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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 09/20/17





Last updated:  September 22, 2017

Originally published: September 22, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


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Verdict: Once again you had 4 matches that were all pretty decent.  This episode furthered along the plot, which is thickening, with some newcomers to NXT.   


Episode tidbits


This episode was dedicated to the passing of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.




Roderick Strong asked General Manager William Regal for a title shot and Regal gives him a shot in 2 weeks.




Sonya Deville said Asuka was scared to face her and that the vacated women's title is hers.




Dakota Kai said she will kick heads in to get the women's title.




Aleister Black was laying out his future with NXT when all of a sudden, The Velveteen Dream comes out and interrupts his speech.  Dream said that he is the light, and Black is darkness.  Dream told Black that he can see through him and sees that Black is afraid to see the light...while making many sexual based innuendos that had the crowd going! Black kicked the microphone out of Dream's hand which prompted Dream to leave the ring in a quite unusual and suggestive manner towards Black...which did not seem to even phase Black one bit.  





Drew McIntyre came out to face O'Reilly, Cole, and Fish but they ran out the ring and taunted the NXT Champion.  The trio did not notice that SAnitY was behind them, which allowed SAnitY to deliver a certain level of jumping payback to the NXT newcomers.  





Match 1: Johnny Gargano submits Tino Sabbateli (Match Grade: C+)


Tino used his size and height advantage to dominate Johnny, but his cockiness was his undoing.






Match 2:  Bianca Belair gets an aggressive win over Lacey Evans (Match Grade: C+)


Good performance by both women.  Bianca was highly aggressive the entire math.  Reverse powerbomb finisher?!?  Did you see that?!?




Match 3: Lars Sullivan outpowers No Way Jose (Match Grade: C+)


Jose tried to bring the fight to Lars, but Sullivan was too strong. 




Match 4: Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish gets a win over Tyler Bate and Trent Seven (Match Grade: B-)


Great display of tag tandem maneuvers.  Adam Cole ringside made the difference.






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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 09/13/17






Last updated:  September 15, 2017

Originally published: September 15, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 411 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: You had 4 matches that were all pretty decent.  This episode furthered along the plot which is thickening with some newcomers to NXT.   


Episode tidbits


No Way Jose says that Lars Sullivan has a screw loose and someone has to teach him a lesson.  Jose challenges Lars to a match next week. 




An Asuka montage was shown. 



General Manager William Regal was asked how the new Women's Championship will be crowned.  Regal stated that he will have an answer in a few weeks.





Aleister Black will actually speak next week.  




O'Reilly, Cole, and Fish jumped Dunne and Wolfgang helped fight them off.  Once the trio got the best of Wolfgang, Dunne used that opportunity to leave Wolfgang high and dry, only saving his UK Championship.  Moustache Mountain came to the ring which could set up a potential 6 man tag match in the near future.





Match 1: Ruby Riot & Nikki Cross defeats Billie Kay & Peyton Royce (Match Grade: C+)


Ruby Riot started off the match taking on the Iconic Duo by herself, but Nikki Cross came through the crowd and interjected herself into the match.  Cross gave the match a much-needed shot of energy.






Match 2:  Johhny Gargano defeats Riddick Moss (Match Grade: C+)


Tino Sabbatelli was a constant distraction in the match.  Moss broke out of Gargano's submission hold and it seemed as though Johnny wrestling started to doubt himself.  We will see if the hesitation and lack of focus rear its head in the upcoming weeks.




Match 3: Street Profits defeats The Ealy Brothers (Match Grade: C+)


As always, great tag tandem offense from Street Profits.  Entertaining match that should have been longer. 




Match 4: United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne retains his title against Wolfgang (Match Grade: C+)


It was good to see thick wrestlers being so agile!  The pace needed to be faster in this match to bring the match to the next level.






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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 09/06/17






Last updated:  September 07, 2017

Originally published: September 07, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 410 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: This was an irritating episode!  You had 4 matches shown but only was able to watch three matches in its entirety!   


Episode tidbits


General Manager (GM) Williams Regal stated that no more jumping talent from behind for Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Adam Cole.  They are to handle all fighting in the ring. 




Members of SAnitY sent a message to Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Adam Cole stating that they made a huge mistake jumping them at NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.





The Velveteen Dream said that he saw someone during NXT Takeover III that will make him speak soon.  




Ruby Riot asked for a handicap match against the Iconic duo.  The GM declined the match but did agree to let her find a partner and she can have a proper tag match next week.





UK Champion Pete Dunne versus Wolfgang next week for the title.




NXT Women's Champion Asuka comes out and she thanks the NXT Universe for her growth as a talent. GM Regal states that Asuka will be moving to the main roster.  Asuka suffered a collar bone injury at NXT Takeover III against Ember Moon, so she vacated the title while she recovers and decides what main brand roster she will join.  Ember Moon comes out and Asuka hugs her and they both cry.  HHH comes out with flowers and gives them to Asuka and then takes the title from her. 

My 2 Cents: Whatever talent wins the Mae Young Classic should have a match against Ember Moon.  The winner of that match should get the vacated NXT Women's championship.








Match 1: Andrade "Cien" Almas gets a strong win versus Cezar Bononi (Match Grade: C+)


This match started off with a chest slap heard around the world and Cien kept rolling from there. This match should have been longer.






Match 2: Lars Sullivan beats up Jake James, Alfred Watkins and Rickey Martinez (Match Grade: D)


The WWE Network did not show the entire match!  What the heck?!?





Match 3: Donya Deville gets a dominating win over Zeda (Match Grade: C)


This match was too short!  Sonya looked like a prize fighting MMA talent more than a WWE superstar. 





Match 4: Kassius Ohno used the "No Disqualification" clause to properly beat Hideo Itami (Match Grade: B)


This match gave you chair shots, hard hits, and unexpected moves.  If this match was faster paced, you would have had people asking for this rematch on a Pay Per View!






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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 08/30/17







Last updated:  August 31, 2017

Originally published: August 31, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 409 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: This was a good episode, with three matches, that ended strong with the match, as well as the episode cliff hanger.   


Episode tidbits


Members of SAnitY were knocked out by their vehicles to start off the show.





Drew McIntyre comes out for the first time as NXT Champion.  He calls out all members of the locker room and said ask for a title shot face to face.  Roderick Strong comes out and asks for a shot.




NXT Women's Champion Asuka updates the NXT Universe with her health status next week.

General Manager (GM) William Regal says he will look into whoever attacked SAnitY.  Kassius Ohno comes into his office and ask Regal for a no disqualification match against Hideo Itami next week and was granted the match.






GM Regal puts Lars Sullivan in a 3 against 1 handicap match next week as a punishment for beating up 3 people unprovoked.  

Cezar Bononi Vs Andrade "Cien" Almas rematch next week. 




Drew McIntyre was jumped by Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Adam Cole again! 







Match 1: Peyton Royce defeats Ruby Riot (Match Grade: C+)


This match would have been rated higher if the pace was faster.  A boot from Billie Kay gave the team Iconic the win.








Match 2: Damien Aweel and Edwin Negron could not handle Heavy Machinery (Match Grade: C+)


This match was too short!  Great tag team maneuvers showed by Heavy Machinery.  Take a look at the "Compactor" finisher.








Match 3: Roderick Strong beats Bobby Roode (Match Grade: B)


How many ways can Strong do a back breaker?  He had a creative assortment of back breakers this match!  You see advanced techniques and a high skill level for both participants this match.







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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 08/23/17






Last updated:  August 24, 2017

Originally published: August 24, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 408 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: NXT 407 was the NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Pay Per View (PPV).  This was a decent episode, with two matches, and a recap of the PPV for those who did not get a chance to watch it, along with exclusive interviews with the talent after the PPV.   


Episode tidbits


Recap of the excellent NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Pay Per View (PPV) started the show.





Exclusive footage from the fallout of the PPV shown for Johnny Gargano.  He says he has no excuses for his loss and will get better.




Wolfgang informs WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne that if they win their tag match, Wolfgang will want a title shot.




No Way Jose was dancing on the entrance ramp and gets blindsided by Lars Sullivan.






Asuka has a broken collar bone and is out 6 - 8 weeks. 




Exclusive footage of Bobby Roode refusing to speak to reports directly after his title loss to Drew McIntyre.  Roderick Strong added fuel to the fire by blowing Roode a kiss and stating "See you soon."  Roode debuted on SmackDown Live Tuesday, so he had to be interviewed on Wednesday to ask about his NXT future plans.  Roode said he has unfinished business with NXT before leaving for good.  Plan one is to embarrass Roderick Strong and plan two is to get his title back from Drew McIntyre. 







Match 1: Peyton Royce defeats Sarah Logan (Match Grade: C+)


This match was actually a lot more technical than I anticipated.  A pretty decent showing from each woman.   









Match 2: Tyler Bate and Trent Seven loses to Wolfgang and WWE United Kingdon (UK) Champion Pete Dunne (Match Grade: C+)


Just take a look at the first minute of this match to see some real UK technical wrestling.  Moustache Mountain showed their tag team experience by many tag tandem maneuvers, but a blind tag ended their hopes of victory in an entertaining match.






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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 08/16/17







Last updated:  August 16, 2017

Originally published: August 16, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 406 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: 3 matches and this episode and putting the bows on matches beyond the NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Pay Per View (PPV) in 3 days (Saturday).  Surprisingly, this episode was a lot better than expected so close to a PPV.   


Episode tidbits


3 days left until the NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Pay Per View (PPV).





Peyton Royce, of the "Iconic" duo, still thinks Ruby Riot is gross and will never be iconic.





General Manager (GM) William Regal does a contract signing for Ember Moon and Women's Champion Asuka.  Surprisingly, only trash talking occurred - no fighting.






Lars Sullivan promised GM William Regal that if he allows him to compete in one more tag team match, he promises to not beat up his tag partner in the ring if they lose.  William Regal gave him a match tonight. 







Match 1: The Street Profits defeats Lars Sullivan and Chris Silvio (Match Grade: C+)


Predictable but entertaining match.  Silvio does not allow Lars to start the match and Silvio gets dusted by the Street Profits.  Surprisingly, Lars kept his word to the GM and did not attack Chris in the ring.  Lars brought his tag partner outside, beat him up and then threw him in a trash can. 









Match 2: Ruby Riot defeats Billie Kay (Match Grade: C+)


Both competitors showcased huge in ring growth this match.






Match 3: Roderick Strong and Drew McIntrye ends in a no contest from outside interference (Match Grade: C+)


Drew showed off his power early in the match.  Strong showed off his agility and speed in the match.  Bobby Roode comes from the back and lays out both men.


 

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WRESTLING RECAP: WWE NXT from 08/09/17









Last updated:  August 10, 2017

Originally published: August 10, 2017


(www.PlaytimeCares.com) - WWE NXT is exclusively shown on the WWE Network and is worth your time, energy and effort to see it. You can see that the WWE will be around for a long time because of the talent pool that is constantly showcased here.

NOTE: All my images and/or videos are directly from WWE.com


NXT 405 on the WWE Network:









Verdict: 3 matches and this episode is getting storylines together for NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.  Of course, debuting talent episodes are always a joy to watch.   


Episode tidbits


SAnitY, STILL minus Eric Young, comes to the ring and calls out the Authors of Pain (AOP) to the ring.  As AOP comes to the ring, Eric Young attacks Rezar from behind and zip ties his wrist to a guard rail.  Akar is picked apart in the ring by the complete SAnitY posse, then Rezar is picked off as well.





The "Iconic" duo has some harsh words about NXT talent Ruby Riot and her overall looks.





Hideo Itami tries to attack Aleister Black after last week's show, so General Manager (GM) William Regal made a match between the two for NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.






NXT Champion Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre trade insults face to face until Roderick Strong comes out and calls Roode's manhood into question.  Strong says that the title does not matter to him because Roode disrespected his family.  Roode said he would give Strong a match if he fights McIntyre first.  He stated that Strong can have a match against him after Takeover if he can beat Drew.  McIntyre said that he sees what Roode is doing, but he needs to prove that he would be a fighting champion, unlike Bobby, so he will take the match just days away from Takeover. 







Johnny Gargano wants a match at NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.





Zelina Vega, on the behalf of Andrade "Cien" Almas, calls out Johnny Gargano for NXT Takeover Brooklyn III.   






Match 1: The Street Profits defeats The Metro Brothers (Match Grade: B-)


Two NXT veterans, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford, join forces to form an entertaining tag team.  They performed many tandem moves to get a convincing win in their tag team NXT debut.  









Match 2: Danny Burch gets a pay back win on Oney Lorcan (Match Grade: C)


This rematch from a few weeks ago started off slowly and stayed slow the entire match.  A nice counter to a Boston crab gave Burch the win.  Expect to see a third match between the two in the near future.






Match 3: Andrade "Cien" Almas finally picks up a win!  He beats No Way Jose. (Match Grade: C+)


Mystery Woman Zelina Vega lights a fire under Cien and that focused wrestler secures a big win.


 

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