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In The Arena: Missy Hyatt is getting a word with The Assassin & Mad Dog Vachon. She’s never met them, but she has heard stories. Vachon says he became a wrestling legend for his friends in Canada and the fans around the world. If he was in the ring for the last match, he would have taught those guys a lesson. It’s no secret that The Assassin has had bad blood with Dusty Rhodes and he offers an open challenge, anytime, anywhere.

Match #4: Thunderbolt Patterson & Brad Armstrong vs. Ivan Koloff & Baron von Raschke
Patterson takes the mic with no partner in site. He says that ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong is unavailable to wrestle tonight, but he offers to wrestle both men by himself. Koloff says the Armstrongs have always been cowards, so here comes Brad to defend the family name. A brawl breaks out with all four men. Patterson puts Raschke in a front facelock across the middle rope while Armstrong pummels Koloff with rights. Armstrong lifts him with a back body drop and hits a drop kick before knocking Koloff to the entrance ramp. He comes over to clear out Raschke and he and Patterson own the ring. Raschke pulls a chair over the guard rail but they let it go.

Order seems to be restored and Patterson is ready to go. He backs Raschke into the corner and continues to psyche him out. Raschke tries a side headlock but Patterson dances his way out of it. Raschke is frustrated and he tags in Koloff. Collar and elbow, Patterson grabs the wrist and tags in Armstrong. Koloff reverses momentum and takes him down with a snapmare before dropping the leg. He rakes the back and tags in Raschke. Double elbows before Koloff heads for the apron. Raschke grabs a handful of hair and drives Armstrong into the turnbuckle. Clubbing forearms by Raschke and he sends Armstrong for the ride. He grabs his signature claw but Patterson makes the save.

Koloff is tagged in but he’s backed up because so was Patterson. Thunderbolt hits some rapid fists of fire and takes both opponents down. He and Armstrong whip their opponents together for a collision. Armstrong hits Koloff with some rights in the corner while Patterson sends Raschke for the ride. Patterson hits a shot to the throat and that’s all it took.
Winners: Thunderbolt Patterson & Brad Armstrong (Patterson/Throat Thrust)

  • EA’s TakeNot much of a match, just a way to put more veterans on the card to go along with the theme. The Armstrongs are definitely one of the more underrated wrestling families in history, so that was a nice moment.

In The Arena: Ric Flair is set to host another edition of A Flair For The Gold, stylin’ and profilin’ in his tux as he’s here to reunite The Four Horsemen. It comes with a lot of good news but a little bit of bad news. He first introduces his longtime best friend, ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson. Barry Windham has been snubbing Flair as well as The Horsemen, but before long, Anderson will be the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The bad news is that Windham will not be a part of the Horsemen and Tully Blanchard will not be showing up, but Flair next introduces one of their mentors, Ole Anderson. He told him they cannot trust Windham. Next, it’s the special addition to the Horsemen, it’s ‘Pretty’ Paul Roma. These people don’t realize how many people Flair had to choose from, but he is going to help them achieve excellence. The Nature Boy calls out The Hollywood Blonds before continuing his party with the girls.

Match #5: Nick Bockwinkel w/Verne Gagne vs. Dory Funk Jr. w/Gene Kiniski
Johnny Valentine joins commentary for this AWA vs. NWA bout. They lock up and there’s a clean break. Another collar and elbow and Bockwinkel ducks out of the way. They lock up once more, and Bockwinkel is still avoiding contact. Funk goes for a single leg pick up but Bockwinkel moves. They tie up, Funk finally able to get some shots in. Collar and elbow, knee to the gut and an uppercut by Funk. He grabs a side headlock, maneuvers into a hammerlock, reversed by Bockwinkel and Funk is taken to the mat. Slowly to a vertical base and he manages a break in the corner. Funk with uppercuts and forearms before dragging Bockwinkel down to the mat.

Up to their feet, Bockwinkel with body shots but its Funk with a snapmare. Bockwinkel locks in a head scissor submission and Funk flips out of it. Funk checks in with Gagne. Collar and elbow, Bockwinkel grabs an armbar, Funk reverses with a scoop slam, but Bockwinkel gets his feet up and returns the favor. Funk rolls out to the floor. He comes back in, they lock up and Bockwinkel works on the left arm. Funk whips him and scores with a back elbow and takes him down with uppercuts. Reverse chin lock by Funk as the ref checks in. They exchange rights in the corner, Bockwinkel getting the better of it with heavy forearms. He tries a cover but Funk is in the ropes.

Collar and elbow, Funk with positioning, he grabs a front face lock and takes him down. They roll for pinning position on the mat and no one gets three. Double leg take down by Bockwinkel, he slowly tries rolling him into a Boston crab but Funk throws him off. Collar and elbow, Bockwinkel with the side headlock, belly to back suplex by Funk. Dory grabs an arm bar, he works him all the way to the mat. Funk works on the back, Bockwinkel trying to strength out but cannot escape. They chain wrestle and Bockwinkel reverses the double wrist lock. Funk breaks the hold, collar and elbow, Bockwinkel with the side headlock, Funk backs him into the corner and delivers shots.

Bockwinkel turns him around and lays in his own forearms. Snapmare and a cover, Bockwinkel gets two. Front face lock is applied on Funk. He works up to his feet, Bockwinkel hangs on with a side headlock. Funk breaks it with a knee and knocks Bockwinkel out with uppercuts. Forearms to Bockwinkel, and he brings him back in with a vertical suplex. Funk scores with a piledriver but Slick Nick gets his boot on the ropes. Bockwinkel reverses a double underhook and moves into a backslide. Funk is able to avoid the three count. Bockwinkel is sent to ropes, back elbow and a single leg pickup by Funk. He goes for the spinning toe hold, Bockwinkel reverses with an inside cradle and gets a two count.

Bockwinkel locks in the Figure Four. Kiniski tries to break it up and the referee has to get him out of there. There is a break on the ropes. They exchange shots, Bockwinkel with a scoop slam and a two count. Funk tries an inside cradle but Bockwinkel is too close to the ropes. Time runs out and we have a draw.
Winner: Time Limit Draw

  • EA’s Take: More nostalgia in this one. The pace was about what you would expect of a 52-year old Funk squaring off with Bockwinkel, who was nearing 60 and coming from a much more basic era of wrestling. These matches are fun purely to see some of the all-time greats, but aren’t going to give you much in terms of great entertainment.

Match #6: ‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes & Kensuke Sasaki vs. ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & WCW World Television Champion ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff
Rude and Sasaki get us started. Rude talks some trash and looks his opponent over. He shoves Sasaki and poses. Kensuke does the same and then violently shoves Rude into the corner to a big pop. Rude avoids the tie up and takes control with clubbing forearms and a shot to the throat. Sasaki avoids a clothesline and grabs a strong wristlock. He lifts Rude up and down for more pressure. Orndorff is tagged in and he gets the same treatment. Rhodes is tagged in, he hangs onto the wrist and delivers some elbows as well.

Orndorff is taken to the mat with a hammerlock, Rhodes driving the knees into his back. Sasaki is tagged back in, he grabs the hammerlock, using his feet to fall back for leverage. Sasaki kicks a hole in Orndorff’s back and Rhodes is back in. Wristlock by The Natural, but Orndorff is able to back up and make the tag. Rude and Rhodes have a long staredown. They exchange quick rights, Rhodes takes control and he sends Rude for a high elevation back body drop. Irish whip but Rude gets his boot up. He measures Rhodes with a right, sends him to the corner but Rhodes gets the knee up. The Natural tries a crossbody, Rude ducks and Rhodes hits the floor.

Rhodes is driven into the apron and Orndorff takes liberties while the referee is distracted. Swinging neckbreaker by Rude and he gets two. Rude poses to a sea of boos. Orndorff is tagged back in and the partners power Rhodes back first into the corner. Mr Wonderful digs at Rhodes’ face and the ref backs him off. Rhodes is sent and eats a back elbow. Rhodes hits the turnbuckle and Rude’s back in. He drives his shoulder into the midsection of The Natural and sets up for a piledriver. Rhodes hangs on, Rude finds a different way to lift him up, Rhodes reverses with one of his own. He makes the cover and the US Champ kicks out.

Orndorff is tagged in and he drives Rhodes into the corner. Irish whip and they both go down on a shoulder tackle. Rude is tagged in but so is Sasaki, he hits a diving clothesline and an inverted atomic drop. He mocks Rude and hits three consecutive clotheslines.He tries a back drop, Rude kicks him, Sasaki ducks a clothesline and lifts him with a military press. Orndorff charges in so Rhodes responds. Rude and Orndorff have their heads knocked together and the ref restores order. Sasaki heads for the top rope but he’s knocked off by Orndorff. Rhodes tries dealing with him on the outside, but inside Sasaki takes a Rude Awakening and that’s enough for the win.
Winners: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff (Rude/Rude Awakening)

  • EA’s TakeI love me some Rick Rude and Orndorff makes a good partner for him. Sadly, we’re now less than one year removed from the back injury that would effectively end his in ring career and he would leave the world permanently before the turn of the century. He had such a great mind for the business, it would have been nice to have his voice around in the years since. It’s nice to get away from the nostalgia business for a bit too after three straight matches of it.


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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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