06th May2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 4th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is retired boxing icon George Foreman. George Foreman: I punched a man in da face one time and he cried like a pussy, so I kicked his ass. Me: Holy s–t! GF: This is my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George and my son George. Me: They all have the same name? GF: Dey difran names! That’s George and that’s George and that’s George and… George #78: Daddy! I’m George! GF: I know, stupid! George #2004: Daddy! I lost my hat! GF: Wuz yo head init boy?! Den shut up! George #80,052: I like penguins! GF: Remind me ta slap yo momma in da mouf! Me: Well, are excited for NXT? GF: Who?! George #10,000,000: Mary Poppins! GF: Is he cool? George #10,000,000: F–k yeah Daddy! GF: I’m Mary Poppins y’all! Me: George #666: Hello father. I’ve come to unleash Hell upon you. GF: Got milk? George #666: Zankados vilabradoa kandaikos vor ziiba yakanda mollabadash vushak! GF: Jesus boy! Be speakin’ da jibba-jabba! I’mma punch ya now! Randy Savage: No! Violence is bad! GF: Wow! Raquel Welch! You friggen hot! “Smart” Mark D. Mark: You ignorant black bastard! That’s the world’s dumbest wrestler, Randy “The Sneeze” Savage! GF: Oh no! A talkin’ bear ate Raquel Welch! Son of a b–ch! MDM: Uh oh. Me: Well, while Mark D. Mark gets pummeled by George and his son George and…so on…let’s get to the action.

Match #1: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Leon Ruff – Falls Count Anywhere Match

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With a heated issue that has escalated before the NXT Universe’s eyes week by week, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Leon Ruff upped the ante with fitting brutality, battling throughout the Capitol Wrestling Center. Ruff dug deep into his bag of tricks with an avalanche crucifix bomb and a poison rana off the apron to the outside and even bashed “Swerve” with a toolbox. But Scott received assistance from former NFL defensive lineman and WWE Performance Center recruit AJ Francis, who caught Ruff off the staging hour before he dropped him in savage fashion. By then, a “Swerve” victory was academic following the JML Driver, and he left with an entourage that featured Francis, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Cameron Grimes def. Asher Hale

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The Technical Savage withstood an upstart effort from Asher Hale, taking care of business with the Cave-In.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher def. Grizzled Young Veterans

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This tag team contest was as hard-hitting as expected, though no hit was harder than Timothy Thatcher walloping Zack Gibson upside the head with Wade Barrett’s stray shoe. “The Professor of Pain” followed with the fujiwara armbar, forcing Gibson to tap out.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #4: Sarray def. Zayda Ramier

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The Warrior of the Sun again wowed the NXT Universe in her second bout on the black-and-gold brand, devastating Zayda Ramier with a brutal closing sequence: a spinning heel kick, German suplex and an Exploder suplex for the win.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #5: LA Knight def. Jake Atlas

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Though he made his way to the ring with yet another boastful rant, LA Knight again backed up his talk, putting away Jake Atlas after hitting him with the BFT.

The Score: 2 out of 10

Match #6: The Way def. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) – Street Fight For The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships

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All four women sacrificed their bodies in hopes of walking out with the gold, and Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell raised the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles high as new champions. Chairs, trash cans, a coffee mug and even a fire extinguisher were all used, but Shotzi Blackheart took the action to new heights — literally. The daredevil Superstar scaled the ringside scaffolding to deliver a jaw-dropping splash to Hartwell through the announce table. Hartwell & LeRae got the better of the chaos later, however, as Hartwell drove Ember Moon through a table with an elbow drop, while LeRae smashed Blackheart with a Wicked Stepsister on a steel chair to earn the breakthrough victory.

The Score: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was a three match show on a show that had one long promo, one medium promo and some other promos getting in the way of the action. Storytelling. Just give me a freakin’ match! Wait…three matches? Yahoo! The opener, the Ciampa/Thatcher tag bout and the Women’s Tag Titles Street Fight main event were excellent, with the main event a f–king wrecking ball to the show’s modest foundation. The main event had so much mayhem, from spots and stunts to more spots and more stunts and…it was chaos! I’m not kidding. The women did so many daring feats of danger that it made my Tootsie Roll lick itself so many time that I learned how many it takes to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop. I’m not a fan of big stunts in wrestling, but these were done well and right, so I withhold no credit to this match for pulling off what it attempted. It’s strange to see the technical brawl that was Ciampa/Thatcher versus the GYV come before some-thing like the women putting enough dents into the floor to make a crater from one wall to the other. Swerve and Ruff had a fine bout that didn’t have a lot of wrestling, but the action was brisk and sudden, like a turkey gettin’ it on in a chicken coop. Gobble gobble bagah! Sarray and Zayda had a fun little teaser of the better things that can come between them with more time. LA Knight had nipples. Toni Storm and Zoey Stark continued their feud with brawls and promos. Dexter Lumis is still stalking Indi Hartwell, who wants to bang him as well. The non-wrestling stuff…I don’t care about. I’m here for matches and we got three really strong bouts that are worth seeing at least once. The Way is finally the Women’s Tag Champions, so that’s cool dude. Okay. Go away. I love you. I need about tree-fiddy. I’ll see you next time.

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