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Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

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Please do not discuss taping spoilers in this thread. Visit the spoilers thread for that discussion instead.

NXT on WWE Network
NXT on Hulu (US only, requires subscriptions, includes Takeovers)

NXT Champion: Aleister Black (since 7th April 2018)



NXT Women's Champion: Shayna Baszler (since 7th April 2018)



NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (since 29th November 2017)



NXT North American Champion: Adam Cole BAYBAY (since 7th April 2018)



WWE UK Champion: Pete Dunne (since 20th May 2017)



Champion of Our Hearts: Johnny Gargano (since FOREVER)



The next Takeover will be June 16th 2018 in Chicago the night before Money in the Bank.
NXT runs tapings, house shows in Florida, and house show tours throughout the US at a constant clip, check http://nxttickets.com/%A0for more information!

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The Latest Haps, Snaps and Faps

NXT Takeover New Orleans happened! It was literally one of the best wrestling shows of all time so if you post in PSP, watch NXT and haven't seen it then what in the hell are you doing here? Go, go watch it. Don't worry, we'll wait.

So anyway SO MUCH HAPPENED. We've got a whole load of new champions including the latest NXT Champion, Aleister Black! The Dutch Destroyer claims the belt for his first time after a fantastic match against former holder Andrade 'Cien' Almas where Zelina Vega's interference came back around more often than herpes. However, Zelina's nefarious ways would be her client's downfall as one time too many left her dangling in Andrade's arms while Black flattened him with a devastating Black Mass. Black now gets to take the title belt back home where it will be repurposed as a cat bed.

Meanwhile, there's also a new champion in the women's division as a valiant effort from Ember Moon could not keep her from dropping the title to the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler. Ember went for broke, turning Shayna's tactics around on her with a stomp that dislocated her shoulder. She just didn't reckon with Shayna using the ringpost to pop her arm back in place because she is literally the Terminator. Shayna now headlines a division made up of fresh Performance Centre recruits and Kairi Sane* so take a guess who her next challenger will be.

*Nikki Cross appears to have gone missing, we should probably start thinking about search parties

In tag team news the Undisputed Era continue to hold the belts despite Bobby Fish being out with injury for most of the year because they got a last minute Freebird call and because RODERICK STRONG IS A COWARD AND A THIEF AND HE IS NOT MY FRIEND In a turn that was as shocking as it was logical Roddy stabbed my beautiful British boi and his own tag team partner Pete Dunne in the back, delivering the End of Heartache and rolling Kyle O'Reilly on top so that TUE could retain the titles. After the match, Roddy ripped off Adam Cole BAYBAY's TUE armband and put it on his own arm while Cole and O'Reilly shat themselves with glee.



But that doesn't matter because BRITISH STRONG STYLE Y'ALL

https://twitter.com/PeteDunneYxB/st...813212851757056

TUE

That wasn't the end of Adam Cole BAYBAY's Takeover adventures though. He also emerged victorious in one of the most amazing clusterfucky ladder matches of all time to become the first North American champion. This match had it all. It had two big beefy hosses smacking the poo poo out of each other. It had one small flippy dude flying halfway across the arena. It had two big beefy hosses throwing one small flippy dude halfway across the arena. It had Velveteen Dream continuing his quest to become the best drat wrestler in the world without any regard for his own personal safety. It had a one-minute tangent from commentary where NXT turned into Marvel's Infinity War (does this make Drew McIntyre Hawkeye?). EC3 was also there I guess.

JOHNNY GARGANO HAS PUT AN END TO THE DESPICABLE TOMMASO CIAMPA AND RETURNS TO NXT In a barbaric and emotional affair Gargano overcame Ciampa's evil tactics and his own demons to walk away victorious and get his job back. Johnny got a suplex off the announce table, Ciampa got a powerbomb onto the concrete, both men got hit with a crutch a whole bunch of times. Ciampa resorted to dirty plays with an eye rake to escape a submission and a low blow but that still couldn't put Gargano away. In the end, Gargano had the opportunity to demolish Ciampa's face with the crutch put stopped himself and collapsed to the ground. Just as it looked like the two former best friends might hug it out Ciampa made his move but Gargano saw it coming and tied him up in a brutal STF with the help of Ciampa's own knee brace and the match was won.



Wrestling is good, you guys.

So that's all the haps from Takeover and that's not including all the great workers on the roster who couldn't even get on the card. We were missing Kassius Ohno, Sanity, Tyler Bate, TM61, Dakota Kai, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, Bianca Belair, Heavy Machinery and the Street Profits. When the only dull people on your roster are Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss who are total jobbers anyway then you know your talent is stacked.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018

EMBER MOON



THE AUTHORS OF PAIN



THE ICONIC DUO



NO WAY JOSE



DREW MCINTYRE



SANITY (Nikki Cross not included)



ANDRADE 'CIEN' ALMAS AND ZELINA VEGA



Rarity fucked around with this message at Apr 18, 2018 around 05:41

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sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY

Your OP doesn't mention ma flippy boi Ricochet. t

SamuraiFoochs
Jan 16, 2007



Grimey Drawer

This thread title is The Best.

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

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sticklefifer posted:

Your OP doesn't mention ma flippy boi Ricochet. t

Rarity posted:

It had one small flippy dude flying halfway across the arena.

sticklefifer
Nov 11, 2003

TOO EASY


That man is a Cat Prince. You mention him by name.

Heavy Metal
Sep 1, 2014

America's $1 Funnyman

Ricochet was the star of the match, push that guy!

Also I dig the reference in the title, one of the best debut albums ever quite frankly (RATM in case some lads in here don't know)

CobiWann
Oct 21, 2009

There are lost episodes of course. Stories that were commissioned but never made. Or made but misfiled, post broadcast. Sheer incompetence, of course.

Roderick Strong did nothing wrong!

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.


That thread title

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

PONYTAR
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CobiWann posted:

Roderick Strong did nothing wrong!

HOLD ME BACK GUYS I SWEAR TO GOD

Jack Anderson
Jan 8, 2008

Young Bucks was a good friend until Supercard of Honor they superkick me and now they are alone and I have handsome friend Because I was right

A- OP not enough Ricochet love.

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



I would’ve gone with “Insane In the Dain” but to each their own I suppose

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force, I
*snap*
OHHHH HECKUMS


I think you used the wrong emote for No Way Jose because anyone with that reaction to him is dead inside, but your description of the rest of the stuff clearly shows that isn't true

CobiWann
Oct 21, 2009

There are lost episodes of course. Stories that were commissioned but never made. Or made but misfiled, post broadcast. Sheer incompetence, of course.

Rarity posted:

HOLD ME BACK GUYS I SWEAR TO GOD

While I enjoyed every single bit of Takeover, my biggest "OH MY GOD, THAT'S AMAZING, DEAR SWEET BUDDHA" moment was when Roddy turned on Dunn. It was a perfectly done swerve with a great instant reaction from the crowd and dawning realization from the rest of the Undisputed Era. Just really solid storytelling over the past few weeks and potential for some good stuff going forward.

Plus I'm a Roderick Strong mark. Yeah I said it.

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force, I
*snap*
OHHHH HECKUMS


As someone who only vaguely follows NXT but watches all the takeovers, I was really confused when so many people were shocked by the Roddy turn because it seemed like the most obvious setup ever to me. I'm assuming that there was a lot of nuance I was missing from not watching the weekly shows.

CobiWann
Oct 21, 2009

There are lost episodes of course. Stories that were commissioned but never made. Or made but misfiled, post broadcast. Sheer incompetence, of course.

IcePhoenix posted:

As someone who only vaguely follows NXT but watches all the takeovers, I was really confused when so many people were shocked by the Roddy turn because it seemed like the most obvious setup ever to me. I'm assuming that there was a lot of nuance I was missing from not watching the weekly shows.

Because for one brief moment it looked like Roddy and Dunn had buried the hatchet and the Undisputed Era was going to get their just desserts...

It was obvious, however it was so well done AND there was a chance it wouldn't go the way we all expected. Roddy turning on Dunn for a one-on-one feud would have been enough. Roddy joining the UE was the icing on the cake.*

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

IcePhoenix posted:

As someone who only vaguely follows NXT but watches all the takeovers, I was really confused when so many people were shocked by the Roddy turn because it seemed like the most obvious setup ever to me. I'm assuming that there was a lot of nuance I was missing from not watching the weekly shows.

They already teased Roddy joining TUE, but he refused and they feuded for awhile.

Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013

AndhisnameisMarcoDiaz


CobiWann posted:

Roderick Strong did nothing wrong!

beggar
Mar 6, 2008

Smoking Makes You Impotent


Fallen Rib

Really would appreciate adam cole getting some roids in his body, show a little commitment to the push he's getting

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force, I
*snap*
OHHHH HECKUMS


Chinston Wurchill posted:

They already teased Roddy joining TUE, but he refused and they feuded for awhile.

I know but it's peak wrestling for the guy who refused to join up at the end of a feud like that, especially with a setup like the match Saturday night.

Didn't Punk join that new bloods ECW stable after refusing their offer to join and then clowning on them for a few weeks?

SamuraiFoochs
Jan 16, 2007



Grimey Drawer

IcePhoenix posted:

I know but it's peak wrestling for the guy who refused to join up at the end of a feud like that, especially with a setup like the match Saturday night.

Didn't Punk join that new bloods ECW stable after refusing their offer to join and then clowning on them for a few weeks?

Punk was a ruse.

Sanguinia
Jan 1, 2012

#RXT REVOLUTION~!
2000



future scoopin'...


Johnny not the Champ Of Our (Rebel) Hearts? Worst OP Rara.

Phenix Rising
Oct 24, 2005

TOUGH GUUUUUY


Takeover was great, obviously, but I really hate the NXT after a Takeover. It's always such a waste of time. I wish they'd stop recording the next week's show before Takeover events.

abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



rarity if you do not start appreciating my good friend no way jose i am going to need to take this thread back right now

(oh god he's going to die such a loving death on raw isn't he)

Phenix Rising posted:

Takeover was great, obviously, but I really hate the NXT after a Takeover. It's always such a waste of time. I wish they'd stop recording the next week's show before Takeover events.

they can be fun! last one had Bate/Strong which was totally a Takeover-quality match, if a few minutes shorter

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

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abraham linksys posted:

rarity if you do not start appreciating my good friend no way jose i am going to need to take this thread back right now

(oh god he's going to die such a loving death on raw isn't he)

Too late I'm ripping this thread from you like Roddy ripped the hope from Pete Dunne's heart

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.


Good thread except for dissing noted good wrestler No Way Jose.

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force, I
*snap*
OHHHH HECKUMS


abraham linksys posted:

(oh god he's going to die such a loving death on raw isn't he)

We thought the same thing about Elias!

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

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IcePhoenix posted:

We thought the same thing about Elias!

Elias was always good

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force, I
*snap*
OHHHH HECKUMS


Rarity posted:

Elias was always good

Much like No Way Jose, I agree

Phenix Rising
Oct 24, 2005

TOUGH GUUUUUY


abraham linksys posted:

they can be fun! last one had Bate/Strong which was totally a Takeover-quality match, if a few minutes shorter

Yeah, the matches are generally good but there's only so much they can do storyline wise since it's taped ahead of time. It'd be nice if the post-Takeover shows could be more dynamic to give them the "Raw after Mania" feel.

abraham linksys
Sep 6, 2010



i think no way jose has a better chance getting over via the fun tag team route (tyler breeze, aiden english) than the elias route tbh

people do love conga lines though

Benne
Sep 2, 2011

STOP DOING HEROIN

I'd have slightly more hope for Jose if they didn't give him Rosebuds and immediately remind people of a failed undercard gimmick from 4 years ago. That poo poo is an instant kiss of death.

Charles Gnarwin
Jul 31, 2014

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


Aleister Black being the 13th man to hold the NXT title is too perfect to have been written.

Cavauro
Jan 9, 2008

andey...


hell Yeah. 13 is the extreme anxiety and depression number

dromal phrenia
Feb 22, 2004



Charles Gnarwin posted:

Aleister Black being the 13th man to hold the NXT title is too perfect to have been written.

Now he has to hold the title for 666 days

Nipponophile
Apr 8, 2009

Man of the Rising Sun


If WWE doesn't give me alternate angles of Mauro-cam with isolated Mauro commentary for every event from now on, I will literally riot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77Hp0f_nME

Cabbit
Jul 19, 2001

Is that everything you have?


Nipponophile posted:

If WWE doesn't give me alternate angles of Mauro-cam with isolated Mauro commentary for every event from now on, I will literally riot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77Hp0f_nME

Did he call Ricochet the "gif that keeps on giving"?

Edit: Did Percy always look a bald Wyatt Cenac?

DarkstarIV
Apr 6, 2010

Mr. Intensity


Nipponophile posted:

If WWE doesn't give me alternate angles of Mauro-cam with isolated Mauro commentary for every event from now on, I will literally riot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77Hp0f_nME

Mauro is a goddamn national treasure and he rules. He is what every commentator should be like in WWE.

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



to think there were people who said he was not good

Phenix Rising
Oct 24, 2005

TOUGH GUUUUUY


Nipponophile posted:

If WWE doesn't give me alternate angles of Mauro-cam with isolated Mauro commentary for every event from now on, I will literally riot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F77Hp0f_nME

This is loving incredible. I love how much all three of them get into the matches. I would legit watch an alternate angle commentator cam version of a Takeover if they released them all afterward.

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Heavy Metal
Sep 1, 2014

America's $1 Funnyman

That is beautiful, hot drat Mauro rocks. Rocked on the show, but this is even better, like a restored remastered movie, POPPIN IT LIKE A CORK

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