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#1 Posted on 10.8.16 2306.35
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This was one of those shows where it didn't seem like a WHOLE lot happened, but it did a lot to set the table for Takeover Brooklyn. The card is looking stacked so far and there's still the potential for more.

They've gotten Billie Kay established with some momentum, so I hope she's not just being set up as Ember Moon's first victim. So will the O-Face now be known as the Moon Shot?

Nice continuity nod: Regal's brass knuckles displayed prominently on his office desk.

Only Nakamura could make "got your nose" work in the context of a pull-apart brawl in wrestling.
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#2 Posted on 11.8.16 1006.10
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so, that NXT Brooklyn 2 card (a week from Saturday) is

  • Samoa Joe vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT title
  • Asuka vs Bayley for the NXT Women's Championship
  • The Revival vs Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampo for the NXT Tag Titles
  • Andrade "Cien" Almas vs Bobby Roode
  • Now Jose vs Austin Aries
  • Ember Moon debuts

    (They'll probably also tape the 08/24 NXT episode that night.)

    Billie Kay stuck me more as being set up for the next title shot rather than a Ty Dillinger role; anyone woman gets two wins in a row on TV kinda has to get a title shot given the sudden talent void. But I'm not sure here and Asuka works, especially if she's going fully heel.
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    #3 Posted on 11.8.16 1009.37
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    I could see the crowd double-turning Andrade/Roode, given their love for the Glorious theme music. Might be for the best in Andrade's case as I've heard he's much better in the heel role.
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    #4 Posted on 11.8.16 1140.40
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    I've got to start moving faster, because you guys are not sleeping on these NXT threads anymore. Good! Post-draft, NXT finally has a sense of direction again, and while it doesn't quite stand up to last year's card, Brooklyn 2 Fast 2 Furious is looking like it'll be another really good show.

    The show opens with Booby Roode bugging GM Regal about something, and Regal agrees because he's got a contract signing to get on with. We cut to the opening, and when we cut back, Regal is indeed in the ring, getting on with said contract signing. Challenger Bayley is out first, followed by champion Asuka. Everybody puts over the fact that Asuka's undefeated, but honestly I think that better underscores how thinned-out the roster's become more than how tough Asuka is. For the record, I'd like to note that Asuka is tottering around in gigantic heels, so that she looks less like a minuscule heel standing next to Bayley. Bayley gets the mic first, and talks about how she went from underdog to champion, living her dream in Brooklyn last year, but her dream became a nightmare in Dallas when Asuka beat her. She wasn't ready then, but she's ready now. Asuka tells her, in halting English, that Bayley doesn't have what it takes to beat her. She offers a handshake, but Bayley just tells her to sign the contract. After she does, Asuka again offers the hand, and Bayley again refuses. Bayley leaves the ring, only to sprint back in for a staredown.

    Super intense segment with these two. Nobody's better than Bayley at making a match seem important. Nobody.

    The Authors of Pain crushed Some Jobbers. I'm as impressed with the size of the AoP as I am unimpressed with most of their match stuff. The double powerbomb into each other spot was pretty cool, but the rest of this is, uh, kinda "Ascension-y." Side-Russian legweep combo gets the pin.
    Match Rating: Let's Go With "Ascension-y."
    Afterwards, the AoP are in no mood to stop the beating, so TM61 come out to...also get beaten up. Needed a better strategy there, guys.

    Backstage, Nakamura isn't worried about Joe coming to get him. In fact, maybe he'll go find Joe. Is that him over there? Joe?

    Andrade Almas mashed Angelo Dawkins. Dawkins comes out doing that thing he does with his hands, and my notes actually just say "what the fuck?" That's actually what I wrote down. Dawkins has added a kind of neat spinning avalanche move, but when he tries it the second time, Almas ducks it, hits the double knee in the corner, and then a hammerlock into a DDT seems to be his new finisher, which I like better.
    Match Rating: No Fists, Just Flips.
    Bobby Roode is out after the match, and he congratulates Almas. Not for the win, though. For....(wait an absolutely agonizing amount of time to get to the point that we all already guess when he came out)...being Bobby's opponent for Brooklyn 2 Men.

    I, uh, don't care for Bobby Roode's promos, if you didn't figure that out.

    Regal and Aries are in Regal's office, where the poorly mic'ed set has some difficulty conveying the fact that Aries will be fighting NWJ at Brooklyn 2 Legit 2 Quit. Somebody else beat me to mentioning Regal's mounted brass knuckles on his desk, and I sincerely hope that those actually sit on his actual desk and aren't just a prop for the show.

    Billie Kay fought off the challenge of Liv Morgan. Liv brought everything she had to this contest. Everything she has consists of pretending to be Carmella and hoping that it maybe scares her competitor away. Anyhoo, it doesn't work, so Liv delivers the next best thing she has - two horrifically botched moves. The first is a monkey flip where she gets caught on the ropes, and the second is a kick that was closer to hitting me sitting at home than it was to Billie Kay across the ring from her. Big (sigh) boot (sigh) finishes the match.
    Match Rating: It Would Have Been A Bad Match Without A Big Boot As A Finish, But That Didn't Help.

    Some CWC guys were at ringside. Best part? Rich Swann making a face like, "I'm here all the time!"

    Regal's still in his office, finishing the card for Brooklyn 2 the Extreme. This time, he's giving up the tag title shot to the Indy Guys, who've mended fences after last week's tremendous CWC match.

    In fact, just to show you how much, they're up next in a squash with Some Jobbers. It's standard Indy Guy offense, with all their cool double-team moves. The superkick/running knee strike combo is maybe named the Impact Sandwich now? That's what commentary called it, although I'm not sure that's going to stick.
    Match Rating: Let's Hope Not.

    Mojo's backstage, and he's pretty mad, and can we all agree that he would be way, way better as a heel? Like, Smackdown LIVE should totally turn the Hype Bros.

    Or, if you're JBL, "Hype Brothers." He said that on Tuesday. Look it up.

    Anyhoo, the main event is Mojo vs. Regular Joe. I mean Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe kills him dead. I mean, we couldn't have possibly expected anything else, but there it was. Mojo started out strong with a trio of shoulder tackles, but Joe tossed him into the stairs shortly after that, and it was all him from there. He hit an elbow/enzuigiri combo, followed by the snap mare, chop, kick, and elbow drop. Mojo fought his way out of a Muscle Buster and escaped the Kokina Clutch, but eventually he ran into Joe's corner urinage, and Joe clamped on the Clutch to pick up the submission.
    Match Rating: Alright, But Not Very Interesting. So, Basically Mojo Rawley.

    After the match, Joe slapped the Clutch right back on Mojo, which brings out Nakamura for the save. Security beats him to the ring though, to keep these two separate. Nakamura honks Joe's nose, which gets a pretty good laugh, and then slaps the taste out of his mouth, which gets the desired "oooh" from the crowd. These two are going to tear the house down at Brooklyn 2 the Grave.

    See you guys next week for the go-home show. We can discuss how much better it does it's job than the main roster does for SummerSlam, which has become recurringly the worst show of the summer.
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    #5 Posted on 11.8.16 1211.58
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      Originally posted by Tenken347
      Andrade Almas mashed Angelo Dawkins. Dawkins comes out doing that thing he does with his hands, and my notes actually just say "what the fuck?" That's actually what I wrote down.


    I'm pretty sure he's stirring an imaginary bowl? This guy's entire gimmick is "I wear 2 headbands then at least 1 falls off during my match." Also his singlet now says "COG" for "Curse of Greatness." Poor Dawkins - he's been an NXT mainstay for years and always just been hanging around. He used to be THIS when I started watching:

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    #6 Posted on 11.8.16 1224.50
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    Dawkins was doing James Harden's stir the pot taunt. The announcers brought up LeBron and Durant. Angelo was wearing a "Dawkins Island" shirt, which probably unintentionally came off as a Shining Stars thing, but was probably a reference to (Dion) Waiters Island, a running Bill Simmons/Zach Lowe basketball joke about a once highly regarded prospect who's now just hanging onto the NBA. (It is a joke about how most everyone has given up on Waiters except a few people, and probably not a situation you'd want for yourself - but maybe something Dawkins can identify with.) Anyway, it looks like maybe NBA Basketball Blogger is Dawkins new gimmick, or maybe I'm just guessing.

    It stuck me how NXT is amazingly ethnically diverse felt at the moment. This is something WWE's tried to do, but you could see it actually come thru on this particular episode.
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    #7 Posted on 11.8.16 1336.28
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      Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Dawkins was doing James Harden's stir the pot taunt. The announcers brought up LeBron and Durant. Angelo was wearing a "Dawkins Island" shirt, which probably unintentionally came off as a Shining Stars thing, but was probably a reference to (Dion) Waiters Island, a running Bill Simmons/Zach Lowe basketball joke about a once highly regarded prospect who's now just hanging onto the NBA. (It is a joke about how most everyone has given up on Waiters except a few people, and probably not a situation you'd want for yourself - but maybe something Dawkins can identify with.) Anyway, it looks like maybe NBA Basketball Blogger is Dawkins new gimmick, or maybe I'm just guessing.

      It stuck me how NXT is amazingly ethnically diverse felt at the moment. This is something WWE's tried to do, but you could see it actually come thru on this particular episode.


    Ah, I'm only a fan of fake sports, so I missed a lot of that stuff. Still, maybe Harden shouldn't do that hand thing either. That's legit terrible. I think literally any other taunt would be an improvement.
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    #8 Posted on 11.8.16 2134.10
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      Originally posted by PowerPB13
      given their love for the Glorious theme music.

    Of the six matches announced for Takeover...one has Roode, one has No Way Jose, one has Nakamura and one has Bayley. I can't wait to be part of this crowd. I thought the special SummerSlam Concert was scheduled for Thursday.
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    #9 Posted on 12.8.16 0725.20
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    Turning Bayley heel is the stupidest thing they could do. I am all for Bayley winning, because they destroyed the women's roster for the useless brand split.
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    #10 Posted on 12.8.16 0848.54
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    The draft made it a necessity for NXT to push some new faces in the women's division. I noticed that Asuka hadn't been on TV much in recent months, simply because there's no one left for her to beat(as far as established people go) and she loses some of her aura if she's in competitive matches on a regular basis. Glad Ember Moon is finally debuting on TV.
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    #11 Posted on 12.8.16 1628.32
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      Originally posted by lotjx
      Turning Bayley heel is the stupidest thing they could do. I am all for Bayley winning, because they destroyed the women's roster for the useless brand split.


    Bayley turning vicious isn't the same as her turning heel.
    She hasn't been sugary girly Bayley in a long time and it made her a whole lot more interesting.
    As for destroying the roster, yes they kinda did but that's ok. They're developmental! So what if it means they have to start from scratch with most of the talent. They'll manage. Just won't be any matches main eventing the show for a little while.
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    #12 Posted on 12.8.16 1642.08
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      Originally posted by dMp
      As for destroying the roster, yes they kinda did but that's ok. They're developmental! So what if it means they have to start from scratch with most of the talent. They'll manage. Just won't be any matches main eventing the show for a little while.


    Just because it's developmental, though, doesn't mean you want them constantly starting from scratch, because having some experienced hands around helps bring the new talent up to speed. I totally get what you're saying here, but I think they probably could have phased the call-ups a little more smartly, in a way that would have helped both NXT and the women who've been called up. Nia Jax has made tremendous strides, but I think she's at least a year away from what they want her to be. She should still be down in Florida, and Carmella probably, too (It's kind of a separate issue, but it was really, really, really dumb to split the main roster women's divisions).
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    #13 Posted on 14.8.16 0750.03
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      Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Dawkins was doing James Harden's stir the pot taunt.


    The thing is, Dawkins does something after that that looks like putting a pan in the oven and all I can think is that he's whipping up some brownies.
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    #14 Posted on 16.8.16 1455.43
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    Quick question about the only part I saw:

    Is Mojo Rawley secretly Samoan or was he just that HYPED?
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