Category: NXT

NXT TakeOver New Orleans Results & Review

If the main event of TakeOver New Orleans isn’t for you, have a long hard think about whether you’re still a fan of the WWE’s concept of modern wrestling. It’s totally cool if you aren’t, but if this didn’t do anything for you, I’m not sure what else from them will.

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WWE NXT (April 6): A Dose of Nakamura

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.

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WWE NXT (March 30): Is it Takeover Time Yet?

Every match on WWE NXT is predictable tonight. The card is set, there’s nothing left to build too, even if Baron Corbin did drop the promo of his career. This is the last chance to put guys over leading into Takeover: Dallas, and most of the attempts worked.

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WWE NXT (February 24) Review: Much Ado About Nothing

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.

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WWE NXT (2/17) Review: Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn

We’re getting close to the actual build for WWE NXT Takeover: Dallas, but the holding pattern is getting stale. Quickly. Thankfully Asuka and tonight’s main event both help make this an hour worth watching, holding pattern or not. Let’s dive in.

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WWE NXT (January 13): NXT Returns!

It feels like it’s been a month since we had a meaningful, half decent episode of WWE NXT, and that’s because it pretty much has been a month. NXT’s return to regular programming was exciting, if only because we’ve been starved for fresh content from the best program in WWE. Come for short but sweet matches, stay for multiple Commissioner Regal segments setting up the next few months of NXT matches.

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WWE NXT (Nov. 11): Dash and Dawson vs. The Vaudvillains

WWE NXT has been on fire since Takeover: Brooklyn, and the match quality has been off the charts for a weekly one hour show. Seriously, the only bad thing about NXT has been Byron Saxton’s regression to a six-year-old’s logical capacity. Tonight’s episode was no exception when Dash and Dawson challenged The Vaudvillains for the NXT Tag Team Championship.

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WWE NXT (November 4) Review: Apollo Crews vs. Finn Balor

This was the week for WWE NXT; we hadn’t seen either NXT champion in action since Takeover: Respect and they’ve hardly been on NXT TV for the past month. Tonight, however, Apollo Crews challenged Finn Balor for the NXT Championship in what was an excellent match between two of the most exciting names in NXT.

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WWE NXT (October 14) Review: No. 1 Contendership Battle Royal

As always, WWE NXT has a lot to live up to following an exceptional Takeover special. These first episodes following Takeovers are often resets and, as a result, lackluster. This time, however, there were literally (maybe) dozens of possible storylines set up for months in the future. Can the debut of Nia Jax and a battle royal to determine the No. 1 contender carry the show?

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NXT (August 12) Review: Becky Lynch vs Bayley

NXT finally gained some momentum last week and could use another couple of weeks heading into a sold out Takeover in Brooklyn on August 22. There are going to be 13,000 (!) in the Barclays Center to watch WWE’s “developmental” territory. This is clearly shaping up to be the shining moment of Triple H’s pet project; they need the momentum and they need to deliver.

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NXT TV (June 17) Review: Samoa Joe vs Kevin Owens

Ever since May 20, when Samoa Joe made his surprising debut at NXT Takeover, we’ve been wondering just what Kevin Owens vs Samoa Joe in WWE would look like. We got the answer tonight, although only partially. Also, Part 1 of “Who is Finn Balor?” looks at the beginning of Fergal Devitt.

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NXT TV (June 3) Review: WWE Network Live Special coming July 4

The big news coming out of tonight’s all new episode of NXT is that WWE is doing something really cool with the WWE Network in July. Announced for the first time on WWE television, and here on NXT of all places, WWE Network will be airing the July 4 live event taking place at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. NXT will have a presence, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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NXT TV (May 27) Review: Crowe vs Owens, Emma vs Bayley

Tonight’s all new episode of WWE NXT set out to answer some questions that we had after NXT Takeover: Unstoppable. Will Finn Bálor head right for the NXT Title? Will Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe cross paths again? How would William Regal respond to being knocked out by Kevin Owens? What’s next for Baron Corbin? These answers and more on an all new NXT!

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NXT TV (April 29) Review: Sami Zayn vs Alex Riley

WWE NXT returned to WWE Network this week with a main event in any armory in the country: Alex Riley vs Sami Zayn. We’ll also get Dana Brooke’s second match on WWE TV, a double dip of Divas with Becky Lynch taking on Sarah Dobson, and Hideo Itami battles Adam Rose!

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NXT TV (April 22) Review: Owens vs Riley 2

This show featured all the top stars of NXT all in one episode: Kevin Owens, Alex Riley, Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami, Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn and more! It’s the final episode of CJ Parker, but on the brightside, we have more Dana Brooke and Alex Riley!

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WWE NXT TV (April 15) Review: Dana Brooke debut, Sami Zayn return, Riley’s rage!

WWE NXT returned on WWE Network this week with the much anticipated return of Sami Zayn, making his first in-ring wrestling appearance since February 11’s NXT Takeover: Rival. Plus, the debut of The Total Diva, Dana Brooke. Will Rhyno spoil Sami’s big comeback? Will Blue Pants push towards the Women’s Championship over the debuting diva? These questions, and more, answered right here!

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WWE NXT TV (April 8): Hideo Itami’s Road to WrestleMania

WWE NXT returns on WWE Network with a special episode looking back at NXT taking over WWE Axxess for Wrestlemania 31. Some of the matches in the NXT Tournament for a spot in Wrestlemania’s Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal were shown, in between clips of the excitement at Fan Axxess. NXT returns next week with episodes emanating from Full Sail University!

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WWE NXT (April 1) Review: Breeze vs Itami, Best of 3 Falls

The rivalry between Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami hasn’t been the main focus on NXT lately, and rightfully so. Kevin Owens is mowing through the NXT roster with no lacking of confidence, and Sasha Banks is doing the same on the women’s side of the roster as well. With those two huge personalities taking control of NXT lately, Hideo and Tyler have been fighting to get back on the top of the scene by proving who the better of the two is. The focus of NXT changes for one night, tonight, as the rivalry culminated on WWE NXT with a Best of Three Falls matchup.

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NXT Live in Columbus (March 5) Review, Notes, and Photos

On Thursday night (March 5), I made the last minute decision to travel from my home in Northeast Indiana to the first ever (except for that one in Georgia) NXT Live event outside of Florida. NXT Live in Columbus, Ohio, had been a much anticipated event, with tickets selling out in under one hour for the live show. Over 1,000 people attended the event, with many of them standing for the entire show as there were only about 400 seats at the LC Pavilion in Columbus. To be short with it, the show was quite fun, with some small surprises that made a big impact, as well as featuring an enthused crowd that wanted to love this show.

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WWE NXT (March 4) Review

An otherwise forgettable episode of NXT saved by a tremendous main event as Sasha Banks continues to prove herself as one of the best talents (regardless of gender) in WWE.

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WWE NXT (February 18) Review

This wasn’t a blow-away show by any means but it was important in continuing storylines and had some solid to above-average matches with a really good main event. NXT is on a roll and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon.

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WWE NXT (February 4) Review

Another fantastic episode of NXT who have really put together a masterful 2015 thus far. The build to NXT Takeover: Rival overall hasn’t been as good as prior specials but I’m salivating at finally getting to see Owens/Zayn so everything else is just the cherry on top at this point. Go watch this episode and seriously, start watching NXT regularly if you don’t already.

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WWE NXT (January 29) Review

Another solid episode of NXT. This was more of a story-building episode but there were a few good matches and as has been a trend of late, nothing bad. NXT continues their run of solid shows as we draw ever close to NXT Takeover.

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WWE NXT (January 21) Review

This was a great episode of NXT that you should definitely check out. It was a blend of both good matches, storylines and match announcements so it wasn’t only a entertaining show but it was an important one. The momentum of great TV from NXT continues.

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WWE NXT (January 14) Review

One of the best episodes of NXT I’ve ever seen. From top-to-bottom, a perfectly-paced hour of wrestling. This has the match quality of an NXT special and if you’ve watched those, you know that’s high praise. Go watch this now.

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WWE NXT (January 8) Review

Decent episode of NXT with no much to write home about but some good segments, builds and a few solid matches. This felt more like a go-home show for next week’s debut on Wednesdays, which is fine, they can’t all be great nights. Zayn had a great segment to start the night off while Itami/Axel had a solid match you should definitely check out. Like most episodes of NXT, nothing was bad and what more can you ask for out of weekly TV?

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WWE NXT (December 18) Review

This was a really solid episode of NXT with a blend of well worked matches and some early storyline progression. Go out of your way to see the main event, it wasn’t anything special but a good look at the direction of both Neville and Owens.

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WWE NXT (December 4) Review

This was a decent go-home show for what’s looking like an unbelievable NXT special next week. The final segment between Neville and Zayn is must-watch if only to see how great Zayn is.

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WWE NXT (November 27) Review

Meh, this was just an okay episode of NXT. The opening segment/match thing was really bad and I couldn’t wait for it to end but otherwise the rest of the show was watchable. The Kevin Owens vignette should be watched and while the main event wasn’t given enough time to ability to get a great match, it was still very entertaining.

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WWE NXT (November 20) Review

This is an hour that goes by quick but I’d be lying if I told you it was a good show. The only good match on the show was quickly ended by a distraction finish and the rest was storyline progression or squash matches. The closing segment with Zayn and Neville is definitely worth watching but this was mostly a build show leading to December’s Clash of the NXT Champions.

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WWE NXT (November 6) Review

A great episode of NXT. No, there wasn’t any standout matches but everything was really good and built to the future. We have a main event for next week, Prince Devitt debuted as Finn Balor and the ladies’ continued to steal the show. Don’t miss this one.

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WWE NXT (October 16) Review

Must-watch episode of NXT this week. Everything that had the potential to be bad but was kept very short and everything that was good went a prolonged amount of time. Very little filler on this match and even the 30 second (or 10 second) squash matches meant something. Hot crowd, good matches, Sami Zayn’s re-coming out party and meaningful storyline progression — don’t miss this one, folks.

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WWE NXT (October 9) Review

NXT has had a solid run of above-average shows, this one was not one of them. The squashes were kept short and told the right story but the main event between Zayn and O’Neil was just okay and Itami vs. Viktor was no good at all. Lynch vs. Banks was definitely the highlight and a match you should try to see but overall, a below average episode of NXT.

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WWE NXT (October 2) Review

Fun episode of NXT with nothing even close to bad, the quick squashes were fine and every match had a level of intrigue involved with it including two huge rematches for the two top titles on the brand. Go out of your way to watch this one.

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WWE NXT (9/25) Review

A decent episode of NXT highlighted by another great performance from Bayley and a potential breakout performance from Alexa Bliss. The main event left a lot to be desired for but, hey, we have two big matches signed for next week!

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