EVOLVE 82 did not match the hype generated around it when the card was announced, mainly due to the disappointing main event. However, that should not be a reason to discount the event. A crisp opener and a fantastic tag title match put the show on a quality level.
Four weeks ago, thinking this tournament could stack up to the previous three years would have been considered incredibly optimistic. Now that it’s over, we have to legitimately ask ourselves, was this the best G1 yet?
Tonight’s WWE NXT is recap heavy. Just about everything you haven’t seen before involves lots of Cathy Kelley and a green screen. That sucks from a viewing standpoint, and is a super garbage cop out, but I get to dive a little deeper into a lot of the developments from Takeover, so stick with me in this review.
WWE is rapidly approaching a vital crossroads, one that could potentially change the creative course of the promotion for the next half century. Either a new supreme hero will be identified and created in the near future using the tenets of the McMahon Doctrine, or the longstanding law of heroes will finally be vetoed in favor of a new approach.
Watching this week’s Lucha Underground, I felt a bit like a quixotic young fella. Sitting through this show felt like sitting atop of a pile of feces, digging and digging for a pony that is nowhere to be found.
More CFE Arena! More holding patterns! Right here, on WWE NXT!
Tonight’s WWE NXT features a handful of entertaining matches, but mostly more of the same. With the promise of a major debut and huge main event next week, NXT promises to be on fire between now and Takeover: Dallas.
The Jericho/Styles sandwich on this week’s SmackDown betrays a painfully depleted roster and the lurking ghost of “wins and losses don’t matter”: but these things are a lot easier to forgive when the wrestling is actually good.
Daniel Bryan has retired. Titus O’Neil has been suspended, but gets a TV gig. Axl Rotten dies. Rob goes to NXT Indy. Jeff hosts the show. Big show! We’ll talk all the hot topics of the wrestling world this week, plus our Top 100 WWE Network match of Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio from 2009’s The Bash.