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Backstage: The 1-2-3 Kid & The Smoking Gunns chat with fans on the WWF Superstar Line.

Video: Two weeks ago on RAW, King Mabel & Yokozuna viciously attacked The Undertaker during a 6-Man Tag Team Match, The Deadman suffering a crushed face which will cause him to be out of action until Survivor Series.

Match #4: King Mabel w/Sir Mo vs. Yokozuna w/James E. Cornette & Mr. Fuji
The Mighty One gets some words of wisdom from Fuji & Cornette, The King talks some trash to Yoko and pokes him in the chest, Yokozuna fires back with a right hand and the two behemoths trade-off shots. Yokozuna gets the better of it, knocks Mabel to the outside with a clothesline, The King regroups and steps back into the squared circle. Yoko with some more advice from Mr. Fuji, they big men lock-up, Mabel unloads with heavy rights, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The King ducking a clothesline, then leaves his feet for a flying clothesline of his own. King Mabel with a big elbow and Yoko spills to the floor, The Mighty One catches his breath, heads back into the ring, Mo distracts him from the outside and Mabel takes advantage, surprising Yokozuna with a big splash in the corner.

The King puts the boots to Yoko, shoots him across, lines up for another splash, but this time The Mighty One explodes out with a clothesline. He measures for an elbow drop that’s off-target, Mabel rises to his feet and unsuccessfully tries one of his own, both guys stagger to a vertical base and Yokozuna corners The King with fists. He rocks Mabel with  headbutt, The King comes back with his own headbutt, hits the ropes for a running bulldog, but Yoko stays on his feet and the spot is botched. The Mighty One inexplicably spills to the floor through the ropes, King Mabel comes out in pursuit, jumps off the apron with a double axe handle, then looks to drive Yoko into the ring post.

The Mighty One reverses and drives The King into the steel instead, Mo gets into it with Cornette on the floor, shoves him onto his backside, Yokozuna tries to chase after Sir Mo, but trips over Cornette and the ref’s count reaches 10.
Winner: Double Count-Out

  • After The Bell: Yoko & Mabel roll into the ring and go face-to-face, Mo and Cornette step inside to try and calm them down, the two big men hugging it out.
  • EA’s TakeYowzers, this one was pretty bad. Slow, overweight, laboring individuals who do not match-up well one bit. Both of these guys need to be up against the right opponent in order to put on a good performance and that list doesn’t include one another. Yoko can give you some good stuff, but his weight was becoming a major issue because of his food addiction, meanwhile Mabel is already on thin ice with the company after Diesel saved his job, but his days were numbered after legitimately fracturing Undertaker’s orbital bone in his face.

In The Ring: Dok Hendrix introduces Dean Douglas, then welcomes out WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels who must forfeit the title. A somber, bruised Shawn Michaels steps into the squared circle, reluctantly hands the championship over to Interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, but Douglas swipes it away and begins to celebrate. The Heartbreak Kid starts to leave, watches Dean wrap the title around his waist and Hendrix announces Douglas as the new champion, Michaels continuing to look back at the ring as he walks away.

Match #5 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion Dean Douglas vs. Razor Ramon
Razor charges to the ring, ducks a shot and fires away with right hands, the bell rings and we’re officially underway. The challenger shoots Douglas into the turnbuckles, follows with a haymaker off the rebound, the champion rolls to the outside and takes a walk to collect himself. He climbs back in and they lock-up, Ramon picks the arm for a wristlock, works over the left shoulder and knocks Dean down for an armbar. Douglas works back to his feet and The Bad Guy continues to punish the arm, continuously lifts the champion in the air to hurt the shoulder joint, then goes right back to an armbar, switching back-and-forth between a wristlock.

Dean finally backs the challenger to the corner, doesn’t break clean and scores with back elbows, sends Ramon across and charges in for an elbow, The Bad Guy side-steps out of harm’s way, then hooks the armbar back on to ground him. Douglas tries to roll him away with an arm drag and Razor maintains the hold, the champion finds his footing again, backs Ramon to the corner, doesn’t break clean again and hammers the challenger down to the mat with right hands and boots. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Bad Guy swings wildly with a clothesline that misses, catches Dean attempting a crossbody, tosses him with a fallaway slam and then clotheslines Douglas to the outside.

The champion drags himself back up to the apron, Razor is there to meet him with a hot shot, Douglas pulls himself back up, surprises the challenger with a thumb to the eye, then goes to drive him head-first into the top turnbuckle. The Bad Guy blocks it and returns the favor, drops him to the floor with a big fist, he reaches over the ropes and hauls Dean back on the apron, then brings him in with a vertical suplex. Ramon puts the boots to the champion, shoots him hard into the turnbuckles, kicks Douglas to the floor under the bottom rope, then goes out in pursuit. He rocks the champion with a haymaker, grabs a bottle of water from the announce position, pours it over Dean’s head, then sends him back inside.

Razor rolls in and drives himself into the champion’s shoulder, Douglas comes back with right hands, The Bad Guy blocks one, splits him with an atomic drop, then sets for the Razor’s Edge. Dean counters it with a back body drop, the challenger flies over the top and crashes to the floor, Douglas goes out after him and batters Ramon with fists to the back of the head. He rams the challenger spine-first into the ring apron, throws him back inside, climbs to the top turnbuckle, but gets caught coming off by a chokeslam. They double down and both guys stagger back to a standing position, The Bad Guy connects with a succession of rights, drops the champion with a discus punch, props him on the top turnbuckle and readies for a super back suplex.

The champion fights it off and knocks him to the canvas, stands on top for a crossbody, Razor rolls through it into a lateral press and almost steals the match. Both guys back up quick and Douglas connects with a dropkick, crawls into a cover, Ramon gets his foot on the bottom rope at 2, Dean drags him back up and whips him hard into the turnbuckles. He tries to shoot the challenger back across, The Bad Guy reverses, Dean rebounds out of the corner for a clothesline, Razor ducks it and plants him with a back suplex. He drapes the arm over for a cover, the champion gets his foot under the bottom rope and the official counts to 3, the ref then informing our ring announcer that we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (Back Suplex)

  • EA’s TakeConsidering Scott Hall was always known be to a pretty good worker, this one was a little rough and quite honestly, I found it to be boring. The Bad Guy basically squashed your new champion (by hook or by crook) and Douglas only got in offense during the last couple of minutes. Granted, the company was already sour on Dean and he was obviously never meant to win the title. All things considered, it was still history as Razor becomes the first four-time IC Champion and Douglas has the shortest-reign ever, but obviously the big story here was Shawn forfeiting the title. I think we’ve all heard the story now of how Michaels got beaten to a pulp by a group of Marines at a bar, which is why he was unable to compete. It would ultimately be the beginning of a concussion angle the company would run with Shawn.

Backstage: Shawn Michaels is speaking with fans on the phone and you can too if you call the WWF Superstar Line.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix shows off the newest Two Dudes With Attitudes t-shirt, which can be yours for the low price of twenty dollars. He catches WWF Champion Diesel before he heads through the curtain, simply stating that he’s feeling awfully funky.

Match #6 for the WWF Championship: The British Bulldog w/James E. Cornette vs. WWF Champion Diesel
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
 joins commentary for this match, The Hitman chasing Jerry Lawler off to take his spot. Collar & elbow lock-up to get us started, the champion powers Bulldog away, they tie-up again with the same result, the challenger calls for a test of strength, suckering Diesel in for a kick to the breadbasket. He slaps on a side headlock, Big Daddy Cool pushes him off to the ropes, misses with multiple shots, but finally connects with a forearm to stop The Bulldog in his tracks. He sends Davey Boy back to the ropes for a clothesline, the challenger ducks under it, looks for a crossbody, but gets caught and planted by a body slam.

Big Daddy Cool scoops Bulldog up for another body slam, Davey Boy rolls to the outside to regroup, reaches in and picks the legs of the champion, pulling him towards the ring post under the bottom rope. Diesel uses his leg strength to pull Bulldog face-first into the steel post, the challenger staggers back into the ring, tries to pick the leg again, but the champion hammers him with elbows. He whips Davey Boy to the corner and charges in with a clothesline, sends him back across for another, buries knees into the abdomen, then rocks the challenger with heavy back elbows. Cornette quickly hops on the apron to create a distraction, The Bulldog takes the opening to drive his shoulder into Diesel’s knee, unloads with headbutts and forearms, then shoots him to the ropes.

Big Daddy Cool reverses it and tries for a body slam, Bulldog slides out of it, pushes him to the ropes for a roll-up, the champion hangs on to avoid it, turns around and gets flipped over the top rope by a dropkick. Diesel winds up right in from of the announce position, Bret tries to help him from falling onto the table, but Diesel unceremoniously shoves The Hitman, Davey Boy rolls to the outside, chopblocks Big Daddy Cool from behind, then stomps away at the left knee. He tosses the champion into the squared circle, drives his knee down into the left leg, hooks on a heel hold, props Diesel’s leg on the ropes and drives himself down into the knee joint with all of his weight.

The Bulldog delivers a leg drop to the knee, Davey Boy locks on a modified heel hold, Big Daddy Cool reaches out for a right hand to break the hold, the challenger kicks him to the outside, then holds the ref’s attention. Cornette delivers an elbow drop to the champion’s knee on the floor, the official is busy with the challenger and doesn’t see it, Cornette then putting the boots to Big Daddy Cool. Davey Boy steps outside and drives the champion head-first into the steel steps, The Bulldog slides back in, Cornette gets in some more cheap shots, Bulldog coming back out to send Diesel into the ring. The challenger continues to target the left knee and grabs a single-leg crab, rams Diesel’s knee down into the canvas, then hooks on a Boston crab.

The champion powers his way out of it, Bulldog quickly goes back on the attack, stomps away at the leg, goes right back into a single-leg crab, then releases the hold to deliver a leg drop for a count of 2. Davey Boy grabs the left leg and slaps on another heel hold, Big Daddy Cool unloads with right and elbows to break free, The Bulldog smartly chopblocks him back down again, hits an elbow drop to the knee and regains the heel hold. The champion gains the ropes to force a break, Bulldog chokes him with the bottom of his boot, Diesel pulls himself to his feet in the corner, tries to fight back, but the challenger sweeps his leg out, locking the heel hold on yet again. He props the champion’s leg on the ropes and drops down with all of his weight again, Big Daddy Cool uses his other leg to push The Bulldog to the outside, uses the corner to pull himself to his feet, Davey Boy crawls back inside and Diesel lunges at him, but he’s off-target.

The challenger quickly pummels him with forearms, locks the heel hold back on, Big Daddy Cool fights his way out of it, staggers to his feet, Davey Boy setting him up for a suplex. The champion blocks it and hits a vertical suplex of his own, both guys struggle back to their feet, Bulldog misses a right hand, Diesel plants him with a back suplex, then drags himself back to a vertical base. The challenger fires first with clubbing blows to the back for a 2 count, wants to go back to work on the legs, looks back at The Hitman and locks on a Sharpshooter. Big Daddy Cool muscles his way out of it and finds his footing, The Bulldog clobbers him with forearms, goes back to the knee with kicks, lifts him up for a Running Powerslam, but can’t hold the weight and Diesel falls on top for a near fall.

Bulldog tries for the Running Powerslam again, this time the champion slips out of it, pushes him to the ropes for a big boot, then calls for the Jackknife. Cornette climbs onto the apron and Diesel flips him inside, grabs him by the tie, Davey Boy tries to ambush the champion from behind, Big Daddy Cool avoids it and Cornette gets dropped by a forearm instead. Diesel scores with right hands, drops the challenger throat-first across the 2nd rope, hits the ropes for a head of steam and jumps onto his back with a seated senton. Davey Boy spills to the outside, Diesel jumps out after him, The Bulldog shoves Big Daddy Cool face-first into the ring post, turns and sees Bret, then slaps his headphones off. The Hitman’s finally had enough, chases The Bulldog into the ring, batters him with fists and the official calls for the bell.
Winner: The British Bulldog (Disqualification)

  • After The Bell: Diesel slides into the squared circle, grabs The Hitman and shoves him aside, they exchange words and tempers flare, punches being traded off. More referees come down to try and pull them apart unsuccessfully, the locker room emptying out to finally separate them.
  • EA’s TakeI feel like this could have been much more than what it was. The psychology was fine, I just didn’t like that The Bulldog used the same exact hold numerous times throughout the match. If you’re going to use a rest hold to continually “work over” a body part, at least switch them up. Aside from that, this match was Davey Boy’s first opportunity at the WWF Title and the DQ finish involving Bret would allow him to claim a victory over the champion, which will come into play in the next couple of months. Plus, finishing the match that way also builds for Bret’s title shot at Survivor Series. Diesel has held the title for so long at this point, a change would be inevitable and this is the first time we start to see some glimpses of a heel turn.

EA’s FinisherNot quite as good as the last In Your House in my opinion, but definitely still better than either of the first two. For what this show lacked when it came to any kind of classic matches, it was full of history-making moments like Goldust’s debut, Shawn forfeiting the IC Title, Razor becoming the first four-time champ and Dean Douglas with the shortest reign ever. You can see the potential in the roster as well, something that had been missing for a while outside of your main event stars. Was there anything horrible? Yokozuna vs. Mabel wasn’t exactly thrilling, but if you’re into sheer spectacle it could be for you. Beginning-to-end there was nothing exceptional, but this one still goes down at least as watchable, which is still a step in the right direction for the WWF in this period of time.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Smoking Gunns
2 – Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Fatu
3 – Diesel vs. The British Bulldog


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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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