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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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NXT Minus 6: The Most Pointless Match Ever

There are some things Brad really enjoyed, and others that made no sense. Do you agree with his assessments?

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Not just pointless. It was Charles Barkley turrible. 

Dexter Lumis - NXT Entrance (15-04-20) - YouTube

6. Dexter Lumis is in dire need of a makeover. Since his debut two years ago, the only thing that’s changed is the possible addition of new arm tattoos. Great athlete. Deceptively agile. No depth to his character. He is the worst thing you can be in wrestling. Boring. 

POLLOCK'S REVIEW: NXT UK 10/24 feat. Fans revolting on Zack Gibson

5. Zack Gibson strikes again. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain are Shrek and Donkey. Savage! Gibson is on the mic what Wade Barrett needs to be. I like watching him wrestle. I love listening to him talk. 

NXT Next Week: WWE Women's Tag Team Titles Will Be On The Line 4. How good was it to hear Shayna Baszler’s music again in NXT? I am cranked to 11 for the women’s tag team title match. So many stories. Baszler and Dakota Kai have a long history. Raquel Gonzalez and Nia Jax, the two biggest, baddest bitches in WWE are out to prove who is the alpha bitch. Titles on the line. Baszler’s homecoming. Kai’s shot at validation. I’m smelling MOTY contender.

Xia Li reacts after gruesome double attack on this week's WWE NXT

3. I am fully and deeply committed to the notion that Xia Li is the baddest person in the entire NXT locker room, male or female. Madame Li, I will never get on your bad side. If I accidentally cross that line, I will change my name and flee the unidentified state in which I currently reside. Un-Lished.  

2. That thing between Santa Claus Ice Cream Bar and Doomsday Saito was possibly the most pointless match ever. The feud was based on nothing. Why is a heavyweight going after a cruiserweight? Why do they continue to pretend Ice Cream Bar is a cruiser when he clearly isn’t? How does Saito survive a 3-on-1 beat down to pop up fresh as a daisy and get the victory? It dragged on and on and on and on and on and on and on, clocking in at just under 92 hours. Let us never speak of this match again. No, it doesn’t get a pic. 

WWE NXT results – 24/02/2021 (No DQ match, NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai in action) » FirstSportz

1. This week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling goes to…unidentified camera man! I’m on my couch, digging Leon Ruff’s entrance. BTW, his music kicks all kinds of ass. Ruff is hanging on the ropes, loving life, when BAM! Kick to the head from Swerve Scott. I was genuinely surprised, never saw it coming, because the camera man was fully focused on Ruff, and so was I. Nice work, unidentified camera man.  


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Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments

Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?

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The Miz WWE

This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!

Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.

Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!

5. Main Eventing WrestleMania

The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.

4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler

Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.

2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.

3. The First MITB Cash-In

You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.

People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.

What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.

2. Feuding with The King

A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.

Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.

It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.

I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.

Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse

You knew I had to mention this, right?

1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan

I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.

None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.

This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.


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