23rd Jul2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 22nd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Donald Trump is having people stolen away in the night, as they say. From what I’ve heard, this all has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement and wanting to silence those people that have been actively protesting the systemic racism in the U.S.A. Well, I guess Donald Trump wants to be Big Brother, because he’s a dumb son of a bitch. Well, as Donald Trump tries to ruin peoples’ lives, let’s take a look at some wrestling from the guy who is best friends with Big Brother Jr. himself.

Match #1: Dexter Lumis def. Killian Dain

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The impressive wins are piling up for NXT’s “Tortured Artist.” This time, Dexter Lumis took down perhaps his strongest adversary yet in a hard-hitting bout, delivering a Uranage right into the Kata Gatame for a victory via technical submission.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fun smash-mouth (All-Star was in Mystery Men first) smack-around fight that made Lumis look like he knew what he was doing and Dain like somebody that deserved to win. Why push Lumis when you could push the very talented, the very toight, Austin Power’s fasha? Dain should get a crack at more big matches and Lumis is still a weirdo. If you like hard-hitting fights with horny, soccer-mom mayhem, then this is just what you’re looking for.

Match #2: Breezango def. Ever-Rise

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Breezango’s fashion of the week was reminiscent of a WWE Superstar of yesteryear: The Mountie. It was also fitting against Quebecers Matt Martel and Chase Parker of Ever-Rise, who were taken down swiftly after Tyler Breeze & Fandango hit Supermodel Kicks in stereo on Parker.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This had the fundamentals, but this was no mat classic. Ever-Rise is like an eternal erection and Breezango a Spanish air-freshener. I can’t tell you you’ll find some great wrestling in here, but I can tell you that nobody was slouching at all, which is commendable considering that Beezango wrestled this sucker while dressed as The Mountie…AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Match #3: Shotzi Blackheart def. Aliyah w/Robert Stone

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Shotzi Blackheart not only took out Aliyah with a top-rope senton, but she once again became the bane of Robert Stone’s existence, running over his good leg with her tank. But she also ate a massive boot to the face out of nowhere from Mercedes Martinez, who agreed to join The Robert Stone Brand later in the evening.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Shotzi did her freakazoid routine and saved this from being really dull. There’s not much going on with the wrestling part, but not for a lack of trying.

Match #4: Bronson Reed def. Roderick Strong and Johnny Gargano – Triple Threat Match For A Spot In The North American Title Ladder Match At NXT TakeOver XXX

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NXT’s resident Thicc Boi just might be the next North American Champion. Bronson Reed became the first Superstar to earn a spot in the Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX, taking down two former champions in Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong to get there. Gargano and Strong forged a temporary alliance to target the much larger Reed, but they could only sideline him momentarily. The Aus-zilla dug deep, flattening Strong with a massive splash for a victory that left Gargano in disbelief.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – While this was mostly just spots and brawling, this was a consistently fierce and intense one that never let-up on the throttle as we gunned it to the max. That makes me sound like a dick-head surfer…bro…SWERVE!!!!!!! Reed was the biggest surprise here, as he finally came across like a main eventer. Strong and Gargano sold for Reed and put over all of his offense, which really helped sell the finish, which was quite the sight, thanks to all involved. Hey, I could kiss a frog until it p*ssed a prince and this match was never taking the p*ss.

Match #5: Timothy Thatcher def. Oney Lorcan

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Oney Lorcan sought retribution against Timothy Thatcher after Thatcher claimed a win over Lorcan at NXT’s Great American Bash and refused to break the Fujiwara Armbar after the bell. In tonight’s rematch, Thatcher used underhanded tactics, including a fishook and a handful of Lorcan’s tights for leverage, to get the win.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was the best match of the night. The first half of this hot-ass cow pie was all boot-in-the-mud grappling, with no movement wasted. The second half of the match was in the tradition of strong style, with chops and strikes galore. These two seem to have a special connection, but not a rainbow connection (Kermit is bitchin’). There’s so much smart wrestling action here that you’ll feel like you’re back in school watching this thing play out. Hey, when you get great wrestling, you get a great time.

Match #6: (Main Event) Karrion Kross def. Dominik Dijakovic

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Karrion Kross, who has blazed a path of destruction since arriving at NXT, faced his toughest challenge yet in Dominik Dijakovic, who used a spirited effort to rattle the undefeated Superstar in a way that hasn’t been seen. But Kross rendered The Rare Breed mostly helpless when he blasted the steps into Dijakovic before dragging him back into the ring for more pummeling. With a concerned Keith Lee looking on at ringside, Kross mercilessly defeated the NXT Champion’s good friend with the Kross Jacket before he and Lee exchanged cold glares.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – These guys gave each other a little smack or two and the match really benefitted from it. Kross is not the most versatile wrestler, but he is good a suplexes and brawling, so he could hang just well enough with the limber clobber-machine that DD is. There are more strikes hit here than at a Detroit Tigers game. Kross did his weird eyeball thing the whole time, which makes me think he’s got psycho-stroke syndrome or something. Videodrome is the new flesh! While not the best match of either man’s career, there’s enough tough fighting in here to sell you on what these guys can really do and that’s a victory in of itself.

News Of The Night:

  1. Keith Lee relinquished the NXT North American Title to start a tournament that will culminate at Takeover 30 in a Triple Threat Ladder Match.
  2. Isaiah Scott is chasing Santos Escobar and his NXT Cruiser-Weight Title.
  3. Mercedes Martinez took on Robert Stone as her manager.
  4. Karrion Kross hurt Dominick Dijakovic to screw with Keith Lee.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a lean, mean show that had two top-notch bouts and a second hour worth watching, even if the first hour left a bit to be desired.

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