10th Jan2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 8th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I was helping this lady with the blinkers on her car. She asked me to check if they were working and I said “yes, no, yes, no, yes, no…”. My dad told me that tonight. Yeah, there you go. Any-way, let’s see if NXT can manage to do a whole show without WWE promos. I have my doubts/it can’t.


Match #1: Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm and Candice LeRae def. Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair and Io Shirai

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The piecemeal teams ultimately broke down in favor of Ripley, Storm and LeRae. The Evil Genius of the Sky and The EST of NXT were unable to stay on the same page, and the NXT Women’s Champion took advantage, taking Belair down with The Riptide for the victory. LeRae’s eyes lingered on Ripley’s title for a few curious seconds before she finally handed it to her former WarGames comrade, perhaps also signaling her desire to vie for the gold.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This turned out quite well, even if much of the action was the typical tag match formula. All six of these fighters looked tough here, so that part of the deal was met. Rhea did well as the champion here and stood out like she should have. Hell, everybody did their part to make this a good opener. Overall, this was a boring review, but a solid match.

Match #2: Imperium def. Forgotten Sons – Round 1 Match Of The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

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The fifth iteration of The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic got off to a thrilling start thanks to Imperium and The Forgotten Sons. With a Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match for the NXT UK Tag Team Championship at TakeOver: Blackpool II this Sunday already on their plate, no one could have faulted Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel for having other things on their mind. But they were able to focus on the task at hand and came out on top in a barnburner against Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler, conquering them after hitting the European Bomb.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This turned out okay. The right team won, but the match itself never quite got to where I hoped it would go. I hoped it would go up my ass and to the left. There was some nice “lets hit each other really hard” stuff here, but the bout wasn’t able to come together like a magnet and steel…because you are the Magnet and I’m the Steel! Dooooooo do do da! Dooooo do do da da! Daaaaaaa da da da da da! Daaaaaaa da da da da! With you I’m not shy! I show the way I feel! W…sorry. Walter Egan is coooooooooool. Any-way, this match had the right winner and when that happens, I show the way I feel and I feel like…reviewing the next match!

Match #3: Austin Theory def. Joaquin Wilde

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If what we’ve seen so far from Austin Theory is any indication, he figures to be a fixture in NXT for a long time to come. After pushing NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong to the limit in an exhilarating encounter last month, “All Day” returned to the ring at Full Sail to square off with the equally promising Joaquin Wilde. Both competitors showed off impressive repertoires, but it was Theory coming out on top after hitting the TKO.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a waste of two incredibly talented wrestlers. This was as easy to watch as any-thing else in wrestling right now, but it was less than two minutes. Who would pay for just two and half minutes of this when you could pay for twenty?

Match #4: The Undisputed ERA def. Gallus – Round 1 Match Of The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

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A treasure chest’s worth of gold and then some was at ringside for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic first-round bout between NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus and NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed ERA. The clash of styles provided for hard-hitting action, though it was the skilled precision of Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly — and a pivotal assist from NXT Champion Adam Cole on the outside — allowing them to advance to the next round. With the referee occupied, a perfectly timed kick by Cole saw Wolfgang fall prey to Fish and O’Reilly’s devastating high-low combination. Besides moving them a step closer to the Dusty Cup, The UE’s victory also knotted things up between NXT and NXT UK on the march toward Worlds Collide after Imperium defeated The Forgotten Sons earlier in the evening.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a lively sort of match that had enough action to keep it going the whole time, but not enough to take it to the heights you would hope for from this pairing. Fish and Kyle were the big deal here, as they went from strength to strength like nobody’s business. I enjoyed this, but I wish that this was more than just the standard formula (and more than just a great UE show-case).

Match #5: Mia Yim def. Kayden Carter

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The black-and-gold brand’s HBIC defeated Kayden Carter, putting her away with a modified knee to the face.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Yim won, but the match wasn’t much to talk about.

Match #6: (Main Event) Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic, Cameron Grimes and Damian Priest – Fatal 4- Way No. 1 Contender’s Match For The NXT North American Title Shot

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The next challenger for the NXT North American Championship has been determined, and he is limitless. Keith Lee emerged as the winner in a showstopping Fatal 4-Way that featured top-notch competition from Dominik Dijakovic, Damian Priest and Cameron Grimes. Each combatant came close to tasting victory in a chaos-filled bout highlighted by a sequence that featured Dijakovic hitting the Feast Your Eyes on Grimes before being blown away by a massive shoulder tackle from Lee, who was then hit with the Reckoning by Priest. The Technical Savage sought to seize his opportunity with a Cave-In attempt off the top rope, but he was met with a grizzly bear-like two-handed slap across the chest from Lee, who hit a massive Spirit Bomb moments later, punching his ticket for a matchup with Roderick Strong.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This turned out well enough for a four-way, but it was a lot of pairing-off and all that jazz. Fosse Fosse Fosse Fosse Fosse! Lee winning was the right choice, as he’s riding a wave of momentum that seems to be taking him to the NXT Championship soon enough. You can expect this match to have more big slams than Rodney King and the LAPD. Overall, Lee won and that was who should have gotten the victory.

News Of The Night:

  1. Chelsea Green, with her manager Robert Stone, attacked Mia Yim to start their feud.
  2. Alex Shelley will team with KUSHIDA (Time-Splitters), next week.
  3. Finn Balor and Johnny Gargano will fight at NXT TakeOver: Portland.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was a good show, but nowhere near as good as previous episodes.


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