15th Sep2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Sept 14th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Vince is calling this NXT 2.0, so I’m not. Rick Steiner’s son is on here as Bron Breakker, which leaves him one k away from being banned from working Detroit. We’re supposed to have more colors, which is the only concern I have when watching wrestling…pretty colors. I need pinks and greens! The Mask: Oui oui, cherie! We meet again! Is it fate? Is it meant to be? Is our destiny written in the stars that we see tonight?! I’d like to think so! HAHAHA!!!!!!! Me: Oh no! Bob Costas! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! The Mask: She is so coy! I love it! Norm MacDonald: Hey! Did I die? Well, that sucks. Now I’ll be a virgin forever! I’m not a bird! I’m a man! I don’t wanna f–k birds! I wanna f–k men! Why does this show spell the word next wrong? Where’s the e? Can they not afford the letter e? NEXT starts now. Welcome to NEXT!

Match #1: Bron Breakker b. LA Knight

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Once again, LA Knight’s mouth wrote a check that proved incredibly hard to cash. A backstage run-in with NXT newcomer Bron Breakker resulted in a highly physical match before the Fatal 4-Way NXT Title clash. Breakker showed up and showed out with an incredible physical display that ended with a jaw-dropping press and slam for the win in his debut.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #2: Imperium b. Brooks Jensen/Josh Briggs

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Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen were focused on matching the aggression of the veteran duo Imperium in their debut. After a distraction of Jensen, Fabian Aichner followed up with a crushing suplex to secure the win over the debutantes.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #3: B Fab b. Katrina Cortez

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B-Fab was born for the moment, and there was no way she was backing down from a fight. In her in-ring debut, B-Fab looked poised for greatness, as a devastating win caught the attention of Legado del Fantasma and Elektra Lopez specifically.

The Verdict: 0 out of 10

Match #4: Kacy Catanzaro/Kayden Carter b. Jayce Jane/Gigi Dolin via DQ

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The initial showdown was derailed and ruled a disqualification as a new-look Mandy Rose rushed in to level the charge of Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter. The match restarted as a Six-Woman Tag Team clash, and Rose exerted her will once again with a crushing knee to Carter for the win.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #5: Mandy Rose/Gigi Dolin/Jayce Jane b. Kacy Catanzaro/Kayden Carter/Sarray

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The initial showdown was derailed and ruled a disqualification as a new-look Mandy Rose rushed in to level the charge of Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter. The match restarted as a Six-Woman Tag Team clash, and Rose exerted her will once again with a crushing knee to Carter for the win.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #6: Ridge Holland b. Drake Maverick

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There was no remorse, just pain delivered by Ridge Holland against Drake Maverick. The bruiser from Yorkshire finished off his outgunned opponent with some Northern Grit to make another punishing statement.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #7: The Creed Brothers b. Dan Jarmon/Trevor Skelly

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The Creed Brothers continued their path of destruction with another jaw-dropping display of strength. Julius & Brutus dispatched of Dan Jarmon & Trevor Skelly in impressive fashion with unbridled brutality and one final clothesline for good measure. After the match, Malcolm Bivens and The Diamond Mine introduced Ivy Nile and delivered a message for Kushida and the rest of NXT.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10

Match #8: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa b. LA Knight, Pete Dunne and Von Wagoner – NXT World Championship Match

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After Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland attacked Kyle O’Reilly, Mr. Regal tapped on the newcomer Von Wagner to fill the void in the Fatal 4-Way. Von Wagner impressed throughout, as all four competitors left it all on the mat. The final moments devolved into chaos as LA Knight planted Pete Dunne with a Superplex followed by a slam from Von Wagner to Knight, but The Blackheart had the final say with a Fairytale Ending to Knight that brought Goldie home.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 3/10

Only one match one this show lasted ten or more minutes and only one was neither a squash or glorified squash, that being the main event. The whole show was built around incredibly short matches and promos, which includes the Indi Hartwell/Dexter Lumis wedding. Dexter brandished an ax and threatened to kill everybody if they didn’t support his marriage. Dexter finally talked and said “I do” to marrying Indi. InDex is married and Dexter is possibly a serial killer. Austin Theory is back and brought Damien Priest so he could get drunk. Carmelo Hayes and his enforcer, Trick Williams, turned heel on Duke Hudson, who is still a jerk. Rick Stiner’s son was positioned as the new top prospect of the league, with him practically challenging Tommaso Ciampa to a prize fight. Oh yeah. Tommaso Ciampa is the f–kin’ champion! It’s about damn time! Kyle O’Reilly was removed from the match with an injury angle involving Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland and Von Wagoner saving him, for which he received KOR’s spot in the match. Apart from the exciting spot-fest that was the prize fight main event, this was a show that had many matches, but little wrestling. Hell, even the main event went short. The set itself betrayed wrestling 101, which is to never over-expose the arena. You could see how small the room was. The last set-up was too dark, but at least it had some mystique. This was just activity for its own sake. You need a certain amount of darkness in the crowd so they feel comfortable making noise. It’s like having privacy in public. The intimacy was gone too. That being said, that s–t doesn’t matter. This show gets a three because it was a night of squashes and that is not a good card. Just watch the main event and that’s all you can really get here. See you next time.

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