09th Nov2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Nov 4th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…very, very sexy, one pound fiiiiiiiiish!!!!!!! Tommaso Ciampa is here to get really Italian, because we gotta have-a da pasta! Boy, that’s a dumb joke. Listen, I paid my assistant to watch this, so just listen to…oh…he died. Well, I guess we’ll just have to wing it then. Randy Savage versus Dr. Coca Cola starts…Pepsi!

Match #1: Dakota Kai def. Ember Moon

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Ember Moon came up short in achieving payback against Dakota Kai thanks to Raquel González. Moon, who was viciously attacked by Kai two weeks ago after a victory, pulled out all the stops with high-octane offense. Kai turned the tables when she countered a crossface into an armbar, but she made a costly mistake when she trash-talked one of the best in NXT history and slapped her in the face, seemingly awakening the fire in Moon. Though Moon appeared poised to hit the Eclipse, González caught her attention by climbing on the apron, and the split-second loss of focus for Moon made her easy prey for Kai’s Go-To Kick.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – Kai beat Moon…cool. I thought Moon woulda won this sucker, but Kai won instead. Kai getting the fall on Moon was a bit of a shocker, considering that Moon is poised to be the top star of the women’s division at some point. However, Kai did need this victory, so I’ve got no compaints. Kai actually came across as a big deal here. Both of these fighters kept the pace up in a contest that had enough risks taken to make a gopher screw a light-bulb. I…don’t know what the hell that meant. Any-way, Kai gave Moon enough to handle in the ring, while Moon showed her charisma in all the right ways. All in all, I dug this hole thing! Ha! Hole! Ha!

Match #2: KUSHIDA def. Cameron Grimes

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The demons of last week’s Haunted House of Terror Match against Dexter Lumis were clearly still haunting Cameron Grimes, who appeared beyond skittish in his tussle with Kushida. NXT’s resident Time Splitter took full advantage, exploiting Grimes’ anxiety. Kushida’s reversal of an O’Connor roll by Grimes knocked the official out of the ring, however, leaving no one present to call for the bell as Grimes tapped to Kushida’s vaunted Hoverboard Lock. A second referee arrived — one bearing an eerie resemblance to a zombie that stalked The Technical Savage a week earlier — and Grimes completely lost it. Moments later, Grimes tapped to another hold by Kushida while screaming in terror.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fun clash of skill and shouting, which is all I want from life. Grimes was a nut here, while KUSHIDA went hog-wild on the crazy southern galoot. You get plenty of swift holds and locks that flow together like water in a pig’s ass. I…don’t know what that means either. KUSHIDA won, but through another goofy finish that ruined the fun.

Match #3: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain vs. Ever-Rise (No-Contest)

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These tag team competitors barely got out of the blocks before the new self-proclaimed “Kings of NXT” decimated Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, making another statement in brutal fashion. Pat McAfee declared that he, Pete Dunne and NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan now ran NXT and that we’d never again hear from the four “dirtbags” known as Undisputed ERA.

My Opinion: 0.7 out of 5 – These guys tried to wrestle, but Pat McAfee’s butt-buddies ruined it…damn it.

Match #4: Toni Storm def. Shotzi Blackheart

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Shotzi Blackheart entered the ring in unusual fashion — without her tank and in a spectacularly foul mood, incensed by the suspicion that Toni Storm had done something with her trademark tank. The intensity continued throughout the bout as two of NXT’s most promising Superstars traded hard-hitting blows, but Candice LeRae captured Blackheart’s focus when she appeared on the video board. Distracted by The Poison Pixie, Blackheart was caught in Storm’s nifty roll-up pin. LeRae wasn’t done, as she ran over Shotzi’s tank with a hummer and rendered Blackheart a devastated wreck in the ring.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – These two were getting some-where, but then they did a dumb angle with LeRae and the tank. This match was going well, but then the dumb tank-smashing thing started. Did one of the stars fall out of the sky? …because I can see your anus…Uranus…damn it…blew the punch-line. Toni won, which she should have, but not by way of the lame finish we got.

Match #5: (Main Event) Tommaso Ciampa def. Velveteen Dream

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Tommaso Ciampa has resolved to once again become “The Greatest Sports-Entertainer of All Time,” and if tonight’s performance was any indication, he may be on his way. Ciampa showcased his signature ruthlessness, repeatedly targeting the cast on Velveteen Dream’s left arm — at one point repeatedly smashing it over the edge of the announce table. Planted with a massive superplex, Dream dug deep to narrowly get his shoulder up on the ensuing pin attempt. But His Purple Highness’ attempt at shenanigans backfired, as he introduced a chair into the ring but was blasted by a jumping knee from The Blackheart. From there, Ciampa spiked him with Willow’s Belle and followed with the Fairytale Ending to put his foe away.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Ciampa stomped all over Dream, who spent most of the match doing a weird impression of Prince in the nWo. I’d tell you this was an even contest, but Ciampa ate Dream like Madonna ate-up her daughter’s will to live. Like a virgin…who has sex all the time…this match was very much a case of one thing happening, but it really being another. We got a longer match that was really a drawn-out squash. I had a Dream…and Ciampa beat him to death in a match that was one long tribute to Ciampa being the most intense guy at the grocery store. I…buy…food! All in all, this was fun if you like watching people get mugged on live TV.

News Of The Night:

  1. Pat McAfee and his gang attacked Killian Dain and burned a banner of The Undisputed Era.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

This had a couple of solid bouts, but this show just felt like an off-week.


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