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NXT Takeover: London Preview

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Clear those afternoon meetings, tell your boss to pound sand, and fire up the network!  NXT Takeover: London will be LIVE from London, England on the WWE Network at 3PM ET today with replays 8PM & 11PM ET tonight!

NXT Championship: Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe

After teaming to win the Dusty Rhodes Classic, Samoa Joe asked then-partner for a championship match to which Balor gladly obliged.  Unfortunately for Joe, NXT GM William Regal said the Samoan Submission Machine would have to earn the match in a #1 Contenders Battle Royal.  After coming up short, Samoa Joe went on a rampage blaming Finn for Regal’s ruling and assaulting him following his title defense against Apollo Crews.  In the ensuing weeks, Joe has been on a path of rage, choking out the champion at every opportunity.  Tonight in London they’ll tear down the house.

NXT Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Nia Jax 

Nia Jax gets her first big NXT match on the biggest stage in NXT, challenging the queen of the NXT Divas, Bayley.  In November, Jax joined Eva Marie as the heater in her challenge for the NXT Championship Match and took the opportunity to attack the champion after the match.  Now Bayley faces her biggest challenge yet against the colossal Jax.

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NXT Takeover: Respect Preview

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30 Minute WWE Iron Man Match for the NXT Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

After a match of the year candidate in Brooklyn, Bayley and Sasha Banks will do it again!  This time in a 30-minute Iron Man Match, a first ever as far as I know in WWE when it comes to the divas.  Bayley’s long journey and history with Sasha Banks all came to a head with a fantastic championship victory in August but now she has to prove that she belongs as champion by beating Sasha in her first title defense, a rival she’s had so much trouble defeating in the past.

An interesting note that has many people talking, WWE has allotted an additional 30 minutes to tonight’s Takeover, prompting the speculation that “overtime,” should these two ladies be tied at the end of 30 minutes, is on the table.

Prediction: Bayley retains.  In what should be the final goodbye for Banks to NXT, Bayley needs the victory much more to establish herself as the new Boss of the NXT Divas division.

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Results

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Another NXT Takeover, another critically acclaimed NXT Takeover.  Somehow, with every NXT Takeover special, the NXT crew raises the bar with another top to bottom enjoyable show, with the NXT Divas once again capturing “Match of the Night” honors.

Overall impressions: I really enjoyed how the production crew, despite the different location, made the Barclays Center feel different than normal.  I had wondered if they would use the now standard Raw/Smackdown/PPV tron and ramp but the different lighting and the changed entrance ramp helped differentiate it from a regular WWE show.

Main Event 1: Finn Balor defeated Kevin Owens in a ladder match to retain the NXT Championship.

Finn Balor was able to grab the belt after two nasty attacks on Owens, taking a flat back bump onto a ladder and a Coup De Grace from the top of a ladder.  Somehow, Kevin Owens has to come back today and wrestle one of the hardest hitting guys in WWE, Cesaro.  Give that man a raise.

Rather than the clichéd “stunt show” that ladder matches usually devolve into, this was more of a back and forth brawl where ladders just happened to be involved.  It worked really well, with both men brawling to disable the other to provide the opportunity to climb the ladder and claim the title.

Main Event 2: Bayley defeated Sasha Banks with a top rope reverse frankensteiner and a Bayley to Belly suplex to win the NXT Women’s Championship.

For long time NXT viewers the second main-event capped off the long journey of Bayley’s ascension to the Women’s Championship.  Despite calling up 3 of the NXT “Four Horsewomen” main roster diva’s matches have yet to capture the magic of an NXT Women’s Championship match.  For seven NXT specials, each championship match seems to outdo the last.

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Preview

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Tonight at 9PM on the WWE Network, it’s the 7th NXT live special, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn!  This time the stars of NXT are on the biggest stage they’ve ever been, the 13,000 seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Two championship matches co-main event the 6-match broadcast and the live crowd will be privy to 4 more additional matches for future episodes of NXT.

I’ll run down the matches to get you set for tonight and also give you some predictions.  Now I know there has been some tapings at Full Sail recently with potential spoilers, but I also think some of those spoilers are red herrings, anything I predict is my usual mix of baseless speculation and gut feeling.  So please, no wagering.

Ladder Match for the NXT Championship: Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens

After winning the NXT #1 Contenders match at the last Takeover event, Finn Balor captured the NXT Championship on July 4th in Tokyo, Japan in a fantastic match against former champion, the dominant Kevin Owens.  Making the championship victory even more impressive was the fact that Balor was the first NXT superstar to pin Owens’ shoulders to the mat in an NXT ring.

For their epic rematch, General Manager William Regal has made this match a Ladder Match responding to Owens’ concerns that Regal’s personal feelings will result in a Brooklyn Screwjob.  On a side note, is anyone else crossing everything for an Owens-Regal match in the future?  It is a huge weekend for Kevin Owens with the opportunity to win two matches in two nights at Barclays, as he will also face Cesaro on Sunday at Summer Slam.

Prediction: Balor retains, I think the ladder stip gives them an out to defeat Owens in a way that doesn’t hurt his NXT stature for future blow-offs with Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn.

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Wednesday Night Wrestling Preview 7/1/15

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It’s another huge night of Wednesday Night action. TNA has Bell to Bell, NXT has an all-star tag match, ROH has Styles versus Cole, and Lucha Underground has a championship match.  Let’s run down the cards!

Impact Wrestling 9PM + 12AM on Destination America

It’s Election Day in TNA!  Ethan Carter III’s campaign for the TNA World Title comes to an end with his match against Olympic Gold Medalist and TNA World Champion Kurt Angle.  In addition, the Wolves and the Heels wrap up their best of 5 series, and either the BC or the Rising will disband.

  • TNA World Championship:  Kurt Angle vs. Ethan Carter III
  • Match 5- 30 Minute Iron Man Match to determine new TNA Tag Team Champions:  The Wolves vs. The Dirty Heels
  • Magnus and Mickie James vs. James Storm and Serena Deeb
  • Handicap Elimination Match, Losing Team Disbands: The Beat Down Clan- MVP, Kenny King, Low-Ki & Hernandez  vs. The Rising – Drew Galloway, Eli Drake, & Myka
  • TNA Knockouts Championship:  Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong vs. Brooke
  • Mr. Anderson vs. Bram

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