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Cook’s WWE NXT Review 1.23.19

January 23, 2019 | Posted by Steve Cook
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Cook’s NXT Review 1.23.19

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Fabian Aichner & Darcel Barthel (**1/2)
Kairi Sane & Io Sharai defeated Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova (N/A)
Velveteen Dream defeated Bobby Fish (***)

-Hello friends, hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve done a review on this site for an NXT show since Arrival back in February 2014. Let’s see if anything’s changed at Full Sail Live since then!

-The fans chant “NXT”, and moments ago Ricochet was walking around outside.

Velveteen Dream Promo Time: The Velveteen Dream has more pyro in his entrance than I’ve seen in WWE since last year’s WrestleMania. The Dream has a sparkle in his eye and something special in his sights, and waits for no man. He wants a shot at the North American Championship, but before he can delve into that, Adam Cole & Bobby Fish of the Undisputed Era come out. Cole says they’re going to capture all the NXT gold this year, and Dream can continue to dream on. The fans want Bobby to shut up, but he goes on about how 2019 will continue to be their Era & it’s Undisputed. I’ve noticed they say this a lot. Dream says he’ll dispute that claim, but only if it’s ok with Adam. Fish & Cole charge the ring but get swatted aside before the Dream makes his exit. Dream wrestling Cole or Fish seems like a pretty solid idea to me, whether there are titles involved or not.

Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson hype some TakeOver: Phoenix matches before throwing it to a Shayna Baszler/Bianca Belair hype video.

-Last week’s activity with Kassius Ohno & Keith Lee leads to a re-match between Ohno & Matt Riddle at TakeOver: Phoenix.

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch vs. Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel: One of my pet peeves about these shows is many of the wrestlers doing a pose on the ramp, then doing the same exact pose again in the ring. Sometimes it makes sense, but sometimes, like when Aichner & Barthel go through several awkward movements twice within a minute, it looks silly. Lorcan & Barthel start, and it’s Lorcan taking the offense from the Europeans early on. Doesn’t last long when Burch gets tagged in, and he’s smacking people around left & right. What a noisy headbutt! The referee loses complete control & people are getting tossed out of the ring & Aichner’s clotheslining Lorcan out of his boots. Gorilla press into a brainbuster, tope suicida to the floor & a crazy moonsault by Aichner…only two? European uppercut off the top, but Lorcan rolls into a half crab. Kicks! Jesus, it’s like 10 minutes of moves in a 5 minute match. Damn, Aichner can fly, he wipes everybody out with a plancha on the floor. Misses in the ring, and Lorcan rolls him up for three. Like I said, these guys were throwing everything out there as quickly as possible. It’s really fun to watch, but the cranky old man in me does say that it leads to none of the moves really meaning anything. They’ll need to slow down before moving up to the next level. Fun sprint though, gotta give the guys credit for the work. (**1/2)

Kairi Sane & Io Sharai vs. Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova: Brooks may be familiar to some of you as Rebel from Impact Wrestling. I’m more than fine with her getting a shot here, though she’s out of her depth against Sane & Sharai. Amber also appeared on Impact as…well, Amber Nova. Io & Amber start, Io cartwheels out of the way & dropkicks Nova down. Sane with a neckbreaker after whatever Nova tried didn’t work. Brooks distracts Sane when she goes up top, and she gets to tag in. Her attempt at offense goes nowhere, and Sharai tags in. Tital wave kick, springboard double dropkick, and Sane hits the elbowdrop with an assist. Io hits the moonsault with an assist, and this is done in short order. Squash city right here, establishing Sane & Sharai as a dominant force together. Brooks & Nova didn’t get to show much, I’m hoping we get to see more of them down the road but I’m not sure they really fit in here.

-Kairi & Io are best friends & nobody can stop them. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir aren’t impressed.

Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish: Adam Cole Bay Bay is at ringside, as one would expect. Some back & forth to start with Dream getting the upper hand. Fish gets knocked outside once, and again with a springboard dropkick. Double axehandle to the floor! Fish finally gets the advantage due to a Cole distraction, and a dragon screw into the barricade outside gives Bobby the target of Velveteen Dream’s knee. He decides on the left one. I’m operating under the assumption that Bobby wants everybody else to have bad knees since he has to wear a Steve Austin knee brace. A textbook spinebuster leads to Dream going up top…the Purple Rainmaker doesn’t have the same impact as usual, and Fish maneuvers into a kneebar. Cole keeps Dream from reaching the ropes until the referee sees it. Some conversation leads to Dream taking advantage, and Fish ends up crashing into Cole on the outside. Dream Valley Bomb and a proper Purple Rainmaker ends it for the Dream. I’m a sucker for good heel tactics & limb work, and Fish brought plenty of that. It wasn’t a Dream Takeover showing by any stretch, but he did a solid job selling the knee until it was time to stop. (***)

-Johnny Gargano is walking outside!

-The Street Profits take on The Forgotten Sons next week due to their interaction last week, and we’ll also get Sane & Shirai vs. Duke & Shafir.

Main Event Confrontation: Ricochet makes his way out to the ring to address his TakeOver opponent. He says Johnny Gargano showed his true colors towards the end of the year. Ricochet also showed his true colors when he won the North American Championship. The suggestion that Johnny Gargano isn’t a champion is enough to bring him out. In 2019, Gargano will always have a plan, which apparently is to distract Ricochet so Tomasso Ciampa can clothesline him from behind. The fans want a DIY reunion, and Ciampa applauds while Gargano punches away on Ricochet. Aleister Black attacks Ciampa, and Gargano comes in to break it up. Super kiiiiiiiiiiccccckkkkk! Ciampa & Gargano beat down their Saturday opponents & lay them out. The fans really want these guys to hug it out, but instead they awkwardly stare at each other while leaving ringside. Ciampa extends his hand, but Candice LeRae comes out & dissuades Gargano from shaking it! Ciampa has to settle for cradling Goldie as we fade to the TakeOver hype video. The longer they hold off on the DIY reunion the more the fans want it, even if they’re despicable heels. It’s one of those things that people give the Full Sail fans crap for, but I think most wrestling fans would have the same reaction. We love it when old friendships flourish again.

-Thanks for reading!


The final score: review Average
The 411
NXT presented a solid show to build up their big event on Saturday, where we know everybody will be going balls to the wall. Nothing ground-breaking or absolutely must-see here, just some solid storytelling & laying the seeds for things to come.

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