11th Jul2024

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jul 9th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. Let’s get straight into it and see what went down in this episode…

Match #1: Karmen Petrovic def. Arianna Grace

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Karmen Petrovic picked up one of the biggest wins of her singles career, but it came at a cost. The two Superstars may have teamed together at NXT Heatwave, but that was ancient history as they went right after each other, only for their former opponents Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx to come to the ringside area. Petrovic sent a message to all three of them by cracking Grace with a devastating kick to score the win. However, after the match, Fallon Henley appeared and took Petrovic out, continuing to wreak havoc on the NXT women’s locker room.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #2: NXT Heritage Cup Championship – Tony D’Angelo def. Lexis King

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The NXT Heritage Cup remains with The D’Angelo Family thanks to an assist from Eddy Thorpe. Round One came and went without a fall, but The Don inflicted a lot of damage, including a Boston Crab submission attempt at the end of the round. D’Angelo dominated Round Two and hit a huge Fisherman Suplex after King became distracted by Thorpe who DJ’ing the bout from atop the perch. King leveled the score in Round Three thanks to a Coronation DDT in the final moments. The Don put an exclamation point on the match in Round Four by hitting another Fisherman Suplex to retain his Cup and send The D’Angelo Family home happy.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Gallus def. Tyriek Igwe and Tyson Dupont

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The Gallus boys remained on top after a brutal match with Tyriek Igwe and Tyson Dupont. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang beat up on Igwe and Dupont, but the newcomers refused to back down and used their boots to good use as they attempted to stomp a hole in their opponents. In the end though, the experience of Gallus was too much to overcome as the veteran tag team put Igwe and Dupont down for good.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Thea Hail def. Izzi Dame

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Thea Hail is back in the win column after an impressive victory over Izzi Dame. The NXT Universe was firmly behind the Chase U star, but the anger inside Dame began to grow and she took firm control of the match. That all changed when a deranged Tatum Paxley arrived at ringside and fixated on Dame, allowing Hail to recover. Dame’s size didn’t matter at all when Hail locked in a Kimura and drug Dame down to the mat, forcing her to submit.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: OTM def. The OC

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OTM picked up the biggest win in their career as they knocked off The OC in tag team action. It was all-out war between OC and OTM as neither team held back in their offense. Bronco Nima and Lucien Price looked as impressive as ever and dominated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a way that the NXT Universe hasn’t seen before. The veterans righted the ship, but that’s when chaos broke out as Michin returned and instigated a massive brawl, but in the ring OTM regained control and earned the huge victory.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #6: Sol Ruca def. Fallon Henley (DQ)

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The matchup between Sol Ruca and Fallon Henley was rudely interrupted by Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx, and it seems to have been the result of NXT’s newest dominant group. Ruca and Henley went back and forth with both Superstars looking to prove to be worthy of a championship opportunity, but in the end, neither did. The even keeled Ruca seemingly had the match won after a Sol Snatcher, but Jayne and Nyx hit the ring and attacked her, forcing a disqualification.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #7: Trick Williams & Joe Hendry def. Ethan Page & Shawn Spears

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Former NXT Champion Trick Williams may have not said his, but Joe Hendry appeared in NXT and helped him take on NXT Champion Ethan Page and Shawn Spears in tag team action. Spears and Page were in a good position despite the initial flurry from Williams and Hendry, but Oro Mensah appeared and attacked the NXT Champion while the referee was distracted, pulling him away from the match. That left Spears all alone where he endured a Trick Shot knee strike and a running chokeslam from Hendry that sent the NXT Universe home happy.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

Well this was an intriguing show. Opening with a squash match would not be my first choice but whatever. As for the rest of the card, we got the current good standard of matches for NXt, matches that oftentimes put the main roster shows to shame. But, but… What made this show was, surprisingly, the guys from TNA. Yes, I did say that. The appearance of THREE members of the TNA roster made this show, Think about that. Outsiders making the show better. A WWE show nonetheless. The Rascalz reunion was a HUGE crowd-pleaser and knowing there’s a trios match on the horizon for them was the icing on the cake. Then there’s the main event. A match featuring a former TNA wrestler and a current TNA wrestler – a current TNA wrestler who is SO over with pretty much every wrestling fan, no matter the brand, that he’ll kill it each and every time. And the fact he got the pin, instead of an NXT roster member. Iconic.

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