02nd Feb2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jan 29th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and there doesn’t seem to be much here, outside of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic finishing up, so I wouldn’t blame you if just skipped to the end.


Match #1: Finn Bálor def. Trent Seven

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In the wake of Finn Bálor’s vicious parking lot assault on Trent Seven one day earlier — a warning to stay out of his business with Johnny Gargano — the two Superstars squared off in NXT’s opening matchup. The match was intense from the word “go.” Taking full advantage of The Big Strong Boi’s bruised larynx that he suffered as a result of his adversary’s attack, Bálor dominated the majority of the contest. Though the resilient Seven roared back and nearly put his foe away with the Seven Stars Lariat, Bálor ultimately reigned supreme with the Coup De Grace into the devastating 1916 DDT.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a solid bout between these two, but it wasn’t quite on the level I was hoping for. Finn was doing his WWE-schtick (not like he has a choice), so his part was predictable at best. Seven was a bit more exciting, but he just isn’t as interesting as Finn. Well, at least this was a nice taste of what this can be.

Match #2: Shotzi Blackheart def. Deonna Purrazzo

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One week after Shotzi Blackheart suffered painful retribution at the hands of Shayna Baszler for dumping the former NXT Women’s Champion out of the ring in a high-stakes Battle Royal the week before – as well as a backstage attack by Deonna Purrazzo in the aftermath – the up-and-comer bounced back by hitting the Senton Splash on Purrazzo in a hard-fought victory.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was disappointing. Hell, at least they showed up. I like both of them, but this was neither fighter’s best night.

Match #3: Dominik Dijakovic def. Damian Priest

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Newly crowned NXT North American Champion Keith Lee came before the WWE Universe intent on celebrating his victory over Roderick Strong last week and to expound on what would be next on his agenda after unraveling the Undisputed prophecy. His revels were cut short, however, when both Damian Priest and Dominik Dijakovic interrupted and presented their case as to why they should get the first crack at his gold. Content to let his two would-be challengers settle the issue between them, Lee took his leave. In an impromptu war of attrition that followed, both Superstars pulled out all the stops and took the action to new heights with an incredible back-and-forth of gravity-defying maneuvers that tested the boundaries of logic itself. Nevertheless, in the climax of the epic battle, it was Dijakovic who triumphed over Priest with the Torture Rack into Feast your Eyes.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too short. Why would you book a good pair to go short? You know what? I don’t care…just book things right, you dumb WWE bastards.

Match #4: Tegan Nox def. Dakota Kai

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Best friends-turned-bitter rivals Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai clashed for the first time on WWE NXT in a highly personal showdown. The furious matchup was brutal from the beginning, with both Superstars trying to hurt each other from the very start. At one point, Dakota even grabbed Tegan’s knee brace and nearly was able to use it against her opponent. Undeterred, Dakota went for a steel chair for the second time in the match. But, Candice LeRae emerged to disarm her. As the referee turned her attention to LaRae at ringside, Tegan seized the moment and nailed her one-time ally with the implement, following up with the Shiniest Wizard for the three-count.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a couple minutes of “next match”. So…next match.

Match #5: Kayden Carter def. Chelsea Green

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Chelsea Green came to the latest episode of NXT confident that her tremendous success would continue against Kayden Carter. But when she spent a little too much time gloating after dropping her opponent with a devastating kick, Kayden caught her off guard and picked up the quick pin to earn her first win in NXT TV. The spitfire Kayden Carter left the ring in celebration, while Chelsea and the Robert Stone brand were left in absolute shock over what just happened.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – S—. This match was s—.

Match #6: The BroserWeights (Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne) def. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake ) – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

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After an exciting 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, it all came down to the finals pitting Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne against the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions Zack Gibson & James Drake. The high-stakes nature of the match was evident from start to finish with both tandems demonstrating their elite tag team chemistry from the get-go. This included a key moment early on in which a two-on-one assault by The Grizzled Young Veterans outside the ring caused an injury to The BruiserWeight’s shoulder and threatened his team’s chances for the win. Nevertheless, Dunne and Riddle would fight through it and unleash a series of tandem offenses that matched the aggression of their dangerous foes. The two determined combinations continued to trade the advantage back and forth as the contest ragged on, growing more and more intense with each passing moment as both tough-as-nails tag teams refused to be outdone in the all-out free-for-all. In the height of the match, Dunne was nearly taken completely out of the action. But, somehow he roared back with heroic resolve. And after executing a flurry of offensive maneuvers, The BroserWeights worked together one more time and executed a faithful popup into a devastating kick to pick up the three-count and claim the Dusty Cup Trophy!

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Just skip right to the main event. This was a great finale to the tournament that really delivered a new team that can deliver the action that we’re all looking for from wrestling. I’m happy with the result, as we actually get a new team out of this. The match itself was all kinetic action that went for over twenty minutes. Thank God/Lizard King/Sally Jesse Raphael/same thing that this was better than the actual show.

Final Verdict: 3/5

Without the main event, this show was a waste of time.


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