UPDATE: Fan-shot video and comments from Storm embedded below.
The NXT Universe is about to be sorry about their damn luck. Does that make sense? No? Who cares, the Beer Hunter has come to NXT!
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and 6-time TNA World Tag Team Champion “The Cowboy” James Storm made his NXT debut at tonight’s television tapings at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. Storm is now the third former TNA World Champion to come to NXT under a wave of hoopla following Rhyno and Samoa Joe to the developmental brand.
WWE.com has an article up on the website touting Storm as an 18-year veteran and interestingly, former heavyweight champion, so there’s that little bit of silver lining for TNA- WWE acknowledged your existence. His match will air on the October 21st episode of NXT. Rumors have been all over the internet this week that WWE had interest in Storm for a position on the NXT roster and at the WWE Performance Center as a coach.
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New Japan. WCW. Ring of Honor. And now…NXT.
WWE has announced that Japanese superstar Jushin “Thunder” Liger will be making his first ever WWE appearance on August 22nd at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, live on the WWE Network facing Tyler Breeze. The announcement was made at tonight’s NXT Tapings in Orlando, FL by NXT General Manager William Regal.
Best known to American audiences for his feud with Brian Pillman and appearances in TNA & ROH in recent years, Liger is another name scratched off the list of names some thought would never appear in a WWE ring.
For the uninitiated here’s a rundown of Liger’s credentials:
- 30+ Year career competing in such promotions as New Japan, CMLL, WCW, TNA, Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Dragon Gate, & Pro Wrestling NOAH
- 11 Time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
- 6 Time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
- J-Crown Champion
- 3 Time Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Winner
- Former WCW Lightheavyweight Champion
It’s the most action-packed night of the week in the world of pro-graps, Wednesday! Four big shows to keep your remote very busy.
Ring of Honor 8PM + 11PM on Destination America
Two of the highest regarded matches of the NJPW-ROH War of the Worlds Finale headline tonight’s Ring of Honor Wrestling! In the first, the new #1 contender to Jay Lethal’s Ring of Honor Championship, Roderick Strong faces off with NJPW’s Shinsuke Nakamura. And in the main event it’s the Bullet Club: AJ Styles & The Young Bucks versus Chaos: Kazuchika Okada & RPG Vice- Baretta & Rocky Romero.
- Roderick Strong vs. Nakamura
- Michael Elgin vs. Gedo
- Okada & RPG Vice vs. Bullet Club
WWE NXT 8PM + 11PM + On Demand on WWE Network
Three weeks ago on NXT, Finn Balor faced the Man Beast, Rhyno in a hard-fought match. While Balor took their first meeting, Rhyno stood tall to close the show, nailing the Demon with a Gore. Tonight, the two will lace it up against each other one more time. With Balor facing NXT Champion Kevin Owens in 10 days, a win by Rhyno could put him in line for his goal, an NXT Championship match of his own.
- Big Cass & Enzo vs. Jason Jordan & Sylvester LeFort
- Dana Brooke vs. Cassie
- Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder vs. Angelo Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton
- Finn Balor vs. Rhyno
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TLC Injuries – WWE
Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler paid a price for their show-stealing IC Title match last night. Harper had a gash that had to be sealed with five staples to the side of his head. Ziggler had a wound on his head glued up and bandaged. AJ Lee suffered “chemical conjunctivitis” in her match with Nikki Bella, when Bella sprayed a substance in the former champ’s eyes.
Spike Moving Impact for Final 2 Weeks – Wrestling INC
Spike will be airing their final two editions of Impact before the move to Destination America later than usual. The December 17th show will air from 11PM-1AM and the December 24th show will air from midnight-2AM.
Lana Posts and Deletes Possible Raw Spoiler – WrestleZone
The Ravishing Russian Lana may have posted a spoiler for tonight’s Raw on her Instagram. The picture shown in the link was posted with the hashtag #Raw. If you want to see what she posted hit the link, if you don’t want to be spoiled, obviously don’t click-through.
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This Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view has a raised bar to clear.
In what was just about a perfect show, NXT Takeover: R Evolution saw the culmination of the journey of Sami Zayn to the NXT Championship and the coming out party for Kevin Owens & Finn Bálor. From Owens’ debut to open the show, to the foreshadowing of Zayn and Owens in the locker room, to the title win and celebration, and to the betrayal twist, last night’s NXT special executed a flawless show-spanning storyline to make Kevin Owens a major player in the span of two hours and pay off an 18-month journey by Sami Zayn to the top prize in NXT.
There’s so much to say about this show it’s hard to know where to start. The roster Triple H has now assembled in NXT is essentially the best Indy promotion in the world and rapidly becoming the main roster’s own competition. These guys and this show are what should light a fire under the stars of Raw and Smackdown to raise the bar and take the business to new heights. At a time when frustration over WWE’s creative direction on Raw and Smackdown permeates the Internet, the creative direction of NXT is on point. Stars are built and paid off in impressive debuts (Kevin Owens) or impressive squash matches (Baron Corbin). Feuds breathe and sometimes last from NXT special to special (Itami vs. The Ascension) or in some cases develop over a year (Charlotte vs. Sasha). Things have a purpose and big moments truly feel big.
Let’s talk about the results!
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