12th Feb2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 10th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Jennifer Aniston here with us in her home…because she lives here. Jennifer: Nice to have you here. Me: Le… Rabbi Fuchman: I’m here to f— the star of Friends! (Jennifer and rabbi f—) Me: Ummmm… Rabbi: Done! Me: Ummmm… Rabbi: I f—ed David Schwimmer! YAJYAHYAJYAH!!!!!!!!!!!! Me: Let’s just get to NXT.

Match #1: MSK def. Legado del Fantasma

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MSK once again treated the NXT Universe to smorgasbord of jaw-dropping maneuvers, but they ran into an equally explosive team for the first time in their scintillating tournament run. Wes Lee followed Nash Carter’s moonsault off the apron with a flying tope to the outside, and Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde later answered with a springboard missile dropkick followed by a huge poison rana. However, MSK’s double-team blockbuster proved to be the difference, pushing Carter & Lee one victory away from an NXT Tag Team Title opportunity.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #2: Xia Li def. Cora Jade

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An outside distraction initially proved to be perhaps the only thing capable of slowing down the new Xia Li, and even then, it was only a temporary speed bump. Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter were at ringside, expressing worry for Li and insisting that this new persona was not consistent with who she truly is. Cora Jade took advantage, but it wasn’t long before she felt Li’s wrath, getting annihilated by a spinning heel quick for another quick Xia win.

My Opinion: 1 out of 10

Match #3: Ember Moon/Shotzi Blackheart def. Candice LeRae/Indi Hartwell – Dusty Rhodes Women’s Tag Classic Match

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The opportunity to make history proved to be a potent motivator, as all four Superstars waged war at a break-neck pace. Candice LeRae wowed by walking the ropes to hit a hurricanrana to Ember Moon that launched her into Shotzi Blackheart, then later hit a springboard moonsault to Moon and a tope suicida to Blackheart on the outside. The Way nearly tasted victory with LeRae hitting the Wicked Stepsister on Blackheart, setting her up for a big elbow drop by Indi Hartwell, but Moon broke up the pin. Moon neutralized LeRae with a spectacular Eclipse, allowing Blackheart to go up top for her patented senton drop. While Hartwell protected her mentor by shielding LeRae, she instead felt Blackheart’s senton, launching Blackheart & Moon to the finals.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #4: KUSHIDA def. Austin Theory (by disqualification)

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Johnny Gargano began the night seeking a suspension for Kushida, and NXT General Manager William Regal wasn’t having it. With the North American Champion insisting that Kushida injured his left arm in their altercation last week, Regal gave Gargano the option for Austin Theory to instead defend the title in his place or to forfeit the title altogether. But the legitimacy of Gargano’s “injury” was quickly exposed when Kushida emerged to pull the title away, only for Gargano to ardently tug his gold back from NXT’s resident Time Splitter. Later on, Gargano fired back by blasting Kushida with a superkick during his match against Theory, forcing the referee to call for a disqualification. Theory was suddenly pulled underneath the ring, and when Gargano seemed to rescue him, none other than Dexter Lumis emerged. With Kushida applying the Hoverboard Lock to Gargano and Lumis locking Theory in Silence, The Way appeared to be in dire straits going into NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) Grizzled Young Veterans def. Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Match

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Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher clearly had no time to listen to Zack Gibson run his mouth before their bout, attacking both Gibson and James Drake without hesitation before the bell even sounded. The Grizzled Young Veterans got back in the game by taking out Ciampa with a brutal double powerbomb on the apron, leaving Thatcher alone for them to wear down. But The Blackheart eventually found his second wind, getting the tag and taking both opponents down with a double clothesline and a pair of German suplexes. Chaos between the four Superstars soon ensued with Gibson tossing Thatcher to the outside, and Drake following with a tope suicida on “The Professor of Pain.” Ciampa tried to set Drake up for Willow’s Bell on his way back into the ring, but Gibson expertly held his teammate’s feet down on the apron, blocking the attack. Gibson & Drake then spiked Ciampa with the Ticket to Mayhem for the pin, sending GYV to the Dusty Classic Finals for a second straight year.

My Opinion: 8 out of 10

The Good:

  • The matches delivered quality wrestling that made people look good and never weak…mostly. Cameron Crimes returned as a rich jerk (he made a lot of money in stocks recently) and has one hell of a character now. Xia Li’s master was made to look formidable by crushing Boa’s throat. There was a really cool sequence at the show’s end where each match for Takeover had an atmospheric face-off between each competitor that looked magnificent. The main event delivered, just as any main event should.

The Bad:

  • The matches were too short. There was little in the way of anticipation for anything on this card. So much of this show felt like an afterthought because of the focus on Takeover. Too many promos, especially Johnny Gargano talking forever. Cameron Crimes return as a rich bastard was funny, but wasted too much time. The tease of Dexter Lumis and Johnny Gargano continued at a snail’s crawl here. There was no immediate follow-up to Thatcher/Ciampa losing, which is a shame since they were the favorite.

Final Verdict: 6/10

This show was great in essence, but lame in content. The matches were good because of the effort of the wrestlers, not because of the booking or timing of the show. This was yet another case of a wrestling show working hard to sell you on a big event, but forgetting to make sure the one you were watching was up to snuff itself.

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