05th Sep2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Sept 4th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Disney + for all those people who don’t want the luxury of owning something forever, instead wanting to rent a computer program version of it for $10 a month. I know, you get thousands of options, but there’s too many problems with streaming for me to commit to it above more convenient options like home video. Anyway, NXT is on and I love trash. One may or may not have to do with the other.


Match #1: Breezango def. Chase Parker & Matt Martel

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New NXT tag team Chase Parker & Matt Martel are one of Canada’s longest-tenured and most-decorated duos — the two Superstars teamed for well over 15 years before coming to NXT and held titles throughout the Great White North — but even their extensive experience as teammates couldn’t boost them past the reimagined and reinvigorated Breezango. Parker & Martel’s prolonged pre-match hug drew the ire of the NXT Universe, and their clever — if underhanded — double-team tactics gave Tyler Breeze trouble, preventing him from tagging Fandango. The tide turned once Prince Pretty broke free and Dango entered the mix. The stylish sleuth hit back-to-back powerslams and spun Parker into a Falcon Arrow before joining Breeze to hit their newly coined Fashion Faux Pas tandem maneuver to claim victory.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 6 – This came and went with enough to talk about that you get a sentence or two from me about it here. Tom Cruise is a pussy… cat. There. I just gave you a few sentences. It’s nice to see Breezango win a match.

Match #2: Velveteen Dream def. Kona Reeves

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Velveteen Dream’s coveted NXT North American Title didn’t have to be on the line for Kona Reeves to approach the match with dangerous intensity. Looking as aggressive as ever, The Finest turned the match into a slugfest after Dream rankled him with a slap. Reeves stayed on the attack until the referee caught him trying to illegally use the ropes for added leverage in a pinning predicament. Velveteen Dream then took over, stunning Reeves with superkicks and a Dream Valley Driver for the three-count. Dream’s emphatic win was soon overshadowed by the presence of Roderick Strong on the big screen. Appearing outside of the arena, The Messiah of the Backbreaker revealed that he had set fire to Velveteen Dream’s signature purple couch. Fuming, Dream paced the ring, while Strong signed off with a rhetorical quip for the NXT North American Champion: “Do I have your attention now?”

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a dull match. Trust me. Dull.

Match #3: Bianca Belair def. Taynara Conti

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Taynara Conti relied on judo takedowns and quick thinking to gain an early advantage against the immensely powerful Bianca Belair. The Brazilian Superstar also had a few dirty tricks up her sleeve, as she showed when she scraped Belair’s face across the bottom rope. Taynara’s lead vanished, however, when she made the mistake of leaping off the apron with a cross body block. Putting her world-class athleticism on display, Belair caught Conti mid-flight and deposited her on the thinly padded floor with a thunderous fallaway slam that did almost as much damage to Belair as it did Conti. Both Superstars barely made it into the ring before the ref counted to 10, but once they were back inside, Belair found her next gear. The EST of NXT run roughshod over Conti, splashing her with a handspring moonsault and flooring her with a forearm smash before picking up the win with the K.O.D.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was a good match that made both fighters look good in a “Davy Jones is still hot, even though The Monkees have broken up and it’s 1972” kind of way. They both worked hard to make this match worth their time and I think they did that. Did you know that elephants can ice-skate uphill mother-!@#$%&? Over-all I think this was a fine effort from two continually improving athletes.

Match #4: (Main Event) Adam Cole def. Jordan Myles – NXT Championship Match

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For NXT Champion Adam Cole, pride almost came before the fall. Almost. The Undisputed ERA leader wasn’t just confident at the outset of his NXT Title defense against Breakout Tournament winner Jordan Myles; he was cocky and condescending, constantly berating Myles and letting him know that he wasn’t being taken seriously by The Panama City Playboy. Cole’s swagger grew as he started picking Myles apart, but as the match drew on and Myles proved to be resilient, the champion’s demeanor radically shifted. After Myles pieced together back-to-back near falls — one off a high-altitude cross body block, and another off a deadlift German suplex — the champion suddenly appeared more concerned. By the time Myles kicked out of Cole’s tried-and-true Ushigoroshi later in the match, Cole was nearly apoplectic. An exciting, 11th hour rally by the challenger — which featured a high-speed, on-target suicide dive — kept Myles’ championship dream alive. Myles’ feelgood story, however, didn’t extend much past that. Moments after blocking Myles’ Midnight Star 450 splash with a pair of knees to the midsection, Cole unleashed a devastating trifecta of strikes that culminated with the Last Shot, closing the book on another successful, if borderline miraculous, title defense.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was a hell of a title defense for Cole and a great performance for Myles. These guys worked well together, like Underpants Gnomes and Crotch Goblins. This is the kind of match that NXT needs every week if it’s going to compete with All Elite Wrestling, because those brazen dick-heads won’t waste one second on not booking a Pay Per View card on free TV. Okay, this was a great main event and…Rumspringa!

News Of The Night:

  1. Io Shirai attacked Candice LeRae with a kendo stick.
  2. Cameron Grimes wants the NXT Championship.
  3. Roderick Strong set Velveteen Dream’s couch on fire.
  4. Rhea Ripley fights Shayna Baszler, next week.
  5. Johnny Gargano talks about his future in NXT, next week.
  6. Bianca Belair, Mia Yim and Io Shirai fight each other in a Triple Threat Match for a shot at Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Title on the debut episode of NXT on the USA Network.

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

This turned out really well and gave NXT a strong show to build toward its departure from the WWE Network and arrival on the USA Network.


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