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Daily DeMarco: 12/19/18 WWE NXT Match Ratings & Thoughts

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WWE NXT Aleister Black Johnny Gargano Steel Cage Match

Greg DeMarco weighs in on the 12/19/18 edition of WWE NXT, featuring a steel cage match between Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano!




In the 12/18/18 Daily DeMarco, I told you that Aleister Black needs to win the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble. And I stand by that statement.

Bob here didn’t agree:

“This is the dumbest thing I’ve read all day”

Evoking emotion…that tells me I am doing something right! There’s plenty more where that came from, so keep the comments coming!

This week’s edition of WWE NXT featured a Steel Cage Match and more–I’ll have my overall thoughts right after you get your star ratings (because this is a wrestling website, there must be star ratings!).

12/19/18 WWE NXT – Results & Ratings

  • Io Shirai & Dakota Kai over Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke in 4:43 when Shirai pinned Shafir – **1/2
    Match was better than I thought it would be. Duke and Shafir looked way more credible than their experience would have you believe. I was skeptical, and now I am a believer. I would love to see this again with more time.
  • Dominick Dijakovic pinned Aaron Mackey in 1:48 with Feast Your Eyes – NR
    No reason to rate this squash match, but goddamm this was one of the best squashes I’ve seen in a long time. Dijakovic is a completely different performer than the last time I saw him. NXT has turned him into a power wrestler, and it’s working. He’s 6’7”, added more size, and has one hell of a future.
  • Heavy Machinery beat Blake Howell & Danny D’Accardo in 2:39 – NR
    This match was more about the Undisputed Era watching from the stage than anything else. It did what it needed to do, and as a guy who doesn’t love Heavy Machinery, I didn’t mind this match.
  • Johnny Gargano pinned Aleister Black (with an assist from Tommaso Ciampa) at 17:58 of a Steel Cage Match – ****
    Aleister Black is a main roster superstar in waiting. I am telling you—have him win the 2019 Royal Rumble and you have a ratings draw by April. The opening 2.5 minutes on the floor are not part of the listed time, but they are part of the rating because they were entertaining. The only drawback to this match for me was the stipulation of being able to leave the cage. This match wasn’t created because someone was running from someone—so seeing anyone try to escape the cage just didn’t make sense. Everything else? Brilliant. This match belonged on a Takeover, or a main roster PPV. Great work, great storytelling, great crowd. This had it all. Don’t sleep on this match.

I really enjoyed this show. Shirai and Kai made a good team, and Duke and Shafir surprised me. A lot. There’s something there with them, and their trio with Shayna Baszler can really accomplish some things. Duke “gets it,” and might have the brightest future out of the three.

Domnik Dijakovic is a completely different wrestler now–and he’s a star. Seriously, he needs to be built to a match at Takeover: Phoenix, because he can be 2019’s breakout star for NXT.

Black and Gargano delivered in a big way, especially for a TV match. Including the opening brawl, we got over 20 minutes of action, coupled with some great storytelling from the DIY guys. It’s a busy time of the year, but find the time to watch this match.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly is Bobby’s thing, but if I followed that format here, this show would definitely be GOOD.

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Levin: Television Deal Gives AEW A Chance To Push WWE Around

With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal? 

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With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal?

I don’t know if it is competition yet, but the fact AEW has a television deal with WarnerMedia to air live matches in a weekly primetime format on TNT should make things interesting.

I’m not expecting the return of the Monday Night Wars or for Tony Khan to shout from Stone Mountain that he is in the “wrasslin business” as Ted Turner once did to the deaf ears of Vince McMahon. This isn’t the same kind of confrontation between two middle-aged men with egos bigger than the state of Florida.

Per the New York Post, “The new wrestling company and WarnerMedia announced the agreement Wednesday morning. TNT will air live AEW matches weekly in prime time starting in the fall, as well as streaming them on B/R Live and on pay-per-view. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.”

If this is the kind of entrance Khan and his performers want to make, then I am all for it. Pro wrestling is moving the needle a bit from the monopoly of the McMahons with NJPW, ROH and the NWA grabbing the attention of fans – away from the stale and pungent feel of what WWE has offered ahead of the Money in the Bank PPV. If anything, there is an injection of adrenaline in a business that has been on life support in some circumstances since the last day WCW was in operation and Billionaire Ted gave in to the struggles of trying to get it right on a weekly basis.

Per Joseph Staszewski,” The deal marks the first time wrestling will appear on TNT since the final “WCW Monday Nitro” on March 26, 2001, and officially puts AEW in competition with WWE for prime-time television ratings.”

My son wasn’t two yet and I was on my first wife at the time.

Now comes the fun of seeing what Khan, who is a huge wrestling fan and part owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will do with top-level talent (Cody, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Guns and Britt Baker to name a few) at his disposal.

If the branding and storylines follow that of the old NWA with a splash of WCW from the early 1990s mixed in, then Khan and his venture have a chance to rock the wrestling boat. No one is going to knock McMahon off his lofty perch. But the programming and promotion can offer hardened fans a chance to see their old favorites weekly.

What AEW did by making the announcement in grand style is deliver a message to WWE, which signifies this is an upstart that isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. It was the right time with the right company backing them.

It’s time to see if the McMahon old guard is as solid as it once was or can the little engine that could make a dent in a business monopolized for too long.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Smackdown (5/14/19)

They had Kayla Braxton interview Lars Sullivan. Really.

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WWE Smackdown is in London this week, and it’s the go home SD Live for Money In The Bank. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is on the horizon, and the WWE Smackdown side takes it home in dramatic fashion. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Andrade

Andrade is the man. Seriously, he’s taken tranquilo to the main shows in WWE, and it shows in such a good way. I still wish he was on Raw where he’d be given more opportunity, but he still makes the most out of each moment. Despite the “tranquilo” attitude I referred to, every thing he does actually has far more intensity than almost anyone else not named Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, or Roman Reigns. Traditional thinking means a win here won’t lead to a Money In The Bank briefcase retrieval, but if I was booking the show he’d leave Money In The Bank with the WWE Championship.


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The Second Star: Kayla Braxton

These assholes had Kayla Braxton, a mixed-race female, interview Lars Sullivan? LARS SULLIVAN? I don’t know what idiot made that decision, but they need some special training of their own. Kayla, of course, handled it like the true professional she is. But I’m biased, because I love Kayla Braxton.


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The First Star for WWE Smackdown: Kevin Owens

I am so glad Kevin Owens didn’t stay babyface for long. He’s more than a natural heel–he’s a spectacular heel. He told the truth to Kofi (“reality begins…reality ends this Sunday”) and it worked. He answered Kofi’s babyface challenge, but walked away multiple times, which was long enough to make Sami Zayn’s attack unpredictable. He’s fat, looks dirty, and wrestles in a t-shirt. But he’s so good while doing it. Kevin Owens is the heel we all need, in an era where it’s hard to be a true heel.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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