Does NXT return to the usual quality product it has been in the past? Bobby lets us know how good, bad or ugly it was.
NXT last week was ridiculous, only in the worst way possible. A horrendous use of 2 hours that could have been jam packed with the best action possible, was filled with a corny award show and it really sucked. This week we have potential to get back to normal, we hope.
Johnny Gargano Promo
Gargano was talking a lot of trash, and has some high hopes, but when he started jawing about Ricochet, the man himself with the belt in hand obliged. Johnny Wrestling, no, Johnny Takeover is talking about taking the North American Championship but Ricochet is having none of that. Apparently, the NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa also had something to say on the topic, as well as surprisingly Aleister Black. Aleister Black made the lights go out and then did his best to make Ciampa fade to black. While all of the chaos ensued, Gargano being the opportunist he is, superkicked the North American Champion Ricochet in the face. I hope WWE Main Roster took notes. This was a successful opening segment, and a Good way to open.
Nikki Cross vs. Bianca Belair
Nikki Cross is certifiably insane, and it will be interesting how she is used on the Main Roster, as she is super talented and unique. Bianca Belair is being pushed to the max, and seems unstoppable. A win over Cross could be huge. Belair destroyed cross, full of stiff shots and an impressive display of power. Very few have beaten up Cross as easy as Belair did this week. Of course Nikki Cross doesn’t lay down for anyone, she tried to fight back reversing an impressive “stall suplex.” Nikki tried but it was short lived, and she just couldn’t contain the powerful Bianca Belair. Nikki Cross hit her “fishermen neckbreaker” but Bianca smartly rolled out of the ring. Cross gave chase but got crushed on the ramp. After almost a double countout the two warriors duked it out in the ring. Cross got the upper hand briefly. Ultimately Belair hit the “KOD” for the impressive victory. All Good here, as usual, Belair is continuing to climb the ladder to the top.
EC3 vs. Adam Cole
EC3 is incredibly talented. He spent so much time in Impact/TNA and was essentially their “John Cena.” Once up in the Main Roster we can only hope for the dream match to happen. Adam Cole is straight gold! He simply is just awesome! This is a hell of a match even for NXT. Clean, entertaining match. EC3 chopped Cole harder and louder than I have ever heard, it just echoed. Of course the action went back and forth. Cole is so sharp and EC3 is almost unstoppable. This was just nonstop. Even when they rested it looked Good. EC3 had it in the bag but of course Undisputed couldn’t let their golden boy lose and interfered giving way to Adam Cole hitting a “Superkick” and “The Shot” for the victory. Undisputed then beat the hell out of EC3 until the War Raiders ran in for the save. The War Raiders demolished Undisputed. Pure dominance from the big guys.
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel def. Stanley Watts & Hector Kunsman
A lot of names not known to the masses. That is what NXT is all about though, opportunity. This match was okay, nothing special. It looked like a typical “indie show” style match. Not NXT worthy however. Watts was a great highflyer, and with his size got thrown around all over the ring. Aichner and Barthel had a sick finisher, a last ride into a German suplex. Aichner and Barthel Win! This just wasn’t that Good.
THE UGLY: N/A
Overall: Of course back to regular action we had a Great show. NXT is a superior product and always a joy, well except last week. Great matches, great storytelling, and extremely great talent!
What a successful week for the WWE/NXT product. GOOD job all around. It was a pleasure to watch. If this is what having real competition (although it hasn’t even started yet) we are in for a real treat. Once things get kicked off with AEW it is no telling how big WWE will and can get. See you next week with more of your favorite articles, and of course The Good, Bad and Ugly!
Carol: Why Brock Lesnar Will Win At WWE Wrestlemania
What if Brock wins?
Will Seth Rollins slay the beast at WWE WrestleMania, or will Brock Lesnar walk out the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion? Carol thinks the latter.
WrestleMania is less than three weeks away and while everyone’s attention is on Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair, there’s one title match that has slipped everyone’s mind. The Universal Championship match between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar is a high-profile fight that hasn’t received that much attention. The reason is due to Lesnar’s part-time schedule. Since the Royal Rumble, Lesnar has only appeared on RAW twice and that was to attack Rollins.
Rollins has done everything he can to get fans invested in the feud. He’s delivered heartfelt promos while also doing verbal spats with Paul Heyman about why Lesnar doesn’t deserve the championship. Heading into WrestleMania, Rollins is heavily favored to win and end Lesnar’s reign as champion. Fans have become frustrated with Lesnar being a part-time champion and will be cheering when he loses. However, WWE fans shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.
History Repeats Itself?
WWE is well-known to do stupid stuff and come WrestleMania, I have a feeling they’ll have Brock retain. There are a couple of reasons behind my theory. The first one has to do with the uncertainty of Brock’s future with WWE. Every year around this time, there’s reports questioning Brock’s career plans. Just as fans get excited about the prospect of Brock leaving for UFC, he inks a new deal to stay with WWE. This year, I don’t see things changing when it comes to Lesnar’s status with the company. Brock is one of Vince’s top guys and with new competition popping up; Mr. McMahon is going to do everything to keep his wrestlers from leaving. Brock’s incentives could include more money and a longer reign as Universal Champion.
Health Issues For Rollins
The other reason for Lesnar going over at WrestleMania is Seth’s health. Rollins has been having issues with his back, which has kept him off of house shows. Recently, he wrestled on RAW and showed that he was still in top form heading into WrestleMania. However, Seth’s back issues could be a concern for WWE officials, and that may very well play into their plan of whether Rollins wins the Universal Championship.
The Big Dog Is Back
The last reason to be concerned about the match has to do with the return of Seth’s Shield brother Roman Reigns. Prior to announcing his battle with leukemia, Reigns was the Universal Champion and was feuding with Brock. With Reigns now healthy and has returned to wrestling, Vince may decide to resume the Roman vs Brock feud, with Reigns conquering the beast and reclaiming the championship. If any of these scenarios were to happen, it would be unfair to Seth.
Rollins has had a phenomenal year and there’d be no better way to cap it off by having him win the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. But given how notorious WWE is for swerving fans, it wouldn’t be surprising if we had another outcome like last year’s WrestleMania. My advice to WWE fans is to prepare for the worst when it comes to WrestleMania, because odds are that Brock Lesnar’s reign as Universal Champion will continue.
Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (3/18/19)
Who delivered the biggest performances of the night on Raw?
Greg DeMarco brings the Three Stars of The Night back with the March 18 episode of WWE Raw from Chicago!
Raw was live from Chicago, on the Road To WrestleMania, and it seemed like the perfect night to revive the Three Stars! I mean, it’s a mega city for the company and a very important Raw. I figured the entire roster would step up in a huge way. I was wrong…
But we did get a packed WWE Raw, including Kurt Angle’s opponent being revealed as Baron Corbin, Beth Phoenix officially returning to the ring, and the heat being turned to 11 on Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins. Now, it’s Three Stars time…shall we?
The Third Star: Leo Rush
I know people find Lio Rush annoying, and it means he’s doing his job. In reality, he delivers in a big way on a weekly basis, making Bobby Lashley more relevant and usually putting in a great in-ring performance. This week was no different, especially when he was selling for Braun Strowman. Bobby Lashley also let it happen to Lio Rush, which is another way Lio delivered–letting Lashley’s character develop even further. Hate on Lio Rush if you must, but he continues to enhance Bobby Lashley’s entire act on a weekly basis.
The Second Star: Elias
Few people have a better grasp on their character than Elias (Alexa Bliss being one of them), and he’s gotten it to a point where it’s effortless. To me, that means we may see a big push coming for him after WrestleMania. In this segment he delivered a strong promo, interacted brilliantly with Alexa, got the desired reactions out of the crowd, and perfectly foreshadowed a WrestleMania interruption that very well might be John Cena. Count me in as walking with Elias.
Honorable Mention: Paul Heyman, Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey, and Sasha Banks
And now… a distinction usually reserved
for the top performer of the night …the first star!
The First Star: Seth Rollins
If there was any question who has taken up the mantle of leading WWE Raw, it should be answered now. Seth Rollins delivered in a big way on Raw. Last year he carried things as Intercontinental Champion, and I think he’s more than ready to be the Universal Champion. I look forward to seeing his run, with opponents like Drew McIntyre waiting in the wings after WrestleMania.
But can I put in for a Rollins vs. Batista program post-WrestleMania? Please? Nothing would make me happier than seeing Big Dave put Seth over before heading back to Hollywood.
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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