Quick Hits: WWE Smackdown Live 8.29.17

Jinder Promo

-Jinder comes out and cuts literally the same promo you’ve seen before so nothing new.

-The Singh Brothers begged for forgiveness from Jinder and wanted to kiss his feet to show their devotion. Just as they were about to Shinsuke Nakamura came out.

-Nakamura fought off all of them for a bit until the numbers took over. Randy Orton came out to make the save until Rusev came and took him out.

-They announce Orton vs Nakamura for next week, with the winner getting a future WWE Title match.

The Ascension vs Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable

-Benjamin gets a pretty good pop coming into the ring. Gable gets the rope pulled down on him allowing the Ascension to gain control.

-The Ascension works over Gable the entire commercial break until Gable makes the hot tag to Benjamin. Benjamin hits some nice offense and they finish off the Ascension for the win.

WINNERS: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable

United States Championship Open Challenge: AJ Styles (c) vs Tye Dillinger

-Dillinger answers the challenge but Corbin stops him on the ramp. They push and shove. Corbin slams Dillinger into the barricade. Dillinger recovers and knocks Corbin away and gets the match.

-The match starts and it is super quick. Styles escapes Dillinger’s finisher and gets Dillinger to tap to the Calf Crusher in under a minute.

-Corbin attacks Dillinger after the match but Styles makes the save for him.

WINNER: AJ Styles

Bobby Roode vs Mike Kanellis

-Another quick match which sees Roode pick up the win. Not surprising since they want to get Roode over. It is still weird to see Roode as a face. It just doesn’t seem right.

WINNER: Bobby Roode

Kevin Owens Promo

-Aiden English is out there singing when Kevin Owens comes out. KO tells English that these Arkansas hillbillies don’t appreciate his music and asks him to leave. English agrees.

-KO goes over the events of last week and says this would have never happened on RAW.

-Shane comes back and KO says that once again Shane makes it all about himself.

-Shane tells KO that the fans are sick of hearing KO complain and that KO has no one to blame for his failures other than himself. Shane tells English to get back in the ring and he has a match against Sami Zayn.

Aiden English vs Sami Zayn

-Zayn sends English to the outside and hits a running swanton to the outside.

-KO says he is sick of referees not doing their jobs and comes in to put the ref’s shirt on.

-Zayn argues with KO then KO hits him with a pop-up powerbomb and English wins with a fast count.

WINNER: Aiden English

-Shane tells Renee that the match is stricken from the record.

-Dolph Ziggler said we will get his new look, next week. At this point I don’t care anymore.

The Usos vs The New Day- Winner Picks the Stipulation For Their Tag Title Rematch

-The match starts during commercial. Big E misses a splash on the apron then gets dropkicked into the barricade.

-Big E blocks a charge in the corner and makes the hot tag to Kofi.

-Jey goes for a Samoan Drop but Kofi counters into a Dragon Sleeper but Jimmy breaks it up.

-Jimmy makes the blind tag and rolls up Kofi and grabs the tights for the win.

WINNERS: The Usos

-Tamina squashed some jobber with Lana as her manager. It is just like her pairing with Rusev.

-FASHION FILES SEASON 2! They are trying to figure out the “Two B” message. They hold of new gadgets including a pants belt. Fandango says he knows what that is it’s a Title not a belt! They find arrows where it says “Or Not To B” under the original message and believe it leads them to Aiden English.

Rusev and Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton

-The match starts with a brawl and the faces send the heels to the outside into commercial.

-Back from break Jinder is slowly and painfully working over Nakamura.

-Orton gets tagged in. He goes for a quick RKO but Jinder bails. Orton clotheslines him on the outside then backdrops him on the barricade.

-The Singh Brothers jump on the apron. Jinder sends Orton to the outside and Rusev shoves him into the post.

-Now it is time for the heels to work over Orton. Orton eventually side steps Jinder and tags in Nakamura.

-Jinder breaks up Nakamura’s armbar. Orton goes for the DDT but Jinder falls out of the ropes. Nakamura eventually hits Kinsasha for the win.

-After the match Orton catches Nakamura with the RKO.

WINNERS: Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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The HTCWrestling Podcast WWE SummerSlam and NXTTakeover Recap

Justin C and Cam are back to recap everything WWE from this past weekend’s NXTTakeover, SummerSlam, RAW and Smackdown. We recap the main event scene on all three WWE shows and chart the path of the coming months for all three brands. We also talk about the breaking news of Asuka vacating the NXT Women’s Title and the crowd reactions from all three main roster WWE shows this past weekend.

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Quick Hits: WWE Smackdown Live 8.22.17

Opening Segment

-AJ Styles comes out and says he is reinstating the AJ Styles United States Title Invitational.

-Kevin Owens comes out and says that AJ did not beat him. A McMahon screwed a legendary Canadian out of a Title yet again.

-Out comes Shane McMahon. He said he called the match right down the middle, and AJ won fair and square.

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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

The HTCWrestling Podcast: The JinderCast and WWE Backlash Review!

Justin C and Cam are here with this week’s HTCWrestling Podcast, or the JinderCast! We talk about WWE Backlash and the shocking result of Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Title. We also take a look at the road ahead for Smackdown going into Money in the Bank and who the favorite is to win that match. We also review NXT Takeover Chicago and talk about what is ahead for NXT going into the summer.

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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!

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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2016 HTCWrestling Year End Awards

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Justin C and Cam here to give you are year end wrestling awards!

Best Booking

JC: AJ Styles vs John Cena

When I wrote my picks I did it from bottom to top. I wrote a good amount about this feud below. Styles turn was great and this was easily the feud of the summer and I don’t think it is even close.

Cam: Shinsuke Nakamura

When the WWE signed the highly prized New Japan star I was a little afraid the WWE wouldn’t know exactly what to do with him. That fear couldn’t have been any more wrong. Nakamura is a two time NXT Champion with a ‘clear path’ to Raw according to Triple H. Once Nakamura gets to Raw I’m certain matches with Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor are just on the horizon.

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