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abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010





In the two years I've been watching wrestling (I know, I'm a baby), I've watched NXT nearly every week. It fascinated me from the beginning - the idea of a show where you would watch wrestlers learn to work in WWE, develop a character, and either get passed on up to the main roster or see them get cut loose. I fell in love with the goofy gimmicks, the low-budget backstage promos, and the shockingly solid in-ring action I saw every week.

When I started watching NXT with TakeOver Fatal 4-Way, it was already far beyond the "developmental" label it had been originally given, with wrestlers like Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, and Charlotte impressing me far more than most of the main roster. It wasn't surprising, then, that as the next two years went by and the NXT roster continued to grow with some of the greatest wrestlers in the world, NXT became far more than a minor league. It was a touring brand in its own right, geared towards a loyal audience that sold out everything from minor Florida house shows to massive, fifteen-thousand seat arenas.

But it's easy to forget that, in the end, NXT is a division that exists to serve the main roster. The goal is still to develop wrestlers, whether completely green or seasoned veterans, to become the next generation of WWE Superstars(tm). And, with Smackdown suddenly going live and the brand split returning, WWE now finds itself with the need for two hours worth of new main roster wrestlers. It's not hard to imagine what this might do to NXT.

This card may not look like much on the surface. None of these matches are a Nakamura/Zayn, or even a Bayley/Asuka in terms of individual importance. But this is likely to be the last major NXT show for some of these wrestlers.

While the sky isn't falling on NXT - there have been more house shows announced, and NXT TakeOver Brooklyn has finally been announced and goes on sale this week - what NXT looks like two months from now is likely to be very, very different from what we see tonight. Personally, I'm excited to see what's next (especially if it includes the phrase "NXT Champion No Way Jose"). But, for now, let's celebrate the potential end of an era.

Tonight's Card



There's a recap episode of NXT covering the build to TakeOver here that you may prefer: http://network.wwe.com/video/v78520...entId=182618732

NXT Championship Steel Cage Match
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Bálor



What feels like the longest feud in NXT history (though, counting main roster, it's certainly not as long as Owens/Zayn) is finally coming to, well, a title-worthy end.

What began as a partnership, including a tag-team tournament win, dissolved into a bitter hatred. Samoa Joe felt slighted that he was not given a championship opportunity by GM William Regal after the tournament, and instead took matters into his own hands, turning heel on Finn and knocking him out with the Coquina Clutch on like literally four episodes of NXT TV in a row. And, well, it worked: Joe got his title shot in London, and lost.

After London, with no clear number one contender, Joe, Sami Zayn, and Baron Corbin fought for the right to face Finn. And, once again, Joe found himself given an opportunity to take the title. Which he proceeded to lose, along with what appeared to be a couple pints of blood.

Fast forward a few weeks to what seemed like just another meaningless title match on just another house show, when suddenly:

https://twitter.com/TheFansPodcast/...src=twsrc%5Etfw

Joe won. With a clean pin. On a house show. Ending the longest NXT Championship reign in history.

After another house show resulted in a locker room-clearing brawl between the new and former champions, a final match was declared: the first cage match ever in NXT. To quote WWE.com: "According to Regal, the decision to turn the bout into a Steel Cage Match was done to ensure the safety of NXT fans and guarantee a definitive conclusion to the rivalry."

NXT Women's Championship Match
Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax



This is the first NXT event since TakeOver: R Evolution back in December 2014 to not feature Bayley. The former NXT Women's Champion (and Rowdy Ringsports's 2015 Champion of the Year) lost the title to Asuka two months ago in Dallas.

Any hope of a rematch was scuttled after after Bayley's brutal defeat by Nia Jax on an episode of NXT TV left her unable to compete in a number one contender's match for the Women's title. Nia Jax then beat out Carmella and Alexa Bliss to become the new contender, and she seems more than ready for Asuka.

While Nia Jax is no one's favorite women's wrestler, this battle of Asuka's talk poo poo get kicked style and Nia Jax's ridiculous strength and power should be interesting to watch.

NXT Tag Team Championship Match
American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)



The Revival are mad. They lost the titles in a spectacular match in Dallas, and they want revenge. Over the past two months, they've been loving with every tag team from The Hype Bros to Ciampa & Gargano, but they've mostly stayed back from the new champions, waiting for their rematch.

American Alpha are the hottest tag team in NXT, and will certainly turn in another stellar performance. But I don't think an upset victory by their challengers is completely out of the question, given The Revival's ability to work an opponent's limb into dust, potentially neutralizing American Alpha's power. And, uh, also because American Alpha is one of the most sure-bet callups to the main roster since Enzo & Cass (though, then again, it still somehow took E&C like a year to make it to Raw).

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries



Do I need to sell you on a Nakamura match at this point? Really? Did you not watch the last TakeOver? Or any major New Japan card of the last two years? While Shinsuke Nakamura's matches since Dallas may not be MOTY contenders, he's always a blast to watch in the ring on NXT TV. He also has a love of No Way Jose that may rival my love of No Way Jose, which is saying something. You know the creepy-rear end shrine you imagine in your head when Rovert talks about female wrestlers that he likes? That's the shrine I actually have for No Way Jose.

Anyways, I'll say this: I'm excited to watch Nakamura strong style all over Austin Aries's dumb face. Aries is mad that everyone loves Nakamura and isn't paying attention to him. Waaah. Maybe him and Baron Corbin should form an anti-smark-darling tag team on the main roster. While Aries's match on TakeOver wasn't exactly a barn-burner (I mean, he was facing Corbin), he's had several good matches on TV since then, and I think these two could put on a great match.

Andrade "Cien" Almas (FKA La Sombra) vs. Tye Dillinger



Yes: less than a year since he unmasked and left CMLL for NXT, La Sombra is finally debuting. He's been on NXT's higher-profile house shows for several months (as Manny Andrade), including a dark match in Dallas. I know very little about him, other than that people are loving hyped for this guy's debut.

And, hell, either way, I'm hype to see Tye Dillinger return to TakeOver! The last time he was on a TakeOver card proper (and not a pre-show taping or dark match) was Apollo Crews's debut in Brooklyn. He lost there, and he'll almost certainly lose here, but I'm gonna be chanting "Ten! Ten! Ten!" to myself alone in my apartment, and I hope you'll all be chanting along with me. Though, let's be honest, there's gotta be a spot where Almas gets everyone to chant "ˇDiez! ˇDiez! ˇDiez!", right?

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NXT TakeOver: The End... starts at 8pm ET/5pm PT, with a preshow special starting a half hour earlier at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT. The preshow will feature Corey Graves, Renee Young, and Lita.

There will be a Triple H live interview on Facebook at 10:15 following the show: https://www.facebook.com/wwe/photos...?type=3&theater

Also airing on the Network tonight after TakeOver is Breaking Ground: Reloaded, which is apparently a special featuring stars from the first season of Breaking Ground. So if you liked that, check that out, I guess!

abraham linksys fucked around with this message at Jun 8, 2016 around 20:47

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abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



In Memoriam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRKpzNllBgw

Go RV!
Jun 19, 2008

Uglier on the inside.


This show is gonna rule.

Manic_Misanthrope
Jul 1, 2010

Stromgarde pincushion factory, est. whenever a Troll decides to get near.

Shame my internal body clock won't let me watch it live. Hopefully it's good anyway so it gives me something to watch on thursday.

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

you're a flower. you're also a rainbow and a river. you are the manifestation of all perfection and i want to i don't fucking know, but you are fucking perfect


abraham linksys posted:

Also airing on the Network tonight after TakeOver is Breaking Ground: Reloaded, which is apparently a special featuring stars from the first season of Breaking Ground. So if you liked that, check that out, I guess!

I am almost as hyped for this as I am for Takeover

Golashes
Aug 8, 2006

team starslay3r!!!!!!

"Five! Five! Five!" -me to this op

I wasn't really that pumped tbh since i've just been watching in the background the last few weeks but now that the day is here I'm pretty stoked

Bigass Moth
Mar 6, 2004

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


This show will be good.

Blasmeister
Jan 15, 2012



The End is here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIMuTop-wrw

Sockser
Jun 28, 2007

I joined the new sensation, the #RXT REVOLUTION~!



he knows...


Oh poo poo this is tonight? I cancelled the network the day after mania, and they've been sending me emails about money in the bank but I thought this was still a few weeks off. Guess WWE gets $10 from me tonight!

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

you're a flower. you're also a rainbow and a river. you are the manifestation of all perfection and i want to i don't fucking know, but you are fucking perfect


Sockser posted:

Oh poo poo this is tonight? I cancelled the network the day after mania, and they've been sending me emails about money in the bank but I thought this was still a few weeks off. Guess WWE gets $10 from me tonight!



although I knew when this was and wasn't 100% sure about resubbing for it, but I wanna see AJ/Cena too so that pushed me over.

MotU
Mar 6, 2007

If you're gonna do it, do it with ~*~Axefaire~*~


gotta work late tonight so ill be missing a good portion of it but will prolly just end up watching tomorrow morning :<

RacistGuidingLight
Apr 5, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


NXT is bad.

Golashes
Aug 8, 2006

team starslay3r!!!!!!


I agree that everything since the last takeover has been mediocre to bad. This looks like a fun if probably obvious card though (see also: all 90-100% sided predictions in the predictions thread).

I don't know what's gonna be left to do at Brooklyn and would even bet that they just have all the call ups back on for a fun night

abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



ugh I forgot to mention BABYMETAL, THE OFFICIAL THEME SONG OF NXT TAKEOVER THE END in the op anywhere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvD3CHA48pA

ThePariah
Feb 10, 2014

Bad day, bad day, BAD DAY!

Rooting for Tye Dillinger.

Platypus Farm
Jul 12, 2003

Francis is my name, and breeding is my game. All bow before the fertile smut-god!


Golashes posted:

I agree that everything since the last takeover has been mediocre to bad. This looks like a fun if probably obvious card though (see also: all 90-100% sided predictions in the predictions thread).

I don't know what's gonna be left to do at Brooklyn and would even bet that they just have all the call ups back on for a fun night

Nakamura and aries are pretty much the only ones left that I can conceive having a title run... so yeah, gonna be some slim pickins

edit: poo poo remember like six months ago when everyone was talking about a secondary title for NXT because there was so much talent? Yeeeeeeeeeeah

Ostentatious
Sep 29, 2010

Spliffs out to the truth




speaking of, I think nakamura and aries is probably going to be match of the night unless as and revival have another great one

Pinwiz11
Jan 26, 2009

"I think you'll find that when it comes to Sandwich Montoya, the sky is the limit!"

- Too Much Mustard


Rooting for the Revival for some reason. (YEAH)

Platypus Farm
Jul 12, 2003

Francis is my name, and breeding is my game. All bow before the fertile smut-god!


Ostentatious posted:

speaking of, I think nakamura and aries is probably going to be match of the night unless as and revival have another great one

100%

Although I am looking forward to seeing finn and joe in a cage. I think they can have a really cool monster blow-out fight that'll surprise a lot of people who are bored with the feud. The length of their feud didnt' bother me at all. I loved the days of the year and a half long NWA/WWF feuds. The only thing that irritated me about their feud was that the matches themselves got real boring and almost rote. We'll see though. I also think Asuka will be able to pull a good match out of Nia, who has been improving a lot anyway.

Charles Gnarwin
Jul 31, 2014

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


I hope that Andrade Almas doesn't wear a stupid hat.

Bard Maddox
Feb 15, 2012

I'm just a sick guy, I'm really just a dirty guy.


the best thing on this card is babymetal

Howling Man
Mar 29, 2014


Tye/Andrade gonna have the match of the night with Revival/AA coming in second. I hope Aries goes full blast tonight in his match with Nakamura. but I'm not gonna get my hopes up.

I hope Paul cuts a promo at the start.

SomeMathGuy
Oct 4, 2014

The people were ASTONISHED at his doctrine.



It's going to be kind of funny when the dangerous, climactic ~steel cage~ title match has less blood than the borderline meaningless Dallas title match but, whatever, this should be a really entertaining card.

Tr33
May 26, 2007

Love is a tiny lion holding a donut!

wheres bayley?

triplexpac
Mar 24, 2007

Suck it
Two tears in a bucket
And then another thing
I'm not the one they'll try their luck with
Hit hard like brass knuckles
See your face through the turnbuckle dude
I got no love for you


Golashes posted:

I agree that everything since the last takeover has been mediocre to bad. This looks like a fun if probably obvious card though (see also: all 90-100% sided predictions in the predictions thread).

I don't know what's gonna be left to do at Brooklyn and would even bet that they just have all the call ups back on for a fun night

At this point I only watch the Takeover specials, and the odd weekly show if it gets rave reviews

Very rarely does one get rave reviews

Senerio
Oct 19, 2009

I call the darkness unto me from deepest depths of Earth and sea. From ancient evils unawoken, break the one that can't be broken. To blackest night, I pledge my soul and crush my heart to burning coal. To summon forth a deathly power, to see my hated foe devoured.


Bard Maddox posted:

the best thing on this card is babymetal

That said, I'm looking forward to most of the card.

triplexpac posted:

At this point I only watch the Takeover specials, and the odd weekly show if it gets rave reviews

Very rarely does one get rave reviews

You've seen No Way Jose, right?!?

Go RV!
Jun 19, 2008

Uglier on the inside.


Tr33 posted:

wheres bayley?

She died on the way back to her home planet (California)

Mulaney Power Move
Dec 30, 2004


i haven't watched nxt for the past several months but i guess i'll watch this

Bard Maddox
Feb 15, 2012

I'm just a sick guy, I'm really just a dirty guy.


where the hell is No Way Jose

Jenny Angel
Oct 24, 2010

Out of Control
Hard to Regulate
Anything Goes!


Lipstick Apathy

Hey, could anyone in this thread who goes hard, all day all night, say YEAH

Grozz Nuy
Feb 21, 2008

Welcome to Moonside.

Wecomel to Soonmide.

Moonwel ot cosidme.

I'm actually kind of underwhelmed by this card but I am curious if Tommy or Moose show up. It wouldn't exactly be a surprise at this point, but if Tommy goes straight after Joe rather than just squashing somebody irrelevant then I'll definitely be intrigued for the next Takeover. Or whatever they call it next time.

Jay 2K Winger
Oct 10, 2007

What are you looking for?

Jenny Angel posted:

Hey, could anyone in this thread who goes hard, all day all night, say YEAH

YEAH

ParanoidInc
Apr 27, 2013

You dun scuffed me for the last time you no-good Zayn boy!


Fun Shoe


yeahhhhhhhhhh

Golashes
Aug 8, 2006

team starslay3r!!!!!!

YEAH

Gavok
Oct 10, 2005

Brock! Oh, man, I'm sorry about your...

...tooth?


OKAY!

Buzzsaw Roomba
Feb 13, 2012

Christ, what an asshole.


YEAH

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



I know more matches on the slammiversaey card than this one

StarkRavingMad
Sep 27, 2001


Yams Fan

There's nothing on this card that's like blow me away amazing but there's a lot on this card that I'm interested in seeing what they do with it. La Sombra's debut should be cool, Asuka/Nia is interesting, Nakamura is always worth watching, and the main should be solid. I expect some sort of surprise with the way they've hyped this up as THE END, so hopefully there's some fire behind that. I'm basically going to two screen this and LU tonight. Give me all the wrasslin at once.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Grozz Nuy posted:

I'm actually kind of underwhelmed by this card but I am curious if Tommy or Moose show up. It wouldn't exactly be a surprise at this point, but if Tommy goes straight after Joe rather than just squashing somebody irrelevant then I'll definitely be intrigued for the next Takeover. Or whatever they call it next time.

I wish they'd had a Tyler Breeze-focused event before his ill-fated call up. They could have called it NXT: Makeover.

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abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



Triple H gonna do a live interview after the show: https://www.facebook.com/wwe/photos...?type=3&theater

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