With a huge announcement from William Regal and two huge title matches, there was plenty of hype heading into NXT this week. Thankfully NXT delivered an amazing episode of NXT as both title matches lived up to the hype. To add to this we also more development of Xia Li’s new gimmick as she faced her former friend, Kayden Carter and more as we build to a special two-night Takeover With such an action-packed episode it was hard to put just 5 moments on this list, but here are the special moments that stood on an amazing episode of NXT.
5. Kayden Carter faces Xia Li
As I have mentioned previously, Xia Li’s recent transformation has been incredible to watch. Just a few months ago she drifted in the midcard, barely standing out mainly due to how talented the NXT Women’s roster is. Then her new character created an aura of mystery and intrigue when vignettes started showing. Xia would follow this up with a strong first showing of her new gimmick as she dominated her opponents. Xia would keep this domination going on NXT this week as she fought Kayden Carter with the match ending after Kacy Catanzaro attacked Xia Li to cause a disqualification.
While this match was mostly another strong showing for Xia Li, it was extremely surprising to see how much offense Kayden Carter got in against Xia. Xia would later regain control in the match as she put Kayden Carter’s legs in a dangerous position near the ring post, only for Kacy Catanzaro to attack Xia with a crutch. Boa would then confront Catanzaro before Catanzaro and Carter left the ring.
Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter are great choices for Xia Li’s first big feud, mainly due to the history that these three women share with each other as a well-booked feud with Li, Catanzaro and Carter can show how much Xia has transformed.
4. Pete Dunne challenges Jake Atlas
What made NXT so special this week was the fact that every match where great to watch from start to finish. Pete Dunne facing Jake Atlas was an example of this as both men put on a solid match. While this could have easily been a squash match, putting Dunne over, Atlas pushed Dunne during the match and looked strong in the match despite losing against Dunne.
Atlas would catch Dunne off-guard multiple times in the match using his speed and ability to get the advantage of Dunne. Dunne would then get control back, targeting the arm of Atlas and putting him in multiple submission holds, with Atlas out, after Dunne put him in an armbar.
After beating Atlas, Dunne would grab the mic and call out any future challengers to step up to Dune, potentially setting up the seeds for a feud at the next TakeOver.
3. William Regal’s huge announcement
After Adam Pearce made Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai their match against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler their match for the Women’s Tag Team Titles last week on NXT, William Regal would tell fans he had a huge announcement to make on NXT. Regal would waste no time telling fans his huge announcement as he announced a two-night TakeOver event as well as the debut of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles, with Regal crowing Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez the titles.
The NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles are a great idea. NXT has arguably the greatest women’s roster in professional wrestling history. Due to the roster being so stacked many women go under the radar on the roster. The new titles are the perfect way to solve this problem and can be the perfect stepping stone for building new stars heading into the future.
The announcement of a special two-night is also huge news as we are sure to see two great nights of wrestling, making Wrestlemania week extremely stacked.
2. Io Shari finally beats Toni Storm
After William Regal’s huge announcement to kick off NXT this week Io Shirai and Toni Storm had a huge job trying to follow up. Despite the pressure, both women had a great match with each other with Shirai getting her first singles win against Storm as she retained her NXT Women’s Championship, making her one of the strongest champions in history.
While a few of the strikes the match felt sloppy and slightly off, it was still entertaining to still both women facing each other. Late in the match, Storm would hit Shirai with the Storm Zero for a near fall. Storm would then go to the top rope and try to hit a diving headbutt only for Shirai to catch her in the Crossface, with Storm eventually tapping out.
After the match, Io Shirai would confront Raquel Gonzalez, stating that she wanted to face Gonzalez next for the Woman’s Championship.
1. Adam Cole and Finn Balor square off for the NXT Championship
After an amazing NXT, it was only fitting we would finish with a highly anticipated, TakeOver worthy match, as Adam Cole faced Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. Both men would push each other to their limit, with Cole having the upper hand late in the match only for Kyle O’Reilly to surprise Cole and cost him the match.
Both men would trade offense in an evenly paced contest, however, Cole would get the upper hand after he superkicked Balor’s surgically repaired jaw. This would give Cole the upper hand allowing him to hit the Last Shot and the Panama Sunrise on Balor, only for Balor to kick out of both finishers from Cole, leaving Cole shocked.
Kyle O’Reilly would then distract Cole allowing Balor to hit the 1916 and Coup De Grace to beat Cole. Kyle would then attack Cole after the match, following him backstage. Before anyone could get their breath back, Balor would be confronted by Karrion Kross, with both men staring at each other to finish the show.
These were my top 5 moments from NXT this week. What were your top 5 moments and what was your favorite match? Let us know in the comments below.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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