Why still watch if you hate the product? Tiffany gives you some WWE alternatives that you may enjoy.
So you’re sick of WWE and want to stop watching? I don’t blame you, it does get hard to watch something and not be enthusiastic about what you’re watching, especially when you remember and long for the days when scantily clad women, and questionable storytelling were the norm. No, I’m not making fun of you or your nostalgia. Far from it, I want to help you, I feel your pain.
Or maybe you want WWE to make some changes, maybe give the talent more creative freedom or control. I can TOTALLY get behind that, let’s let Lars Sullivan let out all the questionable things that are in his nasty little heart. Or don’t. From what I’ve heard, that’s not a can of worms we want to open.
So, what do you do? Well, you gotta give up RAW and SmackDown. No big deal, right? God knows all of us have shows that we record on Monday and Tuesday that would probably be more interesting than some of the RAWs and SmackDowns that have been put on lately.
If you’re really serious about giving up WWE, the first thing you need to do is cancel the WWE Network subscription. Oh, I know, there’s so much content that you love that ISN’T the current stuff you watch every week, but if you’re really serious about giving up WWE, the Network’s got to go. You can spend the $9.99 on some lunch or something.
Next thing that you need to give up is the T-shirts. As someone whose off time wardrobe primarily consists of wrestling t-shirts and comfy pants or shorts, this is really tough. Sell them on E-Bay, you might make a packet if you’ve got some old ones in great shape. Maybe invest in some cool band shirts from Hot Topic. No, you don’t have to recognize the band, or like their songs, it’s important to look cool, right?
‘But, Tiffany,’ I hear you saying, ‘I still LOVE wrestling! What am I going to do if I give all this up?’. Don’t worry, crickets, I wouldn’t leave you hanging, there are a couple of great options that will fill your wrestling needs.
1. New Japan Pro Wrestling: Hear me out. If you really want to see some serious wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling is for you. It’s one of the two or three top wrestling promotions in Japan. They have a somewhat lighter schedule than WWE, but the shows are fantastic. Don’t want to get up at 3am to watch wrestling? New Japan has their own version of the WWE Network called New Japan Pro Wrestling World. It is $9.99, just like WWE Network and offers some similar content. Don’t understand a word of Japanese outside of the menu in a sushi restaurant? New Japan Pro Wrestling World offers English commentary on many of its programs, including a guy who translates the Japanese promos into English. Plus, they’ve signed this new kid, Jon Moxley, and he’s been tearing it up.
2. AEW: Okay, don’t roll your eyes at me. Yeah, it would be easy to write off AEW as a lot of over-hyped crap, but they did put on a really good show over Memorial Day and that Jon Moxley kid has signed a full-time contract with them as well. They’ve got good ol’ JR for you nostalgia guys, and they have no problem with their guys spilling blood, if Dustin Rhodes being covered in his own blood is anything to go by. No, a lot of their guys aren’t well known yet, and they’ve got someone named ‘Jungle Boy’ who is actually the late Luke Perry’s son, but everyone starts somewhere, right?
3. Impact: No, you’re still not allowed to roll your eyes at me. Okay, so Impact hasn’t been setting the world on fire for a long time, but they’ve become the phoenix of the wrestling world…or like the movie monsters, just when you think they’re done, they keep coming back. If you’re willing to subscribe to Twitch, you can actually watch Impact on Sundays…I think. They also have their own version of the WWE Network called Impact Plus, but they’ve been having some bugs with their subscription payment system.
4. Ring of Honor: This is the third US based promotion but it’s one I don’t really know a lot about. However, a lot of current and past WWE superstars have come from Ring of Honor and they have a working relationship with New Japan, so you can get a taste of both styles of wrestling. They too have their own subscription video service, Honor Club, that’s a little cheaper than the Network, but you will still have to pay for PPVs separately, whereas with New Japan and Impact, the PPVs are either free or uploaded to the subscription service within a week.
So, there you have it, four Non-WWE options for your viewing pleasure. Realizing that you’re really not ready to give up WWE? That’s fine, but don’t be surprised when nothing changes because you’re not giving them a reason to change. If you are serious about giving up WWE, or just want to explore what else is out there, you’ve got several great options and lots of people who would be willing to help you learn about the different promotions and it’s a lot of fun to see how other promotions work. Broaden your horizons without leaving the couch.
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!