12th Mar2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (March 11th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a lot of…okay, coronavirus. It deserves to be taken seriously, but don’t lose your mind over this. We still have far more deadly diseases like AIDS and Ebola to worry about, but we don’t panic over them anymore. A panic never helps, so just wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay away from large crowds as much as you can for a few weeks (the crowd thing isn’t the biggest deal, though). Alright, that’s enough super-flu talk. Tim Robbins in a speedo!

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Match #1: Keith Lee def. Cameron Grimes – NXT North American Championship Match

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As difficult as Keith Lee’s journey was to become NXT North American Champion, he’s quickly learning that staying on top is even more trying. The Limitless One retained his title in a hard-fought victory over Cameron Grimes, who had to adapt his usual approach against the uniquely powerful Lee. The Technical Savage wowed just as much as the champion, even at one point connecting with a massive German suplex on the 320-pounder, but his attempt at the Cave-In was snuffed out by Lee moments later, and from there, The Limitless Superstar planted Grimes with the Big Bang Catastrophe for the win. Lee’s night was far from finished, however, as he was subjected to an ambush attack by Damian Priest, who drilled him with a nightstick. Dominik Dijakovic — who also felt the brunt of a Priest ambush last month — chased Priest off, but then was rewarded with a Spirit Bomb by Lee, who may have been confused about who attacked him. It was a reminder for Lee just how many other challengers are breathing down his neck.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a bruiser. If you ever wanted to see what it would be like to get a massage from The Hulk, then this match might just be what you’re looking for. This was just one big shot after another. Lee is the real deal and should already be the NXT Champion. Grimes…oh screw this. I’m saying it: Keith Lee and Trevor Lee had a great match. The battle of the Lees was a blast and there oughta be more between these two. Kiss my ass, Vince. Cameron Grimes sounds like a millennial’s attempt at writing a third episode of The Simpsons with a member of the Frank Grimes clan. Jeez…that sucked…not the match…my writing.

Match #2: Mia Yim def. Dakota Kai – Qualifier For The NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender’s Ladder Match At TakeOver: Tampa

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Raquel González has made a world of difference for Dakota Kai since aligning herself with the Captain of Team Kick, but her involvement finally backfired this week. Breaking up Mia Yim’s pinfall attempt, González was admonished by the referee — who was then unable to count Yim’s shoulders down on Kai’s enusing rollup. By the time Kai was done trying to grab the official’s attention, The HBIC connected with a double knee facebreaker — enough for a three-count to earn a spot in the Ladder Match at TakeOver: Tampa for an opportunity to face the NXT Women’s Champion.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a good match that didn’t go far enough for my taste, but the effort was there and it did fine.

Match #3: KUSHIDA def. Raul Mendoza

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NXT’s resident timesplitter picked up another victory this week, knocking off Raul Mendoza. Kushida used creative tactics to seal the win. First catching Mendoza in a version of his Hoverboard Lock atop the ropes before delivering a spectacular modified Spanish Fly without relinquishing the hold. With nowhere to get in the middle of the ring, Mendoza had little choice but to submit.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fun match that made KUSHIDA look tough and important.

Match #4: Tegan Nox def. Deonna Purrazzo – Qualifier For The NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender’s Ladder Match At TakeOver: Tampa

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Half of the field is set for the NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contender’s Ladder Match. Tegan Nox secured her place, earning the biggest opportunity of her career to-date with a qualifying victory over Deonna Purrazzo. Managing to escape Purrazzo’s dreaded Fujiwara armbar, Nox caught her with a brutal headbutt before blasting her with the Shining Wizard, putting her down for a pinfall.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – This turned out okay, but it never really got a chance to start either. Still, there was enough during the brief run-time that the sample was almost as satisfying as the real thing.

Match #5: (Main Event) The BroserWeights def. The Undisputed ERA – NXT Tag Team Championship Match

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The BroserWeights caught lightning in a bottle on their magical run to the Dusty Cup. Now they’re proving they have staying power as NXT Tag Team Champions. Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne convincingly dispelled any suggestion that they might be a fluke, again defeating The Undisputed ERA after dethroning them last month at TakeOver: Portland to become champions. The Grizzled Young Veterans unsuccessfully tried to get involved, instead getting popped in the face by Dunne, while Riddle sent Bobby Fish toppling over the top rope into them. Moments later, Riddle launched Kyle O’Reilly airborne for devastating knee strikes in stereo from both BroserWeights, putting him away for a successful title defense.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fabulous main event that delivered great action like a pizza to a horny monk. Just like Harvey Weinstein wanted to kill Jennifer Aniston, I want you to know that this had every-thing you could want from a match with the strap on the line. The action was fast and unique, while always working as a prize fight. I’ve got a bigger wang than Catherine Keener and this match was awesome.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tyler Breeze and Austin Theory have started a feud.
  2. Charlotte Flair attacked Rhea Ripley.
  3. Adam Cole announced his historic NXT championship celebration after admonishing Velveteen Dream for being a loser.
  4. Johnny Gargano had a great brawl with Tommaso Ciampa after he hinted that his attack on Ciampa had to do with Ciampa never seeking to repent for his sins against Gargano, amongst others.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This show built pretty well to the next Takeover while delivering some fine wrestling every now and then.

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