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!

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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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Justin C and Cam’s Five Predictions For 2017

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Justin C and Cam here again. Last week, we gave you are year end award for 2016. This week, we each give you five predictions heading into the new year!

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1. Lucha Underground Will Cease To Exist

-I’ve had this feeling about Lucha Underground for a long time now. They have a mid-season finale scheduled for next week then are taking a break, with the rest of Season 3 in the can ready to roll. But we have yet to hear anything about Season 4 tapings. And Dave Meltzer has reported before that the company is losing money. Unless they get a big advertisement boost or an investor I don’t know if LU will survive this year. Season 3 seems to have lost a good amount of luster that the first two seasons had. I haven’t been as invested as I was the first two years. All of the buzz it had at the start doesn’t seem to be there anymore.

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WWE Announces Latest Performance Center Class

STAMFORD, Conn., October 25, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that a new class of nine recruits, including a former NFL player, collegiate wrestler, U.S. Army veteran and talent from independent wrestling circuits, has begun training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

“WWE is constantly scouting the world for the most talented athletes and entertainers,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “This new class will have every opportunity to fulfill their dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar, as they train out of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.”

The new training class includes:

· Alvin Abitz (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) – Standing 6 feet 6 inches and weighing 285 pounds, Abitz is an Army veteran with a rugby and kickboxing background.

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JC’s Top Rope Report: My In Person ROH/WWE RAW Thoughts

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Being the long time wrestling fan that I am, I like to go to as many wrestling shows as possible. It is one of the few things I spend money on. Sometimes, I wonder why I still do it when I see the product. But I enjoy going to shows and try to make them fun whether they are good or bad.

So this weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Ring of Honor house show on Saturday, and followed it up with RAW on Monday. To say that the two shows were quite different would be an understatement.

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Ring of Honor vs Lucha Underground: Choose Your Side!

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The WWE is the promotion that gets all of the attention in the world of pro wrestling, at least in North America. They’ve earned that right. But there are other promotions out there that deserve some of your attention too (sorry TNA/GFW, we aren’t talking about you). Ring of Honor has been the main Independent promotion in North America for quite some time. Even if you haven’t watched ROH, you have heard of its existence. Within the last year, Lucha Underground has come along and created waves in the wrestling business. They have wrapped up Season 1 and, hopefully, will soon be filming a Season 2.

HTCWrestling has two residential writers that cover each promotion. Cam covers Ring of Honor, while Justin C covers Lucha Underground. They are each here to talk about their respective promotions and tell you why each could become a viable #2 wrestling company in North America.

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Quick Hits: ROH TV 5.25.13 (w/Matt Harrak)

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Colin Delaney vs. Mark Briscoe

– Well this is a blast from the horrible past of WWECW! Colin’s definitely put on some meat and muscle since he’s been on TV. Too bad it looks like he’s still in the same spot on the card – to do the job.

– Random “Daniel Bryan” chant… I guess because Delaney now looks vaguely like Bryan? I don’t really know.

– Mark Briscoe wins with a frogsplash top-rope elbow in a glorified enhancement match.

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