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Coming off of last night’s NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, this morning’s roundup is going to be NXT heavy, hence the altered title of the Roundup.
Samoa Joe’s First Promo in NXT – WWE
In the biggest moment of last night’s show, Samoa Joe made his NXT debut putting an end to the Kevin Owens’ post-match beat down of Sami Zayn. WWE.com and their YouTube page have exclusive footage of Joe’s promo to the crowd at Full Sail after TakeOver went off the air.
Owens’ Post Match Interview – WWE
Kevin Owens MURDERS his post match interview with Renee Young. Is he the best heel in WWE currently?
Details on Joe’s NXT Deal – PW Insider
A great breakdown by PW Insider of Joe & WWE’s working relationship. Joe will be able to continue working already scheduled independent dates for the time being while working NXT and the company can market Samoa Joe merchandise, as seen by the already available Samoa Joe shirt.
TakeOver Results – WWE
In other action on the card: Finn Balor became the #1 Contender, Enzo & Cass were robbed, and The Boss still reigns over the NXT Divas. Check out the full results and watch the show On Demand on WWE Network.
Tonight at 8PM ET on the WWE Network comes the 6th live NXT special – NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. Let’s run down the card and log some baseless predictions for tonight’s show! Keep in mind my predictions are just that, predictions. I have no inside knowledge and they are purely for exhibition purposes so, please…no gambling.
NXT Championship Rematch: Kevin Owens (C) vs. Sami Zayn
Fresh off his surprising Raw appearance this past Monday, NXT Champion Kevin Owens squares off against the man he defeated for the Championship in February at Rival, Sami Zayn. However, as we’ve detailed in the past, their conflict goes much deeper than that, to the pair starting out in the business in Montreal together.
While injuries had limited the two combatants interactions in the month following their Rival match, things finally boiled over between the two following Owens’ victory over Alex Riley three weeks ago. Zayn briefly got his hands on Owens and sent the champion scrambling and the following week, Owens sneak attacked Zayn in his match with A-Ry. Now after an intense face to face meeting last week on NXT, Owens has vowed he’s going to hurt Zayn so bad he’s never coming back.
Prediction: If you’re having Kevin Owens face the biggest name in the company in just two weeks at Elimination Chamber, I don’t think he loses clean to Sami here. Fight Owens Fight.
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New NXT Head Coaches – WWE.com
WWE officially announced Matt Bloom aka Jason Albert as the new head coach of the NXT Development system as well as naming Sara Amato aka Sara Del Rey the new Assistant Head Coach.
NXT Conference Call Recap – Wrestling Observer
Triple H updated the status of Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami heading into tonight’s NXT Takeover: Unstoppable
Moose Re-signs with Ring of Honor - ROH Wrestling
Ring of Honor announced the re-signing of Quinn “Moose” Ojinnaka to a new contract. There was speculation he could jump to Global Force Wrestling after being announced to appear on their upcoming shows.
Owens Versus Cena – YouTube
Kevin Owens laid out John Cena on Monday Night Raw. No need to pinch yourself because it happened. What a great moment. People give WWE crap for “giving away” things on Raw, but this was a great example of the opposite. Build up anticipation for the match and then give it to them in 2 weeks at Elimination Chamber.
Owens’ Son Reacts – Instagram
This is a great moment. Kevin Owens’ son Owen reacts to his father coming out to confront John Cena on Raw.
Elimination Chamber Card – WWE
In addition to Owens-Cena, three other matches have been set for the Elimination Chamber card. Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the two chamber matches.
Stone Cold Podcast Now Monthly – PW Torch
It looks like starting with June 1st’s Paul Heyman episode, Austin’s podcast will be monthly on WWE Network.