21st May2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (May 20th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Shad Gaspard did indeed drown when he sacrificed his life for his son during a rip-tide. He may not have been the best wrestler, but he seemed to be one of the good people in wrestling and that is a hell of a lot more important when it matters most. Larry Csonka’s death has cast the same sort of pall over the sport of professional wrestling (“fake” my ass). What a weird week this has been. Well, in honor of two people who seemed to be worth their weight in gold, let’s get to the matches.

Match #1: Karrion Kross def. Liam Gray

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Karrion Kross’ second match in NXT looked a lot like his first: completely lopsided. Kross made short work of Liam Gray, submitting him with the Kross Jacket before being confronted by Tommaso Ciampa. Making his first appearance on NXT since being taken out by Kross more than a month ago, The Blackheart challenged Kross to a bout at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.

My Opinion: 1.8 out of 5 – Kross smashed ol’ Liam real good in a fun ol’ squash match that made my chick-peas shoot up my ass faster than a politician from hard day’s work.

Match #2: El Hijo del Fantasma def. Akira Tozawa – Group B In The Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament

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El Hijo del Fantasma has wasted no time making an impression in NXT. The masked Superstar bested Akira Tozawa after a “Phantom Driver” to win Group B, clinching a match against the Group A winner to determine the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a lot slower than I thought it would be, but the wrestling itself was very smart and efficient. Fantasma and Akira had good chemistry with each other. The whole match was fought as a calculated technical contest with heavy striking on the side like coleslaw at KFC. Fantasma winning was fine by me and Akira losing the way that he did kept him alive for his next bout.

Match #3: Mia Yim def. Santana Garrett

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Mia Yim knocked off Santana Garrett after hitting Protect Ya Neck.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was simply too short, like my attention span when my son, Ghidafuqottahir, tries to tell me I smell like a s—shack.

Match #4: Roderick Strong def. Dexter Lumis

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Roderick Strong made The Undisputed ERA’s decision to send him into battle look wise, but he may have regretted it in the end. Roderick Strong secured a victory over Dexter Lumis with a well-timed roll-up.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Strong carried Lumis to a good match that the latter has never had otherwise. If you ever wanted to see just how strong a technician Strong is, then give this match a whirl, because he had to do a whole lotta that sweet, sweet wrestling magic to make this sucker work.

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

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The hard-hitting duo of Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch impressed in a win over Chase Parker & Matt Martel, with Lorcan earning the submission victory with a single-leg crab. Afterward, Lorcan & Burch mocked Imperium’s signature pose, perhaps telegraphing their next move.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – L&B beat Ever-Rise, who have been around for fifteen or so years (according to the commentary), so at least they’re getting on TV. It’s a shame that this didn’t last longer, but that’s Vince for you.

Match #6: Drake Maverick def. KUSHIDA – Group A In The Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament

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Drake Maverick again showed tremendous fortitude, refusing to quit despite getting caught in Kushida’s dreaded Hoverboard Lock. Also stuck in Kushida’s armbar later in the bout, Maverick reversed into a pinfall for the massive upset, forcing a three-way tie with Kushida and Jake Atlas atop Group A. All three Superstars will face off in a Triple Threat Match next week to determine who faces El Hijo del Fantasma for the championship.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine match that had the right winner, considering the push the now-fired Drake has gotten. Maybe this leads to him getting his job back or something like that? Well, Dave Navarro looks like an electro-gypsy and this was a good match with lots of thrilling wrestling and a brain to match …brain to match? I must’ve got hit by that train after all.

Match #7: (Main Event) Io Shirai def. Rhea Ripley (Disqualification)

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Seeing her first action since WrestleMania, Rhea Ripley showed no signs of ring rust in a seesaw battle against Io Shirai. Charlotte Flair came down to ringside to get a closer look, but she was inadvertently taken out when Shirai’s headscissors sent Ripley crashing into her. The NXT Women’s Champion fired back, flooring Shirai with a big boot before taking down The Nightmare with a spear and standing tall over both foes.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Going only about ten minutes and not having a concise finish is always gonna leave your match open to failure, but these two don’t hold the book either. Rhea and Io tried to make this mean something, but this just felt like an after-thought (now that’s sad). I get that this match is supposed to keep both fighters strong for the Triple Threat match between them and Charlotte Flair. Wouldn’t taking a chance on a longer match where a loss was not sold as meaning you’re simply weak be a better way to go? Anyway, at least the match was decent.

News Of The Night:

  1. Matt Riddle will fight Timothy Thatcher in a Steel Cage Match with pinning and submissions only, next week.
  2. Damien Priest will fight Finn Balor at Takeover: In Your House.
  3. Dexter Lumis and Velveteen Dream attacked The Undisputed Era after Roderick Strong beat Lumis.
  4. Shotzi Blackheart had a strange promo atop a tank that had her declare war with the women’s division (looked cool though).
  5. Charlotte Flair attacked Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley during their match.
  6. Drake Maverick will fight Kushida and Jake Atlas in a Triple Threat Match, next week, to determine who faces El Hijo del Fantasma for the championship, due to a three-way tie between the aforementioned.
  7. 7. Cameron Grimes is full of himself having been gifted a victory over Finn Balor.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a tepid show that had the right people wrestling, but didn’t do enough with them.

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