NXT LVL Up – March 25, 2022: The Name Does Fit

Date: March 25, 2022
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Sudu Shah

We’re back in Orlando and things have actually been changing a bit as of late. That could open up some doors going forward around here, though I wouldn’t get my hopes up. There are some names who are becoming regulars around here, as the levels of the NXT roster become more defined. Let’s get to it.

Here are last week’s results if you need a recap.

Opening sequence.

Joe Gacy vs. Quincy Elliott

Elliott is a rather large man and before the match, Gacy says he deserves a chance. Gacy’s headlock doesn’t get him very far as Elliott hits a shoulder. Some gyrations mess with Gacy so Elliott grabs a headlock. That’s broken up so Gacy stomps him down in the corner before driving in elbows on the mat. The armbar goes on, with Gacy looking a bit crazy. Elliott fights up and hits a splash to the back as Gacy tries a drop down (smart). Gacy gets tied in the Tree of Woe but Harland offers a distraction so Gacy can escape. The handspring lariat finishes Elliott at 4:16.

Rating: C-. Gacy continues to be a weird case as he is annoying on the mic but decent enough in the ring, making his matches a lot easier to watch than his talking. Elliott is big and has some charisma, which should be enough to keep him around for the time being. I don’t know how long that goes, but it’s more than some people could do.

Iva Nile vs. Kiana James

This is James’ debut and she talks about working in an office job three months ago. Nile cranks on a wristlock to start before firing off some uppercuts. A running forearm and kick in the corner drop James for two as Malcolm Bivens isn’t looking worried at ringside. James fights out of a neck crank and makes the comeback, including a side slam for two. Nile has had enough though and grabs the dragon sleeper for the tap at 4:16.

Rating: C. This was almost a squash for Nile and that is where she tends to shine. Nile is great as the seasoned striking/submission star who can mow down anyone in front of her. James is the latest new name around here and you can only get so much out of seeing her getting beaten up for most of a four minute match.

Jacket Time vs. Edris Enofe/Malik Blade

Blade and Jiro go to the mat to start with neither being able to get much of an advantage. Back up and Blade hits a dropkick before handing it off to Enofe. That works a bit better for Jiro, who hands it off to Kushida for a basement dropkick. Jiro is right back in for the jacket punch but Enofe is right back on the arm.

That’s switched into a half crab but Jiro is right out, meaning Blade needs to come back in to work on the arm. Jiro armdrags his way to freedom though and it’s back to Kushida to clean house. A dive to the floor drops Blade and Jiro comes in off the top for two. Everything breaks down and a belly to back suplex tossed into a sitout powerbomb finishes Kushida at 7:13.

Rating: C. Sometimes you need a young heartthrob team who can be built into something and that seems to be what they are trying with Enofe and Blade. That is something that has worked forever in wrestling and they are good enough to make it work, at least on this low of a level. Keep building them up and NXT might have a little something with them. As for Jacket Time, the writing seems to be on the wall and that isn’t exactly promising.

Respect is shown to end the show.

Overall Rating: C-. This show continues to not be worth much and that was the case again here, as there just wasn’t anything close to necessary viewing. What we got instead was a trio of matches between people who might be something in the future but aren’t there yet. While that does fit in with the Level Up idea, it doesn’t exactly make for thrilling television.



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1 Response

  1. Guy Incognito says:

    “This is James’ debut”

    Kiana James actually wrestled previously on NXT as Kayla Inlay a couple of weeks ago.
    They just randomly changed her name one day Gunther style.

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