29th Jul2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (July 27th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this damn horse won’t move! Horse: Fruuuuuuuuuh!!!!!! Me: Move damn it! Move! Gonna make me late! Horse: Hruuuuuuuhhhh!!!!! John Turturro: My wife! Me: What?! JT: My wife! You stay away from my wife! Me: You married a horse? JT: Uh…yeah! Get away from my sweet! Me: Take it. It won’t give me a ride. JT: She’s not a slut! That’s why! Me: What? Horse: Hruuuuuuuuhhhhhh!!!!!! JT: Jezebel! Me: F–k it. I have a show to review. JT: You b–ch! Did you f–k him?! Me: NXT starts… JT: Was he bigger than me?

Match #1: Oney Lorcan/Pete Dunne b. Tommaso Ciampa/Timothy Thatcher

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Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan were looking for a scrap, and Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher did not disappoint in upping the aggression. The two teams traded haymakers until the shocking return of Ridge Holland opened the door for Dunne to hit a Bitter End on The Blackheart for the win. Holland did all he could to announce his rejuvenated presence with a vicious beatdown of Ciampa & Thatcher following the match.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – These guys got a lot of time to knock each other around and, up until the ending, the match was going well. Ridge Holland returned here to help Oney and Pete win, which is good for story stuff, but bad for the wrestling. NXT is supposed to be different, but we just keep getting WWF-lite on this show. Even NXT in its prime was like that, but with better wrestling. The action was quite fast for ground and pound, despite getting plenty of intricate grappling in the beginning. I had a good time with this.

Match #2: Carmelo Hayes b. Josh Briggs – NXT Breakout Tournament Semi-Final Match

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The NXT Breakout Tournament continued as Carmelo Hayes and Josh Briggs threw down in the third First-Round Match. Briggs showed a flair for physicality, but Hayes dazzled with his acrobatics to punch his ticket to the next round.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – Mechanically, it turned out decent, but this was boring. Briggs is not a natural at the NXT house style so far and Hayes didn’t get to do much. Briggs was on offense most of the time and it just didn’t work. Oh well. They’ll have another chance to impress.

Match #3: Kacy Catenzaro/Kayden Carter b. Franky Monet/Jessi Kamea

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Franky Monet has been intent on raising the game for The Robert Stone Brand, but Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter have no plans of allowing any teams to cut in front of their path to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles. La Guera Loca stole the spotlight, but an ill-advised intervention from Robert Stone allowed Catanzaro & Carter to fly to a win.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – Here comes another humdrum kinda match. You could call this dull as chicken ass and I wouldn’t complain. The match lacked any real zest. Boy was this just lame.

Match #4: Imperium b. Hit-Row

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Hit Row’s brash demeanor has drawn the ire from tag teams across the black-and-gold brand, and Imperium got their opportunity to try and silence the dynamic duo. Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis put their style on display, but an ill-timed attack from Legado del Fantasma on Isaiah “Swerve” Scott opened the door for Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner to land a thunderous slam.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – You get some big hits along the way, but this was a match that was flat as the world AJ Styles thinks we live in. AJ Styles: Hey! I didn’t say that! Me: I know. AJ Styles thinks we live on a flat planet and this match had no life to it. Top Dolla just can’t wrestle yet and no amount of jumping from him can change that. AJ: I don’t think the Earth is flat! Me: I don’t care. As much as AJ Styles thinks the Earth is flat, I think this match was feeble. AT least the right team won. AJ: F–k you! Me: Next match.

Match #5: (Main Event) Adam Cole b. Bronson Reed

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Bronson Reed was looking to take his golden opportunity, but Adam Cole had different plans, Bay Bay. The Colossal Superstar nearly had the statement victory sealed, but a missed Tsunami allowed Cole to land two crushing kicks to seal his fate. Reed wasn’t the only one with his sights set on Cole, as an incensed Kyle O’Reilly launched a unrelenting steel chair assault on Cole to close the night on the black-and-gold brand.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – These two had an excellent main event that was not remarkable, but it was strong in the right spots and it held together well because of that. Bronson didn’t stand out as much as usual. Then again, Adam was kinda reserved here as well. I don’t need people to take bumps all day, but when the wrestling is just by the books, it all feels like an exercise instead of a fight. Now, this did turn out well, but perhaps if there had been more gravitas to how this was promoted and shot, the match would have had a bit more on the bone for us to chew. As it stands, Adam won and should have, so that’s that and no harm done.

Final Verdict: 4/10

On a night where Mandy Rose looked to start a faction, Franky Monet took over Robert Stone’s brand officially, Ridge Holland returned to help Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan, WALTER was booked to defend the NXT UK Title against Ilya Dragunov at Takeover, Kyle O’Reilly attacked Adam Cole and Samoa Joe resigned from being William Regal’s bodyguard so he could fight Karrion Kross for the NXT Title at Takeover, the matches just didn’t measure-up to the hype. Dakota Kai turned heel on Raquel Gonzalez to challenge for the NXT Women’s Title. That’s not a match. That’s a f–kin’ angle. Legado Del Fantasma attacked Hit-Row. That’s an angle and not a match. The exciting stuff was the non-wrestling content. What the hell is going on? The beginning and end was good, but it couldn’t make up for the anemic middle we got. I’ll see you next time.

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