17th May2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 15th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right her on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Triple H’s All Elite Wrestling tribute band. Yeah, it already feels like that now. If you don’t like it, then blame TNT for giving The Young Bucks their own TV show. Hey, I’m looking forward to some-thing that doesn’t include staring at Velveteen Dream’s ass in neon-colored spandex. Okay, let’ get right into NXT.

Match #1: Keith Lee def. Cezar Bononi

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A little time away from the ring couldn’t stop Keith Lee’s glory. The “Limitless” powerhouse showed no signs of ring rust against Cezar Bononi, absorbing all the Brazilian Superstar had to offer before letting go like a super-sized cannon. Yet, Bononi brought the fight to his opponent, leveling him with a volley of knee strikes to slow down Lee’s momentum. Once he found his opening, however, Lee quickly turned the tide by peppering his opponent with a few heavy-handed strikes before scaling him down with a Spirit Bomb for the pin.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Lee was good. Hey, this match was shorter than a bald guy’s hair-cut. What do you want me to say? It was the greatest match I’ve ever seen! See? Lying doesn’t pay.

Match #2: Kushida def. Kona Reeves

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With a win over Kassius Ohno under his belt, Kushida went searching for another victory – this time against Kona Reeves in a ground-and-pound matchup that welcomed an appearance by 205 Live’s Drew Gulak, who stood by watching the action. For all the buzz surrounding the newest addition to the black-and-gold brand, Reeves immediately took his opponent to task, putting unparalleled intensity on full display. After sustaining an armbar and hurricanrana from Kushida, Reeves fired back with a scoop slam straight into the middle turnbuckle, which was followed by a series of moves that pumped the brakes of the decorated MMA fighter-turned-Superstar. However, Reeves’ valiant effort wasn’t enough to put out Kushida. With Gulak watching intently, the former Japanese champion gave the 205 Live mainstay something to behold, striking down on Reeves with seamless offense. After Reeves countered a Hoverboard Lock attempt, Kushida fired back with a handspring attack that sent The Finest bouncing to the outside. Kushida then crashed into him with a diving somersault and rolled Reeves back inside, where he applied the Hoverboard Lock to secure his second consecutive victory. At the stage, Gulak was visibly unimpressed, walking off after the match while seemingly reiterating the message he tweeted after Kushida’s debut weeks ago.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Kushida did well here, but this wasn’t much of a match.

Match #3: Vanessa Borne def. Jessie

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With Aliyah by her side, Vanessa Borne made quite the impression against former Mae Young Classic competitor Jessie. The Vision activated her aggressive side, dominating her opponent with force, while mockingly asking, “How’s that feel?” Although Jessie managed to land a few attacks of her own, Borne shut her out with a vicious corkscrew neckbreaker to snare the three count.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This was a lousy match that went nowhere way too fast.

Match #4: (Main Event) Viking Raiders vs. Street Profits for the NXT Tag Team Titles ended in a No Contest

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When The Street Profits last faced the NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders, the scrappy and rugged tandem torpedoed the bearded berserkers with an all-out attack that nearly put a dent in the champions’ armor. Looking to avoid an upset, the sequel featured the Raiders forcing their opponents into defense from the opening bell. For starters, Erik dashed into Angelo Dawkins with a dropkick, before sidelining Montez Ford with a vicious right knee strike. The Raiders didn’t let up, unloading on the Profits with their devastating double-team offense. A spear from Dawkins, however, sent Erik out of the ring and put the Profits back in “full attack mode.” After dueling cartwheels with Ivar, the ever-athletic Dawkins scooped him up with a hard-hitting spinebuster that was combined with a breathtaking frog splash from Ford. As the Raiders fought back, a melee erupted when the Forgotten Sons attacked both Ivar & Erik at ringside, prompting a no-contest. Things quickly descended into bedlam when Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch also joined the fray, sparking an all-out brawl. Though there was no clear winner in their championship clash, the Profits turned the turmoil into a bit of comeuppance when they attacked Erik and logged an unofficial three-count to snatch their own moral victory before scurrying. In response, the Raiders annihilated the remaining tag teams in proximity, cutting down the likes of Lorcan, Burch and Wesley Blake with their explosive tandem attacks. Amid all the chaos, the status of the NXT Tag Team Titles was thrown into further uncertainty, drawing more questions than answers.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – The WWE write-up just above was longer than the match. Really, that’s all there is to say.

News Of The Night:

  1. Roderick Strong attacked Matt Riddle, which fixed the fracture between Adam Cole and Strong.
  2. Johnny Gargano challenged Adam Cole to an NXT World Championship fight.
  3. A feud between Kushida and Drew Gulak is being teased.
  4. The tag team division of NXT brawled with each other at the end of the show.
  5. Mia Yim wants to fight Bianca Belair.
  6. Io Shirai and Shayna Baszler will fight for the NXT Women’s Title at the next Takeover.

Final Verdict: 1/5

#!@$ NXT. I thought it couldn’t get worse than Raw or Smackdown this week, but NXT was even worse. There was probably about ten minutes of wrestling in sixty minutes. All Elite Wrestling can’t come any sooner. Also, is anyone gonna try to get Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling it’s one-thousandth chance? If this the kind of $#!@ that Triple H is going to bring to the big cards, then he can keep his lazy ass in Florida. 205 Live is good, because it’s almost idiot-proof. NXT seems to be idiot-prone, thanks to shows like this.


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