With Tommaso Ciampa turning on Johnny Gargano, my enthusiasm for a possible forthcoming Feud of the Year 2017 had been enormous. Unfortunately, it now more looks like possible Feud of the Year 2018 since Tommaso Ciampa suffered from a torn ACL. But before he underwent surgery, he delivered Promo of the Year 2017. And makes me already miss him.
Everyone knew, it had to happen. But when it did, it was still surprising, shocking and highly emotional: Tommaso Ciampa turned on his best friend Johnny Gargano and basically threw #DIY away – just like that. But when you think about it, it’s just another turn in the long storyline those two men live on since they arrived in NXT. In here I write about their match against The Authors of Pain at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, the turn and what to expect from it. Enjoy (well, perhaps not but you know what I mean…)!
The newest edition of Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate didn’t fail to amaze. This encounter had been even better than their first one on WWE soil in the final of the United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Now this was the long awaited re-match and it was another instant classic. Enjoy!
Two great matches, one fun match and a main event I couldn’t care less about. Most certainly, NXT isn’t on the same level again that it had been before. William Regal introduced us to all new title belts and there are even more indie wrestlers (back) in NXT. I’m not really looking forward to that aspect. But I’m looking back to NXT TakeOver: Orlando. Right here, right now. Enjoy!
The first match for Chris Hero a.k.a Kassius Ohno back in NXT. Against Bobby Roode. For the NXT Championship. Something clearly changed in NXT since Kassius Ohno left. And not everything was for the better. Also Kassius Ohno changed. That’s why he kept his shirt on during the match. So, yes, I’ve got a bit to say about that match and its surroundings. Enjoy!
Usually the NXT TakeOver specials are indeed something special, something to look forward to. And usually the shows exceed all expectations. But not this time. Most matches appeared as fillers and didn’t have much history / story to them. And also the Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Women’s Championship could have been better and longer. I still enjoyed this match the most from NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, so it’s on my list of Best NXT Matches of 2017. Here are my thoughts. Enjoy!
At the moment, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are my favourite wrestlers in all of WWE right now. So, of course, their match against The Revival was my main event of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Others didn’t impress me that much. I still don’t get why people aren’t excited about Andrade “Cien” Almas. The guy is glorious, much more than the guy overly hyped as such. Other impressions from the latest NXT live show, you can read here. Enjoy!