12th May2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 11th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the news machine here to bring us all the news of the show. I…it’s coming…slowly…very slowly. Well, we have a moment before…now? No. How about now? No. It sure is hard to get the news of this show when…it won’t give me news. I…now? No. Now? No. I sure am pissed. Where’s the news? What’s that? It’s our producer. “The news machine is broken”…right…”stupid”. Son of a bitch. Well, while we wait, I think I’ll do some chores around the station, since we have an entire kitchen built into the break room, which is also wired with cameras. I’ll just put some Wallop’s Detergent into the washing machine. Wallop’s…detergent that packs a wallop! That’s a good commercial. I hope they pay me for that. I need…money. Pow! Damn it! Put the detergent in the machine…get punched. Well, at least I can put Bilgy Bleach in the sink. Bilgy Bleach…burns like a mother-f—ker! Here we go. Right in the si…WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I’m on fire! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! That s—t burns like a mother-f—ker! Burnt the curtains. I’ll just use some Stampede Bonding Adhesive. Stampede Bonding Adhesive…glue that stomps on you like a f—king elephant! Heh heh. Well, let’s…what’s that sound? Look. An elephant. Isn’t that…oh s—t. Stampede! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! God damn it! What the f—k?! I hate this f—king show! You want some news?! Here’s some f—king news! I hate NXT! F—k NXT! I hate this namby-pamby, rooty-tooty, wumby-bumby bull-s—t! Kiss my ass and shove where the elephant don’t stampede after you try to fix curtains that got burned by bleach fire in a sink next to a washing machine filled with punching detergent that probably was invented by some mother-f—ker that lives in a van down by the river! Now go watch you’re f—king NXT!

Match #1: Karrion Kross def. Austin Theory

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Austin Theory’s time to pay the toll finally came, and he paid dearly. Though a Johnny Gargano distraction at ringside provided Theory with a brief respite from Karrion Kross’ onslaught, the NXT Champion eventually decimated Theory. Dropping “All Day” with a pair of Doomsday Saitos and a massive elbow drop to the head, Kross waylaid Theory with repeated strikes and the Kross Jacket, forcing the referee to stop the bout for a statement victory.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #2: MSK def. Breezango

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MSK received a worthy challenge from Breezango as the current champions slugged it out with the former champions in a fast-paced encounter. MSK’s quickness proved to be the difference as they dropped Tyler Breeze with a double-team blockbuster for the win, though the four men showed each other respect following the match. Nash Carter & Wes Lee also made it clear they were ready to defend against Legado del Fantasma, any time and any place.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Pete Dunne def. Leon Ruff

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Deriding Kross for giving Bálor the first opportunity at his title, The BruiserWeight instead called out anyone in the locker room willing to face him. What he got was a meeting with Leon Ruff, who against NXT General Manager William Regal’s orders, fought and initially overwhelmed Dunne. But the former NXT United Kingdom Champion enforced his will, locking Ruff in a modified triangle before putting him out with vicious elbows.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #4: Raquel Gonzalez def. Mercedes Martinez – NXT Women’s Title Match

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“Big Mami Cool” was more than ready for her her first title defense, controlling much of the action against the veteran challenger. Mercedes Martinez scored several near-falls until Raquel Gonzalez turned the tide with a brutal assault outside the ring, launching her foe face-first into the ring post. Martinez hit a fisherman’s buster for another near-fall before being floored by a big boot. Gonzalez followed with the Chingona Bomb for the three-count.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Kyle O’Reilly def. Oney Lorcan

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Kyle O’Reilly continues to look better than ever. This time, he took down Oney Lorcan, sealing the victory after a brainbuster and a devastating knee to the back of the head from the top rope. Dunne immediately stormed the ring, and a two-on-one assault was quickly underway against O’Reilly. Bobby Fish made an unexpected but timely return, appearing on NXT for the first time since 2020 to even the odds in favor of his former Undisputed ERA teammate. Though they fought off Dunne and Lorcan, O’Reilly and Fish clearly understood they were on their own.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) KUSHIDA def. Santos Escobar – 2/3 Falls Match For The NXT Cruiserweight Title

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The potential x-factor of Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza at ringside was quickly neutralized by MSK, who fought them off before the referee ejected both duos. That cleared the way for Kushida and Santos Escobar to treat the NXT Universe to an instant classic. Escobar claimed an initial advantage, planting NXT’s resident Time Splitter with a Phantom Driver for the first fall. But Kushida evened the tally just moments later, forcing Escobar to tap to a cross armbreaker. The two warriors eventually found themselves on the top rope with Kushida applying the Hoverboard Lock before they plummeted to the mat. While The Emperor of Lucha Libre refused to submit a second time, and Kushida applied a picture-perfect bridging hammerlock suplex for the pin, retaining his title.

The Score: 8 out of 10

Major News:

  1. Toni Storm fights Zoey Stark, next week.
  2. Johnny Gargano fights Bronson Reed in a Steel Cage for the North American Title, next week.
  3. Karrion Kross defends the NXT Championship against Finn Balor in two weeks.

Final Verdict: 7/10

This was a real easy show to watch. With two prize fights that delivered enough top-notch action and several other matches did the same, we had a card worth seeing all the way through once. Ruff losing in a long squash felt like a waste of a genuine baby-face , but at least it was to Dunne, who feels aggressive enough to beat the s—t out of anyone. Raquel did well in the role of champion and was convincing enough to be taken seriously as an ass-kicker. Kross was very precise in how he delivered his offense to Theory, who was bumping like crazy for the NXT Champion. To be quite frank, this was a night of action. Once you get to the main event, then you get the apex of the card in a great prize fight. Santos worked hard to give KUSHIDA a run for his money. The champ had to dig deep to get a victory and that’s the way it should be. Man, it’s wild how different this is from Raw. NXT is definitely in need of some life being pumped in it, but it gets the wrestling part right more often than not. I had a good time here. Okay. This was alright. I’ll see you next time.


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