23rd Aug2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (August 22nd 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some great action to cover here, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Bianca Belair def. Deonna Purrazzo

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Before gearing up for this year’s Mae Young Classic, new NXT Superstar Deonna Purrazzo sought to make an unforgettable impression in her first match on the black-and-yellow brand. Unfortunately for the highly touted Virtuosa, she had to face one of the winningest Superstars in NXT, the returning (and still un-de-feat-ed) Bianca Belair. Purrazzo showed tremendous poise in the face of such adversity, even curtsying after getting the best of Belair in one early exchange on the mat. Not to be outdone in her return from injury, The EST of NXT used her world-class power to counter Purrazzo’s attack, and she demanded the newcomer show her respect as she pummeled Purrazzo’s core and lower back. The Virtuosa withstood the punishment and mounted a spectacular comeback, including an attempt at her specialty, the Fujiwara Armbar, but the freaky-strong Belair shoved her off into the ring post. Belair then torched Purrazzo with a Torture Rack into a facebuster to continue her streak of victories. Purrazzo’s debut might not have been a winning one, but her performance surely opened plenty of eyes. As for The EST of NXT, she’ll just continue doing what she does best, being un-de-feat-ed.

My Take: This was a solid match that had good technical wrestling and a nice pace. Both women have a lot of upside, with Purrazzo as the better of the two, currently. I could go for a feud between these two, if there’s time on the schedule, or course.

Match #2: Main Event – WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Zack Gibson

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

With the excitement for NXT UK growing by the day, the mean-mugging face of the brand, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, shows no signs of loosening his grip on the division’s top crown.In a belter of a title rematch from June’s NXT UK Championship special at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The BruiserWeight topped Zack Gibson, the winner of the 2018 U.K. Championship Tournament. Just like their first championship duel, the return bout brimmed with hard hits and limb-twisting, digit-damaging submission holds, as well as enough near falls to establish Gibson as a perennial threat to whoever holds the WWE U.K. Title. Also like in their first match, Gibson appeared to be on the brink of winning the championship, only to take his eye off the ball during a critical moment.

This time, Gibson’s mistake came after Dunne forced a rope break to escape the Shankly Gates wristlock, the same move that carried Liverpool’s No. 1 to victory in this year’s U.K. Championship Tournament. (Dunne did so in compelling fashion, resorting to biting the bottom rope after Gibson prevented him from reaching it with his hands). Gibson stomped Dunne mercilessly and blasted him with a nasty lariat. Then, noticing that Dunne’s mouthguard had become dislodged during the fracas, Gibson grabbed the gum shield and nearly tossed it into the NXT Universe until Dunne cut him off. Dunne got hold of Gibson’s hand, splayed his fingers like a wishbone and sent him crashing to the mat with the Bitter End to secure the hard-fought win. With the victory, Dunne’s WWE United Kingdom Championship reign, the longest of any title reign in WWE, lives on to see day 459 and beyond.

My Take: This was one of the best WWE matches of the week. The match was a taut, tense encounter that was as suspenseful as it was gripping. The competitors circled each other as if to size each other up. These two supreme athletes traded holds that were like vice grips of steel. Little Martin came down the pike. Chubby Dick came into Little Martin’s rear. Martin is pissed. Tax Evasion is running rampant behind Excess Spending. Excess Spending is being cut off by Mad Angry Wife. Mad Angry Wife is taking off towards Hot Young Stud. Chubby Dick is racing towards Mad Angry Wife. Mad Angry Wife tells Chubby Dick she just wants to be friends. Chubby Dick is groping Mad Angry Wife. Excess Spending is coming back over to fight for Mad Angry Wife. Excess Spending is making Chubby Dick look good, even as it takes a beating. Mad Angry Wife likes Excess Spending. Excess Spending seems to know what Mad Angry Wife likes. Hot Steamy Sex is coming down the pike! Hot Steamy Sex all the way to the finish! Hot Steamy Sex wins! Well, there you have it folks. Never bet against Hot Steamy Sex. Oh, I got the wrong review on here. Screw it, horse racing is important too, damn it. The match is worth your time and is one of the best matches in a week of great WWE matches.

News Of The Night:

  1. EC3 has accused Lars Sullivan of attacking Aleister Black.
  2. Nikki Cross is shown in the video as having watched the attack.
  3. EC3 is being teased as the person who attacked Aleister Black.
  4. Ricochet and Pete Dunne vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong is happening, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a good card that had a great main event. I’ve been saying that in a lot of reviews lately. There have been a lot of great main events lately. The bribes are great, too. Oh, crap… I shouldn’t have mentioned the bribes. I need to get a delete button, or people will figure out my con before I can make my money.


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