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We’re getting closer to WWE’s annual November tradition the Survivor Series, so today we’re taking a look back at another previous event! With Yokozuna still on top of the WWF mountain following SummerSlam, Lex Luger was still on his chase. Along with his team of All Americans, the stage was set for a showdown against the WWF Champion’s Foreign Fanatics. Plus, this event has by far the very BEST of Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan from beginning to end!

Open: A video package is played with Lex Luger sitting with his family to talk about Thanksgiving, wishing everybody a happy holidays.

In The Arena: The crowd rises for the singing of our National Anthem.

Match #1 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Irwin R. Schyster, Diesel, ‘The Model’ Rick Martel & Adam Bomb w/Harvey Wippleman vs. The 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty, WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon & ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
Razor introduces Savage as his new partner to replace Mr. Perfect. Martel & Ramon to kick things off, The Model with some words for The Bad Guy, Razor pushes him and receives a slap to the face in return. Collar & elbow tie-up, Martel gains a wristlock, the champion counters to one of his own, switches to a hammerlock and they trade reversals before The Model uses a drop toe hold. He goes to a side headlock, The Bad Guy counters again to a hammerlock, Martel working his way up and breaking out with a back elbow, celebrates a little early and gets slapped in the face for it.

The Model strikes with kicks and fists, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Martel hops up and over the champion charging in, runs back across to the 2nd rope for a crossbody, Razor switching the leverage and gets a count of 2. He shoots The Model to the ropes, misses a wild right hand, Martel attempts another crossbody, Ramon catching him in the air for a fallaway slam and another 2 count. The Model goes to the breadbasket with left hands, sends The Bad Guy to the ropes for a kick to the midsection, Razor catches the foot, spins him around and splits him with an atomic drop. Macho sneaks in a jab, the champion follows with an inverted atomic drop, hits the ropes and flattens The Model with multiple clotheslines.

Martel rolls to his corner and tags out, Adam Bomb stepping in and goes face-to-face with The Bad Guy, locking up and Bomb powers Razor back into the corner. They tie-up again and this time Adam powers Ramon to the canvas, the champion going back in for another tie-up and gets caught in a side headlock. Razor pushes him away to the ropes, Bomb explodes off with a shoulder knockdown, the champion looking befuddled and obliging Adam in a test of strength. Bomb grinds The Bad Guy to his knees, Ramon uses the crowd to work back to his feet, uses kicks to the breadbasket and then a northern lights suplex for a cover. Martel hits the ring to break the count at 2 with an elbow drop, Razor sees it coming and avoids it, The Model hitting his partner instead.

Wippleman gets into the ring and shoves Martel, The Model returning fire and punches Harvey to his backside, Adam making him pay with right hands. Diesel comes into the ring to break it up, IRS has to get in between everybody and settle them down. Order is restored, The Kind tagging in, goes to a side headlock on Bomb, gets pushed away to the ropes and floored by a big shoulder knockdown. Adam shoots him back in for a back body drop, 1-2-3 Kid counters with a sunset flip, Adam simply grabbing him by the throat, elevating him into the air and dropping him face-first on the mat. Diesel gets a tag and hammers The Kid, tosses him clear across the ring, then plants him with a gutwrench suplex.

He shoots Kid to the ropes and clocks him with a big boot, Diesel sending him back in for a side slam, but it’s countered into a headscissors takedown. Savage quickly gets a tag and runs to the top turbuckle for a double axe handle, clobbers Bomb off the apron with a clothesline, catches Schyster coming in with a back elbow, Martel following to be hit with a body slam. Macho Man splits IRS with an atomic drop, he collides into The Model, both men spilling to the outside, Adam sliding in from behind and ambushing Savage. He hammers Macho in the corner with right hands, irish whip across is reversed, Bomb collides with Diesel who has just gotten back to his feet, Savage clearing Adam to the outside with a high knee to the back.

He slams Diesel, goes back upstairs, scores with the Elbow Drop and gets the elimination. Diesel has been eliminated. The Model attacks Macho from behind and chokes him in the corner, irish whip across is reversed, Savage hitting a back body drop off the rebound. He drives Martel head-first into the top turnbuckle, falls backwards to a tag after taking a big right, IRS entering the match. Schyster strikes first off the collar & elbow tie-up, pummels Savage in the corner, shoots him to the ropes for a clothesline, Macho ducking it and hits a crossbody for a 2 count. He flattens IRS with multiple clotheslines, tag to Razor, The Bad Guy working over the shoulder and goes to an armbar. Schyster finds a standing position, Ramon switches to a side headlock, gets pushed away to the ropes, IRS drops down and The Model delivers a cheap shot from the apron.

He tags in and comes off the 2nd rope with a double axe handle, cracks the champion with a backbreaker, then hammers away at the lower back with a knee drop. Bomb re-enters the match, shoots The Bad Guy to the ropes for a back elbow, tags back out and Martel again comes off the 2nd rope with a double axe. Another quick tag, IRS snapmares Razor over, drops an elbow, follows with a leg drop and gains a count of 2. He utilizes a rear chinlock to wear the champion down, Savage tries to come in and help, gets cut-off by the referee and it allows The Model to switch out without a tag. Martel releases it and sends The Bad Guy to the ropes for a back body drop, Razor counters with a big knee lift, The Model tagging IRS and preventing Ramon from making a tag.

The champion battles back, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Schyster charges in and meets a boot to the chin, Macho getting the tag. Savage slingshots into the ring and immediately gets caught with a knee lift, IRS whips him to the ropes for a back body drop, Macho Man avoiding it with a kick, then drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle after a high knee to the back. He drops Schyster throat-first on the top rope, body slams him in the middle of the ring, climbs the corner and Crush makes his way to the aisle. Savage notices him, drops to the floor, his teammates prevent him from going after Crush and he heads into the ring, still focused on the big Hawaiian.

He climbs to the 2nd rope and taunts Crush to come fight, IRS grabs Macho from behind, schoolboy and he gets a 3 count. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage has been eliminated. Savage sprints to the back, Jannetty taking the ring now, locks up with Schyster and goes to a side headlock. IRS sends him away to the ropes, attempts a hip toss, Marty blocks and hits one of his own, follows with a dropkick and covers for 2. Schyster quickly tags out, The Model drives Jannetty back into the corner and hits a flurry of left hands, buries knees into the abdomen, tag to Adam Bomb and he plants Marty with a back suplex. He chokes him on the top rope, delivers kicks to the ribs in the corner, Martel re-enters and applies an abdominal stretch, using Bomb for extra leverage.

They get caught and the hold is broken, The Model shoots Jannetty to the corner, runs in to deliver a spear, misses and drives his shoulder into the ring post. The Bad Guy tags in as IRS enters, Schyster gets met with with heavy punches, the champion whips him hard back-and-forth into the turnbuckles, grabs him by the neck and plants him with a chokeslam. Ramon says it’s over and sets for the Razor’s Edge, drives IRS into the mat and his night is finished. Irwin R. Schyster has been eliminated. Martel ambushes Razor from behind, pummels him in the corner, the champion turns the tables on his, Adam hits the ring and it causes everyone to join the fray.

The Model shoots The Bad Guy to the ropes for a back body drop, the champion puts on the brakes, picks him up for the Razor’s Edge, IRS taking advantage of the referee being occupied and clocks The Bad Guy with his briefcase. The champion spills to the outside, the official puts on the count and he can’t make it back in. Razor Ramon has been eliminated. The Kid steps in, Wippleman holding a conference with his squad, collar & elbow tie-up with Martel, The Model going to the ribs with a knee for the early advantage. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, 1-2-3 Kid drops leapfrogs over, drops down, measures The Model for a punch, but Martel cartwheels around him to avoid it.

They tie-up again, Kid with a side headlock, gets shoved to the ropes, The Model leapfrogs over this time, gets caught with a Japanese arm drag and The Kid grabs a wristlock. Martel easily escapes after a forearm shot and tags out, Bomb coming in and swinging wildly with a right hand, Kid ducks it, picks the legs and hits the ropes. Adam tosses him into the air, The Kid countering with a dropkick that sends him to the outside, Kid hitting the ropes again and takes flight with a suicide dive. Bomb catches him in the air and slams him on the floor, throws The Kid back into the ring, climbs to the apron and slingshots in with a clothesline. He whips 1-2-3 Kid hard into the turnbuckles, does it again and follows him in, Kid side-stepping away, uses a schoolboy and gets a near fall.

The Kid using stiff kicks, crawls towards his corner, Adam prevents him from getting there and tags out, The Model dropping an elbow to the lower back, plants 1-2-3 Kid with a gutwrench suplex and gets a count of 2. He shoots him to the ropes, doubles him over with a fist to the breadbasket, Martel to the 2nd rope for a double axe handle, but Kid counters with a punch to the ribs of his own. Marty gets the tag and fires away with right hands, whips The Model to the ropes for a jumping back elbow, sends him back in and goes to the abdomen with a fist, following it up with a knee lift. Jannetty shoots him to the corner, rams him head-first into the top turnbuckle over and over, snapamare into a cover and he gains a 2 count.

The Kid tags in and they send Martel to the ropes for a double back elbow, whip to the corner is reversed, The Model charges in, 1-2-3 Kid hops up and over into a sunset flip and that’s a 3 count. ‘The Model’ Rick Martel has been eliminated. Adam Bomb hits the ring and chases Kid to his corner, Marty tags, drives a shoulder to the abdomen from the apron, slingshots in with a sunset flip and puts it away.
Winners & Sole Survivors: The 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty

  • EA’s TakeCrowd is on fire tonight, especially for this opening contest that was pretty good as far as Survivor Series elimination matches go. This was a pretty good blend of power, speed, technical skills, star power, new and familiar. A nice blend of veterans and up-and-comers like Adam Bomb or The Kid, Savage stepping in for Mr. Perfect who had his comeback attempt derailed by more back issues. Macho was having issues with Crush and served as the “perfect” replacement in his PPV return to the ring after serving as a color commentator on RAW. The only other story line issue here is between Razor & Martel, The Bad Guy having won the IC Title after defeating The Model. Shawn Michaels had been suspended and stripped of the championship, but had returned by this time and claimed to be the rightful title-holder.

Backstage: Todd Pettengill is standing by with Shawn Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid claiming he’s still the Intercontinental Champion because the gold never left his waist. Pettengill shows some footage from earlier today in which Family Feud’s Ray Combs for comments by The Hart Family about their match tonight. Michaels mocks The Harts some more after watching the tape, informs Bret that he’s got a score to settle with him after last year’s Survivor Series. His Knights will easily handle the retired Hart brothers and if Stu sticks his nose in it, Shawn vows to waffle him.

In The Ring: Ray Combs of The Family Feud introduces The Hart Family seated at ringside, then takes a survey about our next match before announces the participants.

Match #2 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Shawn Michaels & His Knights (Blue Knight, Red Knight, Black Knight) vs. The Harts (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart, Bruce & Keith) w/Stu Hart
Combs joins commentary for the match, Shawn & Owen to start the action, Michaels wants a piece of Bruce, The Rocket tagging out. Collar & elbow tie-up, Shawn gains a side headlock, tags The Red Knight, Bruce sending Michaels off to the ropes. Bruce drops down and Red does the same to avoid a collision, Bruce pushes them into one-another and Shawn has some choice words for Red. Michaels stays in the ring, Bruce backs him into the corner off the tie-up, chops away at the chest, irish whip across is reversed, Shawn doubling him back towards his corner and Bruce levels Red & Blue with a double clothesline to knock them off the apron.

Black grabs Bruce and holds him, Shawn with a head of steam for a high knee, Bruce side-steps it, Black gets drilled instead and Bruce follows with an arm drag to Michaels before making a tag. Keith enters the ring and grabs a wristlock, switches to an armbar, then to a hammerlock. The Heartbreak Kid counters out with one of his own, Keith with a back elbow to escape it, hits the ropes and ducks a clothesline, Shawn ducks for a back body drop, Keith puts on the brakes, sends him back to the ropes for a slam, Michaels slipping out and scoring with a kick. He hooks him for a vertical suplex, Keith counters into a small package for a 2 count, quickly catches Shawn with a drop toe hold and goes back to an armbar.

He switches to a standing wristlock, Michaels uses a body slam to escape and makes a tag, Red taking the ring and attempts an elbow drop, but doesn’t find the mark. Keith quickly goes into an arm drag and another armbar, tag to Owen he works over the shoulder with a wristlock, Red Knight counters into one of his own, The Rocket rolling through to break away, but takes a thumb to the eye. Red shoots him to the ropes, drops down, goes for a hip toss, Owen blocks it and hits one of his own, follows with a Japanese arm drag and a dropkick, Red falling back into his corner and tagging out. Black comes in and runs right into a hip toss, The Rocket with multiple arm drags, staggers to the wrong corner and pays for it, Owen tossing Black back to his own corner and there’s tags on both sides.

Bret steps in with Blue and ties up, Blue rips at the eyes, whips him to the ropes for a kick to the breadbasket, The Hitman catches his foot, spins him around and splits him with an atomic drop. He follows with an inverted atomic drop, hits the ropes and flattens Blue with a clothesline, makes a cover and gets a count of 2. Tag back to Keith, fireman’s carry takes Blue over, he slaps on an armbar, makes a tag, Bruce coming in to maintain the hold. Blue finds his footing and sends Bruce off to the ropes, Shawn sneaks in a cheap shot to the lower back, Blue taking the opening to deliver a body slam, making a tag to Michaels who cracks Bruce with a backbreaker.

The Heartbreak Kid drops multiple elbows to the lower back and tags out, Red comes off the 2nd rope with a double axe to the spine, throws Bruce with a butterfly suplex and gets a near fall. Black tags in and pummels Bruce with right hands, Bruce blocks one and goes into a backslide for a quick 2 count, Shawn quickly getting a tag and puts the boots to Bruce to stop any momentum. Bruce spills to the outside under the bottom rope, Michaels goes out to bring him back to the apron, looks to drive him head-first into the top turnbuckle, Bruce blocking it and returning the favor, but he’s too close to the wrong corner and gets dropped by Red.

The Heartbreak Kid sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, Bruce ducks it, levels Michaels with one of his own, tags on both sides and The Hitman fires away on Black with rights, sends him to the ropes for another to the ribs, then rolls him up for a near fall. He follows with a small package for another quick 2, cracks Black with a backbreaker, comes off the 2nd rope with an elbow drop, hooks the leg and Shawn breaks the count at 2. Tag to Owen, double irish whip to the ropes, The Rocket clocks Black with a spinning heel kick, lateral press and now Blue hits the ring to break it up before the match falls apart with everyone paired off in opposite corners. Four way irish whip, Michaels & His Knights all collide into one another and the ring clears, Owen goes to the top rope, scores with a dropkick to Black, hooks the leg and gets 3. The Black Knight has been eliminated.

Combs shouts out that we have a winner, but of course that’s not the case. Red tries to ambush Owen after the pinfall and gets taken out at the knee, The Rocket targeting the left leg and he makes a tag to Bret for a wishbone. The Hitman keeps on the injured limb, Keith re-enters the match to do more of the same, ties the leg up in the ropes and drives knees to the joint before the ref forces a break. Red uses the opening to score with a big knee lift, tries to reach for a tag, Keith cuts him off, drags him back to the corner and brings Bruce in for more punishment to the knee. Hitman re-enters for another quick wishbone, tag back to Keith who goes back to the leg, Red kicks him away and Keith is sent head-first into the top turnbuckle.

The Red Knight strikes with fists and headbutts, snapmares him over for a knee drop and misses the target, Keith immediately locking on a figure four. Shawn steps in to break it up which baits in Bruce, the official is distracted, Blue Knight switching out without a tag and he pounds Keith with clubbing blows and chops. Keith turns the tables and fires away, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Red trips Keith up as he hits the ropes, Michaels slingshots in with a diving headbutt to the shoulder and Blue follows with a leg drop on the arm. He goes to work on the shoulder joint with elbows and locks in an armbar, The Heartbreak Kid tags in, drops a double axe to the arm off the top, drives Keith’s shoulder into the top turnbuckle multiple times, then wraps it around the ropes and makes a tag.

Red re-enters and keeps on the left arm, pulls Keith under the bottom rope in the corner, drives the shoulder into the ring post and climbs back inside. He positions Keith under the bottom rope and catapults him throat-first into it, Blue gets a tag, drops another leg on the left arm, plants him with a hammerlock body slam, drops another leg and tags out. Shawn goes back upstairs, Blue launches him into a splash, Keith rolls away to avoid it, Bret gets the tag and Michaels quickly tags right out. Red steps in and is met by stinging right hands, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Red Knight attempts to leapfrog over, Hitman catches him, drops him flat on his back and slaps on the Sharpshooter for the elimination. The Red Knight has been eliminated.

The Blue Knight steps right in and levels Bret before he even releases the Sharpshooter, puts the boots to The Hitman and then dumps him on the outside. Keith comes around ringside to check on him, the official hops out to get Keith back to his corner, Michaels taking the opportunity to drop a double axe on Bret from the apron and throw him back inside. Blue plants Hitman with a vertical suplex for a count of 2, drops an elbow for a quick 1, then drives Bret face-first into Shawn’s boot before tagging him. The Heartbreak Kid whips Bret hard into the turnbuckles, drives knees to the lower spine, hooks the leg and gains another 2 count. Irish whip back to the ropes and Michaels connects with a jumping back elbow for another 2, grounds The Hitman with a rear chinlock, the ref checking the arm, but Bret is able to keep it up on the third attempt.

Hitman works to a vertical base, hits the ropes, Shawn goes to the breadbasket with a knee, tag to Blue and he drops a headbutt to the lower abdomen for a near fall. Blue Knight backs Bret into the corner and drives shoulders to the ribs, shoots him across and charges in, The Hitman gets the boots up, hops to the 2nd rope for a clothesline and he crawls to a tag. The Rocket springs in and fires away with fists, scores with a dropkick, puts Blue in the corner and climbs to the 2nd rope for a barrage of punches, then plants him with a body slam. Owen comes off the 2nd rope with an elbow drop and makes a cover, Michaels hits the ring to break it up, Bruce comes in to meet him with heavy rights, then teams up with Owen for a double noggin knocker.

He shoots Shawn at The Rocket, Shawn with a baseball slide under Owen’s legs to duck to the outside, turns around and Stu clocks him with a left. Owen slingshots over the top with a crossbody and rolls Michaels back in, whips him into a collision with Blue, goes up top for a crossbody, Shawn ducking it, but The Rocket hits Blue into a cover. The Heartbreak Kid tries to break it up with an elbow drop, misses Owen and hits his partner, Bruce & Owen with a double clothesline to dispose of Michaels, The Rocket locks a Sharpshooter on Blue Knight and he gives. The Blue Knight has been eliminated.

Shawn is left all by himself now, Michaels looks to take a walk and gets cut-off by Bret, Hitman throws him back in the ring, and Owens splits him with an atomic drop. The Heartbreak Kid staggers into the wrong corner and meets a succession of fists, Bruce re-enters and drops multiple knees for a count of 2, sends Shawn to the corner, charges in and runs into a back elbow. Michaels uses a blatant choke, drills Bruce with a superkick, hooks the leg and only gets 2. He whips Bruce to the ropes for a back body drop, Bruce puts on the brakes and counters with a kick, tag to Bret and he steps in for an inverted atomic drop.

He whips Shawn hard into the turnbuckles, catapults him back into the buckles, drops an elbow, lateral press and a near fall. The Hitman plants him with a side russian leg sweep for another 2, looks for a backbreaker, Michaels rips at the eyes to avoid it, Owen tags himself in, sends The Heartbreak Kid to the ropes and tosses him with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Another whip to the ropes is reversed, Michaels drops down, Owen collides with Bret on the apron and sends him flying into the barricade, Shawn takes advantage of the distraction, schoolboy on The Rocket and a count of 3. ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart has been eliminated.

Bruce & Keith are on the floor checking on Bret, meanwhile Owen is losing his temper in the ring, Heenan tosses Shawn a bottle of water and The Heartbreak Kid gets a brief recoup. Bruce slides into the ring and meets him with right hands, flattens Michaels with a clothesline and gains a 2 count. He shoots Shawn in and locks in a sleeper hold, The Heartbreak Kid pulls Bruce into the top turnbuckle to break the hold, Bruce tries to use a side headlock, gets pushed away to the ropes, both guys colliding heads and dropping to the mat. Bruce reaches a tag, Keith whips Shawn to the ropes for an abdominal stretch, Michaels powers out with a hip toss, Keith now reaching a tag to The Hitman.

Bret comes in and pummels The Heartbreak Kid with punches, shoots him into the corner and turns him inside-out, sends him back across, Michaels landing planked across the top turnbuckle. Bret with kicks to the abdomen, Shawn gets crotched on the top rope, Hitman sweeps the legs for the Sharpshooter, Michaels ducks out under the bottom rope and runs to the back, getting counted out.
Winners & Sole Survivors: Bruce Hart, Keith Hart & Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart

  • After The Bell: Owen comes back out to seemingly join in on the celebration, shoves Bret and an argument ensues. The Rocket is still hot about the way he was eliminated, Bruce & Keith attempt to reason with him, but Owen won’t hear it and he’s left in the ring to celebrate alone to a chorus of boos. Todd Pettengill catches up with Owen for a word as he makes his exit, but Owen doesn’t want to talk.
  • EA’s TakeA painfully long match that was never the scheduled or planned contest from the beginning. Shawn Michaels was inserted into this rivalry as a placeholder for Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler after The King was caught under some legal issues. Hence the “Knight” gimmick, which makes a little more sense knowing The King was supposed to be the team captain. Bruce & Keith were pretty boring in the ring to be honest, but thankfully Bobby Heenan’s Hart Family zingers kept me interested throughout. The Blue Knight was played by Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, The Red Knight was Barry Horowitz and Black was a man named Jeff Gaylord that never really gained any notoriety. This match would mark the beginning of Owen’s famed heel turn, an angle that truly helped him make a mark on the industry, however he’d give an alignment with Bret one last shot at the Royal Rumble.


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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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WWE NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way Neville Tyson Kidd Tyler Breeze Sami Zayn

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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