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NXT TakeOver: Respect Review – October 7, 2015

If you haven’t watched this yet, this review contains spoilers. You have been warned. Go watch the show right now!

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NXT TakeOver: Respect
October 7, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton Continue reading NXT TakeOver: Respect Review – October 7, 2015

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NXT – September 30, 2015 Review

NXT – Episode 299
September 30, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Grave, and Byron Saxton

Kyle Edwards opens the show with some announcements about the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and shares that the Hype Bros lost to Jordan & Gable. Continue reading NXT – September 30, 2015 Review

NXT – September 23, 2015 Review

NXT – Episode 298
September 23, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton

Eva Marie vs. Carmella

Poor Eva Marie gets booed out of the building before her match even begins. I understand the dislike, but I feel like she gets a lot of flack for trying to do the right thing – get the proper training and work to get better. She still needs a lot of work, but at least she’s trying. With that being said, the botched kickout from a few weeks ago was terrible. NXT does the smart thing, and uses it to turn her even more heel – they acknowledge the controversial call from the referee, and have Eva Marie thank the ref for “not caving into the biased fans.” Eva goes full blown heel and it actually helps her a bit, I think. Continue reading NXT – September 23, 2015 Review

NXT – September 16, 2015 Review

NXT – Episode 297
September 16, 2015
Full Sail University, Flordia
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton

Tyler Breeze enters for the opening match. Adam Rose comes out claiming that the WWE Universe took a poop on the Adam Rose party, and know he’s going to take a poop on the NXT Universe. The fan’s immediately begin chanting “party pooper,” which is awesome. Continue reading NXT – September 16, 2015 Review

NXT – September 9, 2015 Review

NXT – Episode 296
September 9, 2015
Full Sail University/Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Winterpark, FL/Providence, RI
Commentators: Rich Brennan & Corey Graves/Tom Phillips & Jimmy Uso

Peyton Royce vs. Carmella

Carmela comes out cutting a promo like Enzo and Cass, but doesn’t quite get the same reaction. Given time, I hope it catches on for her. Peyton Royce follows her, and this is her NXT debut. Continue reading NXT – September 9, 2015 Review

PROGRESS Chapter 6 – We Love Violence

PROGRESS Chapter 6 – We Love Violence

Dave Mastiff vs. Noam Dar – #1 Contendership Match: ***
Mastiff is really, really over. The crowd is firmly behind him in this one. Dar continues being the heel that he is. This was a solid match. The end comes when Mastiff is distracted by Nathan Cruz coming out, and Dar rolls Mastiff up and gets the win. The crowd didn’t like that.

Paul Robinson vs. MK McKinnan – Natural Progression Series Round One: ***
Solid match right here, with Robinson getting the win after a few minutes to advance in the tournament.

Jimmy Havoc vs. Nathan Cruz: ***3/4
Jimmy Havoc continues to try and prove himself as a technical wrestler, which plays prominently into the story of this match. Cruz taunts Havoc throughout the match and tries to get him to use a weapon, but Havoc refuses. Cruz eventually wins, and Havoc has still yet to win his first match in PROGRESS.

The London Riots vs. The Hunter Brothers – Weapons Tag Team Match: ***
So this match was excellent. One of the funny moments in it was both teams working around a spot where they tried to hit each other with a chocolate Easter bunny, in a rather hilarious manner. While the comedy spots were great, this was still a rather serious match. The Riots got the win after a few minutes.

Mike Mason vs. The Mexican Eagle: **
There was some fun comedy early on in this match, with Eagle trying to get Mason to chase a tennis ball. Other than that, it was nothing special. Eagle gets the win after hitting Mason with a ukulele.

The Bhangra Knights (Darrell Allen & RJ Singh) vs. Team DEFEND (Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews): ***
We got both these teams teaming for the first time in PROGRESS here, but the crowd was fully behind the Bhangra Knights. RJ Singh is an excellent babyface, and it shows quite a bit in this match.

Ricochet vs. El Ligero – PROGRESS Championship Match: ****1/2
This match was amazing. Ricochet and Ligero absolutely tore the house down here. Of course, Ricochet flew all over the ring, and Ligero is no slouch in that regard either. This was absolutely fantastic. Go watch it right now. Ligero got the win after a springboard Tornado DDT. Great stuff.

SHOW RATING: ****
This was a great show, elevated greatly by the excellent main event. PROGRESS, by this point, is really coming into its own in terms of knowing exactly what their crowd wants, and giving it to them in spades. A great show. Not as strong as some of the earlier ones, but still really, really great.

PROGRESS Chapter 5 – For Those About to Fight, We Salute You

PROGRESS Chapter 5 – For Those About to Fight, We Salute You

Danny Garnell vs. Stixx: **3/4
Solid opener, which was paced very well. I like Danny Garnell. Fun to watch. Garnell got the win on this one.

Jonathan Windsor vs. Mike Hitchman – Natural Progression Tournament First Round Match: **1/2
Not a bad match here, but just slightly above average. Windsor gets the win after a few minutes through nefarious means. Continue reading PROGRESS Chapter 5 – For Those About to Fight, We Salute You

PROGRESS Chapter 4: The Ballad of El Ligero

The opening video for this chapter, hyping up the match between Ligero and Cruz was so awesome. Ligero came across as an anti-hero type character, and it immediately made me want him to win.

London Riots vs Hunter Brothers: ***
This one probably went a little too long, but the London Riots beat the Hunter Brothers all over the ring for the duration of this match. There were brief moments where the Hunter’s got a comeback, but it didn’t last long. London Riots win. Continue reading PROGRESS Chapter 4: The Ballad of El Ligero

PROGRESS Chapter 3: Fifty Shades of Pain

Noam Dar vs. Paul Robinson: **3/4
Dar is again mediocre in this match. He does a great job getting the crowd to hate him, but I haven’t truly enjoyed one of his matches yet. I hope that changes as time goes on. Dar wins after a few minutes with a knee bar. Continue reading PROGRESS Chapter 3: Fifty Shades of Pain

PROGRESS Chapter 2: The March of Progress

The Lion Kid vs. Stixx: **1/2
Solid opener. Crowd liked The Lion Kid a lot. Stixx played the heel well. Lion Kid wins.

Mike Hitchman vs. Mark Andrews: ****
This match was awesome. Andrews showed that he was an absolutely excellent wrestler way back in 2012 too. Hitchman was also very good. Hitchman hit a horrifying Package Piledriver at one point. After avoid a second, Andrews cradled him and got the pin. Continue reading PROGRESS Chapter 2: The March of Progress