03rd Sep2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Sept 1st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the 4-Way Iron-Man match, which ought to be a real smash-mouth fight to the finish. Okay, take your pants off and get ready to pee, because NXT starts…I smell asparagus.

Match #1: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango def. Legado del Fantasma – Six-Man Street Fight

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Tempers boiled over and led to a chaotic encounter that saw the use of a table, a fire extinguisher and even a forklift. A week removed from losing the NXT Tag Team Titles to Breezango, Imperium’s Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner retaliated by getting involved in this bout. But they and Legado del Fantasma were taken out when Fandango and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott ascended a forklift, toppling their foes with a gravity-defying leap. Moments later, “Swerve” scored a major win when he planted Santos Escobar with the JML Driver before pinning the NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – You can expect a lot of huge stunts and heavy plunder shots here, which is like me and my first wife on our honeymoon. Swerve worked hard to be the focal point that he was meant to be here, but Fandango had a strong showing as well. Hell, they all did a fine job selling this Street Fight like the brawl that it was meant to be, but I want apple juice, so…Duff-Man likes the ladies! Well, I would’ve had the heels win, but at least this was a clean put-over.

Match #2: Candice LeRae def. Kacy Catanzaro w/Kayden Carter

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Candice LeRae picked up an impressive victory, defeating the ultra-athletic Kacy Catanzaro with a vicious surfboard stomp. Afterward, The Poison Pixie admitted that seeing Catanzaro’s bond with Kayden Carter caused her to reflect on her own tattered friendship with Tegan Nox, and she issued a dinner invite to her former friend. How sincere was LeRae? That remains to be seen.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a few minutes of LeRae whipping ol’ Kacy around like an elephant with its wang chopped off. I hate the C.H.U.D.s! Kacy sold well and LeRae wrestled well, so lade-frickin’da!

Match #3: Timothy Thatcher def. Bronson Reed

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Timothy Thatcher and Bronson Reed both have their eyes on Damian Priest’s newly won North American Championship. Thanks to a sneak attack from Austin Theory, Thatcher moved one step closer to that title, as Theory’s interference helped Thatcher lock in an armbar for a submission victory over The Aus-zilla.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was short but sweet, like my Aunt Talsaultie. These two guys whooped and whopped each other around like two guys. There’s lots of big strikes and mat work here to make you feel like you’re on the butcher’s slab. Hey, this should have gone longer than three minutes. Hey, you owe me money…no you don’t…give me some. I could go for another one of these between these two GUUUUUYYYYYYYYSSSSSSS!!!!!! Don’t argue with me, you schmuck! Thatcher won and should have, in this brief yet thrilling slobber-knocker of a fight.

Match #4: (Main Event) Adam Cole and Finn Bálor finished in a 2-2 draw in the 60-minute 4-Way Iron Man Match for the NXT Title

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Finn Bálor took the initial advantage, scoring the bout’s first fall after hitting a Coup de Grace on Cole just before the match’s halfway point. As significant as getting on the board first was for The Prince, it also painted a giant target on his back for the three other competitors. Johnny Gargano craftily swiped the second fall, stealing it away from Tommaso Ciampa by pinning Bálor after he was struck with Willow’s Bell and the Fairytale Ending. Moments later, Adam Cole created a three-way tie after planting Gargano with a Panama Sunrise. In desperate straits as the only Superstar without a fall, Ciampa eventually got on the board after hitting the Fairytale Ending on Cole. The Blackheart later found himself in perhaps rougher shape than any of his opponents after Cole blasted the back of his left knee with a superkick. Ciampa later rallied to hit a second-rope Air Raid Crash on Gargano, only to be met with a Coup de Grace from The Prince almost immediately after landing. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Finn pinned Ciampa to take the lead — until Cole blasted The Prince with the Last Shot out of nowhere and earned a second fall just as time expired.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a real hit with lots of hits to hit this hit like the hit it is. There’s plenty of break-neck action from bell to bell here, which bodes well for a match that was sixty minutes. Nobody looked weak here and they all entertained. This was no Bret/Shawn five-star classic, but it was a great spectacle that delivered a prize fight to remember. The finish is not my favorite, but it came from a match that went an hour and delivered a lot of what it should have, so I’ll take a rain-check on bitching about it for now. I got sixty minutes and it was a strong sixty minutes, so that is something to celebrate.

News Of The Night:

  1. Candice LeRae wants to be friends with Tegan Nox and invited her to dinner.
  2. Rhea Ripley will fight Mercedes Martinez in a Steel Cage match, next week.
  3. Adam Cole will fight Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.9/5

The Iron-Man was half of the show and it was a good half, even if they pulled a fast one at the end to extend this to next week.


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