12th Oct2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Oct 10th 2018)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have… a missing “E”. Does Vince know he is promoting bad grammar? Well, yessum, weeze gonna go to da rasslin’ raveew nahwah and c wut hatpin’d!

Match #1: Keith Lee beat Kona Reeves

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After giving Keith Lee a hostile reception two weeks ago, Kona Reeves received a lesson in respect from NXT’s Limitless Superstar inside the ring. Despite Lee’s dominant track record, The Finest was characteristically arrogant throughout the contest, running his mouth any time the opportunity presented itself. Lee made Reeves pay early in the bout when he threw him out of the ring with a suplex, but Reeves soon gained the advantage by tossing the ring skirt over Lee’s head, leaving the big man vulnerable to The Finest’s fistic fury. Reeves held onto the edge as long as he could, wearing down Lee with submission holds and giving the Limitless Superstar his toughest challenge to date. However, Lee came alive after weathering a series of blows by Reeves. Running on adrenaline, Lee pulverized Reeves with a pounce before finishing the job with his organ-jarring Supernova slam, claiming the pinfall and silencing (for now) NXT’s Finest motormouth.

Nathan’s Take: 1.5 out of 5 - This was a boring match that was made mildly more entertaining by Lee being in it. I like what Lee can bring to NXT, but I fear he will have a similar fate as Biff Busick has had in NXT, in the long run. Lee will be on TV more than Biff, but what will Lee get besides a little extra exposure? If Uhaa Nation couldn’t maintain his momentum as Apollo Crews on the main roster, how can Lee ever hope to keep doing what he’s doing without getting told he needs get interesting or some-thin stupid like that? Kona is pretty good, by the way, but I think he wrestles too much like a WWE Superstar right now for his own good, despite that not being his choice in the first place.

Match #2: Main Event – Ricochet beat Pete Dunne and Adam Cole – Triple Threat Match For The NXT North American Title

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

In an explosive Triple Threat Match for Ricochet’s NXT North American Title, WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne came within inches of becoming a dual champion. The only thing stopping The BruiserWeight from notching the historic victory over Ricochet and Adam Cole was The One and Only’s absurd athleticism and preternatural knack for being in the right place at the right time. Given the fast-and-furious nature of the Triple Threat Match format, as well as the combustible elements involved, it’s no surprise that the action was nonstop from the opening bell. Each Superstar left it all in the ring and looked poised for victory at various points. Cole was at his opportunistic best, picking and choosing his spots. Dunne stayed true to his vicious form, such as when he locked Cole and Ricochet in a two-for-one Boston crab. With his North American crown at stake, Ricochet was incredibly resourceful and innovative, even hitting Cole and Dunne with a stunning double hurricanrana off the top rope. The match came down to a clutch play by the self-proclaimed Ace of NXT. As Ricochet recovered outside the ring, Cole and Dunne exchanged big hits inside the squared circle, none greater than when The BruiserWeight hit Cole with the Bitter End. Dunne went for the cover, but just before the referee could count to three, Ricochet flew onto the pileup with an impeccably timed Springboard 450 Splash to earn the pin on Dunne. It might have been by the skin of his teeth, but Ricochet once again proved why he is The One and Only.

Nathan’s Take: 4 out of 5 - This was a great match. Even though there was some of the one-out, two-in method for the wrestling, the actual action was fantastic, so it worked out pretty well. Ricochet is some-thing else, in both his movements and his aura. Ricochet just feels like a big deal. I can’t forget about Adam Cole, who is equally as incredible as Ricochet and is making a great mark in NXT. Pete Dunne is interesting, as he is not likely to be some-one who Vince would ever put on his roster, but since Dunne is used sporadically for NXT, it makes you wonder if this is the extent of his time in the WWE? Dunne wrestles far too differently from most of the American athletes, so it’s hard to even imagine him changing his style to be more like Ricochet, for example. Dunne in this match, for example, worked best as the technical power-house that he is, but in a match with Brock Lesnar, he would never be allowed to dominate in the way he did here. Hell, I don’t think Vince would even allow Ricochet to do what he does, as he’s much shorter than many of the top stars of the WWE. Only Adam Cole would do well under Vince’s standards, but would still have his fair share of trouble getting the bookers to defend him to Vince’s face. In many ways, as far as the WWE is concerned, this match could only have occurred in NXT.

News Of The Night:

  1. Nikki Cross claimed she knew what Kassius Ohno, Velveteen Dream and Tommaso Ciampa did. This all seems to be in regard to the attack on Aleister Black, so maybe this is a way of setting up a faction with the three possible assailants? What if Rikishi did it… for The Rock?!

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was a fair episode that was saved by the main event. Go watch the main event and skip the rest of the show.

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