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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (5/15/19)

What happened on NXT this week? Tiffany Takes you in!

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After the…disastrous miscue last week, what is the state of Undisputed Era? Tiffany Takes WWE NXT to see!

Announce Team: No, the announce team didn’t get into a fight. Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix has joined the NXT announce team! This is such exciting news and gives me hope that the WWE Women will get their own show someday.

WWE NXT Tag Team Championship: Nothing about the Viking Raider’s promo surprised me, TBH, they’ve been absolutely dominant as Tag Team Champions. What did surprise me is that Street Profits got another title shot, despite being soundly defeated by Viking Raiders several weeks ago. I get that the Tag Division isn’t large, but there are other teams that could be put in that spot, or have a #1 Contenders match.

I really enjoyed the match between Street Profits and Viking Raiders, but I was more excited when Forgotten Sons and Lorcan and Burch ran in, which is what was needed at the start of the show. Looks like we’ll be getting a Fatal Four Way at TakeOver XXV!

Undisputed Era: After last week’s…miscommunication, it looked like Roderick Strong was done with Adam Cole and Undisputed Era and the feeling was mutual, at least for Adam Cole. However, either Strong is planning something or  he doesn’t think he’s strong enough to stand on his own, but the idea of him beating up Matt Riddle to get back in Cole’s good graces is a little creepy.

Cezar Bononi vs Keith Lee: With Dijakvick out for the time being with an injury, it’s not clear what WWE’s going to do with Keith Lee since the two were having a rivalry when Lee got injured.

I’ve said before that I don’t get the hype about Lee. I just don’t get it. He’s a really good wrestler, but I’m just not wowed by him. I don’t know why, I’m just not.

WWE Women’s Championship: Io Shirai is FINALLY getting her one on one against Baszler! I’m disappointed that the fact that Shirai EARNED that opportunity fair and square before Bianca Belair’s tantrum ruined it wasn’t mentioned, but she’s at least getting her shot!

Speaking of Belair, the so-called EST was back at it, trying to get ANOTHER shot she did nothing to earn, but I’m glad Mia Yim got the jump on things so hopefully we’ll get a rematch from last week and Yim will get the second chance she should’ve gotten and Belair goes to the back of the line.

WWE NXT Championship: Well, it looks like Adam Cole gets his wish, he’s getting a NXT Championship rematch against Gargano at TakeOver XXV. However, he and Undisputed Era might be in BIG trouble if Riddle’s as mad as he sounded from Gargano’s report.

KUSHIDA vs Kona Reeves: I’ll admit, KUSHIDA didn’t wow me last week, and I really didn’t care about his match with Reeves, since I want to punch Reeves in the face everytime I see him. It was a good match, just not something I was really into. HOWEVER, I was intrigued by Gulak watching the match. It looks like he’s going to try and ‘teach’ KUSHIDA how to wrestle ‘properly’, which should be entertaining when KUSHIDA knocks him out.

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Vanessa Borne vs Jessie Eleban: This was a match straight out of the 90s. Aliyah, who was accompanying Borne, was dressed like it was 1996 or so and Borne was up against the real life Kimmie Gibbler from Full House, Jessie Eleban, who had changed her look, but you could still see who it was.

90s nostalgia aside, this was a really good match. Borne and Aliyah are a really great team, even when wrestling singles and they made short work of Eleban. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to take on the IIconics soon.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was WWE NXT this week? It was okay. It definitely felt like they were getting to the end of filming the months shows since you had more promos than matches, but the matches were still good and set things up for the next round of tapings and TakeOver XXV.

I’m glad Io Shirai is finally getting her shot, but not thrilled that Belair seems to keep getting shots over other equally talented stars. Hopefully, we’ll get a rematch with Yim and Yim will get another shot at Baszler or Shirai.

I’m not sure what to make of the Undisputed Era drama. I almost think Strong is plotting something since he was PISSED last week over Cole’s actions, so him crawling back makes no sense unless he’s planning to double cross Cole at TakeOver XXV, but the Riddle thing seems like it’ll be a big problem down the road.

That’s it for Tiffany’s Takes: NXT US! Tune in on Sunday for all our Money in the Bank coverage!


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)

Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?

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Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?

After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?

Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?

Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise  Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.

Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.

I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.

I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.

That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)

Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?

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WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!

After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?

Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.

WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.

As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.

One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.

WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.

Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.

Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.

Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.

Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.

I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.

I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.

Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.

The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.

That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!


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