Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the Badlands
Re: NXT TakeOver: XXV Discussion Thread
Well it sucks I wasn't able to live discuss NXT Takeover with you guys last night, but hey the Weather is nice today, and Sunday was the perfect day to enjoy this Show. Let me give my thoughts if I can.
Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong. One of the best openers NXT Takeover has given to us to be honest. Riddle has always had great Matches with Technical Wizards in the Ring like Gulak recently as well, so it was no shock to see another wonderful battle with Strong. Strong’s work of the back and ribs was a good play following his parking lot attack on Riddle leading into this match, and the homestretch was spectacular. Strong is greatly under appreciated, and it was great to see him get that shine in a Takeover singles match.
Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Titles. No better Tag Team to give the Titles to then the Street Profits. You can't teach charisma, no hard how you try to, you have it or you don't and this team has it. They are also improving as a team itself so safe to say it's in good hands with the Street Profits who I wished won it over War Raiders if I'm being honest here. As for the Ladder Match itself brutal when it needed to be and I feel all the teams looked good throughout. O'Reily man did he take alot of punishment in that one, between the fall he took on the Ladder, or being dropped on by his partner, while also getting nearly killed off by near misses from the Ladder, yeah I was afraid for him of all the guy no doubt.
Dream vs Breeze. Dream called Breeze "The Great Value" of himself and for anyone who knows how it feels to be broke or homeless, Great Value is life. No not Cocoa Puffs...Chocolate Puffs. As the Match kept going I didn't see any great value version of Breeze, he felt at home in there. Breeze kept bringing the fight to the Champion, and it took some tricks for Dream to retain the Title. I didn't like the selfie after the Match at all, Breeze should of smashed his Cell Phone over the head of Dream.
Damian Priest is a lovely name by the way. The guy has been has been working NXT events since last November so I look forward to this guy and seeing what he's all about.
Shayna Baszler vs. Io Shirai. Going into my Predictions I thought for sure Io has this in the bag and colored me shocked that Shayna two Events in a row had me fooled. Listen let's get to the Match which was good, not better than their Stardom encounter, but still good. Shayna whether or not I like her Character and trust me her Character is nerfed badly to the point where she's a Lobster like Kamen Rider Villain from the 70's to me, but she hasn't failed in the Ring at least for me. I would say WWE has put this NXT Women's Title in a bad situation right now because who is gonna stop her? Maybe the mugging of Io after the Match makes Shayna lose it and give her another Title shot, but I doubt it right now. You can't give to Candice, it would be slapping the faces of talent like Mia Yim, Belair who have done more and have been having a good feud themselves during NXT weekly shows to give to Candice with no momentum at all. I don't think Candice would want to win it like that, rather in the right way I imagine.
Maybe at the next NXT Takeover I guess the night before Summerslam we can have Yim vs Belair vs Shirai vs Baszler for the Title and reset everything because God knows it needs it.
August 31st, NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff so I guess Dunne vs Walter 2, Toni Storm vs two or three ladies for the NXT UK Title, and Gibson and Drake defending their Tag Titles vs a few teams. For a guy who makes it every week to watch all of WWE's Show happy to see this news, as I think about what does the new number contender do for this Show hmm. AEW same spot that day right should be interesting what they gives us to pull us away from WWE that night.
Gargano vs Cole. Okay let's get to my thoughts on what I think about this feud. Cole should of won the Title before this Match and had Gargano a little bit more, because Gargano little engine that could Character was already on it's last legs in my opinion. It was rushed to the Stars of course via the injury of Ciampa, and I never like to see Title changes happen just to have that omg moment. I'm big on momentum when it comes to such things, and when a Company makes a talent wait too long to win the big one I hate that for sure. I thought the same thing for Roman when he defeated Brock, and Jesus WWE keeps teasing a Strowman Title win, as if I care about it anymore at this point because of the lack of momentum to it. Congrats to Cole winning the Title, but it feels like here's your moment kid now you can keep quiet. Is it crazy to think we get Cole vs Gargano 3 at the next Takeover and we see another Title change?
Asking that question because clearly if WWE doesn't care about Gargano having a long reign, should I expect a long one for Cole? I know it's Triple H's Golden Child, but it seems WWE treats their talent at times like Brand new Pair of Sneakers when they feel like they are old, they put them in the Closet. I hope we get a long reign from Cole, kinda indifferent to him as I like the three other guys around him with a passion, but were due a great heel run like Ciampa gave us I feel till November or even Wrestlemania time again and then a Title drop to Riddle is my guess he can come up with his buddies? Still a great Show to watch, with Riddle vs Strong being maybe my favorite Match of the Show if not the Main Event, but I was happy watching this for sure.