NXT recap & reactions (Feb. 24, 2021): No Regrets

NXT returned final night time (Feb. 24) from the Capitol Wrestling Heart (CWC) in Orlando, Florida. You’ll find all the outcomes on the stay weblog right here.

No Regrets

Adam Cole: Nonetheless a prick.

This week’s episode closed with the reason for Adam Cole’s betrayal. However we by no means actually acquired it. As an alternative it was Cole pretending he was remorseful solely to predictably reveal that he most positively was not.

Kyle O’Reilly, who they informed us is out 4-6 months (however absolutely might be again sooner), didn’t present up tonight. It was too quickly for any of that. As an alternative Roddy Robust confronted the previous chief of Undisputed ERA. At first, he didn’t purchase Cole’s BS. However after an interlude the place NXT Champion Finn Bálor tried to confront Cole however acquired put down by a short alliance between Roddy and Adam (a bit reluctant on Robust’s behalf), the Panama Metropolis Playboy turned on the waterworks, suckered Roderick in, and punched him within the nuts.

This all made for sufficient drama that it was enjoyable following alongside, but it surely didn’t make a lot sense to me once I actually considered it. Who was Adam making an attempt to idiot? He knew Kyle wasn’t there. Was he making an attempt to lure Roddy out simply to assault him? Would have have stored the ruse up till he had the possibility to punch somebody within the balls if Robust didn’t interject?

We’ll see what he does subsequent, if he continues to faux he regrets his choices or if this week was a one time factor. It looks like the kind of section that was entertaining however doesn’t maintain as much as any actual scrutiny. However that’ll rely upon how they play it as this goes ahead.

Finest Effort

I’ve by no means seen Karrion Kross promote as a lot as he did this week.

I don’t watch Triple A, however I watched his full run in Influence and clearly all he’s completed in NXT, and this match featured extra promoting then possibly all of these mixed.

OK, that’s clearly hyperbole, however Kross spent possibly 90% of tonight’s no-DQ match getting his left shoulder labored over by Santos Escobar. It began with their brawl within the parking zone when the Cruiserweight champ dropped a truck door on it. Mix that with a continuing three on one menace, Karrion discovered himself in a scenario he not often ever does.

Though it was typically a handicap match, it nonetheless left the lasting picture of Santos Escobar doing one thing nobody has completed to this harmful man. The explanation doesn’t matter. What issues is it occurred, that Santos dominated Kross at instances, regardless of the actual fact Escobar finally misplaced this match.

The bout itself was… advantageous. There was some enjoyable spots, comparable to Kross tossing each Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza via a fan pod barrier and watching a frightened Escobar. However primarily, it was a one sided beat down. Then when Kross did finally hearth again up, he didn’t actually promote the arm that was labored the prior 20 minutes. Positive, you’ll be able to write a few of that off as him being superhuman, but when that’s the case, it undercuts the concept of Santos working the prior injured shoulder.

Ultimately, they completed what they wanted to. Kross over got here the chances to say his dominance whereas Santos gave the large man the largest run for his cash he’s had. It simply felt prefer it dragged to get there.

The Rebellious Stage

The Means is experiencing a little bit of hassle.

Dexter Lumis has began to drive a wedge between the dad and mom and the children. Austin Concept has not been proper since being kidnapped by Lumis at TakeOver: Vengeance Day. That appears like a fairly apparent assertion. Being kidnapped for days goes to mess with anybody. On this case, it’s nearer to Stockholm Syndrome as he feels he had a good time with Uncle D (my nickname, not his).

He’s additionally off on the whole. He tried to excessive 5 Johnny Gargano with the incorrect hand. He at all times performed the clueless member of the Means, but it surely’s extra now that he went on vacay with Dex.

This presumably value Johnny his match towards Lumis this week. After a enjoyable match (Gargano has nice matches with just about everybody), the chief of the Means distracted the referee. Candice instructed Concept to assault Dexter with a chair. However when the creepy Lumis made eye contact, Austin smiled, just about saying “What’s up?” and never utilizing the chair as a weapon. When Gargano tried to hurry his foe from behind, he unintentionally hit his protege after which acquired caught within the Silence, shedding by submission.

Oddly sufficient, Indi Hartwell is a bit infatuated with Dexter as nicely. The announcers made certain to level out she was smiling throughout a second the place Lumis was beating Johnny Wrestling. And backstage later, she admitted she discovered the aloof wrestler “sizzling.” It doesn’t matter what, Johnny and Candice have to get their home so as.

(Mentioned backstage section is embedded above as a result of backstage segments with the Means are among the finest issues on NXT weekly.)

All in all, the Means are nonetheless wildly entertaining. I actually appreciated them singing “That’s the Means (I Like It)” previous to Johnny’s match. I hope this continues. Might I counsel “Child, I really like The Means?” as their subsequent tune? I’m additionally impressed with how nicely Concept has adjusted to the group. At first, he felt just like the odd man out. However then they leaned into that, making him the dumb one. It’s a job he performs nicely, making the complete group really feel complete.

Fairly the Rollout

NXT is actually excessive on Zoey Stark.

Not everybody will get a aggressive two section match with the highest lady on the roster of their second ever NXT match. That’s what Stark acquired this week. And she or he greater than held her personal towards Io Shirai.

We’ll see if she lives as much as the push they’re going to present her. However we acquired an exhibition match from Io Shirai tonight, one thing we don’t see typically. I’ll take watching among the finest wrestlers on this planet work any day of the week. It’s not one thing we should always see typically, however after we do, it’s a deal with.

After the match, Toni Storm walked out onto the stage to accuse the champ of ducking her. It was easy, however most likely my favourite heel promo from Storm. It’s a sensible angle given Toni has a historical past of defeating Shirai in a excessive profile scenario.

This ought to be a very enjoyable program. The title match is already set for 2 weeks from now, however that would simply be a chapter within the longer story.

First Take a look at

Xia Li had her first actual match since becoming a member of the ranks of Tian Sha.

She confronted off towards her “former good friend” Kacy Catanzaro. The match itself was advantageous. Each ladies are each nonetheless comparatively new to the enterprise, they usually placed on a stable match. However the closing angle when Li went into the character work as a brutal fighter was excellent.

When a inclined Kacy was laying towards the ring steps, Xia delivered a nasty stomp to her arm. She then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the ring. Li didn’t get an opportunity to complete off her opponent as a result of the referee determined Catanzaro might not go and referred to as the match.

Kayden Carter as soon as once more tried to get into the face of Mei Ying, which was a foul transfer. Mei nodded to Li, who was nonetheless within the ring, and Xia delivered a kick to the top of Kacy as the previous Ninja Warrior was already being tended to by the officers.

This may result in Carter vs. Li, which is able to most likely be extra of the identical. That works. What occurs after that might be fascinating. Perhaps it can result in some physicality from Mei Ying?

All The Relaxation

– MSK had a video bundle telling us just a little extra about them. Which is nice as a result of once they had been going to present a stay promo with McKenzie Mitchell, the Grizzled Younger Vets attacked them. This lets us know that the actual program up subsequent for the Dusty Cup winners is a rematch with GYV. Their tag title match subsequent week is extra possible going to set that up additional.

– The Younger Vets adopted this up with a tag staff victory later within the night towards a recreation Killian Dain and Drake Maverick. There was intrigue when Dain was confronted by his former SAnitY mate Alexander Wolfe whereas he was carrying Maverick. The present Imperium member questioned what Dain’s turn out to be. Is that this the start of the tip for Drake and Dain?

– One other section that didn’t occur due to a brutal assault was a Tyler Rust match with Leon Ruff. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott was not over his loss to Ruff final week. He attacked the previous North American champ and delivered a Demise Valley Driver onto the ring apron. That transfer appeared… look forward to it… tough.

– Cameron Grimes continues to be improbable. This week, he tried to tug off the basketball bit that the Million Greenback Man did again within the day, however he was too silly to tug it off. I might positively get pleasure from it if this led to a Ted DiBiasi cameo.

This was a fairly good present, however not one of the large segments felt like they actually nailed it. Nonetheless pleasurable general.

Grade: B

Hold forth beneath.

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