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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 10/6/2019

With some controversial finishes, but not a ton of outside of America events…what exactly made up the Top 5 this week?

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With some controversial finishes, but not a ton of outside of America events…what exactly made up the Top 5 this week?

Now I like to start off with last week’s winner, but last week’s winner was also the last match of the September MOTY Pool. So let’s see what matches made the cut for September.

September Pool:

  • AJPW Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara vs Naoya Nomura
  • NJPW Destruction in Beppu: RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Zack Sabre Jr
  • NJPW Destruction in Kobe: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Jay White vs Tetsuya Naito (c)
  • Stardom: 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars: Final Day: Momo Watanabe vs Mayu Iwatani

This isn’t too often that we have an all Japanese pool, much less a pool with two Japanese promotions not named New Japan. All that being said, I’m very torn between AJPW and Stardom’s matches. Ultimately, I think I’ll go with, AJPW Triple Crown Championship: Kento Miyahara vs Naoya Nomura, because the match did a lot to make Naoya a legitimate contender.

Let’s get to this week.

5. NXT: NXT Tag Team Championship: Street Profits vs Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Kyle runs in but catches a boot. Kyle puts it on the ropes to fire off on Dawkins. The ref backs Kyle off, but Fish Dragon Screws the leg! Dawkins still back drops Kyle out onto Fish! Dawkins crawls on one leg but Kyle climbs up top. Kyle leaps to drop a knee on the bad leg! HEEL HOOK! Dawkins flails, endures, reaches, but Fish helps Kyle drag Dawkins away! Ford runs in and brawls with Fish, but Fish hops on for a guillotine! Dual submissions from reDRagon! But Ford falls onto Kyle with Fish!! All four men are down and Full Sail is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The teams regroup, Dawkins and Kyle get up. They brawl back and forth, forearms for kicks. Kyle gets the leg, but Dawkins enziguris! Fish tags in and he hurries up, but Dawkins hot tags Ford! Fish FLOPS, Ford doesn’t!! Cover, TWO!?

But the Profits coordinate! Electric Chair for Fish, but Kyle kicks Dawkins. Ford watches from above as reDRagon runs away. But Dawkins comes around to go after them! They all brawl in the corner, Ford FLIES!! Ford makes it over the corner to wipe everyone out! Full Sail loses their minds as Ford puts Fish in. But here comes Roderick Strong! Strong gets SPEARED by Ford! But Fish trips Ford up, tags Kyle, TOTAL ANNIHILATION!! Cover, the Undisputed Era win!!

Winner: Undisputed Era via Total Annihilation

Rating: *** 3/4

 

4. AEW Dynamite: Cody Rhodes vs Sammy Guevara

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Fans rally up and Cody gets to his feet. Sammy goes at Cody in the corner, shoulder tackle and big enziguri! Cody staggers but BOOTS Sammy down! Brandi laughs at silly Sammy, then Cody runs to build speed. Sammy uses Brandy as a shield as Cody DIVES! Cody wipes out his wife! Fans boo Sammy’s cheap tactics but Cody worries about getting his wife to her feet. Brandi says she’s fine so Cody goes at Sammy. Sammy rams Cody into the post! Fans tell Sammy what they think of him but Sammy just climbs up top. Sammy adjusts and MOONSAULTS, but lands on his feet as Cody moves! Sammy moonsaults again, but Cody still evades, but the Shooting Star hits! Cover, TWO! Cody made Sammy do a lot of work for that one, and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Cody up, torture rack but Cody slips out. Cody drop toeholds Sammy onto ropes, and Brandi SMASHES Sammy with a heel! Beautiful Disaster Kick! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives the Rhodes’ teamwork as a couple!

The 10 minute mark passes and Cody drags Sammy up. Sammy is dead weight but Cody still gets him up top and backwards. Cody climbs up and has Sammy in a dragon sleeper, INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!? Sammy survives and frustrates Cody, but DC is loving this opening match! Cody fires up with the fans as he drags Sammy up. Cody has Sammy in the inverted chicken wings and lifts him up, but Sammy slips out to shove Cody at a corner. Cody elbows back, then climbs up top, but Sammy jumps up! And has Cody in a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Sammy is shocked! This is what the opener means to Cody! Sammy climbs up, takes aim, SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Cradle cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody via Cradle 

Rating: *** 3/4

 

3. Pro Wrestling Zero 1: Zero 1 Heavyweight Championship: Daisuke Sekimoto (c) vs Yuji Hino

So for those that know, this match took place in September, but it was just made available on Puroresu Dream on the 3rd. Usually the site is a good indicator of when the show was on Japanese television, so I like to base qualifications on when the show is available to the masses as opposed to live date.

With the formalities out of the way, this is two big thicc boys in a fight over the Zero 1 Heavyweight Title. Yuji is the master of the Fucking Bomb (no lie, that’s it’s name) and Sekimoto is just an elite wrestler and does well in any promotion he graces. So this is gonna be a lot of strong strikes, and tons and tons of beef. Someone call Vinnie Mac.

There’s a short bit of feeling one another out, before they do what any 500 IQ gentleman would do. They rotate corners and run into one another with Shoulder Tackles until someone falls down. After that exchange, we get an infamous Hino chop exchange where he puts his hands behind his back and dares Daisuke to get in some free shots.

This is just a hell of a slobber knocker. On the outside Hino keeps Daisuke down and slaps him as he’s trying to get distance, and then back inside the ring there’s multitudes of lariats and suplexes. Hino attempts the Fucking Bomb once, but Daisuke blocks it and manages to pull off one of his own, as the crowd pops loudly. Also it shouldn’t be lost that both men utilize Frog Splashes from the top rope, and they pulled out most of the moves in their respective arsenals.

After beating the hell out of one another, Daisuke drops Hino and looks to head to the top turnbuckle to end things. Hino manages to crawl to the corner and grab his foot, stopping the move attempt and cinching in a German Suplex. Hino keeps pulling to execute the German, but Daisuke is holding onto the ropes for dear life. Eventually, Daisuke’s grip slips, Hino hits an impactful German Suplex Hold, and wins the Zero 1 championship!

If you like heavyweight slugfests, this is your kind of match.

Winner: Hino via German Suplex Hold

Rating: ****

 

Honorable Mentions:

NXT: Io Shirai vs Mia Yim
Winner: Io via Moonsault
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE SmackDown Live: Career vs Career Ladder Match: Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon
Winner: Owens
Rating: *** 1/2
WWE Hell in a Cell: Tornado Tag Match: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan vs Eric Rowan & Luke Harper
Winner: Reigns & Bryan via Superman Busaiku Spear
Rating: *** 1/2
IMPACT!: Daga vs Chris Bey
Winner: Daga via Double Underhook Gut Buster
Rating: *** 1/4
NXT: NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler (c) vs Candice LeRae
Winner: Baszler via Kirifuda Clutch
Rating: *** 1/4
AEW Dynamite: PAC vs Hangman Page
Winner: PAC via Brutalizer
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Hell in a Cell: King Corbin vs Chad Gable
Winner: Gable via Roll-Up
Rating: *** 1/4
WWE Hell in a Cell: Women’s Tag Team Championship: BlissCross (c) vs Kabuki Warriors
Winner: Asuka via Green Mist + Head Kick
Rating: ***
IMPACT!: Michael Elgin vs TJP w/Fallah Bahh
Winner: Elgin via Elgin Bomb
Rating: ***
NXT: Johnny Gargano vs Shane Thorne
Winner: Gargano via Superkick
Rating: ***

 

 

2. WWE Hell in a Cell: Hell in a Cell Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Sasha Banks

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Becky leaps for a BIG leg drop, cover, TWO!! And Becky is almost in tears. But then she talks to herself, working out what to try next. Fans chant “Table! Table!” and Becky agrees. Becky gets that table up on its feet, but Sasha hits a Backstabber! Sasha drags Becky over to the corner and throws forearms. “I’m the Boss around here!” Sasha hoists Becky up and then makes sure the table is in the right spot. Sasha climbs up to join Becky, but Becky fights back! Becky slips down, Sasha holds on and fights back, and then adjusts. Sasha METEORAS Becky through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Becky lived! The referee clears the wreckage and Sasha returns to the ladder and hanging chair. Sasha doesn’t go for either of those, she has a new kendo stick! And she uses it in a Bank Statement crossface!!

Becky endures, turns purple, but wriggles her way under the bottom rope. There’s no ropebreak, but Becky keeps moving to get out of the ring entirely. They now tug o’ war for the stick, and Becky wins, to SMACK away on Sasha! Becky drags Sasha back around to whip, but Sasha reverses to send Becky into the hanging chair! Sasha’s method appears through the madness as she now puts Becky back in. Sasha brings chair after chair after chair with her! Fans are anticipating what plan the #Blueprint has, because it involves even more chairs! Some chairs even hit Becky as they’re tossed in. Sasha gives Becky a CON-CHAIR-TO! Repeatedly! Sasha gloats and soaks up all the noise. But she’s far from done. She climbs up, gloats more, but Becky throws chairs back at Sasha! Then climbs up top, SUPER BECKSPLODER, ONTO THE CHAIR PILE!! DISARM-HER!! Sasha pulls hair, grabs at chairs, but taps out! Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky via Disarm-Her

Rating: **** 1/4

 

1. NXT: NXT Championship: Adam Cole (c) vs Matt Riddle

Snippet from Mitchell’s Coverage:
Cole goes out to the apron, smirking at Riddle. Cole leaps, into another Bro Trigger! Riddle puts Cole in, climbs up top, FLOATING BRO gets knees! Cole hurries to get up to the corner, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle lives and Cole can’t believe it! Full Sail loses their minds as both men are stirring on the mat. Cole backs away to a corner as fans duel hard as ever. Cole aims, Riddle sits up, and Cole brings the knee pad down. Cole runs, but Riddle drops. But Cole just smirks, because he goes back to the corner. He hops up, leaps, but Riddle stops his sunrise! And spins it around, to the Bro to Sleep! Powerbomb, FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hurries, climbs, FLOATING BRO HITS! Cover, TWO!?! Now Cole shocks everyone! Fans argue over the decision, but somehow Cole survives, so they just figure, “Fight Forever!”

Riddle gets up and climbs again. Cole revives, stands up, and trips Riddle up in time! Cole climbs up to join Riddle but Riddle fights back. Riddle and Cole fight for control, and Riddle forearms Cole, and CHOPS him down! Riddle hops down, slingshots, into a SUPERKICK! And then a SUPERKICK to the back! Cole hops up again, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE AGAIN!! riddle flounders, Cole hits- No, hi misses! BROMISSION!! Cole is caught! Full Sail is freaking out! Cole slips up and around to a cover, TWO! Riddle gets Cole with the Fujiwara! Cole’s bad arm is feeling even worse! But Cole crawls , so Riddle drags him away, only for Cole to crucifix roll-up! TWO and back to the Fujiwara! Riddle has the good arm, but that doesn’t change that it hurts. Cole slips out and CLOBBERS Riddle with the cast! LAST SHOT 2.0! Cole wins!!

Winner: Cole via Last Shot

Rating: **** 1/4

 

Thoughts:

So a plethora of questionable finishes aside, we did get some pretty high quality matches this week. The Women’s Hell in a Cell and NXT are easily the two that stick out the most to me, which is also a good reason why they’re 1 and 2. When it comes to my personal vote though, NXT Championship: Adam Cole (c) vs Matt Riddle, was just a better wrestling match. Both men showed up nicely, and to think it was the lead off match on a weekly TV episode and not on a PPV is just crazy.

Women’s Hell in a Cell shouldn’t be scoffed at, but Cole versus Riddle was just a damn good match to watch.


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Booking The Territory: Greg DeMarco’s WWE NXT Stand & Deliver 2023

It’s WrestleMania season, and that means it’s the 2023 Stand & Deliver season for WWE NXT! Greg DeMarco builds the card for this now annual tradition!

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It’s WrestleMania season, and that means it’s the 2023 Stand & Deliver season for WWE NXT! Greg DeMarco builds the card for this now annual tradition!

With Vengeance Day in the rearview mirror, WWE NXT makes its march toward Stand & Deliver, their WrestleMania Weekend Premium Live Event! What’s going to be on the card? I have no clue (well, I have some clues–they ARE telling two major stories right under our noses), but it’s going to be damn fun to get there.

Several matches were set up at WWE NXT Vengeance Day this past Saturday night, and more match-ups will come to light.

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker (c) defends vs. Carmelo Hayes (with Trick Williams)

Let’s go with obvious match #1: Melo challenging Bron. Vengeance Day ended with Bron Breakker standing tall, atop the steel cage, after defeating Grayson Waller. And who walks out? That’s right–Carmelo Hayes. Melo has been can’t miss since his debut as a babyface against Adam Cole, but Breakker has taken the top spot in NXT and held it for over a year now.

According to Cage Match, Breakker and Carmelo have crossed paths four times in NXT, one of them being on the same War Games team, and the rest being, at minimum, 2-on-2 tag team matches.

This is a money match, and Shawn Michaels knows it. It will be tempting to do so, but there is no reason to slap an unnecessary stipulation upon this showdown. Just book it, and let them do the rest.

Hollywood Backlot Brawl (or Hollywood Street Fight): Gigi Dolin vs. Jacy Jayne

It’s time for Toxic Attraction to fully implode, and what better way to do this than a Street Fight at NXT’s version of WrestleMania. Since we’re in Hollywood, bringing back the ol’ Backlot Brawl works for me, but that’s just a Street Fight under a different name,

But that type of match also works well for Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin, who are very underrated brawlers (although, don’t expect Gigi to repeat any prior viral moments in this one).

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Indus Sher & Jinder Mahal vs. The Creed Brothers & Roderick Strong

Given the set-up, this HAS to be where Roddy Strong returns, right?

RIGHT?

While the man who took Roderick out–Damon Kemp–is currently just finding his way back onto NXT television, Brutus & Julius Creed find themselves outnumbered in this feud. It’s the perfect scenario for Roderick Strong to come back–and Diamond Mine would be stronger than ever.

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship: Fallon Henley & Kiana James (c) vs. Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley vs. Kayden Carter & Katana Chance

Nile and Paxley could find their way here by winning the Dusty Classic, which will probably start-up here soon. Carter & Chance also makes sense in this spot–and it could be their swan song before heading to the main roster (as a team).

This is also the perfect time to blow the roof off the Kiana James/Fallon Henley/Brooks Jensen/Josh Briggs story. That likely leads to the victory for Nile & Paxley, who both capture their first championships in NXT.

NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez (c) defends vs. Zoey Stark

Shawn Michaels loves him some Zoey Stark. She can go in the ring, but she’s not electric in any way. And for the love of God, keep the microphone out of her hands. but Roxanne Perez has the Midas Touch, turning everything to gold. This would be a fantastic match, one that would see both women excel.

Ladder Match for the NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee (c) vs. Axiom vs. Nathan Frazier vs. Charlie Dempsey vs. Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo vs. Apollo Crews

It seems like a Ladder Match is tradition on these shows, and this one works quite well for me. You can also mix in a little Tyler Bate, or possibly Tony D’Angelo and DIJAK. If you don’t go the Jinder/Indus Sher vs. Creeds/Roddy route, you could put Julius in here.

Why Stacks? Because I assume Tony D will be busy with DIJAK in some shape or fashion.

Why Apollo? Obviously the Dabba-Kato program is happening, but I don’t think that’s a Stand & Deliver match. That can happen on go home show, where Apollo wins his way into this Ladder Match

What’s Missing?

Six matches does seem like the limit, but that leaves out a few important things:

  • Someone is going to win the Dusty Classic and the right to challenge Gallus for the NXT Tag Team Championships, and that makes sense to be at Stand & Deliver.
  • Grayson Waller is definitely going to be a focus, and since HBK ain’t wrestling anymore, he’s going to need an opponent (unless he’s moving up to the main roster before WrestleMania, which seems odd).
  • Andre Chase vs. Duke Hudson is going to happen sometime soon, and a WrestleMania Weekend crowd would be going nuts for Mr. Chase.
  • Tiffany Stratton is going to gain more and more spotlight time, and this seems like a card you want her to be on.

What are your thoughts on these proposed matches for WWE NXT Stand & Deliver 2023? Let me know in the comments or on social media @GregDeMarco44!


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Greg DeMarco’s Results, Reaction, & Analysis: WWE NXT Vengeance Day 2023

The latest WWE NXT premium live event, Vengeance Day 2023, is history, and Greg DeMarco has all of your reactions and analysis!

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The latest WWE NXT premium live event, Vengeance Day 2023, is history, and Greg DeMarco has all of your reactions and analysis!

For the first time since 2020’s Takeover: Portland, the Black–err, White and Gold express that is WWE NXT made their way on the road for a stand-alone Premium Live Event: Vengeance Day 2023!

(I assume NXT Stand & Deliver doesn’t count since it’s not “stand-alone,” but accompanies a larger WWE event.)

(Another aside: the above-referenced 2020 Takeover event happened to fall on my birthday in 2020–look it up and don’t forget to wish me a happy birthday!)

Ticket Sales & Attendance

As far as the ticket sales, the always amazing WrestleTix Twitter account has us covered. Remember, sales and attendance are different things. Leave it at that–don’t get caught up in the Dave Meltzer/Conrad Thompson “inflated attendance” nonsense. Attendance is everyone in the building. Ticket sales are tickets purchased. It’s that simple.

A draw consisTent with many recent Raw and Smackdown tapings, which is a big win for the WWE’s developmental brand.

Set-Up

I am a big fan of when premium live events have a unique look and feel to them, so the “stage” here was a welcome sight to see.

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Let’s hope WWE keeps that trend going.

But those are sidebars, now let’s see what happened!

Wes Lee pinned DIJAK to retain the WWE NXT North American Championship

The last “stand alone” NXT premium live event, Takeover: Portland, was headlined by Adam Cole defending the NXT Championship against Tommaso Ciampa in a 33-minte banger of a match. The first match of their return to stand-alone events goes 17 minutes–great for an opener–and provided amazing action reminiscent of the Black and Gold Experience.

Wes Lee is an amazing performer. Even when MSK was a thing, I saw Lee as a potential Cruiserweight Champion. That is obviously not an option now, but him winning this championship and defending it the way he has is perfect. Booker T showing his career respect on commentary, including a nod to everywhere else ol’ Dez has worked, was a great touch. Booker T and Vic Joseph are really good fits for this brand.

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Wes showed immense strength in this contest, taking DIJAK over multiple times in spots where his opponent was nothing but dead weight. Extremely impressive for a guy legitimately giving up nearly 100 pounds.

But DIJAK also stood out, here. This is easily his best outing since he was formerly in NXT, and really showed what he can do. Much of his return has been character driven, but also “big man” style work. This match was reminiscent of his legendary battles with Keith Lee.

Too many kickouts? I wouldn’t say that–it all fit perfectly. This match was special, and in the modern day NXT, 17 minutes is great. You don’t need to go 30+ to thrill a crowd.

 

Fallon Henley & Kiana James beat Kayden Carter & Katana Chance to win the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships

While Carter and Chance had been champions for 186 days–a record for any iteration of Women’s Tag Team Championships in the modern era for WWE–they did not have the most memorable run. Much of it was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the WWE championship counterpart, along with a lack of competition.

Fallon Henley and Kiana James are outstanding solo performers, and the added element of Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen really drives the story home. If you watch closely, you can see Henley and Briggs holding everything together. Kiana James has tremendous upside, and is developing at a rapid pace.

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This story will obviously continue–and it should. James’ conversation with “Zach” last week on NXT will undoubtedly come up, and probably to lead a split between one or both tag teams. I assume “Zach” is her brother, and Henley is being overprotective. Can’t blame Brooks for latching on, the “King Of The Friendzone” is maximizing his shot, here.

Carmelo Hayes beat Apollo Crews In A 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match, 2-0

Many are saying this match underdelivered, and I think it might require a second watch from me to fully say either way. On the first viewing, this match was entertaining and very enjoyable.

The booking? That seemed odd.

I’m  not complaining about Carmelo going over in 2 straight falls–that’s fine. Although I was surprised at the crowd response after the first fall. Might have been better if this match opened the show, with the North American Championship going on third instead. But it’s easy to say that AFTER the show has happened.

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The questionable booking–to me–was the use of the former Commander Azeez, Dabba Kato. He prevented Trick Williams’ interference, fulfilling Apollo Crews’ vision, but didn’t help his former partner at all. He also didn’t hurt him. it was just kinda…there.

Had he helped him score a second fall, and then Melo wins in a third fall, I think it all makes more sense, and the turn makes more sense as well. I was also surprised that Vic Joseph didn’t make a bigger deal out of their prior association.

Vic Joseph, by the way, had one of the best lines of the night, mentioning both “Nation” and “Casanova” in true IYKYK style–proving he picked up a thing or two when cohosting After The Bell with the King Of IYKYK, Corey Graves.

For the record, I don’t think Vic would translate to Raw or Smackdown. But he fits perfect in NXT.

Overall, Carmelo Hayes is a damn star, Trick Williams is the perfect associate, and Apollo Crews seems to be struggling to find where he fits in all of WWE.

Gallus (Mark Coffey& Wolfgang) captured the NXT Tag Team Championships when Coffey pinned Xavier Woods to win a Fatal 4-Way Match that included defending champions The New Day (Woods & Kofi Kingston), Pretty Deadly (Kit Wilson & Elton Prince), and Chase U’s Andre Chase & Duke Hudson

The amount accomplished in this 16 minute affair is astounding. It was mostly a sprint, but never seemed spotty to a contrived level. The New Day are some of the best in-ring storytellers in all of WWE, and their presence here helped everyone.

A side story of this match was Andre Chase returning home to the arena he saw many a wrestling event. They even mentioned his tag team with his (Bravado) brother (who I don’t believe was shown on camera despite being there), and had the crowd solidly behind his team. Andre Chase did get his moment, the C-H-A-S-E-U Stomps, and it will likely go down as a career moment for him having nearly 6,000 people chanting that.

I do believe he’ll do that in front of 50k+ on the main roster someday, but this had to hit different being in his hometown.

The finish seemed right, Gallus is a great team, and the door is open for Joe Coffey to surprisingly return to help them retain at some point.

Xavier Woods taking the pin signifies, to me, that The New Day is done with NXT at this point. They could drop a rematch on Tuesday, but since they weren’t victims of the “champions don’t have to be pinned to lose their titles” rule, they don’t have to get a rematch. They did their job, and did it well.

Roxanne Perez pinned Jacy Jayne to retain the NXT Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat Match that also included Gigi Dolin

This match was the right mix of story and action. And for this one, you needed both.

Let’s start with Roxanne Perez. She’s a goddamned star. I can’t put my finger on why, but she’s electric. She’s the type of start that internet stans will talk about her on Twitter 5 years from now referring to her as “Carla” when someone says one bit of criticism about her–or tries to send the attention into another direction.

If I’m Matt Bloom, Shawn Michaels, William Regal, Triple H–whoever–I am sending someone to Reality Of Wrestling weekly to scout talent. Booker T is doing something (many things) right.

WWE PhotoThen we have the Toxic Attraction part of the match. Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are a fantastic combination, and they still work without Mandy Rose. It gives them a chance to spread their wings and fly. But I do think a feud between them is in order.

And allow me to fantasy book for a moment–here’s how you set it up: on Tuesday’s NXT, you start the show with an “earlier today” moment where Gigi & Jacy run into Fallon Henley and Kiana James (and Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs). They exchange pleasantries until Toxic Attraction points out Fallon & Kiana can never be as good as they are. The babyfaces (?) disagree, so a challenge is issued. Josh says they just found out they have the night off, and it’s time to party! Gigi and Jacy push harder, and of course it’s Brooks who accepts on behalf of their teammates.

The match itself sees a slight miscommunication between Jacy and Gigi, but it doesn’t factor into the finish. Kiana and Fallon win clean, and once they leave things finally boil over for Toxic Attraction. Full on brawl, all over the Performance Center, ending with both of them going off the infamous NXT perch and through some staging below. That’s how we end the show, and POOF!–we have our feud between them for Stand & Deliver.

Bron Breakker pins Grayson Waller to retain the NXT Championship in a Steel Cage Match

I get it–Bron is the centerpiece of the brand. And he should be. He’s got the charisma, he’s got the pedigree, and he just keeps getting better. Yet for the second straight big NXT event (NXT Deadline being the first), I felt like his match shouldn’t have closed the show.

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This was a good steel cage match. It was a great performance by Grayson Waller, and a damn good performance from Bron Breakker as well. but I think the guy is just too one-dimensional. He needs something more.

Carmelo Hayes coming out with Trick WIlliams in-tow to signify the next program for both men makes all the sense in the world. That should be the main event at NXT Stand & Deliver.

And this time around, Melo absolutely SHOULD. NOT. MISS.

I’d expect that the WrestleMania Weekend audience will be solidly behind Carmelo in this encounter. Use it. Push the envelope with it. Let Bron…wait for it…WAIT FOR IT…Embrace The Hate.

Let Bron snap. Attack the referee. Put his hands on Booker T. A plant in the crowd. On his way to the back he’s met by real life girlfriend Cora Jade. But she’s not talking in character, because this isn’t the Bron Breaker she knows.

AND SHE LIKES IT.

Lay the foundation for NXT’s new evil power couple, and turn Carmelo (and Trick) babyface in the process. Melo shoild still be Melo, now he just wants the love. He feeds off of it.

Now Bron has depth.


What did you think of NXT Vengeance Day? Sound off in the comments below, or hit me up on social media at @GregDeMarco44!


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