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NXT Minus 6: Takeover XXV, Everybody Won!

Bradley brings his NXT Minus 6! Wait, everybody wins? How does that work?

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Bradley brings his NXT Minus 6! Wait, everybody wins? How does that work?

For this week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling Award, I do something I’ve never done before and probably will never do again.

6. Matt Riddle versus Roderick Strong

Roderick Strong should be this generation’s Chris Benoit. That’s right. I said it. He is simply too good in-ring to be ignored. He’s undersized & not so great on the mic, but between the ropes there are few better. As for Riddle, if he wasn’t The Bro, he’d be the Anaconda. With those long limbs, he can wrap you up and squeeze you out from any angle. 4.6 stars.

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5. NXT Tag Title Ladder Match

I could do an entire Minus 6 just from this match. From Montez Ford’s air guitar battle with Kyle O’Reilly to the savage beating O’Reilly took, I loved it all, including Jaxson Ryker’s appearance.  Watching 6 guys flatten one human being with a ladder is GIFworthy. I can’t remember the last time I ended a match with an audible “holy f$%&ing $h!T!” NXT is known for their tag team division. The story was simple: be the best team in a place where that means something. If for only one night, the Street Profits can say they were the best tag team on the planet. 5 stars & my current MOTY runner-up

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4. Velveteen Dream versus Tyler Breeze, North American Title Match
The little things turn good into great. Dream hits the Dream Valley Driver, stays on his feet and heads up the ropes for the Purple Rainmaker. Zero wasted motion. It’s no coincidence that for 2 consecutive Takeovers, he earned the respect of his opponent. For Breeze’s part, he really cranked up the intensity. I actually thought he’d walk out with the title. One day he will. 4.3 stars

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3. Io Shirai versus Shayna Baszler, Women’s Title Match

The match itself was very good. The ending was the catsup on the tater tots. Io goes bonkers again and splinters another kendo stick on Baszler. I hope she’s buying them in bulk. That’s not normal face behavior, but when the crowd started chanting “You deserve it” to a decimated Baszler, I knew it was the right move. She would take a dozen more folding chair moonsaults just to know we hate her so much. Job well done, real Queen. Job well done. 4.5 stars

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2. Adam Cole Versus Johnny Gargano, NXT Championship Match

This was better than their previous match. The story of their familiarity led to some amazing counters & chain wrestling. Gargano in particular hit moves I’ve never seen from anybody. The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is they relied too heavily on superkicks. At times I thought I was watching the Young Bucks battle each other. 4.9 stars

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1. This week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling Award goes to….Everybody!!!

I could be mistaken, but I believe every wrestler pulled out at least one move they have never used in an NXT match. This show was about defending their territory. Takeover always delivers, we owe AEW a dose of thanks for inspiring every NXT superstar to push themselves to the next level. They wanted to remind us that they are the Black & Gold Standard of professional wrestling. Mission Accomplished.Image result for nxt takeover xxv poster


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NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?

Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?

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The answer is No. It’s not too early.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.      


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)

Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

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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!

 

 


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