It is so nice when a wrestling event lives up to great expectations. Suck it Charles Dickens! This was a fantastic show. My only regret in writing this review is that I am doing it alone. Still, let’s talk about this great show. Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant. Please enjoy.
Adam Cole defeated EC3, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Killian Dain, & Lars Sullivan in a ladder match to become the first-ever North American Champion
I will admit, I didn’t think Adam Cole was winning this. I don’t like that he won it. I didn’t like that this match occurred prior to the tag team match. Those are minor complaints. The thing is, this match was one of the 5 best ladder matches of the past 5-10 years. This delivered in most ways that you would want a ladder match to produce. Yes, I do have to bring up the fact that Killian was sent into a ladder that was on the desk and ring apron and rather than his momentum moving the ladder, it was as if he hit an invisible wall. That was probably the only shitty spot of the whole match. I loved it. This was great fun, I have in fact rewatched it. I think Velveteen took the most damage, followed by Ricochet and EC3. Velveteen is a star in the making and it is super exciting to see when everything just clicks for a wrestler. Adam Cole, figure out if you are a heel or a face because I don’t like your bullshit antics. I don’t like this Bullet Club, wannabe NWO attitude of being the cool bad guys. Be a face or be a heel or be a tweener. Those are 3 viable options.
Rating: 8.0 and this was only the third best match on the card.
2. Shayna Baszler defeated Ember Moon to become the new NXT Women’s Champion
This was a significant improvement over their last match in January. I know that Shayna did what she is supposed to do. I simply didn’t enjoy this match. Furthermore, I feel that if Shayna wasn’t friends with Ronda, she would not be in the position that she currently is. It’s not as egregious as Nia or Charlotte, but in a way, it is. Like, now just because you are friends with someone you get handed belts? At least if it’s in the lineage of the family, you feel that it’s a worthwhile risk, and people like Randy, Rock, Road Dogg, and Jason Jordan prove that it’s a good gamble. What? Jason isn’t Kurt’s son? Wow, I am shocked!! This match simply didn’t click for me. It was watchable, but not rewatchable for me. If you enjoyed it, I won’t criticize you like normal. Shayna needs a lot of work and I feel the belt should go to those who have really worked on their craft. This sort of shit doesn’t happen with the guys. You want equality, then demand more from the female talent and demand more from WWE for bypassing talented females to put the belt on Shayna. I actually think Shayna will be fine in about 2 years, but her progress may be slower since NXT’s women’s division is pretty barren at the moment, especially if Nikki gets called up. Also, I didn’t much like Ember’s entrance. I love Halestorm, but this started off rough before it got decent at the end.
Rating: 3.9 because I cannot give it a 4.
3. Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly defeated Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic and retain the tag team championship
This match was fun. I hated the ending. I really don’t like Undisputed Vanilla Midgets, and they got more vanilla when Roderick joined their group. The same criticism I had for Cole goes even more for this match. Cole is at least a very talented dude, just small. I don’t dig Roderick much. I think O’Reilly is my favorite of the group, but that’s because he doesn’t piss me off as much. Look, we knew AOP wasn’t winning. Roddy and Pete never made sense as a team and it always felt like one was going to turn on the other, and you would suspect Pete turning on Roddy. Instead, they did a double turn, and kudos for pulling that off. But fuck the stupid ass fans for cheering and these guys acting the way they did. You did heel shit, so act like fucking heels. The fans deserve more of the blame than the wrestlers in some way. Pete is the only one in the angle who played his role properly. Still, if it results in Pete getting some UK back up and them getting rid of Undisputed Era, I am all for it. Let’s get Wolfgang in there.
Rating: 4.9 because I wouldn’t watch this again, but it was solid.
4. Aleister Black defeated Andrade Cien Almas to become the NEW NXT Champion
This match……this fucking match was so good. I think more people will say that the Gargano vs Ciampa match was match of the night, but if we are talking about bell to bell action, I would argue that this was the better technical match. Cody Rhodes would tell me that I don’t understand wrestling. Cody Rhodes can go fuck himself. Andrade is the total package once he got Zelina Vega. This was such a great back and forth match. I thought Andrade would retain and wasn’t upset when he won. These guys busted their asses and told a great story. The only issue was that this match didn’t have the build to it that Gargano and Ciampa had. The reality is that this was great for everything that it did and the last match was great for everything that it did. We don’t have to live in a world where we MUST choose one or the other. Bother were incredible. I loved this match and thought it was match of the week and match of the year candidate.
5. Johnny Gargano defeated Tomasso Ciampa and is reinstated to NXT
If you like your match with more emotion and storytelling, this was fucking amazing. Ciampa showed the world how cool it can be a heel by giving zero fucks and doing everything to make Johnny shine. Undisputed Era, this is how you heel. The spots were big. The kickouts were well earned and timed right. If you say that this is the match of the year so far, you’re not wrong. I prefer the previous match, but hell, we got treated to greatness. I loved this match. You know that this and the last match were great because I watched it with my buddy Ron who rarely watches wrestling and never sees NXT. He was engaged in this. That is how you can tell if a match really succeeded. Get a non-wrestling fan to be entertained and glued to the TV screen.
Rating: 9.0 yup, I am calling it a tie on ratings because there’s no need to nitpick here.
6. Overall, I would say this is a tough card to beat. I don’t think that they will be able to this calendar year. 2 9’s and an 8 is tough as hell to beat. Mania had 14 matches and none were even an 8. Good luck 2018 in topping this masterpiece.
One of the best NXT TakeOver cards is upon us. Cece helps Kent out with some predictions for this very special night. Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we discussed this and other topics that may or may not be relevant. Please enjoy.
NXT Tag Team Championship & Dusty Rhodes Classic Winner – Undisputed ERA vs Authors of Pain vs Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne
Cece: Based on the night, I do believe Adam Cole is going to not win the NA title in the 6-man match and help Kyle retain the titles.
Winner: Undisputed Era.
Kent: The only thing that I am fairly certain of is that the Authors of Pain aren’t winning here. There’s no real reason for them to win, in all honesty. With that being said, now is a great time to either take the belts off of Undisputed ERA with the injury excuse. It would also be a good time to maybe develop friction between Roderick and Pete, or possibly to push them. I hate teams put together randomly to win though. Roderick turning heel on Pete would be best case scenario because it buys Undisputed ERA some more time, and gives Roderick and Pete a clear cut direction.
Winner: Undisputed ERA
North American Championship Ladder Match – Velveteen Dream vs EC3 vs Lars Sullivan vs Ricochet vs Adam Cole vs Killian Dain
Cece: This is so hard to predict. I can tell you who I DON’T think will win. That is Adam Cole. However, I do believe it’s going to be a pretty fair fight between all the men in this match. All are definitely deserving of this North American Championship. I do think Killian and Lars will cancel each other out and EC3 and Velveteen will work on each other after they get rid of Cole. I see Ricochet jumping in and taking the win.
Kent: I think this is the hardest match of the weekend to guess. Cece and I had a talk about it earlier. The thing is that heels are better with belts than faces are, traditionally. The chase is more exciting when it’s the face chasing. I do not think Killian or Adam are getting this. Lars would be cool as shit, but I don’t think so. I think all 6 guys have some great things to offer. I can see any of the last 3 winning. EC3 nor Velveteen NEED the belt and I feel Ricochet could benefit from it most. Traditionally, new championships go to faces. I am picking Ricochet with Velveteen being my backup. I cannot wait to see EC3 kick some ass though.
NXT Women’s Championship Match – Ember Moon vs Shayna Baszler
Cece: This match shouldn’t really even be happening. Ember needs a worthy adversary and not just an MMA fighter who comes in out of nowhere. I agree with Kent, Ember is getting booked terribly. She is a great wrestler and I truly hope she gets her time on the main roster soon.
Winner: Unfortunately, I see Shayna taking the win.
Kent: This is the only match that I don’t care about. Poor Ember has had a terrible championship run, and it’s not her fault. They have really booked her terribly. I don’t even have interest in her character at the moment. She should have been feuding with Billie and Peyton or even Nikki. Shayna is improving but she sure as shit isn’t in the top 5 females in NXT, and I may argue top 10. She needs lots of time, and she shouldn’t be pushed this hard, in my opinion. Ember hopefully wins and gets in a better feud, and it better not be against Kairi Sain or however it is spelled. There’s another girl who I am not digging. Boring matches, terrible gimmick. She’s all flash with little substance, like a modern-day Lita.
Unsanctioned Match (If Gargano wins, he is reinstated. If Ciampa wins, Gargano is banished from NXT forever!!) Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa
Cece: This is the match I’m anticipating most. More than almost any other match WM weekend. This feud has seemed like it’s just begun. However, I do think Johnny will be getting a call up soon. I cannot wait to see these two tear each other apart.
Winner: Ciampa with a cheap shot.
Kent: This is another match that I am unsure of. I think this feud needs more time. I also have gone on record as saying that these 2 guys are the next evolution in the mold of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, with Johnny as Daniel and Tommaso as Punk. This has every possibility of being the best match of the weekend. That’s not hype, that’s straight fact. This has match of the year potential, but I don’t know if they want to blow their load yet. Let’s have Johnny win this one I guess. I want this feud to last longer because it is damn good.
NXT World Championship Match- Andrade Cien Almas vs Aleister Black
Cece: This is hard to predict as well. I would really love to see Aleister take the title. He’s been a badass ever since he appeared on NXT. He’s more than deserving of it.
Winner: Black and Zelina/Cien move up to main roster.
Kent: Another match that could be match of the night or weekend. I love Aleister, he’s really become a better performer in my eyes since his Velveteen feud. Him and Cole killed it in January. I am not ready for Andrade to get lost in the shuffle on the main roster yet, and that is going to happen, unfortunately. Aleister can debut the night after Mania. Both are ready, but only Aleister will get a good push immediately. Plus I feel that Drew needs his rematch.
Will we see anybody return from injury?
Cece: I am hoping Drew comes in and not necessarily interferes, but, comes out to taunt someone about a title.
Kent: Drew would be awesome, so yes.
Will we see anybody new debut or sitting in the crowd?
Cece: Not too sure if anyone new, per say. Hoping some main roster stars will be in the crowd, though.
Kent: Yes, and I am guessing James Storm
Match of the Night?
Cece: Ciampa/Gargano for sure.
Kent: I will go with Johnny vs Tommaso and I could be very wrong.
Worst Match of the Night?
Kent: Women’s match, no doubt.
Will the best match of this show be better than the best match of Wrestlemania?
Cece: Yes. I am not too excited about Mania as much as I am Takeover and ROH: Supercard of Honor.
Kent: If AJ vs Shinsuke and the IC championship match get enough time, that is a tough call. I will say NXT’s best match will be better than Mania’s best.
Will you be watching or reading about any of the other promotion’s events that are happening this weekend, such as the Supercard of Honor?
Kent: I will try to watch some of it, but I cannot give a single solitary fuck for anything involving Cody or the Young Bucks.
Welcome everybody to another week of the Wrestling 9 Deuce. I am your host, Kent. This week, The Miz almost had it out with his Miztourage, Brock continues to make Roman his bitch, Sasha and Bayley finally broke up, Daniel revealed his match for Mania, and Cena mocked Taker more. All of this and much more! Anyway, Keri asks the questions around here, Anonyruss and Harper Lee answer them, and Keri decides a winner at the end. Simple stuff. Over on our podcast, Are You Not Kentertained we talk about all of this stuff plus other wrestling related news and tidbits. Please enjoy.
NXT is unveiling the new North American championship at Takeover New Orleans on Saturday.. Discuss this decision, the match ups, and of course the belt design.
Anonyruss: I’m glad they finally got a secondary title on NXT. Too much singles talent to not have them fighting for a reason. As for the design. I like picture of North America, but why does the belt have to be red. Don’t we already have a belt that is very red. Also, isn’t that the most useless belt they have ever come up with? Not a good omen for this title. As for the match up. I am totally in for this match for two reasons. First, it is a ladder match so this should be well done. Way to generate excitement for the belt NXT. Secondly, Ricochet! Holy crap if they allow him to be him he will be everyone’s favorite wrestler! Seriously, if you haven’t seen him wrestle yet, you are in for a treat!
Harper Lee: I strongly dislike this new championship. Here I go, I’m going to be a bitter internet wrestling fan for a moment, and I apologize. How many titles does NXT need? They already have a UK division that they barely pay attention to and didn’t stick with him defending against other UK talent. Why call it a UK title if non-UK wrestlers are vying for it? Then, THEN you make a North American championship and Killian Dane is in it. So now you’re going to have 2 secondary divisions that won’t get enough shine on a stacked roster. I think this is building to having 3 hour NXT specials. They are trying to force too much into a tiny hole. Like I told daddy, it won’t fit. Him and I were replacing some of our fences and he had this tiny hole dug up and then he had this massive post that he was trying to ram in there and I kept pleading with him to just take it easy. I offer to get the hose, get it wet, loosen it up, but he was so determined. Anyway, I don’t know who this EC3 guy is, but he is one good looking man. I am so picking him. His song is pretty catchy too. This could be the best match of the weekend.
Keri’s Verdict: A secondary belt isn’t a bad idea. Do I like the belt itself? Well I’m kinda of indifferent to it. It’s ok but the other NXT belts look so much better. It’s almost like they are copying the IWGP US title with the color and set up (or the fruit roll up but no one wants to compare it to that). As for my pick to win, well I feel Velveteen Dream is a national treasure and should be treated as such with a win. Now for to award a point for this question. Harper brings up some good points and raises some good questions so she gets the point.
Adam Cole is as of right now doing double duty at Takeover where he will be in the North American Championship match and the tag team title match. Discuss.
Anonyruss: Yea, I’m not sure how they are going to do this. Which match goes first? I guess it would have to be the Tag match, because if something goes wrong in the ladder match they are in trouble. Does this mean Undisputed Era are going to lose the belts? That seemed inevitable before the match. Does it mean that Adam is going to win the North Amercan Title? Possibly, but I’ll be honest I don’t really want him to win it. I really want Ricochet to win it, though as long as he puts in a great effort I’m ok with him not taking it. I think Velveteen Dream is the man who should be walking away with that belt. Still Adam Cole being in two big matches really says something. If he can pull off two fun and exciting matches could be a sign of things to come for him.
Harper Lee: I think they need to start off with the tag title match and save the ladder match to the 4th match on the card. Adam can let O’Reilly do most of the match, or Cole can take a big bump early in the ladder match to get rest. There are many ways that this brave man can get some rest. I think he wins the tag match but loses the NA championship after coming oh so close. I can see him on the ladder trying to get the fans excited and doing the Adam Cole Baybay thing and then getting taken down for being a showman.
Keri’s Verdict: I’m not sure how this is going to work but from the looks of things it’s going to be a tough night for Adam Cole Baybay. They will probably go tag then ladder because the other way would just be asking for trouble. Now to award a point. I like the positivity in Anonyruss’ response so he gets a point.
10 months ago a story started that has the potential to forever change the landscapes of the Bullet Club and the Elite. Yes, I’m talking about the feud that has developed between Cody and Kenny Omega. Discuss this storyline. What you liked about it? What you didn’t? Also, what do you think is going to happen on Saturday night?
Anonyruss: What a disgusting question. First, does anyone care about this? I mean I know Keri does and Russ has some vague interests in it. However, I’m WWE all the way. Anything else is just trash. I know this isn’t going to win me any points, but I refuse to learn anything about wrestling outside of WWE unless I know there is a chance they are coming to WWE. So here I go winging this. What I like about this story is that hopefully this will be the end this weekend. Seriously, this has gone on far too long and it has been far too ridiculous for two talents like Cody and Kenny. I didn’t like that it happened at NJPW instead of on WWE television, oh wait this was pretty stupid so I should be glad about that. I think they are going to have one hell of a match on Saturday. Both guys can deliver in a match and this shouldn’t be any different. Will I watch it. Only if Keri hounds us about how great it was and I can find a way to not pay for it. Youtube I’m looking in your direction.
Harper Lee: Who’s a Bullet Club? Do they wrestle with guns? How is this even safe? Keri, how do you invest yourself in such violence. Oh……that is just a name and no guns. Upon further review, I listened to their theme song and read about them. They sound like a terrible rip off of the Balor Club. I don’t even know why they are fighting. I will tell you this, I used to love Stardust, but then he disappeared. I saw a recent picture of him and I don’t care how good this tights fit him, that hair is a travesty! Meanwhile, Kenny reminds me of somebody I would see in Pokemon. As I sit here with my Pikachu pillow, I have to cheer for Kennychu. On a side note, how is anybody supposed to watch this stuff? I don’t know Japanese. I don’t live in Japan. It’s not on the WWE Network, so it’s not REALLY wrestling. It seems fake. I don’t like it. I think Saturday night. Kenny is going to try to pull a Pikachu and call lightning down from the heavens. When he does, the crowd will gasp and immediately call him an Undertaker rip off. I am cheering Kennt. I have heard that man can kick out of 27 finishing moves in a single match. He is no mere mortal.
Keri’s Verdict: Since New Year Dash, I’ve been waiting to see where this storyline was going and I’ve been invested, maybe a little too invested in its outcome. This storyline, has been interesting from top to bottom since it started. I really encourage Anonyruss and Harper to look into when they get a chance. They are missing out, in my opinion, on good story building. Anyways, as for the match, this is going to be a fight and both guys are going to beat the crap of each other. There is way too much emotion conveyed in the build for this story for there not to be. Who is going to win in the end? I don’t know but I am on Team Kenny so that is where I leaning (surprised aren’t ya?). Now for the point for this question. So much negativity on both sides. Therefore, no one gets a point.
Ring of Honor will crown its first Women of Honor Champion this Saturday. The semi-finalist are: Tenille Dashwood, Sumie Sakai, Kelly Klein, and Mayu Iwatani. Discuss this historic opportunity and of course who you think will win it.
Anonyruss: This is HISTORIC and I believe FIRST TIME. I am so happy that the WWE has paved the way for women in other organizations to finally start showing there stuff. I’m sure this will be thrilling! I am a huge proponent of women in wrestling thanks to GLOW so I’m really happy. Now who is going to win? I don’t know any of these women except Tenille (Emma) and since the rest have names that confuse me I’m going to say that Emma gets what she never got in WWE…A little respect.
Harper Lee: Wait, they are now, just now crowning a women’s champion? HAHAHAHAHAHA. They are such amateurs. While they were thinking about it, WWE was giving us historic, first time ever women’s matches. The women were main eventing the Royal Rumble. We had the first Women’s Hell In A Cell and Money in the Bank and Elimination Chamber. Shame on you ROH for being so far behind the times. Say what you will about WWE, but they give women a fair opportunity to display their skills. And who are these women? I can barely pronounce their names. Do you pronounce it like ten nile (like the river)? Klein, is that pronounced like clean? If so, just spell the word right. Geez! I’m looking at pictures of them. You know what, that Tenille lady looks a lot like Emma from WWE. Where is she anyway? Emma was amazing. I guess I will choose her doppelganger. Word of the day calendar for the win!!
Keri’s Verdict: This tournament was good and I’m surprised at some of the outcomes of the match ups so far. In the end, Tenille is probably going to be standing tall. Why not build a women’s division around one of the women who started the women’s revolution in the WWE? You know like the WWE should have done instead of building part of a division around Charlotte Flair. I guess WWE isn’t the smartest about all things women’s wrestling, are they? As for this question’s point, I like that Anonyruss was at least positive in his response to this question so he gets the point.
James Ellsworth is scheduled to wrestle Matt Riddle at Wrestlecon in New Orleans. Discuss this match.
Anonyruss: Well I guess a silver lining to this is at least Ellsworth is doing something. I mean the first ever women’s MIT winner should get some more respect than he did. Also, hey look he’s fighting a guy. I don’t know who this Matt Riddle is, but if he is related to Tom Riddle (for all the Harry Potter fans out there) then Ellsworth could be in trouble. Hey his name is James… Just like Harry’s father… Oh no! Ellsworth is going to die!
Harper Lee: Why is James Ellsworth fighting the Riddler? Is James secretly Batman? Is that why James hasn’t been on TV in awhile? He’s been fighting crime. Is the name Shane McMahon just a secret name to keep Commisioner Gordon’s identity a secret, or is commissioner Gordo really Vince’s father? Oh my, I am confused now. I cannot cheer on the Riddler. Have you ever seen him in action. How am I supposed to figure out his riddles? They are way too difficult for me. It will be nice to see Jim Carrey in the ring again. I thought that Man On The Moon film was incredible. I’m picking James……I mean Batman to win.
Keri’s Verdict: I only have one thing to say and that is I fear for Ellsworth’s safety in his match. Oh well at least I got to see him briefly at Awesomecon in DC over this past weekend just in case he doesn’t fair too well in this match. Now for this question’s point. Both response are creative but I’m going to give Harper the point here for being just a little more Creative.
Bonus Time: Each week Anonyruss and Harper Lee will choose a topic that hasn’t been discussed in this week’s blog. In the event of a tie after 5 questions, Keri will use these extra thoughts to help her declare a winner.
Anonyruss: This week in “Great Things that Rousey did” we look at her segment on RAW. Man did she nail her lines! The part where she asked Stephanie which arm she writes the checks with was perfect! The crowd loved it and so did I. Stephanie really needs to work the ring rust off, because the way she put Ronda through that table scared me. She barely could lift her! Still I can’t wait to see this match! It better be one of the “Main Events” at Mania. We will finally get to see the greatness that is Rousey in the squared circle.
Harper Lee: Where was the love for Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground teaming up for a show this weekend? I hate to say it, but I feel like Keri’s bias is showing. The great Austin Aries will be in action with weekend taking on the Pero, Alberto Del…I mean Alberto El Patron. Did you know that him and Paige had a relationship? He must love us pale white girls. Onto my picks. I am choosing Alberto & Pentagon over Austin & Fenix because that isn’t how you spell Phoenix and I like shapes. I will take Eddie Edwards over Jeremiah Crane in an I Quit match. I always pick Allie, even if she is taking on Taya Valkyrie, and she is a strong woman. LAX is better than their opponents, Killshot and The Mack. If he was Big Mac, I would have considered them. Finally, there is Dezmond Xavier, Andrew Everett & DJZ vs. Drago, King Cuerno & Aerostar, and I am going with the team with the guy named after Daenerys’ dragon.
Keri’s Final Verdict: Harper is doing her homework and calling out the promotions I didn’t have the the question numbers to ask about. Good job. Harper gets the winning point.
Anonyruss: The biggest week in wrestling is upon us. Mania is looking amazing. NXT will more than likely deliver and there are some other promotions doing some small stuff. I don’t like to be this optimistic about mania weekend, but I just don’t see how this can be a bad weekend of wrestling. If this weekend sucks I’m going to have to sit myself down in front of a mirror and talk to myself about my decisions in life.
Harper Lee: So the biggest week of the year and we didn’t discuss Wrestlemania at all. What the heck? I feel so cheated!!!! Will Taker show up? We don’t know. Could THAT have been a question this week? Yeah, it could have! Geez.
Keri: Well here it is, the weekend I’ve been waiting for. It’s Supercard of Honor weekend and the unfortunate part is I’m probably not going to be able to watch it. The “joys” of being a graduate student with a paper due on Sunday. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll catch it at some point.
I am totally going to half ass this review. It was over a month ago. I apologize. This show deserves better. I just don’t have the time to be better. My apologies.
Undisputed ERA retained their tag team championships against Authors of Pain
Kent: I wanted to like this match and it had it’s moments, but these 2 teams don’t click too well in my opinion. AoP is still very young and need more time. I don’t really like Undisputed ERA but I can’t blame them. They know what they are doing. This match was very average to me. No more matches between these teams please.
Rating: 4.7 Nothing I wish to see again
2. Velveteen Dream def Kassius Ohno
Kent: This was just a way to have Kassius hit some hard shots on the up and comer while putting over the new guy who needs pushing. I liked it, I had fun with it, but nothing about this screamed for me to rewatch it. 5.0 is the highest I give anything if I won’t rewatch it.
Rating: 5.0 because I did have fun, and both guys are very good.
3. Ember Moon def Shayna Baszler to retain the NXT Women’s Title
Kent: I hated how this match was booked. I was annoyed. I hated this match. They did the arm spot too long. Watch any MMA fight. They don’t last a tenth of that time. Ember is not that tough. Stop it WWE. This was really brutal. The ending was stupid. Ember should be booked better in my opinion. I don’t like Shayna yet, but I hope that she grows on me. Whoever booked this should be doing the walk of SHAME!
Rating: 2.2 I really hated this match.
4. Aleister Black def Adam Cole in an Extreme Rules Match
Kent: I thought this match had potential, maybe be fun for some spots. This match exceeded my expectations and both guys are bigger stars in my eyes. Adam still needs to refine some of his stuff, and he is too small to be a threat, unfortunately, but he will kill it in 205. So many great spots. They told a good story. Props to Adam for some of the shit he put his body through. Respect to both men and kudos.
Rating: 6.3 I was enjoying myself and would absolutely watch this again
5. Andrade Cien Almas retained the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano
Kent: Holy balls! This fucking match is the early leader for match of the year. This was a brilliant match and I severely underestimated their chemistry. Whoever booked this deserves a raise. I loved how this built up with the feeling out process, chain wrestling, some back and forth and continued to culminate in the way that the best of the best matches tend to. It’s not rocket science. These guys worked their asses off and it was great. Ciampa attacking after was perfect as well. If you watch one match this year, watch this match. Fuck Japan, fuck WWE main roster, fuck Lucha, ROH, TNA, and everybody else. This was the match that all others will be measured against this year for greatness.
Rating: 9.0 I can’t praise it much more than a near perfect rating.
This PPV was really adequate in the beginning, then divebombed in the middle, and then got good to great really fucking fast in those last 2 matches. Just watch the last 2 matches. So good.
Hey, this is Kent. This is a month late. Still, it is hilarious how bad I did on this one. Those last 2 matches were fucking good. Thank you Cece for the help and input. Always appreciated.
NXT Takeover Philly
Kassius Ohno vs Velveteen Dream
Cece: This was a surprise match for me. After watching this week’s episode, I got really hype seeing Kassius push Dream. These are 2 of my favorite competitors in NXT right now. I am really looking forward to a solid match. They have the perfect builds to wrestle each other. I’m not quite sure who I see winning to be honest. Both of them are great and deserve it. But, since they seem to always bury Kassius, I call Dream to win.
Kent: I have little doubt that Velveteen will win. Kassius is the Cesaro of NXT, which is no surprise if you know that they were a tag team once upon a time. Velveteen is a future NXT champion, in my opinion. This one feels obvious. Velveteen will be living the dream.
NXT Tag Team Title Match: Authors of Pain vs Undisputed ERA
Cece: This is another awesome match-up. Honestly, I think Undisputed ERA is going to keep their tag titles, but I feel like it will be a well-fought match overall. The reason I see this going out so well is because I’m still convinced AoP is going to be moved up to the main roster very soon.
Kent: While I agree with Cece about AoP due to be called up, it won’t be until after Mania and it will be on RAW I would assume. I’d keep them on NXT longer.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Ember Moon vs Shayna Baszler
Cece: I am excited to see Ember defend her title, however, I don’t like this whole angle they’re doing with Shayna. I don’t think anyone should be able to just come into the WWE from another company and just act like they can run the place. Yes, she is an MMA fighter, so she knows how to hurt people and put them to sleep, but that doesn’t compare to Ember’s overall career and moveset. I’m hoping Ember will retain and they’ll back off the Shayna train a bit.
Kent: There’s no reason to take the belt off of Ember here. I don’t even think Shayna is that talented yet. They shouldn’t push her this much so fast because it will turn a lot of fans on here I think.
Extreme Rules Match: Aleister Black vs Adam Cole
Cece: Another solid match booked. Can Triple H do more in RAW/Smackdown please? These NXT matches are always legit. Anyway, I’m really stoked for this. Aleister Black is a quiet storm and after he was provoked so long by Velveteen Dream, I really think he’s going to take all his pent up anger and rage on Adam Cole, especially since he cost him his opportunity.
Kent: I am not sure who is going to win. Aleister shouldn’t lose, but they seem to be booking Adam Cole extremely strong. I want Aleister to win, so therefore I am picking the Baybay. I expect this to be fun at the very least.
NXT Championship Match: Andrade Cien Almas vs Johnny Gargano
Cece: This is the only match I’m kinda meh about. If it goes all ‘underdog’ wins the title because he was bullied for so long by Zelina Vega, I’ll be annoyed. Yes, Johnny is a great wrestler, but we need some spice! I’d love to see either Candice come out and beef with Zelina, OR what would be best would be Ciampa coming out to interfere!
Kent: This is a solid matchup of 2 strong workers. This doesn’t feel like a main event match to me though. I like both guys and I am sure I will really like the match, but this isn’t a terribly strong main event and the undercard is underwhelming to me. Prove me wrong NXT!!!! Andrade should win. Is Ciampa due back anytime soon? I miss him. Oh yeah, Cien is winning…..I hope.
Cece: I am really excited to watch, however, I’ll have to wait bc I’ll be at a friend’s birthday party and I don’t wanna be rude. Sooo I’ll probably have to stay off the internet for a couple hours.
Kent: I want to like this, but the card doesn’t excite me, and I wish it did. Everybody knows that I love these NXT TakeOvers, but this one feels like a forgettable night.
I am back to give you the expert opinion on everything that went down at NXT’s Takeover Houston 2017. If you are looking for the typical internet wrestling fan’s perspective, pull your pants down and go fuck yourself. Just because somebody is the flavor of the week doesn’t necessarily mean that I am going to latch on to them. I don’t have a neckbeard, and I don’t apologize, mainly because I can’t grow hair.
Lars Sullivan defeated Kassius Ohno
Did this match go exactly as you imagined it would? Good, you’ve been paying attention then because this is what anybody who knows wrestling would predict. It was fun and I did suggest that it would be. Kassius knows how to perform, and Lars is still learning, but it’s fun to watch him develop. I was also right in suggesting that this would be the worst match of the night. It happens, but I had fun.
Aleister Black defeated Velveteen Dream
This may have been the most fun and entertaining match of the night. I had so much fun. I loved all of the psychology that they deployed in this match that was built from the feud itself. It was logical. It’s what pro wrestling should be. I loved that Aleister went for wrestling early rather than his usual strikes. The theme of this match was in the sequences rather than being spot monkeys, which we will get to later in the night. This is the type of match that I yearn for as a fan and I absolutely want to see this feud continue. Aleister on the mic after the match was a nice touch. I’m going to say that this match will be better than any match on Survivor Series.
NXT Women’s Fatal 4 Way Championship match
Ember Moon defeated Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Kairi Sain
This match let me down. I have many reasons. First, let’s talk about the positives. Ember Moon is a star and looked the part. She is the most deserving of the 4 women in my opinion based on what we have seen. Peyton looked great so I enjoyed that. When Nikki got her brief blip of offense, she looked like the girl that I love. I liked Regal and Asuka giving her the belt. Now for the negatives. Peyton did that great submission but could clearly see Ember coming, yet never relinquished the hold. That made zero sense. Nikki barely got any offense in and was there to bump. The stupidity of people just staring and waiting for somebody to do a suicide dive onto them. You gotta pretend like you’re fighting or busy, otherwise it just looks fucking terrible, like it did. But most of all, and I cannot stress this enough, Kairi Sane is not very good. She is the female Finn Balor. She has a gimmick that attracts the masses and has a bit of charisma and is attractive. Seriously, that describes Finn as well. Neither are great in ring but are hyped as great. Why does the IWC instantly give everybody from Japan a pass? Being in Japanese wrestling isn’t a guarantee that you are good in the ring. Her gimmick is tasteless in my opinion, and fucking stupid, gag worthy. Her only redeemable quality is her looks, at least from what I’ve seen so far. Her repeated strikes look fucking terrible and her finisher is a top rope elbow. Why are the announcers acting like it is breathtaking? Seriously, why is that move considered spectacular? Anybody? Exactly. Fucking IWC has to ruin shit. I talked with Eric earlier Saturday about her and he gave me an apt explanation of why she does nothing for me. He’s not wrong in reasons I would dislike her. He did fail to mention how bad she is in ring though and that’s the biggest sin. Hopefully she does porn down the road because that will most likely be the only time I give a fuck.
Rating: 3.5 Mainly for Ember being awesome, but the finish was also dumb as hell, just 2 women standing there waiting. How fucking silly.
NXT Men’s Championship Match
Andrade Cien Almas defeated Drew McIntyre and won the belt
Well, in the preview I said that Andrade was here to get Drew over even more. Boy was I wrong in that regard. On the plus side, for over a year, I have been singing the praises of Andrade, and anybody who has read my NXT stuff knows that I have long admired his work and hoped that he would get moved up. Well, this is even better! Both guys are main roster ready and I fully expect Drew on the main roster for the Royal Rumble. I would love to see him and Baron have a match. This match was way better than I thought it would be and I had hopes of this being match of the night. I really thought that this was well done, and that fucking spike DDT finish was scary looking and awesome. I know that the IWC losers of the world will try to hype up how good War Games was. No, this is a Match of the Year candidate right here. The psychology, the moves, the drama, it all worked and both guys worked their asses off. I will be rewatching this match again this week.
Undisputed ERA defeated Sanity and Roddy & Authors of Pain
Well, if you like a match that is nothing but going spot to spot to spot and hitting the most cliche shit, well here you go. How many different variations do we need of the Tower of Doom in one night? The women had already done it. Let’s discuss the positives. Killian Dame hitting the Van Terminator, I will not call it bullshit coast to coast, was really great. Unfortunately, the cameraman painfully showed the O’Reilly I think it was, just looking and talking to the ref as the move got set up. Terrible camerawork WWE! Alexander Wolfe is a guy that I am very high on. He can do some great shit and I would love to see him and Luke someday. The super German suplex through 2 tables cut his head badly enough to take him out of the match for 5 or so minutes. I felt bad for him. The AoP continue to really impress me. I think that they are going to be huge stars for years. I thought Eric Young and Killian did some good stuff, I was impressed with Killian’s conditioning, and Eric does all of the little things right. Roddy doesn’t piss me off and I can growing to tolerate him, not like, but I don’t hate his matches as much. He tries. I came into this thinking that I like Bobby Fish, but he did nothing here in this match. I did see something in Kyle O’Reilly tonight that really impressed me. He has mannerisms and the way that he moves and acts, he’s a total package. He’s the best of the group. Speaking of the group, I don’t get the Adam Cole hype. The pecking order goes HBK > Dolph > Stevie Richards >>>>>>>>>> Adam Cole. He reminds me a lot of early to mid 90’s HBK, the HBK that was not very good, just had great conditioning and charisma. This guy is all flash and no substance. Jeff Hardy probably thinks that you are amazing. The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega probably think that this guy is brilliant. Yeah, he’s not. He’s not exciting in the least bit. I don’t even know what his moveset is, but it seems generic as fuck. This is why the IWC can all fuck themselves because they just cheer on what seems cool and new. This match was fun, and it kept my attention. I really didn’t care for the rules where both members of the team came into the match rather than rotating one guy at a time, which was the normal way as far as I can recall. This could have been better with some tweaks, but I did like it. Still, I won’t re-watch this anytime soon.
Rating: 5.7 The big guys made this match entertaining if we’re being honest.
This wasn’t the best NXT special, but it had 2 really good matches, plus a War Games. I’m positive that this was better than what Survivor Series will provide us as fans.
This match is a simple example of putting a monster that WWE is trying to build up in the ring with a great veteran ring hand to make this guy look even better than he is and carry him to a longer, PPV style match. Kassius deserves better in some regards, but I still feel that his physique is holding him back. That’s not me insulting his physique, I’m fine with it and KO and Joe are examples of dudes who can go despite a physique that doesn’t look like a typical superstar. I think Lars actually has potential. He moves in the ring fairly well, has a good look, and his moveset is decent enough, especially this early in his career.A problem with NXT is that they don’t have a good variety, it’s vanilla midget heaven. Who’s going to be the one who takes out Lars? Killian Dain or Alexander Wolfe? That’s a problem. This should be the worst match of the night, but it could be fun.
Prediction: Lars easily wins
Aleister Black vs The Velveteen Dream
My goodness, has Patrick taken this gimmick and absolutely owned it. Here’s the type of guy that is meant for a long career. He’s got a great look, a great gimmick, pulls it off, and is pretty good in the ring. He needs some more seasoning, but he should be a star. This has been the best angle on NXT since Summerslam weekend. It’s not even close. I love that it is bringing out a new side of Aleister, which was necessary. I see no reason for Aleister to lose, but I would be fine with either outcome. I honestly hope this feud carries on to January’s Takeover. I’d be perfectly happy if Velveteen loses and that makes him even more unrelenting in messing with Aleister. I am expecting this to be a very good and fun match.
Prediction: Aleistar wins but I am very uncertain
NXT Women’s Fatal 4 Way for the vacant championship Kairi Sane vs Ember Moon vs Peyton Royce vs Nikki Cross
OK, I am an unapologetic fan of Nikki. I think that girl is truly awesome and I love watching her. She’s like Dean Ambrose, only with a moveset and dedication to the crazy. I have long felt that Ember would take the belt off of Asuka but WWE did the bitch move and never passed the torch. Ember is main roster ready if we’re being honest and if she was the 5th member of Team Smackdown, that would be amazing. Peyton Royce is fantastic, and is now appearing to have moved ahead of Billie Kay, which saddens me. I love Billie and I want her to succeed, but Peyton is the star of the duo at the moment. Peyton would be an excellent choice as she has the unfair advantage of having Billie. I truly believe that this is the best person to put it on, to a point where they consider breaking them up and have them feud maybe at Mania the Takeover after. Then there is Kairi. I don’t get it. The Pirate Princess gimmick is fucking stupid. She does nothing in ring that wows me. She’s different and that’s enough to titillate the neckbeards that gather at Full Sail. Sorry, Kairi is nothing special at the moment. But Kent, she’s from Japan, so that means that she is really great right? This shit needs to stop. Just because you are successful in Japan or on the indies doesn’t mean that your style translates to WWE. Believe me, I will get to that soon enough. For right now, I give the following odds. Kairi 65%, Ember 20%, Peyton 10%, and Nikki at 5%. Peyton or Ember is the best choices as champion though.
Prediction: Kairi Sane and I will boo my TV
NXT Championship match – Drew McIntyre vs Andrade Cien Almas
I don’t know if this will main event or not. It shouldn’t because War Games is going to drain the crowd. That would suck for Drew and Andrade to have to follow it. I am so happy for Andrade because I have been singing this man’s praises for over a year now. I think the guy is great in ring, and now he has his valet chick, Vega, who is attractive, decent on the mic, and can hit moves. Unfortunately for Andrade, he is here to get Drew over. I accept that. Drew is a fucking stud and is so main roster ready. I’d prefer Andrade winning and moving Drew up, but that’s not in the cards yet. I expect this to actually be the best match of the night because both of these guys are amazing. I can’t say the same for some of the guys in the War Games.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre
War Games – Sanity vs Undisputed ERA vs Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong
Here comes the pain and a lot of you hardcore fans will not like what I have to say. I say this, go shave your neckbeard and shut the fuck up. This Undisputed ERA group is trash. I really am not buying them at all. Bobby Fish I could possibly get behind. Adam Cole is like a poor man’s Stevie Richards who was a poor man’s HBK. Adam Cole is incredibly overhyped. He is a vanilla midget. I wish Kevin Nash would come out and squash them all. Same goes for Roderick Strong. Yeah, he can have decent matches, but boy is he beyond dull. He needs a personality transplant. So that leaves the AoP and Sanity. I love Sanity, I think they are great. I am high on Alexander Wolfe and WWE is high on Killian. I have long enjoyed Eric Young’s work. Authors of Pain are awesome. I wish they had paired up with somebody like Lars Sullivan or Johnny Gargano. Still, AoP is awesome and I love that Paul Ellering is involved due to his history with War Games. I just wish Dusty was alive to see this. Despite the vanilla midgets, this match shall deliver. I hope that they make this brutal and violent. Nothing that is going to shorten careers, but some blood and some vicious double and triple team moves could be super fun. People fondly remember War Games, as do I. Don’t let nostalgia fool you. There’s some really bad War Games matches. This hopefully won’t be one. I would have much preferred this when they had Ciampa and Gargano along with another team like Sanity or American Alpha. You could have had a better match with the better talent. You know I’m right. If you disagree with me, I’m sorry that you have shit for taste in wrestling and you value boring “technical” wrestling over entertainment. Oh, and there is zero doubt in my mind who the winner is because they gotta try to make it seem like these vanilla fucks are somehow important and talented. Ugh.
Prediction: Undisputed Vanilla wins
Bold prediction, Survivor Series will have 2 matches better than the worst match at Takeover. I expect some interesting entrances, or at least hope for them.