01st Jul2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Jun 29th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Highlander 2: The Quickening has to be saved! The original version is not on DVD or Blu Ray! Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! They’re f——- aliens! They’re from Zeist! It’s a f——- German yeast infection! The Quickening is crotch-scratching so furious that lightning shoots out of their hoohahs! Their hoohahs! Who needs epic romantic adventure when you can have General Katanna cumming after crashing into a train?! Zeist! The Ozone Layer! The Shield! It was red! Reddddddddd!!!!!!!! Zeist! S–t-head?! What’s a s–t-head?! Zeist! You know what we have to do. Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Hootenanny! Alright troops. Get your asses to work! Save the damn movie! It’s bad! It must be saved so others can hate it too! Zeist! NXT starts…ZEIST!!!!!!!!!

Match #1: Io Shirai/Zoey Stark b. Shotzi Blackheart/Ember Moon and Dakota Kai/Raquel Gonzalez – #1 Contendership To The NXT Women’s Tag Titles

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Six of NXT’s top Superstars pulled out all the stops in a high-octane Triple Threat Tag Match, including a spectacular sequence that saw several competitors take to the skies in succession. NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez shielded partner Dakota Kai from Io Shirai’s first moonsault attempt, but The Genius of the Sky later found herself isolated with Kai, and the second time was the charm for the moonsault and the victory.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – The women kick-started the card blasted this sucker into high-gear from the first rev. Everybody got a spot or two in to help them impress. I like it better when it’s not about getting spots in, but at least they were exciting spots. Io really took over here in the last third and carried the bout. That’s not to say that any fighter here was getting lazy, but Io just rushed past everybody else and led the pack. Io’s team winning the match was a little bit unexpected, but that ain’t bad. Not a bad opener…not at all.

Match #2: Roderick Strong b. Asher Hale

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The Messiah of the Backbreaker looked tremendous in his first bout in three months — and very first match as member of The Diamond Mine. Strong made short work of Asher Hale, tapping him out with a unique submission, much to the satisfaction of Malcolm Bivens and company.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This was far too short, but it was good. Strong and Hale had a nice rhythm going on, but all good things come to an end and so did this match. Maybe next time this will get more time.

Match #3: Cameron Grimes b. Ari Sterling

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Ari Sterling showed potential for a massive upset with spectacular offense, but a missed Shooting Star Press left him vulnerable to a Cave-In, and Cameron Grimes cashed in on the opportunity. The Technical Savage couldn’t celebrate for long as LA Knight arrived at the Capitol Wrestling Center. Grimes extended the challenge for a rematch for the Million Dollar Championship — one Knight accepted on one condition: Grimes will have to serve as Knight’s butler if he again comes up short.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – Look at the above match. It’s the same thing, except one of these guys has a beard.

Match #4: Tian Sha b. Mercedes Martinez/Jake Atlas

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Mercedes Martinez made a costly mistake when she exited the ring to throw down the gauntlet to the menacing Mei Ying, only for Xia Li to capitalize and take control of the match. Li blasted Martinez with a devastating spinning heel kick, forcing a referee’s stoppage.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – I think Mercedes got kicked in the head. Either Mercedes got round-housed in the head by Xia Li or Mercedes sells with the best of them. Jake Atlas did some nice moves. For a decent length match, not much of great value happened here. Wal-Mart: The Great Value brand is indispensible! You fool! Me: Shut up! I’m not talking about Wall-Ass! This match needed some…well, it needed to not have Xia Li kick Mercedes Martinez in the f–kin’ head.

Match #5: (Main Event) Isaiah Scott b. Bronson Reed – NXT North American Title Match

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Though Bronson Reed controlled much of the bout, Scott refused to stay down, and it eventually paid off. After remaining uninvolved at ringside for much of the bout, Hit Row made their presence felt, targeting The Colossal Superstar. Reed was ready, sending Top Dolla through the ringside plexiglass in shocking fashion before tossing Ashante “Thee” Adonis over the barricade as well. But the time spent on the outside allowed “Swerve” to recover, and he connected with the House Call on Reed as he attempted to reenter the ring. Following with a jaw-dropping 450 splash, Scott made the cover to win his first championship gold in WWE.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – These guys tried to make this work, but there was too much malarkey going on here. Hit-Row was attacking Reed and then he threw them through the barricade. When this was just Reed and Scott, it was coming together. That being said, it felt like this match was a bit distracted. The prize fight itself was more about establishing Hit-Row as a faction than showing Scott as a worthy challenger. In any case, this match was a fun shot to the groin and Scott got the strap.

Final Verdict: 5/10

On a night where we had Karrion Kross brawling with The Way, Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly brawling again, Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher jaw-jacking with MSK and LA Knight agreeing to fight Cameron Grimes for the Million Dollar Title if Grimes becomes his butler if he loses, I couldn’t keep tabs on why The Great American Bash was supposed to be good when it happens next week. You know, build tends to be better when it’s simple. I don’t really care about the grudges and feuds at work here. It’s getting to the point where NXT is starting to feel like the card run-down of Heroes Of Wrestling. Grudge match…grudge match…grudge match…Zoltan…grudge match. Well, I bet GAB will be pretty damn good next week. This week was decent. Sometimes it ends with a whimper instead of a bang. I’ll see you next time.

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