02nd Jun2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jun 1st 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a few matches here, including a major Triple Threat as an opener. What’s that? There’s a bear behind me? Bruce Vilanche: Who wants sex?! Me: Oh God! No! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! BV: Come back! No means yes! Me: Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! NXT starts now. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! BV: It’s going in your butt!

Match #1: Pete Dunne vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Johnny Gargano (no contest)

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Three stalwarts of the black-and-gold brand battled for the right to challenge Karrion Kross for the NXT Title at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, but Adam Cole brought the ultra-competitve bout to a screeching halt. Cole first smashed Kyle O’Reilly with a steel chair before also laying out Pete Dunne and blasting Johnny Gargano with the Last Shot, drawing an irate William Regal to emerge to reprimand Cole, though the damage had already been done by the time the NXT General Manager arrived on the scene.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Lots of action went nowhere in a fast bout that fizzled thanks to a bad finish. Psychology was not with this lunatic of a match. The whole thing was interesting, but not satisfying. Nobody felt like a big deal here. Why does NXT have so many of these multi-man matches? Maybe Vince’s authority over this brand is more visible than many of the fans of this brand are willing to admit? My bitching aside, there are plenty of cool wrestling holds in here. The ending was terrible and is the kind of thing that will prevent some people from taking this show seriously. In any case, apart from the dumb finish, this was an action-packed start to the show.

Match #2: Jake Atlas def. LA Knight

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LA Knight appeared to be cruising to a victory against Jake Atlas until he got carried away with his attempts to impress Ted DiBiase at ringside. Cameron Grimes joined DiBiase at ringside, getting in his ear and drawing Knight’s attention, allowing Atlas an opening to plant Knight with the Cartwheel DDT for the victory.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

This got a lot of time, but was forced to focus on a bad angle that made LA look stupid and weak. Atlas worked hard to pick up the slack caused by LA being distracted by Ted Dibiase the whole time. This match was always struggling to get the engine revved up after would stall out, thanks to the involvement of Grimes or Dibiase. At least Atlas looked good in this, because LA came out of this worse off than before the bell rang.

Match #3: KUSHIDA def. Carmelo Hayes – NXT Cruiserweight Title Match

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Carmelo Hayes made an impressive accounting of himself in his NXT debut as he stepped up to answer Kushida’s open challenge, but NXT’s resident Time Splitter was ultimately too much, forcing Hayes to tap to the Hoverboard Lock.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

This was the match of the night. Hayes had a great debut that didn’t make him into a star, but it sure as hell didn’t hurt. KUSHIDA came across well as champion and gave a great performance to boot. Boot? Das Boot! Wolfgang Petersen: You f–k wit movie! I kill you! Me: Ahhhh!!!!! Bruce Vilanche: Grab his ass! Me: Ahhhhhh!!!! This match was pretty good! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! WP: You f–k wit movie! I kill you! BV: In your butt!

Match #4: The Way def. Zayda Ramier/Zoey Stark

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Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell turned aside a strong effort from Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier, picking up the win after a devastating combination of the Wicked Stepsister and Hartwell’s diving elbow drop.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Zoey looked pretty good here. Oh. This went about three minutes. ¿Donde esta la bibliotecha? That translates to: I don’t bargain, pumpkin f–ker. This is a 3. Got it?!

Match #5: (Main Event) MSK def. Legado del Fantasma – NXT Tag Team Titles Match

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The Grizzled Young Veterans appeared poised to get involved, coming to ringside during this one until being attacked by Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, who chased them off. Santos Escobar also got involved, attacking Wes Lee on the outside, but was eventually neutralized by Bronson Reed, who flattened the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion against the ringside barricade. Meanwhile, MSK turned the tide inside the ropes, hitting their patented combination spinebuster-blockbuster to retain the gold.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Lots of fast action kept this main event moving better than my bowels on a trampoline airplane. By the way, the Mile High Club is murder on those things…in her ass! Awooooo!!!!!! Flight Attendant: Hey! Shut the f–k up! Me: Okay. Bruce Vilanche: Did someone say ass?! Me: Oh s–t! BV: On my chest! Wolfgang Petersen: You f–k up movie! I kill you! Me: Ahhhh!!!!!!! This match had lightning-fast action that was competitive and thrilling. BV: In your butt! Me: Ummmmm…MSK worked hard to bring the intensity and they delivered that and more in a match where the challengers did the same. WP: You f–k wit movie! I kill you! BV: Hey Wolfgang! Wanna suck Das Balls? WP: Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Not Das Ass! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! Me: As prize fight main events go, this was a lot of fun. Henrietta: I’ll swallow your soul! BV: Swallow this! Henrietta: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Final Verdict: 6/10

The wrestlers tried, but the show was booked to work against them on several occasions. We have a 5-way for the NXT Title at In Your House with Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole challenging Karrion Kross. This show decided to have a long promo to establish that. That’s what NXT thought was the best way to push the 5-way. I mean, the Triple Threat was doing well. Why not have have all three guys submit each other at the same time and get Cole involved by challenging Kross to a 15-minute exhibition where a judge’s ruling decides if he gets to be in the resulting match? Anything like that is better than just talking your way into a match. That gripe aside, this was a decent show that needed to trust the wrestlers to do their job more than it did. Okay. I’m done. I’ll see you later.

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