Scott Mcleod takes a look at the potential new direction for the Undisputed Era in NXT.
This week we had the typical post-Takeover episode of NXT featuring matches taped prior to Takeover and a lot of recaps. The matches were great as usual but not a lot to talk about. There were a few title match announcements for the next couple of weeks but better to talk about them when they happen. However there was some brief but interesting footage with the Undisputed Era. Obviously furious that Gargano managed to fend all 4 of them in the main event, Cole was throwing a lot of blame, particularly at Roderick Strong. Footage cuts when Cole spots the camera man.
In storyline, the Era should be disappointed that Cole didn’t win despite having the numbers advantage. This is an interesting direction to go if they’re planning on having dissension between Strong & Cole. Too early to tell where this will go but I hope it doesn’t lead to the full split of the Undisputed Era. They’re the best faction WWE has had in a long time and they deserve a run on the main roster before any sort of break-up angle.
At most, you could have Strong leave the group and they carry onto the main roster with the original trio. Having said that, I’d rather they eventually resolve their issues and Strong remains part of the group. As good of a wrestler he is, Strong’s character work hasn’t been the best. He started as a generic face before those vignettes about his backstory helped flush out his character. However they didn’t go very far with it so joining the Undisputed Era was the best thing he could have done.
He & O’Reilly jelled together as a team better than anyone could have expected and Heel Strong is much more entertaining than Face Strong. I’d hate to see Strong go back to that generic good guy character. If he leaves the Era and feuds with Cole, he’ll probably be booed as Cole is more popular despite being the heel. If he goes to the main roster as the face that he was before joining Undisputed Era, he’ll follow the same path as Apollo Crews and Bobby Roode.
NXT Minus 6: Moving Forward
What does the next era of NXT hold?
It’s WWE NXT: We’re moving on. We’re not bitter. We’re happy with what we have.
6. The WWE reeeeeally loves to screw with us. They spend weeks dumping on NXT then kick off a show with a 4.7 star banger?!?!?! Buddy Murphy is a big league striker. He packs a punch far above his weight class. Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream steals another victory. I like where they’re going with him. Shades of the Ultimate Opportunist. Living on the Edge of a Dream?
5. “Charlie Brown finally kicked the football.” Oh Mauro, sometimes you are just too good.
4. Dominik Dijakovic is in desperate need of a save. I have no idea what that promo was. Ancient Wicca prayer? Medieval magnet poetry? He is world class in ring and absolutely floundering on the mic. He’s so bad, it would be an upgrade if Io Shirai was his manager.
3. Speaking of promos, Johnny Champion adds another layer to his story. Johnny Smartass absolutely crushed Adam Cole on the mic. I know they said 2-out-of-3 would be definitive, but if we get Johnny Gargano-Adam Cole part 2 in HIAC or falls count anywhere, I’d find it in my heart to forgive them.
2. Shayna Baszler watches Dark Side of the Ring. She thinks it’s a comedy. She is PURE EVIL. She is as pure of a heel as there is. She is the anti-Ricky Steamboat.
1. I’m trying to overlook how poorly WWE handled Kairi Sane’s last NXT match. Instead, I am focusing on how much it adds to the inevitable Baszler-Io Shirai matchup. Shirai has improved in ring every time out, but she’s still anime nicey nice. It will be exciting to see her turn up the emotion and intensity and really look to hurt Baszler as payback for her best friend. This one could steal the show at the next Takeover.
That’s right…I said it.
Mcleod: Will We Ever Get The Lee vs. Dijakovic Rematch?
Will we ever see the anticipated rematch?
Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic tore the house down in their first WWE NXT encounter, and Scott Mcleod is eagerly awaiting the rematch–just like the rest of us!
Cast your minds back several weeks when we saw a short but physically impressive match between Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic. We saw Lee get monkey flipped only to land on his feet and Dijakovic hit a corkscrew plancha to the outside. The match unfortunately ended in a double count out but we were lead to believe this wasn’t over as they continue to brawl while refs try to pull them apart.
They were scheduled to face off on the episode where the 5 way to face Gargano took place and that was the focus of that episode. A week or so later Lee said they would settle their differences in two weeks time.Two weeks should have this week but Lee was nowhere to be seen. Dijakovic came out and beat an enhancement in record time before declaring his intentions to challenge for the North American Championship. Judging from this week it looks like they’re feud is done which is just a shame.
They teased us with what could be with that match several weeks ago. Two guys who have the size but can pull out incredible displays of athleticism. Put that on a takeover give them around 10 minutes between two title matches and they would tear the house down. It would be a shame to not see this match at least one more time in NXT. If a few weeks ago didn’t convince you then check out their match from the PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017 which was rated 5 stars.
It would be something different to everything else on the card. If Dijakovic is set to challenge Velveteen Dream can we not not add Lee and make it a triple threat. Think of how good Dijakovic vs Lee was and add the Dream. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see that on a Takeover. They could have a good build as well. You have the charisma of Lee & Dream along with the intensity of Dijakovic. I need to see that now.