19th Feb2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Feb 17th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Department of Defense…which is where they make’a da fence. Bob Barker allegedly made ladies feel uncomfortable on the set of The Price is Right, which is what I wanna not talk about for no reason. I love Cheese Whiz. I hate NXT. Why can’t it just call itself “next”? This is dumb. I used to stand in an unemployment line for a living and NXT starts…Gloria Allred wore blue and it pissed me off because that’s not what her last name says… Wrestling!

Match #1: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon def. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

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The Way was visibly distracted from the moment they entered the Capitol Wrestling Center, still worried over the whereabouts of Austin Theory. NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano joined the commentary team but soon left the desk after a familiar white van was shown arriving outside. With Gargano heading outside to check it out, chaotic action unfolded in the ring. Moments later, Gargano reemerged inside the Capitol Wrestling Center with a hooded figure with their hands tied, pulling it off to reveal Austin Theory in some… interesting attire. Gargano was overjoyed, and Candice LeRae soon joined in the celebration, leaving Indi Hartwell alone to succumb to a successful roll-up pin by Ember Moon. While The Way lost, reuniting with Theory seemed to be their bigger focus.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • There was a nice pace here and everybody got their time in the ring to do some good. There were nice transitions and decent moves used at the right time.

The Bad:

  • Moon felt like an afterthought. That seems to happen to her wherever she goes. What is it about her that just turns her into a bit player, no matter what she does? Indi was a bit slow here, but so am I, so shove it Nathan, you worthless f—k, whose mom died of “My son is a loser”.

The Verdict:

  • Not a bad opener, but not much to remember either.

Match #2: Leon Ruff def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott

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Isaiah “Swerve” Scott continued to display the more cocky demeanor we’ve seen from him of late, going as far as to flat-out disrespect Leon Ruff repeatedly throughout this matchup. But the former North American Champion seemed to give Scott more than he bargained for as the match progressed, and Scott proved to be yet another foe who underestimated Ruff. Ruff once again used a crucifix pin to pull off another stunning win. Scott blew a gasket afterward, stomping the feisty up-and-comer and viciously launching him into the turnbuckle.

The Score: 4 out of 10

The Good:

  • There’s enough character stuff here to make one look like a star, at least. Ruff took good bumps and Swerve stomped on him damn good well best hell yeah man chicken…

The Bad:

  • Too short and too limited in what they were allowed to do. Swerve, while not bad, wasn’t very engaging either. Swerve’s new look makes him look like a teenage girl with braces. Chad likes Angela! He doesn’t like me! Chad would never tongue me like a virgin blowing a fish! See? Swerve looks so lame, I became a dweeb. I am not a dweeb! Don’t make me “Scanners” your ass! Daryl… Revvok!

The Verdict:

  • Kinda a waste of their time, but decent nonetheless.

Match #3: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/Robert Stone

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The high-energy team of Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter looked to pick up right where they left off in the Dusty Classic, and they continued to flash considerable promise as a duo. Once again using innovative offense, they dropped Aliyah with a creative neckbreaker-splash combination to put her away. But their celebration was short-lived, with Xia Li arriving to confront Catanzaro, marking her hand in cryptic fashion before promising to “purge” her next week.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Kacy can jump!

The Bad:

  • This was a minute! I’m pissed.

The Verdict:

  • Kacy can jump!

Match #4: KUSHIDA def. Tyler Rust via Malcolm Bivens’ forfeit

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With Kushida still feeling the effects of his grueling battle against Johnny Gargano this past Sunday, Tyler Rust looked to capitalize for what would have been a signature victory to elevate his star. Rust repeatedly targeting the already-weakened neck of NXT’s resident Time Splitter, but Kushida eventually trapped Rust in the Hoverboard Lock. Deciding discretion was the better part of valor, Malcolm Bivens forfeited on Rust’s behalf, choosing to take the loss for his client than to have him suffer further damage.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • KUSHIDA won! Rust was cool! These guys worked well together and kept the bout competitive looking. I always felt like KUSHIDA was going to win, but Rust managed to make himself look like he was on his opponent’s level.

The Bad:

  • I hate you. This was over too quickly. The ending was good, but it was bad, because you never want…eh…it was okay. How about that? Sometimes, things that are good can just suck and this ending, while a solid way to end the bout, also just let some of the air out of the contest.

The Verdict:

  • Gimme a kiss. This was like “Song Of The South”, but not racist. Not a bad match from bell to bell.

Match #5: Zoey Stark def. Valentina Feroz

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Zoey Stark turned in as impressive of a debut as we’ve seen in some time in NXT, decimating Valentina Feroz with ultra-physical offense. Softening up Feroz with snake eyes on the turnbuckle and a lighting-quick back-thrust kick, Stark followed with a release half-nelson suplex to flatten her foe. Stark’s intensity only escalated from there, and she finished off Feroz with a tilt-a-whirl knee strike to the face for the win.

The Score: 2 out of 10

The Good:

  • Their clothes stayed on.

The Bad:

  • Their clothes stayed on. I’m kidding! No I’m not. I hate clothes. I hate wearing them. I’m a nudist. Zoey didn’t get much of chance to do anything. Valentina could’ve farted longer than this match went.

The Verdict:

  • Does a minute and a half count as a match? I wanted this match to be longer.

Match #6: (Main Event) Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Finn Bálor, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

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Kyle O’Reilly was finally able to unleash 72 hours’ worth of pent-up fury, dominating all three opponents upon being tagged in with a storm of strikes. But O’Reilly missed a dive off the apron meant for Danny Burch, taking a huge blow to the face from Dunne instead. The BruiserWeight worked over O’Reilly until he finally tagged in Finn Bálor, and The Prince immediately took over the ring. With Burch seemingly set on using his NXT Tag Team Title as a weapon, the referee stopped him, but Bálor inadvertently sent Dunne crashing into the official. Bálor set up for the Coup de Grace, only for Adam Cole to finally make his presence felt in a big way. Cole shoved Bálor off the top rope and came face to face with O’Reilly on the outside, dropping him with a huge pump kick before leaving him motionless with a vicious suplex on the steel steps. Inside the ring, Bálor recovered only to accidentally catch Roderick Strong with a Pelé kick. With Finn immediately recognizing his mistake, Dunne took advantage and hit him with the Bitter End before pinning the NXT Champion.

The Score: Slut…I mean…7 out of 10

The Good:

  • This was fairly brisk action, which is how I like to take a s—t. Bálor whooped every-body’s asses like it was “Spicy Chicken McNuggets Day” at the strip club. Rip it and dip it! Dunne looked fantastic. Hell, the whole lot of these sots looked hot to trot like a dot on pot. SHGAGOINK!

The Bad:

  • I never broke the law! I am the law! I wanted this to have a few more minutes. I suppose that this could have had more wrestling in it, but there’s quite a bit going on here though. The only really bad thing here was that the match simply wasn’t not the barn-burner that you’d hope it’d be.

The Verdict:

  • Salad? Steak! I wanted this match to be steak, but it was more like salad…with some bacon, though. MMMMM…bacon…ALLLLGGGGHHHH.

Major News:

  1. Karrion Kross fights Santos Escobar and if Escobar ducks Kross, he is suspended and stripped on the Cruiser-Weight Title.

Final Verdict: 6/10

This was no two-hour masterpiece, but it was solid stuff through and through. NXT doesn’t usually knock it out of the park, but it always manages to get on base, which is far better than when this show was just one hour. NXT should never go back to that dreadful one-hour version.

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