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Official Chairshot Picks: NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4

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Well it’s a big WWE weekend! SummerSlam and one of the more “synonymous with greatness” Takeover locations, Brooklyn.

Oddly enough a lot of what I’ve seen is generally unenthusiastic reactions to this show, and I can’t really fault that. The build to this show doesn’t feel as big as usual, and the tweak that was made to the main event, just feels like rushing the third meeting between Ciampa and Gargano a bit too quickly. And no, I didn’t forget to give the updated standing in our picks race, I’m saving them for the SummerSlam article. Slow rolling is a fun technique.

Usually Takeovers tend to be received well, so let’s hope the show ends up being good even with some of the lowest internet buzz I’ve ever seen for a show.

 

EC3 vs Velveteen Dream

When two characters who are arrogant and full of themselves collide, apparently the promos look like Miami Vice or something. This is interesting given the fact both characters are Teflon since their characters won’t be hurt from a loss. The only exception I see is that Dream has a tendency to come up short in feuds lately, so you’d think they’d throw him a bone.

Mathew: Velveteen Dream
Deez: EC3
Eric: EC3
Weigell: EC3
Francesca: EC3
Mitchell: Velveteen Dream
McLeod: Velveteen Dream
Abe: Velveteen Dream
Big Rick: Velveteen Dream
Korey: EC3
Andrew: Velveteen Dream
Platt: EC3
Jimi: Velveteen Dream
Kristin: EC3
DPP: EC3
Cook: EC3
PC: EC3
Big Dave: Velveteen Dream
Harry: EC3
Greg: EC3
Patrick: EC3
Denise: Velveteen Dream

Official Chairshot Pick: EC3 13-9

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NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Moustache Mountain vs Undisputed Era

A classic tale of likable babyfaces against douchey heels. Moustache Mountain were able to win the tag belts with homefield advantage last month, but then lost them a few weeks later because of Trent Seven’s knee injury. Even though they’re rejuvenated, I can’t really see them playing hot potato with the tag belts. Undisputed Era should find a way to retain, but hey, who knows.

Mathew: Undisputed Era
Deez: Undisputed Era
Eric: Undisputed Era
Weigell: Undisputed Era
Francesca: Moustache Mountain
Mitchell: Undisputed Era
McLeod: Moustache Mountain
Abe: Undisputed Era
Big Rick: Undisputed Era
Korey: Undisputed Era
Andrew: Undisputed Era
Platt: Undisputed Era
Jimi: Undisputed Era
Kristin: Moustache Mountain
DPP: Undisputed Era
Cook: Undisputed Era
PC: Undisputed Era
Big Dave: Undisputed Era
Harry: Moustache Mountain
Greg: Undisputed Era
Patrick: Undisputed Era
Denise: Undisputed Era

Official Chairshot Pick: Undisputed Era 18-4

 

NXT NA Championship Match: Adam Cole vs Ricochet

This is one of those matches that can go either way, but will most likely be a highlight of the show. Ricochet is a freakish athlete and one of the more well rounded wrestlers in the business currently. Cole on the other hand, knows who he is, which is important. Adam Cole isn’t bad in the ring, so that’s no slight on him, but the persona of Adam Cole is what drives his matches, not insane ring work. This one should be fun to watch.

Mathew: Adam Cole
Deez: Adam Cole
Eric: Adam Cole
Weigell: Adam Cole
Francesca: Adam Cole
Mitchell: Ricochet
McLeod: Adam Cole
Abe: Ricochet
Big: Adam Cole
Korey: Adam Cole
Andrew: Ricochet
Platt: Ricochet
Jimi: Ricochet
Kristin: Ricochet
DPP: Ricochet
Cook: Adam Cole
PC: Adam Cole
Big Dave: Ricochet
Harry: Adam Cole
Greg: Adam Cole
Patrick: Adam Cole
Denise: Ricochet

Official Chairshot Pick: Adam Cole 13-9

 

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Kairi Sane vs Shayna Baszler

You know, Shayna knows it and Kairi knows it…Kairi can beat Shayna. Granted our favorite Pirate Princess has had more struggles since coming to NXT than her opponent tonight, but that doesn’t change the facts. There’s arguments for both women winning, but I mean, Shayna didn’t have Cody Rhodes name drop her during the G1 Climax finals. Either way, as long as it’s an entertaining match, I can’t see fans being upset with either outcome.

Mathew: Kairi Sane
Deez: Shayna Baszler
Eric: Kairi Sane
Weigell: Shayna Baszler
Francesca: Kairi Sane
Mitchell: Kairi Sane
McLeod: Shayna Baszler
Abe: Shayna Baszler
Big Rick: Shayna Baszler
Korey: Shayna Baszler
Andrew: Kairi Sane
Platt: Shayna Baszler
Jimi: Kairi Sane
Kristin: Shayna Baszler
DPP: Kairi Sane
Cook: Kairi Sane
PC: Shayna Baszler
Big Dave: Shayna Baszler
Harry: Kairi Sane
Greg: Shayna Baszler
Patrick: Kairi Sane
Denise: Kairi Sane

Official Chairshot Pick: 11-11 DRAW

 

NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa

The match that most people don’t want to see right now. Yes, injuries happen and that causes changes, but I really wish they just threw someone in here or there’s a swerve so we get a no contest. With how good both of these guys are, the fact that the IWC has reached a feud fatigue with this one, is a big statement, and not a good one. They need to create space between these two for the coming months. I don’t think either man is capable of a ‘bad’ match, but starting things on a gimmick and 3 Takeovers in a row is enough. Move on.

Mathew: Ciampa
Deez: Ciampa
Eric: Johnny Gargano
Weigell: Johnny Gargano
Francesca: Ciampa
Mitchell: Johnny Gargano
McLeod: Ciampa
Abe: Johnny Gargano
Big Rick: Ciampa
Korey: Ciampa
Andrew: Ciampa
Platt: Ciampa
Jimi: Ciampa
Kristin: Ciampa
DPP: Johnny Gargano
Cook: Ciampa
PC: Johnny Gargano
Big Dave: Ciampa
Harry: Ciampa

Official Chairshot Match: Ciampa 13-9

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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT (01/23/2019)

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The go-home show for WWE NXT Takeover: Phoenix is in the books, and Bobby Fernandes takes a look at the episode from the Good, Bad, and Ugly perspective!

WWE NXT Takeover is coming on Saturday Night before a huge Sunday Royal Rumble.  The stories finalize before the big PPV and everyone has one final chance to solidify their place on the show.  Raw was packed with a ton of content, SmackDown in contrast was not, but was pure quality with the exception of a few small issues.  Now its NXT’s turn to get us and keep us sucked in.  Will NXT do their job as usual? 

THE GOOD

Opening Segment w/ Velveteen Dream

What an interesting way to open the show.  Dream always has a spectacular time in front of the camera in any fashion.  It is no secret that he has been a bit unhappy with his current “drawbacks” and wants more.  Just when he makes a claim to the North American Championship, Adam Cole and Bobby Fish, interrupted Velveteen Dream.  This would be such a brilliant feud.  Undisputed Era is just fantastic and brings the best to the audience constantly.  Dream doing what he does best, got in Undisputed’s head before fleeing safely away.  Very interesting open. 

Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan vs. Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel

Burch and Lorcan are dangerously Good.  They pair up so well, and have great matches with anyone they face.  Aichner and Barthel didn’t seem like anything special from previous times but the chances for a better showing with Danny and Oney increase significantly.  Oney Lorcan got singled out early on by Barthel and Aichner and took a lot of punishment until Burch came in hot and took control.  Lorcan again however got singled out.  Aichner did some awesome stuff in there nearly getting the win, but Lorcan would not surrender.  There was a lot of action here.  Oney Lorcan is so freaking Good.  After a seriously kick ass back and forth match, Oney Lorcan gets a rollup for the victory.     

Io Shirai and Kairi Sane vs.  Tanea Brooks and Amber Nova

Shirai and Nova started out, full steam.  Shirai has a unique style and always delivers.  The same can be said about the ever popular Kairi Sane.  Her gimmick, style and absolutely talented abilities have been well showcased and appreciated.  Tanea Brooks is a powerful wrestler and had a Good energy.  She just was a bit of an afterthought while in the ring with Sane and Shirai.  With the Main Roster’s Women’s Tag Team division coming up Sane and Shirai could make a strong case for those new shiny Championship belts once things are in motion.  They certainly won this week in a decisive fashion.  Nothing great but passible as Good overall. 

Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole “BAY BAY”

Oh my God, what an awesome treat here.  We have an incredible match set up, and a surprise one at that.  The presence of these two, the respect they demand is unprecedented.  Bobby Fish is an unsung hero as to how talented he truly is.  Both competitors are greatly unique.  As it should be expected, the action went back and forth and was plentiful.  Dream is all over the ring, continuous action.  Fish finally got a chance and went after Dream’s legs and knees.  Great move keeping Dream down.  Fish really got in deep with a half crab on the injured knee of Dream, but Dream does not quit.  As hard as Fish tried he just couldn’t get Dream to stop but Fish countered an elbow drop an ended up almost getting dream to tap, but Dream again came back.  Dream hit his “Purple Rainmaker” for the win.  Adam Cole of course ran in but Dream got out in time.  Great match.       

Ricochet Promo

Ricochet is one of the most talented high flyers of all time, that will be repeated often his entire career.  He moves around like no other.  Gargano is called Johnny Wrestling confidently for well deserve reasons.  They will put it all out there.  Hyping it will only get Good attention and heat.  Ricochet is so confident and wears the North American Title well.  Ricochet’s Achilles heel is his mic skills.  He could use a Good hype man or woman so that he can only focus on his in ring talents.  Johnny Gargano could not interrupt fast enough and luckily for everyone he isn’t Bad to listen too.  Gargano and Ricochet did not waste any time and went at it.  Out of nowhere, Ciampa the NXT Heavyweight Champion attacked Ricochet coming to the aid of his former friend and heated rival.  Very interesting.  Of course Aleister Black came out and beat the hell of Ciampa for his trouble.  Gargano came to Ciampa’s rescue hitting Black with a devastating “superkick.”  The duo previously known as “DIY” dominated both Black and Ricochet before leaving their rivals laying in the ring.  Ciampa and Gargano seemed like they were about to bury the hatchet until Gargano’s wife Candace put a stop to it.  Decent promo and end to a successful week.

THE BAD – No

THE UGLY – and No

FINAL TALLY

  • GOOD – 5
  • BAD – 0
  • UGLY- 0

OVERALL

Good which means it must be NXT.  Again, another successful, entertaining, content filled NXT.  They literally had as much impressive content as SmackDown did and they did it in an hour.  NXT sets the standard and hopefully WWE Main Roster watches and takes notes every chance they get. 

NXT continues to be the most entertaining brand of all weekly.  The sky is the limit and with HHH steering the ship, the momentum is surely going to continue for some time.  They have a lot of fresh talent as well as established Superstars, and Takeover should deliver above expectations.  That is what NXT does. 


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Daily DeMarco: New Japan’s “New Beginning in USA’ Cards Are Irresponsible

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Greg DeMarco weighs in on the sure-to-be-controversial New Japan “New Beginning In USA” cards that were recently released.

Well hello there! I know it’s been a few days since I last posted, and if you follow me on Facebook, you know what’s been going on (see that here). But I am excited to be back, and excited to share my opinions with you!

So…shall we?

New Japan’s United States events, called “New Beginning In USA,” finally got their announced cards today.

January 30 in Los Angeles:

  • Alex Coughlin vs. Clark Connors
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Tyler Bateman
  • Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor
  • Brody King & Marty Scurll vs. Killer Elite Squad
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Karl Fredericks
  • David Finlay vs. Chuckie T
  • Tracy Williams & Juice Robinson vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)

February 1 in North Carolina:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors
  • John Skyler & Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
  • Tracer X vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Jonathan Gresham & Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King & Marty Scurll
  • Alex Coughlin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Tracy Williams & David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero & Chuckie T
  • IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson (c) vs. Trent Beretta

February 2 in Nashville:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin
  • Jonathan Gresham and Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor and Lance Archer
  • Harlem Bravado vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Clark Connors vs. Marty Scurll
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
  • Tracy Williams, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Rocky Romero, Chuckie T and Trent

These shows aren’t bad, but they aren’t New Japan cards! The company isn’t even sending over any lower card guys. I know you have a concurrent tour in Japan, but like you couldn’t spare Jushin “Thunder” Liger?

Don’t get me wrong, there are great matches on each show. The problem is they are being promoted as New Japan, and that’s simply not true. This is “ALL IN was self-funded by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks” levels of untrue.

Hell, much like ALL IN, these are basically ROH cards (with less ROH talent).  I love Ring Of Honor, but they need to focus more on their own product and less on partnerships that are doing nothing but hurting them in the end.


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