03rd May2023

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 2nd 2023)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. Let’s get straight into it and see what happened this week – on an episode that the WWE Draft has apparently ALREADY had an impact on!

Match #1: NXT North American Championship – Wes Lee def. Drew Gulak

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The addition of Tyler Bate in his corner proved to be a smart decision as Wes Lee extinguished the threat of Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey en route to retaining the NXT North American Championship. The contrast of styles was evident as the high-flying Lee countered the mat technician Gulak as did Gulak to him, making for a thrilling match with innovative moves. Dempsey managed to attack Lee when the referee had his back turned, but Bate hit a corkscrew elbow from off of the steel steps and neutralized the threat. That boost allowed Lee to slip back into the ring and hit the Kardiak Kick to retain his title.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Jacy Jayne def. Gigi Dolin

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The vindictive Jacy Jayne made good on her promise to embarrass Gigi Dolin as she defeated her not only in the ring, but in front of her little brother who was sitting in the crowd. Jayne made it a point to brutalize Dolin early on, pointing and jeering at Dolin’s brother while doing it. The two Superstars continued to go at it on the outside, but the crafty Jayne tossed Dolin into some exposed steel on the turnbuckle and nailed her with a twisting big boot to pick up the win. After the match, Jayne continued her beatdown on Dolin in front of her brother.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Axiom def. SCRYPTS

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Tired of SCRYPTS’ messages and antics, Axiom put his symbol status on the line as he swiftly defeated his enemy in singles action. The two Superstars showcased their incredible athleticism with SCRYPTS even hitting Axiom with a twisting attack by jumping off of the announce table. Both Axiom and SCRYPTS continued to unleash incredible attacks on one another, highlighted by remarkable dropkicks and vicious knee strikes. Axiom got the last laugh as he countered one of SCRYPTS aerial moves, and followed it up with a picture-perfect Golden Ratio. After the match, Axiom unmasked the helpless and humiliated SCRYPTS.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: JD McDonagh def. Dragon Lee

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Dragon Lee stepped up to the challenge laid down by JD McDonagh, but it was his past that came back to haunt him as Noam Dar made his presence felt and cost the luchador the match. McDonagh is on his way to Monday Night Raw, but first he wanted one last match in NXT and was using these last few moments to have an epic encounter with Lee. As the two Superstars went back and forth, Lee nearly had the match won with an incredible double stomp off of the top rope, but the resilient McDonagh kicked out at the last second. Just moments later, McDonagh nailed Lee with a death valley driver on the ring apron. An epic back and forth matchup that had the crowd on the edge of its seat came to its conclusion when Dar grabbed Lee only to be superkicked, but the distraction allowed McDonagh to hit the Devil Inside suplex.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #5: Joe Gacy def. Joe Coffey

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A high-stakes matchup between Joe Coffey and Joe Gacy went the way of the Schism’s leader, and that means The Dyad will now challenge Gallus for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Coffey nearly had the match won, but The Dyad managed to put his foot on the bottom rope to break the count. That move led to chaos that saw all members of Gallus and Schism enter the ring. Despite everyone in the ring, it was Ava that distracted the referee and allowed Gacy enough time to hit his signature clothesline and pick up the win for this team.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Dani Palmer def. Tatum Paxley

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The future is now as the athletic Dani Palmer made her NXT debut and did so in incredible fashion as she defeated Tatum Paxley. Paxley was more than game, catching Palmer in numerous holds and pin attempts but she couldn’t keep Palmer down. An athletic slam by Palmer laid out Paxley in the middle of the ring and in prime position for a fantastic Frog Splash that finished the match and gave Palmer her first-ever NXT win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #7: NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship – Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn def. Kayden Carter & Katana Chance

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The first-ever matchup between Raw and SmackDown women’s tag teams that were for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships went the way of the champs as Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre retained their titles against Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. Both teams proved why they are two of WWE’s best duos as they battled to a near stalemate during their matchup. Chance & Carter gained control early thanks to their supreme synergy, but the dynamic pair of Dawn & Fyre fought back and nearly won the match via a Swanton Bomb/backbreaker combo. The action began to break down, but it led to a double Spanish Fly by Chance & Carter that unfortunately for them didn’t put Fyre away. The champions recovered and isolated Chance, putting her away before Carter could roll in and save her.

My Score: 3 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Indi Hartwell vacated the NXT Women’s Title (to move up to the main roster as a Draft pick!)

Final Verdict: 3/5

Well this was an interesting episode of NXT given who’s been drafted to the main roster… JD McDonagh had a SUPERB match against Dragon Lee, his least for NXT as he’s been drafted; as have Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre, who too put on a great match against long-time rivals Kayden Carter & Katana Chance and DIDN’T drop the tiles on the way out the door! This week’s episode went out on a high with a great promo from Indi Hartwell and the reunion between her and Dexter Lumis as the latter helped the injured Hartwell out of the ring and to the back… A huge NXT women’s brawl ended the show in cliffhanging fashion.

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