We start the show...with the announcers? Okay, that's not the usual way we do this, but okay. Hey, Nigel's back. Welcome back, Nigel! They pretty much just kind of run down the show tonight, and hype up the post TO fallout still going around. Then we take it to the ring, as Undisputed Era make their way down the ramp for their tag title defense. Have I told you guys I don't much care for Kylie Riley? Ah, I have. Very good, then. SAnitY, on the other hand, I like quite a bit, and they've just rushed out of the crowd to jump the Era from behind. We've got a brawl going, so the refs come out to stop it, to loud boos. Now GM Regal's out, to loud cheers. He's decided that this all ends tonight, and wraps both of the planned matches up into a tornado six-man tag for our main event. That sounds pretty fun.
Also fun? Heavy Machinery! They've got yet another match with Sabbatelli and Moss, which is much less fun. The machines start hot with a double shoulder tackle and the Boom Shaka Loo, but then S&M take over with - hang on, let me check my notes here - ah, "boring shit." Great work, notes. Sabbatelli hits his Legitimately Nice Dropkick, and the crowd chants that Tino Sucks. In comes Moss, to deafening silence. Well, now we know definitively which one of these guys is worse. Anyhoo, S&M are having some dissension during the match, and this leads to Knight making the hot tag to Otis. Maura dubs his version of the Worm the "Caterpillar," and that is an absolutely fantastic pun. I am duly impressed, Mauro. S&M try their finishing move of putting their feet on the ropes, but it gets caught by the ref, leading to Heavy Machinery hitting the Compactor. Match Rating: Really, What Do You Expect Me To Say Here? After the match Sabbatelli and Moss EXPLODE. Well, actually, Moss just kind of walks out on his partner, so it's more of a dull fizzle, but you know, whatevs.
Hey, it's my favorite wrestler, Johnny Gargano! You heard me. He's got the mic, and he wants us to know it's been a hell of a month. He went into Takeover absolutely knowing he was going to win, but even though he didn't gain the title, he feels like he won something more important - the respect of the crowd. That's sweet Johnny, but it's not an entirely accurate estimation of value. For their part, the crowd is bananas for Johnny Wrestling. No one in NXT has been this over since Finn Balor left. Anyhoo, he wants us to know that he's still Johnny Freakin' Wrestling, and he wants Tomasso Ciampa to know that he's coming for him!
Well, alright then - wait, it's Almas and Vega! Vega is sick of hearing Johnny run on, when we should all be focusing on el Idolo instead. She calls him Johnny Loser, and shit talks his wife, and of course that brings Candice out. Vega and Almas bail, but they stop on the ramp. Vega wants to know what it's going to take to get rid of Johnny, so he tells her: one more title shot. He'll put his career in NXT on the line versus the title. Candice looks horrified, and Johnny amazingly looks increasingly less confident with his decision as the segment runs out.
We're cutting a little too close to directly copying the Sami Zayn/Neville fued here, but considering that Almas/Gargano was the best match they've done since that one? I am 100% here for it.
Shana Baszler is backstage gloating to the reporters. I'm sorry, "reporters." There we go. She says that there's not going to be a rematch, because Ember Moon is a coward and won't dare face her again. Within moments, Moon tweets a response that she'll put the title on the line next week. I'm starting to feel like Moon has a fairly obvious and exploitable weakness here.
Roderick Strong, the newest addition to the 205 Live roster, will be getting his UK title shot next week, so don't dare miss that one. Meanwhile, we catch up with Tyler Bate, who cuts a promo about not wanting to be counted out or left behind, and makes it pretty clear that he'll be replacing Strong as a full-time member of the NXT roster. Yeah, okay, I'll take that trade.
Bianca Belaire mushes up Some Jobber. In fact, the Jobber insists on a handshake to start, so Bianca just hoists her up into an Argentine backbreaker, then right into the Alley-Oop reverse powerbomb for three. Match Rating: The Squashest We've Seen In A While.
Highlights of Kairi Sane's Royal Rumble performance. Most notable? They overdub her current music onto it. If you were watching the Rumble live, she came out to her (superior) MYC theme, suggesting to me that she was a very late replacement for the injured Alicia Fox. All this is basically to say that I miss her old music.
Anyhoo, main event time! This one is apparently not for the tag titles, which is bullshit in my opinion. We immediately open up into the kind of big brawl that SAnitY excel at, but which are extremely difficult to take notes for. I did my best, but I've mostly got highlights here. The first big one was Damo bouncing Kylie Riley's face off of the announce table. Always makes me smile. Young, Wolfe, Cole, and Riley brawl into the basement, while Bobby Fish hits a picture-perfect moonsault in the ring. Fish gets himself a kendo stick, but Damo just catches it when Fish swings it at him, then picks Fish up and throws him onto everybody as they come back upstairs. Cole recovers and hits an enzuigiri on Damo, but misses one for Wolfe, who comes back with a great snap powerbomb. All his stuff has great impact. The rest of the Era are back up, though, and they take a numbers advantage until Damo comes around. He picks one of them up into a Michinoku Driver, and drops him on the other one! Cole comes back with a superkick to Damo, then Young breaks up the cover with the best top-rope elbow in the business today. Cole recovers and tries for another superkick to Young, but Young dodges and hits a superkick of his own. But now Riley's recovered, and he hits the Axe and Smash. But now Wolfe's recovered, and it's a German suplex. Meanwhile, on the outside Damo's brawling with Fish and goes for a cannonball senton through a table that was set up ages ago, but Fish ducks and Damo goes through it alone. So the Era is dominant once again, and they're working over Wolfe in the ring until Fish and Riley miscue and run into each other, allowing Wolfe to hit a pump kick. But that rally is short-lived, as Cole cuts him off with a superkick, and Fish and Riley hit Total Elimination. But Young breaks up the pin! And eats a superkick! And an ushigoroshi! For TWO! The Era absolutely freak out over this, and while they waste time, Damo's back! They jump him, but he does the cool "big man knocks everyone down" spot. He's on an absolute rampage now, hitting the one man dropkick/other man senton move he does, and then wipes out Cole with the Great Divide crossbody. Now Cole's up on his shoulders, and it's the Ulster Plantation! One, two, three! Match Rating: An Absolute Blast Of A Brawl.
I don't know if I'd call it a "good" match, but it was crazy fun, and like I said earlier, SAnitY is proving to be really good at these things. This week was probably more news and angle advancement than ring stuff, but it's definitely worth a watch. Next week promises to be pretty spectacular, however, so I wouldn't miss that one.
Originally posted by Tenken347Have I told you guys I don't much care for Kylie Riley?
Yes, but you haven't provided a comparison of that dislike compared to the contempt you held for Gargano & Ciampa upon their arrival. It would be useful data for comparing O'Reilly's status in a year or so. (Wait, has it really been 2 1/2 years since Gargano & Ciampa popped up in NXT? [Looking at the original Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic bracket...] And they ran with the Hype Bros for over 2 years before the breakup? (Granted, Ryder was injured for six months.)
Also, LOL, remember when the veteran team of Baron Corbin & Rhyno defeated both DIY and American Alpha to make it to the finals, where they faced the other veteran team of Samoa Joe & Finn Balor who got there by defeating Enzo & Cass and The Revival (then known as The Mechanics)?
Compare that to the next year, when there wasn't a single instance of an established team losing to a thrown-together pairing. (And this year, possibly excepting the one remaining open spot, they don't have any thrown together pairings at all. (I'm not sure if Blake & Cutler have actually teamed on TV, but they're acting like a real team at the very least.))
Considering the tag team champions have always competed in the tournament, that open slot has to go to Undisputed Era, right? Assuming they don't lose to the Forgotten Sons in the first round, that would set up another rematch against Sanity, and also continue Kyle O'Reilly along the Gargano/Ciampa trajectory. (See how I tied all of that rambling back into the thread?)
Originally posted by Tenken347Have I told you guys I don't much care for Kylie Riley?
Yes, but you haven't provided a comparison of that dislike compared to the contempt you held for Gargano & Ciampa upon their arrival. It would be useful data for comparing O'Reilly's status in a year or so.
Well, that is a devastatingly fair observation. However, I never really disliked Johnny Gargamel or Toyota Camry. I did think they were awfully indy, and I felt true, passionate contempt for their ring names (see above). But I always thought they were alright in the ring and liked them okay enough - I even said as much in my career highlight recap of their first NXT appearance.
Kyle O'Reilly, by contrast, is a I guy I've absolutely hated, ever since the first time I saw him in RoH. To be fair, he actually has gotten a lot better since then. For starters, his strikes don't catch air nearly as often. But he's one of those guys, where there's just something about him for me. His presentation and the way he carries himself, man, I just Do Not Care for him.
So, uh, I guess on the old Contempt-Ometer, Johnny Gryffindor and Tomato Champion are about a 5, while Kylie Riley is off the damn charts at about a 13.
Originally posted by InVerseConsidering the tag team champions have always competed in the tournament, that open slot has to go to Undisputed Era, right? Assuming they don't lose to the Forgotten Sons in the first round, that would set up another rematch against Sanity, and also continue Kyle O'Reilly along the Gargano/Ciampa trajectory. (See how I tied all of that rambling back into the thread?)
I really wanted Black and Dream to team up for the Dusty Classic.
Originally posted by texasranger9I really wanted Black and Dream to team up for the Dusty Classic.
I would fully support that. You could easily explain that in a way that makes it more than just thrown together. Dream earned Black's respect at Takeover, Black has problems with the current tag team champions, Dream proposes they join forces to kick Undisputed Era's asses.
My only request is that at some point, one of the commentators makes a reference to the American Dream and the Dutch Nightmare.
You know who I don't care about? Heavy Machinery. Fuck they annoy me. Steaks and zzzzzzzz To be honest, I see more potential in Tino & Moss who are doing nicely as the "we are rich and better than you" department. However, if they decide to break those two up, I feel Sabbatelli won't go far and Moss will...not go far either.
Gargano's promo was good. The guy is red hot right now. Haven't read the actual outcome of the tapings but I have no clue how this is going to end. Ciampa is going to fuck him over I assume. I am intrigued
Main event was a great brawl. Belaire's squash was good. Seems like they want to push her. Next weeks UK title match should be fun. Yup. NXT is great right now.
When even Mr. Try-To-Focus-On-The-Positives me can look at an angle and say "screw positivity, that sucked"... What in the blue hell was that Kane angle? I don't blame JR for not giving it any mention for the rest of the show...