19th Oct2023

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Oct 17th 2023)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s review of NXT, right here on Nerdly. Let’s get straight into it and see what went down in this “special” episode…

Match #1: Bada Bing Bada Boom Battle Royal – Winners: Chase U

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Andre Chase and Duke Hudson won the first-ever Bada Bing Bada Boom Battle Royal by outlasting nine other teams to punch their ticket to Halloween Havoc for an opportunity to win the NXT Tag Team Titles. Chaos was abound during the match and the final two teams were Chase U and Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, but in the end, The Creed Brothers returned to exact revenge on the Latino team, allowing Chase to roll up Garza for the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament – Karmen Petrovic def. Jaida Parker

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Martial arts expert Karmen Petrovic became the next Superstar to advance in the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament by defeating Jaida Parker in the first round. Both Petrovic and Parker proved that they belonged in an NXT ring, but the combat skills of the third degree black belt proved to be the difference as she locked in a dynamic submission to advance in the tournament.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Lyra Valkyria def. Tegan Nox

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Lyra Valkyria proved her worth by defeating a very game Tegan Nox just a week before challenging Becky Lynch for the NXT Women’s Championship. As the back and forth action went on, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Chelsea Green and Piper Niven appeared and distracted Nox long enough for Valkyria to strike Nox with a powerful kick to earn the win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Shotzi def. Kiana James

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Shotzi gave Kiana James a taste of her own medicine by defeating the brash businesswoman in a singles match. The host of Halloween Havoc used her innovative offense, some help from Roxanne Perez, and a scintillating senton to earn the victory.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: Arianna Grace def. Brinley Reece

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Arianna Grace is officially back in the win column as she defeated Brinley Reece in the first round of the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament. NXT’s resident beauty queen impressed in her first match on NXT since suffering an injury, defeating Reece thanks to a sneaky rake to the eyes and an impressive twisting slam.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #6: Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match – Carmelo Hayes def. Baron Corbin and Dijak

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Carmelo Hayes punched his ticket to Week Two of Halloween Havoc by defeating Baron Corbin and Dijak in a pulse-pounding Triple Threat Match. All three Superstars left it all in the ring, but as has been the case many times over the past year, it was Hayes’ night as he hit Nothing But Net on Corbin and covered a downed Dijak to punch his ticket to Halloween Havoc.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Well this was a massive comedown from last week’s show – and NOT for the reasons you think. There was a distinct lack of good wrestling on this wwek’s NXT, with only the first and last matches delivering anything worth tuning in for. Though if you’re not a fan of Battle Royals (and good god that’s a crap name for a Battle Royal) you won’t like the opening match, which followed the set formula but with a much faster pace given the time the match was given. The main event was one hell of an improvement, with Carmelo Hayes prvong once again that he’s one of NXT’s biggest stars and bes performers!


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