15th Aug2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Aug 12th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Rambo: First Blood Part 6 starring…BERT CONVY. Suck it, dweebs! Bert Convy can carry a picture. We’ve got more three-ways, because monogamy is for wimps. Hey, do you wanna lick a portrait? Dorian Grey may not taste so good, but Mona Lisa will make you smile. Sufferin’ succotash! What’s wrong with all of ya’? First we gotta get wait for Granny to leave and then we can grab that little bird! NXT starts…Dude…what does my tattoo say? Sweet…what does my tattoo say? Dude…what does mine say? Sweet…what does mine say? DUDE…WHAT DOES MINE SAY?! SWEET…WHAT DOES MINE SAY?! DUDE…WHAT DOES MINE SAY?! SWEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!! ZOLTAN!

Match #1: Karrion Kross def. Danny Burch

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Danny Burch fought valiantly, but his bout with Karrion Kross ended in a fashion similar to last week: with him being put out by the Kross Jacket. Afterward, NXT Champion Keith Lee arrived to finally give Kross what he wants: a title match at TakeOver XXX. But in a sinister twist, Lee was hit by a fireball attack orchestrated by Kross and Scarlett, requiring immediate medical attention.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was a fun knock-around, but it was always too much in favor of Kross, who deserved to win, but still needs the other guy to be in charge so the whole thing can look exciting. This was practically a squash, so…A SQUAAAAAAAAAASH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Match #2: Drake Maverick vs. Killian Dain (No-Contest)

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Adam Cole and The Undisputed ERA stormed the ring and took no prisoners, decimating Drake Maverick and Killian Dain before Cole issued a fiery address to Pat McAfee, challenging him to confront him next week on NXT.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This never went anywhere, like Paul McCartney’s “My Love”. Adam Cole Donald Trumped this match, so screw him! I hate interference finishes, especially when they end a match before it can begin.

Match #3: Santos Escobar def. Tyler Breeze

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Santos Escobar called off Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza before the match started, but they later appeared only to be fought off by Tyler Breeze. But that opening allowed Escobar to drop Breeze with the Phantom Driver for the victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was two pigs in blanket while Shelley Duvall insulted Lacey Duvalle for stealing her look, but going all “naked” with it. These two laid out a pretty solid match. There’s enough action in here to keep this thing from feelin’ lame, but I wanted them both to get the shot at goin’ long. Well, I’m done soundin’ like an Alabama adjunct professor.

Match #4: Mia Yim def. Indi Hartwell

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Mia Yim was far from the top of her game, obviously distracted by what had happened to Keith Lee earlier in the evening. But The HBIC found the resolve to refocus and take down Indi Hartwell, forcing her to tap out.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – The mechanics were excellent, but time was this bout’s enemy and nothing else. Yim and Indi matched-up well and left enough out there to make an encore between these two worth looking forward to.

Match #5: Bronson Reed def. Damian Priest

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Damian Priest likely won’t again be calling Bronson Reed a “fluke” anytime soon. The Archer of Infamy and The Aus-zilla squared off before competing amongst other Superstars in the North American Title Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX, pushing each other to their limit. Reed countered Priest’s Reckoning and used a crafty jackknife cover for another stunning win.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – If you ever wanted to see Porky Pig brawl with King Kong, then you got it here with these walking, talking toothbrushes made of barbed wire and Barry Manilow’s dick hair (same thing). Reed and Priest clobbered each other like Paco and his taco. Priest has come along way in his skills and Reed continues to impress. I want more of this stuff from these two. You could anchor the card with a match like this. Do it again, damn it!

Match #6: Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah def. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter

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The Robert Stone Brand was successful in its first bout as a unit, with Mercedes Martinez pinning Kacy Catanzaro after planting her with the Air Raid Crash.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was inoffensive, but it never really got past just hitting the marks. There are some good moves in here, but that’s about it besides the match itself holding together.

Match #7: Cameron Grimes def. KUSHIDA and The Velveteen Dream – Triple Threat Match For A Spot In The North American Title Ladder Match At NXT TakeOver XXX

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The Velveteen Dream provided shock and awe with his surprising return for his first action in months, but it wasn’t enough to nail down a spot at TakeOver XXX. The always-opportunistic Cameron Grimes picked his moment to strike perfectly. The Technical Savage blasted Kushida with the Cave-In while Kushida had Dream locked in the Hoverboard Lock, allowing him to cover Kushida while Dream was still incapacitated.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a big burst of energy that was like white heat to already chared flesh. Dream returning felt weird, considering that he’s still being investigated for attempted solicitation of male and female 14 year olds. Grimes, who I believe was also accused of something, made for a fine winner here, even with KUSHIDA looking like he was almost fated to win this. There’s plenty of action here, so much so that any-thing less than 3.5 feels like it would be rude. That can’t all be classics, but as long as they are good, then I have no complaints.

News Of The Night:

  1. Velveteen Dream turned heel on KUSHIDA.
  2. Finn Balor fights Velveteen Dream, next week.
  3. Karrion Kross gave a signed contract for an NXT Title fight back to Keith Lee with a fire-ball in it.
  4. Pat McAfee will be here, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.7/5

This had some nice action in it, but there was so little outside of that.


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