26th Sep2019

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Sept 25th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I am not a Hot Child In The City. Nick Gilder will be so disappointed. Okay, this is the second two-hour NXT on USA, which means we only get the first hour on USA. Don’t worry. We’ve got both hours of NXT, right here on Nerdly! Yowie Wowie! Let’s make like a Brussel and sprout…to NXT.


Match #1: Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic

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Advantage: Keith Lee — at least in the latest edition of what has blossomed into one of NXT’s best rivalries. On the latest episode of NXT, Lee and Dominik Dijakovic met for a third time — the first since Dijakovic’s impressive win in last month’s back-and-forth affair. What transpired this time around was yet another seesaw battle. The match’s opening moments featured both Superstars anticipating each other’s moves and trading counters, demonstrating the keen familiarity they’ve developed. Lee gained an initial advantage before Dijakovic’s devastating chokeslam flattened him on the ring apron. Lee used his overwhelming strength to battle back and electrified Full Sail Live with a spectacular corkscrew plancha to the outside, later followed by a jaw-dropping moonsault. Dijakovic answered with stunning maneuvers, including a top-rope Canadian Destroyer and a moonsault of his own. Lee kicked out after both, however, eventually muscling Dijakovic into a thunderous Limit Breaker for the pinfall win. Following a double count-out back in February and both men each claiming a victory since, the NXT Universe has to hope this is far from the last installment in this scintillating series.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a real barn-burner, which is great for us but bad for the horses. There were so many big moves being pulled off that guys of any size have some trouble with, but seeing a Canadian Destroyer from the top-rope, especially from big dudes, is a sight to behold. I wouldn’t mind a few more out of these guys.

Match #2: Dakota Kai def. Taynara Conti

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Dakota Kai’s return to NXT action was a resounding success after sitting on the shelf for nine months. Kai, who hadn’t competed on NXT TV since undergoing surgical repair for a torn ACL last December, shook off some early ring rust to weather an initial flurry from Taynara Conti. The Captain of Team Kick showcased a new, seemingly more aggressive edge that served her well in a winning effort against Conti and was showered with “Welcome Back” chants from Full Sail Live. Last year, Kai built momentum as one of the NXT Women’s division’s fastest-rising stars, and she appears poised to pick up right where she left off.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Kai looked good in her return. Not bad for a squash.

Match #3: Matt Riddle def. Killian Dain – Street Fight Match For An NXT Championship Shot

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NXT General Manager William Regal may have found the one way to add more fuel to the already supercharged conflict between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain — hang a chance at NXT’s richest prize in the balance. After sending Full Sail University into sheer chaos last week with a fierce brawl that entangled numerous other NXT combatants, Regal pit Riddle and Dain in another Street Fight to settle the score and determine the next challenger for Adam Cole’s NXT Championship. The bitter foes’ unleashed physicality was heightened by Regal’s stakes, with both men trading control at various points in the match. They wasted little time before moving outside of the ring and employing the Full Sail Live environment as a weapon — most notably with Dain putting Riddle through a wall and Riddle answering by smashing Dain through a table. The action eventually found its way back into the ring, and Riddle dug deep to escape a pin attempt following three destructive Vader Bombs from Dain. The Beast of Belfast was equally defiant, kicking out after Riddle sent a chair into his face with a knee strike. It was Riddle who ultimately emerged victorious, submitting Dain after wrangling him into a Fujiwara Armbar.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was a hell of a match that went from 0 to 60 twice as fast as could ever hope for them to just come out of the gate strong. Riddle looked like the star here, which is good considering that he is getting Adam Cole next week for the title. Dain worked well as the big beast let loose on the matador, but with enough shades of Funny Farm to make you think that they’ll need insurance taken out on the plumbing if Dain needs to tinkle. What the hell am I even talking about now? Right. Riddle was fabulous here, always looking confident, but never too strong to not take some damage now and then. Tightly wrestled and tense from bell to bell, this was the kind of match that NXT needs to have on USA in order for this new arrangement to last.

Match #4: Rhea Ripley def. Kayden Carter

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Rhea Ripley wasted no time making her presence felt in NXT. She went straight to the top and confronted NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. Though her encounter earlier this month with The Queen of Spades ended in a disqualification, Ripley got back to work and showed why she is a force to be reckoned with. The ultra-athletic Kayden Carter used her acrobatic offense to give Ripley a brief scare, but The Mosh Pit Kid delivered an impressive win following the Riptide.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Another damn squash.

Match #5: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Ever-Rise

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Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch have repeatedly proven themselves to be one of NXT’s toughest teams, and they took to the ring against Chase Parker & Matt Martel, the duo known as Ever-Rise, to remind the entire tag-team division of that fact. Lorcan & Burch showcased their unrivaled intensity and sealed a win over the veteran pairing following a high-impact tandem DDT.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This worked well for a brief little thing. Both teams looked good and had some chemistry. Maybe we’ve got another good feud on the rise…the Ever-Rise? Shame on me. A pun? Bad Mr. Nathan. Bad!

Match #6: Cameron Grimes def. Raul Mendoza

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After coming up short in an impressive run to the finals in NXT’s Breakout Tournament, Cameron Grimes has torn through his competition. In a hard-fought battle with Raul Mendoza, he resumed his winning ways this week. The bout featured contrasting styles between Grimes’ technical savagery and Mendoza’s aerial artistry. With a leaping double stomp attempt from the get-go, Grimes tried to repeat his quick-strike victory from a week ago, but Mendoza scouted it all too well. Mendoza dazzled the NXT Universe and overwhelmed Grimes with a variety of spectacular offense, and temporarily put Grimes on dream street with several step-up enziguris. He even almost stole a victory following a Frankensteiner. Grimes managed to shake off the cobwebs before uncorking his patented leaping double stomp out of nowhere to clinch the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Grimes got another deserved win, while giving his opponent enough offense to actually look credible in defeat. Good stuff. Wanna take a survey? Question 1: Do you like hammocks? Question 2: Are you allergic to shellfish?

Match #7: (Main Event) Kushida & Breezango def. Imperium

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If Imperium thought it could single out Kushida as an easy target after arriving on NXT, that idea was flipped on its head. After standing up to WALTER and his teammates last week when Imperium pre-empted his scheduled match, Kushida faced the difficult task of recruiting two teammates to help him answer Imperium’s challenge. Luckily for Kushida, he located help that was equal parts formidable and fashionable in Breezango. The recently reunited team of Tyler Breeze & Fandango joined forces with Kushida to take on, and ultimately defeat, the Imperium triumvirate of Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel. Imperium looked like a well-oiled machine for much of the encounter, slowing the pace and isolating Tyler Breeze in their corner. Breeze was eventually able to tag in Fandango, who stunned Imperium with blistering offense, including a physics-defying tope con giro. Moments later, Kushida snatching the victory from thin air with a crafty bridge pinfall on Barthel.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a solid way to end the card, as the action was thorough enough to feel complete, but not enough to inspire a lot of us to see another go from these people together. Everyone came to work, so that made for a good atmosphere. I’m surprised Imperium didn’t win, but they looked strong in defeat, so there you go.

News Of The Night:

  1. WALTER attacked Kushida.
  2. Adam Cole defends his NXT Championship against Matt Riddle, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was about as good as last week, with the show peaking early. It’s important to have big matches on the USA part, but this is forcing the show to put its main event on early. Maybe they should switch to having the first hour be on at 7:00 pm on the network and make the second hour at 8:00 pm on USA?


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