With the two night, NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver just a few weeks away this week’s edition of the black and yellow brand was once again an action-packed 2 hours of wrestling as saw NXT General Manager, William Regal’s reaction to the actions of Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole, LA Knight face off against Bronson Reed, an appearance from Shawn Micheals and more.
So with that out of the way, I am Bodeen Green and these are the Top 5 moments from another amazing episode of NXT this week.
5. Io Shirai, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez and Zoey Stark open the show
If there is one problem with WWE’s style of booking, is the over reliance of tag team matches for a singles feud. Generally, these tag matches very little to advance feuds and just feel like a way of passing the time. However, we would see an exception to this on NXT this week as the NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai teamed up with Zoey Stark to face Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez with all four women during a great job in opening the show.
While the big story heading into this match was the feud between Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez, the real MVP of this match was the young and upcoming star Zoey Stark. Stark would push Gonzalez and Kai to their limit and even seemed to have the match in hand as she attempted to hit the 450, only for Gonzalez to move out the way and hit the chokeslam twice and Stark, with Gonzalez, staring at Shirai as she pinned Stark for the win.
After the match, Raquel Gonzalez and Io Shirai would confront each other, before Dakota Kai distracted Shirai allowing Gonzalez to attack Shirai. Gonzalez would brutalize Shirai around the ring, finishing her assault with a brutal chokeslam on the announce table. This was a great match to open NXT and did a good job in advancing the feud with Gonzalez and Shirai as well as making Zoey Stark look good in the process.
4. Bronson Reed scores a huge upset win over LA Knight
After Bronson Reed destroyed LA Knight’s jacket last week on NXT, LA Knight would get a chance to get revenge on Reed as both men faced each other this week. This was a solid and simple match with both men showcasing their different in-ring styles as Bronson Reed scored a huge upset win after he pinned LA Knight.
Bronson Reed would get the advantage early in the match against Knight showing off his power and speed before being cut off by Knight. Knight would then remove the style from his offense as he grounded Reed throughout the match. Reed would eventually hit the Tsunami on LA Knight to score a shocking victory.
Special credit has to be given to LA Knight’s promo before his match against Reed. Despite the promo being less than a minute, it was still highly effective in showcasing the charisma and cockiness of LA Knight. A shoutout also had to go out to Wade Barrett who was hilarious on commentary as he put over LA Knight.
3. Karrion Kross destroys Oney Lorcan as Finn Balor sends a message
While it is extremely sad to know that Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch had to vacate their NXT Tag Team Titles due to Danny Burch separating his shoulder, there was one positive with that positive being the match we saw between Oney Lorcan and Karrion Kross this week. Both men had an amazing match and they brutalized each other with hard-hitting offense.
Despite Lorcan’s aggression at the start of the match, Kross would dominate Lorcan throughout the match, with Lorcan getting very little offense in against Karrion. Lorcan would attempt a comeback late in the match, hitting Kross with multiple uppercuts and slaps, only for Kross to hit Lorcan with a Saito Suplex and an elbow in the back of the neck for the win.
After the match, Karrion Kross would cut a promo on the NXT Champion Finn Balor, only for Balor to interrupt him. Balor would cut his own promo on Karrion Kross, telling Kross he was weak due to him running on emotions. This was a simple but effective promo and did a solid job of advancing the feud between Karrion Kross and Finn Balor.
2. WALTER decimates Drake Maverick and Tommaso Ciampa
WALTER would waste no time this week in making an impact on his in-ring return to the black and yellow this week. In less than a minute, WALTER would hit a brutal powerbomb on Drake Maverick early in the match, then locked in a single leg Boston Crab on Maverick, with WALTER getting the win after the referee called for the bell to protect Drake Maverick.
After the match, Tommaso Ciampa would come out and challenge WALTER to a match at NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver. Ciampa would then slap WALTER and attack Imperium, with the numbers game eventually catching up to Ciampa. WALTER would then rip off Ciampa’s necklace and chop Ciampa, accepting Ciampa’s challenge at Takeover.
This was a great segment as it made WALTER look strong and made Ciampa look fearless as he attacked WALTER despite being outnumbered. While I am excited to see Ciampa and WALTER face each other for the NXT UK Championship, it does make the match between Rampage Brown and WALTER predictable.
1. Things between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly continue to heat up
After their actions last week the center of NXT was once again based on the feud between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. Before William Regal could confront both men later in the night, things would continue to heat up with Cole and O’Reilly as we sew footage of Cole attacking O’Reilly and O’Reilly’s BJJ gym. We would also see the friendship between Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly end as O’Reilly refused to accept Roderick Strong’s offer of teaming up on Adam Cole.
Both men would confront each other at the end of the night as they signed the contract for their match at TakeOver: Stand and Deliver. As he signed the contract, Cole would cut a promo on how the Undisputed Era held him back and how annoyed he was at Kyle for getting close to Finn Balor. Kyle would then cut his own promo about how they grew as wrestlers in NXT and how he will do anything to destroy Adam Cole with both men being held back as NXT closed.
This was an amazing promo segment to close the show with both men cutting great promos on each other. William Regal’s promo before the contract signing was also great, as he showed his frustration towards O’Reilly and Cole, proving to fans once again why he is one of the best authority figures in wrestling.
These were my top 5 moments from this week’s edition of NXT. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of LA Knight’s future in NXT. 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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