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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Seth Rollins: The Greatest Champion of This Era

By Christopher Evans(@cool_calm_chris)


It's been a crazy couple of months for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. Ever since winning the championship from Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, the champion has been slowly creeping up on having one of the more memorable and meaningful championship reigns of the past decade. With his victory over former United States Champion John Cena at SummerSlam this past weekend, the former member of the Shield became the first man to win and hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship at the same time. So one has to ask the question, is Seth Rollins the best World Heavyweight Champion we've ever seen?

The obvious answer is no, but he has had a rather impressive reign as Champion that has been one of the more interesting title reigns of the past decade, if not the best.

Look at some of the best World Title reigns over the years, these were some of the most interesting and must-see periods in pro wrestling history. Take Triple H's title run in 2003, with a great heel run as well as a solid faction to help bring heat in the form of Evolution, the Cerebral Assassin had probably the best run of his career with the World Heavyweight Championship. During that time he put on some classic matches with legends like Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Kevin Nash, even Goldberg. During this time period The Game would hold the title for an unbelievable 280 (477 if you add up all 3 of his reigns from September 2, 2002 - March 14, 2003).



Another impressive championship run was in fact JBL's only run with the WWE Championship. Lasting just as long as Triple H's longest run with the World Heavyweight Championship, John Bradshaw Layfield's 280-day reign as WWE Champion in 2004 was definitely one of the most impressive runs with the championship in the modern era. Also aligned with a less memorable faction in his Cabinet, JBL stepped his game up and became one of the best talkers in the company at the time. His run helped Smackdown remain somewhat relevant after the departure of Brock Lesnar (originally Eddie Guerrero was the one to be the face of the brand, but he would crack under the pressure of making ratings).

Now many could argue "What about CM Punk, he had the longest WWE title reign of the modern era", while this is true and Punk did have an amazing run, there was one major caveat to his reign. CM Punk was on an historic run as WWE Champion, 434 days is pretty much unimaginable at this point for any champion to reach, but there was a major wall standing in the way of his reign.

With The Rock announcing that he would wrestle the WWE champion at the Royal Rumble (all the way in July on Raw 1000), fans knew exactly when CM Punk would be dropping the title and who he would be dropping the title to. While CM Punk's run as WWE Champion was amazing, it felt as though he was just a place holder for the title.

Seth Rollins however, has so far made it through each opponent, by some form or another, and has managed to get through even the largest of obstacles. In that time he's managed to have classic matches with almost everyone, from the 15-time World Champion John Cena to the Man That Gravity Forgot Neville. Seth Rollins has been gaining steam as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, so much so that many critics compare him to his mentor Triple H during his big push in 2000. If Seth Rollins can maintain this pace as WWE Champion, he could easily be remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.




-Chris

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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ROH TV Review: 8/29/15

By Nathan Neumann 
@Headliner5

Hello everyone and welcome once again to another one of my Ring Of Honor reviews. I am of course Nathan and we have a lot to talk about on an action packed hour of honor. Unlike last week, my phone actually made it through this show so I was able to tweet as much as I possibly could, therefore this review will be a lot more complete than last week's was, even though I was still happy with how last weeks review turned out.

The show begins with Adam Page making his way out to the ring as he gets set for action. Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are on commentary per the usual, as they welcome us to the show and then introduce Adam Page who is already in the ring. Then out comes his opponent the former ROH World Heavyweight Champion Jay Briscoe as we get set for the first match of the night.

Match 1
Adam Page (w/BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino) vs. Jay Briscoe

Thoughts: The Briscoes open the show for the second week in a row, which is a welcome change from when they were featured so heavily in main events. I like the Briscoes, but it’s nice to see guys being given different things to do as a way to keep things fresh. The match begins and Adam Page starts out by slapping the crap out of Jay Briscoe, but Briscoe gets the upper hand and begins stomping away at Page who is seated in the corner.  Page rolls to the outside of the ring, but Jay presses the advantage by hitting a suicide dive to the outside of the ring onto Page. From there, Colby Corino grabs a crutch and smacks Jay Briscoe in the back right in front of Todd Sinclair, which causes him to call for the bell and the immediate disqualification.

Match Result: Jay Briscoe defeats Adam Page via disqualification after Colby Corino hits Briscoe with a crutch.  

Match Rating: N/A

This was more of a match to get a storyline started perhaps, so therefore I’m not going to rate it because it didn’t go on long enough to justify a rating and I’m not going to give it the 1* treatment because that would be unfair.

After the DQ, Adam Page hits the Rite of Passage on Jay, which causes Mark to storm the ring to check on his fallen brother. From there, we go to a commercial break.

Dalton Castle tells us all to buy his shirt if we haven’t done so already.

Next, we go to a pretaped promo from Dalton Castle where he says that he will put his boys on the line in a future match against Silas Young, however if Silas loses than Silas will have to become one of Dalton’s boys.

We go to the second match of the evening as former tag team partners collide.

Match 2
Cedric Alexander vs. Caprice Coleman

Thoughts: Before the match gets underway, Moose makes his way down to ringside. Cedric grabs a microphone and points out the fact that he not only beat Moose once, but he beat him twice and therefore he refuses to wrestle Caprice Coleman here tonight. Caprice makes his way to the ring and the two begin fighting as the referee calls for the bell and we have an official match whether Cedric likes it or not. Cedric hits a flying head scissors onto Caprice on the outside of the ring, but back in the ring Coleman recovers and hits a hurricanranna for a near fall.  From there, shenanigans begin on the outside of the ring as Stokley Hathaway grabs Veda and throws her on the ground (it looked unsafe). From there, Cedric grabs a wrench which gets stolen by Moose while Caprice Coleman hits Cedric Alexander with the Sky Splitter (top rope leg lariat) to pick up the win and the huge upset victory over his former C & C Wrestle Factory tag team partner.

Match Result: Caprice Coleman defeats Cedric Alexander via pinfall after the Sky Splitter 

Match Result **1/2

Decent match here coupled with some overbooking and an upset that makes for good TV. They are definitely going somewhere with this, but it just seems like Caprice is serving as cannon fodder in a storyline between Moose and Cedric, which sucks if you are Caprice.

From there, we go to the third match of the night as two more former tag team partners collide.

Match 3
Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob Evans

Thoughts: Brutal Bob Evans attacks Cheeseburger before the bell even rings, but Burger manages to get the advantage and jumps off of a guardrail on the outside of the ring on to Evans. Back in the ring and Cheeseburger rolls up Evans for a near fall, but Evans manages to kick out. From there, Evans makes his way onto the apron and gets nailed with a palm strike by Cheeseburger, which sends Evans crashing through a randomly placed table at ringside. This would cause Evans to not be able to make back into the ring by the count of twenty thus giving Cheeseburger the win via count out.

Match Result: Cheeseburger defeats Brutal Bob Evans via count out after sending him through a table at ringside.

Match Rating: *1/2

Some good storyline progression here, but honestly nothing special though it did what it needed to do.

From here, we go to a promo from Jay Lethal who talks about how awesome he is and he also mentions something about Hanson being homeless. He makes mention of a dog that Hanson apparently has, which seems very random, but Lethal can both say and do whatever he wants because he’s that awesome.

From there, Mandy Leon takes us Inside ROH as she talks about next week’s championship edition of ROH TV.

From there, we get the second of two Jay Lethal promos as this one focuses on Jay Lethal’s match with Hanson tonight, as well as his upcoming rematch with Roderick Strong for the World Heavyweight Championship next week. These two went to a one-hour time limit draw on July 24th at Death Before Dishonor XIII and they will settle the score in a few weeks on ROH TV.

He also talks about All Star Extravaganza and his two matches during the event, as he will defend the ROH TV Title against Bobby Fish on the same night that he defends the ROH World Title against Kyle O’Reilly. So this is the first time that Lethal will wrestle two matches on one show during his reign as both the World and TV champions and it should be interesting to see how it all plays out.  

From here, we head back inside of the arena as Bobby Fish joins Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino on commentary for the main event of the evening.

Main Event – Match 4
Hanson vs. Jay Lethal {C}
ROH World Television Championship Match

Thoughts: Before the match begins, Jay Lethal has Bobby Cruise announce him as the “greatest first generation wrestler alive.” The match begins and Hanson and Lethal start out by trading punches in one of the four corners of the ring. Hanson gets the upper hand and hits Lethal with a big boot for a near fall. From there Hanson makes his way out onto the ring apron where Lethal begins chopping away at his chest, but it’s having little to no effect on the big man. Lethal knocks Hanson to the outside of the ring and then hits three suicide dives in succession and Hanson ends up in the front row in some fan's lap on the third one. Back in the ring and Hanson recovers and gets the advantage as he grabs Lethal by the waste and drops him with a side slam. Hanson continues the advantage by hitting the cartwheel clothesline for a near fall.  Lethal once again gets the advantage and downs Hanson, Lethal then makes his way up to the top rope where he delivers Hail to the King (his patented elbow drop) and goes for the cover but Hanson kicks out at one. Hanson fires up and hits a handspring heart attack in an ode to Lethal’s Lethal Injection but Lethal manages to get the knees up as Hanson is coming down. Hanson is in some obvious pain and Lethal capitalizes by hitting two Lethal Injections in succession once Hanson made it back up to his feet to pin Hanson and retain the ROH World Television Championship.

Match Result: Jay Lethal defeats Hanson via pinfall after two Lethal Injections in succession to retain the ROH World Television Championship.

Match Rating: **3/4

Really good main event this week as Lethal continues to stake his claim as one of the best champions that Ring Of Honor has ever seen as he continues his double title reign.

After the match Lethal is about to attack Hanson once again, but Roderick Strong and reDRagon make their way out to the ring to save Hanson and make sure that Lethal doesn’t do any further damage. Lethal retreats up the ramp and through the curtain as the show draws to a close for the week.

That’ll once again do it for me and another one of my Ring Of Honor reviews for EOTR. It was a solid hour of wrestling this week that was an easy watch and you should go out of your way to see it, provided you are a fan of Ring Of Honor.  Make sure to follow me on twitter @Headliner5, as well as the Eyes On The Ring main account over @EyesOnTheRing.  I would also like to apologize for there being no radio show last week as BlogTalkRadio was having issues but we should be back to it Sunday night at 11:00pm EST with a great show live via http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ElitePodcastNetwork and also make sure to check out http://www.Facebook.com/EyesOnTheRing and give us a like.  Until next week Ringers, this has been Nathan saying so long for now and make sure to keep your Eyes On The Ring for all the content that we will continue to bring you on the website.

-Nathan

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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The Underrated: Raven

By @TrueGodImmortal





Some wrestlers are geniuses and don't ever get the credit they deserve. Raven falls into that category. He has been overlooked as a great performer and wrestler far too much. From his great work in ECW to his outstanding work with The Flock in WCW, Raven has managed to build quite a legacy for himself through the years.

His days as Scotty Flamingo and Johnny Polo were nothing to rave about, but once arriving in ECW as Raven, he quickly made his name known. His feuds in ECW with Tommy Dreamer, Sandman, and his odd teaming with Stevie Richards made for EXTREMEly entertaining matches. Raven, to me, is one of the top 3 wrestlers ever in ECW as he easily weaved through the competition and created a true lane for himself. After accomplishing everything in ECW, Raven then went to WCW and tried his hand, and pretty much succeeded.



He won the US Title in WCW, the Hardcore title, and created the group The Flock and led them to some success. Eventually, Raven would find his way to WWF and while he was entrenched in the Hardcore title picture, he really didn't get much accomplished, as a good amount of former ECW and WCW wrestlers didn't really prosper in WWF. Unfortunately, after some time in WWF, Raven would leave the company, and it turned out to be for the best.

Raven would eventually hit the indie circuit and engage in a hugely memorable blood feud with CM Punk, one that remains in the top 5 of Raven's all time feuds, perhaps even the top 3. The promos between the two, the brutal matches, everything was magic. I think Raven and Punk brought out the best in each other, and Raven, being the veteran could likely take a large amount of credit for the feud being so effective. Raven could make you hate him by just his snarky yet lifeless facial expressions and just by uttering one simple, yet confusing sentence. He had that type of power during his heyday.

Another great thing about Raven has to be his knack for promos. Promo wise, he was above most of the guys in ECW and WCW, but it tends to go unnoticed at times because of all the larger names in the company. Make no mistake, Raven could go with the best of them on the mic.

Raven still takes indie bookings periodically, but regardless, his legacy is solid. He may not be one of the best ever, but he is without a doubt, one of the most underrated.

-True

Friday, August 28, 2015

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The Dudley Boyz Return

By @TrueGodImmortal




The tag team division has been on a weird rollercoaster over the last decade or so in WWE, though tag team wrestling as a whole is booming in general(indies are keeping the art alive). In the WWE, the tag division has suffered very much through the years but with the return of the Dudley Boyz to the company, could things be headed for improvement??



The New Day just won back the tag team titles, The Usos are headed back, and The Prime Time Players are also a mainstay in the division. Despite this, what lacked very much in the division was a veteran tag team to help push the younger guys and to excite the fans. The Dudley Boyz provide that. The Dudleyz are one of the greatest tag teams ever, are still in good shape and can perform well in the ring. It seems as if this could be their last run, so what better place to do it than WWE?

The Dudleyz vs The New Day is already off to a great start, with the few interactions being damn near classic. What's next to come for this feud? We still have plenty of time to find out and I can only hope this is a long feud between the two teams. We haven't had an exciting long tag team title feud in years.

It is expected at some point that The Dudleyz will work with The Wyatts as that had been hinted at since 2015 began. Regardless, the Dudleyz are back and that is a great thing for both WWE and the fans.

-True

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Can We Not - Volume Five: The Big Show


Stop me if you've heard this one before.
It looks like The Big Show has turned his back on the WWE Universe.
 Now, stop me if you've heard this one before.
It looks like The Big Show has embraced the WWE Universe.

WWE 2K14 wording aside, The Big Show has a character shift as many times as Brutus Beefcake changed gimmicks. Probably even more so, since Beefcake has only had about 16-18 gimmicks. It's tiring, it's annoying, and it's a travesty. I mean, if Big Show is able to actually joke about how many turns he's had, mostly out of character, we've got a problem. The reason why people keep clamoring for Show to retire is that every time he turns, he randomly gets put into a A or B-level storyline. He's, in some ways, worse than John Cena when it comes to randomly being put into A/B-level storylines.

At least creative knows when to let/make Cena step back. Show, however? Nah. He's this behemoth, but he's being treated like goddamned Zack Ryder or something. Sheesh. If you're going to put him in a big storyline, let it mean something. Don't just fucking retconn it three months later when he goes away, comes back with a beard or something, then powerbombs Sin Cara for no reason. Don't retconn that five weeks later when he comes to the aid of Daniel Bryan only to--gasp--punch Daniel Bryan out and walk off crying.

For fuck's sake, guys! Can we not keep having heel/face turns for The Big Show? Maybe if it didn't go down this way, people'd stop saying "please retire" every time they see him. Maybe, just maybe.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Can We Not- Volume Four: Sting versus Rollins



Call me a party pooper. I've been called worse. But, I'm leaning towards the side of "can we not have Sting and Seth Rollins at Night of Champions?" Yes, it's a new match, and us wrestling fans have a penchant for getting tired of the "same ol' shit" very, very fast (unless it's force-fed, but that's another story ::cough::John Cena::cough::). Yes, Sting gets a title shot in WWE, which is awesome, because it's STING! But, the way the went about it and the probable payoffs are sheer turd water.

For starters, Sting disappears for months and randomly gets granted a title shot from Triple H--the guy who beat him at WrestleMania. So, you mean to tell me that, if I'm Triple H, I'm going to willingly allow the guy who I just beat months ago and has been working with the likes of John Cena to overthrow me to come in, make his way into the arena, and challenge for my lifeblood's top championship? And that's just the kayfabe side of things. For all the smarks out there, it just doesn't make sense since most of you know what this is setting up.

Sheamus versus Sting in a Money in the Bank cash-in.

Yeah...fuck that. Butbutbut, you'll notice that, in Seth's acceptance of what he thought was a statue in his honor, Seth Rollins actually spoke kind of tweener-y, almost face-like. Sure, he said Cena was a plague on the WWE. But, he also put Cena and other faces over. So...unless Sheamus becomes the--nah, fuck that.

I don't want, nor need, Sheamus near the WWE Championship again. He's stale. He's bland. He's Randy Orton minus the RKO OUTTA NOWHERE and the whole "I'm the Viper. I'll kill anyone who's in my way" Randy Orton-ness. And Sheamus as part of The Authority, real-life stories be damned, just...no.

There are no winners in this feud. Not Seth Rollins. Not Sting. Not Sheamus. And not us, the fans. So, again, unless there's a SWERVE (copyright Tony Schiavone, circa 2000), can we not do this?

K. Thanks.

-Speed on the Beat

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Life In The Attitude Era Part 4: The Evolution

By @GTAPeel



Last time round, we discussed four men who were already legends, but who became icons of the industry thanks to the Attitude Era.

This time, we're going to look at why some stars broke through and some didn't, along with examples of those who did - both in WCW and the WWF.

You have to remember that during the mid-1990's, WCW had raided and plundered WWF for their experienced, main-event talent. Men like racist Hogan, Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and the late Roddy Piper (among others) all left the WWF for the bigger contracts and more money that WCW could offer. The one thing that WCW didn't have was a man at the top to make all the decisions and filter out all of the bullshit. It may have been a richer - and more expensive - ship to jump to, but it was a ship without a captain my friends.

With guaranteed downsides and contracts aplenty, as well as creative control for certain guys, there was only one way WCW was going to go. Jim Herd, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff all took turns at the wheel, but in the end, the good ship WCW sank like the Titanic.




People were drawn in to WCW because they had the names. Flair, Sting, Hall, Nash and Anderson were all guys that wrestling fans knew and recognised as top-tier talents, so it was easy to get them to change the channel and watch the show.

On paper, they had the best roster. Behind the scenes, they had terrific wrestling minds like Dusty Rhodes and Jim Ross who should have been allowed to shape the future of the company. Instead, it was fucked into the ground because of two words - creative control.

When you have past their best but still marketable stars like Hogan, Hall and Nash, they're obviously going to politick their way to get to - and stay - at the top, and stifle younger, up-and-coming talent. It's no surprise that the more Hogan, Hall, Nash, Flair and others stayed at the top, the more their younger stars with more to offer eventually left the company.

Hogan and his cronies may have monopolised the main-event, but they weren't having the best matches. Unsurprisingly, it was credible workers like Guerrero, Mysterio, Malenko, Jericho and others who were having outstanding pro-wrestling matches. With the crowd ooh'ing and aah'ing at the near-falls, false finishes and brilliant ring psychology, it became clear to everyone that no matter how good these matches were, the guys having them would never amount to anything. Certainly not in WCW.

Eventually, those guys got pissed off at their lack of opportunities and ended up leaving - they all jumped to WWF much like Steve Austin and Brian Pillman did before them.

So where did the fresh faces in WCW come from? Well, other than guys who had been established mid-carders until then (like Booker T and DDP), there was only one fresh face that broke through. One "homegrown" talent that WCW ever produced - Bill Goldberg.

Cynics would say the bald-headed, goatee-sporting ass-kicker was a rip-off of someone that was riding the crest of a wave up in New York. There were similarities, but that's all they were. He wasn't a rip-off. He was entirely different to anything else in WCW.

He didn't cut long-winded, boring-ass promos. His matches weren't technical masterpieces. He came, kicked a severe amount of ass, and left. There was no fucking about. It was simple. And it worked. TREMENDOUSLY well. Goldberg was a fucking animal. Everything about him - the hype, the video package, his move set, his entrance, his look, everything was as close to perfection that WCW ever created.

He looked unbeatable. And he was. Until the red and yellow racist and his hangers-on became involved. In one moment, they undid all the great work WCW had done building Goldberg to become their guy. The new face of their company. When Goldberg's undefeated streak ended at the hands of Kevin Nash, so did his momentum. It was totally and utterly meaningless. Everything they'd spent years building came crashing down. And it hurt inside. Everyone except Hogan, Hall and Nash. What a set of dicks.

Just a week later came the Fingerpoke of Doom. The single most ridiculous thing that we've ever seen in wrestling (apart from Jeff Hardy completely off his face on drugs at 2011's Victory Road). This was the same night that WWF showed an episode of Raw that they'd taped the week before - the same episode that saw Mick Foley win the WWF Title.

It's no surprise that the Fingerpoke of Doom signalled the end of WCW as any sort of credible alternative to WWF. They never recovered from it and it's all thanks to Hogan, Hall, Nash and Tony Schiavone.

WCW never recovered from it because while they were relying on men that were past their peak, paranoid and worried for their spots, the fact they'd left meant that WWF had to rely on younger stars. They had to rely on smaller guys, who others would disrespectfully call "vanilla midgets".

Instead of seeing men like Hogan, Hall and Nash stinking up the joint, we got great matches from men like Bret and Owen Hart, as well as Shawn Michaels. They were eventually complemented by other established workers like Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Vader and Brian Pillman, not forgetting other well-crafted supporting characters like Undertaker and the very-underrated Goldust.

Steve Austin might never have got his chance if Hall and Nash hadn't have left, or if HHH hadn't have ended up in the doghouse that year. H was supposed to win the 1996 King of the Ring. But when the infamous curtain call happened, Austin was the right man, in the right place at the right time. Jake Roberts' sobriety story and the Bible-based promo he cut before the final gave Austin the perfect opportunity to reach for that glass ceiling. And we all know what happened from there.

Until then, nobody thought he could be anything other than a good mechanic. Austin's been honest enough himself to say that's what Vince McMahon more or less said to him upon signing with the company. WWF never had any intentions for Austin to be "the guy". But... they were smart enough then to push him to the moon when they realised the potential of what they had on their hands.

His rise to the top was meteoric. People loved him. He was a no-nonsense, "I don't give a shit what you think", type of performer. The greatest sports-entertainer of all-time. His record, and the money he drew, speaks for itself. During that 5-7 year run, nobody made more $$$ than Austin. He was untouchable. Yes he had his injuries that led to him changing his style, but the premise was the same. He went out and kicked ass. Raised hell. And the crowd reactions to him were insane.

The polar opposite actually to someone who went on to become Austin's greatest rival. The chemistry he had with The Rock was untouchable. It was electrifying. You could tell by watching them that there was something special between them - even when they were feuding over the Intercontinental Championship back in 1997.

Rock had to overcome a hell of a lot before he even got to that stage though. When he debuted, people weren't really interested in the blue chipper. They resented him. Remember Die Rocky Die? A bit harsh wasn't it?! Like Austin, Rock worked his ass off to earn the respect and adulation of the fans. Yes, fans. Not the "WWE Universe". Fans. That's what we are, you patronising dicks.



Rock was a brilliant heel. A smarmy, good-looking, incredible athlete who wasn't shy in telling us how good he was. Crowning himself "the People's Champion" was a smart touch. He could draw immense heat and putting him with established guys like Ron Simmons and the Godfather helped him to look even better.

It might not have seemed like it at the time, but the WWF did the right thing by sticking with Rock and keeping him as "a bad guy".His work with the Nation against DX was tremendous, then pairing him briefly with Austin (to test the waters for a later main-event program) was genius. Rock excelled as that dick heel. He was brilliant at it.

And then, just when the fans seemed to want to cheer Rock, they executed the perfect double turn with him and Mick Foley at one of my favourite PPVs of the entire Attitude Era - 1998s Survivor Series. It looked like WWF were going with Mankind - who had adopted Mr McMahon as his "father" - to crown a new champion, they switched it. They fooled all of us and it turned out that Rock was their guy after all. All you have to do is look back at the reaction after Rock won. People were MAJORLY pissed.

All it meant was that when the time was right for Rock to turn, it meant so much more. People were DESPERATE for Rock to be a babyface. They wanted to cheer him. He had it all. Charisma, mic skills and most importantly, his selling was spectacular - if a little over the top at times. The key thing for a babyface is that you have to BELIEVE that they're in peril. In danger. And with Rock, you ALWAYS believed that. His catchphrases are known all across the world, even to this day, which shows the mass appeal he truly had.

WWF were lucky to have two guys like Rock and Austin during the Attitude Era. You never usually get one of those guys in a generation, never mind two and while we'll each have our favourites between them, you can't deny that their chemistry and rise to the top is something that we'll never see again. EVER.

It wasn't just the likes of the Harts, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and the Rock who broke through though. We mentioned Mick Foley last time round. There's also HHH. Add Undertaker and Kane into the mix and whereas WCW was stale as hell, WWF almost had an embarrassment of riches to choose from when it came to main-event calibre talents.

There's another man who we'll finish up talking about this week. A man who doesn't get anywhere near enough credit for being a fantastic professional wrestler - Kurt Angle.



We'd all be lying if we said we knew that Angle would be a successful pro-wrestler. Yes, he had the amateur background. Yes, he's an Olympic gold medallist. Hell, he even won the medal with a broken freakin' neck in case you didn't know!!

I don't often stick my neck out on the line, but Kurt Angle is my favourite pro wrestler of all-time. Without question. The body of work he's built up during his career is up there with the all-time greats. He can do it all, and he doesn't get the credit he deserves for being an excellent all-round performer. His athleticism was never in question. His credentials spoke for themselves. But the question was whether he could transfer his outstanding amateur skills over to the pre-determined world of pro-wrestling.

Angle has always had an unbelievable confidence in his own ability. And his character played into that fantastically well. He was incredibly versatile and while that might have pigeon-holed some wrestlers, it never had that affect on Angle.

He could fit in anywhere on the card - opening match, middle of the card or main-event - in whatever kind of match WWF needed. Whether it was in a tag-team, multi-man or singles competition, Angle always excelled.

The Attitude Era might have been dying by the time Angle rose to the main-event, but he still played a part in it. If we're including the Invasion, which was the beginning of the end, all I'll say is this. Just LISTEN to the crowd reactions Angle gets when he's going up against the turncoat Steve Austin. They go fucking insane. He was as over then as anyone has ever been. And hardly anyone ever talks about it.

He could work with all kinds of opponents - bigger guys like Big Show, Undertaker and Kane, to "smaller" guys like Mysterio, Guerrero, Michaels and Jericho - and his matches were always stellar.

Kurt Angle "got" pro-wrestling. He still does. He understood that having amateur skills wasn't enough. He'd need to add other strings to his bow - ring psychology, mic skills and to project his charisma over to not only a live crowd, but a TV audience. Angle was a natural, and while the crowd might have hated him to begin with, they grew to respect him - much like Rock.

The WWF's hand may have been forced when it came to untested and untried stars coming through, but once they got there, WWF were loyal and stuck with them. Of course, that was a time when Vince McMahon was brave, not spineless like he is now. He had to be brave. He had no other choice. He couldn't play safe. He had to take chances.

On the other hand, WCW didn't take chances. They did play safe. They stuck with the tried and tested. And look what happened. WCW became a toxic, politicised environment with those past their best refusing to do the right thing for the business. In the end, all they did was help the WWF to improvise, overcome and adapt. They tapped in to what was happening in society. People were rebelling. They wanted "out with the old, in with the new". And because of the way WCW was run, they had nothing new. That's why they died.

You live and die by the sword. To be honest, WCW got what they deserved. It's just a shame that wrestling fans are the ones who paid the price.

-George

Monday, August 24, 2015

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Review

By Nathan Neumann (@Headliner5)


Hello once again Eyes On The Ring readers, Nathan here once again to bring you a review of last night’s NXT Takeover Brooklyn as it aired last night on the WWE Network.  As you may remember I did a review like this for NXT Takeover Rival, which aired back in February on the network.  That review ended up being ten pages and probably a bit to long on my part so this time around I figured I would just do my best to provide the best thoughts and recap of the matches as they happened so it wont be too much of a chore to read through.


I won’t talk too much about the kick off show but I will say that Renee Young, Lita and Corey Graves as well as Byron Saxton were live from Barclays Center to kick off the show.  They hype the matches and than Byron Saxton for some reason points out that Beyonce has nothing to do with the Barclays Center and he immediately gets made fun of for his comments.


Kevin Owens is shown making his way through the backstage area.  From there we go to a hype video for the match between Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin that is taking place tonight.  We catch up with Samoa Joe who is backstage who says that the only thing he cares about is Baron Corbin and his well being because Joe is going to put him to sleep tonight.  We then flash to hype of more of tonight’s including but not limited to the long awaited debut of Apollo Crews.  We then see Bayley and the NXT Women’s’ champion Sasha Banks arriving to the arena in a split screen presumably at the same time before heading to a video package that hypes their match.
Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes (Is she related to Daisy?) are shown outside of the arena with a bunch of fans who are somehow still outside.  We then go back inside of the arena where the panel discusses the NXT Tag Team Championship Match between The Dub Step Cowboys (Blake and Murphy) and The Vaudevillians.  
A car pulls up to the arena and out steps Neville along with NXT Champion Finn Balor.  Cesaro walks over and greets them before heading on into the arena.  We then flash to more hype for the matches taking place tonight and finally the main event.  Saxton picks Balor for the win while both Lita and Graves picks Owens to win the match.  I think this whole pre show was a ruse against Byron Saxton but that’s it for the pre show.

Triple H kicks off the show with a live in ring promo about how NXT is the future which gets a huge pop from the Brooklyn Crowd who chant “WE ARE NXT” in unison so nothing that we haven’t seen before out of Triple H on the start of one of these.

Match 1
Tyler Breeze vs. Jushin Thunder Liger


We come straight into the arena and some random women make their entrance onto the ramp as Tyler Breeze’s music begins playing. Out walks Tyler onto the ramp and joins the women before walking to the ring on his own.  We then go to the commentary table as Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, and Rich Brennan will bring us all the action from ringside.
The Legendary Jushin Thunder Liger is out next to a massive pop in a historic moment that sees him not only step foot inside of a WWE Arena for the first time but also a WWE ring for the first time in his 30 year historic career.  Sadly wasn’t able to come out to Ikari No Jyushin but it was a cheap knock off instead still a cool moment none the less and I guess I shouldn’t have expected his actual theme song because after all this is WWE and they didn’t want to foot the bill for Metallica at Wrestlemania 27 so there’s that whole thing.


The match starts and the two lock up, Breeze hits Liger with a shoulder block and poses on top of the turnbuckle ala Shawn Michaels for a pop.  Breeze hits a headlock while Liger sweeps his leg and hits an elbow drop.   Liger mocks Breeze with his pose on the turnbuckle to an even bigger pop from the crowd.  The two end up on the mat and Liger applies a surfboard stretch.  Breeze escapes but misses an attack in the corner and gets caught with a kick to the gut.  Liger applies a surfboard and launches Breeze onto his face before picking up the selfie stick.  Liger takes some Selfies to a big pop from the crowd.

Liger hits some chops and tries to hit a Liger Bomb but it’s blocked by Breeze who drops him with a Supermodel kick for a near fall.  Breeze capitalizes with kicks in the corner; Breeze hits a leg drop and gets a near fall out of it.  Breeze controls Liger on the ground but Liger fights up before Breeze drops him with knees for another near fall.  Breeze taunts Liger before dropping a knee for a near fall. Breeze forces Liger back down to the mat but Liger fights up, he tosses Breeze to the mat before catching his breath in the corner.  Breeze runs at him and Liger backdrops Breeze onto the apron. Breeze comes back but Liger hits a rolling Koppo kick in the corner.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger goes for a move off of the top rope but lands on his knees before Breeze takes him down for a near fall.

Breeze hits a few more strikes in the corner before getting warned by the official.  Breeze complains to the referee, which gives Liger some time to recover before dropping Breeze with a palm strike. Breeze rolls to the floor and Liger nails a somersault plancha from the apron.  Liger takes the match back into the ring and hits another strike before nailing Breeze with the Liger Bomb to pick up the pinfall victory.

Match Result: Jushin Thunder Liger defeats Tyler Breeze via Pinfall after the Liger Bomb.

Match Rating: ***


I honestly wasn’t expecting Liger to win the match here but I’m okay with it as he deserved the moment but I’m just wondering where Breeze goes from here and what’s next.


After the match Liger bows to the crowd as we go to the replays of the action that took place in the match.

From there we flash to Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman who too sweet the camera because they are the originators of that whole thing and not a bunch of posers (a la the Bullet Club).

We catch up with Bayley backstage as she gets a big pop, Charlotte is shown hugging her while Becky Lynch shakes her hand.  We then go to a vignette of Nia Jax, who is apparently a new, upcoming Diva.

From there, we go to the next match of the night.

Match 2
The Vaudevillians vs. Blake and Murphy {C}
NXT Tag Team Championship Match

We head back to the ring and Aiden English and Simon Gotch make their way down the entrance ramp to a big pop.  They are wearing blue, out next is the NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy with Alexa Bliss.  Bliss grabs a microphone and taunts them for not being able to find someone to combat her.  This brings on a blue pants chant from the crowd and she makes her way to the ring to a big pop.  The fans chant “This is awesome” and “Blue Pants City” prior to the start of the match.


The match starts with Blake and Gotch as they begin trading holds.  Gotch gets an early near fall, Gotch counters a move in the corner and an armbar.  There’s more back and forth action until Gotch focuses on the arm once again.  English gets the tag into the match and hits a running kick to the face for a near fall.  English takes Blake to the mat while Murphy comes into the ring for some double team action.  However it doesn’t work for long as English is able to turn it around.

English flexes for a brief minute before going back to the arm, English gets knocked down off of the apron and hits the floor as Blake comes back in and brings English in to pick up a near fall.  More quick tags by the champions as they keep English isolated in their part of the ring.
Blake and Murphy end up colliding with each other while Gotch gets the hot tag.  He unloads some punches on both guys but Murphy is the legal man.  English makes his way back in and they double-team him up top.  They go for a double superplex but Gotch feels left out so he comes in to powerbomb them both to the mat.  English nails a senton for a near fall.  This brings Alexa Bliss up onto the apron but Blue Pants yanks her off of it before chasing her around the ring.  Bliss kicks her away and makes her way into the ring, she goes to hit Gotch and English but Blue Pants makes her way into the ring with a tackle.  They brawl to the floor as Gotch gets rolled up from behind for a quick 2 count.  The Vaudevillians get the last laugh as they hit the Whirling Durvish to pick up the win and the tag team championships.

Match Result: The Vaudevillians defeat Blake and Murphy via pinfall after the Whirling Durvish to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Match Rating: **1/2

Post match, the Vaudevillians celebrate the win with the titles and Blue Pants as fans cheer them on. From there we go to a Summerslam promo.


We see an earlier shot of Finn Balor arriving to the arena, we then flash to Rick Rubin who is at ringside for the show before going to the next match of the night which is the debut of Apollo Crews.

Match 3
Tye Dillinger vs. Apollo Crews


We head to the ring and Tye Dillinger makes his way to the ring.  Apollo Crews makes his way to the ring as the former Uhaa Nation receives a huge pop.

The match starts and the two start by tying up and trading holds, Crews goes for a splash in the corner as Dillinger gets a “10” chant going.  Crews counters a headlock and mocks Dillinger by getting his own “10” chant going.  Crews hits a dropkick, Dillinger hits Crews with a kick before throwing him to the apron.  Crews goes to springboard back into the ring but Dillinger counters with a dropkick out of mid air.  Dillinger begins stomping away in the corner and gets a near fall after a stomp.  Dillinger stalks Crews before trying to lock in a sleeper. Crews falls to one knee but fights back up and out of it Crews puts Dillinger on his shoulders but Dillinger escapes. Crews gets a near fall Dillinger drops him with a big kick for a near fall.  Dillinger goes right back for another pin to create another near fall situation.  

Dillinger maintains control before getting hit with a standing enziguiri, Crews fights back hitting a clothesline.  Crews hits a splash in the corner and keeps control before getting hyped up a bit.  Crews picks up Dillinger in a press slam position and drops him to the mat, he follows it up with a standing moonsault to pick up the win.

Match Result: Apollo Crews defeats Tye Dillinger via pinfall after a standing moonsault.

Match Rating: **

Not quite the debut I was expecting from Crews, I’m not saying it was bad because that’s far from the truth. But I normally expect debuts to be offensive exhibitions and Tye Dillinger get a bit more offense in than I am used to seeing in a debut from another guy. Still Crews looked good and I can’t wait to see what he can do in the WWE.


After the match Crews hits the ropes to celebrate his win before yelling that NXT is his house.  We go to highlights of the match.

From there we go to William Regal as he announces the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic that will begin on the September 2nd NXT episode.  The Finals of the tournament will be at the next Takeover event on October 7th.  Regal hopes that all the action of this tournament will make Dusty Rhodes proud of his kids.

From there we go to a vignette that hypes up the next match.

Match 4
Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin

We head back to the ring and out comes Baron Corbin to a mixed reaction.

Samoa makes his way out to the ring as the crowd goes wild, the two men lock up and break almost immediately.  Baron Corbin misses an offensive strike and Joe grabs Baron’s arm and tries to take him down.  Corbin rams Joe into the corner, Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch but Corbin quickly escapes as he frantically scrambles to the floor in order to regroup.  They argue on the Floor while the referee is between them, they come back in and Corbin hits Joe with a kick before following it up with a forearm.

Joe takes the advantage and dropkicks Corbin over the top rope, fans begin chanting for Joe as he goes for a dive but Corbin intercepts it with a forearm.  Corbin punches Joe before taunting the crowd, Corbin comes in and hits a few quick splashes in the corner, which causes Joe to fall to the mat, which allows Corbin to get a near fall.  Joe fights back after more offense from Corbin, Joe rolls Corbin up for a near fall and out of the fall turns it into a half Boston crab.  Joe locks in a cross face, Corbin tries to make it to the bottom rope but Joe pulls his arm back.  Corbin gets his foot on the bottom rope to force a break.

Corbin Dumps Joe to the floor before running off of the apron and getting caught as Joe chops Corbin’s leg out from under him before grabbing him and throwing him into the ringside guardrail.

Joe brings the match back into the ring but Corbin locks in a heel hook submission. Joe reaches for the bottom rope and this time he makes it.  Corbin uses the referees full five count before breaking the hold as Joe sells the knee.  Joe recovers and hits a big chop and before getting caught with a sideslam for a Corbin near fall.  More back and forth action before Joe drops Corbin with an Enziguri as Corbin kicks him at the same time.  Joe gets up to his feet before Corbin and begins rocking him with right-handed punches.  Corbin fights back and the two begin trading blows.  Joe starts with the open hand slaps before hitting more strikes.  Joe attempts a muscle buster in the corner.  Corbin hits a kick and a suplex for a near fall.  Corbin begins stomping away on Joe in the corner.  Corbin hits a few rights in the corner before posing and getting booed by the fans.

Joe blocks an End Of Days attempt and applies the Coquina Clutch.  Corbin ends up slamming him by his neck for a near fall.  Joe rolls into the Coquina Clutch once again as Corbin tries to fight out of it but in the end he passes out and the referee stops the match before calling for the bell.


Match Result: Samoa Joe defeats Baron Corbin via Submission with the Coquina Clutch.

Match Rating: **1/2

Joe did what he could here but Corbin was really exposed in this match and it will be interesting to see what happens to him going forward as a result.

After the bell, Corbin is visibly upset with the referee as he recovers, we go to replays of the match before they show Joe getting his hand raised.  Back inside of the arena Joe is shown up on the apron by the exit as Corbin looks on.  Something tells me that this isn’t over.

From there we flash to Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter and Japanese Joshi Wrestler Kana who are seated at ringside.  We also see Tamina Snuka and Naomi who are also in the crowd.

We head back to the ring and out comes Stephanie McMahon, she says that tonight NXT is making history, she says she called for a Diva’s Revolution on RAW a few weeks ago but that the Revolution really started in NXT.  She basically tried to take credit for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with.  


She says that she agrees with her husband that you don’t put NXT Diva’s (WOMEN GODDAMNIT) into the main event because they are the main event.  She announces the next match as we head to the video package hyping up the match.

Match 5
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks {C}
NXT Women’s Championship Match


We head to the ring and out comes Bayley she is wearing Polka dots in a tribute to Dusty Rhodes. The NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks makes her way out next. She comes out of a Cadillac Escalade that pulls in alongside the stage.  Personal security all surround the Boss as she makes her way to the ring.  Two of the security guards lift her up onto the apron as Bayley looks on. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton prior to the start of the match.

Bayley and Sasha face off in the middle of the ring and face off, Bayley starts by tackling Sasha as Sasha runs her mouth and they brawl on the mat.   Bayley goes for an early pin attempt, which Sasha kicks out of with ease.  The crowd is super into this one, Sasha slams Bayley’s face into the turnbuckles as she shakes it off and comes back with her own brand of offensive maneuvers. Bayley ties Sasha upside down in the corner and hits a running elbow drop to pick up a near fall.  Sasha kicks out and picks up a quick 2 count of her own, Sasha hits a kick to the gut as the dueling chants for Sasha begin. Bayley counters a move out of the corner as Sasha rolls out to the floor to catch her breath.

Bayley follows Sasha out to the floor and dropkicks Sasha from around the ring post.  Sasha lays out Bayle on the second rope but Bayley escapes to the apron.  Sasha brings her up for a superplex but Bayley fights it off.    Sasha kicks Bayley’s knee out from her as she falls to the floor.  Bayley comes back in and gets beaten down to the mat by Sasha.  Sasha hits an elbow to the back of Bayley and smacks her in the face before picking up a near fall.  Bayley tries to fight back but Sasha maintains control.  Sasha keeps Bayley grounded as Bayley begins fighting back out of the corner.

Sasha attempts the double knees but it’s blocked, Sasha hits the double knees in the corner but does it with Bayley on the top rope instead of the middle rope before picking up another near fall.
Sasha talks trash in the corner before getting knocked down by Bayley.  Bayley begins making a comeback but gets thrown to the apron by Sasha who ends up back on the floor.  Sasha follows it up and takes Bayley’s hand brace off.


Sasha brings it back to the ring and tosses Bayley right back to the floor, Sasha grabs Bayley’s casted hand and slams it into the ring steps.  Sasha stomps on Bayley’s hand before kicking her hand in between the steps as Bayley goes down.  Sasha leaps out of the ring over the referee to a big pop.  Sasha brings it back into the ring and picks up a two count.  Sasha begins looking frustrated as Bayley sends her flying to the floor.  Sasha makes her way back into the ring by 8 as they trade punches from their knees.


They go back and forth for a bit before Sasha blocks Bayley to Belly.  They do a few more counter sequences which leads into Sasha slamming Bayley before applying the Bank Statement.  Bayley nears the bottom rope before Sasha pulls her back out.  Bayley hits a move for a near fall but Sasha gets her foot on the bottom rope.  More offense from Bayley before she takes Sasha up to the top rope, Sasha knocks Bayley to the mat but Bayley runs back up and hits Sasha with a forearm.  Bayley gets dumped on a her neck in a bad fall, Sasha jumps down from the rope with double knees but Bayley manages to kick out at 2.


The two women make it back up to the top rope but Bayley fights back with Elbows.  Sasha gets knocked to the mat but fights back.  We get more fighting up top between both before Bayley nails a hurricanranna before hitting the Bayley to Belly to pick up the win via pinfall and become the new NXT Women’s Champion.

Match Result: Bayley defeats Sasha Banks via pinfall with a top rope Bayley to Belly suplex.

Match Rating: ****

Great match not just for women but also for wrestling in general.

After the match, Bayley celebrates while getting emotional, Becky Lynch comes out to the ring along with Charlotte to celebrate with her.  Sasha gets up and hugs Bayley to another pop.  Becky and Charlotte join in for a group hug as the fans chant.  They raise arms and hold up the four fingers as Bayley’s music begins playing throughout the arena.


From there we get a Summerslam promo before WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is shown sitting at ringside with his girlfriend, NXT Diva Zahra Schreiber who he had that spat with earlier this year that none of us will soon forget.  Her name was not shown on the screen.

The announcers recap Triple H’s announcement from earlier that NXT will debut in the UK this December.  There will be a tour from December 10th through the 16th.


We get a vignette heading into the main event.


Main Event - Match 6
Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor
Ladder Match for the WWE NXT Championship

The ladders are out as Kevin Owens makes his way out to the ring to a mixed reaction Finn Balor is out next with another great Demon entrance as Owens looks on.  We get formal ring introductions as the title is raised high above the ring.

The match starts as Owens begins talking trash before Finn unloads on him, Finn hits a dropkick and follows it up with a big chop before going back and forth in the corners.  The two run the ropes before Owens drops Finn with an elbow.  Owens hits a senton splash before the two go back and forth once again.  Owens hits a cannonball in the corner before trading shots with Finn who has made it to his feet.

The two trade shots as “Ole!” chants start up, Balor hits a slingblade and charges before Owens escapes out to the floor.

Owens goes for a ladder on the ramp and gets nailed by Finn from behind.  Finn brings the ladder back into the ring and Owens follows.  The two play Tug Of War with the ladder before Owens uses it to ram Balor into the apron.  Owens hits another shot to the chest before using the ladder once again. He leans the ladder up against Balor.  He goes to run up the ladder but stops and nails Balor with a right hand to the face to a big pop.
Balor hits Owens with a ladder on the floor.  Balor hits a forearm as the two fight around the ring, Balor tosses Owens over the barricade but Owens manages to pull Balor over as the action spills out to the crowd.  Owens goes for a powerbomb on the floor but Balor drops him back over the barrier. Finn jumps off of the barrier but is caught by Owens who throws him into the barricade.  Owens launches Balor a good distance over the announce table and into the barricade.  He takes the top of the announcers table and chucks it at Finn’s face.  Owens stands a top the announcers table to a big pop.  Owens pulls a ladder from underneath the ring while Balor is still down.  Owens turns around and Balor dropkicks him off of the top of the announcers table.  The ladder hits Owens and also falls on Balor.  


Fans begin chanting for tables in a ladder match, as Balor brings the ladder into the ring and leers up at the title.  Owens pulls the ladder to the floor and Balor leaps onto him.  A huge NXT Chant begins Balor stands a ladder up and ascends towards the title.  Owens grabs his leg and pulls him down.  Owens shoves Balor face first into the ladder, which causes it to fall over.  Owens tosses Balor out to the ring and he hits another ladder.  Owens positions another ladder and climbs up it but Balor slides another ladder into the ring before Owens comes down off of a ladder to stomp on him.  Balor attempts to smash a ladder into Balor in the corner but Balor moves and sends Owens face first into the ladder that’s propped up in the corner.  Balor goes across the ring to charge back but Owens charges out of the corner with a clothesline.  Owens hits another ladder shot as we get dueling chants.  Owens jabs the ladder at Balor again and slams him on it.  Owens delivers a senton off on top of a ladder.  Owens yells before posing and looking up at the title, which allows Balor to fight back.

The two trade shots, Owens goes for a powerbomb to Balor on the ladder but it gets reversed and Owens lands on the ladder badly.  Fans begin a Holy Shit chant, Balor gets up to his feet and positions a ladder, Owens pulls him off and shoves him into another ladder in the corner.  Owens goes to do a cannonball onto Balor and the ladder but Balor manages to avoid disaster by moving out of the way which causes Owens to cannonball the ladder.


Balor hits a dropkick and goes to the top rope, he hits a Coupe de Grace.  Balor grabs another ladder and begins climbing, Owens grabs him off of the ladder and powerbombs him to the mat.  Owens climbs up the ladder but Balor tips the ladder over causing Owens to land in the corner, Owens rolls out to the floor to recover after hitting the turnbuckle hard.  Finn goes for a ladder but Owens pulls him out to the floor, Owens attempts a powerbomb on the floor but Finn springs up to the apron and nails Owens in the face with a kick.
Balor rolls through on a foot stomp from the apron, Owens nails a pop up powerbomb on the apron from the outside of the ring.  Owens makes it back to the ring first, He climbs up for the title but Balor flips it once again.  Owens lands on his feet and hits Finn with a kick to the jaw.  Balor hits the ladder hard on his way down, Owens yells at Balor to stay down and kicks him in the face once again.  Owens talks more trash and bridges a ladder from the bottom rope to the bottom rung of another ladder that’s upright.  Balor gets up and Owens drags him up the ladder, Owens attempts a suplex on Balor from up high on one side of the ladder to the bridge of the ladder underneath.  Finn fights Owens off and Owens falls back onto the ladder bridge.  The back of Owens head hits hard as Finn looks on from the top of the ladder dazed.  Finn reaches but he’s too far from the belt to be able to grab it.  Owens comes up but gets kicked once again and gets sent back down.  Finn still can’t manage to grab the title.  He starts looking around in anticipation before going to the top of the ladder and hits a huge Coup De Grace on Owens.  Finn Balor repositions the ladder and climbs up it to grab the title for the win.

Match Result: Finn Balor defeats Kevin Owens to retain the NXT Championship after retrieving the title from the top of a ladder.


Match Rating: ****


After the match, Finn poses on the top of the ladder with the title while the fallen Owens recovers on the Mat.  We flash to replays and come back to Finn celebrating on the ladder as the show goes off of the air.


That’ll do it for me and this review of NXT Takeover Brooklyn, Hell of a show from top to bottom so if you haven’t watched this show and are on the fence about it do it.  As always after these shows definitely deliver but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks as the NXT shows themselves are kind of a let down for a while until the next special so we shall see what happens with that.


I was wondering how NXT would translate out of the usual Full Sail arena but this was a great atmosphere and after what happened recently at Full Sail with the crowd and Kevin Owens I really hope NXT leaves Florida permanently.

I hope you enjoyed this special review of NXT Takeover Brooklyn and until next Saturday when I bring you my next Ring Of Honor review I am Nathan saying so long for now and make sure to keep your Eyes On The Ring for all of the articles that True, Peagle, Jon, myself and the rest of the team will bring you throughout the coming weeks and months.

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