10th Jul2024

‘NXT Heatwave 2024’ PLE Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of NXT Heatwave, right here on Nerdly. Let’s get straight into it and see what went down in this Premium Live Event – which makes a change from Heatwave just being a special episode of weekly NXT! The show opened with a countdown match that saw Karmen Petrovic & Arianna Grace def. Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx, but let’s see what the rest of the card brought us…

Match #1: NXT North American Championship – Oba Femi def. Wes Lee

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Wes Lee is officially out of options as the NXT North American Championship remains with the towering Oba Femi. The monstrous Femi brutalized Lee in the early parts of the match, not only tossing him around the ring but also the outlying area by throwing him into the exposed underside of the ring. The resilient Lee refused to give in, but he couldn’t find any sustained offense on the champion early on. That all changed when the challenger rallied and systematically took out Femi by the legs, punctuating it with a Superman Punch and a Tornado DDT. Lee’s attempt at a meteora was countered, but he managed to counter Fall From Grace, flip his hips and nearly pin the champion off of a roll up. Both Superstars found themselves perched on the top rope, but Lee countered an Avalanche Powerbomb, however his ensuing Cardiac Kick was not enough to win the match. With one final gasp, Lee went for another Cardiac Kick but it was countered by the champion into a devastating Fall From Grace, allowing Femi to retain his title.

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

Match #2: NXT Women’s North American Championship – Kelani Jordan def. Sol Ruca

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Kelani Jordan successfully retained the NXT Women’s North American Title in thrilling fashion as she knocked off her friend, Sol Ruca, in a friendly yet hotly contested matchup. The athleticism of the two Superstars was on full display as Jordan and Ruca showcased their remarkable skills and traded dazzling moves before having a moment of admiration for one another. Jordan found herself caught in a Surfboard submission attempt, but got out of it and later hit a Poisonrana and a marvelous moonsault, only for Ruca to hit one of her own just minutes later. The champion attempted a 450 Splash, but Ruca put up her knees, then couldn’t hit what more than likely would’ve been a match-ending Sol Snatcher. Ruca scaled the ropes with Jordan on her shoulders, but the champion countered into an Avalanche Poisonrana before hitting a Split-Legged Moonsault to remain the NXT Women’s North American Champion.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #3: NXT Tag Team Championship – Axiom & Nathan Frazer def. Chase U

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Nathan Frazer may be running himself too thin, but he and Axiom are still the NXT Tag Team Champions after defeating Andre Chase and Duke Hudson of Chase U. The speed of Frazer and Axiom was on full display as they ran circles around their opponents, using quick kicks and tags to keep Chase off balance. After enduring a barrage of strikes, Chase finally tagged in Hudson and the powerhouse dominated Frazer and Axiom, hitting several huge slams on his smaller opponents. Frazer managed to send Hudson into the turnbuckle, allowing him and Axiom to hit tandem dives to the outside to ignite the crowd and turn the bout back in their favor. Hudson paid homage to Toronto’s own Trish Stratus by hitting Stratusfaction, leading to a frenetic pace as the champion hit a Spanish Fly/Phoenix Splash combo, but Chase broke up the pin by hitting a Canadian Destroyer. Frazer accidentally nailed Axiom with a superkick and it nearly cost them the title, but the champion rallied to use perfect tandem offense before Axiom finished off Chase with a Golden Ratio.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #4: NXT Women’s Championship – Roxanne Perez def. Lola Vice

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Lola Vice brought the Latina heat to Toronto, but in the end, Roxanne Perez proved why she’s the best in all of NXT, retaining the NXT Women’s Title. The Prodigy seemed angrier than usual, unleashing a barrage of punches and hammerfists on her opponent, but that gameplan played into the former MMA fighter Vice’s hands. Just one body blow from Vice dropped the champion to a knee and a leg scissors started to squeeze the life out of the champion. Vice went for a spinning backfist but Perez ducked and the challenger clubbed the ring post instead, severely injuring her hand and wrist. Despite a compromised arm, Vice continued to fight but her triangle choke and strikes weren’t as impactful as usual. Perez hit a Pop Rox but Vice managed to kick out, so the champion sent a message by hitting one on the announce table, then three more inside the ring to retain her title.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #5: NXT Championship – Ethan Page def. Trick Williams, Shawn Spears and Je’Von Evans

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Canada’s own Ethan Page stunned the NXT Universe by capturing the NXT Championship in the main event of NXT Heatwave. The battle lines were drawn early as the champion Trick Williams paired with Je’Von Evans to take out Shawn Spears and Page, a move that proved to be a great strategy. Williams and Evans put their teamwork aside and their sign of mutual respect quickly turned into a slugfest between the Superstars. All four Superstars found themselves in the ring looking to gain an advantage, but only Spears found it by introducing a steel chair into the fray, hitting a C4 on Williams on it. Williams recovered and stripped the announce table intending to use it, but Evans nailed him with a Swanton Bomb through the barricade as Spears quickly hit an Avalanche C4 on Evans. The Young OG nearly had the match won several times, thanks to a scintillating Top Rope Spanish Fly and a pair of Flying Cutters, and a twisting splash, but the champion broke up the subsequent pins each time. Williams tossed Evans through the announce table and Spears countered Trick Shot to lock in a Sharpshooter, but Page interjected and hit an Ego’s Edge. Chaos soon followed as Williams inadvertently hit Evans with a Trick Shot knee and Page with a jumping knee strike. Page fell into the cover as Spears held back the champion, allowing a woozy Page to earn the win to become the new champion.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

It’s hard to state just how GOOD this show was! From the opening match to the close, Heatwave delivered over and over and over again; and – honestly – this PLE outdid the main roster show for the most part, with only the women’s MitB match holding its own against this stacked card. And that finish to the main event, with Spears costing Trick Williams the championship by stopping him getting back into the ring, whilst Ethan Page, seemingly knocked out, laid atop the Young OG and grabbing the win? Genius and a BRILLIANT way to cost Trick the title and have him back into a “chase” position. When he gets the title back he’ll be THE man in NXT.

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