‘WWE CLASH AT THE CASTLE 2022’ Results & Notes – Roman vs. Drew, Gunther vs. Sheamus

DATE: September 3, 2022
VENUE: Principality Stadium (Cardiff, Wales)
COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Live)

WWE Clash at the Castle 2022 is the company’s first big UK stadium show since SummerSlam 1992 and they roll in with a big main event as Roman Reigns tries to overcome home country advantage and successfully defend the Undisputed Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPION: Roman Reigns
  • RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Bianca Belair
  • SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Liv Morgan
  • WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Ring General” Gunther
  • WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley
  • WWE UNDISPUTED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
  • WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah

LINEUP

  • Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, & Asuka vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai, & Io Sky
  • Gunther [c] vs. Sheamus for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Liv Morgan [c] vs. Shayna Baszler for the SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. The Judgment Day
  • Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins
  • Roman Reigns [c] vs. Drew McIntyre for the UNDISPUTED WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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‘NXT’ 04.12.2022 Recap + Review – Tag Team Gauntlet, Women’s & North American Titles on the Line, BOAT Comes to NXT

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett

This week on NXT:

  • Cameron Grimes defends the North American Championship against Solo Sikoa
  • Mandy Rose defends the Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai
  • Five teams battle in a Gauntlet match to decide the new Tag Team Champions
  • Follow-up on Joe Gacy & Harland’s apparent kidnapping of Bron Breakker’s father Rick Steiner at the end of last week’s episode.
  • Cora Jade meets her idol Natalya and things probably go fine.
  • Nikkita Lyons says she’s done with Lash Legend but it may not be vice versa.

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‘NXT’ 04.05.2022 Recap + Review – Breakker vs. Gunther, Lyons vs. Legend, D’Angelo’s a Made Man

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett

NXT this week not only features fallout from this past Saturday’s Stand & Deliver special but also the first appearance of new NXT Champion Bron Breakker, who shocked the world by beating Dolph Ziggler for the title last night on Monday Night Raw. What does he have to say? Who will step up to challenge the Pup-faced Gremlin? Your guess is as good as mine!

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‘NXT’ 01.11.2022 Recap + Review – AJ Styles vs. Grayson Waller, Crowbar on a Pole, FIREBALLS

VENUE: WWE Performance Center (Orlando, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett

The first NXT of the Bron Breakker Era features the NXT debut of “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles as he takes on Grayson Waller in the main event. The feud between Pete Dunne and Tony D’Angelo reaches Vince Russo-level stakes as they battle in a Crowbar on a Pole match. 

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Bron Breakker
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Mandy Rose
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Carmelo Hayes
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel)
  • NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jane)

LINEUP

  • Xyon Quinn vs. Santos Escobar (*1/4)
  • Cameron Grimes vs. Damon Kemp (NR)
  • DUSTY RHODES CLASSIC QUALIFIER: Malik Blade & Edris Enofe vs. Joe Gacy & Harland (*)
  • CROWBAR ON A POLE: Pete Dunne vs. Tony D’Angelo (**)
  • Amari Miller, Kacy Catanzaro, & Kayden Carter vs. Indi Hartwell, Persia Pirotta, & Wendy Choo (*1/2)
  • Solo Sikoa vs. Boa (*3/4)
  • AJ Styles vs. Grayson Waller (**3/4)

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‘NXT TAKEOVER: STAND & DELIVER NIGHT 1’ Recap + Review – Shirai vs. Gonzalez, WALTER vs. Ciampa

DATE: April 7, 2021
VENUE: Capitol Wrestling Center (Orlando, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Livestream)

Night 1 of NXT TakeOver features the Women’s Championship in the main event as Io Shirai defends against Raquel Gonzalez. Also on the show WALTER defends his NXT UK Championship against Tommaso Ciampa, new Tag Team Champions are crowned, and a #1 contender to the North American Championship is decided for tomorrow night. If they can’t win their final Wednesday Night “War” with this lineup I am going to be SHOCKED.

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Io Shirai
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Johnny Gargano
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Santos Escobar
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart

LINEUP

  • KUSHIDA vs. Pete Dunne (***1/4)
  • #1 Contender’s Eliminator Gauntlet (***1/2)
  • WALTER [c] vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT UK CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/2)
  • MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado del Fantasma for the vacant NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Io Shirai [c] vs. Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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‘WWE ROYAL RUMBLE 2021’ Recap + Thoughts – Two Rumbles, Last Man Standing, McIntyre vs. Goldberg

DATE: January 31, 2021 VENUE: The THUNDERDOME (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL) RAW COMMENTATORS: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, & Samoa Joe SMACKDOWN COMMENTATORS: Michael Cole & Corey Graves The road to WrestleMania begins with the Royal Rumble, held inside the THUNDERDOME at Tropicana Field. In addition to the two Rumble matches we’ve also got both major singles championships on the line … Read more

[TV Review] ‘NXT’ 10.21.2020 – NXT Tag Team Title Match, Thatch as Thatch Can, Scott/Adonis/Atlas vs. Legado del Fantasma

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix

The NXT Tag Team Championship is on the line this week in the main event as Breezango defends against Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish of The Undisputed Era…OR DO THEY? Also on the show we’ve got a triple threat match, a six-man tag, a little Halloween Havoc hype but not a lot, and Timothy Thatcher with a live Thatch as Thatch Can demonstration.

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Io Shirai
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Damian Priest
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Santos Escobar
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango)

LINEUP

  • KUSHIDA vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream (***)
  • Ember Moon vs. Jessi Kamea (**)
  • Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory (*1/2)
  • Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory (NR)
  • Isaiah Scott, Ashante Adonis, & Jake Atlas vs. Legado del Fantasma (***1/4)
  • Drake Maverick & Killian Dain vs. Ever-Rise (*1/2)
  • Kacy Catanzaro vs. Xia Li (*)
  • Anthony Greene vs. Timothy Thatcher (NR)
  • Breezango [c] vs. ??? for the NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)

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[TV Review] ‘NXT’ 10.07.2020 – Ember Moon’s In-Ring Return, KUSHIDA vs. Ciampa

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix

The first NXT post-TakeOver 31 features Ember Moon’s first match in 14 months as she teams with Rhea Ripley against Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez. Also on the show Tommaso Ciampa takes on KUSHIDA, Austin Theory wrestles twice, and Drake Maverick tries to get Killian Dain to get on board with their tag team.

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Io Shirai
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Damian Priest
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze)

LINEUP

  • KUSHIDA vs. Tommaso Ciampa (***)
  • Drake Maverick & Killian Dain vs. EverRise (*3/4)
  • Leon Ruff vs. Austin Theory (NR)
  • Dexter Lumis vs. Austin Theory (*3/4)
  • Danny Burch vs. Ridge Holland (**)
  • Shotzi Blackheart vs. Xia Li (NR)
  • Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez (**)

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[PPV Recap] ‘NXT TakeOver: In Your House’ – Flair vs. Ripley vs. Shirai, Backlot Brawl

DATE: June 7, 2020
VENUE: Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips, & Beth Phoenix 

NXT TakeOver: In Your House plays dirty by going right for the nostalgia, resurrecting one of the WWE’s old PPV themes. I’ve been ignoring most empty arena wrestling in 2020 but goddammit they got me and I’m here for it. This PPV features a Backlot Brawl for the NXT Championship as Adam Cole defends against The Velveteen DreamKeith Lee defending the North American Championship against Johnny Gargano, and Charlotte Flair defending the NXT Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai. 

CHAMPIONS 

  • NXT CHAMPION: Adam Cole 
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Charlotte Flair 
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Keith Lee 
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: El Hijo del Fantasma 
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) 

LINEUP 

  • Shotzi Blackheart, Tegan Nox, & Mia Yim vs. Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez, & Candice LeRae (****) 
  • Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest (***1/4) 
  • Keith Lee [c] vs. Johnny Gargano for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***) 
  • BACKLOT BRAWL: Adam Cole [c] vs. The Velveteen Dream for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2) 
  • Tommaso Ciampa vs. Karrion Kross (***) 
  • Charlotte Flair [c] vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4) 

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[TV Recap] ‘NXT’ 12.18.19 – Baszler vs. Ripley, Cole vs. Balor

COMMENTATORS: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, & Beth Phoenix

It’s the penultimate NXT of 2019 and they’ve brought the big guns with TWO big title matches: Adam Cole defending the NXT Championship against Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley challenging Shayna Baszler for the Women’s Championship. This sounds tremendous on paper, let’s see how it goes in execution.

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Adam Cole
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Shayna Baszler
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Roderick Strong
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Angel Garza
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, & Adam Cole)

LINEUP

  • Adam Cole [c] vs. Finn Balor for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Damian Priest vs. Killian Dain (***)
  • KUSHIDA vs. Cameron Grimes (***3/4)
  • Santana Garrett vs. Io Shirai (**3/4)
  • Pete Dunne vs. Travis Banks (***3/4)
  • Shayna Baszler [c] vs. Rhea Ripley for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)

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