NXT Takeover Houston 2017 Review

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.

Rating 3.2

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.

Rating 7.4

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.

Rating: 8.0

War Games

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.

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NXT Takeover Houston 2017 Preview

Kassius Ohno vs Lars Sullivan

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.

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Summerslam and NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 2017 Review – 9 Deuce

First I am tackling NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III by myself.  After that, Russ helps me review the PPV that never seemed to want to end, Summerslam!  This is a long one folks, but we put a lot of effort into this, so I hope that you enjoy it.

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Brooklyn 9 Minus Deuce

  1.  Andrade Cien Almas def Johnny Gargano

Kent:  This was an adequate opener from my perspective.  Unfortunately, the story simply wasn’t there so it felt more thrown together than anything.  I’d rather have tossed on Roddy and somebody else in a match where the winner gets a  title shot this week on NXT.  Or even give us another UK Championship match.ALso, can we never start an NXT event with an awful concert ever again?  Thanks!  Even when Andrade is winning, it doesn’t feel like he’s winning, if that makes any sense.  Something is missing with him.  Midcard, at best, for life.

  1.  Sanity def Authors of Pain to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions

Kent:  This was a surprisingly good match.  I have been waiting for Wolfe to show us his potential, and quite frankly, I didn’t know if we would ever get to see it.  Well we did and he put on a show for the fans.  Eric Young is still a very talented in ring hand.  The AoP is legit and this was simply a well done, fun tag team match.  Nikki Cross continues to convince me that she will be a star.  Her spot where she got sandwiched was a really well done one, and props for the spot getting booked, and the execution of it.  Everybody involved should be proud of that match.

  1. Aleister Black def. Hideo Itami

Kent:  This was my favorite match of the night.  I do like the strong style stuff when you have 2 guys who are up to task and know their strengths and limits.  I get that it probably wasn’t match of the night for most people, but this was my most enjoyable.  I like Aleister, but he is missing some mic time and he probably needs to add some more moves other than kicks and meditating if he wants to be more than a midcard guy.  I would work hard to mold this guy in NXT so that when he comes up in a year or year and a half, you have a truly finished product.  Hideo needs to get called up.  He‘s not going to really improve much beyond what he has shown.  Whatever you see, that’s what you have.  It’s up to booking to put him in a spot to allow him to sink or swim.  I really think he should have been the one that beat Shinsuke first……but Jinder.

  1.  Asuka def Ember Moon

Kent:  This was a very well done match, but when Ember hits her finisher, I think it is getting Dolph’d, which is the wrestling version of getting nerfed a bit.  I think she needs to get moved up because she’s caught in a precarious spot.  She can’t move up because she is the clear cut #2 or 3 girl on the roster, but can’t get put over Asuka apparently, so move her up and see what she can do.  Smackdown could use both her and Asuka for sure.  I very much liked this match, and I don’t know if I would have it higher than my fourth favorite match.  It’s not fair, but the last 4 matches all had their strengths and weaknesses and if you break it down, they were all win a point of each other on a rating scale in my opinion.  If you don’t see it that way, I would suggest that your favoritism is showing.  All of these matches were probably in the 6-7 range, which is to say that they delivered, but none got to the must see level either.  Still, this match was fun as hell.

  1.  Drew McIntyre def Bobby Roode

Kent:  I think this was probably the best match on the card, just not my favorite.  I do love how Bobby finds ways to roll out of the ring after eating a finisher.  That’s a solid gimmick.  They dropped the ball on his entrance in that it was the same as the last NXT I do believe, and yet I enjoyed it.  I was simply hoping for something different, especially if this was his farewell NXT match.  Drew is ready to lead NXT right now, he’s the next gatekeeper, even if it’s not for very long.  He’s main roster ready, but there’s more of an urgency for Bobby to get called up, plus Drew can showcase all that he has learned in his time away, especially in how he can carry a title properly.  Both guys looked great out there and I would love a rematch down the line.

  1. Match of the night?

Kent:  Drew vs Bobby as far as quality goes, but you could put any of the last 4 matches here and I wouldn’t vehemently disagree with you.  I would say Ember not winning with her finisher is the biggest nitpick.  The Aleister and Hideo match was equally as flawed.  The tag team match was damn good, but for different reasons.  

7, Final Thoughts?

Kent:  This show delivered a stellar night of matches.  We don’t need all the special video packages and appearances, we just need wrestling.  Glad to see the Adam Cole, Fish, and Reilly thing come to fruition.  I think we are looking at a feud between them and Sanity, and I am very excited to see that play out.  I suspect Asuka’s next opponent will be the winner of the Mae Old Classic.  Drew could feud with any number of guys including Kassius, Aleister, Hideo, Roddy, or Cole I suppose.  NXT is looking good right now.  Keep up the great momentum!

Let’s tackle Summerslam now!

  1.  The Miztourage def The Hardly Boys and Jason Jordan

Russ:  I missed this one due to a lack of caring about tuning in on time. 6 hours is too much.  So I know what you are going to say, it’s on the  network just watch it.  Well, the match had no crowd reaction and it didn’t appeal to me. So I didn’t waste my time.  I feel bad for The Miz. He went from the most relevant ic champ on smack down to a chump on Raw.

Kent:  I saw the last minute or 2 due to pizza related issues.  The pizza was better than this match.  I feel bad for these guys due to how the crowd was still trying to get in.  These guys all deserved better, and it is insulting to the IC title

Rating: N/A due to pizza

  1.  Neville def Akira Tozawa to become the new 205 Champion

Russ:  OK, I’m glad they had a match on Raw because this was what I feared.  The match was OK,  but damn the crowd  couldn’t have cared less.  Not sure why they decided to have Neville reclaim the title, it made. Mondays great match irrelevant.  Shame, but WWE knows what they are doing…

Rating 4.8

Kent:  A rematch that wasn’t as good as the RAW match.  This was good, but I wouldn’t want to rewatch it.  The title change was so anticlimactic.  I would have rather had Neville cheat Monday and then have Akira win Sunday.  Instead, we got this, and I feel entitled to be upset with their logic.

Rating: 5.0 as I liked the match quality ,but wouldn’t watch ever again..

  1.  The Usos def New Day to become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions

Russ:  Fun match, definitely one of the better matches of the night (don’t hold your  breath there is a lot of garbage coming up.) The right team went over.  Now can we start moving New Day to some singles competition?  It’s high time Big E got some titles of his own.  They don’t have to break up,  but let’s let him these guys shine on there own.   Rating:  6.5

Kent:  One of the best matches of the night, no doubt.  This match deserved to be on the main card over a variety of others.  This is tag team wrestling done properly.  The finish made a ton of sense, the double teams and saves all worked incredibly well.  The Uso’s winning indicate that Breezedango is going to get a turn sooner than later, but maybe the Hype Bros tell their story first.  New Day, please feud with the Ascension and help them get over.  PLEASE!

Rating: 6.3 as I have rewatched it and would again.

  1.  John Cena buried Baron Corbin

Russ:  Alright there is so much h wrong with this match I don’t know where to begin.  Well Kent will mention most of it.  I’m just going to say that WWE has buried Corbin.  He looks like an idiot for cashing in his contract and then he doesn’t even get revenge.  Hell I would have accepted the match never getting underway and  Corbin just going to town unfairly on Cena.  Instead Cena wins and Corbin now is a joke.  I don’t know how they can salvage this travesty.  Maybe Corbin will wake up on Smack down and the past week will just have been a dream and he will still have his money in the bank contract. Hey, that’s a better scenario than WWE will come up with.

 Rating 2.9 reverse deuce is the worst grade you can receive.  

Kent:  I don’t know why, but both of my hands are telling WWE that they think they are #1.  What a great story and what a great match, and man, that was a great ending.  It’s a good thing that the young hungry guy got the win in the match as he will need it to attempt to get over with the fans.  WWE, you can seriously get butt raped for the next 5 decades, and I don’t feel that it will make up for this.  Go fuck yourselves.

Rating: 1.0 I don’t have to be rational when they fuck my favorite wrestler this hard.  And if you try to say, well at least he was in a match with John Cena, so that’s a push, I would be very likely to punch you in the face, and I hit harder than you do, so don’t say it.

  1.  Natalya def Naomi to become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion

Russ:  This match was mediocre at best.  Natalya looked good but it was an off night for Naomi.  I’m shocked that Natalya won to be honest, mainly because I was shocked they even gave her a chance in the first place.  I feel sorry for Naomi.  Her title reign was subpar because they didn’t bother giving her any feuds or story.  I hope they don’t make the same mistake with Natalya.

Rating: 4.2

Kent:  Naomi needs to stop with her awful jumping kicks.  In the words of the great corpse of Enzo Amore, if I had a dime for every time that Naomi connects with one of those kicks, I’d have ZERO dimes!  Meanwhile, This was one of Natalya’s 3 best matches that I have ever seen from her.  You see, and Steve pointed this out in Monday’s podcast, Natty looked like such a great wrestler early on as she was surrounded by lingerie models with very little, if any, experience.  As the women have been properly trained, the holes in Natalya’s game has grew in size, much like our collective asshole after WWE sodomized us with the Baron BS.  Yup, I am vulgar.  Natty pulled out a great showing, and my hats off to her.

Rating: 5.7 as I would rewatch it without issue.

  1.  Big Cass def Big Show

Russ:   I don’t know if this was bad or awful.  I don’t like shark cage matches and this one was utterly pointless.  Enzo’s escape was funny in the same way a clown is funny.  You know, you feel bad for them and give a pity laugh, but then you remember they ultimately chose this life and stop caring.  His escape lead to nothing which is the story of Enzo’s life. He got booted immediately and then  Big Cass won.  I was hoping for a heel turn, since that didn’t happen, I hope these two move on from each other because I’m done with them.  

Rating : 2.7

Kent:  I know that I have done some bad. , but really, what did I do to deserve this shit show of a match?  Seriously, Enzo took off his pants and lubricated himself mid match.  Seriously, this was allowed.  Big Cass booting him in the face was fantastic, but it’s like The Brooklyn Brawler defeating the Red Rooster.  Yeah, it’s cool to put down the Rooster, but at the end of the day, it’s still just the Brooklyn Brawler.  Yeah, Brooklyn!  I seriously think I would prefer a proctologist appointment over seeing this ever again.

Rating: 1.5 mainly for the big boot.

  1.  Randy Orton buried Rusev

Russ:  This was garbage.  I am glad I stuck to my guns about how terrible Orton has been since Mania, because this helped further my cause.  What a waste of talent.  At least now Russev has a friend in the burial department in Corbin.  Now he won’t get lonely.  

Rating: 2.9: another reverse deuce, this ppv is shaping up well.  

Kent:  So Steve and I both jokingly guessed that as soon as the bell actually rang that Randy would hit an RKO and end the match.  WE WERE JOKING, WWE!  God damnit, this was fucking insulting.  Rusev deserves better. Rest assured, the rematches will be very good.  Still, if you put this and the Cass stuff on the Kickoff Show, then The New Day and Usos could have gotten their proper shine.

Rating: 2.9 because at least they ensured that it was short.

  1.  Sasha Banks def Alexa Bliss to become the new RAW Women’s Champion

Russ:  Holy crap, this is turning out to be the worst PPV of the year.  The match itself was decent,  but taking the belt off of Alexa made no sense.  There was no build up between the two so it didn’t feel significant at all.  This just made Alexa’s title reign feel useless, just like this PPV.  The last few matches better be amazing, that would be the only way to save this PPV.  Even then I’m not so sure.  

Rating: 3.5 the title change brought this way down.  

Kent:  Yeah, fuck the wrestlers that Kent likes, right WWE? What a stupid fucking ending to what was an otherwise good match.  It wasn’t great, but it was pretty   I am not OK with Bliss losing to the forehead, but if she has to, it should be done better.  Sasha’s shoulder is hurt and she had to relinquish the Bank Statement.  That doesn’t mean that after the announcers tell us why she let go that she should re-apply it immediately and get the win.  Logical fallacies are a bitch.  Sigh.

Rating. 4.5 because that ending was really poorly done.  Damn shame as  this could have been in the low 6 range.  I feel that this was on the booking and not either of the girls.  Hats off to both women.

  1.  Finn Balor def Bray Wyatt

Russ:  Entrance: fantastic by both guys.  I always love watching the demon enter and this didn’t disappoint.  Rating: 6.3

Match: Meh, both guys can do better.  I hope this feud goes further than this because I can see this turning into a contender for feud of the year (it’s got an uphill battle because Roman and Braun are far ahead of them.) They have chemistry, but they need the story to give us some stakes between them. If this is where these two end then shame on WWE.  Rating: 4.5

Overall : 5.4

Kent:  Now here’s a Tale of 2 Kitties.  You have the entrances and then you have the match.  Be honest, if you could only see the entrances or the match, which would you choose?  You would choose the entrances, which were enjoyable.  The match, well it was bland.  When the entrance completely outshine the match, it can’t be that great.  Hell, even the HHH vs Sting match falls in this category, you know, the one where Sting had his first and only Wrestlemania match and jobbed to HHH?  Yeah.

Rating: 3.7 mainly for the entrances

  1.  ⅔ of the Shield def Sheasaro to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions

Russ:  This was a good match! I’m not just saying that because my boy won the tag titles (remember I didn’t want Sheasaro to lose.) All 4 guys really put on a good show. Loved the near falls and submissions. This was just a well paced match.  Now, lets keep Rollins and Dean relevant and have them help the tag division heel teams get some time to shine.  Rating 6.9 yes I’d watch this again.  

Kent:  The fisting duo won.  This was another solid match.  Am I the only one who has noticed over the past 2-3 months, just how good the tag team matches have been on both shows?  Cesaro locking on the Crippler Crossface made me smile.  The beach ball incident was great.  I admired all the saves and near falls.  The outcome was inevitable, so it was a match of appreciating everything aside from the ending, and all 4 guys delivered big time.  This was the best that Seth has looked in quite awhile, same for Dean aside from that cesaro match.  This was almost as good as the Uso’s vs New Day.

Rating: 6.2 Absolutely rewatchable.  The predictable outcome did hurt it slightly in all fairness.

  1.  AJ Styles def Kevin Owens to retain the US Championship

Russ:  I think this was good, I’m not sure because at this point I just wanted the PPV to be done.  I was hoping that they would swerve us here and have Shane go heel, but what do I know WWE has their finger on the pulse! Overall, I enjoyed this match and I will say that this was the best match between these two. However, I’m still shocked by how these two high caliber guys can’t put together a match of the year candidate.  Rating: 5.5

Kent:  Speaking of predictable endings, did anybody out there think that this would end in a different way?  I just need a show of hands.  Has everybody lost their hands?  Exactly.  This match was fine, but would be have been better without Shane being too big of a focus.  This has to go down as most disappointing feud of the year considering the caliber of the wrestlers involved, in my opinion.  Glad to see that it should be over with.

Rating: 5.0 I don’t want to see it again, but good effort.  

  1.  Jinder Mahal def Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the blue belt

Russ:  The match was very mediocre.  So now I’m starting to blame Jinder. He’s been in several matches with great competitors and none of the matches would be what I consider to be up to the caliber of a Main Event.  If Jinder can’t put together a good match with the likes of AJ and Shin, then who the hell can he have a good match with?  Also, if he can’t have good matches then at least give us a compelling story. Again, this isn’t happening.  Get him in a feud with a good story or get the belt off of him.  The worst part, they had a chance to make this a compelling story and instead they had Shin lose cleanly! Really? A cheap loss here would have been a great way to jump start a feud between these two. Now, I don’t know where they can go from here.  

Rating: 3.8

Kent:  I am seriously asking, is this the worst world title run since JBL?  No, we aren’t counting Brock or Goldberg or those stupid short ones that are just for storyline.  This is like 3 months now with a full time wrestler, and it’s just not working.  The matches aren’t improving.  He’s had lackluster matches with Randy, Tye, AJ, and now Shinsuke. I fully supported his initial win and push.  The joke is over.  Jinder isn’t improving his in ring work by an acceptable margin and is not putting on upper card level matches.  His ring work is that of a midcarder at best.  His gimmick is there as well.  Also, really, you had Shinsuke job cleanly?  REALLY?  Good job WWE.  Don’t be mad when he leaves at the end of his contract.

Rating: 2.7 this was a very big dud.  I didn’t derive much pleasure from this one unfortunately.  SHin never had  a chance to get into a groove to make the match memorable.

  1.  Brock Lesnar def Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns to retain the red belt

Russ:  Finally, a match that delivered a PPV quality main event. It only took 4 of the best big men in the business.  Braun is so over with the crowd it isn’t funny.  Seriously WWE now is the time to put the belt on him.  I remember about a year ago when we predicted that Braun would be gone by now. Wow, were we wrong and I’m glad we were wrong because he is one of the best things about wrestling.  Brock winning was predictable, but I’m glad WWE made us think there was a chance he wouldn’t win, by using all of the MMA crap circling around the internets. I really enjoyed this one. It may have helped that I watched it fresh on Monday instead of bunched in with all the other crap I watched on Sunday.  

Rating: 7.5

Kent:  This match lived up to the hype and expectations, as long as you had reasonable expectations.  That means, you expected Brock to win the match.  I will offer a critique in that Joe was never allowed to be dominant in the match while everybody else got a run as dominant guy.  I do wonder if the flung chair may have hit Joe a bit too hard so they improvised a bit.  It’s a possibility.  Braun looks like the next big thing and is the most over guy on RAW and possibly the WWE in totality.  I did feel bad for Brock’s knees.  Watch the end of the match and notice how bad his knees look.  Roman, I feel bad for him in a way.  He was relegated to Spears and Superman Punches, and rest assured, the spear in Game of Thrones was way more effective.  Suck it dragon fans!!!  This match was a great way to end it and the NYC crowd came alive for this, so kudos to them as they must have been exhausted.

Rating: 7.2 as it was really fun and kept me excited the whole way through with some nice spots and close falls.  It also told a logical story.

Bonus Deuce Deuce

  1. Worst match of the night was?

Russ:  the first hour of the PPV.  What a garbage heap of matches.  

Kent:  Cena vs Corbin for me, but Cass and Show were right there.

  1.  Best match of the night was?

Russ:  Fatal four way.  The tag matches were good, but the last match was about the only redeeming thing on this PPV.  

Kent:  The Main event hands down with acknowledgement of the 2 tag team championship matches as well as the women’s effots.

  1.  Who got buried the deepest?

Russ:  No contest, Baron. Sure Russev, Miz, and Enzo looked terrible, but Baron lost everything this week and looked stupid doing it.  

Kent:  Baron…obviously, but maybe Miz and maybe Enzo.

  1.  Dumbest decision of the night?

Russ:  The fact that this was scheduled to be a 6 hour PPV and yet we still had several matches that weren’t worth a damn.  I don’t want to sit in front of my TV for 6 hours, it’s just too much time.  Add in the fact that many of the matches were not even suitable for a place on Raw or Smackdown’s card and it starts feeling like a chore to watch.  I want to watch wrestling because it’s fun. This PPV was not fun.  By the time I got to the matches that started getting good, I just didn’t care and that hurt the overall feel of this Summerslam.  

Kent:  Not to have the SD tag title match on the main card.  I simply would have laid out the matches differently.  Shinsuke losing cleanly is up there, as is the ending to randy and Rusev.  Then of course, lolCenaWins.

Final Thoughts

Russ: I saw the first hour of the PPV and was seriously defeated, I was done.  Everything was utter garbage.  This just killed the rest of the PPV for me.  Also, fuck 6 hours of wrestling. If it feels like work, and I have to sit there as long as I would for work it stops being fun.  Overall this is one of the worst PPV’s I’ve seen in a month or so. (get it?) overall rating: 3.4 none of the good could save the complete trash that we witnessed for the majority of the PPV.  

Kent:  It was a mixed bag.  3 matches that we had seen 5-6 days prior hurt a bit.  Lots of title changes that felt like changes for the sake of changes.  It was a normal PPV in that you have bad, mediocre, and a couple of good matches.  That’s really what a PPV should be.  It shouldn’t be 6 fucking hours with 13 matches where Randy vs Rusev only get 6 minutes.  Just don’t have that match.  I’d rather have a match advertised for the week after Summerslam to get it time, rather than to blow it off at a PPV in that capacity.  This was a hard PPV to watch.  WWE’s choice in music was fucking awful as well.

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NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III Preview – The 9 Minus Deuce

Hey, I got Cece and Teddy back to help out with the NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III preview.  These 2 actually see this stuff live, so I feel like we are in good hands here.

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Brooklyn 9 Minus Deuce

 

  1.  Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas

Cece: I think this will be an interesting fight. The crowd obviously loves Johnny Wrestling, but honestly, I think Zelina will get involved. I believe this will trigger something in Almas to go full on rage and show his heel side even more.

Prediction: Almas wins to draw heat from the crowd.

Teddy:  this fight doesnt really interest me because it was poorly introduced, but I do believe Andrade is gonna take this building into a bigger fued

Prediction: Almas wins building towards a fued

Kent:  Andrade just likes to lose apparently, so he’s due for a call up.  Johnny needs momentum for when Ciampa gets the call up.

Prediction: Johnny Wrestling

 

  1.  Aleister Black vs. Hideo Itami

Cece: This feud is interesting. Poor Aleister having to pick up the pieces from the Kassius/Itami feud. But, as far as I’ve seen, Aleister has not lost many times. I do believe Itami needs to be knocked off his power trip.

Prediction: Aleister Black defeats Hideo Itami.

Teddy:  Aleister black hasnt really had too competition in NXT, and Itami is looking like an Asian Dolph Ziggler (when he turned heel on kalisto). Its a weird booking but it was nice to see Aleister knock out Itami.

Prediction: Aleister wins and Itami attacks him after the match ends

Kent:  Aleister seems to be a star in the making, but Hideo needs momentum just as much.  If Hideo can lose and get some after match retribution, I can get behind that logic and continue their feud.

Prediction: Aleister Black

 

  1. Authors of Pain vs Sanity

Cece: I have been waiting and waiting to see Sanity come up, but I think they’ll let it brew a little longer and put them over a lot as the best heel tag team in NXT. I mean, yes, they are already in my eyes. But I think they want them to come out and be very over first. So, I see this being a very brutal/heated match.

Prediction: My Sanity comes out on top. (No pun intended)

Teddy:  AoP are too big for NXT now, and Sanity is the carrying NXT.

Prediction: Sanity wins, and AoP gets called up to smackdown.

Kent:  Authors of Pain are the new Asuka for NXT, and with Asuka potentially losing, these guys are going to keep their hands on the belt for awhile longer.

Prediction: I’m down with AOP, yeah you know me.

 

  1.  Asuka vs Ember Moon

Cece: This is the one match I’ve been waiting for. I have a lot of anticipation about this one. Of course, Asuka deserves her long reign as NXT Women’s Champion as she is a great wrestler and worked her ass off to get where she is. So, I do see this being a bittersweet match. I truly believe Ember Moon will take the title from Asuka, bc I see Asuka moving up. I think it will be a very physical match-up, with both women do their best. I feel like they will have a sentimental moment if this is indeed Asuka’s time.

Prediction: Ember Moon taking title.

Teddy:  I feel like Ember moon deserves the push because she is an amazing wrestler, but Asuka is still too over to take the title from her. Asuka is gonna retail till after she breaks the record for longest title reign and then will drop it to Ember and move up.

Prediction: Ember isn’t ready for Asuka 2.0

Kent:  I think Asuka is showing up on Smackdown Tuesday.  Brooklyn is the place to pull the trigger on it, so let’s do it!  Ember is the best after Asuka, but not by much as Nikki, Peyton, and Billie are all very talented, but Asuka needs to leave for them to all blossom.

 

  1.  Bobby Roode vs. Drew McIntyre

Cece: Oh lord… After the last few tapings of NXT, I have to saw I became a Drew McIntyre fan overnight. I was never really into him until he made his speech about ‘Our NXT’ and that was awesome. Plus, I can’t stand the pompous asshole that is Bobby Roode. I am not sure how this fight will go down honestly. I think maybe Drew looks like he may win, but the Bobby does something cheap to DQ or in a perfect world, Drew loses civilly and moves up, leaving Roode to his next challenger, Rodrick Strong.

Prediction: Roode loses but retains by DQ.

Teddy:  this was kinda interesting to see, Drew doesnt want to be moved up and is trying to get people to see NXT is not developmental (it is though). Meanwhile, it’s clear Rodrick isn’t done with Roode and I believe Roddy is the one who is gonna dethrone Roode.

Prediction: Roode wins because Rodrick gets involved

Kent:  I think it’s also time for Drew to be given the ball to run with it.  Bobby needs to get called up.  He is being wasted in NXT.  The guy is better than 80-90% of the main roster.  Drew is also very good.

Prediction: Drew wins after Roddy screws over Bobby

 

  1. Most Likely Title to change?

Cece: Asuka. Hands down.

Teddy:  Tag titles.

Kent:  Women’s, but I think the men’s is also changing.  Yeah, I’m calling for 2 changes.

 

7, Match you are most looking forward to?

Cece: Asuka vs Ember.

Teddy:  Ember and Asuka

Kent:  Aleister vs Hideo truly intrigues me, but I can see the women stealing the show tonight.

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Speaking of picture, here’s some that Cece and Teddy took while at a recent NXT taping.  Please enjoy.

NXT TakeOver Chicago 2017 Review

Welcome to 9 Deuce’s NXT TakeOver Chicago 2017 Review.  This is the only blog that really regrets saying that this card looked lackluster and have been proven oh so terribly wrong.  What a great show!!  I am here with Cece today to give all of you a recap on what happened and our thoughts.  Please enjoy.

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  1.  Roderick Strong defeated Eric Young

Cece:  This was one of the matches I was sort of happy to see. I have been following Roddy since the early 2000’s back when he used to come to my small hometown with FIP and followed him some throughout ROH. He’s a great wrestler and really has his heart and soul into this business. I’m only familiar with Eric Young from the last couple months I’ve been watching NXT. Anyway, the match was solid, and I was very happy with the outcome. Roddy came out on top and you could see how happy he was when the match was over. I give this match a 7.

Kent:  This match was pretty damn good.  The problem I have with both of these gentlemen is that it often takes a good 5 minutes to feel a groove during the PPV matches.  But you recognize it as soon as it clicks, and then it’s on.  Both guys can be in the main event soon enough and a year from now, I could see both guys on the main roster.  ROderick really needs a strong feud and story to get him through the glass ceiling.  EY has a great group that is main roster ready today and could have good storylines.  I would give this a 5.8.  I enjoyed it, I would watch it again, but I wasn’t in love with it.  

 

  1.  Pete Dunne defeated Tyler Bate for the UK Championship

Cece:  This was my favorite match of the night, to be honest. Both these men are so versed and skilled in the ways of wrestling. I was entirely too impressed by the fact that they were more entertaining than almost anyone in RAW or Smackdown right now. They both definitely have some potential. I was hoping for Tyler to keep this one, but it didn’t really bother me that Pete took it. The match was well worth it all. Solid 9.2

Kent:  Jesus tap dancing Christ!  I know that I suggested that people watch out for this match to steal the show, but we now have our second match of the year candidate behind the three way tag title match Mania weekend on NXT.  This match had everything that I want in a match.  Pete Dunne is fucking money.  If the WWE can get it’s head out of it’s ass, they have William Regal reincarnated with a bigger, more athletic moveset.  What I truly loved about this compared to the widely discussed Kenny Omega match in January, was that the big moves felt big but didn’t come across as dangerous or career shortening.  I can’t give this a 9.2 because although this is great, the storyline heading into this was almost non-existent.  I know that it is petty to hold that against a match, but imagine if this had had a great story heading into it.  Oh, yeah, suddenly the match is all the cooler.  There is zero shame in a 9.1.  Fantastic match.

 

  1.  Asuka defeated Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot to retain the NXT Women’s Championship

Cece:  I feel like this match could have gone so many different ways. I was unhappy with the outcome. The timing was off in the end and the outcome seemed lazy and thrown together. I would have liked to have seen one of the other girls gain the title, even if just for a little while. I give this one a 6.1

Kent:  I enjoyed this match at times, and other times it felt too much like a spot fest.  Ruby Riot reminds me too much of Lita, and that’s not a compliment.  She hits her spots, but she’s not a wrestler that can make a match great.  She needs lots of help.  With that being said, this is developmental, where you learn to do these things.  She can still get to that point, and I hope that she does as she has a great look.  Nikki is my favorite girl in NXT, bar none, and has been for 7 months or so.  She is the total package, and if booked properly, she will be a surprise hit on the main roster.  Asuka is fucking great.  I don’t think this match was as good as the opener, looking back on it.  I would happily give this a 5.6 and feel fine.

 

  1.  Bobby Roode defeated Hideo Itami to retain the NXT Heavyweight Championship

Cece:  This was also another cliche outcome. Of course Bobby was going to retain. I’m not quite sure how I feel about Hideo but I know he’s a good wrestler and tries his hardest. Bobby just annoys me and seems like the type of dude who buys those nuts to hang down on his truck. I give this match a 4.9.

Kent:  What a surprisingly good matchup!  I really loved it.  I’m old school, I love working over body parts, weakening them, and seeing how wrestlers not only sell it, but find unique ways to overcome that injury.  I found this brilliant in that regard.  Bobby has the HHH tendency to get boring for minutes at a pop for whatever reason.  He’s a methodical wrestler, and it works for him, but it is still a fair criticism in regards to my enjoyment factor.  Still, this match really wowed me.  I was expecting a bland fuck you match.  I give this a 7.2.  

 

  1.  The Authors of Pain defeated DIY in a ladder match to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship

Cece: Oh man, I didn’t get a chance to watch this match due to chores around the house, but I did happen to catch the very end where Ciampa beat the shit out of Gargano and that was really intense. It was sad to see but I mean; here we go again… Owens Vs. any of his ‘best friends’ all over. I can’t really grade this match too well but I will say for what I DID see, a solid 8.

Kent:  The pressure was on to follow up so much quality, and these guys absolutely nailed it.  The Authors of Pain are F’N legit.  Yes, they need guys to work against and have been fortunate by and large so far, but it will only get better when they get called up as far as level of talent is concerned.  Readers of this blog know that I have been down with Ciampa since I first laid eyes on him.  I oddly enough feel the same way about Oney Lorcan.  Anyway, Gargano is no slouch, and this match had just the right amount of spots.  What I enjoyed was the timing of the double team spots.  The ladder to Gargano’s chin or face was cringe inducing, and he took it like a champ.  Abraham Ford would have been proud of that hit.  So they give us this great match, and the AoP leave and you are left wondering what is happening.  I had 2 thoughts.  1. DIY were getting called up and were getting a nice farewell moment.  2.  They were going to attacked by a debuting team.  Then it kept going and going and I knew something was up.  And then came one of the better beatdowns in recent memory, not as good as Braun on Roman, but this was more personal due to them being friends and partners.  When they make it to 204, that division is going to be absolutely stacked and need more championships.  My hat off to the match and after match.  I give that a solid 8.2.

 

  1.  What was the worst match of the night?

Cece:  Worst match of the night was probably Bobby Vs. Itami.

Kent:  The Women, unfortunately.  But there wasn’t such thing as a bad match, so no gripes.

 

  1.  What was the best match of the night?

Cece:  As I’ve stated before, the U.K. Title match.

Kent:  The UK match and anybody who says otherwise is a person who’s opinion shouldn’t be valued.  
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NXT TakeOver: Chicago 2017 Preview

Welcome to 9 Deuce’s NXT TakeOver Chicago 2017 Preview.  Let’s face it, this is just a basic preview.  But at the end, we talk about other stuff, so we have that going for us.  This card feels lackluster to me.  The Roddy vs EY match and the UK match don’t feel as important as some other matches could be, yet I suspect the UK match will absolutely deliver.  I’m here with Teddy who watches NXT regularly so that you don’t have to just read my opinions, which makes you the winner.

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Roderick Strong vs Eric Young

Teddy:  I feel like Eric Young will win to drive forward a bigger feud

Kent:  Eric Young vs Bobby Roode makes for a great match up, as TNA fans can attest. Roode vs Roddy is also a quality match. My issue is that with Shinsuke and then Hideo and Ohno in between, Roode has been facing a lot of strikers recently, so I would prefer him vs a more traditional wrestler. I’m going to pick Eric here, but the Roddy vignettes this month were well done.

 

UK Championship Match
Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne

Teddy:  I like Tyler Bate in this match. I really don’t see him dropping the title before the WWE UK show starts

Kent:  Like Teddy said, it seems unlikely to have Tyler lose the belt prior. Pete is a guy that can give Tyler a great match, so they can highlight each other’s strengths. I like Pete’s moveset better, but he’s losing.

 

NXT Women’s Championship Match
Asuka vs Nikki Cross vs Ruby Riot

Teddy:  Asuka is Bae but she wont retain. I want Ruby to win but I think Nikki Cross will win

Kent:  Nikki is my girl but Asuka is keeping the belt because the other girls will cancel each other. When it’s time, I think Ember is getting that belt, unless she runs interference tonight.

 

NXT Tag Team Championship Match
The Authors of Pain vs D.I.Y.

Teddy:  D.I.Y.? Idk both bore me anyways

Kent:  I love both teams. Authors of Pain have such huge main roster potential, that won’t be realized, but still. DIY will probably never be huge on the main roster if Enzo & Cass, The Ascension, and American Alpha can’t break the glass ceiling. AoP is winning so they can take on Heavy Machinery next.

 

NXT World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode vs Hideo Itami

Teddy:  Bobby is going to retain but not in a clean match.

Kent:  I can’t imagine Bobby losing. Hideo really got screwed by his injury. Shinsuke made him a distant memory. Bobby is ready for main roster any time, but they may be wise to keep him til SummerSlam. Bobby retains in a HHH type way.  Also, I highly recommend a song by Eminem, Obie Trice, and DMX called “Go To Sleep”.  It’s a great angry style song that can get you amp’d.

 

Do you feel underwhelmed by this card with so many people left off?  If you could add a kickoff show match, who would you put in the match?

Teddy:  maybe Aleister Black but versus someone who isn’t a jobber. Dream match would be drew mcintyre versus black

Kent:  So we don’t have Aleister, Drew, No Way Jose, Heavy Machinery, Andrade, Oney Lorcan, The other 2 Sanity, and of course Kassius. You could basically make an equally great card out of who’s not wrestling. They shouldn’t have give Drew vs Andrade so soon unless Andrade is moving up soon. I say Drew vs Aleister vs Andrade vs Kassius for a #1 contender match would be great, especially elimination style. All Aleister needs a bit more time but the other 3 can get called up any day. Well Kassius needs to drop a bit more weight.

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NXT Takeover: Orlando 2017 Review – The Greatest NXT Match Yet Edition

Hell everybody and welcome to 9 Deuce’s review of NXT Takeover Orlando 2017.  It was Wrestlemania weekend, and NXT tends to outshine the main roster when it comes to their Takeover events.  This one was a little lackluster.  Still, it has the best NXT match that I have ever seen.  The tag team match is everything that I want in a match.  If you disagree, you may value things differently, and that’s cool.  For me, this was it.  The rest of the card on the other hand…….yeah, let’s just discuss it.

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Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross) def Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, and Ruby Riot  

 

Kent:  This match started slow, especially when they worked over ROderick Strong in a more traditional match style with Alexander Wolfe and Dain doing the brunt of the work.  They really tried to integrate the women into this match, but much like the Miz and Cena match, it would have been better if they were just in the corner and kept brawling during some down spots on the match to pop the crowd.  Once the match got chaotic, business picked up.  So the first half of the match, very meh, but the latter half was pretty fun.  Still, with that being said, there is no real reason to ever watch this match again.  I give it a 4.2.

Aleister Black def Andrade Cien Almas

Kent:  I didn’t care for Aleister’s entrance music, I felt like I was getting yelled at.  Please feel free to call me Grandpa.  His back tattoo is phenomenal, so props to that.  I honestly wasn’t as big a fan of his entrance as others were.  Maybe it will grow on me.  I felt it was kinda bland.  Andrade is a legit guy and I hope that he strikes it big when he does get the call up.  I think he’s better than Alberto Del Rio in ring.  He needs to get the mic skills to surpass him though.  Aleister has some moves.  I think I prefer him over Roderick Strong.  Something that needs to be said for Andrade is that he has moves that are easy to reverse and he makes the transitions so smooth.  This match was quite fun, and I would watch it again.  I’ll give it a 5.6.

The Authors of Pain def DIY and The Revival to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship

Kent:  Match of the year.  Duh.  This is the closest thing that you are going to get to Dudleys vs Hardlys vs Edge and Christian.  Seriously, is there a higher compliment that I can pay to this match?  You don’t see me give a match this rating hardly ever.  I give this a 9.2 and I have zero regrets about this rating.  It had a bunch of huge, crowd pleasing spots.  It told a hell of a story.  The fans were amp’d.  This is the kind of match that you remember 10 years from now.  This is the best match in NXT history.  

Asuka def Ember Moon to retain the NXT Women’s Championship

Kent:  Man, this match just didn’t click for me.  It was fine, but it honestly lost my interest.  Asuka winning was the right call as she continues her heel turn to test the waters.  Ember will get the win at the next Takeover I assume.  I wish that this was more exciting, they tried hard.  I can’t go higher than a 3.  Sorry.

Bobby Roode def Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the NXT Men’s Championship

Kent:  Not a fault of the match, but I am mentally exhausted from wrestling.  I think this match was probably close to a 7, but not quite there.  If I say 6.8, I feel that I am probably overrating my enjoyment level, but am also acknowledging that I am mentally spent.  This seemed good.  Bobby Roode is HHH Jr.  Think about how true that is.  Good job by both guys.  By year’s end, both guys will be doing bigger and better things.

Overall, how would you rate this match on a scale of 1.0 to 9.2?

Kent:  The average comes out to a 4.8.  You would think that with such a great match such as the tag team match, as well as the stella main event, you would think that this would be a must see, multiple viewings PPV.  Alas, the women’s match bombed, the opening match was mediocre, and the Andrade match, although good, wasn’t great.  If you watch, skip the first and fourth match at the very least.  The rest is worth your time.  This was not a stellar NXT Takeover, and I hate to say that.  Still, Wrestlemania only got a 4.7 average from me.  That’s crazy how close those numbers are.  Very mediocre weekend.

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NXT Takeover: Orlando 2017 Preview – Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode Edition

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the blog that previews a better show than Wrestlemania.  Much like my love life, I’m going solo with my right hand and occasionally my left hand.  This isn’t the best NXT card, but it’s still better than Mania’s.

There’s going to be an NXT Takeover Preview and Review this weekend, plus the same treatment for Wrestlemania.  Busy weekend, plus the Walking Dead 9 Deuce and Wrestling 9 Deuce.

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  1.  Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose, & Ruby Riot vs Sanity

Kent:  I have to assume that Tye Dillinger is getting the call up to the main roster.  That would indicate that he would lose.  Ruby Riot on the other hand, is having her first match, which is usually indicative of a win.  I think that Sanity goes over because they need to become an even bigger threat down in NXT while Eric Young helps the develop.

  1.  Aleister Black vs Andrade Cien Almas

Kent:  I know that Tommy End is Aleister, but I have never seen Tommy.  I hope that he’s better than Roderick because I don’t need more vanilla midgets.  Aleister is winning, and I think Andrade is due to get moved up as well.  The dude is great, and he is ready.  Due to his size, he won’t be utilized properly on the main roster, but he is really good.  Of course, i wish him and Oney Lorcan were having a match instead.  Don’t sleep on Oney.  That dude has star potential.  Aleister wins his debut.  I have his first name, I hate typing in, but to just type Black seems wrong on some level.  “Hey, I think that Black guy is going to win.”  See how that looks?

  1.  NXT Tag Team Match – Authors of Pain vs DIY vs The Revival

Kent:  I feel bad for the main roster.  After this match concludes, they will be contacting booking and trying to find ways to come close to how good this is.  I fully expect this to be the best match of the weekend, and probably match of the year so far.  Yeah, I’m not hyping this up at all.  But seriously, there are no weaknesses in this match as the other teams cover the other’s small weaknesses.  I see no reason to take the belts off of Authors of Pain.  Sorry Animal, stop being a whiny bitch old wrestler talking about this team.  I hate to type that as the Road Warriors/LOD were my favorite tag team growing up, but I hate when old timers act like bitter jackasses.  I really wanna see AoP vs the hosses in Sanity to be perfectly honest.  Plus, Heavy Machinery could have something.  It’s really early to tell, but I hope so.  I think Revival need to get called up so they can go hard on the Smackdown teams, and DIY would be a welcome RAW roster addition.

  1.  NXT Women’s Title Match – Asuka vs Ember Moon

Kent:  I think that almost everybody has seen the writing on the wall since Ember made her debut.  She has been put in place to be the next big time woman on NXT.  Then you hear rumors that Asuka isn’t getting called up quite yet.  And then if you pay attention to how Asuka has become more disrespectful and more of a tweener, coming close to being a heel, and I am starting to believe that Asuka isn’t going anywhere quite yet.  RAW has to reintroduce Emma, and Sasha is supposedly turning heel, and Dana may or may not get back on track, so RAW can get by as they have, poorly.  I think Asuka wins by cheating a bit.  I’m fine either way.  This is the toughest match on the card to call.

  1.  NXT Championship Match – Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Kent:  I think that the loser leaves and goes up to the main roster, as both guys are incredibly deserving.  Shinsuke seems more NXT than Bobby.  Roode is absolutely ready to kill it on the main roster.  Shinsuke can get a little better at his Engrish, and be the brand.  Plus him vs Eric Young is a cool match up.  Bobby killed Tye and I don’t see Tye staying, but I’ve been wrong a ton before.  I am taking Shinsuke to win.  Second toughest match to call.  It’s amazing how good NXT is run and then you see the main roster.

  1.  Will this show be better than Wrestlemania?

Kent:  You have 3 potentially great matches, all 3 title matches can be above average to great.  Mania will get sloppy and disappointing.  I will continue to take NXT until proven wrong.

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NXT Takeover: San Antonio 2017 Review

This is far from a 9 Deuce, unless you want to call it a 9 minus Deuce.  There’s not a ton of ground to cover, but we will do our best.  Russ is busy reliving his glory from his Royal Rumble predictions, so it’s just Keri and I for this one.  Let’s face it, this is the best outcome possible.  Keri and I also cover the Royal Rumble in a blog, so you can check that out too.  If you are more into the podcast thing, check out the one that Steve and I did on Are You Not Kentertained?

 

  1.  Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young

  

Keri:  This match was decent. Nothing crazy. Nothing over the top. This was my first introduction to Eric Young and I was sorta impressed. I did find Tye losing very disappointing though. Maybe I need to stop watching again so he gets a win. Rating: 4 out of 9.2

Kent:  This match was fine for all intents and purposes, but it never hit that very good range in my opinion.  Both guys are capable of much better matches.  I feel that the outside interference actually hindered this match more than anything else.  I liked the in ring stuff, but the other stuff just didn’t move the needle so to speak.  This was a 4.8 and that may be generous.  Tye needs a win at a Takeover.  I don’t get it.  People who want him in the Rumble, but why?  He has demonstrated how many straight Takeovers that he can’t win.  Yeah, he has faced some really good competition that needed to get over.  So then you need to focus on Tye now.  It’s strike while the iron is hot or forget about it.

  1.  Roderick Strong vs Andrade Cien Almas

 

Keri:  This match was also decent. This was my first introduction to Strong and I was impressed. The guy is pretty good. Also, it looks like Andrade has also improved since I saw him last. Rating: 4 out of 9.2

Kent:  This match worked well for me.  This was Roderick’s best showing so far at NXT and Andrade is money.  Andrade can be a main card level player if they keep pushing him in the right direction.  He’s really talented.  ROderick is fine in ring, I don’t have anything to really say for him one way or the other.  I’d rather Tye get the push over Roderick, but he was probably promised a push early in order to sign on.  I’d give this one a 5.8.

  1.  DIY vs The Authors of Pain

 

Keri:  This match was amazing. It had everything that you expect from a match of the night. Great job to both teams. I’ve haven’t seen too much of the Authors of Pain but this match made me like them. Rating: 7 out of 9.2

Kent:  What do you know, DIY is in the match of the night again.  That’s not to take anything away from the main event, but this was just a good story, good pace, smart spots, and the crowd was eating it up.  I feel that this did everything that the main event did, but better.  If you only see one match from this night, this is the one to see.  The Authors of Pain have come a long way in a short time.  The big thing now is to be able to carry a match on their own accord.  It’s like Baron Corbin and Braun.  You see these power guys and there are steps to their evolution.  Baron can now hang with the best and hold his own in a match.  Braun is coming along much slower and still needs to be carried.  The Authors are probably ahead of Braun, but not by much.  Having the manager really adds to what they do.  As for DIY, I worry about them.  I think they would be better served as a tag team on 205 then to go main roster and flop.  They are less charismatic and less over than Bayley.  Bayley has had a rough transition.  This would be way worse for DIY.  They are talented as hell, but I fear that they will get lost in the shuffle.  WWE needs to refocus on the tag division on both rosters and make them fun again.  It’s not that hard.  I’d give this match a 7.2.

  1.  Seth Rollins segment

 

Keri:  I found this slightly unexpected. I knew there was going to be a Rollins-Trips call out at some point after what happened on RAW but did not see it happening this way. With that being said, this segment actually made me start to care about this feud again. Decent job WWE.

Kent:  I thought this was smart.  It was unexpected.  Everybody knows that HHH is going to be there for NXT, so it just made a lot of sense.  The bad thing was whey placed it.  I would have done it before the tag match, because DIY gets the crowd more pumped.  It’s a minor quip.  I don’t care at all about this feud, but all in all, it was a smart way of doing things.  No rating.

  1.  Asuka vs Nikki Cross vs Billie Kay vs Peyton Royce

 

Keri:  This was a match of firsts for me. First time seeing Asuka in months and she is still a badass. This was my introduction to Nikki Cross and she did not disappoint. I like this Sanity stable. I feel this is what the Wyatts could have been if Creative took the time to book them properly and they added a Sister Abigail. Also, it was my first time seeing Billie and Peyton since they started with NXT. I’m very impressed with how far they have come in such a short amount of time. They are the NXT mean girls and they are fantastic. With that being said, this match was good up to the ending. The ending well it happened. That is really all I can say about that. Rating: 5.5 out of 9.2

Kent:  And this is where things went to shit.  I hated this match.I liked seeing Nikki do work, as I think she’s not up to Asuka, yet, but may be on par with Ember or just below.  As for Billie and Peyton, I am high on Billie, but this match did her no favors.  If anything, it highlighted Peyton briefly, and she did great.  The problem with this match was the booking and pacing.  Stop doing this Charlotte and Sasha bullshit.  Big spots are not the answer to women’s wrestling.  It will doom it more than help it.  Nikki is good with the spots, and good in the ring with Asuka.  The double suplex off the announce desk was stupid.  It’s slanted and neither Peyton nor Billie looked comfortable.  “They drove Nikki through that table.”  No they didn’t, and every replay showed it clear as day.  They held her up and just waited until she was ready and she just fell basically.  Billie and Peyton didn’t add any oomph to the move.  They didn’t act like they added anything.  It looked terrible.That’s a damn shame because that could have been awesome, but I just don’t think they were comfortable with it while watching it.  I hated early on that Billie and Peyton did jackshit.  The whole thing just was an irrational mess.  It wasn’t any of their fault for the booking.  Damn shame because I wanted to love this.  Peyton needs to tone down the yelling because we don’t need another Kelly Kelly or Brie Bella.  I think Brie was the biggest offender and should be put down for it.  I give this wreck a 2.9.  Sorry, I wanted to love it.  

  1.  Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura

 

Keri:  Ah, the battle of the amazing entrances. I have to say Roode’s entrance was good and Shinsuke’s was kinda disappointing. Where were my violins? I wanted more violins. Oh well onto the match. This match started out really slow. I was actually worried that this match would not meet my expectations. But then it picked up and I found it enjoyable. Then we had the injury angle part of the match. This was unfortunate and, in my opinion, took a little something away from the match. With that being said though, I was happy to see Roode win this one. I have a feeling we will see a rematch at the next Takeover and then Shinsuke will move up to the main roster. Rating: 6.5 out of 9.2

Kent:  Let’s talk entrances first.  Bobby’s involved 8 women in lovely dresses, half of which looked petrified or worse, like just unhappy to be there.  Like, what the fuck happened there?  Those girls should have been all smiles and happy to help make it look like Bobby is some playboy.  The black chick on the right side, and at least 2 white chicks on the left looked borderline miserable.  I hope that they are never utilized again, aside by Roode for his after match celebration.  I hope they are cooking, cleaning, putting out, and not talking.  If they aren’t doing those things, pay them and give them the boot.  Shinsuke’s was cool in theory, but it hurt the shit out of my head, which sucks.  It did look cool, but I couldn’t handle it.  Therefore, advantage goes to Roode.  In ring, the first 25% was dull, then Bobby really got into a groove and Shinsuke seemed to thrive off of it and it got really good.  In my head, I am thinking that this is going to steal the show, plus I was waiting Samoa Joe.  Instead, Shinsuke landed a sloppy knee, I think he may have actually slipped a bit.  Then he “injured” his knee.  I am fine with this angle, but you gotta make it believable.  The ref blew it.  He should have immediately came out, checked on Shinsuke and threw up the X sign.  Yes, that is what they do for real injuries, but they have worked it into angles in the past.  At the very least, teh ref should have come out fairly immediately.  They are taught to do that just to check on the guys if anything looks rough.  So right there, I knew it was fake.  Then they spent such an inordinate amount of time with the doctor.  It sapped away the momentum and energy from the match.  Yeah, it was good for the most part.  I loved Bobby punching the knee in the half crab, although I don’t get why he didn’t go figure four there.   I give the match a 6.1 because it was on pace for a 7 something, but then they blew it, and then it dragged on.  Once again, this was a damn shame.  Roode got into a great groove and he was killing it.  Proof that you don’t need to 20 indy flippity fuckeroos to get yourself over.

  1.  Final thoughts and overall rating

Keri:  Let me start out by saying I haven’t watched NXT in months. The last takeover I watched was Takeover: Brooklyn II and I found this one to be lacking in comparison with its predecessors. With that being said, there were some decent matches and the booking was decent as well. So, final rating: 6 out of 9.2

Kent:  This is from top to bottom, the worst NXT event that I have seen as far as Takeovers go.  Nothing really felt special or big to me.  Aside from the tag match, no other match was great.  The tag match isn’t even must see or match of the year contender.  It was just a solid match.  The ratings that I gave average out to a 5.36 and sadly, that seems about right, so I add a little to that for the Rollins segment, I think 5.8 is fair.  I wish it was better, but I had low expectations heading in.  No Way Jose vs Elias Sampson would have really helped, as would Revival vs TM61 or any other tag team.  The talent is there, they need to do better angles.

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NXT Takeover: San Antonio 2017 Preview

Welcome to my quick preview of NXT Takeover: San Antonio.  I am not joined by my colleagues, so this will be shorter, but at least you will walk away with facts and not theories.  This may be the most underwhelming Takeover yet, sadly enough.  None of the matches jump out at me.

I would like to say that No Way Jose vs Elias Sampson should have made the card instead of Andrade Cien vs Roderick Strong.  Also, the music for this is way better than Royal Rumble’s, and it’s not even close.  Ghost’s “Square Hammer” is awesome for the videos.  WWE should be using Ghost’s “Cirice” for the Rumble.  If you don’t know the song, listen to it and tell me how that isn’t happening.

 

 

Roderick Strong vs Adrade Cien Almas

I don’t get Roderick’s appeal yet. A lot of people have touted him as something pretty good to great.  Aries has talked him up a ton as has Graves.  He seems like the epitome of vanilla midget, from what he has shown in NXT.  He may be able to do all sorts of crazy shit but is being held back.  I have no idea, so I am basing it on what they show me.  Andrade is main roster ready, and he should get the win.  This match will probably go to Roderick.  If it does, I could see Andrade being a surprise entrant for the Rumble.

 

Eric Young vs Tye Dillinger

I really like both of these guys.  I don’t know if Eric is ever going to make an impact on the main roster.  Tye should absolutely make an impact.  I think Tye is a future star.  Winning or losing this match doesn’t matter either way as long as there is a post match beatdown.  I am curious if anybody will attempt to make a save.  I would love to see DIY make the save, as I hate TM61. The Revival wouldn’t make any sense.  I just don’t know.  Keep this feud going, it can’t hurt any.  Let it get really personal.  I am predicting that Tye finally gets a win.

 

DIY vs The Authors of Pain

This is a tough one.  I don’t think that Ciampa and Gargano should lose the belts yet.  I do think that Authors of Pain are belt ready though.  NXT could use more tag teams.  Without many, it complicates things.  I say have DIY win it and then for Mania Takeover, have it be a 4 team elimination match adding in The Revival and TM61, or get rid of DIY, add Sanity, and winner takes on DIY.  That would work.  I don’t know how DIY is supposed to beat these guys.  I am really struggling here.  I guess I am predicting the Authors of Pain.

 

Asuka vs Nikki Cross vs Peyton Royce vs Billie Kay

Asuka isn’t losing to any of them, I don’t think.  Ember Moon is taking over the division when Asuka gets the long awaited call up.  I like Nikki a lot, and if they had to do a title change, she would be who I would be most interested in.  Long term, I think Billie Kay has a ton of potential, but she needs better attire and a little more personality.  Peyton is not helping, and I don’t think will ever quite make it, but I hope that she proves me wrong.

 

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode

The question is a simple one, who else is getting the call up if we assume that Joe does?  Is it Shinsuke or Roode?  I would pull the trigger on Roode as he is older and he wrestles a safer style that the guys can assimilate to much faster.  Yes, I know.  We all want Shinsuke up ASAP,   I think that he will pass the torch to Tye or Andrade, then he will come up in the summer.  Bobby, Joe, Aries should all be on the main roster ASAP.  All of them plus Joe and AJ and you have a hell of a TNA reunion.  I would put Joe and Roode on RAW though.  RAW needs a makeover, so Joe, Finn, and Roode could really help inject new life, especially with Jericho’s end coming sooner than later.  Roman could also use a break from action.  I am picking Shinsuke here, but would be ok if a TNA alumni helped Roode win.

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