05th Aug2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Aug 3rd 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel… Other Nathans: No! I am! I am! I am! Me: Shut up! I have no idea how there are so many of you assholes here, but I will seek out the reason…after the review. Other Nathans: Did you remember to bring the towel? Me: Yes damn it! I did! Other Nathans: Okay! Me: Right. Before more of these pricks show up, lets get to the review. Other Nathans: NXT starts now! Me: That’s my line! Other Nathans: Yes, it is my line! Me: Shut the f–k up!

Match #1: Hit Row b. Legado del Fantasma (DQ)

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The bad blood was evident from the start as Hit Row and Legado del Fantasma were brawling from the opening bell. Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis were working in harmony, but Santos Escobar sprang into action to create a distraction that set up Joaquin Wilde to go on the offensive. With the human wrecking ball running rampant, Escobar came crashing in with a steel chair attack that allowed chaos to truly break out.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – Paint by numbers has never been so dull. Moves were done and they looked good, but that’s not enough for a great match. Uninspired is a good word for this. Also, it ended with a DQ. Yeah. You don’t get a lot here.

Match #2: Ridge Holland b. Ikemen Jiro

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Ridge Holland made his shocking return last week as Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan threw down against Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher. Tonight on NXT, the bruising Superstar put Ikemen Jiro in his sights and put on a punishing display with a crushing PowerSlam to cap off the win.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – Ridge has potential, but that’s not enough to be on TV. Jiro is excellent, but he is being wasted in losing to Ridge. Also, this was a squash! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I hate those God damn squash match mother-f–kers!

Match #3: Roderick Strong b. Bobby Fish

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Two former teammates unloaded their animosity in a brutal, personal showdown. Bobby Fish had the early momentum, as he brought the fight to Roderick Strong. Strong dug deep with his incredible endurance and hit a jumping knee and a debilitating Backbreaker to shut the door.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was a bit stunted for these two, but it had the right idea and their plan went over well enough. This was a hybrid of the NXT house style and European wrestling, which is not a bad mix. Strong and Fish landed some convincing blows on each other that were sold quite well by both. I’d wager that this came across fairly well as the grudge match it was meant to be. To be honest, I don’t need a reason to see these guys wrestle. This is a match that hopefully becomes a series for the rest of the year.

Match #4: Grizzled Young Veterans b. LA Knight/Cameron Grimes

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LA Knight & his butler Cameron Grimes attempted to put their differences aside for an unlikely alliance against Grizzled Young Veterans. As Grimes fought valiantly toward his partner, LA Knight exited to leave his butler all by his lonesome. James Drake & Zack Gibson showed no sympathy, as the duo teamed up for a Ticket to Mayhem to close out their opponents.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – Not a lot happened here. Grimes was in a suit the whole time. This entire thing was just one big, long angle to just demonstrate that Grimes is willing to be pushed around by Knight in the name of honor. GYV didn’t really do much here, so you don’t really get a great demo reel of what they can do either. What a waste of a good pairing of athletes.

Match #5: Trey Baxter b. Joe Gacy – NXT Breakout Tournament Match

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A clash of styles saw Joe Gacy’s power go head-to-head with Trey Baxter’s aerial attacks. Baxter got rolling with four consecutive high-flying assaults on a stunned Gacy. Despite the powerful newcomer’s rally, Baxter capitalized with a 450 Stomp to punch his ticket to the NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinals.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – Trey and Joe started to get going, but then it ended. That’s a shame, because this was turning into a high-flying, hard-hitting contest and I hate when those matches go short. Trey impressed against the striking image of the large brute Joe Gacy, who himself surprised with some agile offense of his own. I was surprised that Trey won, but commentary did mention that he is the younger of the two, so perhaps the bookers didn’t want to waste the tournament on someone with less time on the clock than a younger fighter. In any case, Trey needed the win and it will go a long way for him.

Match #6: (Main Event) Johnny Gargano b. Dexter Lumis – Love Her Or Lose Her Match

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Love was on the line when Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis went to war for the future of Indi Hartwell. Lumis and Hartwell couldn’t help but lock eyes throughout, but Johnny Wrestling was quick to take advantage when he could. Lumis nearly had the pin late, but Gargano promised Hartwell he was looking for out for her own good with one final DDT to secure the pin. As The Way exited, Indi proved Hartwell wants what the heart wants and rushed back for a passionate kiss with Lumis.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Well, for a match about romance, this was still a pretty fierce fight all the same. if you don’t care about the romance angle (like me), then you can focus on Gargano carrying Lumis through the parts he’s still weak on. That being said, this was quite fun all on its own. The action was right on the mark when it needed to be. Gargano played the wily cad rather well to Lumis’s brooding horn-dog. Attention! Erection! Indi Hartwell got involved at various points and it did slow down the match. Well, at least Gargano looked strong in victory.

Final Verdict: 5/10

On a night where Ted Dibiase helped Cameron Grimes when he was down, Samoa Joe and Karrion Kross continued to wage war on each other and Indi Hartwell sucked the tongue out of Dexter Lumis’s throat even though she’s not allowed to now, we had some nice wrestling, but it all was secondary to the angles and vignettes, like the Prime Target video for WALTER and Ilya Dragunov and their NXT UK Title match at Takeover 36. If you are invested in the Indi/Dexter relationship, then this show was priority viewing. Other Nathans: They f–ked?! Me: No damn it! Where did you assholes come from?! Mysterious Nathan: Perhaps I can be of some…assistance? Other Nathans: Wow. He’s so mysterious. Me: Now that don’t make a lick of sense! I’ll see you… Other Nathans: …next time! Me: Shut the hell up!

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