25th Jan2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 23rd 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have lots of interesting pre-Royal Rumble/NXT Take-Over stuff to get to, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

The phrase “actions speaks louder than words” took a life of its own in the high-octane battle between Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch and Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel. Picking up from where their harsh verbal encounter concluded two weeks ago, the double-tough tandems unleashed pure bedlam inside and outside the yellow ropes. Where there was a brick-laced uppercut thrown by Burch & Lorcan, a devastating combo attack by Barthel & Aichner was waiting to follow – like Barthel literally tossing Lorcan into a grab-and-go suplex by Aichner. But there was no stopping the Brit-Am bruisers’ ground-and-pound style. When Aichner attempted to knock Lorcan down with a springboard dive – after already having connected on two others earlier in the match – the flying tank would miss his landing, thus allowing Lorcan to score a fast roll-up pin for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and it was all action, even though the match wasn’t the great bout or any-thing like that. There was a real jolt of life every five seconds that ought to make you feel like you’re watching something from an old Ring Of Honor card. Overall, it would have been nice to have this go longer, but it was a blast while it lasted.

Match #2: Kairi Sane & Io Shirai def. Amber Nova & Tanea Brooks

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

When The Pirate Princess teams with The Genius of the Sky, marvelous things happen. That much was certain when Kairi Sane & Io Shirai joined forces to take on Amber Nova & Tanea Brooks. Despite an impressive effort by Brooks & Nova, Shirai & Sane prevailed with their Swiss Army knife-like offense. After Shirai assisted Sane with an elevation boost by lifting her in the air to land an InSane Elbow on Brooks, The Pirate Princess returned the favor by hoisting The Genius in the Sky high enough to drop a perfect moonsault for the three-count.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This wasn’t quite as dynamic as the opener, but it was good and had lots of consistent wrestling from both teams.

Match #3: (Main Event) Velveteen Dream def. Bobby Fish

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Despite being Undisputed-ly interrupted earlier in the night, Velveteen Dream got his message across – and the last laugh – by handing Undisputed ERA their first loss of the year. But by no means was it easy. The Experience started things off strong, sending Bobby Fish bouncing in and out of the ring with aerial assaults, including a diving double axe handle from the top turnbuckle that sent him crashing to the floor. As “Vel-ve-teen” chants filled the atmosphere, the momentum soon shifted when Fish wrenched Dream’s knee with a dragon screw leg whip into the ringside barricade. From there, Undisputed ERA’s most dangerous man carried out a series of limb-twisting submission holds to weaken Dream. Yet, when the referee caught Adam Cole trying to prevent Dream from forcing a rope break, the distraction allowed Dream to toss Fish into Cole on the outside. Upon Fish returning into the ring, Dream scooped him up for a Dream Valley Driver, and followed it up with a Purple Rainmaker to snare the win.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that saw Fish fill in the blanks for the talented Dream who is still struggling to come across as tough, despite having loads of charisma and personality. Dream’s offense works as bursts of excitement, but as a complete formula for success, it always falls a bit short. Fish is one of the best wrestler’s on the planet, but he’s always suffered from looking pale in comparison to the vibrant personalities of people like Dream. It’s a shame that Dream will likely be the one to get the bigger push between the two (if this match is any indication) as Fish is ready to wrestle anywhere, while Dream is not quite ready yet. Still, both men can wrestle and if you’ve got wrestling ability, then you’ve got a chance.

News Of The Night:

  1. Velveteen Dream wants to be the NXT North American Champion.
  2. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir will wrestle Io Shirai & Kairi Sane, next week.
  3. The Forgotten Sons face The Street Profits next week.
  4. Aleister Black and Ricochet were attacked by Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, who almost re-united but were stopped by Candice LeRae.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This turned out quite well and was able to sell the next NXT: TakeOver well enough.


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