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Recap of NXT Takeover Brooklyn, since this episode was taped before Takeover. Including the part where Stephanie continues to act like what she’s done is in any way responsible for what the wrestlers in NXT have done.
JEZUS - this episode is an hour and a half long
Enzo Amore and Big Cass without Carmella out first to a massive ovation. Cameras catch a “Full Sail University is SAWFT” sign. Cut a promo in the ring before the match and Enzo’s voice cracks at the most inopportune moment. Crowd absolutely loves Enzo and Cass. Not so much the Hype Bros who are out next. Not even Ryder can get a reaction from the crowd.
They take on Dash and Dawson who are still wearing their Varsity Club jackets. They team with Chad Gable and Jason Jordan who have some decent matching gear.
Hype Bros start despite a big “How you doin” chant. Rawley tags into Ryder and they practically boo. The heels isolate Ryder as the crowd chants “We want Enzo.” Enzo gets in and the crowd goes nuts.
All 8 men get in the ring and everything breaks down. The faces control the ring, sending the heels outside. Cass picks up Enzo and tosses him over the top rope onto Gable, Jordan and Dawson.
During this match they also announce several new programs coming to WWE Network soon including a WWE 24 on NXT (like the one they did for Reigns before WM31) as well as a Madison Square Garden show live only on WWE Network featuring Brock Lesnar.
Coming back from break, everything is different - Enzo is beaten down in the corner and Jordan is getting ready to charge. Jordan tags in Gable and he actually gets cheers coming in, which is surprising. The heels are working well together, keeping Enzo away from his corner. But Enzo starts to fight back and create space between him and Gable.
Enzo finally makes it to Big Cass who cleans house and knocks everyone out of the ring except Gable who he drops an Empire Elbow on but Jordan breaks up the pin. Ryder and Rawley take people out of the ring leaving Cass to put down Gable with a huge swinging side slam and tags in Enzo and rocket launch him onto Gable for the win.
William Regal reminds everyone about the beginning of the Dusty Rhodes tag team classic next week and Neville interrupts and says he wants a spot in the Dusty Classic. Regal says he can make it happen - but who will he tag with? He’s a former 2-time NXT Tag Team Champion (with Oliver Grey and Corey Graves) so he knows what it takes to win tag team matches in NXT.
They catch up with Finn Balor after defeating Kevin Owens in an NXT Title ladder match. He says he proved Tokyo wasn’t a fluke by beating Kevin Owens again and that he is the rightful champion. Balor says Brooklyn saw the new side of Finn Balor and of NXT and that this is only the beginning for NXT.
Next is a video package for Emma, detailing her start as goofy dancing “Emmalution” Emma and transitioning to Evil Emma after her main roster run went...poorly is a nice way to put it.
I guess this means she’s winning the fatal fourway and they’re building her up to be the first challenger for Bayley, since she and Bayley have had issues in the past.
Next, Devin talks to Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Charlotte talks about how Dana Brooke has always wanted her out of NXT and thinks she herself is the dominant female in NXT and says that Emma is her lapdog. I always thought of it as the other way around. Then Becky makes a bad dog pun and I kinda wish that would stay on Twitter. Then they do the pinky swear thing and say let the best member of PCB win.
Now a short video package about Becky Lynch. Geez, overdoing it a little bit with these video packages? Well I guess they have time to fill. She talks about how she’s a submission specialist and how she came to NXT to be the best. She says she’s gunning for the WWE Divas Championship. Also that aligned herself with Paige because she’s known Paige since Paige was 13 and that she wants that Divas gold and will do what she has to do to get it. Sorta teasing a future heel turn on the main roster?
Eva Marie out next to a chorus of boos. She has like a Nature Boy robe on and seems to be handling the boos well. When Carmella’s music hits there’s a slight bit of cheering but not much. She talks as she walks to the ring, her usual princess of Staten Island stuff.
The crowd isn’t into much going on in this match. Lots of booing right away. And “You can’t wrestle” chants. Pretty basic match but nothing terrible really. Eva mocking Carmella and Enzo’s chants while she has an abdominal stretch locked in and it’s not bad.
Carmella hits a rana from the top and the crowd starts to get into it. It seems like Carmella is building up steam with a few big Thesz presses but then Eva turns it around and wins with an OK, half speed Sliced Bread or a Sliced Red or whatever she calls it and the crowd is thankful it’s over.
Recap of the Liger/Breeze match. Breeze had to say afterward that he might’ve won at Takeover but is he really the winner? Because Breeze gets to look like he does. Also mentions that he isn’t done with Liger, which is interesting since I figured it’d be a one-time thing and that he has even bigger idea to bring to Regal which will really put him on the map.
Emma and Dana Brooke (who is wearing a ridiculous amount of makeup) talk to Devin in the locker room. They trash talk Charlotte and Becky and Emma says Becky is about to become the biggest joke in WWE.
After a bunch of commercials and recaps of Takeover, there’s a Dana Brooke video package. But it’s the same one we’ve seen a bunch of times before.
Then a recap of Bayley winning the Women’s title at Takeover and celebrating with the Four Horsewomen. They talk to Bayley after the match and she says her dreams can’t compare to the moment in the ring having won the match and celebrating with the Four Horsewomen. To show everyone what they’re fighting for in NXT and on the main roster. Bayley’s mom is there and talks about the amazing job Bayley does each and every time she’s in the ring and her whole family shows up.
Devin talks to Regal who has news about the opening match of the tournament of the Dusty Classic. But before he can say anything, Baron Corbin interrupts and says he wants in the tournament. Regal says he knows Corbin doesn’t play well with others so he’ll pair him with an old friend - Rhyno. And their opponents will be The Ascension. Corbin says “That’s cool with me” and leaves.
NXT UK tour in December
Dec 10 - Newcastle
Dec 11 - Glasgow
Dec 12 - Sheffield
Dec 13 - Blackpool
Dec 14 - Nottingham
Dec 15 - Cardiff
Dec 16 - London
(I also saw that the show on Triple H’s Twitter that the 16th will be live on WWE Network)
Some poor, misguided cameraman talks to Kevin Owens after he lost the ladder match to Finn Balor and asks him his feelings. Owens says “tomorrow at Summerslam, I’m going to break Cesaro - I’m gonna break him.” and he tries to walk away (well limp away) and the dude asks him ANOTHER question. It’s like, you got lucky that he didn’t kill you the first time. You really want to press your luck?
He asks Owens about his future with NXT. Owens looks at him but walks away through a door and leaves.
Elias Sampson debuting a new gimmick “The Drifter”. Even though his scarf, his cool guy bandana gauntlet and his necklaces make him look more like a male model. He’s got a guitar like he’s Jeff Jarrett or something. Shouldn’t he have a bindle with some beans in it since he’s a drifter? That bandana needs to be carrying his meager few valuables and not wrapped around his forearm. You know, because he’s a drifter.
Bull Dempsey comes out next with a Dr. Death robe on and looks EXACTLY the same as he always has.
I can’t tell if the crowd if chanting “Bull Fit” or “Bullshit” at the start of this match. Bull and Sampson trade holds to start the match. Apparently Bull is from Brooklyn but this crowd doesn’t seem to care. Maybe it’s the only thing keeping them from booing Bull and this match like crazy.
Seems like this whole Bull Fit thing is just to make fat jokes or more accurately, sarcastic jokes aimed at fat people for being fat even if they are trying to work out (talking about Dempsey’s ab and how all these fit people are doing Bull Fit)
Sampson has Bull on the mat for a while but Bull fights out and does a Hulking up spot and does a combo of strikes and knocks down Sampson. Bull heads to the top rope and jumps off onto Sampson’s chester with his ass and pins him for the win.
Talking to Samoa Joe after his win over Baron Corbin. He talks about how the crowd is crazy because they built NXT and they got Joe through the toughest test of his life. And it sends a message that Joe is here in NXT and means absolute business. He came to make a statement but not with his mouth, but with his fists. Tonight he beat one of the biggest and baddest and he’ll continue to do that until he gets the NXT Championship.
Nia Jax vignette. Lady Rock Johnson. Related to The Rock so you know she’s gonna be pushed to the moon.
Catching up with Apollo Crews after his debut win at Takeover. Talks about how incredible it was to win in front of the Brooklyn crowd and to do it on his 28th birthday (I thought he said 20th at first and I was like “No waaaay”)
Talks about how he fed off the crowd’s energy and he doesn’t know what to say. He already dropped Apollo Nation but didn’t explain it or put it in context at all so it was kinda weird. Obviously it’s just a WWE Universe type thing but still - he said it, this new phrase, and didn’t explain it or frame it in any way.
Recap of Vaudevillains beating Blake and Murphy for the tag titles. And how Blue Pants for their backup plan for dealing with Alexa Bliss.
Devin talks to the former champs after the loss. They’re understandably upset and say they were robbed at Takeover. Alexa quiets them down and talks to Devin, asking what business does Blue Pants have costing her boys the belts? And is she even on the roster? Next week, Alexa says she is going to show Blue Pants she isn’t welcome in NXT.
Charlotte video package. I guess that makes one for each of the four ladies in the fatal four way main event.
Emma out first for the main event. She’s followed by Dana Brooke who gets lots of boos (I also somehow missed before that she’s from the “Mistake by the Lake” Cleveland, Ohio). Next Becky Lynch followed finally by Charlotte.
Lynch and Charlotte take out Emma and Brooke then square off for a friendly match but make sure to keep Emma and Brooke at bay. Duelling “Lets go Becky/Lets go Charlotte” and Becky is definitely louder. Becky and Charlotte trade holds for a while as Emma and Brooke regroup on the floor. Soon they are back in, working together to take out Charlotte and Becky. Emma and Dana team up to smash Charlotte on the barricade and she looks dazed.
There’s a break and they announce NXT coming to Texas for the first time in September.
Dana and Emma are working over Becky in the ring with Charlotte still on the floor. Every time Charlotte tries to get back in it, they kick her back to the floor. Emma eventually tells Dana to get out there and finish her off, leaving her in the ring with Becky.
Emma lands a double underhook suplex on Becky and goes for the cover but Dana breaks it up. Emma and Dana are kinda upset with each other and start pushing and shoving. They try to make up but Brooke enzi to Emma and knocks her down then starts posing for the crowd. She doesn’t notice Charlotte get back in the ring and Charlotte starts to go to work on Dana.
Becky on the top rope sizing up the other 3 for a dropkick but Emma and Dana push Charlotte into it. Becky takes Emma and Dana to suplex city and pins Dana but Emma breaks it up. Emma hits two Emma-mite Sandwiches on Charlotte and Becky then pins Becky and gets the 3!
The crowd is kinda shocked and didn’t expect this four way to end there. Does this make her #1 contender? It’s gotta put her up there in contention.
Afterward, Charlotte spears Emma and then hits Natural Selection on her and pins Emma as the crowd counts three, but then Charlotte is attacked by Brooke, who is tossed via tbone suplex by Lynch. Charlotte Figure 8 to Brooke and Lynch with a Disarmer to Brooke and Charlotte drops a knee on Brooke’s face on the way out for good measure. That was a pretty heel thing for the faces to do to the heels.
NXT Takeover: Brooklyn
(Before I get into the show, I just
wanted to say I really liked the small changes to the aesthetics of this NXT
show in a big arena versus what a big WWE show would look like in a big arena.
The entrance was understated but still interesting. The lighting in the arena
in general was more subdued and I think that helped make it more focused and
made action in the ring seem more important than anything else.)
Triple H opened NXT Takeover, briefly
talking in the ring about how the fans made something like NXT a possibility.
The first match of the night, Tyler Breeze
faces Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
Several models dressed as
representations of NYC (skyscrapers, taxi cab, Statue of Liberty) line the
entrance ramp before Breeze makes his entrance.
Liger makes his entrance and gets a
great reaction from the NYC crowd. Breeze starts fast but Liger takes control
quickly, even mocking Breeze’s pose in the corner and taking a selfie with
Breeze’s selfie stick.
But Breeze surprises Liger with a
Supermodel Kick and takes over. It’s also during this match that the first big
“Full Sail sucks” chant breaks out, sticking it to all those nerds in Florida.
This is followed by a New Day style “Full – Sail Sucks” chant. However, Liger
hit a big rolling kick and a tilt a whirl back breaker then heads up to the top
but Breeze gets his knees up.
Liger goes up top again after hitting a
palm strike but Breeze rolls out of the ring. Liger follows and surprises him
with a rolling senton then rolls Breeze back in and hits a Liger Bomb for the
Was a shorter match and I would’ve liked
to have seen Breeze win (or look a little stronger in defeat) but it was still
really fun and a great opener.
The Kliq is at Takeover. Kevin Nash,
Scott Hall and X-Pac are there, throwing up Bullet Club Too Sweets for the
camera because they are a bunch of marks.
There’s a Nia Jax vignette before
the next match. Who? Lina Fanene. Again I say, who? Oh, you know, just ANOTHER
of Rock’s cousins. So she’ll be on NXT TV soon, probably squashing girls since
she’s apparently very big. My guess is she’ll be Karma 2.0.
NXT Tag Team Title match next . The
Vaudevillains out first to a great reaction. Followed by Blake, Murphy and
Alexa Bliss who get a not so great reaction.
Before the bell, Alexa starts making fun
of the Vaudevillains for not being able to find anyone to watch their backs and
make sure that she doesn’t get involved. She moves to slap them both but they
stop her and introduce their partner – Blue Pants! Hearing Blue Pants’ theme
song in an arena like Barclay Center in surreal.
Blake and Simon Gotch start first in the
ring, tying up and going to an arm wringer. But more interesting than that, the
crowd starts chanting “Blue Pants City.” To think, I saw her wrestle in
middle-of-nowhere New Jersey for a Wrestling Is show (in…2013?) in front of
maybe 50 people – to having an entire arena of over 15,000 people chant for her
The Vaudevillains working well against
Blake and Murphy, looking really strong in the early goings of this match. But
after Blake trips up English while he was on the apron, the tag champs take
over. They do a good job of keeping English in their corner and working him
English finally makes the tag to Gotch
who comes in like a house of fire taking it to the champs. It seems like
another miscue which allows the champs to set up to superplex English, but
Gotch surprises them both by powerbombing them on the mat. English hits a
swanton but only gets a 2.
It seems like English and Gotch are
setting up for the Whirling Dervish when Alexa Bliss get on the apron to
distract them and the ref. But Blue Pants pulls her down to the floor and
chases her around the ring. Alexa finds herself alone in the ring with English
and Gotch and tries to slap them but Blue Pants grabs her arm, slaps Alexa
instead and then takes her down to the mat and they roll out of the ring.
Gotch watches them but Murphy rolls him
up and he kicks out at 2. They tie up, Gotch rolls through a move and uppercuts
Murphy in the back, English running neckbreaker out of nowhere for the Whirling
Dervish and the Vaudevillains become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
Adrian Neville is at the Barclay Center
to wish Finn Balor luck before his NXT Title ladder match. This is before Tye
Dillinger takes on the debuting Apollo Crews.
Crews looking really good in his first
match, though could use some work on charisma and showmanship since his
entrance was very bland. He looks as good as ever in the ring, showing up
Dillinger’s cart wheel with a back flip of his own.
Dillinger catches Crews with a dropkick
on the apron and slows down the pace, keeping Crews on the mat. Dillingers
spending a surprising amount of time in control and not the pace I was
expecting from Crews.
Crews wins with two-thirds of the Uhaa
Combination, gorilla press slam followed by a standing moonsault for the win.
William Regal announces that none of
this show or NXT would have been possible without Dusty Rhodes. And to
celebrate his memory, Regal announces the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Starting on the Sept 2 episode of NXT and culminate in the finals on an Oct. 7
Rich Brennan mentions Baron Corbin was
thrown off his NFL for starting fights. Huh, funny how we never heard about
that until now.
Samoa Joe gets a good response from the
crowd on his entrance.
Joe gets the better of the exchanges early
on. Joe even half locks on the rear naked choke but Corbin dives out of the
ring to break it up and takes his time before engaging with Joe again. When
they get back in, Corbin throws a few strikes but Joe shakes them off and lands
a big enzi in the corner then a dropkick which sends Corbin to the floor. Joe
follows up with a dive but Corbin blocks it with a big punch to Joe’s face and
takes over in the ring.
But try as he might, Corbin can’t keep
Joe down and Joe just keeps coming back to take control of the match up. At one
point, Joe transitions from a roll up (that Corbin kicks out of) into a half
crab to a cross face when Corbin reaches for the ropes. Corbin reaches for the
ropes but Joe bends his arm back like a Rings of Saturn and Corbin has to reach
the ropes with his foot to break the hold.
Really back and forth match and neither
Joe or Corbin can maintain an advantage. I’m actually very surprised with how
well Corbin is carrying himself in this match. I gotta imagine that Joe is
calling the match but he’s either making Corbin look really good or Corbin is
actually improving. I was worried before about Corbin’s ability to believably
work a longer match but this match with Joe is proving that he might actually
be capable of delivering competent, if not exciting, longer matches going
forward. I doubt the squashes will stop but hopefully they’ll start giving him
more interesting things to do.
After a series of high impact strikes
are exchanged, Joe tries to set up Corbin for the muscle buster but Corbin is
blocking it, on top of the turnbuckle. Corbin knocks him to the mat then hits a
big boot. He works over Joe in the corner then brings him to the center for the
End of Days, but Joe ducks it and tries to lock in a kokina clutch. Corbin fights out though and hits choke bomb
on Joe but when Joe kicks out, he flips Corbin over and locks in a kokina
clutch and makes Corbin pass out.
Really surprised that Joe won this. I
was sure Corbin wasn’t going to lose for a while. Maybe this feud continues a
After this match, they cut to the crowd
where Sergeant Slaughter, Ric Flair and….Kana are there?!What the hell is Kana doing at NXT?!
They wrote her name as Kanna which you
could chalk up to a typo – or it’s what WWE will be using as her name once
she’s signed. I never heard a report about Kana signing with WWE before this
show but after they showed her in the crowd, you better believe there are
I mean – why else would she be at
Takeover? It’s not like she’d be in New York just because NJPW guys are there.
And I won’t pretend to know her schedule or where she works to say whether she
was in NYC for another reason or not.
All I know is, if WWE really wants to
legitimize the Divas, signing a legit badass like Kana is a good move (even
though she looks like she’d rather be literally anywhere else in the world when
they showed her at Takeover).
Next, Stephanie McMahon comes to the
ring to take credit for the “Divas Revolution” that the WWE writing staff has
already driven into the ground because of the relentless, soulless marketing
machine that is current day WWE.
She puts over the crowd and the fact
that they are there, making history, for the biggest NXT event in history. But
then goes into the Divas Revolution stuff.
(I wish WWE knew the definition of
“subtlety.” They beat people over the head with these buzz words and ideas that
would have a lot more impact if they were allowed to flourish organically. But
no – they shove “Divas Revolution” in our faces, instead of just booking them
better behind the scenes and allow the fans to make up their own mind. Or
calling Bayley “the ultimate underdog.” It’s like – yeah, we know that’s what
she is. We watch the product. It’s why we’re watching right now. We know she is
the underdog and hasn’t been able to win the big one. But instead of letting
the fans come to those conclusions on their own, they feel like they need to
hold everyone’s hand and tell you what’s happening and that acknowledgement
undercuts the impact these stories have.)
Bayley comes out first for her Women’s
Championship match against Sasha Banks. Bayley has on new gear – bright white
with a golden trim (and, strangely enough, New Day AND Seth Rollins all debuted
new gear on Sunday, which was also bright white with gold trim. Not saying –
just saying). Bayley also has polkadot headband and gauntlets on in memory of
Sasha Banks comes out with one of the
only unique entrances on the night – riding to the entrance ramp in an Escalade
with a cadre of jacked up bodyguard looking dudes.
(While watching Sasha’s entrance I
suddenly realized I really want to see her with a constant stable of dude
wrestlers around her who act like body guards and are there to protect her
championship interests. I like it since it’s a reversal of the usual wrestling
trope where a dude has a lady or two as a valet)
They’re saying this show is “double main
event” so even though the ladies are on before the guys, they are still
technically in the main event of the biggest NXT show ever.
Sasha starts off trash talking but
Bayley quickly scoops her legs and takes her down and starts throwing punches.
But Sasha rolls her over and throws a few of her own.
Both rolling out some new moves to try
and get any advantage over the other. Sasha doing a lot of trash talking to
keep Bayley off balance.
(I think what I like most about Sasha
bank’s offense is that it’s very Japanese inspired. But not so much in what
specific moves she does, but she her offense is tailored in such a way that her
moves all lead to her finisher – the backstabber and crossface combo. Where as
John Cena, for example, just does moves until he hits the AA, Sasha will focus
on her opponent’s core and back with strikes and holds, softening them up for
the Bank Statement. It’s very much like how Tanahashi works his opponents legs
with Dragon leg whips for the clover leaf, or so they can’t stand and he can
hit the High Fly Flow)
Sasha keeping Bayley on the mat and
trashing her in the corner but it only seems to energize and infuriate Bayley.
Sasha snaps Bayley’s arm over the rope, the same arm with Bayley’s broken hand.
Sasha tears the wrap and tape off Bayley’s hand and slams it on the stairs. She
rolls Bayley back in then throws her out again and while the ref is checking on
her, Sasha runs and does a somersault tope over the ref and the top rope onto
Bayley on the outside! (Bayley didn’t catch all of Sasha so it probably hurt
her way more than Bayley but it still looked cool and really popped the crowd)
They both get back in the ring slowly
but Sasha seems to get it together first. She gets a wrist clutch on Bayley and
runs up the ropes but then Bayley pushes her off the top to the floor! When
Sasha gets back in, Bayley hits a big series of elbows and really gets things
going in her favor. Bayley hits a shoulder tackle in the corner and a big back
elbow then capture overhead suplex Sasha into the corner.
Bayley tries to lift Sasha up again but
Sasha turns and pulls Bayley’s arm crashing to the mat then locks in a Bank
Statement crossface. But Bayley fights her way to the ropes. Sasha starts
stomping and kicking at Bayley’s hand to stop her then rolls backward away from
the ropes but as she does, she loses Bayley who locks in a crossface of her
own. Sasha reaches the rope with her foot but both ladies are spent and can
barely get off the mat.
Bayley gets up and pulls Sasha to her
feet. Sasha kips up with the help of the ropes but Bayley catches her and
tosses her with the Belly to Bayley – but Sasha kicks out at 2!
Bayley picks up Sasha and brings her to
the corner. She puts Sasha on the top rope but Sasha fights her off
momentarily. Bayley comes back and tries for a top rope hurricanrana but Sasha
hangs on and Bayley lands hard. Sasha comes off the top with a Knees of Meteora
on Bayley and locks in a deep cover – but Bayley kicks out at 2!
They fight back to their feet and into
the opposite corner. Bayley blocks Sasha and sends Sasha crashing to the mat
with a reverse top rope hurricanrana then follows with a Belly to Bayley for
the pin to become the new NXT Women’s Champion!
Bayley looks overwhelmed in the ring as
commentary talks about replays. Charlotte and Becky Lynch run into the ring to
celebrate with Bayley, who looks as happy as she does. Then Sasha comes in and
kills kayfabe by hugging Bayley. They raise each other’s hands and do the Four
Horsewomen thing (that WWE stole from Ronda Rousey). Who’s getting in trouble
for this Curtain Call?
Main event time – Owens vs Balor ladder
match for the NXT Title. Kinda fitting that Steen main events the first NXT
sell out event in an arena venue (since he’s one of if not the best in WWE
Balor’s entrance is really cool, with
different guys dressed like the Demon and rising from the smoke on the entrance
way to give the idea that there are many demons manifesting for the match.
Owens shoves Balor to start and go after
a ladder early but Balor stops him and they go to work in the ring. Owens uses
his size and power to get the early advantage but Balor gets in his own shots,
using his speed and high-flying to do whatever he can to slow down Owens.
Love when the crowd starts a huge “Ole”
chant and Owens hears it. He completely loses focus on Balor and starts to
smile and then pretends his shoulder is hurt as a shot at Sami Zayn.
When they grab the first ladder, Balor
tries to take it into the ring, but Owens stops him and rams the ladder into
Balor’s rib against the ring several times over. They then first around the
ring and into the crowd briefly. Owens tosses Balor over the table then mocks
Balor on top of the ladder before grabbing another ladder from under the ring.
Balor sets the ladder up in the ring
first but doesn’t get far before Owens pulls him back down. Owens goes to work
using the ladders every way he can to hammer on Balor and he looks like he has
a really good chance of destroying Balor. He even squashes Balor on a ladder
with a standing senton.
Balor weathers the storm and backdrops
Owens onto the side of an open ladder to start swinging momentum his way. He
dodges a cannonball senton into the corner and then his a Coup de Grace and
sets up a ladder in the center of the ring while Owens tries to gather himself
on the mat. Balor climbs but Owens stops him and pulls him down off the ladder
and into a powerbomb and both men are down.
Owens starts to climb the ladder but
Balor lifts it up from the other side and sends Owens tumbling backward off the
ladder and hits the turnbuckle hard. Owens pulls him outside again and sets up
for an apron bomb but Balor blocks it. Balor misses a double stomp to the floor
and when he gets up, Owens hits the apron bomb and it’s not looking good for
Owens back in the ring and sets up a
ladder. He’s climbing the ladder and gets close to the top but Balor pulls
himself back in and starts to tip the ladder over. Owens sees this and hops off
before he falls and lands a super kick to put down Balor. Owens starts to trash
talk Balor on the mat and sets up a ladder from the bottom buckle to the bottom
rung of the ladder. He climbs that side and pulls Balor up the other side,
looking to superplex him over onto the ladder. Balor fights out though and smashes
Owens on the top of the ladder, causing him to lose his grip and crash
backwards onto the ladder he set up.
Owens is on the mat, barely moving, but
Balor is at the top of the ladder by himself. Only, the ladder isn’t quite
centered and Balor can’t reach the belt. Owens tries to grab him but Balor
kicks him off. Balor looks at the belt then back down at Owens and leaps off and
lands a massive double stomp. It looks like Balor tweaked his ankle on that
ladder Coupe de Grace but he still manages to adjust the ladder and climb up it
to grab the NXT Title to retain the championship.
Triple Hannounced on Twitter that the
NXT Takeover from the UK will be live on the WWE Network
Interesting mini-documentary about Emma
back when she was still Tenille Dashwood. She mentions in it that she’s 22 and
being that she’s 26, means this is about 4 years old
ROH DA 8 /26
Bloodbound Warriors out first, Grey Wolf
and Red Scorpion. Basically LOD but with a barbarian vibe. I remember the names
but I don't remember these dudes. Like, I remember much smaller dudes with
those names and being total jobbers. These dudes look like they could cause
They take on the Briscoes who get a big
ovation from the crowd in Baltimore. Actually not a squash. Wolf and Scorpion holding their own and cutting off Mark
from Jay. But after Jay gets the hot tag, they take control and Jay pins
Scorpion after a big lariat. After the win, Adam Page and the Decade show up. Page says he called out Jay 2
weeks ago but he was nowhere to be found. He goes on to insult him but Jay
responds by saying he doesn't even know who Page is. But if he's looking for a
fight he found one. Then Whitmer steps in and tells Jay to pump the brakes and
says not here, not now. But next week, Jay has the chance to man up in a match
with Adam Page and Jay says Page is gonna get his ass whooped.
Next, Roderick Strong vs Donovan Dijack.
Dijack in control for much of the match, thanks to the constant distractions of
Truth and Diesel.
In 2 weeks, showing Lethal/Strong World
title rematch and Bucks/Addiction tag team title match from Philly.
Dijack using his height to his advantage
too, keeping Roddy on the mat and blocking any attempt to turn the tide by
Roddy. But Roddy gets back in it with his high impact strikes, leading to Roddy
hitting a superplex from the very top for a 2 count.
Match is becoming really good for a
shortish TV match. Dijack looking really solid against a vet like Strong. He
hits a discus big boot for 2, which surprised the hell out of me cause I've
never seen anyone but Chris Hero do something like that. Dijack is definitely
going to be targeted by WWE in the coming years. He's got height and potential
- two things attributes WWE loves.
Roddy avoids Feast Your Eyes and hits a
thousand moves in a row (reminds me of that Chuck Taylor reference from PWG
commentary ) and pins Dijack with a Sick Kick. After the win, Lethal attacks
and the House of Truth gangs up on Roddy. Strong gets free for a second but the
numbers game is not in his favor. However, War Machine shows up to run off
House of Truth, since Hanson has a TV title shot next week.
(This channel is garbage. Every show I
see sounds just the worst. You know the show that's on at 8 instead of ROH?
Killing Big Foot! What!? Why would you want to kill him??? Find him, sure but
jumping straight to murder? Not even "Catching Bigfoot"? Is he a
menace? Is Bigfoot on a some sort of rampage only rednecks know about? This is
In the main event, Future Shock comes
out to their old music to face The Addiction for the tag titles. And Chris
Sabin is with Kaz and Daniels of course. Sabin is on commentary for this one.
Kelly asks about his in ring status and Sabin says he will be back. Yes he has
a little problem with his neck and yes doctors say he shouldn't wrestle but
what do they know? Only Sabin knows his body. So that doesn't sound promising.
Future Shock working over Daniels early
on and working well together, like they never broke up at all. And O'Reilly
beating down Kaz after they come back from commercials. But it isn't long
before the champs take over, using some dirty tactics to keep Cole isolated and
away from Cole - and O'Reilly away from Cole as well.
Despite Addiction double teaming, Future
Shock doing very well. That momentum is thwarted by Kaz when he low blows Cole
after the ref gets shoved. O'Reilly continues to work on Kaz and puts in an arm
bar but The Kingdom shows up and distracts the ref as Kaz taps. Maria and
Bennett distract Sinclair while Taven tries to get involved and O'Reilly gets
an O'Connor roll on Kaz for a 5 or 6 count. Taven super kick O'Reilly but he
kicks out of a Kaz roll up. Maria grabs Kyle's leg and Cole sees and is pissed
and goes after her (cause he was down holding his dick after the low blow that
whole time and didn't see The Kingdom interfere).
O'Reilly tries to fight both the
Addiction but gets put down with Celebrity Rehab since Cole never came back.
Sabin, Kaz and Daniels stomp O'Reilly until Bobby Fish runs out followed by the
Young Bucks. Then the Kingdom comes back and it's an all out brawl.
(Silas Young distracted Castle letting
Alexander win via rollup. After, Stokely Hathaway distracted Alexander while
Moose ran in through the crowd to spear him)
-War Machine def. The Kingdom
-In between episodes, Cheeseburger came
out and asked who wanted a t-shirt. But before he can throw one out to the
crowd, Bob Evans and his new protégé attacks Cheeseburger. Then, for some
reason, Bushwhacker Luke came out to make the save.
Episode 2 – Championship Edition
-The Addiction retain the ROH tag titles
against the Young Bucks
(Maria Kanellis distracted Matt Jackson
allowing Kaz to roll him up. However, Nigel McGuinness says that at All Star
Extravaganza in San Antonio, The Addiction will now have to defend the titles
against The Kingdom and the Young Bucks.)
-Jay Lethal retains the ROH World title
against Roderick Strong
(Amazing, amazing match. Told a great
story and cements Lethal as top talent in ROH)
-Michael Elgin def. Silas Young
-ACH def. Caprice Coleman
-IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki
Goto and The Briscoes def. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and RPG
(Okada got one of the loudest pops of
the night but Goto also got a great reception. Really good match by some of the
best on the planet)
(Not as fast-paced as I anticipated but
a solid match nonetheless. Since this was a non-title match, it set up Sydal
getting a future opportunity at the IWGP Junior title)
-Watanabe def. Adam Page, Moose and Will
(The crowd was all over BJ Whitmer, who
cut a promo before the match. Watanabe pinned Ferrara after a nasty running
STO. Whitmer then got in Corino’s face again afterward. Before the match, I
noticed Steve Corino get up to talk to Colby Corino, but Colby just took his
chair at the announce table and gave it to Whitmer, which I thought was a good
touch and note sure if it will be highlighted on TV)
-Shinsuke Nakamura def. Adam Cole
(Nakamura and Cole were the only ones to
get reactions rivaling Okada’s. This was a stellar main event and this
literally fantasy match definitely lived up to expectations)
Field of Honor
MCU Park, Brooklyn
-Adam Cole def. ROH World Tag Champion
-War Machine def. Pro Wrestling NOAH GHC
Heavyweight Tag Team Champions The Killer Elite Squad in a non-title match
-In a Gauntlet Match, Watanabe defeated
Cedric Alexander to receive an ROH World Television Title Match September 19 in
San Antonio, Texas
-The Young Bucks, #Reborn Matt Sydal and
ACH defeated RPG Vice and The Kingdom
-IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki
Goto def. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin in a rematch from the 2015 G1 Climax
- The Briscoes def. the Time Splitters
(IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley)
-Great news for the company that also
reported a higher than expected subscriber base for NJPW World. In an earlier
tweet by Enuhito, it’s reported that NJPW owner Kidani stated NJPW World should
reach 30,000 subscribers very soon.
Also, from Enuhito’s English Twitter
feed, Tanahashi will be defending his IWGP Heavyweight Title shot against Bad
Luck Fale at Destruction in Kobe on Sept. 27.
announced the cards for the Road to Destruction tour as well as the card for
Destruction in Kobe (which will be live on NJPW World on Sept 27). Get those
cards, on PWInsider, for website.
Also, main event of King of Pro
Wrestling on Oct 12 is Okada vs Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight title.
CJP will be on the tour as Juice
Robinson. Looks like just the CJP character retired and Juice Robinson will
still be around.
Matt Sydal will also be on the tour, as
they build toward an IWGP Junior Heavyweight title match that Sydal earned
beating him at the ROH TV tapings on Aug 21.
Also, Alex Shelley will be returning to
the ring. He hasn't wrestled since being injured early in the Best of Super
There were also several NJPW guys at
Sunmerslam, just hanging out but I can't for reports about how Okada wants to
be signed by WWE. At the show were Okada, Kushida and Liger and most likely
others. Samoa Joe posted a picture of him and Okada in a sky box at Summerslam.
Battle of Los Angeles is this weekend
and I can’t wait to see it. I hope it won’t be too long of a wait but since I’m
going to try and avoid spoilers (which means no results here) it could be a
month or so before I get to talk about it here or on my show.
1st Round Matches (1 point per correct pick) - Bold the winner of each match.
Ricochet vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Drew Galloway vs. Mike Bailey
Drago vs. Pentagon Jr.
Fenix vs. Matt Sydal
Angelico vs. Jack Evans
Chris Hero vs. Timothy Thatcher
Trent? vs. Trevor Lee
Brian Cage vs. Aerostar
Rich Swann vs. Marty Scurll
Drew Gulak vs. Tommy End
Andrew Everett vs. Biff Busick
Mark Andrews vs. Will Ospreay
Final Match: (2 points per correct pick) - Which 3 participants will reach the final match?
Winner: (5 points for correct pick) - Who is gonna win the 2015 PWG Battle of Los Angeles?
King of Trios first round announced
-Tournament is Sept. 4-6
bWo vs Devastation Corporation
United Nations vs Team ATTACK!
The Arcane Horde vs Crown and Court
Team Fight Club: PRO vs BDK
Dasher’s Dugout vs Battleborn
Bullet Club vs Battle Hive
Snake Pit vs The Nightmare Warriors
The Gentleman’s Club vs Team AAA
The entire Chris Hero 3 hour Infinity
Gauntlet match to benefit ALS Canada. Pretty sure that makes it the longest
match in modern wrestling history. (For some reason it starts like 30 minutes in so just be aware of that)