08th Jul2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 6th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have The Great American Bash with Adam Cole fighting Kyle O’Reilly in a grudge match. [Heroes Of Wrestling] – It’s all a grudge match! Life is a grudge match! [Me] – I hate this joke already. F–k off. [HOW] – No! Grudge Match! [Sylvester Stallone] – Hey! I gunnoween! Meedabess! [Me] – What? [Robert De Niro] – You talkin’ to me?! Huh? Ain’t nobody else here! [Me] – There’s lots of people here. Go away Hollywood people! [Tom Bergeron] – Welcome to Hollywood Squares! [Me] – No! [Gilbert Gottfried] – You fool! [Me] – Cram it Iago! [Iago] – Othello shall die! [Me] – Hey! It’s a good board game! [Triple H] – It’s all about The Game…and NXT! The Great American Bash starts now…nerds! [Me] – Son of a bitch! [HHH] – I’m only Vince’s son-in-law. [Me] – I need a vacation.

Match #1: MSK b. Tommaso Ciampa/Timothy Thatcher – NXT Tag Team Titles Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

MSK looked to continue their inspiring run as NXT Tag Team Champions and were forced to overcome the clinical brutality of Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher.The Blackheart appeared ready to once again grasp NXT gold after a crushing Powerbomb-Backbreaker to Wes Lee. Lee improbably kicked out and defied the odds as a chaotic exchange broke up a Thatcher ankle lock and allowed one-half of the championship duo to pull off a roll-up win.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Apart from an abrupt ending, this was turning into a real barn-burner. [The Amish] – Who has burned the barn?! Vengeance! [Me] – Why are you all speaking at the same time? [The Amish] – You don’t have to speak all at the same time? [Me] – No. [Jimmy Carter] – You fool! You’ll damn us all! [Me] – Jimmy Carter?! [JM] – The Amish have been kept at Michael Bay for a thousand years by being forced to speak at the same time! We must not allow The Amish to spread! [Me] – Does somebody wanna come collect Saddle Ass over here? [JM] – You fool! You’ll damn us all! [Me] – The contrast in styles was believably combined here to make for a brutal pairing. [JM] – Oh God! You think I’m crazy! [Me] – There was no slowing down once the bell rung. The champions met their more experienced and more vicious challengers and went hold for hold. I liked that this was the way the match was wrestled. I understand that promoters think that younger wrestlers need to be portrayed as weaker due to their age, but I’d argue that having MSK show competancy against the likes of Thatcher and Ciampa makes them look more capable of being taken seriously earlier. [JM] – The Amish will take away our Skinimax! Scrambled boobs! [Me] – The finish was a bit flat, but it was logical, so it skates by on that thin ice quite well. [JM] – Bowjiggawowwow!!!!!! [Me] – This was an excellent prize fight and one that opened the show with some gusto. [JM] – They’ll make us grow beards! Helllllllllllllp!!!!!!!!!!

Match #2: LA Knight b. Cameron Grimes – Million Dollar Title Match For Cameron Grimes Servitude

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LA Knight’s classless run as Million Dollar Champion made its way into NXT Great American Bash. With Cameron Grimes launching an offensive, LA Knight attempted to take off and leave the match, but he offered one more despicable act with a DDT of Grimes onto the Million Dollar Championship. With Grimes barely able to stand, Knight landed a soul-crushing BFT to ensure his rival would now suffer the unenviable fate of being his butler.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was slow going in the beginning, but they ramped-up the suspense in the last third and got really ambitious. Grimes bumped like all Hell for Knight, which sounds like a gay porn joke I can’t quite figure out the punchline for. There’s no shortage of big hits here. Knight and Grimes were going back and forth with their sexuality and even blew…blew the fans away with a great match! [Rammstein] – We have the fish sandwich! [Me] – Is it tasty fish? [Rammstein] – The drummer is a transexual! Ya ya! [Me] – Me too. The match really delivered the kind of action that makes for a match worth seeing once. Grimes should have won here, but I get that they’re trying to push Knight while they can, so it’s not the end of the world.

Match #3: Io Shirai/Zoey Stark b. The Way – NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Io Shirai & Zoey Stark came ready for battle, but the chemistry of Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell proved formidable throughout the match. After a pair of debilitating holds left Shirai & Stark scrambling, the fully charged return of Tegan Nox caught the titleholders by surprise. The distraction allowed Shirai and Stark to catch the titleholders by surprise and score the win to become the new champions. Seeking retribution, a frenzied Stark attacked LeRae and chased her through the arena and out of sight.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This was simple and simple. You get wrestling that goes from one second to the next and…they were seconds. This wasn’t exactly the most thrilling bout, but it did provide the basics. Cameron Diaz once rode a zombie horse…with tommy guns…strapped to her tits! Me too! Now I’m part of the fun…even with pending felonies! Mr. Ed had to go! [Mr. Ed] – Where my bitches at? [Me] – I really would like to tell you that this match was worth being called great, but I can’t. That being said, this was good fun. Hey! Io and Zoey are champions! I’m happy to see new champions.

Match #4: (Main Event) – Adam Cole b. Kyle O’Reilly

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Old friends turned bitter rivals met again at NXT North American Bash, and the bad blood reached an all-time high. Kyle O’Reilly showed off his technical excellence throughout the match, but Adam Cole’s trash-talking ignited a rage in the normally “Kool” competitor. The two NXT standard-bearers pushed each other to the limit, but a final Panama Sunrise and Last Shot from Cole gave the self-proclaimed “Greatest Superstar in NXT history” another unforgettable triumph.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – They did it again. You get another great match with these guys. Cole and O’Reilly did their back and forth as usual, with a little extra jolt to give this grudge match some life. The fumes blowing out of this one were as furious as me when I miss the john during tinkle time. These guys know each other far too well at this point for their matches to be s–t. If they have a bad night together, then you can probably assume something went wrong before they came out of the curtain. I’m surprised Kyle didn’t win. Perhaps Adam is poised to battle for the strap sometime soon? I really enjoyed this match. I hope we get another one.

Major News:

  1. Tegan Nox was the battery charge person and she brawled with Candice LeRae.
  2. Dexter Lumis is trying to renew the relationship with Indi Hartwell.
  3. Karrion Kross defends the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano with Samoa Joe as referee, next week.

Final Verdict: 7 /10

It was only four matches on a two hour show with an extra eight minutes tossed on for good measure, but it was still a good show. Things were given time and it worked out well when it needed to. I had fun. Okay. I gotta dance the night away. I’ll see you next time.


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