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NXT Takeover: Respect Preview


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


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


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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Samoa Joe Finishing with ROH on June 20


Ring of Honor announced this afternoon that Samoa Joe will indeed appear at the June 20th Aftershock Show in New York City and that it will be his last with the company before going full time with World Wrestling Entertainment.

From the Ring of Honor press release:

Record-setting former ROH World Champion Samoa Joe to make final appearance for Ring of Honor on June 20 in New York City!

The man known to the world as “The Samoan Submission Machine,” Samoa Joe, is set to make his final Ring of Honor appearance at Terminal 5 in New York City, teaming with current IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. The duo will take on current ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian!

Samoa Joe is a bonafide legend within the ranks of Ring of Honor. He debuted in 2002 to much fan fare and steamrolled the competition with a hard hitting, intense in-ring ability that truly defined the Ring of Honor style.  On March 22, 2003 he would embark on a record setting 645 day reign that stands as the longest reign in the history of the ROH World Championship. He would return to Ring of Honor in 2015 to face and defeat some of the very best.

He will be teaming with both a former foe and friend in AJ Styles and they will be taking on a team that has cemented a legendary legacy of their own in The Addiction. If you do not have your tickets already, you will want to get them now! Don’t miss out on your chance to witness the final match of “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe in Ring of Honor.  Witness this unique opportunity live in person on Saturday night June 20, 2015 in Manhattan, New York at Terminal 5.

While the event is billed as a TV Taping for Destination America, no official word was given if the tag team match involving Joe will be taped for broadcast.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE.

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