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The Good, Bad and Ugly NXT (3/6/19)

After a disappointing Raw and SmackDown, NXT is ready to fight! Usually good, rarely bad and basically never ugly, Bobby breaks it down!

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After a disappointing Raw and SmackDown, NXT is ready to fight! Usually good, rarely bad and basically never ugly, Bobby breaks it down!

The almost always Good brand has another jam packed episode this week and has a Takeover coming up with the Champ himself out of it due to surgery and long term I.R.  Although it is disappointing to lose Ciampa, it will be fireworks watching how NXT solves their problem.  Oh and one more little tidbit.  Let the Dusty Rhodes Classic begin!  Let’s get down to ringside!

GOOD

Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel

Ricochet and Black the new main roster legends are back home in their respective NXT ring.  Facing a couple of brutes this will not be a quick or easy match no matter how unstoppable this team is.  Expect a ton of “NXT” chants tonight starting here.  Aichner and Barthel really made themselves known by just destroying the fan favorites.  Black especially got a taste of what Aichner and Barthel can do as he was isolated for the majority of the match.  Ricochet finally got the tag and went off.  Nonstop flying and spectacle, he delivered his usual show.  Crazy move sets and spots and of course the usual Ricochet style.  Barthel tried to mount a comeback with Aichner and made some ground getting a few close falls.  Ultimately it was Ricochet and Black that got the edge.  Although Aichner simply brutalized Black on the finish it was a “Black Mass” that got the victory!  Big opening match and big start to a great looking tournament. 

Lorcan and Burch vs. Forgotten Sons (Cutler and Blake w/ Jaxson Riker)

Lorcan and Burch are pure talent and grit.  They are a tag team from another planet that is so Good it makes fans crazy.  An overlooked team but the matches they have put on have been exemplary.  As expected this was physical and back and forth.  Both teams can give and take a beating.  Lorcan got teamed up on and could not get any steam.  The Forgotten Sons did a great job using their chemistry as a tag team and keeping a fresh guy in.  Burch finally got the tag and it was on!  Burch took full control and relentlessly fought both men.  Lorcan didn’t get a a lot of rest but got a tag that he just wasn’t ready for.  Blake took advantage taking out Burch.  Cutler had what seemed to be an easy win but Lorcan went berserk.  Forgotten Sons couldn’t finish Lorcan, he just kept fighting.  Burch got the headbutt breaking up a sure win submission.  Locan tagged Burch in again completely fresh.  Forgotten Sons again tried but could not take the fight out of their scrappy opponents.  Finally they hit a double team that Lorcan couldn’t kick out of, Forgotten Son’s for the Win!  Good Match!

The North American Champion- Velveteen Dream

Always a pleasure to see Dream on live NXT.  The N.A. Champ is the man and a future Main Eventer.  He is completely unique and has complete “It” factor.  Just puffing his chest out as expected, when the “King of Bros” Matt Riddle interrupts.  Riddle is interested in Dream’s new hardware but Dream is always game.  Dream reminded the new star that “the spotlight” is on him, literally.  Great little heater and promo for what could be a Good upcoming feud.

Mustache Mountain vs. Street Profits

Street Profits absolutely killed it last week, they were on fire from beginning to end.  The energy was outstanding.  Mustache Mountain should be able to only enhance this.  The crowd was split surprisingly as it would seem the red hot Street Profits would be more popular.  Mustache Mountain was in tandem hitting big tag team moves and trying to keep the pace.  Street Profits hit hard and gave their own set of moves.  A lot of back and forth and awesome tag team action.  A lot of screaming and build up later and it was Bate that took full control for Mustache Mountain.  It looked over but Dawkins raw power made it interesting.  Bate was all but finished but again kicked out!  Street Profits got frustrated and eventually outdone.  Mustache Mountain shocks everyone with the Win!  This wasn’t perfect but far from Bad.  Good match! 

The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) w/ Adam Cole vs. “DIY” Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano

This is just going to be un-freaking real!  We had a story, we had striking, wrestling and a hell of a show from everyone involved.  Bobby Fish is incredible and the more we see the better for the show.  Ciampa looked vicious like he had nothing to lose, just completely comfortable as the Heavyweight Champion.  Both teams know each other so well, we have history and superior skill.  This type of match is special especially on a non-Takeover setting.  Undisputed Era finally singled out Gargano but again nothing is forever.  Gargano finally got the tag in and Ciampa took out both members of Undisputed Era by himself.  Neither team would quit as both always want to win at any cost.  The ending was nuts, back and forth just insanity.  Again the caliber on display here is top notch!  Undisputed Era did everything in their arsenal to finish off DIY/Ciampa but after uncountable near falls it was finally a “Meet me in the Middle” DIY Double Team for the huge win!  Interesting to see what will happen with Ciampa!  This was awesome!  Great show.  War Raiders with their belts came out just to get a peak at the possible big opponents when all is said and done. 

BAD and UGLY- sorry but nothing sucked, again.

FINAL

Good- 5

Bad- 0

Ugly- :dust:

Overall

It’s so hard to suck when you have extremely talented Superstars with something to prove every week, and writing teams and bookers who kill it!  NXT is Good, they are Great in fact.  There is no agenda, no bias, NXT just kills it every week, and with a huge WrestleMania Takeover coming up, expect the heat to only explode!

Losing Ciampa sucks but it still shows how deep the talent is, as it will just give another mega talent a shot at a huge match in a huge event.  WWE had a Good week, it wasn’t perfect but everyone did their part.  Fastlane Preview next, then of course Fastlane Sunday Night!  Then no more bs, it’s the 4th Quarter on the way to WrestleMania. 


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Andrew’s AEW Fight for the Fallen 2019 Ratings & Analysis

AEW has another show! Does this feel more like Double or Nothing, or Fyter Fest?

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AEW has another show! Does this feel more like Double or Nothing, or Fyter Fest?

So I’m late to the party here since I get to have a life on occasion too, ya know?!

The Brotherhood facing the Young Bucks is all I’m really invested in, but maybe something will surprise.

Time to get to the show!

Ratings:

  • Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates vs Sonny Kiss: Kiss wins via Kiss is It @5:10 – * 1/2
  • Britt Baker & Riho vs Shoko Nakajima & Bea Priestley: Shoko wins via Hurricanrana @15:40 – **
  • Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin & Joey Janela vs MJF, Shawn Spears & Sammy Guevara: Spears wins via Death Valley Driver @13:10 – *** 1/4
  • Allie vs Brandi: Brandi wins via Bionic Spear @11:00 – * 1/2
  • Dark Order vs Boy and his Dinosaur vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Dark Order win via Fatality @15:15 – ** 1/2
  • Kip Sabian vs Hangman Page: Page wins via Deadeye @19:00 – ***
  • SCU vs Lucha Brothers: Lucha Bros win via Spike Fear Factor @15:00 – *** 1/2
  • CIMA vs Kenny Omega: Omega wins via One Winged Angel @23:00 – *** 3/4
  • The Brotherhood (Cody & Dustin Rhodes) vs The Young Bucks: Bucks win via Meltzer Driver @31:00 – ****

 

Analysis:

This Librarians gimmick is terrible and they know it. I say they know it since on BTE even made mention of Leva being a little delusional by saying everyone loves it and the Jackson’s weren’t expecting that take. Avalon may be an alright hand in the ring, but he’s 5 foot nothing, with a porn stache, a bad gimmick and he was Norv Fernum. Sonny is athletic and quite entertaining, but I’m not sure how far that can take him. Some moves like a Twerk-sault and the Ass Ramming corner spot are just not something mainstream fans will embrace. So I’m more curious to see how the character will evolve. As for the match…it was pretty lame.

Britt might’ve gotten a concussion early on, cause she was talking to the referee often and never seemed quite right, but Bea was a mess. Bea is a hell of a paradox. The better portion of last year in Stardom, she wasn’t good in the least bit, but she seemed to figure it out and was quite good in WOS. Plus she’s current World of Stardom Champion, so that definitely shows growth. But holy man, she was sloppy as hell in this match. Every time Shoko and Riho got some momentum, Britt and Bea would mess it all up. This could’ve been a great match, if it wasn’t embarrassing to watch at moments.

We’ve got a mish-mosh 6 man of faces versus heels, but MJF is mad at Spears for the attack on Cody. Then we’ve got Allin mad at Spears for taking the steam out of his match. Then we’ve got Joey Janela trying to get himself over, and it was a spot that made me groan. Why would you deliver a Death Valley Driver on the apron, then sell like an idiot, call out Jim Cornette, when the finish is a Death Valley Driver? The match was fast paced and fairly fun, but it made no sense aside from the Allin and Spears interactions.

Brandi does the great heel move with bringing out Awesome Kong as insurance, but neither Brandi nor Allie are strong workers…and it showed. A lot of space between moves, bad connections and the way Allie played off of interference or heel tactics just didn’t feel genuine. I do like Brandi winning marred in cheating, it’s very on the nose for how she’s portraying herself. Plus we get Aja Kong to come out and make the save for Allie and insinuate Aja and Awesome may have a match. Aja may be older, but she’s still that old school wrestler type who will rough you up just for fun. That should be good.

Angelico and Evans are nothing but flips. I can’t tolerate that team at all. They have generic heel moments with cliche moves. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy looked like a million bucks. Dark Order is kinda terrible honestly. A few tandem moves looked alright, but generally speaking Dark Order was just boring. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy weren’t hurt by the loss, but they are the ones to care about.

Superbad Sabian and the Hangman was a much better match than I think most initially thought. The pace got slowed down at different points, but the moves made sense and both men really got the story through. Sabian went after the injured knee since he’s a flier but also has technical proficiency. Hangman proved himself to still be a resilient babyface for people to rally behind against the egotistical dickhead Jericho.

So when Jericho sneaks up and attacks Page after the match, it just furthered the story and the fan feeling. Simple yes, but it works well.

SCU and the Luchas were just a solid tag team match. I liked Daniels getting involved after being provoked, Scorpio and Pentagon going back and forth with taunts for a while and Aubrey dropping the glove, were all entertaining moments. A little more gimmick than wrestling at times, but we still got a solid match. No complaints at all.

This CIMA/Omega match started off pretty well like it was building towards a big match. It was a lot of Omega trying to prove who he is and CIMA trying to teach people who HE is. However, it turned into a stupid move spamming match. CIMA finishes people with a Meteora, and he did like 12 of them, it was inane. If anyone got annoyed at Omega hitting 20 V-Triggers, this was the same thing. If it weren’t for the move spam, this would’ve been a damn good match. I was definitely disappointed in CIMA for playing into that spam style, when I’ve seen a good bit of his work and he’s usually better than that. Finishers and false finishes for the sake of having them don’t build suspense.

We get to the main event that BTE and a lot of the IWC were interested in after Cody’s heartfelt promo. The Bucks turned up the visceral aspect by kicking away handshake attempts and spitting at them, so that raised the heat of the match. A bunch of moments in the ring where each team shone with double teams or just stereo spots. Seeing that Dustin and Cody still had some chemistry that it had the Bucks on the ropes was nice. Working on Matt’s left arm was great since Matt has definitely gotten better at selling and being the one to get beat up the most. The Meltzer Driver gets hit on Cody, and the Bucks go over.

It looks like the Bucks wanted to have a moment to put the Rhodes’ over, but then they admit they must be running short on time as other music hits and the check presentation procession comes out.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

This was better than Fyter Fest, but still had it’s own issues. Some matches didn’t have the suspense, some spots were shot awkwardly and then we had some sloppy and stupid stuff. Sure no one lubed up and got thrown in a kiddy pool, but there’s multitudes of stupid things to do.

So yeah, with the Bucks openly admitting to why things seemed off, that’s just comes off as amateurish. Most of the production they can easily get better on by October. But, it’s one thing to have a diverse roster and another to have matches/characters that are just so far out there that casual fans won’t get it or think are just stupid. There’s a reason that “Indy stuff” isn’t seen on national TV.


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Bobby’s Good, Bad and Ugly Extreme Rules 2019 Review

Here we are at WWE Extreme Rules 2019 in Philadelphia PA, an honorable Wrestling city with rich history and very passionate fans. 

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Here we are at WWE Extreme Rules 2019 in Philadelphia PA, an honorable Wrestling city with rich history and very passionate fans. 

We have a very important card tonight with a ton of possible title changes and a lot of potential big moments that can shake the foundation coming up before a major PPV at SummerSlam.  Heyman and Bischoff at the helm of Raw and SmackDown and all of the new things WWE is trying out as of late could make for huge events tonight on what could normally be called a worthless PPV.  Will we see success or will be have the fans crying foul after another let down?  Let’s get down to ringside! 

GOOD

WWE Intercontinental Championship Title Match- Kickoff

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor (C)

Wow, there are going to be a lot of people upset if they aren’t watching the Kickoff.  This is criminally insane to be a Kickoff Match.  Two of the best in WWE, period.  As expected we saw a ton of Good things here.  This had it all!  Strikes, high risk, and a ton of amazing quality Pro Wrestling.  Of course though WWE wasted screen-time on promos for the PPV we are already watching.  As usual when it comes to Balor/Nakamura anyone could take the victory.  Shinsuke hit a well placed “Kinshasa” for the win, and is your new WWE Intercontinental Champion.  Whatever this was it was Good, and I can’t wait to see what is next!

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match- Kickoff

Drew Gulak (C) vs. Tony Nese

205 Live is consistently Good, and consistently overlooked.  They don’t care though, it hasn’t stopped them from clawing and fighting their hearts out every chance they are given.  Gulak was having a homecoming and of course got a hero’s welcome.  This one was red hot, and had a sick energy the entire time.  This is one of the best Kickoff Shows I’ve ever seen and could and should be recognized as elite Professional Wrestling.  The unsung heroes put it all out there, with complete chaos and immense precision in all they do.  I cringed a little when they advertised the Shane match during this.  Back to the match though, nothing slowed them down, it was just all Good.  You never know what you will see with 205 Live.  Masterful match, again, either one could win, Gulak then got a rare moment and hit a Cyclone Crash for the victory, retaining the Cruiserweight Championship! 

No Holds Barred Match

The Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre

Although it is always a great experience seeing the Undertaker I don’t know many who are thrilled about this one.  McIntyre is in a position to have a torch passed on by the big man.  If he takes down Taker, that means he is in line for a major push.  Early on it was very enjoyable, everything was coming on strong.  McIntyre dominating, then Roman dominating, a great dosage of Undertaker.  Taker and McIntyre were more than substantial and great content as was Roman/McIntyre!  We saw some life in the Deadman.  He was going full steam without hesitation, it was amazing to watch!  As it looked over for Shane McMahon, Elias came out of nowhere with a well placed guitar for the save.  Roman dealing with Elias got kicked off the screen by McIntyre.  The numbers were the Undertaker’s demise as Elias, Shane and McIntyre teamed up beating down the Deadman.  Shane put a nail in the coffin hitting Taker with a huge elbow off the top through the announce table.  Then for more carnage Shane hit a Coast to Coast with a garbage can, but Take would not stay down.  The Undertaker sat up, hit a choke-slam on Shane, then Elias.  McIntyre came in hot but was speared by Reigns.  Undertaker then his a match ending Tombstone for the victory.  This was surprisingly a very solid, and a very entertaining, hot match.  Huge opening, and very successful.          

Cesaro vs. Aleister Black

I can’t wait for this one.  We have a winner here.  Watching Aleister Black come out, how soon can we get him vs McIntyre going?  Anyway, just wow here!  This is awesome!  The strikes, the variety and the energy were what WWE needs to be all the time.  We had constant, consistently great action.  Near falls and both guys showing true grit, Aleister Black slammed Cesaro with a perfectly executed Black Mass across the face for the well fought, victory.  This is and was what we need to see, well done WWE. 

WWE Smackdown Women’s Title Handicap Match

Bayley (C) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

As expected we had a 1 sided double team on the Champ, nothing much to write home about but constant action.  Bliss and Cross just dismantled Bayley.  Of course a hero like Bayley doesn’t give up and fought back taking it to both Bliss and Cross and started gaining momentum.  She got Cross and Bliss in a double submission but was bitten by Alexa Bilss to escape.  She then made the save helping Cross escape her hold.  After an ill timed Twisted Bliss Bayley got a break and got Cross down for a huge elbow drop for the win, retaining her SmackDown Women’s Title!  Good showing by a ton of talent! 

Last Man Standing Match

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

These guys are freaks of nature.  Pure athletic phenomena and mega powers.  Where’s the beef?  Right here.  As expected this was brutal.  It went all over the place, which is always awesome to watch.  Lashley really looked solid in this match, completely malicious with every move.  Strowman didn’t hold back at all either and the crowd was on fire for it!  Twisted metal and multiple collisions throughout the arena, this was one hell of a fight.  Strowman hit a devastating powerslam through a stage area and bursted out of the wall, as the Winner and the Last Man Standing.  Hell of a showing by two amazing athletes!  Still flying high in this one.     

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Triple Threat Title Match

Daniel Bryan & Rowan (C) vs. Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Heavy Machinery

Right off the bat, great call letting Bryan and Woods open.  Can’t do it better than that.  Woods was just being destroyed by Rowan and Bryan but got a much needed tag to Otis who danced and kicked ass.  Otis is one entertaining big guy and didn’t disappoint a loud Philly crowd.  Even Big E had issues with the big duo.  Everyone went crazy spilling to the outside, taking turns diving on to the pile of bodies, even both members of Heavy Machinery crashed in.  This was all over the place and could have been anyone’s match.  New Day riding off the beast mode of Big E, slammed The New Daniel Bryan with an Up Up Down Down and are the 6 time Tag Team Champions!  New Day Rocks and this match rocked!

WWE United States Title Match

Ricochet (C) vs. AJ Styles

We don’t deserve this match but I’m happy we got it. Those of you who don’t like to give WWE the proper respect, and that is your right, don’t realize this is the level that is incomparable.  The club got in their licks before the bell even rang which showed the clear lines of heel and face.  We saw precision and mastery of the craft, an actual clinic here.  Ricochet did some unreal moves and just surprises me more and more.  These are two tough guys and just put it all out there every single time.  It just doesn’t get old, this is a fight forever type of deal.  All things must come to an end, AJ Styles hits an impressive Styles Clash off the second turnbuckle and with the help of Anderson and Gallows is your new WWE United States Champion.  This was a great match!  This was another level!  Standing ovation.    

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler

Kevin Owens is simply blazing hot right now.  Ziggler needs this type of fued and a fire Owens possess’ to make an impact.  K.O. isn’t having any of that though, with a Stunner out of no-where, we had an equally quick 3 count for the win.  K.O. went on to drop some more knowledge on his opinions of the distaste of the roster and audience on the normal WWE experience.  K.O is awesome and his firebrand experience is gaining momentum and interest.  This will be Good and I can’t wait to see more.  

WWE Title Match

Kofi Kingston (C) vs. Samoa Joe

Right from the start things didn’t look good for Kofi Kingston.  Joe was precise, vicious and methodical.  He had an answer for every attempt the Champ had.  Joe was unforgiving and brutal to Kofi.  Anything can happen in the WWE and even with all of the cards stacked against the Champ Kofi Kingston shocked everyone and won retaining his title and surviving a severe one sided ass kicking.  Another Good one!  By the way, No Beast in the Bank in sight. 

Winner Take All Mixed Tag Team Match

Seth Rollins (C) & Becky Lynch (C) vs. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans

When The Man comes around I’m watching.  Also Lacey Evans tonight, Wow!  This match with the winner take all is definitely interesting as so many things can happen here.  Not to mention, is Lesnar here?  So much uncertainty going in.  The tandem offense of Lynch and Rollins was Good stuff, and besides some of the early on misfires it rolled pretty smoothly.  Becky Lynch came out hot after Rollins took a ton of punishment and went nuts on Evans.  Lacey Evans is one tough lady.  This had some really Good stuff in it, and gave everyone a hell of a show.  Things looked lost for the Champs, but fought back hitting two huge moves off the ropes through tables onto their opponents.  Corbin still came back almost finishing Rollins off.  Lynch made the save but later was hit with an End of Days by Corbin.  Rollins then snapped on Corbin going crazy hitting him with everything he had.  Rollins wasn’t satisfied with just winning hitting 3 Stomps for the victory!  Out comes Brock Lesnar.

WWE Universal Championship Match- Money In the Bank Cash In

Seth Rollins (C) vs. Brock Lesnar

Lesnar took complete control and dominated Rollins, cashing in the MITB.   F5, Lesnar Wins the Universal Championship!   

BAD

WWE Raw Tag Team Title Match

The Revival (C) vs. The Usos

As far as tag team matches go, this had so much potential going in to be a classic.  The problem is it also had potential to be boring.  We saw a lot of the same old stuff here that we always see, and if any logic exist, this would have been better on the Kickoff show.  Everyone is extremely talented but this just was flat.  Obviously it had some Good moments as guys at this level are bound to do, but nothing special.  Jimmy Uso got the hot tag and took out both members Tag Team Champs, but was Power-bombed by Wilder but came back again.  This was a toss-up, and still super slow and uncoordinated.  The Revival hit a well-timed Shatter Machine, to retain.  Honestly, it was safe, and slow, and the first of the night in the Bad column.  Too Bad.     

UGLY- No!

FINAL

Good- 12

Bad- 1

Ugly- 0

OVERALL- GOOD! Very Good!  This was an extremely successful night for the WWE Brands.  What a show, and a lot to talk about for the future.  This was a solid show almost flawless.  It was fun, and had a ton of variety.  If they can continue this, we have a lot to look forward to in coming weeks. 

Hell of a night for the WWE Universe.  We had ourselves a very satisfying event with a ton to talk about.  This was amazing, and with a lot coming up before a huge event like SummerSlam, I expect WWE programming to be jam packed, NXT included!  Until next time folks, hope you enjoyed!  See you next time only on thechairshot.com.


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