Reviews by Dave
By David E Houston II
Show air date: November 23, 2021
Bad enough they started NXT 2.0 with Grayson Waller in a match but he even got to do some talking before, starting Tuesday Night Raw off to a bad start.
Tommaso Ciampa (c) defeated Grayson Waller
For the NXT Championship
Waller faced NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa and it went way too long. The only reason I stopped the fast forward was to see Ciampa beat the brakes off that lame azz ninja. They really let Waller get some shit in, even kicking up from an Air Raid drop from the middle rope. Anyway, Ciampa beat Waller, who was all over the show this week.
LA Knight gave Joe Gacy the best talking segment he’s ever had.
The Clearance rack Beautiful People did the job to Sexy Walking again. Sexy Walking is the Globetrotters and they’re the Washington Generals.
I Tell You What
Duke Hudson vs Cameron Grimes is no Jimmy Valiant vs Paul Jones, I tell you what.
Tiffany Stratton is on the way. THANK YOU!! I was thinking “They do not have enough basic blondes doing cliche gimmicks.” Prayers answered.
Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro defeated Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta
Took my expectations behind my Granddad’s old work shed and shot them twice to watch Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro vs Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta. I did the right thing. Not good because they wanted to do a thing with Indi being distracted with outside business on her mind and she and Persia lost. Pirotta looked good in the limited action they allowed her. Keep it like that until she’s better.
Santos Escobar defeated Malik Blade
Santos Escobar beat Malik Blade in a nice TV return. Paint by numbers mic exchanges with Legado, the team of Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner, and tag champs Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Bartel). They’ve done this same segment most weeks since the rebrand. Imperium books the other two teams to face each other, winner faces Imperium at the War Games show.
Cora Jade defeated Mandy Rose
NXT Women’s champion Mandy Rose faced Cora Jade…and lost. I kid you not. The match wasn’t bad when Rose was on offense but when she had to sell and bump, it fell apart. Kay Lee Ray comes out with a bat, distracting Rose for Jade to roll her up for an upset. So Ray just helped push herself down the list of contenders.
Strong vs Gacy Booked for War Games
They made a match with Gacy and cruiserweight champion Roderick Strong of Diamond Mine for the December 5 War Games show in a segment that I really hope is as bad as it gets with him. That was horrible, even with Malcolm Bivens trying his best. I guess Strong’s beef with Odyssey Jones is just over and he’s still not defending his championship against an actual cruiserweight.
Ivy Nile defeated Yulisa Leon
All of that was nearly worth it to watch that exhibition put on by Diamond Mine’s Ivy Nile, as she put on a technical clinic on Yulisa Leon.
Main Event: Carmelo Hayes (c) defeated Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne
For the NXT North American Championship
Carmelo Hayes finally got around to defending his North American championship in a three-way match against Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano. I hate these. WWE makes them all the same match no matter who’s in them and everyone involved works too hard to do “cool spots” instead of looking like athletes trying to win.
Then it lacks any thought as if it’s a no-DQ, why does Trick Williams not just knock the shit out of people until his guy, Hayes, wins? All three are good wrestlers so the work was solid to good but it’s just a nonsense match. Hayes won because Tony D’Angelo decided to help him. Huh?
Then the LA Knight-Waller fight spilled into this segment too, Ciampa came out with a folding chair and these weird-ass alliances formed JUST IN TIME for Bron Breakker to announce WAR GAMES. Hey. DIY is back together…for a week.
I can’t believe they rehired Vince Russo and nobody told me anything!!!
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David E Houston II he’s attended small independent shows with less than 100 people and large stadium shows with over 20,000 fans and live worldwide pay-per-views.