NXT Preview 11/20/14

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Earlier today we talked about the big question on NXT: Where does Sami Zayn go from here?  After a crushing defeat at the hands of an opportunistic NXT Champion Adrian Neville last week, it appears Sami Zayn is at his lowest point in his NXT career, falling short of the NXT Championship yet again.  Which brings us to tonight, Zayn and Neville will have words on tonight’s NXT about last week’s controversial finish. Will Zayn call Neville out for his trickery? Will Zayn point the finger at himself? Will Neville offer Sami a rematch? Find out tonight on the WWE Network.

Also on tonight’s show, Becky Lynch takes on Bayley; Tyson Kidd meets CJ Parker; The Vaudevillians, Enzo & Cass, Baron Corbin, and Bull Dempsey will all be in action as well.

NXT airs at 4PM & 9PM ET on the WWE Network as well as in the On Demand  of the Network and is followed by WWE Superstars featuring Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel and Paige vs. Alicia Fox.

Will Not Winning the Big One Break Sami Zayn?

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Daniel Bryan spent six months between 2013 and 2014 as the lovable underdog of the WWE.  Since his injury, Dolph Ziggler has seemingly taken his place.  Both are guys that the WWE Universe has gotten behind one hundred percent, even as the Authority insists on “holding them back.”

If you’ve been keeping up with NXT (if not, shame on you), then you’re familiar with the plight of Sami Zayn.  Once independent circuit darling “El Generico,” the insanely popular Zayn has seemingly met the glass ceiling.  At first glance, this is very reminiscent of the troubles that Bryan and Ziggler experienced on Raw and Smackdown.  However, while the main roster guys can blame management for their woes, Sami Zayn need only look in the mirror to find his biggest detractor.

“Sami Zayn Can’t Win the Big One” has been a recurring story through most of 2013 and 2014.  Last May, he took an initial win over Cesaro in a series of highly praised matches before losing three straight (including a potential 2014 MOTY, Zayn-Cesaro 4 at ArRival).  Later in 2013, Zayn bamboozled then-champ Bo Dallas to get an NXT Title shot, but couldn’t ultimately get the job done.  At the first NXT Takeover in May 2014, Zayn had an opportunity to get another title shot in a match against Tyler Breeze, but again came up short.  After failing to earn a tag team title shot in a short-lived alliance with Adam Rose, Zayn has lost two-straight high-profile NXT Title matches.  Let’s take a closer look at those.

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The Morning Roundup 11/20/14

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Two New Champions Crowned on Last Original Impact on Spike – Lords of Pain

Taryn Terrell won a three-way Knockouts Championship match last night on Impact, defeating Havok and Gail Kim. Low-Ki also captured the vacant X-Division Championship in a four-way match. So with Impact returning to TV on Destination America in 2015,  your reigning champions be Bobby Roode (World Champion), James Storm & Abyss (Tag Champions), Low-Ki (X-Division), and Taryn Terrell (Knockouts).

John Cena’s Week of Greatness Foot Locker Spot – YouTube

John Cena is a part of Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness campaign this year, from November 22nd to November 29th, in which new sneakers are released each day. Perhaps they can hook him up with some red and yellow kicks so his gear doesn’t constantly mismatch. I’m OCD, sorry. But seriously, it’s a pretty funny take on the whole “wrestling’s fake” bit.

New WWE Home Video Partnership – WWE

Warner Brothers and WWE announced a new deal for US distribution rights for WWE content in physical (DVD & Blu-Ray) and digital formats (streaming services). Basically, Warner Brothers will handle distribution for any new documentaries, compilation DVDs, and pay-per-view DVDs. WWE and Warner Brothers worked together on the Scooby Doo project, it’s sequel, and the upcoming Flintstones tie-in.I’m personally hoping for a Batman or Justice League/WWE Animated project. Superman vs. Cena? It writes itself.

Wednesday Night Wrestling Preview: Lucha Underground & Impact Wrestling

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We’re on week 4 of Lucha Underground and the last week of Impact on Spike in 2014, let’s do this.

Lucha Underground 8PM El Rey Network

Tonight’s main event veers the program back into mainstream Amercian wrestling territory and features Johnny Mundo (formerly known as John Morrison) taking on Big Ryck (formerly known as Ezekiel Jackson) in a battle of former WWECW champions.

Sexy Star is back after a brutal chair shot at the hands of Chavo Guerrero in Week 2 of Lucha Underground taking on former Tough Enough contestant Ivelisse.

And finally three of the combatants from last week’s triple-threat main event are in action when Fenix meets Pentagon, Jr. and Drago faces the debuting King Cuerno.

Impact Wrestling  9PM Spike TV 

World Champion Bobby Roode is apparently none too happy that the man he captured the gold from, Bobby Lashley took out his anger on Eric Young and Austin Aries. The Champ aims to call out The Destroyer tonight on Impact!

Knockout’s Champion Havok has handily defeated Gail Kim twice and decimated the “Hot Mess” Taryn Terell in numerous attacks. But tonight she’ll have to defend her title in a triple threat match against both Knockouts.

After Samoa Joe’s decision last week to vacate the X-Division Championship due to injury, Kurt Angle has been tasked with crowning a new X-Division kingpin. The solution? Low Ki vs. Manik vs. DJZ vs. Tigre Uno.

And finally, the King of Hardcore will be decided. Bram, who’s taken to calling himself the new King of Hardcore, that’s a thing I guess, will face the Innovator of Violence Tommy Dreamer in a Hardcore Rules match.

TNA announces Impact Wrestling’s New Home

After literally months of speculation, TNA announced this afternoon their new television home in January 2015: Discovery Networks’ Destination America.

The agreement to bring Impact Wrestling to Destination America is a multi-year deal that will include “additional TNA Wrestling series and specials.” as well granting Discovery Communications International distribution rights. Interestingly, the announcement comes on the day of the last Impact Wrestling on Spike airing tonight at 9PM. No start date or time has obviously been announced as of yet.

Destination America is available in approximately 60 Million homes in the United States. For perspective, Impact’s previous home Spike TV is available in roughly 98 Million Homes in the United States. You can find out where to watch Destination America in your area HERE.

If you haven’t browsed the Twittah machine, I’m sure you can guess the faction of the IWC that will never be happy are criticizing the move & TNA’s excitement over a new television deal. Much like when the wrestling media celebrates WWE Network failures I’m not sure I understand actively wanting the products you cover/watch to fail, but to each his own.  Is Destination America a major player? No. However, landing a television deal with a major media company like Discovery Communications is nothing to sneeze at either.

Bottom line is that a roster of talented wrestlers will have another nationally televised place to ply their trade in the new year. This is somehow a bad thing? They may need to operate on a smaller budget moving forward (staying in Manhattan Center-style sized/smaller venues will help) but more free wrestling will remain on cable TV. If you truly love the sport of kings that’s a win.

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