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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (6-5-19)

Post Takeover NXT episodes tend to be a bit slow. Tiffany let’s us know how the show was!

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Post Takeover NXT episodes tend to be a bit slow. Tiffany let’s us know how the show was!

TakeOver XXV is in the books, so how has the landscape of NXT changed?

NXT Championship: I’m not a super big fan of Undisputed Era, but I loved how legit happy they were for Cole when he won. That’s genuine friendship. There was no post-match interview shown, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the fallout of this match was.

NXT North American Championship: I like that Breeze didn’t make excuses for his loss and and gave props to Dream. I think he’s right that the bigger story is that he’s back in NXT, the brand he helped build, and hopefully it also means a career revitalization for him.

NXT Women’s Championship: I love that Io Shirai gave absolutely no fucks about what she did to Baszler at TakeOver, and I’m really interested to see what will come out of the tag team match against Duke and Shafir next week. I’m still very onboard with the idea of Shirai and LeRae as a team of no fucks given tweeners just beating up everyone in the division.

NXT Tag Team Championship: Even thought they weren’t my picks to win the tag team championships, I love how genuinely happy the Street Profits are about winning and it does seem to be a long overdue thing. Also loved them kidding around with the camera crew. Very nice and classy.

Also, can’t wait for next week’s Bald Brawlers vs Undisputed Era next week, sounds like fun!

Mia Yim vs Bianca Belair: Is it too soon to say this needs to be a hair vs hair feud? I think that would make more sense right now. I will say that this is probably the best match of the three these two ladies have had in this rivalry and I would’ve said that if Belair had won, and if you’ve been following these takes, you know I don’t like Bianca Belair.

That said, I’m THRILLED to pieces that Yim won! I’ve been saying for awhile that she wasn’t being used correctly to capitalize on her being the breakout start of the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Now she’s getting her turn to shine. I still want Shirai to keep beating up Baszler, but I want Yim vs Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Keith Lee vs Kona Reeves: Isn’t Keith Lee supposed to be a big deal/Next Big thing? Wasn’t that how he was being billed a few months ago? Because that’s not how he looked in this match against Kona Reeves, who’s barely been a blip on the radar. The match was good and Lee got the win, but I can’t say I was wowed by anything in this match.

Drew Gulak vs KUSHIDA: Well, someone had to be the immature child tonight and Gulak drew the straw. I’m increasing convinced that being against high-flying wrestlers who happen to be minorities is part of his gimmick, which is fine, but being stupid enough to challenge KUSHIDA to a submission match should end in a thorough asskicking.

Overall Thoughts: That was a good post-TakeOver show. The two new matches were good and the Belair/Yim storyline seemingly came to an end with Yim getting some badly needed momentum. I also liked that most of the storylines coming out of TakeOver began to develop.

One thing that puzzled me was the lack of interviews or movement in the Cole/Gargano saga. The show ended with Cole’s promo from last week and a recap of the show, but there was no post-match interview or anything to indicate where this story is going next. Maybe we’ll see next week.

Gulak vs KUSHIDA II should be good, but I’m wondering where this new Gulak is headed since he seems to be digging his heels into his conservative gimmick. Again, we’ll see.

That’s it for Tiffany’s NXT Takes! I should be back on Friday with my Takes from Super Show Down.


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Carol: Are Wrestling Crowds Disrespectful?

Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

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Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

Every week wrestlers put their bodies on the line as they step into the ring to put on a show for the fans. These wrestlers do their best to make sure they put on an entertaining match; however there are some fans who make it impossible to enjoy the show.

This past Monday on RAW was a perfect example of how fans can ruin a show. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella competed in an elimination match to determine the number one contender for Becky Lynch’s championship at SummerSlam. At times, the match moved slowly, but the ladies put on a decent bout that ended with Natalya being declared the winner.

But the women were overshadowed by the crowd, who broke out into a “this is awful” chant. Alexa Bliss took to Twitter after RAW to admonish the crowd for their disrespectful behavior. Many believe that stars like Alexa should stop acting like a crybaby and tough it up.

However, I’m siding with Alexa on this issue and I believe the crowd was very disrespectful.

These days wrestling fans are very vocal in their opinions, and I’m not just talking about the ones on social media. I’m talking about the ones who buy tickets to shows, then try to hijack them by doing stupid stuff to draw the attention away from the wrestlers.

Who can forget during the 2017 SummerSlam PPV when fans began playing with a beach ball?

Cesaro, who was part of the tag match, went into the crowd and ripped the beach ball. The incident sparked outrage with everyone. WWE banned beach balls from their events, while Cesaro and Seth Rollins criticized the fans in attendance.

Aside from the beach ball incident, there’s also the fans who continue to chant CM Punk’s name during events. CM Punk was a favorite with the WWE Universe because of his famous pipebomb. When he left WWE on bad terms, fans sided with Punk and whenever the company is in Chicago, you can bet there will be plenty of Punk chants in the crowd.

Why fans continue to partake in this type of behavior is anybody’s guess. Maybe they want to be cool, but in reality they’re looking at idiots.

When you go to a wrestling show, you’re supposed to have fun and watch your favorite wrestlers. It’s one thing to cheer the babyfaces and boo the heels, or even chant “this is awesome” during a match. But don’t chant “this is awful” or play with a beach ball.

Not every match is going to be a five-star spectacular, and you may not like it. But don’t act rude during by chanting someone else’s name or calling the match awful. The wrestlers are just doing their job and the last thing they need is the crowds breaking their concentration. Imagine how you’d feel if you were performing in front of a big crowd and all they did was tell you how untalented you were.

These types of fans not only ruin the show for the wrestlers, but also the other fans who paid money to enjoy the event.

So my advice to all those fans out there. If you want to talk about how bad a match is or how untalented a wrestler is, stay home and complain about it on social media. Don’t spend a lot of money to go to a wrestling show just to act like a jerk and ruin it for everyone else.


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Tiffany’s Takes: NXT UK (7-17-19)

Who will step up to face Imperium?

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Who will step up to face Imperium?

I’ve said several times that I wasn’t sold on the whole Imperium storyline because it sounds too much like World War II, but I will give them credit for being talented, even if they aren’t my cup of tea. That said, I’m not thrilled that Tyson T-Bone and Saxon Huxley did have more of a match with them than that. I get wanting to build the team up but T-Bone and Huxley are capable of more.

I feel for Travis Banks. Going for the NXT UK Championship should’ve been a huge deal for him, but everyone knew he was going to lose, so there was no real drama to his championship shot. Hopefully, he’ll bounce back and get another shot where he actually has a prayer of winning.

I’ve said numerous times that I love Xia Brookside and thinks she’s a STAR in the making and it seems like WWE agrees with me. Yeah, Xia lost her match against Jinny, but it had more to do with Jazzy Gabert than Jinny’s wrestling skills, which protects Brookside. I’m not sure what the endgame for this is because I don’t picture Brookside beating Gabert clean, but we’ll see.

Yeah, the Imperium storyline is sounding too much like World War II documentaries. Trent Seven vs WALTER sounds really interesting, but I’m not sold on this constant ‘Get Seven to retire’ stuff.

I’m really starting to get into this Kenny Williams/Noam Dar feud. It’s still a little odd to me, but I like that Williams seems to be done playing around.

You gotta love Gallus for playing up how tough they are. I also love that the feud between them and the Wild Hunt isn’t over. I wonder how long Mastiff’s undefeated streak is going to last because he should’ve had a title shot by now.

I’m SUPER excited about Toni Storm vs Kay Lee Ray, but the way the feud is being written is confusing. I thought Storm and Ray weren’t friends, now they’re supposedly best friends but KLR has changed. I’m just a little puzzled. At least we know the match will happen at TakeOver: Cardiff, but the rest of this was confusing.

Well, the six-person tag virus has spread to NXT: UK according to Sid Scala. At least some of the competitors makes since, but I have no idea why Piper Niven is there, unless it’s to start a feud with Gabert.

I’m not really into this Kassius Ohno/Mark Andrews feud. I just don’t buy Andrews growing up watching Ohno, I just don’t. I did enjoy this match, it’s always fun to watch an arrogant heel look like an idiot, which is what happened to Ohno. I guess Ohno’s job in NXT: UK is about the same as it was in NXT: Work with younger talent and get them over and look like an idiot in the process, which is cool, I guess. However, Mark Andrews has DEFINITELY been needing some oomph in his run since Flash Morgan Webster has disappeared. I don’t think this feud will be done, but at least we got one good match out of it.

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT UK Takes! Stay tuned for NXT OG!


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