Chris King shares his thoughts and takeaways from this week’s episode of NXT Live.
Io Shirai vs. Candace LeRae
The show started with Poppy playing live delivering a spectacular TakeOver-worthy entrance for Io Shirai. Candace LeRae stormed down to the ring for their second encounter since “The Genius of the Sky” turned on her. In my opinion, this match was even better than their clash at TakeOver: Toronto the pace felt red-hot with both competitors ready to beat the hell out of each other.
LeRae grew leaps and bounds during this match her timing was impeccable and in turn in cranked up the volume of intensity. Unfortunately for the resilient babyface, the wily veteran took advantage of a missed springboard moonsault as LeRae landed on a steel chair and Shirai got the easy win.
Finn Balor Segment: Balor came down to the ring with all the spotlight on him as it should be. He doesn’t care about what everyone thinks whether it’s the fans or the rest of the roster. Balor arrogantly congratulated Johnny Gargano on making it out of the hospital. He warned “The Heart of NXT” if he stepped to him again he’d send his ass back to the hospital and turn him into “Johnny watches wrestling!”
👀 👀 You watching, @JohnnyGargano?
— WWE (@WWE) October 31, 2019
Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne
Shane Thorne shocked the hell out of me and the NXT Universe when he blasted Bronson Reed right out of the gate with running dropkicks and a massive cannonball. Reed answered back with a ferocious clothesline stopping him dead in his tracks. The action picked up as both Australians engaged in a chop-fest in the middle of the ring. The end came when both competitors were in the corner and Reed just hurled Thorne to the mat and delivered a wicked top rope splash.
Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox vs. The Kabuki Warriors
If you want a lesson in how dangerous Asuka and Kairi Sane are, go watch this fantastic wrestling match and take some notes. The champions isolated Dakota Kai from Tegan Nox for the majority of the match. Both wily veterans viciously and relentlessly attacked both of Kai’s legs making her incapable of doing anything let alone make the tag.
Once Nox got the hot tag, she bulldozed through anything that moved. The heels once again attacked and “The Empress of Tomorrow” delivered the green mist and “The Pirate Princess” executed her jaw-dropping InSane Elbow for the win.
As Team Kick was left battered and bruised, The Horsewomen came down to pick the bones like rabid animals. Rhea Ripley made the save but Shirai, Bianca Belair, and LeRae made their presence felt. Absolute chaos ensued with everyone fighting everywhere until General Manager William Regal announced that this would all come to a head at TakeOver: WarGames III.
Tyler Bate vs. Cameron Grimes
Last week Tyler Bate decked Cameron Grimes with his one-punch fakeout and the inaugural United Kingdom Champion was ready to do it again tonight. Both Grimes and Bate started things off with Ambar takedowns and incredible armdrag takedowns. Grimes answered back with a beautiful flip into the Carolina Reaper for a near-fall.
The “Big Strong Boy” executed a stunning exploder suplex followed by a magnificent hurricanrana with extra torque for a long near-fall. Bate went for his signature off the ropes lariat but Grimes countered into a perfectly-timed Collision Course for another long near-fall. The action spilled outside when Bate drilled Grimes with a tope suicida. Killian Dain appeared which allowed Grimes to execute Cave-In for the victory.
“The Beast of Belfast” delivered a bone-crushing Senton and a nasty-looking cannonball to Bate through the steel steps. He then instructed Bate to deliver a painful message to his buddy “The Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne.
— Killian/Damo (@KillianDain) October 31, 2019
Main-event: Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. Keith Lee and Matt Riddle
The match started and the NXT Tag Team Champions went right after Keith Lee but were outsmarted and overpowered by the big man who delivered a double crossbody. O’Reilly and Fish go outside for a breather but get blasted with a stiff kick from Matt Riddle. Riddle delivered back-to-back gutwrench suplexes but Fish fires back with a stiff strike to the jaw.
After the champions isolated Riddle for a quick fury of a two-on-one beatdown, Lee gets the tag and flattens both members of The Undisputed Era. O’Reilly locked in his armbar and triangle choke submission but Lee powered out with an incredible powerbomb. Riddle gets the tag delivering stiff knees and sentons.
Riddle had everything under control until Adam Cole and Roderick Strong stuck their nose where it didn’t belong. Riddle delivered a jaw-dropping Twisting Asai Moonsault on the outside wiping out Come and Strong. Riddle for his finisher but he got blasted with High-Low for the win. A four-on-one attack ensued until Tommaso Ciampa made the save drilling all of Undisputed Era with his crutch. “The Greatest Sports Entertainer Of All Time” then declared that “Goldie would have to wait as daddy has to go to war first!”
— WWE (@WWE) October 31, 2019
Another explosive episode of NXT from start to finish with incredible matches and huge storyline developments. Two HUGE WarGames matches were announced and I love that Triple H is jumping the gun with the Wednesday Night Wars with AEW. It’s just business as usual with fantastic matches and intriguing stories being told every week. I haven’t watched Dynamite yet but it definitely has its work cut out for them!
Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments
Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?
This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!
Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.
Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!
5. Main Eventing WrestleMania
The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.
4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler
Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.
2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.
3. The First MITB Cash-In
You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.
People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.
What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.
2. Feuding with The King
A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.
Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.
It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.
I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.
Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse
You knew I had to mention this, right?
1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan
I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.
None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.
This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.
Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE Elimination Chamber 2021
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Due to the short build between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, there was a general lack of excitement from fans heading into the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, especially with the lack of established matches on the card. Despite this, the Elimination Chamber was still a solid show to watch, mainly due to both chamber matches being fun to watch, with the last chamber match, having a shocking but awesome twist. So as we leave the Elimination Chamber and take yet another step forward on the Road to WrestleMania, let us look at the top 5 moments that stood out on this short but solid show.
5. Riddle becomes United States Champion
Heading into this match, it seemed highly unlikely that Riddle would beat the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. Even though the match was a triple threat match and Riddle did not have to pin Lashley to win the title, fans had seen Riddle lose to Bobby time and time again, making it seem the only real threat to Lashley’s title reign in the match was Keith Lee. However after Lee was taken out and John Morrison won a match on the pre-show earlier in the night, things seemed somewhat possible for Riddle.
All three men looked good in this match, as Lashley dominated the start of the match, helping fans get their breath back from the opening Elimination Chamber. This would force Riddle and John Morrison to team up on Lashley, despite being teamed up on Lashley would fight back and seemed to have things won as he put the hurt lock on John Morrison, only for Riddle to attack Lashley with the crutch belonging to MVP and pin John Morrison to become United States Champion
Yet again, special credit has to be given to MVP as a manager, he serves a purpose and actually looks like he’s being effective in helping Lashley. An example of this was MVP encouraging Lashley to stay outside the ring to recover as Riddle and Morrison treaded blows inside the ring.
4. The Tribal Chief reigns supreme for now
Instead of defending the Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns would use his power to face the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, straight after the match. This was yet another great heel move from Roman as it once again showed how much power he has backstage due to his bloodline and role as a main-event player.
After Daniel Bryan survived a brutal chamber match, Roman Reigns would come out straight after the match, giving Daniel Bryan little time to recover. Roman would go to spear Daniel, only for Daniel to reverse it into the Yes Lock, making the impossible seem possible, only for Roman to counter and punish Daniel, locking in the guillotine for the win.
After holding the Universal Title, Roman would be hit with a spear by Edge, who seemed to copy Roman from earlier on SmackDown as he whispered in Roman’s ear, before pointing to the WrestleMania sign, giving fans his answer on who he’s gonna face at WrestleMania.
3. An Awesome finish
After The Miz won the Money In The Bank briefcase at Hell In A Cell against Otis, it seemed like every Pay-Per-View he would give Drew McIntyre a threat, stating he was going to cash in, however as time went on, it seemed more unlikely he would ever successfully cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre.
Each after he pulled out of the Elimination Chamber match, it still seemed unlikely Miz would cash in successfully, especially with it being so close to WrestleMania. However, after we saw backstage footage of The Miz talking to MVP backstage before the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, things started to become interesting.
After McIntyre had won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship, Bobby Lashley would come out and dominate Drew, leaving The Miz to cash in on Drew, allowing Miz to win the WWE Championship, putting a massive twist on the Road to WrestleMania.
2. McIntyre survives the Elimination Chamber
The Elimination Chamber match was filled with heaps of sub feuds, especially with the WWE Champion, Drew Mcintyre who had old rivals in Randy Orton and AJ Styles, as well as a new feud with his former best friend Sheamus, despite this, Drew would keep a level head and dominate everyone in the match, before eventually hitting a claymore on AJ Styles to win the match and retain his title before The Miz would cash in.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton would start the match before Drew would come in and dominate both men. Kofi Kingston would come in next and hit Orton with a roll-up to score a shock elimination. Orton would RKO both Hardy and Kofi, allowing Styles to have an advantage as Omos helped destroy his pod, so Styles could enter early in the match. Kofi would be eliminated by Sheamus, as well as Hardy who was eliminated by Drew.
AJ, Sheamus and Drew would trade blows, with Sheamus hitting Drew with a Brogue kick, only for Styles to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus to eliminate him. With Drew now battered and broken Styles would attempt a Phenomenal Forearm on Drew, only for Drew to hit a Claymore Kick in mid-air to survive and win a great Elimination Chamber match.
1. Daniel Bryan goes the distance
Despite the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship being a great match I personally found the opening chamber match earlier in the night much more enjoyable. It felt much more smooth and natural than the later chamber match with all 6 men involved looking strong with Daniel Bryan, being the clear MVP of the match as he entered the chamber first with fellow dark horse Cesaro and went on to win his third Elimination Chamber match.
Cesaro and Daniel would start things off slow as they entered the match first. King Corbin would then come out, followed by an irate Sami Zayn who could not believe we entered forth. Corbin would be the first eliminated after Cesaro put him the Sharpshooter. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso would then come out with Owens eliminating Sami. As Sami exited the ring Jey would trap Kevin’s arm in the Chamber door, superkicking him then eliminating him.
Cesaro would then mount a comeback only for Jey to ruin his momentum as he superkicked Cesaro and hit a splash to eliminate him. Jey would then attempt a splash of a wounded Bryan, only for Bryan to get his knees up and hit Jey with the running knee to win the Elimination Chamber match.
These were my top 5 moments from the Elimination Chamber. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of both Elimination Chamber matches? Let us know in the comments below.
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