‘NXT TAKEOVER: STAND & DELIVER NIGHT 2’ Recap + Review – O’Reilly vs. Cole, Balor vs. Kross

DATE: April 8, 2021
VENUE: Capitol Wrestling Center
COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (Replay)

CHAMPIONS

  • NXT CHAMPION: Finn Balor
  • NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION: Raquel Gonzalez
  • NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION: Johnny Gargano
  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Santos Escobar
  • NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: MSK (Wes Lee & Nash Carter)
  • NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart

LINEUP

  • LADDER MATCH: Santos Escobar [c] vs. Jordan Devlin [c] for the NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart [c] vs. The Way for the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Johnny Gargano [c] vs. Bronson Reed for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • Finn Balor [c] vs. Karrion Kross for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • UNSANCTIONED MATCH: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole (***3/4)

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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

WWE ‘205 LIVE’ 01.29.2021 Rundown + Review – Women’s Dusty Classic, Atlas vs. Grey vs. Daivari

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuiness

The first round of the Women’s Dusty Classic concludes this week on 205 Live as Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart take on Marina Shafir & Zoey Stark. We’ve also got triple threat match as Jake Atlas, August Grey, and Ariya Daivari do battle.

CHAMPION

  • NXT CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Santos Escobar

LINEUP

  • Jake Atlas vs. August Grey vs. Ariya Daivari
  • 2021 WOMEN’S DUSTY CLASSIC – 1ST ROUND: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart vs. Marina Shafir & Zoey Stark

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[TV Review] ‘NXT’ 10.14.2020 – Priest vs. Lumis, Blackheart vs. LeRae, Halloween Havoc Matches Announced

COMMENTATORS: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett, & Beth Phoenix

The North American Championship is on the line this week on NXT as Damian Priest defends against Dexter Lumis in the main event. Also on the show The Undisputed Era embark on the secondcoming of their Golden Prophecy, Johnny Gargano tries to beat some knowledge into Austin Theory, and Toni Storm makes her in-ring debut as a full-fledged NXT superstar.

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

  • Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. The Undisputed Era (***)
  • Ashante Thee Adonis vs. Jake Atlas (NR)
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Austin Theory (***)
  • #1 CONTENDER’S MATCH: Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae (**1/2)
  • Toni Storm vs. Aliyah (NR)
  • Drake Maverick & Killian Dain vs. Imperium (*1/2)
  • Damian Priest [c] vs. Dexter Lumis for the NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)

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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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[Event Recap] ‘EVOLVE 131’ – 10th Anniversary Celebration, Cole vs. Tozawa, Theory vs. Drake

Date: July 13, 2019
Venue: 2300 Arena (Philadelphia, PA)
Commentator: Lenny Leonard

EVOLVE 131 is the official 10th anniversary celebration of the company and it’s…on the WWE Network? With an NXT Championship match in the main event? That can’t be right, I must have huffed too much paint this morning.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • EVOLVE CHAMPION: Austin Theory
  • WWN CHAMPION: JD Drake
  • EVOLVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Unwanted (Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy)

THE LINEUP

  • Josh Briggs vs. Anthony Greene (**1/2)
  • FOUR-WAY FREESTYLE: Sean Maluta vs. Curt Stallion vs. Stephen Wolf vs. Harlem Bravado (**1/4)
  • Anthony Henry vs. Arturo Ruas (***3/4)
  • NO-DISQUALIFICATION: Shotzi Blackheart vs. Brandi Lauren (***)
  • Babatunde vs. Colby Corino (**)
  • The Unwanted [c] vs. AR Fox & Leon Ruff for the EVOLVE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • CATCH POINT REUNION: Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak (****1/4)
  • WINNER TAKES ALL: Austin Theory [c] vs. JD Drake [c] for the EVOLVE and WWN CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Adam Cole [c] vs. Akira Tozawa for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)

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