12th Jul2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 10th 2019)

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…Wayne Brady! I’m just kidding. I can’t afford people you’ve heard of. We’ve got a Tag Title main event that might just knock your teeth out of your head, so why don’cha y’all come on down to play The Price Is Right! Wait…I can’t afford a famous TV show either. Don’t tell Drew Carey. $#!@. I said more famous people. Okay, let’s just jump right into the action, here on NXT. Wait, this is Nerdly. The “Ns” probably confused me.

Match #1: Damian Priest def. Blanco Loco

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The Archer of Infamy, Damian Priest, continues to hit the bull’s-eye. In his second match on NXT TV, the imposing newcomer demolished Blanco Loco. Staying on the throttle the whole time, Priest slung Loco, a protégé of The Wild Samoans, through the air with a release Falcon Arrow and nearly lopped off his head with a lariat. The mysterious Man of the New Millennium then spun off a cyclone kick before decimating Loco with the Reckoning — a devastating rolling cutter — for the pin.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Priest did well here, but a squash match is still a squash match.

Match #2: Jordan Myles def. Boa in the first round of the NXT Breakout Tournament

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

For a third week in a row, the NXT Breakout Tournament yielded two breakout performances from debuting Superstars. This week, speed demon Jordan Myles overcame a hard-edged onslaught by dangerous martial artist-turned-Superstar Boa to advance to the Semifinals, and, for the most part, Myles did it with a smile on his face. The self-described “Athletic Anime Hero” kept his buoyancy at the outset of the match, while he bounced around Boa with an evasive backflip that preceded a sharp dropkick, but his sunny demeanor turned overcast once Boa started wedging knee strikes into Myles’ ribcage. The Chinese Superstar rattled his more-experienced opponent with Muay Thai techniques and an axe kick that nearly left a hole in Myles’ chest, but he began to show signs of frustration after being unable to put Myles down for the count. That’s when Myles found his next gear and a smile returned to his face. The Texas native retaliated with a rapid-fire campaign of kicks and unleashed a “Destructo Disc” spinning clothesline in the corner before scoring the pin off a dazzling 450 Splash that he calls “The Midnight Star.” With the threat of Boa now behind him, Myles looks ahead to battling Mexico’s Angel Garza in the next round.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This had lots of potential and some of it was realized, but Myles was mostly the reason for this working out. There were plenty of kicks thrown here to make Pele jealous, as it looked like these guys were going for some kind of record. Apart from the kick observation, this match was mostly by the numbers, but properly so.

Match #3: (Main Event) Street Profits def. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan – NXT Tag Team Championship Match

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A show of respect toward The Street Profits helped earn Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan their title match against the NXT Tag Team Champions, but the gloves came off as soon as the opening bell to their titanic clash sounded. Competing with the aggression and confidence befitting the kings of the mountain, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford put the Brit-Am brawlers on their heels early on. Their hot start also seemed to get under the challengers’ skin, as Dawkins’ attempt to shake hands with Burch mid-match was not greeted in kind, but rather with a swift kick by The Guv’nor. Burch’s tactics, questionable though they may be, turned the fight in his team’s favor, and after Burch & Lorcan took turns wailing on The Curse of Greatness, Burch pushed Dawkins to the brink of submission with a crossface, only to have the hold broken up by an intervening King Tez.

The intensity continued to ratchet up as both squads unloaded a bevvy of big hits, and the NXT fans erupted into cries of “This is awesome!” after one especially dizzying series of strikes that culminated with Dawkins almost spearing Burch out of his boots. Just like at TakeOver: XXV, it was the quick thinking of The Street Profits that made all the difference in the end. After Ford sky-bombed Burch with a dive onto the floor, Lorcan tried to outdo his foe’s aerial feat. Yet, just as Lorcan prepared to take flight, Dawkins socked him in the jaw with a punch that would stop a rhino in its tracks. The Profits immediately capitalized on the opening and disposed of Lorcan with a spinebuster/Frog Splash comb to end the match and, for now, the Brit-Am brawlers’ championship ambitions.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a dynamite main event that had everything it needed to go the distance, but since that distance was only about a mile… The action was strong and vibrant, like a boxing match between first graders. This was, in some weird way, happy match. If Walt Disney could’ve booked a wrestling match, this is the kind of match he likely would have scheduled. That’s right. I’m making up dumb compliments to give to matches. The truth is, this match had a lot of energy and just as much skill on display. I would love to see this go longer, next time, because when you’ve got a main event like this one, why stop short of greatness?

News Of The Night:

  1. Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship, next week.
  2. Io Shirai debuted her new look for her heel turn.
  3. Mia Yim is being teased for Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Title.
  4. Killian Dane got a great vignette on his brutal childhood.
  5. Velveteen Dream is possibly feuding with Roderick Strong.
  6. Keith Lee is now calling himself “infinite” to build toward becoming the NXT Champion.
  7. Apollo Crews is returning to NXT to fight Kushida, next week.
  8. Undisputed ERA is being teased as the next challengers to the NXT Tag Team Titles.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was an excellent show that had an exciting main event and built towards a lot of big matches while making great use of the press conference format to sell big angles outside of the ring.


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