23rd Sep2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Sept 21st 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the second week of NXT 2.0. I didn’t realize NXT was a computer program. I coulda rebooted it for them. KICK! I just rebooted mine. Jonjo: I’mma dumbass! Me: Nevermind. It didn’t make it work better. Bron Breakker, who is one k away from pissing off NAACP, is getting the early push for this “new” version of NXT. I’m getting pissy. Let’s get on with this.

Match #1: Roderick Strong def. KUSHIDA – NXT Cruiserweight Title Match

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The time had finally come for Kushida to throw down with Roderick Strong, and The Diamond Mine was lurking close behind. The Time Splitter looked poised to retain the title with a Hoverboard Lock, but a flurry of distractions from The Diamond Mine opened the door for Strong to claim the title. As Strong celebrated his latest championship triumph, Grayson Waller came charging in with a challenge of his own.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was a bit disjointed in parts, but it was still classic NXT action. These guys threw each other around and knocked the s–t out of each other. Submarine sandwiches kick ass! What I don’t like about this match was the it didn’t have enough grappling in it. What I did like was how quick these guys attacked each other and kept the pace going so furiously. It was urgent fighting over a great prize of their division and one that delivered some big moves and furious competition.

Match #2: Kay Lee Ray def. Amari Miller

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The dominance of Kay Lee Ray continued into an NXT 2.0 showdown with Amari Miller. Miller grasped momentum in the early going, but The Scary Queen of Scots went on the offensive and closed out the win with a KLR Bomb.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – KLR kept on Amari in this brief match that didn’t do a lot, but it did it…non-badly.

Match #3: Dante Chen def. Trey Baxter

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Dante Chen looked to make a statement in his NXT 2.0 debut, but Trey Baxter is focused on rising up the ranks himself. After some feeling out by Chen, the massive newcomer showed off impressive strength in converting an inside cradle to a deciding slam.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – What the f–k is up with this Dante fella? What’s with the weird hand gestures? What’s with his weird grin? What’s with this match being so short? Okay. Next thing.

Match #4: Cameron Grimes def. Joe Gacy

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Joe Gacy is committed to making the squared circle a safe space. Unfortunately, Cameron Grimes didn’t share the same sentiments. Far from a micro-aggression, Gacy leveled Grimes with a devastating clothesline but was met with a Cave-In from the former Million Dollar Champion. Despite the defeat, Gacy still shared an embrace with his opponent after the match.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This was getting somewhere. The Indians: We learned the secret of the Jew…f–k the white man. That’s where all our casinos come from. Me: This white man got screwed over by this match not getting enough time. You have two of the best members of the roster here and…excuse me. The Dogs Of War: AROOOOOO!!!!! Me: Hey! Shut up! Dogs: AROOOOOOO!!!!!!! BOOM! BANG! BANG! BRLBRLBRLBRLBRL!!!!!!! AROOOOOOO!!!!!!! BANG! BANG! BOOM! AROOOOOO!!!!!! Me: Fetch! Dogs: Ruff! Ruff! Aroooooooo!!!!!!! Me: Fetching! It’s what them b–ches love! I didn’t love watching Joe “Knockoff Big Boss Man” Gacy wrestle in a polo shirt, but I did like seeing these two give each other a run for each other’s money near the end of this.

Match #5: Elektra Lopez def. Anna Scheer

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Elektra Lopez’s incredible power was on full display, as a series of crushing slams locked up the victory. The fireworks between the leading lady of Legado del Fantasma and B-Fab continued after the match as the two had to be separated.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – This was over and done with before anything could happen. At least Elektra looked imposing.

Match #6: Odyssey Jones def. Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta

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Two opponents, no problems for Odyssey Jones. The massive Superstar tossed his two challengers throughout the ring and then finished it off with a 2-for-1 splash that rattled the ring posts.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10 – This was a short suck-fest with no action and no intrigue.

Match #7: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker def. Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland

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Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker have one thing in common: They’re never going to back down from a fight. The NXT Champion teamed up with the newcomer to try and slow the reign of terror from Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland. Holland delivered his bruising style, but Kyle O’Reilly came for payback on The BruiserWeight and his enforcer and set up Breakker to defy the laws of physics for a crushing slam victory.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Pete and Tommaso worked well together here, while Bron showed his natural skills. Ridge didn’t do bad either. This got by from just grunting along and with a sprung in it’s step while doing so. Bron really looked great in here with the more known fighters. The match was kept to the ground and that’s where it should have been. There was no nonsense here. I’m glad to see Tommaso fighting Pete. NXT needs to have something that feels more like NXT as it was in order for it to be accepted by the audience. There was something to this that was worth seeing once.

Final Verdict: 5/10

The wrestling was…a lot…but not…a lot. Seven matches that didn’t go past a half hour, I think? Indi Hartwell will be back to challenge for the NXT Women’s Tag Titles with her friend. We get to see Indi and Dexter Lumis’s honeymoon next week. Why? Do we get to see the f–king? Oh well. This was okay. I’ll see you next week.


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