NXT Recap and Reactions (April 26, 2022): Come in with a roar, come out with a groan

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IN SIGHT!

Lash Legend and Nikkita Lyons have the best feud in the territory. I’ve said it before and I’ll shout it as loud as I can from the highest mountain I have the guts to climb.

The two ladies opened NXT this week and wasted no time getting in as Lash was on the hunt. The violence felt real and for a moment, a little too real. There was one terrifying spot where Lyons narrowly escaped landing on her head as Lash pulled her out of the ring.

The two women aren’t polished yet in the ring, but they make up for it with sheer observational skills and character work. Besides, it’s just an attractive fight. While Lyons got the win with his normal martial arts-inspired offense, he wasn’t done. Not even close.

Nattie, remembering that Nikkita approached her last week, assaulted the victor with the help of Lash. Then Cora Jade came along to even those odds, and now we have a tag match between all four women at Spring break.

I don’t know what else to say about this feud other than it’s fun and it feels real. And sometimes, that’s all I need.

spring gacy

The NXT crowd chanted “we want wrestling” as Joe Gacy lulled them to sleep with his show-ending promo this week. That was the least of my problems here.

Remember, these are just my thoughts, right or wrong, this is how I feel at the moment. And at this moment? This sucks.

Last week, we got this puzzling conclusion where Bron Breakker was thrown off the stage with a bunch of minions in robes waiting for him. They surrounded him, he yelled, and the show went off the air.

How do we keep track of that this week? Gacy talks about an injury Bron suffered but doesn’t reveal it, Rick Steiner comes out with the worst music ever and says Bron is fine, Gacy’s minions surround Rick, Bron’s music plays and the NXT Champion hits solo to a couple of minions to be introduced by Gacy.

So what exactly was the point of last week if we have no follow up? I complained about this last week and in the last episode of our podcast, but this is bad storytelling. In fact, this whole thing between Gacy and Bron is mired in random plotting and even worse logic. These cliffhangers from episode to episode mean nothing if we keep missing the interesting stuff. Or, and this is a big deal, there is no real reason for the events.

Bron screamed for his life last week, but is he okay now? Rick Steiner was previously kidnapped by Gacy and now he’s okay with going out in the ring? Actually, rather, was Bron okay with his dad walking into the ring alone? It’s insulting because as a horror fan I can throw a dart and hit some pretty good plot points that NXT can use. It’s not rocket science at all, but they’re doing it that way because they refuse to do the job.

I don’t see how this angle makes anyone look good, let alone Bron. The last image in the show isn’t even worth mentioning, so I won’t. But, it’s something that happened and it was completely meh.


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The gift? Of course

Von Wagner defeated Tony D’Angelo in a match that bored me almost to tears. Von Wagner just isn’t and it’s sad that Tony D took an L here. Although, he was with an asterisk. Santos Escobar and LdF interfered for a bit of revenge, taking out Tony’s Monty Python Goons and Tony in the process.

Later in the show, we got the names of said goons: Troy “2 Dimes” Donovan and Channing Lorenzo. Thanks to Troy for making the universal money sign when he walked up to the screen. You know, because his name is “2 Dimes.”

Santos should make this interesting because everything he does is great.

i love nate frazer

Grayson Waller wants a child by Nathan Frazer and Tiffany Stratton wants to help. Frazer’s debut didn’t happen because Waller punched his opponent and talked a lot of trash into the microphone. Waller then ran over Chase U, destroying his school, his women, and his way of life in general.

Nathan attacked Waller while the latter was opening his mouth, and now Waller is flushed.

Return of the Macks

Katana Chance & Kayden Carter narrowly defeated Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon in a good match. I was expecting more here even though it was a fun match. Chance & Carter set the bar high while Fierce & Leon impress every time I see them. The match suffered due to lack of time, which is a constant theme in NXT 2.0: there is not enough time to let each match shine because there is so much happening.

Legacy takes advantage…

What was supposed to be a trio match with Legacy of the Ghost on one side of the ring and Briggs, Jensen and Fallon Henley on the other side. But a mysterious assailant eliminated Jensen before the match, turning the three-on-three into a three-on-two.

Now, before we get to the match results, let’s dig into why Jensen missed the match. Earlier in the show, Jensen’s wandering eye noticed the same woman hanging around Robert Stone and Von Wagner. To be fair, she stayed right in the town boy’s face, so it was hard not to notice her.

Stone and Wagner didn’t take this too well, apparently, as Stone showed up at the commentary table and took all the credit for the beating.

I disagree with the story’s decision here. Briggs and Henley were convinced that Legacy was to blame. Instead of letting the story unfold and give us a bit of a mystery for the next week or even the next two weeks, we immediately blow the wind out of it and know exactly who did it. And we know why: Jensen looked at a woman Stone thinks she belongs to. She’s fine, great. But there’s still mystery about that particular relationship, so it’s hard to really get involved in the story.

LdF got the W because three people are better than two any day of the week. I wish we had a stronger story built around all of this and not letting all the cats out of their respective bags.

No tricks, no treats

Trick Williams is still the man. Even though he lost to Solo Sikoa, he came out looking like the man with the brightest future. Especially since he sells well and makes everything, and everyone, look good.

Cameron Grimes in the commentary planted some interesting seeds in regards to Carmelo Hayes and his best friend. Grimes said that Trick is the star and that Melo is not only holding him back, but he is also selfish. I don’t want these two to break up anytime soon, but it looks like we’re at least laying the groundwork for what their breakup could look like. Yes Happens. Something worthy of our attention.

On another note, once the match was over, Grimes and Melo got into a verbal confrontation, only for Sikoa to knock Grimes out. He looked like he was aiming at Melo, but he didn’t seem remorseful at all. Intrigue that I can get behind.

RAID

The Viking Raiders came to NXT at the behest of Roderick Strong. Why? Strong thinks The Diamond Mine is going soft and thinks Brothers Creed needs to toughen up. Clearly setting up a moment where Strong is kicked out of the mine because, as said here before, he just doesn’t fit in anymore. Especially with The Creed’s recent run basically making them good guys.

Unfortunately, that means someone has to lose to them. Edris Enofe and Malik Blade, get down!

Which sucks, because these two started out with a spark. Now they’re a bit of a comedy duo and fodder for other teams. Or for Toxic Attraction. Or any woman with a pulse on the show.

After The Vikings attacked them from all sides, Creed Bros. showed up for a proprietary wrestling look. These two teams meet in Spring break And honestly, I’m more interested in the implications than the game itself.

I’m over this

I want to say something nice about Mandy Rose and Roxanne Perez. The game itself was not horrible. That’s it.

Wendy Choo showed up after the match and… dropped a net on Toxic Attraction after they evaded her super soak. Wendy and Roxanne then sprayed TA with a silly rope.

Yes, this is not all.


I didn’t feel NXT this week. The show started with its hottest angle, even if the match left a lot to be desired. And it was downhill from there with little peaks but mostly valleys. The history of the NXT Championship is a dumpster fire. Unfortunately, there is not enough fire extinguisher in the world to put out the flames. And since he is the focal point of the show, everything around him suffers.

We prepped a little bit for the women’s breakout tournament, Kay Lee Ray is now Alba Fyre, and Wes Lee is on a road trip, and that was probably the most interesting thing.

Grade: D

That’s my rating and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.

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