they pretend to not own. NXT is so obviously a WWE product and, when you see Indi Hartwell practically dry-hump Dexter Lumis in the middle of someone else’s match, you just have to wonder what the difference between WWE and NXT is supposed to be? The matches here were…here? They weren’t really good or bad. The Way attacked people, Adam Cole talked and… What a boring show. Where was the zest? That’s right. I want some f—kin’ zest. I tire of these meatless steaks that Vince and company shovel onto an eager patron’s plate at double price. If you watch this show, it will be a decent time for you, but no great endeavor. Okay. I’ll see you next time.

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