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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE NXT Takeover New York 2019

This has to be all good, right? RIGHT???



Ricochet Aleister Black WWE NXT Takeover New York

The amount of excitement is overwhelming for this card tonight!  NXT will be blowing everyone away!  WrestleMania weekend, NXT Takeover, New York, NOW!

Can anything on this WWE NXT Takeover New York card be anything but good?


NXT Tag Team Championships- The War Raiders (C) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet

Rowe and Hanson, the War Raiders are going to be brutal.  They only want victory and know who and what they have up against them.  Ricochet and Aleister Black are red hot!  This is going to be nuts and what an opening match!  A start full of respect, action and a lot of high flying, including the War Raiders.  War Raiders slowed things down a bit using their massive power and size to take control.  Each team using their strengths to take over the other.  Ricochet’s immense flexibility and unorthodox style gave him a chance to change momentum.  Aleister Black’s ruthless strikes and speed.  Both teams seemed to go back and forth.  Hanson and Ricochet absolutely killed it.  Hanson just going ballistic around the ring, battering Ricochet and Black.  It only got better and harder as it went.  All competitors completely showing their best and destroying each other.  The War Raiders had it won, it was over but Aleister Black broke up the pin with a double stomp.  This was over the top bananas!  Hanson defied all odds and just shined out there.  Aleister Black hit a freakishly sharp Black Mass followed by a Ricochet Shooting Star Press but Hanson broke it up.  Ricochet went for a 630 and missed hard.  Hanson dropped Black on the outside and came in hot but was pressed by Ricochet but regained momentum and hit a series of high impact moves followed by a “Fallout” for the Victory!  This is NXT Takeover and we have just begun!

NXT North American Championship- Velveteen Dream (C) vs. Matt Riddle

Truth be told as there was not a GBU Preshow for this NXT Takeover due to the fact that it is a red hot, amazing show on paper, this was the only match I had even the slightest concern about.  However it went away the minute I saw how ready Riddle and Dream are when they came out.  This will do just fine.  Surprisingly Riddle toyed with Dream in the beginning, chopping away at him with kicks and holds.  Riddle looked a lot better, sharper than usual.  This was a big night for both guys but Riddle’s biggest yet.  The Challenger just continuously went at Dream who spent a large part of the match writhing in pain.  Riddle nearly won with a Fisherman’s Brainbuster, but Dream just would not give up.  Riddle hit every move, every lock, every hold with precision, but no matter what Dream would get back up.  Dream had to call upon strength he didn’t have.  Velveteen Dream “Hulked up” and finally got some space.  Dream hit Riddle with everything he had but ended up in a tight Ankle Lock.  Dream recovered hit a Dream DDT, Dream Valley Driver but went for an Elbow Drop and ended up in a Bromission.  It didn’t stop Riddle hit a freakish German off the 2nd rope, a Floating Bro, and still couldn’t get the 3 count.  Riddle again at a game ending Bromission but was rolled back into a 3 count!   Velveteen Dream retains in a disgusting match!  NXT Takeover continues to stun! 

NXT UK Championship- Pete Dunne (C) vs. WALTER

As a bit of an outsider with NXT UK I am really intrigued to see what we have here.  Walter looks massive and brutal and Pete Dunne is a legit Champ and Warrior in the ring.  This really has high hopes and unlimited potential.  The crowd shared the enthusiasm and were on fire this whole match.  These are two tough guys but Walter overpowered Dunne.  Walter would counter and pound Dunne beating the life out of him.  Walter would rain chops on Dunne and literally crush and pounce on him.  The Bruiserweight wouldn’t quit and finally came back striking and flying into Walter knocking him out of the ring.  Dunne continued his assault and hit a freakish Sitdown Powerbomb.  Dunne crushed Walter’s insides with a Double Stomp off the top to the outside.  The noise was bothersome.  Somehow, Walter not only got up but hit a huge dropkick and suplex into a powerbomb, but couldn’t get the 3 count.  Walter had the Champ dead in his hands, but Pete Dunne would keep fighting.  It was shear grit that Dunne was even able to stand.  Walter and Dunne were destroyed.  Dunne pumped up, gained momentum, steamrolling the bigger Walter.  The Champion would not let up, the Challenger would counter.  This could have gone to either of them, both men were fighting with everything they had.  Finally it was a a big boot flowed by a sick Powerbomb off the second turnbuckle by Walter that did the trick.  Walter then hit a Big Splash for the 3 count and Victory!  Walter is your New NXT UK Champion!  Absolute Brutality!  Another classic! 

NXT Women’s Championship- Shayna Baszler (C) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Io Shirai vs. Kairi Sane

Historically, the Women’s Championship Match at Takeover is always a treat.  This match will be also.  Everyone here is extremely talented, hungry and ready to go!  So much to love!  All 4 competitors showed up and put it all out there.  Even friends Io Shirai and Kairi Sane went at it and looked great doing it.  Once Bianca Belair got going she beat the hell out of Baszler.  However it was Kairi Sane that leveled Belair and neutralized the powerful foe.  Io Shirai took over and kept the beating going.  It was the raw power of Belair that saved her but Baszler got her wind and went off.  So many high spots all four feeding off of each other’s energy.  The Sky Pirates kept working together and did incredible high spots and displays of agility.  Baszler had the win, then Belair had the win, Io had the Win, and Kairi even came in and almost won.  This was anyone’s match.  Io and Kairi having to hurt one another for the gold, the story and the action was just amazing!  Belair hit a double finisher on the Sky Pirates but it was Shayna Baszler that locked Belair in a Kirifuda Clutch and squeezed her until she tapped.  Shayna Baszler retains!  This was just incredible!  Bravo! 

(2 out of 3 Falls) NXT Heavyweight Championship- Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole

Easily one of the best matches we will see any era anytime.  Gargano and Cole are top tier talents on the biggest stage, with everyone watching for the NXT Championship.  Johnny Gargano is criminally talented and Adam Cole needs no description.  The Crowd, the Audience around the World, pure goosebumps.  This will be talked about for a long time.

With the crowd screaming back and forth we saw some great wrestling action!  A lot of back and forth and counters, feeling each other out.  They worked at an appropriate pace for a Championship, Main Event Match.  Adam Cole kept control for a bit but Johnny Wrestling kept it interesting with little pops of offense and would not quit.  Like clockwork, a second wind filled these guys and again they just went back and forth, one move to the next! Finally, Adam Cole devastated Gargano and got the first fall!

The action didn’t let up though, after Cole came back at Gargano.  Johnny Wrestling turned up the heat and started kicking around Adam Cole.  Cole wouldn’t let up however and kept coming back, taking control at every turn.  Gargano surprisingly would come out of no-where and destroy Adam Cole with huge moves.  Gargano had Cole counted out but broke up the count and paid for it, as Cole punished him on the outside after a freakish DDT on the apron.  Gargano finally trapped Adam Cole making him tap for Gargano’s first fall.

After what was already done and seen here we all knew the third fall would be lunacy.  This was a straight fight!  Back and forth and outdoing each other!  This is the top caliber stuff that we dream of.  Either man could have won, Adam Cole had Gargano, Gargano had Cole.  Bloody, hurt, tired and barely able to continue, these guys would not stop.  Gargano should have had the match one after a brutal series of offense but Cole still kept going.  It was the series of moves, mirroring each other and finally capping it off with superkicks.  This whole thing became unhinged.  We saw it all, no end in sight, and no one was complaining.  Adam Cole tried to win by countout and Gargano got back in.  Cole SuperKicked his head off and still couldn’t finish Gargano.  Gargano had it locked but Undisputed Era attacked and pounced Gargano as the ref was knocked out.  Adam Cole still couldn’t pin Gargano. Gargano then launched Cole onto his brothers taking them all out in style.  Johnny Wrestling then running to the ring got devastated by Adam Cole with kicks and strikes but still only a two count.  Gargano with no energy left locked in a Gargano Escape for the Win!  Johnny Takeover is your NEW NXT CHAMPION!  This was spectacular and now the best out there has his strap.  Congrats to everyone on a spectacular night!  Johnny Wrestling you are insane!        

BAD and UGLY have been disqualified!


  • Good- 5, Everything, the whole time, the whole Takeover!
  • Bad and Ugly- Lost Big Time!


FANTASTIC!  GOOD!  Whatever you want to call it, it was pure fire.  NXT Takeover exceeded expectations that were astronomical as it was, Enough Said. 

As always WWE Main Roster has their work cut out for them but hopefully they are inspired by what they saw.  They put it out there, they succeeded.  NXT continues to set the bar where it needs to be.  NXT is Great for Wrestling!  Catch you soon for the biggest night in Professional Wrestling, although we already saw the best, WrestleMania for some more Good, Bad and Ugly only on

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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 7/14/2019

HOLY WRESTLING WEEKEND BATMAN! With everything that went on, what did I see and what made the Top 5?



HOLY WRESTLING WEEKEND BATMAN! With everything that went on, what did I see and what made the Top 5?

Well let’s not mess around too much since we’ve got a lot to break down. Our June match of the month was a two horse race, but one did end up winning without any controversy.

Updated Match of the Year Pool:

  • January – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • February – NXT Halftime Heat: Ricochet, Aleister Black & Velveteen Dream vs Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
  • March – Stardom: Wonder of Stardom Title Match: Jungle Kyona vs Momo Watanabe (c)
  • April – WrestleMania 35: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan (c)
  • May – AEW Double or Nothing: Cody Rhodes vs Dustin Rhodes
  • June – NJPW BOSJ 26 Finals Day: BOSJ 26 Finals: Shingo Takagi vs Will Ospreay

So there we go. The BOSJ Finals that blew away many that saw it, still resonated well with voters. So we have our first iteration of the same company getting a second match, but still none of the wrestlers yet.

Now what won last week, as the first match of July? Impact Wrestling Slammiversary: Impact World Championship: Brian Cage (c) vs Michael Elgin, took the first match slot of July.

Since we had so many shows this weekend, there was a draw, so we’ve got 6 matches this week in the interest of fairness.


5t. NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Block A: SANADA vs Will Ospreay

From My Analysis:
Well now, this went back and forth quite a bit. SANADA proved his athleticism, Ospreay proved that he can hang with heavyweights and it was close the whole time. The only really awful spot was Ospreay slipping out of the Paradise Lock. There’s a gimmick there, and we don’t need the allure of it to be cheapened for a dumb flip spot. Aside from that worthless moment, the match was really wrestled well and SANADA had a few attempts at victory. SANADA’s constant desire to use the Moonsault still proves to be his downfall. He really needs a new move.

Winner: Ospreay via Stormbreaker

Rating: ****


5t. AEW Fight for the Fallen: The Brotherhood (Cody & Dustin Rhodes) vs The Young Bucks

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
The Bucks have Dustin alone and they know it. Fans rally up behind Dustin as he throws hands on both Bucks! He gives jab after jab, and pumps it up like daddy did! Dirty birds for Matt, bionic backhands for Nick! But then a SUPERKICK in return! Shining Wizard to Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Fans duel again as Matt grits his teeth. Matt runs at Dustin in the corner but gets a kick. Dustin hops on for a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Dustin still feels it. Dustin tags Cody in and he sends Nick’s kick into Matt. Then Cody SUPERKICKS Nick, grabs Matt, but Nick SUPERKICKS Cody back! The Bucks think, and as Cody stands again, they give him DOUBLE SUPERKICKS to the back! Cover, but Dustin breaks it!

The Rhodes regroup, as do the Bucks. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as the Rhodes both stand together. The Bucks rush them, to steal the uppercuts! But then they get SUPERKICKS from the Rhodes! To give them back! Stolen Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives his own move, but the Bucks are not done. Nick FLIES onto Dustin, then coordinates with Matt. Matt gut wrenches, Nick springboards, MELTZER DRIVER! Cover, the Young Bucks win!

Winner: Bucks via Meltzer Driver

Rating: ****


4. NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 2: Block B: Tomohiro Ishii vs Jeff Cobb

From My Analysis:
HOSS FIGHT! Big boys do big boy things and it was great. Chop exchanges, suplexes and both men putting the other through hell. Each favored their backs at different points, which made sense with all the punishment and suplexes both we dolling out. This definitely felt like it could go either way and that’s always a great vibe. Cobb never hit Tour of the Islands, so it was well protected.

Winner: Ishii via Vertical Spike Brainbuster

Rating: ****


3. WWE Extreme Rules: United States Championship: AJ Styles vs Ricochet (c)

Snippet From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Styles goes to suplex but Ricochet counters with a swinging neckbreaker! But Styles still lifts Ricochet for a brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again but fans know “This is Awesome!” Styles slowly gets up and drags Ricochet over to a corner. Styles hauls Ricochet up top but Ricochet fights back. They brawl and Styles rocks Ricochet. Styles climbs up to join Ricochet but Ricochet fights back again. Ricochet slaps Styles off the top and adjusts position. But Styles is right back up, only to get a hotshot from Ricochet! Ricochet climbs back up, springboard shooting star! Cover, but Styles has a foot under the rope! Anderson points it out and the count is off!

Ricochet can’t believe how close he was, but he vows to wrap it up. He drags Styles to a drop zone, climbs up top, but Anderson runs over. Ricochet leaps over him and BOOTS Anderson down! But this distraction allows Gallows to trip Ricochet! Ricochet is stuck on the corner and Styles takes advantage, with an IMPLODING STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: Styles via Avalanche Styles Clash

Rating: **** 1/4


Honorable Mentions:

NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Block A: KENTA vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Winner: KENTA via Go 2 Sleep
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE Extreme Rules: SmackDown Tag Team Titles: The New Day vs Heavy Machinery vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan (c)
Winner: New Day via Midnight Hour
Rating: *** 3/4
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 2: Block B: Juice Robinson vs Shingo Takagi
Winner: Juice via Pulp Friction
Rating: *** 3/4
AEW Fight for the Fallen: CIMA vs Kenny Omega
Winner: Omega via One Winged Angel
Rating: *** 3/4
WWE Extreme Rules: Raw Tag Team Titles: The Revival (c) vs The Usos
Winner: Revival via Shatter Machine
Rating: *** 1/2
AEW Fight for the Fallen: SCU vs Lucha Brothers
Winner: Lucha Bros via Spike Fear Factor
Rating: *** 1/2
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Block A: EVIL vs Kota Ibushi
Winner: EVIL via Everything is Evil
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Extreme Rules: Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre
Winner: Undertaker via Tombstone
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Extreme Rules: Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Finn Balor:
Winner: Nakamura via Kinshasa
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Extreme Rules: Aleister Black vs Cesaro
Winner: Black via Black Mass
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Fight for the Fallen: Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin & Joey Janela vs MJF, Shawn Spears & Sammy Guevara
Winner: Spears via Death Valley Driver
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Extreme Rules: WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Samoa Joe
Winner: Kofi via Trouble in Paradise
Rating: *** 1/4
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Block A: Bad Luck Fale vs Lance Archer
Winner: Archer via EBD Claw Hold
Rating: ***
WWE Raw: 2 out of 3 Falls: The Miz & The Usos vs The Revival & Elias
Winner: Miz & Usos 2-1
Rating: ***
AEW Fight for the Fallen: Kip Sabian vs Hangman Page
Winner: Page via Deadeye
Rating: ***
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 2: Block B: Jon Moxley vs Taichi
Winner: Moxley via Deathrider
Rating: ***
IMPACT!: Kiera Hogan vs Jordynne Grace vs Madison Rayne
Winner: Grace via Grace Driver
Rating: ***
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
Winner: Suzuki via Gotch Style Piledriver
Rating: ***
WWE SmackDown: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Finn Balor
Winner: Shinsuke via Kinshasa
Rating: ***
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 2: Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr vs Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
Winner: Sabre via Cross Arm Breaker
Rating: ***
WWE Extreme Rules: Extreme Rules Winners Take All Raw Women’s & Universal Championships Match: Becky Lynch (c) & Seth Rollins (c) vs Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans
Winner: Rollins via Stomp
Rating: ***


2. NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 3: Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs Zack Sabre Jr

From My Analysis:
Okada has the amazing ability to wrestler his opponent’s style of match. Sabre stretched him and tried to break him, but Okada fended off every attempt. We saw numerous counters, submissions and great wrestling. Okada’s Rolling Rainmaker to set up the traditional Rainmaker is always a fun transition. Awesome match.

Winner: Okada via Rainmaker

Rating: **** 1/4


1. NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 2: Block B: Jay White vs Hirooki Goto

From My Analysis:
Jay White hasn’t taken Goto seriously, like the better portion of New Japan fans. White put on some great heel work, from his interactions with Gedo, to being a step ahead with a beaming shit eating grin the whole time. Goto showed the heart and resolve that he used to be well known for. Most people who became fans over the last 4 years or so, know Goto as a good hand but to never accomplish anything really. This could finally be a return to the form he had a while ago when he was considered on equal footing with Nakamura and Tanahashi. Damn great effort from both wrestlers.

Winner: Goto via GTR

Rating: **** 1/4



Well even though I missed the Evolve show because of having plans on Saturday, I think I caught enough of the quality shows. The Rhodes’ story is something I’ve been finding entertaining, but watching Jay White’s character evolve is great too. So my vote will go to Jay White vs Hirooki Goto.

Goto showing a possible resurgence and White continuing to grow are all great things so early in this G1 Climax tournament.

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Global Junior Tag League has started! Hisame let’s us know what’s going on in Pro Wrestling NOAH!




Global Junior Tag League has started! Hisame let’s us know what’s going on in Pro Wrestling NOAH!

After a long break in which it was thought that due to the silence coming from the roster, they had all gone on a short summer break, NOAH returned on the 12th July to hold a show in Tokorozawa.

In Global Junior Tag League, YO-HEY defeated Junta Miyawaki (although he did praise him afterwards in a rambling promo), and Chris Ridgeway defeated fellow STINGER, Kotaro Suzuki by making him tap.

Minoru Tanaka vs Daisuke Harada for Global Junior League, was the main event of the evening, and what a match it was. They pulled everything out of every drawer they had, Tanaka worked on Harada’s knee, while Harada worked on the neck. The match went to a thirty minute draw, and both spoke afterwards about it. Minoru Tanaka says that he won today, and he will win the league. He also mentioned that he wants to see more junior matches main event shows.

Daisuke Harada said that he would not let “that stranger” win, and he would challenge for the belt again, whether the fans liked it or not.

Takashi Sugiura and Hajime Ohara took on Masao Inoue and Kinya Okada, and there was the usual amusing Inoue\Sugiura interplay. Earlier in the evening, joining in with Marufuji not remembering Kenoh’s name, and vice versa, Takashi Sugiura joined in, but changed it so that he couldn’t remember Masao Inoue’s name. Inoue is a sufferer of gout, and naturally Sugiura targeted his foot by keeping him in the ankle lock after Kinya Okada had tapped, and then when his arms were lifted in victory, he continued stamping on Inoue’s foot.

Speaking of Marufuji and Kenoh, Kenoh (when the team of Marufuji, Yoshinari Ogawa, Hiroshi Yamato and Keisuke Ishii took on Kongoh), timed it just right when Marufuji bounced into the ring, landed and turned so that he was there waiting for him, and they both got in each others face. Inamura was chopped to ribbons.

As Go Shiozaki was still absent (he will return to the ring on the 15th), Katsuhiko Nakajima came to the ring carrying both of the tag belts. As he said at the match signing which took place on the 13th June, he was preparing more for the GHC Heavyweight than the singles, and so he started the match off against Kaito Kiyomiya. However, it wasn’t Nakajima who took the win, but Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Hi69.


Tokorozawa City Gymnasium, Sub Arena (12th July 2019)
Post match promos – 12th July 2019

Current Global Junior League Scores (as of July 14th 2019)


Minoru Tanaka 5
Daisuke Harada 3
Yoshinari Ogawa 2
Tadasuke 2
Junta Miyawaki 0


Chris Ridgeway 4
Hajime Ohara 2
Hitoshi Kumano 2
Kotaro Suzuki 0
Hi69 0



In keeping in the theme of using pets on merchandise (a silhouette of one of Hitoshi Kumano’s little French Bulldog appeared on the back of one of his t-shirts, and Akitoshi Saito had a cat t-shirt) continued when NOAH put the head of Takashi Sugiura’s beloved Shiba Inu on a t-shirt, complete with dog tags which read “company dog”. Naturally, this was a shot at Kongoh (in specific Kenoh, as he is the only one who speaks), who are currently feuding with The Sugiura Army, and the use of the phrase “Company dog” (i.e. someone who does his masters bidding unquestionably, comes goes, fetches, wags tail etc).

The t-shirt will be released on the 15th July at Korakuen Hall, with mail order to follow (a white version is also available).

Naomichi Marufuji has started illustrating a comic for “Weekly Pro”. The comic is a condensed version of his autobiography, “Heir To The Ark”, and starts off with his childhood growing up in Saitama with three older brothers, and wrestling with them which inspired his love of the sport. The comic starts off with two of his brothers arguing about who they are going to be, then they tell little Marufuji that they feel sorry for him, as being the youngest and the smallest, he is going to get it from them (which he did in reality), and Marufuji fighting back by saying that Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) is strong.

You can find an ongoing translation on my blog.


The main event for TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2 will be Hideki Suzuki and Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji and Masato Tanaka. Event will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.

Broadcast most likely will be through ABEMA (a Japanese PPV subscription channel, only available to those in Japan).


~ HAYATA’S garden has produced Daikon. YO-HEY celebrated by putting it in his mouth.
~ NOAH held a joint fan birthday party for Kaito Kiyomiya and Junta Miyawaki. Miyawaki turned 22 in June, with Kiyomiya turning 23 this month.
~ Naomichi Marufuji says he has a new gown for Korakuen Hall on the 15th June
~ YO-HEY made a summer vacation to see his family in rural Yabu. One of his young nieces asked him if he was married to HAYATA.

NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 12.30am JST

NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+


GHC Heavyweight tag & single championship signing

Picture credit: Noah GHC, PKDK, YO-HEY
GIF credit: Noah GHC

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