12th Aug2021

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Aug 10th 2021)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and… Triple H: Watches for sale! Watches for sale! Me: Triple H? What are you doing here? HHH: Vince found out I was trying to use his money to book a Ring Of Honot knockoff and took my roster away. Now I’m stuck selling watches so I can con marks again. Me: Yeah. That sounds like something you’d do. HHH: I have blue balls. Me: That…makes sense. Let’s start the review. HHH: Vince’s ass tastes like s–t. Me: Thanks for the info. HHH: I bought Samoa Joe a bra. Me: NXT starts… HHH: I played with his t—ies.

Match #1: Dakota Kai b. Sarray

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With Ember Moon deemed unable to compete by the NXT Medical Staff, Dakota Kai gladly stepped up to make an NXT Title worthy statement against Sarray. The Warrior of the Sun got rolling, but Kai caught her off guard with a vicious kick to clinch the win. As Kai lined up a post-match strike on Sarray, Raquel Gonzalez came charging in with a message for her NXT TakeOver 36 challenger.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #2: LA Knight b. Andre Chase

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The Million Dollar Champion was worth the price of admission with an impressive win over the up-and-coming Andre Chase. Ted DiBiase brought fireworks after the match, as “The Million Dollar Man” bet on Cameron Grimes in a high-stakes NXT TakeOver 36 matchup: If Grimes wins, he’s the new Million Dollar Champion. If Knight wins, however, DiBiase will be forced to become Knight’s new butler.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #3: Gigi Dolin b. Amari Miller

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Gigi Dolin has been on the rise, but Amari Miller was out for the upset early in their clash. After a flurry from Miller, Dolin regrouped with a focused attack to get the win.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10

Match #4: Odyssey Jones b. Trey Baxter – NXT Breakout Tournament Match

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Trey Baxter attempted to outrun the towering Odyssey Jones in a game of cat-and-mouse, but the massive Superstar still put his strength on display. A few tosses and one final slam of Baxter punched Jones’ ticket to the NXT Breakout Tournament Final.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #5: Boa b. Drake Maverick

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Boa was unleashing brutality from the opening bell, but Drake Maverick started flying and wouldn’t back down from the fight. As the match raged on, Mei Ying rose from her throne to spray Maverick with a mysterious substance that set up Boa for a roundhouse kick to help right his wrongs.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Pete Dunne b. Ilja Dragunov

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Ilja Dragunov’s first NXT appearance was met with a rude awakening from Pete Dunne. The two hard-hitting combatants were ready to brawl from the opening bell with The BruiserWeight landing a huge punch on a diving Dragunov. The Mad Russian rallied through the pain for a Senton Bomb, but NXT UK Champion WALTER chose the moment to crash the party and open the door for Dunne to hit a Bitter End for the win. WALTER attacked Dragunov after the match, but The Mad Russian rallied to toss The Ring General from the squared circle and stood tall with the championship as NXT concluded.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

This was a mundane show that was saved by a great main event. Every match on the card past the first and before the last was just there. It all felt like not a lot was happening in those short matches. The opener had the right idea, but Kai getting a win that was lackluster does only half of what it should. The feud between her and Raquel Gonzalez getting the official prize fight at Takeover 36 is great. Jones hasn’t been very impressive thus far in the tournament. Good luck to him. I hope he has a good showing. We’ve got two prize fights next week, with MSK defending the tag straps against Imperium and Roderick Strong getting a shot at KUSHIDA’s Cruiserweight belt. As for the main event, Pete and Ilya had a fantastic match that went nearly fifteen minutes. If you like intense grappling and clever counters, then this match is what you’re looking for. I was hoping Ilya would have won, but Pete getting a victory is not a bad way to go. The match really picked up steam in the last third. WALTER and Ilya brawling at the end was a nice tease for the fight at Takeover. Oh! Ted Dibiase has to become LA’s butler if Cameron Grimes loses his Million Dollar Belt re-match at Takeover. So, come for the main event, because it’s worth seeing. Oh. Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly did another promo and the same happened for Samoa Joe and Karrion Kross, which included Joe saying f–k. Okay. This show was decent at best, but the main event kicked ass. I hope you enjoy one of the best WWE matches so far this year. I’ll see you next time.

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