Reviews by Dave
Show air date: September 1, 2020
I was fooled again.
I didn’t think NXT would mail in a show where they were ostensibly going to crown their third ever two-time NXT champion. WRONG. They put a stamp on that bih and shipped it. It was a prime WWE show: going for Big Moments whether they made sense or not.
Isaiah Swerve Scott and Breezango defeated Legado Del Fantasma
Swerve Scott and NXT tag champions Breezango beat Legado del Fantasma–Cruiserweight champion Santos Escobar, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde–in a street fight that did nothing for me. I know it’s a “street fight” but you know if they have ladders and tables and stuff out, they’re going to have to use them and what street is that? Home Depot Lane?
Just a bunch of stuff thrown out there, hoping to get some shares on social media. Scott and Fandango actually left Tyler Breeze alone with their opponents–who now included Aichner and Bartel of Imperium- so they could find a forklift, drive it up and jump off it. Why didn’t Team Escobar just pin him right then? They had a 5 on 1 advantage. Scott beats Escobar with the JML Driver.
Candice LeRae defeated Kacy Catanzaro
Candice LeRae beat Kacy Catanzaro, who is the personification of low fat, sugar-free vanilla ice cream. Since Tegan Nox can’t seem to keep a friend, maybe it’s her.
Timothy Thatcher defeated Bronson Reed
Timothy Thatcher beat Bronson Reed in what was a very good match for the most part. They seemed to have dumped “Thicc Boi” and gone with “The Colossal” for Reed and that’s good.
It was going good, but Reed dives on Thatcher while he was on the floor which conveniently put him in position for Austin Theory, who he slapped last week, to attack him from behind. This led to Thatcher getting a submission win with the Fujiwara armbar. I guess they wanted to protect Reed but this just made Thatcher’s win cheap.
Adam Cole vs Finn Balor vs Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa ends in a draw.
The Fatal Four Way Iron Man Match to determine a new NXT champion ended in a draw with Adam Cole and Finn Balor having two falls apiece, outdueling Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano, who had one fall each. Straight WWE formula: two guys work while the other two lays on the floor, rotate. Then in the second half of the match, the saves start. Like every match these guys have had with each other the last five years, they all worked their asses off, but they just kept doing shit that didn’t scan at all, including selling getting thrown into that thin ass Plexiglass barrier. Stop that, NXT!! I noticed no one called the goofiness of the final pin by Cole on Balor not even starting until 0:02 on the clock but the ref still got to three. How, Sway? What math is that?
It was alright. But if you missed it, you’re good.