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Backstage: Gordon Solie is standing by with Jim Cornette and The Midnight Express. Solie reminds them that they won last time, but things could change. Cornette goes off about how some things change, but some things never change and one thing that never changes is that they are the greatest tag team ever. Stan Lane says today is the day the music died.

Match #3: The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) w/Jim Cornette vs. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
Gibson and Lane get the action started. Collar and elbow tie up. Arm drag by Gibson. Another tie up and Lane sends Gibson for a hip toss. Tie up, and a shoulder tackle by Gibson from the ropes. Lane complains to the referee and tells the crowd off. Side headlock from Gibson who lands another shoulder tackle. Lane sets up for a monkey flip but Gibson stops short and lands a right. Lane rolls out of the ring to regroup. Lane is back up on the apron complaining to the referee, and Nick Patrick shoves him off the apron. Cornette jumps up in protest and wags his finger at Patrick until he is then forced off the apron.

Cornette is in the ring looking to fight the referee. Patrick untucks his shirt and looks to oblige and the crowd loves it. The wrestlers calm them down and back them off. A “Rock n Roll” chant breaks out as the action gets started again. Morton is now in for RnR. They run the ropes and Morton lands an atomic drop which also knocks Eaton out of the ring who was rushing in. Outside of the ring, Lane slaps Eaton to the ground as Cornette tries to settle things down. Lane is back in the ring with Morton. Collar and elbow tie up and Lane lands straight right hands followed by a scoop slam. Eaton is tagged in, but he’s met with two arm drag take downs.

Eaton sets up a test of strength and Morton engages. Morton walks up Eaton’s body and leaps off to strike Lane who was running in for a save. Gibson makes sure Eaton doesn’t come back with funny business and they clear the ring. Morton backs Lane away with threatening punches and he’s kicked out of the ring. Eaton is in the ring and he sends Morton for the ride. Cornette grabs the foot and trips Morton. Cornette is chased around the ring. Morton tags at his foot and Cornette stumbles into the ring. Gibson grabs Midnight’s heads and bashes them together before knocking Cornette down to the floor.

Lane helps his manager regroup and it’s Eaton and Gibson locking up. Eaton is sent for the ride and RnR hits him with a double back body drop. Lane comes into the ring but gets a double clothesline. They slow it down and regroup. It’ll be beautiful bobby and Gibson tying up. Downstairs with a knee by Eaton and a tag is made to Lane. Lane is immediately taken over with an arm drag and taken down with a straight right. Tag is made to Morton who comes in with a double elbow before being dumped to the floor. Lane gives chase but his head is slammed off the post. Lane is slow to tag Eaton. Eaton and Morton tie up and Morton takes control of the arm. Eaton comes back with a straight right and the two exchange blows.

Morton dives at Eaton and they both stumble out to the floor. Stan Lane is the first one to the fallen competitors and he body slams Morton on the floor. Gibson tends to his partner and helps him back into the ring. Backbreaker by Eaton in the ring who goes in for a choke before Patrick breaks it up. Tag is made to Stan Lane and they double team Morton’s back. Cornette gets in on the action and strikes Morton with the tennis racket. Some kicks by Lane before a tag is made to Eaton. Drop toe hold by Lane before letting Eaton take over with a leg drop. Eaton spins Morton for a 2 count. Eaton lifts Morton for a standing vertical suplex. Another 2 count for Midnight. Lane is tagged in and Morton is sent for the ride and a power slam. Gibson breaks it up.

Lane prevents the tag and knocks Gibson off the apron. Morton is dumped outside and Eaton takes advantage with a hot shot on the railing. Cornette takes liberties with Morton as well. Morton reverses Bobby’s attempt to drive him into the post. Back in the ring, the legal man Stan Lane falls victim of a sunset flip while Cornette distracts Patrick. Morton reverses a scoop slam, but the two men run toward the same rope. Eaton tags himself in and gets Morton off Gibson with a neckbreaker. Eaton taunts the crowd and pulls Morton up. He slaps Morton around and hot shots him on the turnbuckle. Tag is made back to Lane and he puts his boot to Morton’s throat.

Morton’s sent for the ride but kicks Lane in the face. Quick tag back to Eaton who hauls Morton down in a hammerlock. Tag is made to Lane who holds onto a modified camel clutch. Lane stomps Morton and pulls him up with an arm bar but Morton fights him off. Tag is made to Eaton and Morton is trying to fight out. Body slam by Eaton who goes to the top rope and lands a flying elbow drop. Gibson breaks up the pin. Lane is tagged back in and he chokes Morton on the top rope. Patrick pulls him off and Cornette takes another cheap shot. Morton is desperate for a tag. Lane holds onto the arm bar and he taunts Gibson.

Tag is made back to Eaton and he holds a hammerlock before throwing Morton into the turnbuckle. Another arm bar take down from Eaton. Morton tries breaking the hold with elbows. There is a triple reversal on an Irish whip and the two men collide and fall down. Eaton is the first one up and he makes the tag. Side slam from Lane and they set up for the Rocket Launcher but Morton gets his knees up. Morton rolls away from Eaton and tags in Gibson who cleans house. He holds Eaton down on a sunset flip that followed an Irish Whip reversal but Lane breaks it up. Morton takes Lane to the corner.

Gibson runs the ropes but Cornette nails him with the tennis racket. Gibson kicks out at two and Lane is legally tagged. The Midnight Express attempt a double flapjack on Gibson but Morton breaks it up by spearing Eaton and Gibson falls on Lane with an inside cradle. The RnR Express pick up the win.
Winners: The Rock & Roll Express (Gibson/Inside Cradle)

  • EA’s Take: It’s funny, The Midnight Express enjoyed a long run as babyfaces, but I guess a program with Morton & Gibson or The Road Warriors are bound to make you the heel. I’m not sure if the two teams had any significant matches after this one, but it definitely had an end of an era vibe to it. This was one of the best tag team rivalries of the 1980’s, the old “tried and true” if you will and if this was their finale, it was a good one. I also loved the commentary team crapping all over Jim Cornette the whole time!

Backstage: Gordon Solie is standing by with The Road Warriors who are ready for their Chicago Street Fight. They discuss Dan Spivey’s injury. Paul Ellering knows that Teddy Long could have him come out of anywhere to interfere.

Match #4 is a Chicago Street Fight: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) w/Paul Ellering vs. The Skyscrapers (‘Mean’ Mark Callous & The Masked Skyscraper) w/Theodore R. Long
The Road Warriors are escorted to the ring on motorcycles. The managers actually start the action and Ellering decks Long out of the ring before the four wrestlers brawl. Hawk lands a big clothesline on Callous and Animal gets one on the Masked Skyscraper. The Skyscrapers throw rights before Animal lands an inverted atomic drop on Callous. Big boot by Hawk on TMS. Powerslam by Hawk while Animal stands up for straight rights on the turnbuckle on Callous.

Doom are seen walking toward the ring in tuxedos. Teddy Long talks to the two men, pointing and barking. Inverted neckbreaker from Hawk on Callous. TMS stomps Animal in the corner and Callous gets up and works on Hawk’s left leg. Animal blocks a right and delivers one on TMS before a drop kick. Hot shot from Mean Mark on Hawk. Callous goes in for the double team on Animal but Hawk is quickly up and blindsides him with a clothesline. He also clotheslines the masked man. Powerslam from Animal on TMS as Callous works on Hawk on the other side of the ring. Animal and TMS have worked their way outside and Hawk and Callous are quick to follow on the other side.

Hawk runs and delivers a clothesline from the apron on Callous. Standing drop kick on the floor from Hawk. Callous gets back up and tries choking Hawk. The two exchange blows and Hawk goes head first into the steal. Inside the ring, TMS tries to mount some offense on Animal. Callous and Hawk have re-joined them in the ring. The Skyscrapers attempt a double clothesline on Animal, but he ducks and comes back to hit both of them himself. Callous is up first and Hawk back body drops him over the top rope. Animal lifts The Masked Skyscraper up for the Doomsday Device and The Road Warriors pick up the win.
Winners: The Road Warriors (Hawk/Doomsday Device)

  • After The Bell: Teddy Long is pulled into the ring by The Road Warriors. They attempt to throw him outside, but Doom catches him. Doom takes off their jackets and enter the ring for a brawl.
  • EA’s Take: If you’ve never heard of ‘Mean’ Mark Callous, spoiler alert…he’s The Undertaker. It was a very short stint in the NWA/WCW for him, as he will go on to debut for the WWF at Survivor Series in November of this same year. This match was relatively fast and it was clearly more about setting up The Road Warriors against Doom going forward than it was about these ‘replacement’ Skyscrapers. Part of me wonders if the match only went five minutes as an audible on the fly in terms of time they had remaining. Or was that was the plan? If they needed to trim somewhere, perhaps they could have given these guys five more minutes (twice as long) and cut Flair/Luger down to 33. Doesn’t seem like a big sacrifice to me and I’m sure they would have put on a good show with more time.


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Taking Over: Greg DeMarco’s Look at WWE NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way (9/11/14)

“Taking Over” continues as we see how Takeover Fatal 4-Way (9/11/14) holds up today!

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Greg DeMarco takes a look back at the second NXT Takeover in the first edition of “Taking Over” as we march towards WWE NXT Takeover XXV!

WWE NXT Takeover is turning 25 on June 1! Well, sort of… On June 1, WWE NXT will present the 25th Takeover event, a stand-alone show from Connecticut–which I wouldn’t call the heart of WWE, but the brain. I am taking a look back at the first 24 to see just how far we’ve come. Join me for “Taking Over,” my look back at the first 24 Takeover events.

Prior editions:

NXT Takeover Fatal 4 Way
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, Renee Young, and Byron Saxton

  • NXT Tag Team Championship: Lucha Dragons beat The Ascension to win the championships – A good match, but not great. It’s a far cry from what the Takeover opening tag team match would become. Big pop for the finish, though.
  • Baron Corbin beat CJ Parker – This was back when I hated Baron Corbin. Wait, that was yesterday. Anyway, this is a squash to elevate Baron Corbin, even though we didn’t get a true entrance for Corbin. Corbin’s hair didn’t look terribl ehere, in fact it looked better than CJ’s. According to commentary, this was Corbin’s NXT debut. Huge pop for the End Of Days. In fact, Crbin was crazy over here.
  • Hair vs. Hair Match – Sylvester Lefort vs. Enzo Amore – NXT was definitely more “developmental” at this time, and this match showed it. Both these guys had the personalities to excel, but never pans out. They worked hard and did get the crowd invested, which is job #1.
  • Hideo Itami NXT debut promo – Thi sis where he shifts from KENTA to Hideo Itami, , and he cut most of the promo in Japanese. The Ascension would come out and eventually attack, but Itami got the upperhand in the end. This was an insanely promising start to his WWE career. The visual of him sitting in a chair begging them both to get back in the ring was amazing.
  • Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley – Quick win for Bull Dempsey, who should have been a bigger deal. He’d be a great fit at NXT UK. His theme song is still the most underrated they’ve ever made.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair successfully defended against Bayley – Bayley, just like everyone, was crazy over at Full Sail. Her “childhood dream” gimmick can only go so far, though. Charlotte Flair was the decided heel here, and showed signs of the greatness she’d achieve while also showing how green she was. Charlotte was absolutely ripped here. Charlotte nailed a terrible looking moonsault that the announce team didn’t know how to sell. Charlotte won with Natural Selection, which may have been an audible after the moonsault debacle as you can hear Bayley call for the spot. It’s amazing what Charlotte has become. Sasha Banks attacked Bayley after,and Charlotte
  • NXT Championship: Adrian Neville successfully defended against Tyson Kidd, Sami Zayn, and Tyler Breeze – One hell of a match, and I remember how great the build was. Breeze won a #1 contender match but had his title match interrupted by Kidd, Kidd and Zayn were eventually here to make it a Fatal 4-Way. I really thought Breeze would win here, but that was really wishful thinking on my part. This match was one-fall rules. Tyson Kidd’s Sharpshooter is criminally underrated. Neville shows heel tendencies here, pulling the referee out of the ring before he can count the three in Zayn’s favor (legal in a 4-way match), Neville would then superkick Zayn on the floor and pin Kidd after a Red Arrow. The story after the match was Zayn’s reaction and dejection, setting up the obvious main event for the next Takeover. I loved the character shift for Neville, winning “by means necessary” and showing signs of the amazing heel we’d see later.

Where are they now:

  • The Ascension – Konnor & Viktor are on Raw, and are basically an afterthought after being repackaged as a ripoff of late 80s/early 90s tag teams like The Road Warriors.
  • Kalisto – Doing very little as a member of the Lucha House Party on Raw, but he’s also a former NXT Tag Team Champion and 2-time United States Champion, along with a former Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Sin Cara – Still wearing that cursed mask, so he’s injured.
  • Baron Corbin – Sucking on the main roster! He’s been a Money In The Bank briefcase holder (he lost his cash in), Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner, and United States Champion. He was also Constable Corbin and the General Manager of Raw. He retired Kurt Angle. And he sucks.
  • CJ Parker – He is likely best known for being Kevin Owens’ first NXT opponent, and busting his nose in the process. He left WWE, and is now back to working as Juice Robinson in ROH and New Japan, where he is the IWGP United States Champion (although you wouldn’t know it by watching their product).
  • Sylvester Lefort – He ended up getting released in early 2016, went to TNA to be part of The Tribunal under his name Tom LaRuffa. He worked there through the end of 2016, before returning to Europe where he remains active to this day.
  • Enzo Amore – Ugh…he went to the main roster with Big Cass (on Raw) and Carmella (on Smackdown), working as a team until they broke up in what was actually a good angle. He eventually showed up on 205 Live, where he drew some good heat, but ended up leaving the company for outside the ring issues. He’s released some rap songs/videos, and made an ill-fated appearance at ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard.
  • Hideo Itami – Such a promising start, he had a good run in NXT that included a NXT Championship shot at Bobby Roode. He went to 205 Live, but failed to become Cruiserweight Champion. He eventually requested his release and returned home to Japan.
  • Bull Dempsey – He had a small NXT run before being released, and works as Bull James on the independents, mostly in the Northeast United States.
  • Bayley – She’d have a better run later with Sasha Banks, before moving to the main roster and holding the Raw Women’s Championship. She won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship with Sasha Banks, and is not on Smackdown.
  • Charlotte Flair – Just main evented WrestleMania, is an 8-time Women’s Champion, and is one of the very best performers of either gender on the main roster.
  • Sami Zayn – A mid-card player on the main roster, just recently returned from injury and is doing some great character work on Raw. Also (briefly) held the NXT Championship but was just the transitional champion from Neville to Kevin Owens.
  • Tyler Breeze – Moved to the main roster too soon, found some critical success with Fandago as the Fashion Police, has floundered during Fandango’s injury recovery, is back in NXT and working a program with Velveteen Dream.
  • Tyson Kidd – Career cut short by injury after holding tag team gold, and now works as a producer behind the scenes.
  • Neville – Had a respectable main roster run before taking over (pun intended) WWE 205 Live. That alignment led to his eventual downfall when he didn’t want to put Enzo Amore over strong after being pushed to the kickoff in his match with Austin Aries. He’s currently preparing to face Adam Page at All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing event.

Overall Impression

Renee young was better than I remember on commentary here. Overall this was a good show that, outside of the main event, wouldn’t hold up against the Takeover events of the past few years. But the foundation was being laid, and this should be evaluated as such. The main event was spectacular, and this was a rare Takeover with six matches. Those, plus two other in-ring segments, still went just under two hours. All four members of the main event wrestled on the Raw before this, and that decision, along with this match, can really be credited with the early rise in populary of NXT.

One additional thing that’s quite evident in watching these events, is now much easier it is for the talent to stay in perfect shape in NXT as they’re spending less time on the road. You can see the differences in Charlotte, Bayley, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and others.


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Taking Over: Greg DeMarco’s Look at WWE NXT Takeover I (5/24/14)

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Greg DeMarco takes a look back at the first NXT Takeover in the first edition of “Taking Over” as we march towards WWE NXT Takeover XXV!

WWE NXT Takeover is turning 25 on June 1! Well, sort of… On June 1, WWE NXT will present the 25th Takeover event, a stand-alone show from Connecticut–which I wouldn’t call the heart of WWE, but the brain. I am taking a look back at the first 24 to see just how far we’ve come. Join me for “Taking Over,” my look back at the first 24 Takeover events.

NXT Takeover
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentary Team: Tom Phillips, William Regal, and Byron Saxton

  • Adam Rose beat Camacho – A solid opener, which was more about furthering the character of Adam Rose and the Rosebuds. Notable Rosebuds on this night included Ryan Katz (currently Creative Producer for WWE/NXT), Becky Lynch (just main evented WrestleMania), Carmella (she’s F A B U L O U S, and is a former Smackdown Women’s Champion), and Braun Strowman (he’s in the Andre The Giant role).
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) successfully defend against Kalisto & El Local – This was  a step above a glorified squash. The world likely won’t remember them this way, but The Ascension were total bad asses in NXT.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender: Tyler Breeze beat Sami Zayn – Both guys were on their game here. Zayn of course went on to be NXT Champion and Breeze was called up to NXT too soon. Zayn would lose this match to Breeze, but both men would compete for the NXT Championship at the next Takeover. The crowd was insanely into this match, and it build beautifully to the finish. the finish, by the way, was amazing as Breeze blocked the Helluva Kick but inadvertently low-blows Sami in the process. One Beauty Shot later and Tyler Breeze is the #1 contender to the NXT Championship.
  • Rusev promo, with Lana, that’s interrupted by Mojo Rawley – I am pretty sure this is where Rusev’s theme introduction comes from. Mojo wasn’t ready yet, but he still owned his character…which at this point was a bargain basement “hype” John Cena. Rusev was already looking like the man.
  • Vacant NXT Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair beat Natalya – Ric Flair accompanied Charlotte to the ring, who wasn’t taking the “Flair” name yet. Natalya was accompanied by Bret Hart because, well, symmetry. Charlotte was obviously green here, and didn’t have nearly the work done she has now. Natalya is actually in better physical condition now, five years later. The match served as a vehicle to get the NXT Women’s Championship onto Charlotte, and it served that purpose. Charlotte Flair would obviously grow into her role and is not one of the best performers on the main roster.
  • NXT Championship: Adrian Neville successfully defended against Tyson Kidd – Given their leadership roles on the main roster today, it’s no surprise that Natalya and Tyson Kidd were a part of the early success of NXT. The crowd was hot for this match, and both men delivered. Of note: before Neville hits the Red Arrow on Tyson, Tom Phillips notes that Kidd is in the drop zone. Take that, Michael Cole!

Where are they now:

  • Adam Rose – About to wrestle his last match, ever, against Bull James.
  • Camacho – One half of the Guerrillas Of Destiny as Tanga Loa, along with his adoptive brother Tama Tonga, running wild in Bullet Club and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • The Ascension – Konnor & Viktor are on Raw, and are basically an afterthought after being repackaged as a ripoff of late 80s/early 90s tag teams like The Road Warriors.
  • Kalisto – Doing very little as a member of the Lucha House Party on Raw, but he’s also a former NXT Tag Team Champion and 2-time United States Champion, along with a former Cruiserweight Champion.
  • El Local – The former Ricardo Rodriguez is no longer with the company, and is working the California independents.
  • Sami Zayn – A mid-card player on the main roster, just recently returned from injury and is doing some great character work on Raw. Also (briefly) held the NXT Championship but was just the transitional champion from Neville to Kevin Owens.
  • Tyler Breeze – Moved to the main roster too soon, found some critical success with Fandago as the Fashion Police, has floundered during Fandango’s injury recovery, is back in NXT and working a program with Velveteen Dream.
  • Rusev & Lana – Multiple time United States Champion, feuds with John Cena and AJ Styles just to name a few, and sadly not a lead heel on either brand like they should be. They’re also not supporting Russia, like, at all.
  • Mojo Rawley – Moved up in the first draft of the modern era, teamed with Zack Ryder before breaking up, cut a series of intriguing mirror promos, but hasn’t really done much. He did win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33, though.
  • Charlotte Flair – Just main evented WrestleMania, is an 8-time Women’s Champion, and is one of the very best performers of either gender on the main roster.
  • Natalya – Back on the main roster and serves as the veteran presence, and delivers in a big way nearly every time out.
  • Tyson Kidd – Career cut short by injury after holding tag team gold, and now works as a producer behind the scenes.
  • Neville – Had a respectable main roster run before taking over (pun intended) WWE 205 Live. That alignment led to his eventual downfall when he didn’t want to put Enzo Amore over strong after being pushed to the kickoff in his match with Austin Aries. He’s currently preparing to face Adam Page at All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing event.

Overall Impression of WWE NXT Takeover I

For starters, I love hearing William Regal on commentary–he adds so much. Nigel McGuinness should be playing this exact role. The commentary team also had longer spells where they let the action speak for itself, and it really worked (especially in the main event). Byron Saxton is also quite underrated as he was money tonight. Overall, this was a really good that followed the NXT Takeover 5-match format. The first two matches weren’t really in doubt, but things really kicked up for the last three. Great show.


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