Quick Hits: NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2017

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The past few NXT Takeovers have been less than par for the course as far as NXT specials go but things quickly changed on Saturday. With the addition of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Riley and Bobby Fish plus the Mae Young Classic set to air on the WWE Network the NXT brand has once again become the hottest wrestling promotion in the world. You know the last sentence is true when Kassius Ohno Continue reading

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Quick Hits: NXT Takeover Orlando 4.1.17: Spewin’ Snark Recap w/Cameron Dougharty

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Sanity v. Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno, Tye Dillinger & Ruby Riot

Sanity is great, simple enough, right? Eric Young and his crew came into Takeover needing to continue it’s dominance over the baby faces so instant rejection wouldn’t have taken place in Orlando. An argument could have been made for the likes of Dillinger and Strong, especially since this was Kassius Ohno’s Takeover debut; oh well, soon Ohno will be NXT Champion and none of this will have ever happened.

Other than the lack of Riot and Cross’ involvement in the match this was a great tone setter for the rest of the show. Dillinger proved, again, that he is a great NXT talent but if he makes the main roster he may just end up making the tag team of Tyler Breeze and Fandango a trio.

Aleister Black v. Cien Almas

Aleister Black lived up to the hype and some. Black isn’t a crazy renegade like the members of Sanity are. He isn’t here to tear down the establishment like the Wyatt’s are, he simply is a scary, gypsy who wants, not only the NXT Title, but your soul; all of them.

Black and Almas put on a wrestling clinic that could have easily headlined any of the million independent shows this weekend in Orlando. Instead, they did it on the biggest stage you can. There is more bad blood between the two after this match. Almas may have lost but he didn’t lose a step against Black. Best two out of three, anyone?

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival v. DIY v. Authors of Pain (c)

In a NXT Universe that demands a hard work ethic the Authors of Pain are here to tell the Indy darlings, to slow down; way down. AOP brings a certain something to the table that will make Vince McMahon droll. The rowdy Orlando fans let the big boys hear their dissaproval and to some it sounded like a cash register.

The Revival have to be main roster bound now. There is nothing left for the old school tag team to accomplish in Florida. A call up to shake up the lack luster Smackdown Live tag team roster is just what the wrestling doctor ordered. Now, give us The Revival against American Alpha, please.

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) v. Ember Moon

Asuka is the unbreakable force in the entire women’s division, despite that, a lot of people thought maybe Asuka would lose to Moon and debut on Raw tomorrow night, looks like a lot of you are wrong. The women’s division is the weak link of NXT so Asuka sticking around to bring along the other talent is just smart business.

Once the WWE’s women tournament happens this Summer and the WWE brings in more talent the path to Raw or Smackdown will become much more clear for Asuka. Until then, enjoy her beating the crap out of the roster until Candice LeRae comes knocking.

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura v. Bobby Roode (c)

If NXT is the work rate promotion for the WWE then why is Bobby Roode the top guy? Roode has all the intangibles to be a top guy and I, personally, like the idea of him being the champion of NXT but what kind of match will he have with Ohno or Strong? Roode continues to stay over with his beyond impressive entrance but he will be able to keep up with other, younger guys with strong styles?

This match did not and, arguably, could not live up to other NXT Takeover main events. The continued selling of Nakamura’s leg injury wasn’t the best story telling considering Nakamura may be headed to the main roster sooner than later. I fully expected a blood bath, instead a got a match that came straight out of 1992. Hunter, you and your guys are better than that; work on it.

Until next time, leave a comment, tell a friend, listen to the latest HTC Wrestling podcast on Podbean, follow me on Twitter @camdougharty and let’s talk wrestling!

WWE NXT: 2.15.17 Spewin’ Snark Recap w/ Cameron Dougharty

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The WWE loves to troll their fans. ‘Let’s bring in Nigel McGinness but keep Percy Watson and they’ll totally hate us.’ Jerks.

Authors of Pain v. Lance Anoa’i & Garrison Spears

A squash match if there ever was such a thing. Akam and Rezar have the tangibles to be a tag team to remember, it’s just going to take more than Paul Ellering and A WHOLE LOT more work.

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Tim Watches The BEST Of Wrestling From January 2017: WWE

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WWE opened the year behind the 8 ball to a lot of hardcore fans. The constant terrible booking of babyfaces, over reliance on the authority figure angle, refusal to listen to what the fan base desires and over saturation of the market has led the WWE to become a chore to a number of fans, myself included. Even NXT, which had been a watchable show for a long time, seemed to be running in place. Who would have guessed that a short 19 year old and a tournament full of wrestlers no one had heard of before would actually help to kickstart the year for WWE?

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NXT Takeover San Antonio 1. 28.17: Spewin’ Snark Recap w/ Cameron Dougharty


1. If the WWE keeps Sanity together through Eric Young and companies’ main roster debut then I would love to see them against The Wyatt Family.

Young and Tye Dillinger both proved that the NXT roster is not only deep but very, very talented as they continued their feud after Young picked up the win. Does Dillinger debut tomorrow night at number 10?

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WWE NXT Review For 8.10.16 w/JSP

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-Sorry, but I love Bobby Roode and I thought his TNA title run is one of the main things that made TNA watchable in 2012. He’s the sort of old-schoolish heel NXT can let shine, and has experience wrestling TV matches as well as elongated PPV stuff. And he does it damn well, along with his promos. I welcome him in NXT with open arms, and I’ve had that goddamned theme song stuck in my head for a week.

Bayley/Asuka Contract Signing

-In case you’ve been wondering, no, Bobby Roode’s music is not as great as Asuka’s.

-And boy oh boy, am I a happy man to see Asuka in BUSINESS WEAR!~! Bayley in leggings gets a thumbs up too, obviously.

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