06th Dec2018

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Dec 5th 2018)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I can say “macaroni” in Italian…M…a…c…a…r…o…n…i. On this week’s NXT, we have some wrestling, which seems to be the opposite of Raw, so you should be happy. Also, do you wonder if Katy Perry has ever knocked anybody over with her massive breasts? Y’know, wham, bam, thank you, oooff! Any-way, while you think about that, let me tell you about this week’s NXT.

Match #1: Matt Riddle def. Punishment Martinez

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

In a battle of two of NXT’s newest Superstars, Matt Riddle extended his undefeated streak on WWE Network, downing the debuting Punishment Martinez. The Bronx-born Martinez was ferocious in the face of Riddle’s technical expertise, battering Riddle with a cyclone kick and a clothesline. The King of Bros stayed true to chill form throughout, weathering the storm and keeping a cool head until he found his opportunity to twist on the Bromission. The powerful Martinez initially fought off the hold, but he capitulated after Riddle bludgeoned him with hard forearms and reapplied the hold.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was disappointing, especially when you consider that these two could have done so much more if they would have been given the time. NXT isn’t convincing me that they give a $#!@ about either of these guys, so why should I invest my time into watching them? Even if Vince doesn’t care what I think, he ought to get real curious as to whether the crowd feels the way that I do.

Match #2: Forgotten Sons def. Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Against The Forgotten Sons’ fistic fury, Raul Mendoza & Humberto Carrillo executed a galaxy of acrobatic, aerial attacks and innovative double-team maneuvers. Such a high-risk, sky-walking offense, however, carries a dangerously slim margin of error. Mendoza & Carrillo found that out when a springboard attack went awry and Wesley Blake powerbombed Mendoza onto the back of his own partner. That miscalculation allowed The Forgotten Sons to take control and methodically attack Mendoza’s aching spine. Mendoza & Carrillo mustered a late comeback, but that, too, was derailed by Blake & Steve Cutler’s roughhouse ways. The Forgotten Sons then shut down the resilient luchadores before they’d get another chance to fight back, clobbering Carrillo with a stomp/Scorpion Death Drop combination for the pin.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a simple ol’ thing, with a couple moves and dives and whatever else happened. Hey, they did a Scorpion Death Drop, so I can’t complain too much.

Match #3: (Main Event) Shayna Baszler def. Dakota Kai

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler emerged victorious from her non-title match against familiar foe Dakota Kai, but that doesn’t exactly mean everything went according to plan for The Queen of Spades. For one, the formally doe-eyed Kai demonstrated more grit and aggression than Baszler bargained for. Although the champion reminded Kai of their past showdowns by cruelly wrenching Kai’s arm, The Captain of Team Kick fired back with a bristling assortment of kicks, at one point repeatedly booting Baszler square in the face. Even after Baszler ripped her off the top turnbuckle with a gut-wrench superplex, Kai unleashed one final burst of strikes until Baszler shrewdly tripped her and sank in the Kirifuda Clutch to force the tapout.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was aggressive, but felt like a step down for both of them for whatever reason. The wrestling here was good but lacked that little something extra… or I could just be having that time of the month. I ain’t too sure, but I could make a 10 gallon bowl of tomato soup at the drop of a dime. What the hell was I talking about? God, I love the Olive Garden. Also, Baszler still looked really good, even though this match was not quite as good as some of her others.

News Of The Night:

  1. A Kassius Ohno/Matt Riddle feud is being pursued, thanks to Ohno attacking Riddle in the back after he won his match.
  2. Io Shirai is pursuing a feud with Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke and Shanya Baszler after saving Dakota Kai from an attack by the three.
  3. Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black will have a Steel Cage Match.
  4. Tommaso Ciampa looks to be a part of the continuing feud between Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was a fun roll in the hay, but it ain’t marriage material, if you catch my drift.


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