Bobby checks back in with his Good, Bad, and Ugly preview for WWE NXT Takeover XXV!
Welcome to the Good, Bad and Ugly Pre-NXT Takeover XXV edition. NXT is solid gold and the recent weekly program hasn’t disappointed. NXT is top notch and without question the standard in professional wrestling. NXT Takeover has become a treat to all but let’s see how the 25th Takeover stacks up.
The GOOD of Takeover XXV
Matt Riddle v Roderick Strong
Although most likely alone on this, I wasn’t into Matt Riddle prior to his ridiculous performance against Velveteen Dream in the last Takeover. That match simply blew me away. Riddle is now one of my favorites to watch. He is over, talented and hungry which makes him unstoppable. He seems to get better and better over time and doesn’t look to let up anytime soon. Roderick Strong is a monster and can work a broom in that ring and make it look Good. This match will be a Good one for Takeover XXV and we should expect a wrestling clinic in there. King of Bros Wins!
NXT Tag Team Championship Match (Ladder Match) – Undisputed Era v Street Profits v Forgotten Sons v Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
Every team here would make great champions, except Forgotten Sons. I really am not sure what NXT sees in them and keeps booking them to solid, one sided victories. Having said that Undisputed Era are already living legends, Street Profits are straight fire, and my pick Lorcan and Burch have more than earned this opportunity. Add a ladder to this already amped group of show offs, and expect a forest fire. This will be very violent, and full of gasp and gore. Everyone here is fearless and will not allow this match to be an afterthought. They will try to steal the whole damn show. This will be insane, and we are all in for a treat. Lorcan and Burch Win! New and well deserved Tag Team Champions! Oney Lorcan is easily one of the very best NXT has and it will finally come to fruition.
Time to pick up a new Chairshot shirt!
NXT North American Championship- Velveteen Dream (c) v Tyler Breeze
The Purple Prince vs Prince Pretty. Tyler Breeze back where he has some clout, against the hottest thing going in NXT. Breeze being wasted away, like most in the Main Roster was a major player in NXT and him coming back and facing a man like Velveteen Dream is huge. This will be a phenomenal match. I expect it to shine and possibly catapult Breeze back to fame. However it will be Velveteen Dream leaving again victorious with the gold.
NXT Women’s Championship- Shana Baszler (c) v Io Shirai
There is no secret that I repeatedly am impressed with Shana Baszler, she is a special talent. I don’t however like her crew and she would be better off solo. Io Shirai is an incredible talent and her new mean streak is welcome and needed. Shirai’s new aggression and Baszler’s famous and notorious heel attitude will explode at Takeover. This will be a great one as both don’t know how to fail. I feel that Baszler will be called up shortly as she is needed there and would add a tremendous presence to the Women’s Division. Io Shirai will win the Championship but she will get her ass kicked for it. Great potential all around.
NXT Heavyweight Championship- Johnny Gargano (c) v Adam Cole
If you were lucky enough, and if you are reading this you probably were, you got to see the last match they had. That was magic, from start to finish. Gargano is easily one of the most enjoyable wrestlers we get to watch in current times. Adam Cole is no less than legendary. They will be putting it all out there. This is top tier, best of the best and at Takeover they will kick it up a notch. Do not miss this one. Gargano Retains!
The BAD – Nope
The UGLY – Nada
FINAL tally for Takeover XXV
- Good- 5
- Bad- 0
- Ugly- 0
OVERALL pre-assessment of Takeover XXV
Good! On fire, this show will deliver as NXT always does. Every match offers an instant classic and lots of pops. I as most, expect this show to blow us away. AEW who? NXT isn’t scared and NXT will shine as always.
I know, you already know that NXT has nearly a flawless record on Good, Bad and Ugly, but don’t shoot the messenger, NXT is that Good. In fact they are held to a higher standard than the Main Roster because they are just, better. Takeover looks to be lit, and as expected we should have an incredible show. Enjoy and make sure you check in for the post show addition of Good, Bad and Ugly exclusively on thechairshot.com.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!