Royal Rumble weekend is in full swing but before we get there we have NXT Takeover: Philadelphia to discuss. Episode 214 has a special focus on the first Takeover of 2018 while also setting the table for the Royal Rumble on the Smackdown Live side of the ledger.
We begin by recapping Smackdown Live. Taking place the night after Raw 25, the odd relationship between Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn continued to evolve, much t0 the chagrin of the WWE Champ AJ Styles. Whjat does it all mean? Tune in to Episode 214 to get our thoughts.Meanwhile, Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin received RKOs outta nowhere, Charlotte continued to sound arrogant, and Chad Gable looked very impressive in his match against Jey Uso. The table has now been set for the Royal Rumble and we let you know our thoughts on the Blue Brand as we head into the big event tomorrow.
The MIxed/Match Challenge this week saw The MIz and Asuka advance by defeating Carmella and Big E. In the wake of the Enzo Amore controversy, 205 Live found itself without a champion, but with a GM going to be named next week. With opportunity the operative word, the Cruiserweights really delivered on this episode including a lights out match between Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali. We give you all the details here on Episode 214.\
We then shift the focus squarely on to NXT. We first recap the go-home episode of NXT this past week, headlined by Johnny Gargano putting his title shot on the line against The Velveteen Dream. In a classic contest, Johnny Wrestling prevailed and captured a lot of momentum heading into Philadelphia. It is then time for our NXT Takeover: Philadelphia Preview Show as Big Dave and Ol’ Gator run down the card and give you their “expert” picks. Can The Velveteen Dream beat Kassius Ohno? Will Adam Cole fade to black against Aleister Black? Will the Authors of Pain join The Revival as the only two time Tag Champs in NXT history? Will Shayna Bazler eclipse Ember Moon’s NXT Women’s Title reign? And can Johnny Wrestling break through in the biggest way possible and defeat Andrade “Cien” Almas and win the NXT title? Tune in to Episode 214 to find out what we think.
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