Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NXT - May 13, 2015

NXT
Date: May 13, 2015
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's the go home show for Unstoppable, but it's been clear that one of the only things that can stop NXT is the injury bug. Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami have jacked up their shoulders. Sami's time on the shelf (if he'll be out at all) has yet to be determined but Itami is looking at six to eight months. It's going to be interesting to see how the Takeover card changes as a result of the injuries. Let's get to it.


We open with a long recap of Sami Zayn answering John Cena's Open Challenge for the US Title. Sami is still going to be here tonight to go face to face with Owens, but this was taped before the injury.

Opening sequence.

Solomon Crowe vs. Baron Corbin

Crowe goes right after him to start but gets shoved across the ring. Baron slowly hammers him down and the fans chant either BORING or CORBIN. It turns into BARON'S GONNA BORE YOU but Solomon kicks him into the corner. I'm digging this spunky fighter character but I still want the hacker gimmick instead. Not that it matters as Crowe charges into the End of Days for the pin at 2:07.

Post match Rhyno comes out to start the brawl until security breaks it up. Well it's better than Bull Dempsey. Rhyno Gores down some of the guards.

Finn Balor says he isn't underestimating Tyler Breeze because he knows how awesome Breeze is. As for who he'd rather face for the title, Sami is one of the best in the world but he's still bothered that he didn't beat Owens. Either is fine with him though.

Tyler Breeze says he's winning the triple threat and getting back where he belongs. He doesn't care who he faces for the title.

Sasha Banks vs. ???

Before the match, Sasha says she made Becky Lynch and next week she'll prove that she's the Boss. A small package and backslide get two each for the unnamed one (the fans dub her Black Shorts) and Banks bails to the floor. Back in and a cross body gets two on Sasha. I love how the announcers manage to avoid saying they have no idea what the other girl's name is. Sasha drives two knees into the ribs in the corner and Black Shorts is in trouble. The Bank Statement is good for the submission at 2:31.

Charlotte and Bayley want a tag match with Emma and Dana Brooke at Takeover. Nothing wrong with combining feuds into one match.

We get the same Uhaa Nation vignette from last week.

Nation comes in and sees.....someone I don't recognize but it might have been Crowe. They seem friendly. Nation still doesn't have a name.

Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella

Feeling out process to start with Bliss grabbing some rollups for two each. Carmella takes her down into a body scissors but here come the Tag Team Champions. Bliss gets caught in a full nelson with Carmella's legs as the fans tell the champs that they look stupid. We get an awkward sequence of Bliss wrist dragging Carmella off the top but pausing once she hits the mat. She pops up into a standing moonsault but it's called double knees to the ribs. Carmella grabs her headscissors crossface but Blake and Murphy distract her, allowing Bliss to slam her down and hit the Sparkle Splash for the in at 3:40.

Rating: D+. This was missing most of the time as Bliss looked a few steps off. Then again it could have been Carmella not being in place for the spots. Not that it matters though as Bliss could have been any given girl out there as this was all about Carmella, who now seems to be against the champs. Granted that's changed almost every week so it shouldn't be a surprise.

Murphy and Blake get in the ring and the fans chant NO MEANS NO. Carmella says her boys will be here next week and prove that Blake and Murphy are SAWFT. The fans were actually behind here here.

Itami says he wants to fight Owens after he wins the triple threat to beat some respect into Kevin.

Emma and Dana Brooke are on for the tag match. They leave but Brooke comes back to pat Devin on the head.

Hideo Itami/Finn Balor vs. Tyler Breeze/Adam Rose

No Rosebuds this week. Remember that Itami accidentally kicks Balor in the face last week during his match with Breeze. Balor does an extended entrance (no paint) and the fans think it's awesome. Itami chops Rose to start and brings Balor in for a slingshot stomp to the chest and two. A big clothesline puts Rose on the floor and we take a break. Back with Balor dropkicking Adam for two before Breeze comes in and takes over. It's Balor in trouble in the corner as Rose and Breeze start taking turns stomping on Finn.

Breeze stays in for a chinlock before Rose gets two off a spinebuster, which transitions into a Boston crab. When is the last time anyone not named Jericho used that move? A rope is grabbed so Rose switches over to a sleeper. Balor finally jawbreaks his way to freedom and nails a Pele, setting up the hot tag to Itami. The fans quickly get into Hideo as he fires off his strikes on Breeze. Balor tags himself in though and hits the Sling Blade on Rose, but Itami tags himself in to break up the Coup de Grace. The fans cheer for Hideo, only to have Breeze roll him up for the pin at 11:52.

Rating: C. This was a by the book WWE tag team match and that's not the most entertaining thing in the world. I like that they're setting up Itami vs. Balor, but it would have been nice if they hadn't had Rose in there to kill off a bit of the suck. It's interesting that the fans cheered Itami more than Balor as I don't think I've heard that before.

Breeze kicks Balor and Itami down and gets cheered on by some of the crowd. Rose congratulates him but eats a Supermodel Kick.

Another package on Sami vs. Cena.

From after the match, Sami says he's tweaked his shoulder and made it even worse in the match. He doesn't know the results of the injury yet but he's too high off the match to worry about it. No word on if he'll be able to go for Takeover but the announcers don't say he won't be there.

It's time for the face to face hard sell between Zayn and Owens. Sami says they're not here to fight and we go to a long shot of Owens as what is clearly a recorded voiceover from Sami where he says his shoulder is hurt but the match is still happening. Back to live audio with Sami asking Owens to tell him why he did this. Just one time, tell him the truth. Was Owens jealous because Sami got here first?

Maybe it's about Kevin's son wanting to wear a Sami Zayn shirt instead of a KO shirt. That finally gets under Owens' skin but he walks out without saying a word. Sami asks if that's it, but Owens, with his back to Sami, says everything Sami just said is irrelevant. After Owens took the title from him, Zayn left to “clear his head”, but it was because Sami was hurt. He's still hurt, and it was Owens that hurt him in the first place. At Takeover, he's going to do it again. This time though, Sami isn't coming back. Owens is so awesome at being evil and the lack of emotion in his voice as he talked about hurting Sami was great.

Overall Rating: C+. This show felt.....uneven. I'm looking forward to Takeover but it's lacking that big, emotional feeling to it. Now that being said, NXT is the one place where I have the faith that they can pull off something special, but I'm just not sure what's going to do that next week. Zayn being able to go is obviously a good thing, but the question is what happens to him after that. Decent enough show this week but it feels like we already had the big moments to build the matches.

Results
Baron Corbin b. Solomon Crowe – End of Days
Sasha Banks b. ??? – Bank Statement
Alexa Bliss b. Carmella – Sparkle Splash
Tyler Breeze/Adam Rose b. Hideo Itami/Finn Balor – Small package to Itami


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86 comments:

  1. KC Cassidy moved well in the ring. The closing promo with Owens/Zayn was good not great. Rest of it sucked.

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  2. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 13, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I think I'll stick with Black Shorts.

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  3. Listening to Joey Styles call every... single... move in the ring is a chore.

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  4. I love Bernie Sanders just straight up saying, "You want job creation? We've got THOUSANDS of fucking bridges and everything that need upkeep. HELLO!"

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  5. How about if the Shield unites as the super heel faction of the Authority at Payback...Seth keeps the belt, Ambrose feuds with whoever, Reigns ends up feuding with Cena and beats him for the U.S. Title. All leads to Summerslam where the Shield challenge any three men to a match. Cena and Orton come out and say that they'll take them on. And just like the Shield all came up together, they're going to go with a team that all started together. Out comes Lesnar to complete the team.

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  6. May I ask why? It's got politics, engaging character, and stuff.

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  7. He's a socialist. Which makes him an idiot

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  8. Lesnar on team OVW!

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  9. Is he the Vermont guy? I have a lot of people on the Facebooks supporting him.

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  10. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarMay 13, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Guaranteed that none of those people actually vote.

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  11. Eliminators and Dudleys a total spot fest but it was fun shit. **

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  12. My dog just took a Troy Brouwer on the floor. That's what I get for ignoring him.

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  13. To all the authors and/or self-publishers... what is your daily writing goal?

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  14. Itami was clearly in line for Owens next, so losing him was a blow. It's a odd they edited in Sami's injury and not Hideo's (and in fact are still advertising him in the triple threat match next week).

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  15. AverageJoeEverymanMay 13, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Why do you like a laugh track?

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  16. If icings were goals the Capitals would be running away with this one.

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  17. I know everyone here loves NXT and its good but I'm watching this Lucha Underground mini marathon on El Rey and LU is the best wrestling show not just going today but one of the best ever. I love the production, I love the arena, the characters, the storylines its incredible I don't even think I could go back to watching the WWE after watching this. This show is everything TNA has ever wished it was with their television production alone.

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  18. I have so much LU to catch up on but I loved everything I saw.

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  19. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 13, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I consider it like Fast and the Furious: it's not a high quality most of the time but man alive it's fun to watch.

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  20. The fact that they didn't mention Hideo at all makes me think they're going to do what they did with the Usos at Wrestlemania. Hideo will take one bump early in the match and be removed due to injury. Balor & Breeze will fight it out.

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  21. What's great about their production, among other things, is how they decided to hire an actual actor to fill the non-wrestling acting role of Dario Cueto.

    They didn't stick some meathead wrestler there, they didn't hire a famed manager to do it, they didn't take some office-lurker and stick them in front of a camera.

    They said "hey, our GM guy is going to be a non-physical, acting-heavy role. What if we hired an actor to do it?"

    Brilliant!

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  22. I really like their presentation. It looks like a grindhouse wrestling promotion. What helps is that yeah Dario Cueto is pulling the strings, but the feuds are all settled in the ring and generally without interference. Also Ivelisse. Good fucking night.

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  23. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 13, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    I would love it so much if someone was given credit with injuring him instead of just saying "yeah he hurt his shoulder and he's out." Say Breeze attacked him off camera or give Owens credit for it for the respect comments. Use it to build something up instead of just writing it off without capitalizing on it.

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  24. Yes, it's definitely a new take on the same, tired "heel authority figure" shit.

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  25. They may have to force him to retire to protect himself.

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  26. Where "shoot" comments totally exit kayfabe is the proverbial "everything else is fake but this is real" realm that Russo lived in. Nothing about Punk's comments intended to make the audience believe that the rest of the show was fake and he was the only real thing happening. Yes, he referenced real-life things, but that doesn't mean they didn't make sense within the storyline.

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  27. Doing some reading on it wiki says its associated with AAA is that like a NJPW/WCW association or is it more like an Americanized version of AAA? I didn't know that guy was an actor but man was he good. When Del Rio...excuse me Patron went through the glass and he just fixes himself a drink and watches this guy bleed to death hanging out of his office window that was one of the best visuals I've ever seen in wrestling. McMahon WISHES that his character was like that. Vince is always more cartoonish while this guy just screams don't fuck with me or I'll have you killed or worse.

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  28. Agreed, but I think that mostly works because it's a brand-new promotion that doesn't have real-life authority figures that are burned into our brain. As much as the authority trope is tired and needs to go away in general, I think it'd be even weirder having some random-ass actor running Raw. Sure, Mike Adamle was terrible anyway, but I'm not sure it would've even mattered.

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  29. I agree with you one hundred percent on that and for the record I wasn't saying the comments weren't good they certainly made me pop. I guess in general I wasn't a fan of Punk's mic work. It seemed like he could do the straight edge gimmick that he had been doing since he was 15 so it wasn't exactly a stretch for him to do it or he was doing shooty comments and I feel like if you handed Eva Marie a mic and said "go say whatever you whatever is pissing you off in life" she'd come across as "good" on the mic as well. But I agree with what you're saying.

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  30. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 13, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    I'd much rather have played in Single A than decided to rip of the field and start a new......whatever this show was and send away the few fans that were still paying.

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  31. Yeah I was into the nWo reformation too as I thought this was WCW's serious attempt to push nWo as a dominating stable unlike before when it featured jobbers. Of course due to outside circumstances, the nWo ended up consisting of Nash and the Harris Twins 3 weeks later.

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  32. TNA will gladly find the finest physician they can get via Skype from Paraguay to clear him.

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  33. Owens is great because he speaks with a lack of emotion? Don't we crucify Roman Reigns for doing the same?

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  34. Totally agree. The wrestling is awesome, the booking is awesome, and WWE has to kicking itself over the fact it no longer has Morrison/Mundo or Patron/Del Rio.

    Plus, I want to give Sexy Star the 15 most disappointing seconds of her life. If you know what I mean.

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  35. Theberzerker, #1 HUSS CHOMPIONMay 13, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Uh, no. With Owens it's intentional, and fitting to his evil character. With Reigns, it's just bad delivery.

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  36. You already know the answer to your question is yes you also know why there is a difference.

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  37. And then a month later it was Jarett and the Harris Twins. I do remember Souled Out being pretty damn good though. Nash becoming the commish of WCW after powerboming Fuck through chairs. Benoit winning it and Nash immedietly letting him know he was going to fuck his world up and Benoit saying bring it on. Then the Radilcalz left, Goldberg was out for six months, Hart never wrestled again. I was pumped after Souled Out though I had just gotten off of work came home and my dad told me Benoit was champ. I immediately watched the tape and was ready to go for Nitro.

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  38. That may be but again the point was that he was still the most successful booker of this generation him or Eric Bischoff since Bischoff's idea led to the nWo which saved wrestling in the 90's. None the less I would have rather reached the heights Russo reached and the lows he reached than to have never made it big at all.

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  39. I really hope that it gets released on DVD at one point. I know that there are sites out there, or I can torrent it, but I would really like to legitimately watch and support Lucha Underground in Canada, because the two episodes I got to watch before my Sling account was turfed was so great.

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  40. "What's Bryan Danielson doing in the Impact Zone?"

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  41. I wouldn't feel bad for the guy if he has to retire. He's done things that very few ever got to do.

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  42. Was a ladder match the best idea?

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  43. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    I have a very, very hard time giving Russo credit for the WWF's success. It's like giving Chuck Daly credit for the success of the Dream Team.

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  44. I think you could have given the worked-shoot gimmick to just about anyone and have it be...interesting or noteworthy, I guess. But not necessarily good. Anyone airing a real-seeming grievance and get a reaction. Punk made it great by making us feel every ounce of his frustration. I hate to make the obvious comparison, but AJ cut a couple worked-shoot promos here and there and it's hey, neat, AJ said some shit. And then no one cares again.

    Punk created the hottest storyline in years solely with, like, 30 or so minutes of talking spread out over three episodes of Raw.

    That's pretty fucking good.

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  45. Yeah but it wasn't that hot I mean in terms of drawing and money making or even ratings. For instance Summerslam got 296,000 buys that was the lowest amount of buys since 1997 and the next two years drew more than that with the following year getting like 60,000 more buys.


    People will say "because the storyline fell apart" or whatever else and thats ok but we can't say Punk didn't draw on ppv or tv as the main guy and then turn around and talk about how hot he was after his promos. WE liked it because he was saying what WE say all the time.So I'll disagree. Punk made the same people care about his promo that hated Vince Russo circa '99. We perceived Punk's promo as earth shattering and at the time people were invoking the name of Steve Austin and talking of a new Attitude era. In reality we loved the promo because it was what we say all the time. "HHH is a doofus" "Vince is senile" "Punk is the best wrestler in the world". "Kevin Nash is a cripple". So yeah it was a big deal on the internet because a ROH guy said a bunch of shooty comments to the toppest of the top guys in the WWE. I remember AJ's promo being a big deal around here too because she was saying again the same stuff we say.

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  46. ARRRRGH THE BARBARIANMay 13, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Punk started the angle as a heel so getting heat on Trips made sense. And I'm pretty sure Cena had referred to him as Dwanye.

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  47. I don't know about that. Say in a couple of years you have Balor or Neville as a top WWE guy, and Bryan comes out of retirement to challenge them as the 'best wrestler in the world' at Wrestlemania 34. I'd be stoked to see that match.

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  48. "They called me...Mr. Glass."


    Didn't this schmuck learn anything from the Benoit tragedy?

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  49. Like Shawn Michaels losing his smile....if he can walk to the ring, he can lay down and job the title like a normal wrestler.

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  50. My guess is that Zayn will tough out his match with Owens as he was able to tough out his match with Cena, and if the shoulder needs some long-term rehab time, that will play into the finish. Owens keeps attacking the shoulder until Sami passes out or some such.

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  51. And even if you're not, you can always call him an armed robber and a kidnapper. (crimes he was found guilty of)

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  52. You don't own a dog, do you?


    ....or am I mixing up my serial killers?

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  53. Buffalo HopscotchMay 14, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Yep, that's the one. They count the pin with Roddy on top of Goldberg.

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  54. Buffalo HopscotchMay 14, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    I think part of the difference was after his failure in ROH he pretty much admitted, or at least thinks that "wrestling" as he see's it is dead and buried and he's not going to have much to do with it anymore. Whereas Russo is the definition of insanity where he tries the same thing over and over thinking it'll work, when it's proven he's generally a company killer.

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  55. Buffalo HopscotchMay 14, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    I never minded Sullivan, his problem was he always went with the known veteran over any other the younger guys.

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  56. I think Russo had some acceptable moments in TNA like right before Hogan or whatever came in I was really into their product. I agree with you mostly though although I have enjoyed several or Russo's runs at some points. I'm all for new bookers all the way around. We have had the same guys booking and been begging the same guys to book for 30ish years now. Cornette, Heyman, Russo, etc.

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  57. Buffalo HopscotchMay 14, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    I know, I thought there was real potential in Beniot VS the nWo. Sullivan had talked a bit about it since he took over at around Souled Out saying he was going to have Beniot hold the World Title for a few months, only to have Nash screw him out of it eventually and then build it up for Beniot eventually to overcome the nWo to win it back. While all that was happening he was going to build up guys like Goldberg, Sid and Scott Steiner as big monsters.

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  58. Buffalo HopscotchMay 14, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    The sad thing is I can think of way more Russo insanity moments than this one here. Like Goldberg walking out on a match against Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash and telling Russo to fuck off when Russo told him to go do the job, then the announcers spending the rest of the match questioning how they can go on because the scripted finish to the match is out the window because Goldberg won't take a powerbomb from Nash.

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  59. "He shouldn't have been wrestling at all...much less winning the IC title...in a ladder match...with a flurry of dual headbutts."

    FTFY

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  60. Stray thoughts.

    --Ironic that this NXT Takeover is subtitled "Unstoppable" with the injuries to Itami and Zayn.
    --I used to like that Full Sail was into everybody and their schtick...face or heel, cool new talent or obvious developmental project. Lately, they're getting more and more like Raw crowds. I bet they wouldn't cheer the Vaudevillains if/when they came back.
    --Don't like Carmella doing the SAWFT schtick.
    --I wonder how much time the NXT women spend perfecting their "entering the ring" choreography.
    --The difference between the 80's WWF and the 10's WWE/NXT can be seen in the Bayley & Charlotte promo. In the 80's, they'd behave like they're totally on the same page and would back each other's promo with enthusiasm. Now, Charlotte can barely tolerate Bayley's geekiness. Not saying one's better than the other...just different times.
    --Wouldn't Rhyno be a good fresher-upper in Raw's main event picture? Bring him up to replace Kane in the Authority...only to have Triple H realize that he'd have far fewer problems if he backed Rhyno instead of Rollins...
    --Any chance that Tyler Breeze could get over on the main roster? (Obviously, Dunn would ruin him and Vince would get bored of him in two weeks...but I think he's got a clearly defined character that would be distinct on the main roster and he can credibly be vicious in a match.
    --Adam "Party's Over" Rose might be the way to free him from the stink of his Rosebud gimmick not getting over on Raw. Still, they'd eventually need to find something for him to do/be.
    --Dana Brooke is ready for Saturday Night Live. In that, she too can obviously read cue cards that are both off-camera and nowhere in the eye-line of the person she's supposedly talking to.
    --Do we know when Itami got hurt? Was it an aggravated lingering injury from earlier, did it happen during this match...or...?
    --With the clumsy edits needed to incorporate Sami's injury on Raw to the end of show segment, does anyone think they should have eaten that footage and just quickly shot a new backstage segment (get Owens and Regal to wherever Sami is and shoot it)? You lose the crowd reactions (especially to Zayn talking about Owens' kid)...but it wouldn't have been so awkward... I'm not sure what I would have done...but what they did seemed very "Poochie had to go back to his home planet".
    --Are they greedy to want to build NXT into something bigger than what it was supposed to be? I mean, things on the main show could use Balor, Owens, Enzo & Cass and all the women...right now--but to do that would evaporate the chance for NXT to be come "a thing" (which might drain Network interest even more.)
    --Owens is very good at what he's doing. Best of all, he's different...and right now, in the WWE, anything different is good.

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  61. Didn't anyone else chuckle looking at Tyler's facial expression when Rose got into the selfie?

    Also, 1/2 the time I love the nxt crowd, the other 1/2 I find them annoying.

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  62. I bet they're not actually. Meaning that some guys work better in some places, but not others. Note everyone was made to make it big as a WWE superstar and you know what? That's not a bad thing.

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  63. Where do you guys all watch this?

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  64. "I bet they wouldn't cheer the Vaudevillains if/when they came back."

    :( The theme music change killed them. Killed them dead.

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  65. That's the problem with pushing vanilla midgets. Last year Bryan gets inserted into the World Title picture, then has to forfeit the belt.


    This year Bryan gets inserted into the Intercontinental Title picture, then has to forfeit the belt.


    Look, I like Daniel Bryan. But there's a reason that pro wrestling companies hire guys who were football players, bodyguards, boxers, MMA fighters etc., rather than little guys.


    I'd rather Bryan stepped back now then ended up paralyzed or dead.

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  66. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieMay 14, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Reigns is a face

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  67. Think permanent retirement is a little bit of an overstatement at this time.

    Guy needs a long break to let everything heal properly but no reason why we can't see him back again within 9 - 16 months with a toned down, submission styled offense.

    Only problem is if he does come back at the back end of the year/early next year we are looking at history repeating itself YET AGAIN at the Royal rumble for whoever is the chosen one to win it (though you could argue if they pick the right guy people won't turn on them).

    On a side note - it does nothing for nobody like - but I'd love to see Lesnar draw number 1 at the Rumble and literally chuck everybody out one by one.

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  68. I don't know. He could lead a stable which will destroy the authority once and for all and then he could be a new general manager for RAW and SD. The story could lead to the final encounter at the Survivor Series with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton & Kane vs Seth Rollins, Big Show, Luke Harper & Triple H or so.

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  69. Yep, walking and bumping (particularly for a guy who's finish was the Curb Stomp) are exactly the same. Sounds like you got it all figured out! Moron.

    "If he can walk, he can job" is some old-timey "oh, he just got his bell rung! Walk it off and get back in there!" horseshit.

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  70. Everybody is new at some point. John Cena was new at one point. Triple H was new at one point.

    If you cast the right person with the right charisma, it'll work fine.

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  71. They're weirdly cautious sometimes about using real injuries to further storylines.

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  72. Part of the problem, too, is that if we know that Vince is in charge and Hunter right after him, we know. For a FACT, that nothing that happens will result in them leaving the company. (Barring HHH cheating on Steph IRL, Vince dying, etc.) Like. Authority being "out of power".

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  73. It occurred to me during this episode that they had FOUR Divas feuds running in NXT, with one being blown off last night (Bliss/Carmella mini "feud," Sasha/Becky, Bayley/Emma and Charlotte/Dana). When was the last time we had more than one Diva feud on the main roster?

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  74. I know a Chris Benoit whose mom is named Nancy

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  75. No, lets. 2004 Rumble is the best Rumble ever. I can't think of any issues with it and the story with Big Show and Benoit is tremendous

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  76. He didn't murder his wife

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  77. Vince: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge federal steroid investigations."

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  78. Usually there's two going on. Title feud and total divas feud

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  79. Put him on commentary and let him talk about bears!

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  80. Bryan's been around FOREVER, and working a pretty rough style for most of that time, so I can imagine he'd start to break down after fourteen years of wrestling. He's still relatively young, and he's had a great career, so if he's fine, there's nothing to be ashamed of.

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  81. Can't remember if it was a Raw or Smackdown, but that night in Providence when he had a cage match with Wyatt. That fan reaction was like nothing I'd seen before. Up there with Austin and Hogan.

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  82. That's a ludicrous extreme. Roll-up loss isn't going to hurt him any. No one said anything about a 10 minute, or even 2 minute match. Could even be 30 seconds. But do the time honored thing. If the argument applies to HBK, I think it applies to his protege too.

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  83. So what does a roll up (on his neck, mind you) do that forfeiting the title doesn't?

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  84. Elvis' Dr. Nick or another Dr. Nick?

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  85. I am weeping. I'm still in awe that Roma Downey respectfully thinks that Samson was a British Mark Henry.

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  86. She needs to be Mary, repent and wash His feet with her hair and repent.

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