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|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 6:08pm On Apr 06|
I believe you
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 6:11pm On Apr 06|
pu7pl3:Nxt here we come....takeover better deliver
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 8:56pm On Apr 06|
They called it stand and deliver for a reason bro
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 10:14am On Apr 07|
Rollins' drip is eternal check out his WWEHOF suit
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 12:32pm On Apr 07|
pu7pl3:the man said it himself
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by samistry(m): 5:23pm On Apr 07|
Takeovers never disappoint unlike you, mainroster wrestlemania.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 3:11am On Apr 08|
I'm taking fashion notes
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 12:20pm On Apr 08|
WWE NXT STAND AND DELIVER NIGHT 1 REVIEWS RECAPS AND REACTIONS
Raquel González vs. Io Shirai
With a title reign of 300+ days heading into Takeover, Io Shirai was already on the short list of most dominant women’s champions in the history of NXT. If she could survive night one of Stand & Deliver and carry the championship to next Tuesday, she’d be tied with Paige for third in consecutive days on the top, second only to Shayna Baszler and Asuka. The rising star that is the tall, strong and powerful Raquel González would be the biggest threat to her rising up the record books, but no matter how many times she beat Shirai down last Wednesday, it was the champion who left standing tall headed into tonight’s main event.
Shirai busted out every last bit of offense she could attempting to extend her reign, even climbing to the top of the 20 foot tall human skull at the top of the entrance ramp for a flying crossbody, which I would have told her was ill advised given her knees seemed to crash INTO the ramp as González tried to catch her.
Nevertheless Shirai took her back to the ring for a top rope moonsault afterward... and González kicked out! They fought outside the ring until González hit her one arm powerbomb on the floor. She threw Shirai back in, mocked her, and hoisted her high in the air to hit it AGAIN and become the new champion. Very solid main event overall!
Tommaso Ciampa vs. WALTER
The title match was the main event and deservedly so, but on any other night this is the match I would’ve wanted to headline a Takeover card. Everything about both men exudes excellent in the ring. At his peak Tommaso Ciampa reigned as the NXT champion for 200+ days, but WALTER’s record setting and current reign as NXT UK champion is over 700 and counting. Ciampa’s epic promo last week was a warning to WALTER though, born from his own hard experience and years of injuries — the higher you climb, the harder you fall.
Even though it was strongly teased that Imperium would interfere on WALTER’s behalf, they didn’t actually need to... but it was close. Very close. Ciampa actually left WALTER’s chest bloody red from his chops, which is normally what we see him doing to his opponents, and he worked over WALTER’s right hand to the point he had difficulty throwing his own. At one point Ciampa was draped over the announce table when WALTER tried to throw one and he escaped, causing WALTER to break the top cover in half. It was obviously pre-cut but in the heat of the moment it was still an impressive sight. You can see it broken in the .gif below.
The NeXTras around the ring encouraged them to “fight forever” and even though that chant has become incredibly cliche I couldn’t help but agree this time.
Unfortunately the match ended in what was almost a let down. WALTER hit a pair of powerbombs and Ciampa kicked out even with almost three hundred pounds of weight on top of him, then WALTER took him out with a couple of chops and pinned him right as the same fans were chanting “this is awesome.” Was that the planned finish? Did they get their time cut? As great as the match was I wanted a stronger end to it than that.
MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma
William Regal was forced to vacate the tag team titles after Danny Burch was injured while he and his partner Oney Lorcan were facing Finn Bálor and Karrion Kross. That lead us to night one of Stand & Deliver, where three different teams would meet in a triple threat to put gold around someone’s waist. MSK might have had momentum after winning the Dusty Rhodes Cup, but Legado Del Fantasma could easily have a run-in from their leader Santos Escobar, while the Grizzled Young Veterans are easily my favorite UK tag team — and quite possibly “sssssssoon” to be NXT tag team champions too.
I mean this in the nicest way possible but a lot of this match was a cluster, with each team interfering as they pleased and getting in and out of the ring as they liked, leaving it difficult to keep track of who was legal and which crew had the upper hand. It took a while for the dust to settle but eventually Legado del Fantasma was taken out of the equation (with Santos Escobar nowhere in sight, leaving them to fend for themselves) and MSK were able to recreate the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic with the Vets!
Ultimately MSK were able to effectively double team Zack Gibson. Nash Carter hoisted Gibson up, Lee jumped off the ropes and hit a cutter, and he promptly pinned Gibson to claim the gold! As much of a crazy match as it was, it was a FUN match to watch, with everybody seeming to be in the right place at the right time just as they needed to be. MSK’s victory was well earned in storyline and in the effort they put forth.
North American title #1 contender Gauntlet
The set up to get to this point was ridiculously absurd, but now that we’re here it’s time to find out which of six different men would “run the gauntlet,” earning the right to face Johnny Gargano for the North American title at night two of Stand & Deliver. The champion was not amused, but at least his “puplicist” was having fun ahead of the show.
The match didn’t feature any eliminations until Dexter Lumis arrived, after which Isaiah Scott quickly dispatched Leon Ruff. LA Knight was able to take out Dexter Lumis by pinning him while he was trying to put The Silence on Cameron Grimes. Lumis got his revenge by putting Knight to sleep after Bronson Reed squashed him like a bug for the pin. Grimes and Scott tried to work as an alliance to take Reed out (Scott had taken a payoff to work with Grimes earlier) but ultimately Scott betrayed him and got an inside cradle. It was all for naught in the end though because three house calls couldn’t put Reed away, and he went to the top rope and hit the tsunami splash on Scott to advance to Gargano tomorrow night!
Pete Dunne vs. KUSHIDA
Speaking of that gauntlet match though, Pete Dunne and KUSHIDA eliminated each other trying to gain entry into night one at Takeover. Having been left out of the North American title picture, the only thing they had left to do now was fight each other, possibly gaining a little bit of revenge and the unofficial title of “best technical wrestler” in the process.
Both men were hot to start at the opening bell and looked for immediate submissions. When that failed they had to settle for going move for move, hold for hold, counter for counter. KUSHIDA worked over the left arm and elbow, while Pete Dunne worked over his opponent’s fingers (nobody pulls that off as convincingly as he does). Both men were selling hard after a fiercely competitive battle, but in the end it was the BITTER END that got the job done. This was the official opener on USA Network and a fine start to the night.
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm
A late addition to the card saw Toni Storm and Zoey Stark face off on the Takeover: Stand & Deliver night one pre-show!
people definitely were enjoying the opening contest, but I honestly wish I could say the same. Nothing in the match seemed to flow. It felt like Zoey Stark was lost in the ring, looking for a cue from Storm as to what to do next, always hesitating for a second before going to their next spot. I’m not trying to hold it against her given her lack of experience compared to Storm, but the sloppy finish only emphasized it, as she somehow managed to block Storm Zero for one of the worst inside cradle roll ups I’ve seen in a while. At least the second rope suplex they did together looked alright.
Other than WALTER vs. Tommaso Ciampa ending in a lackluster and disappointing way, there’s not that much to gripe about here. Zoey Stark and Toni Storm can be forgiven for a pre-show bout that wasn’t even announced until the day of the show, so even if they had more time to prepare it wouldn’t have been enough. Stark has a world of potential but there’s more than just doing power moves and looking strong to being a complete wrestler. She’ll get there given enough time. Toni Storm has been main roster ready for a while and should probably move on. KUSHIDA and Pete Dunne delivered from bell to bell, the three way for the tag titles got the job done, and the coronation of González means Shirai can go to Raw or SmackDown as well. Can either be used as well as Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte Flair, et cetera? We can only hope.
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|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 2:27pm On Apr 08|
New women's champion
Raquel officially in charge now
Walter and Tomato beating the sh*t outta each other
And the tag team match was incredible
NXT stand and deliver night 1 was
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|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 5:52pm On Apr 08|
Let's gear up for night two
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by ShadowCracker(m): 2:53am On Apr 09|
Fall and pray, the end is now .
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by ShadowCracker(m): 4:03am On Apr 09|
What a match, what a main-eventer.
The system has been shocked to the core .
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by samistry(m): 5:35am On Apr 09|
Haha shadowcracker you no fit wait for morning proper before you post night 2 spoilers
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 8:48am On Apr 09|
WWE NXT STAND AND DELIVER NIGHT 2 REVIEWS RECAPS AND REACTIONS
Finn Bálor vs. Karrion Kross
It’s business, but it’s also personal. By the numbers Finn Bálor is the icon of NXT, with two title reigns combined that equal almost 500 total days as NXT champion. “The Prince” has nothing to prove except to himself, but that alone is powerful motivation for an athlete as driven as him. The record books also record that Karrion Kross was only a three day champion before having to abdicate the title due to a shoulder injury, and it was this injury that allowed Bálor to claim the vacant title. Kross wants to prove he can be the champion he should have been, but he also wants to prove Bálor wrong — he won’t “drown” in the ocean of Bálor’s experience. Only one man walked away last night having proved their point. For his part Bálor didn’t seem too worried about the outcome.
If you like a hard hitting contest with a lot of near falls, submission attempts and no interference, this was your cup of tea. I drank thirstily and may have even spilled a little of the tea. Scarlett stayed on the outside, cheering her man on, but otherwise leaving it up to the competitors to take care of business. Bálor tried to work both the left arm and the midsection to weaken Kross so he’d be unable to breathe in the ocean of the match, but all of those assaults couldn’t keep him down. Even the coup de grace couldn’t keep him down. In the end Kross unleashed a furious assault of ground and pound from behind to knock him out, hit a Saito suplex to wake him back up, then hit a forearm to the back of the head to knock him out AGAIN. That’s how Karrion Kross became champion for a second time.
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
This match was ENTIRELY personal. After years of friendship together in The Undisputed Era, that bond was weakened as Kyle O’Reilly sought to dethrone Bálor, and an enraged Adam Cole superkicked him for his efforts. In the aftermath Cole’s crew of ne’er-do-wells dissolved and the excuses began to flow. Cole claimed he was a blind man just now seeing that the group he led was only holding him back. O’Reilly claimed Cole was a lying manipulator who was always in it for himself, and that while Cole had stagnated in his arrogance, O’Reilly was the one who grew to become a better human being. They fought. They yelled. They signed a “hold harmless” agreement and fought some more. Adam Cole (bay bay) was confident he’d be the last man standing after Takeover night two.
For his part Kyle O’Reilly couldn’t wait to get started, head moshing his way to the ring.
And Adam Cole “bay bay” was just as psyched for the war to come.
I’m not sure that words can do this match justice. I would tell you to get Peacock just to watch it, but I don’t get anything in return from them if I do, and I heard their stream crashes several times alwhile you're watching. This was easily one of the sickest matches I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve seen hardcore street brawls that were less brutal. I’ve seen barbed wire exploding ring matches that were less sick. I have a better idea than using words — a few .gifs are worth at least a thousand right? So I call on our resident gif lord Qu3st to provide us with some of these
- O’Reilly telling Cole to “have a seat.”
-And Adam Cole saying “have two” with a Shining Wizard.
-Announce table suplex...I think it’s more painful when announce tables DON’T break than when they do.
-Adam Cole had to use a tire iron in desperation when O’Reilly had the advantage.
-The ref begged Cole not to break O’Reilly’s neck with a steel chair onto another steel chair around his head, so Cole responded by KNOCKING HIM OUT COLD.
That proved to be a fatal mistake because Cole had a pinfall for at least a seven count with no referee there to count it. The NeXTras were fine with that though as they wanted these two men to “fight for-ever.” So did I. O’Reilly tried to submit Cole with a guillotine on the entrance ramp, so Cole saved himself by taking both of them THROUGH IT to the floor.
What would it take to end a match with this kind of carnage, no rules, anything goes? EXTREME SADISM. Kyle O’Reilly laid out Adam Cole with a low blow to the groin, wrapped a steel chain around his right leg up to the knee and tied it into place, jumped off the ropes and CONNECTED right to the head. That put Adam Cole down and out for three for good.
Santos Escobar vs. Jordan Devlin
I think interim champions are good for one thing — unification bouts. When the champion is forced into a position where he can’t defend his throne, a usurper comes along and tries to take his place, and for all of his “sangre y tradición” strut that’s exactly what Santos Escobar is. Jordan Devlin came back from the UK to prove he’s the one and only cruiserweight king, but he’d need a ladder and a title match to reclaim his crown.
It’s hard to do a spot in a ladder match that long time wrestling fans haven’t already seen, so you can’t say that either man did anything unexpected, but you also can’t say either one did anything wrong. Highlights include Devlin doing a moonsault from the VERY TOP of a ladder, Devlin doing a Spanish Fly with Escobar off TWO ladders, and Escobar sending Devlin off a ladder through another ladder to the mat — the latter leaving him standing all alone under both belts. He promptly unhooked them to unify the gold. It’s worth noting that Legado del Fantasma ran out to help Escobar by interfering, even though he did not do the same for them in the tag title triple threat 24 hours ago.
Johnny Gargano vs. Bronson Reed
“The Colossal” Bronson Reed outlasted almost a dozen men over the course of two weeks, running the gauntlet on Wednesday to become the #1 contender to North American champion Johnny Gargano. While the monstrously athletic Reed had an undeniable size advantage going in, Gargano had the same ace up his sleeve that he always does — his lovely wife Candice LeRae and their flunkies Indi Hartwell and Austin Theory. The four of them together still might not outweigh Reed, but they could still show him “The Way” things are done in NXT. Who would prevail here?
How do you stop a man the size of Bronson Reed from dominating? Give him an injury to “the girth” as Wade Barrett calls it, meaning that Reed was selling his midsection for the majority of the match. Gargano would kick him in it, shove him into the announce desk with it, hit knees to the body on it when Reed was grounded, and continually try to soften the big man up. That let to Reed being one step too slow every time he went to the top rope for a Tsunami, but it didn’t hurt that Austin Theory was also running interference to make SURE that Reed never gained the upper hand. After multiple superkicks and two straight Final Beats, “Mr. Takeover” was able to retain the North American title. This was FINE. It wasn’t even close to the best thing on night two of Takeover, but they told the story they wanted to and got the job done bell to bell.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
Speaking of The Way, Candice LeRae felt that she and Indi Hartwell “deserved” to be NXT’s Women’s tag team champions. Having only just recently dethroned Dakota Kai and the new women’s world champion Raquel González after they were inaugurated, Shotzi Blackheart vowed to T.C.B. (take care of business) against any challengers to their title reign.
All four women were busting their asses figuratively and literally in the ring. The more I see of Indi Hartwell the more I like her, and I’ve appreciated the work of Candice LeRae since her Pro Wrestling Guerrilla days, so it’s almost a shame that they weren’t victorious at Takeover — almost. In the end though they succumbed to Moon hitting a double Eclipse on The Way, followed by Blackheart hitting a senton off the ropes to pin Hartwell. I applaud everybody involved for their effort in this title match.
Breezango vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
WWE can’t resist adding bonus matches to the Takeover pre shows, so Breezango faced Drake Maverick & Killian Dain to determine the future #1 contender for new tag team champions MSK. There was a lot of comedy involved (as you’d expect) but the actual bell to bell wrestling was well executed. Maverick is for better or worse the perfect size for a face in peril who takes a two-on-one beatdown, and pairing him with Dain makes it even more impressive when you see him toss both Tyler Breeze and Fandango around single-handedly. Dain powerbombed his partner onto Fandango to finish the match and get the win!
I could give night two of Takeover that rating just for the main event alone. When you finish with a match that strong, the whole rest of the show gets elevated right along with it. If you watched Stand & Deliver night two, you’re never going to forget the brutality you saw here. It overshadows everything else on the card, even an excellent world title match where Karrion Kross was crowned the champion for a second time. No sloppy matches. No matches cut short. Everything was either good, great, or FANTASTIC.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by samistry(m): 2:29pm On Apr 09|
Good review as usual purple. What's your take on these new sets of entrance themes nxt has?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 3:48pm On Apr 09|
Which new Entrance theme?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by samistry(m): 5:59pm On Apr 09|
Cole, strong, O'Reilly even Pete dunne's entrance music has changed to generic shi*%
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 6:17pm On Apr 09|
samistry:Every new entrance music has basically been generic bullsh*t, a guitar riff on a loop followed by bland drumbeats from ur average metal band. I mean it would be sad if it wasn't so distasteful.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 6:22pm On Apr 09|
Incredible match but sometimes less is more.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 6:56pm On Apr 09|
Do you know I hadn't even noticed
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:03pm On Apr 09|
You just going to act like you don't have an assignment
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Qu3sT(m): 7:23pm On Apr 09|
pu7pl3:Too many action to post, people should just watch d match...... it'll be worth it.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 7:33pm On Apr 09|
Had to break my 90-day social media fast to ask Io Shirai, "E choke?"
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|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:33pm On Apr 09|
I specified just 4 particular gifs
But you're right..
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 7:35pm On Apr 09|
And yeah, Pu7pl3, I've been impressed with Indi's growth in the ring, too. I expect much from her in the future.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:35pm On Apr 09|
Why? Better go and follow me back on twitter
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 7:36pm On Apr 09|
Also, we all know who the "mysterious" Franky Monet is, right?
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:37pm On Apr 09|
She is doing well...she has to forget her addiction with Lumis tho we don't need another Fiendette
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 7:42pm On Apr 09|
pu7pl3:I'm doing this whole self-improvement program where I abstain from a whole lotta stuff (SM, TV, junk food, etc) for 90 days while focusing more on work, studies and exercise. I just told myself the truth that I had to indulge in this Mania week before finally kicking off completely.
Also, I've been following you. I'm Frostxc3.
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:42pm On Apr 09|
Nah, I specifically don't..please tell us
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by pu7pl3(m): 7:43pm On Apr 09|
I know who you are bro...this is a new account, the old one got thanosed last night
I don't think I'll be able to do that for 90days o
|Re: Purpl3's WWE (and Pro-wrestling in general) Discussion And Banter House by Kaycee7(m): 7:44pm On Apr 09|
pu7pl3:It might actually be interesting, if they don't do it as a Fiendette angle.
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