NXT REVIEW – WEEK OF DEC 18
NXT – December 20
Nikkita Lyons vs. Zoey Stark
As Nikkita is making her entrance, Zoey is coming from behind as she did before to take out Nikkita’s knee but Nikkita had it scouted this time then kicked Zoey. Stark stumbled inside the ring, Nikkita tackling her towards the apron until they’re both inside the ring. The bell rings, they go at each other. Nikkita then pushes Zoey towards the ropes then kicking her when she bounces back.
Stark to take a shot but Nikkita takes her to a corner with a tackle, Lyons pushes Zoey to another corner with a flying shot, Zoey wobbles to another corner, Nikkita is taking a few shots to Zoey’s midsection, Zoey pushes her away so she’s able to slip from under the ring. Nikkita follows her, Zoey slides in and out, pushing Nikkita towards the steel post. As Nikkita is down, Zoey is able to take a few shots, she’s all fired up.
Zoey hits Nikkita’s head on the apron then holds her in place to tackle her on the apron too. Zoey assists Nikkita in the ring, Zoey wraps her leg around Nikkita’s neck and using the legs for the assist. Nikkita is leaning on a corner, Zoey chops Nikkita, they have a back and forth. Zoey kicks Nikkita’s midsection then locks in a submission, just as Nikkita is attempting to break free, Zoey sets it up even stronger. Nikkita attempts to break free, Zoey takes Nikkita’s head down to the canvas.
Zoey goes for a kick, Nikkita moves to avoid it, sweeping Zoey off her feet, hitting Zoey with two clothesline and a back to belly suplex. Nikkita kicks then hits Zoey with a hip thrust followed by another kick and pin attempt.
Nikkita picks up Zoey on her shoulders, Zoey elbows her to escape, Nikkita runs to a corner, Zoey moved then hit Nikkita with a very loud kick. Zoey attempts a submission, Nikkita elbows her, Zoey then hits her with a drop kick followed by her spinning heel kick and a pin attempt.
Zoey climbs the top rope, Nikkita moved then took a shot at Zoey. Nikkita picks up Zoey on her shoulders for a drop and pin attempt. Nikkita wraps her arms around Zoey’s waist, Zoey elbows her then goes for a kick but Nikkita blocked it by holding on to Zoey’s leg. Zoey bounces off the ropes, Nikkita picks her up but Zoey is able to wiggle free, Nikkita kicks her as she is headed towards her. Zoey is leaning on a corner, Nikkita runs with a back elbow, pulling Zoey to the corner, Zoey is able to jump before her to avoid any contact.
Nikkita wraps her around Zoey’s waist for a roll up, Zoey grabs her leg, setting up a roll through. Zoey is holding on to the ropes for the pin attempt and she is victorious.
I really liked how creative the finish was and it’s also a good excuse to have a rematch between these two sometime later. I enjoyed the pacing of the match, I really wanted it to be longer.
Cora Jade Interview
McKenzie is getting Cora’s thought about how close she was to winning the Iron Survivor which would have meant she was in Roxanne’s position. “Roxanne Perez is the luckiest person alive right now, that was supposed to be my moment. She doesn’t deserve that title, I do. I know a lot of people think they deserve things but I actually do.” Cora is attacked by Wendy Choo, they are separated by the referees backstage.
It seems the issues between Cora and Wendy aren’t resolved yet, waiting to see what happens next between them.
Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) v Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley v Katana Chance & Kayden Carter – NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships
Gigi and Kayden lock up until Gigi gains control, taking Kayden over to her corner, tagging Jacy. Gigi pulls Jacy onto Kayden then Jacy pulls Gigi for a bronco buster followed by Gigi with a centon then a pin attempt. Jacy swings at Kayden, she ducks, wrapping her arms around her waist, pushing her towards the ropes, Jacy reverses it, Ivy tags herself in. Ivy attempts to lock in Jacy in a roll up, they’re mat wrestling until Ivy pushes Jacy to her corner, Ivy kicks her and tags in Tatum.
Ivy and Tatum set up a suplex, both getting up with a double kick up, Ivy picks up Tatum for a standing sault followed by a pin attempt. Tatum tags in Ivy, she goes to the ropes, Jacy follows her with a shot, Jacy runs to the ropes, hitting Ivy with a spinning shot as Kayden tagged herself. Kayden kicks Jacy, Katana enters the ring as both hit Gigi with a double drop kick, they hit Tatum from behind as she lands on Jacy.
Kayden climbs the ropes, Katana follows behind her, both splash onto Gigi, Tatum, Ivy and Jacy. Gigi has Ivy in a submission, Ivy reversed it into a pin attempt. Ivy is stretching out to tag Tatum, Gigi takes her down then takes out Tatum on the apron. Ivy kicks Gigi who tags in Kayden.
Gigi does to kick Kayden who moves and meets with Jacy, entering the ring, Kayden also takes down Gigi. Kayden pulls Gigi to a corner, Tatum tags herself in, Kayden kicks her as she enters. Kayden runs, kicks Gigi in the corner then turns to splash Tatum and a pin attempt. Kayden picks up Tatum on her shoulders, goes to drop her, Tatum lands and is able to take down Katana in her corner.
Kayden goes after Tatum, she jumps to avoid Kayden, Tatum going after Kayden pushes her over the ropes, Tatum lands on the apron, they have a back and forth as Kayden is climbing the ropes. Tatum climbs Kayden’s shoulders, Katana tags herself in. Katana wraps her legs around Tatum to take her down then a pin attempt that Ivy breaks up.
Gigi kicks Ivy, Kayden kicks Gigi, Jacy kicks Kayden, Katana hits Jacy with an enzuiguiri, all women are down. Ivy picks up Katana on her shoulders, Katana breaks free, Gigi tags herself in. Gigi goes to take Ivy down, Ivy able to reverse it into a pin attempt. Gigi has Ivy, tags Jacy as Gigi kicks Ivy then Jacy does, Gigi hits Ivy with a head butt then Jacy does a centon and pin attempt, Kayden pulls Jacy away Ivy to prevent the count.
Ivy in a corner, Jacy goes after her, hitting her with a back centon, Ivy tags in Tatum who begins to climb the ropes, Ivy assists her to land on Jacy, Gigi arrives to break it up, Gigi is holding on to Tatum who reverses it on Gigi. Dolin ends up hitting Kayden who is standing on the apron, Tatum tags Ivy, trying to lock a submission but Jacy reverses it with a swinging neck breaker.
Jacy is ready to take Ivy down, Katana is getting up on the apron, tagging herself in, Kayden takes Jacy outside, leaving Katana to concentrate on Ivy. Nile is going after Katana, she ducked then hit Ivy with a code breaker, Kayden is on the apron, holds on to Ivy as Katana is on the top rope ready for their finished. Tatum is on the apron, pushing Katana who ends up splashing Jacy and Gigi. Ivy locks a submission on Kayden, she’s able to use the ropes as leverage to take Ivy down to the mat and reverse for a roll up pin attempt, Tatum seems to be entering the ring but Katana stops her from breaking it up, Katana and Kayden retain.
I loved how close it seemed for Ivy and Tatum to win the titles, it had me at the edge of my seat, even though we’ve seen this kind of finish before, it was interesting to think that this will lead to a rematch between Ivy and Tatum v Katana and Kayden. However, I do see Gigi and Jacy requesting it first as they weren’t pinned or involved in the finish in any way.
Fallon Henley, Kiana James segment
Fallons is talking to Briggs and Jensen about her family’s financial struggles, Brooks says they’ll be tag team champions going into 2023 and they can host watch parties for the NXT shows. Kiana arrives, with her assistant G, instructing her to take inventory of everything inside the bar. Kiana said “a little bird told me about your financial woes, so I took care of them for you.” Fallon is in upset, Kiana responds, “I did some digging and my friends at the bank explained the situation. Thanks to the dreadful financial mismanagement by your family, this bar owns thousands in commercial taxes, and you don’t have enough money in your escrow account to pay for it. I paid off your bills and the bank placed a lien on your bar. Sadly your childhood memories aren’t worth much, soon I’ll be able to buy this property outright from the bank and do whatever i want with it.” Fallon offers next week, a match, when she beats Kiana, her parents are out of debt and she takes off the lean off the bar and she leaves the place alone. Kiana questions Fallon on why she would agree to the match, Fallon tells her, if she beats Fallon, her parents will sign the bar over to Kiana and she can have it for what she paid for it, pennies on the dollar.
Later on, McKenzie interviews the group about the main event title match, Josh tells McKenzie they are dealing with the bar later as the match is happening soon. As Fallon is telling Briggs and Jensen to kick ass, Kiana arrives with her assistant G. Fallons tells Kiana they aren’t dealing the bar issue at the moment, Kiana tells her its happening next week. James clarifies that she’s there for Brooks Jensen, wishing him good luck for the match. McKenzie is surprised, Kiana responds, “I am all business but I’m still a woman.”
I am curious how this will go next week as I wouldn’t want to see Fallon lose the bar but Kiana has been receiving momentum lately.
Roxanne Perez Interview
Booker reflects on Roxanne’s journey to winning the championship, the reflects on the win last week. In her journey, she talks about going to Reality of Wrestling, telling Booker, “I want to be in the WWE one day, how can you get me there?” Roxanne said when she was younger, she wanted to be the youngest women’s champion, even though she didn’t get to do that but she has been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, Breakout Tournament winner, first ever Iron Survivor and now NXT Women’s Champion in 9 months. Booked asked why she didn’t wait until New Year’s Evil, she remembered a conversation she had when she had her tryout. Booker told her, “you need to bet yourself, bank on yourself,” which were the words in her mind as Mandy attacked her. Roxanne tells him from “champion to former champion,” what is his advice to her. He tells her, “You’re going to have those butterflies, but you got to make those butterflies line up, fly straight on that night. When you lose that feelings, that’s when it’s time to get out, you know what you got to do, it’s time to go out and make history.”
I loved the detail of having Booker conduct the interview due to his history with Roxanne. It was interesting that there was no set up for a number one contender or upcoming opponent for Roxanne yet.
Isla Dawn, Alba Fyre Segment
Alba is walking backstage, headed for her match when Isla sprays mist in Alba’s eyes. Fyre is taken to the medics to get checked out, she’s recovering while we get Indi vs. Elektra. After the match, Isla is cleared for her match against Sol Ruca. During her entrance, Isla takes it to Alba, Isla places Alba’s hand inside the steel steps, taking Isla’s bat to hit the steel steps and in result Alba’s hand as she is cleared by the referees from the area.
I liked that they find ways to involve and make Isla Dawn feel important as one of my friend pointed out we didn’t see the same treatment for Lyria Valkyria following her debut.
Indi Hartwell vs. Elektra Lopez
Indi tackles Elektra to a corner, taking a few shots to her midsection too. Indi hits Elektra with a big boot then a quick pin attempt. Elektra takes Indi down, taking a few shots until Indi pushes her away. Elektra kicks her then pulls her into a corner, Indi jumps over Elektra to avoid her, Indi takes a swinging arm to take Elektra down and a pin attempt.
Indi pushes Elektra to the ropes, Elektra returns with a kick and a shot to Indi, followed by a kick to Indi’s leg as Indi slides outside, Elektra follows her. Indi hits Elektra who returns the favor, pushing Indi to the post.
Both enter the ring, Elektra hitting a few knees to Indi’s back, dropping her in place for an elbow drop and pin attempt. Elektra has a submission locked in, Elektra drops Indi’s head on the canvas then a pin attempt. Elektra returns to the submission, breaking it up for a few knee shots to Indi’s back again, then two uppercuts followed by the submission again.
Indi breaks the submission for a pin attempt, kicks Elektra’s midsection, an elbow to Elektra’s back followed by clotheslines, Elektra slips under the bottom rope, standing on the apron. Indi hits her with an uppercut then a big boot and pin attempt.
Indi pulls Elektra to the ropes, they bounce back, they meet in the middle as they both hit each other with a crossbody. Elektra kicks Indi, Elektra climbs the ropes, searching for an item behind the turnbuckle, finding brass knuckles to place in her hand while Indi arrives to take a shot at Elektra’s back. Indi picks up Elektra who hits Indi’s face with the brass knuckles, they both go down, Elektra goes for a pin attempt and is victorious, placing the brass knuckles inside her gear, the referee having no idea they were used.
The match was shorter than I expected it to be and it made me wonder if Elektra had it planned out with someone to place the brass knuckles on the turnbuckle and how that will play out later as Indi will most likely want a rematch due to it.