15th Jul2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 13th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the big Karrion Kross/Johnny Gargano prize fight to get to. I’m excited. Michael Winslow: Gabbagabbawoofwoof! Me: What? MW: Schebeeschebeeschebebee! Me: Huh? MW: Aiiiighaiiiighorp! Aiiiiighaiiiiaghorp! Aiiiighaiiiighorp! Godzilla: EIIIIIIIIIIIGH!!!!!!! MW: Sasasaplxlxlxlxlxlxlxlx!!!!!! Me: Oh no! You killed Winslow! You bastard! Godzilla: Gabbagabbawoofwoof! Me: Now that don’t make a lick of sense! NXT starts now! Godzilla: Awooooooooooga!!!!!!

Match #1: Dakota Kai b. Ember Moon

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After going to battle in the NXT Women’s Tag Team No. 1 Contender’s Match two weeks ago, Ember Moon and Dakota Kai were both ready for the opportunity to face off. Moon launched a furious assault on her rival, but Kai connected on a final thunderous kick to claim the victory. There were even more fireworks after the match as Xia Li stormed into the ring and laid down a challenge for the NXT Women’s Champion, which Gonzalez seemingly accepted.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was a good example of what having some time can do for you. There’s no question that you need to put your best foot forward in a match, but you have to be given room to put your foot down just so you can stand. Kai and Moon got some room to get comfortable after they got sure footing and sure did foot the bill for the show so it could get a strong start. Nothing in here was remarkable in the way you’d like, but it all worked and was fun to watch.

Match #2: Tyler Rust b. Bobby Fish

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Bobby Fish quickly answered an open challenge and found out exactly what The Diamond Mine is all about. Fish brought the fight to Tyler Rust, but he mistakenly turned his attention to his former friend Roderick Strong, which allowed The Diamond Mine’s up-and-comer to dive in with a takeout to the knee and roll-up for the victory. As The Diamond Mine swarmed Fish after the match, Kushida came to his aid, forcing the rest of the pack to scatter.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – This worked out well for a couple minute match. They were doing all the right things, but it just ended way too early.

Match #3: Sarray b. Gigi Dolin

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Gigi Dolin laid down a challenge, and Sarray emphatically answered it in the ring with an impressive performance. Dolin fought hard to claim a win in her NXT singles debut, but the emergence of Mandy Rose cast a mysterious shadow over the match. Sarray rallied with a furious assault down the stretch to continue her meteoric rise.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – The mechanics were there and working well, but time just was not of the essence here.

Match #4: Santos Escobar b. Dexter Lumis

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Santos Escobar set his sights on the NXT North American Championship and set out to put on a display against Dexter Lumis. Lumis’ disturbing presence haunted Escobar, as The Tortured Artist attempted to pull Escobar to the depths of hell under the ring. As Lumis gained steam, Wilde & Mendoza sprang into action to set up Escobar for the finishing Phantom Driver. As the victorious Legado del Fantasma made their way up the ramp, Hit Row were waiting, and a tense standoff ensued.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – These two did pretty well considering that Lumis is not the skilled fighter that Santos is. Santos worked hard to sell Lumis as an ass-kicker and it worked. Lumis is no slouch these days. I don’t have the same issues with his matches that I used to. Thank God. I hate having a problem with wrestlers and their matches. Santos, on the other hand, is not a wrestler who I have any issues with. I didn’t have any real issues with this match. You get an nice brawl mixed with some decent grappling and that’s not bad for the time allotted.

Match #5: Duke Hudson b. Ikemen Jiro – NXT Breakout Tournament Quarter Final

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Ikemen Jiro and Duke Hudson were both looking to make massive opening statements in the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. It was a clash of styles, as Jiro’s high-flying approach looked to topple the imposing strength of the towering Hudson. In the final moments, Hudson caught Jiro from the sky and slammed him to the mat to punch his ticket to the next round of the NXT Breakout Tournament.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – This was yet another promising match that ended way too early.

Match #6: Kacy Catanzaro/Kayden Carter b. Robert Stone Brand

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Aliyah & Jessi Kamea were hoping to get The Robert Stone Brand back on track, but Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter may have smashed it to pieces. After Catanzaro & Carter teamed up to take out Aliyah for the win, an explosive exchange with Robert Stone resulted in Franky Monet rushing in to attempt to pick up the pieces.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – This was yet another match that didn’t go far, but had a lot of gas in the tank for a trip that was meant to go farther. Oh well. At least this match had the right team win.

Match #7: (Main Event) Karrion Kross b. Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship Match

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Samoa Joe was brought in as special guest referee, but Karrion Kross was intent on showing Johnny Gargano and the NXT Universe who runs the show. As the NXT Champion continued to clash with Samoa Joe, Johnny Wrestling nearly grabbed victory with back-to-back DDTs. Kross narrowly kicked out and unleashed fury on his challenger to extend his reign, finishing the beatdown with a savage forearm to the back of the head. Not satisfied with just conquering Gargano, Kross attacked Samoa Joe from behind, applied a guillotine hold, and left no doubt about his dominance.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was an excellent brawl that had Gargano getting smashed for a good while. I don’t normally go for wrestlers being whipping-posts, but Gargano knows how to make that work. Kross just beat the s–t out of ol’ Gargano like it was paying extra to stomp his brains out. I was surprised at how much this was worked as a squash match. Well, there’s not really much to say about this. It was good and decent, with Kross getting to eat alive Gargano to add to his reign as the belt master…master of the belt…badaduhdum.

Final Verdict: 6/10

On a night where Frankie Monet took over the Robert Stone Brand and Karrion Kross finally attacked Samoa Joe, we had a show that underwhelmed yet still satisfied. The Roderick Strong/Bobby Fish feud is taking shape and the Dexter Lumis/Indi Hartwell love angle is getting closer to being consummated, at least in a tepid sense. Maybe that’s the problem right there? I’m talking about all these story-lines, but the matches are taking a back-seat. Samoa Joe is being teased for a feud with every-one at this point. Cameron Grimes is a goof-ball tweener now and him serving as the butler to LA Knight is stupid yet entertaining. There’s another story-line. I’m getting a head-ache. Adam Cole and Bronson Reed are feuding. There’s another story. This is just too much information. Keep it simple. Newer fans are less likely to watch each week if there is too much going on. It’s easier to sell three flavors of ice cream than it is twenty. Okay. I’m tired. I’ll see you next time.


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