13th Oct2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Oct 12th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and here’s my impression of Eric Bischoff reacting to Mick Foley wanting to jump off a building. What?! What?! What?! Are you f–king nuts?! You f–king dumbass! Holy s–t! What the f–k is wrong with you?! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! NXT starts now! Eric Bischoff: Ah! NXT?! What’s wrong with you?! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Match #1: Tommaso Ciampa def. Joe Gacy

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Tommaso Ciampa graciously granted Joe Gacy the opportunity to earn his way into the NXT Title Match at Halloween Havoc, but Blackheart made the ring anything but a safe space. Despite an attitude of inclusivity, Gacy found himself on the receiving end of a macro-aggressions and a Fairy Tale Ending from the NXT Champion. After the match, Harland rushed in and left the NXT Universe puzzled with a very creepy interaction with Gacy.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Xyon Quin def. Malik Blade

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Xyon Quinn has been unstoppable since his NXT 2.0 debut, and Malik Blade couldn’t slow down the steamroller tonight. Quinn showed his incredible mix of skill and strength and finished off the victory with a devastating crossbody attack.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10

Match #3: Ivy Nile def. Valentina Feroz

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There’s making a great first impression, and then there’s the jaw-dropping display Ivy Nile put on in her in-ring debut. The newest Diamond Mine recruit drew Glamazon comparisons were an incomprehensible show of strength that finished with a back-breaking tap-out from Valentina Feroz.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10

Match #4: Kyle O’Reilly/Von Wagner def. Pete Dunne/Ridge Holland

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It’s an uneasy alliance between Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner, but a clash with Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland forces a duo to focus on the things that matter: Survival. O’Reilly escaped an early barrage to tag in his teammate for a smashing collision with Holland. The two worked together as one in the final moments, as O’Reilly torpedoed Dunne with a flying knee and Von Wagner slammed his way to the win.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #5: Duke Hudson def. Grayson Waller

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Duke Hudson dealt himself a winning hand by using some devious tactics and a full handed roll-up to turn away the charge from Grayson Waller.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #6: Indi Hartwell/Persia Pirotta def. Sarray/Amari Miller

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Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta arrived on the scene in a big way with an eye-opening victory over Sarray & Amari Miller. A slam from Pirotta and Pretty Savage off the top rope by Indi Hartwell to seal the win. The victors were feeling themselves after the win and ignited a wild NXT Women’s Tag Team division confrontation.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #7: (Main Event) Isaiah Scott def. Santos Escobar – NXT North American Title Match

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The night began with Legado del Fantasma kidnapping Top Dolla and B-Fab, but it closed with an even bigger shock. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott awakened the evil spirts to overcome the numbers advantage and close out Santos Escobar with a JML Driver.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Match #8: (Main Event) Carmelo Hayes def. Isaiah Scott – NXT North American Title Match

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The biggest fireworks came to close the night, as Carmelo Hayes cashed in his NXT Breakout Tournament victory and was left raising the gold.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

This was…a show. Ain’t that a ringing endorsement? We had a fine little opener that gave Gacy some credibility as a competitor, but he still looks like he works at Office Max! Come staple…my balls! The rest of the matches looked fugly. They went too short and were too stunted in their growth. It took many matches to get us back to the promised land of greatness, but our official main event did the trick. Scott and Escobar gave their prize fight the ol’ college try and even had time to haze freshman! Escobar and Scott were excellent together. You got a bit of that cruiserweight action here, but the match is one that was more concerned with having the fighters go all over the place in an effort to get the momentum on their side. Scott and Escobar reached a fever pitch as the main event climaxed in a split-second finish. Carmelo Hayes saved Scott from a beat-down and used his title shot to screw over and steal the strap from Scott. I’m glad Hayes gets a run with something, but shouldn’t he have used that on the NXT Championship? Overall, this show was fun, but only got good at the beginning and end. That middle needs to hold-up. Well, I’ll see you next time.

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