21st Feb2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 19th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a Cruiserweight Title Match that kicks ass. Also, stop running in the f—— hall! Damn kids!


Match #1: Jordan Devlin def. Lio Rush – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match

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Jordan Devlin has the talent, and a mean streak — and that combination is going to make it difficult for any challenger to take away his NXT Cruiserweight Title. Lio Rush, who earned an opportunity at The Irish Ace by knocking off Angel Garza, found that out first hand this week. The hard-hitting Devlin kept Rush on the mat for much of the bout, unable to get his offense off the ground. The Man of The Hour eventually broke through with a spectacular avalanche poison rana followed by The Come-Up — but Devlin managed to drape his right boot on the bottom rope during the ensuing pin. Rush didn’t waver, taking to the top rope in a bid for The Final Hour, but The Irish Ace rolled out of the way. Blasting Rush with a massive headbutt and The Devlin Side, Devlin successfully finished off his foe.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was damn good. DAMN! With a little bit of every-thing and a plate of Smurf balls to boot, this was a fight fought well. These guys didn’t take any short-cuts to make the match flashier, but they didn’t let the f—– get too dull either. There’s plenty of gut-check dives to give you an “Amelia Earhart ain’t comin’ home” vibe (plane crashed; natives ate here), but the solid mat work made sure there was always a jumping-off point for both of the competitors. Why can’t this kind of quality match be on 205 Live? Cane Dewey! Alright, this was cool, like a hot dog stuffed in a pickle.

Match #2: The Grizzled Young Veterans def. Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde

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The Grizzled Young Veterans followed a dominant showing against the team of Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde with an emphatic warning. After finishing off Mendoza with the Ticket to Mayhem, Zack Gibson announced he and James Drake would follow their impressive run through the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic by taking over the black-and-gold brand’s tag team division. Given what we’ve seen in recent weeks from the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions — who could argue otherwise?

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This never really got going, but the moves looked good and Wilde looked great.

Match #3: The BroserWeights def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch

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Can anyone stop the BroserWeights? The newly crowned NXT Tag Team Champions have been red-hot since their formation for The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and they still have yet to show any signs of slowing down. Three days removed from their title-clinching victory over The Undisputed ERA at TakeOver: Portland, Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne picked up right where they left off against the no-nonsense pairing of Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan. They suffered the same fate as the rest of The BroserWeights’ opponents, falling prey to Riddle & Dunne’s unique combination of styles. Dunne splayed Lorcan’s fingers before launching him into a ripcord knee from Riddle to put away the match.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a solid, smart match that wasn’t most exciting thing you’ll see this year, but it was good; hold to hold and bell to bell. The BWs are continuing their dryer Edge & Christian vibe, which is a nice sort of pairing to have right now. The wrestling here was meat and potatoes, but I like meat and potatoes…and cheese…and p—. This might not have been anything special, but it was just right for the time allotted.

Match #4: Keith Lee def. Kona Reeves

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Reeves was greeted with a massive pounce by The Limitless Superstar, who didn’t take kindly to his company. In a matter of seconds, the bell sounded to kick off their match and Lee finished the job immediately with the Big Bang Catastrophe.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This was a SQUAAAAAAAAASH! Why even bother booking these guys if it’s a f—— squash? What a waste of money and time.

Match #5: Chelsea Green def. Kayden Carter

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The “relaunch” of The Robert Stone Brand didn’t exactly go according to plan, but it was still successful. With some opportunistic help from Stone, Chelsea Green got retribution for Kayden Carter’s upset victory last month, this time getting the better of her after hitting a reverse Unprettier.

My Opinion: 1.6 out of 5 – What a lousy match. It two minutes, if that, and sucked to high heaven/reefer junction.

Match #6: (Main Event) The Velveteen Dream def. Roderick Strong

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The Velveteen Dream didn’t miss a beat in his first in-ring action in months, finally taking down Roderick Strong. But it was Strong and The Undisputed ERA ultimately having the last laugh and making Dream pay for his psychological warfare. Renewing their rivalry in intense fashion, the foes’ tensions boiled over into vicious blows in the match’s closing moments until Dream was able to spike Strong with the Dream Valley Driver. With Dream poised to hit the Purple Rainmaker, The UE eventually disregarded Strong’s edict to let him go it alone, appearing at ringside to momentarily occupy His Purple Highness’s attention. But Dream would not be rattled on his night. Thwarting the black-and-gold gang’s attempted interference, he recovered quickly enough to hit Strong with a second Dream Valley Driver to put him away — and in style after a reveal of his latest sartorial spectacle, another pair of pants bearing the visage of Strong’s wife, Marina Shafir. However, The Undisputed ERA descended upon Dream and the scene quickly resembled little more than a back-alley mugging. Dream left as a winner, but also suffered Strong’s End of Heartache as a parting gift.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a longer, more dramatic match than you often see on a WWE show. The idea of Dream being the heel was in full swing (Strong is better as an intense face than a cocky heel) with Strong right at home being the center of sympathy here. The match was led by Strong (as it should) and Dream let the far more experienced grappler lead the way (as he should). The farther they went into the fight, the more chances were taken, but never at the expense of logic. Overall, this match was a reminder of how to take a simple angle and let it breathe with sound, thrilling wrestling, rather than over-booking it with numerous promos and vignettes.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bianca Belair called out Charlotte Flair to fight her in NXT.
  2. Tommaso Ciampa pummeled Austin Theory after claiming he must run Johnny Gargano out of NXT.
  3. Dakota Kai that she’ll be facing Tegan Nox in a Steel Cage in two weeks.
  4. Finn Balor will be back, next week.
  5. Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic will fight again, very soon.

Final Verdict: 3.6/5

This was an excellent show that could’ve been better in some areas, but the ones it excelled in were big hits, so that’s a good time to me.


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