Triple Threat No. 1 Contestant’s Match
On the orders of General Manager William Regal last week’s showFormer North American Champion Johnny Gargano will take on former United Kingdom Champion “Brucerweight” Pete Dunne and three-time NXT Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly in a Triple Threat match to open the show. The winner will emerge as the No. 1 contender to face Carrion Cross in Takeover: In Your House on June 13.
It’s full armchair quarterbacking, but I would have put this important match at the end of the show rather than the beginning, for fear that the audience would tune out and watch something else when the moment ended. Still it was a solid in-ring affair with the typical triple threat formula of taking one person out of the ring with the other two fighting a bit, only for the third person to break it up and reset the action. Dunn placed the best of them all when he performed double finger manipulation and double hand stomps for Gargano and O’Reilly. How and why have we never seen it three ways before?
Just when it looked like one of the three of us was on the verge of overtaking the pack and emerged victorious, Dunne and O’Reilly are attacked by a furious Adam Cole, who is swinging on a chair like the late Balls Mahoney Were. He wasted no time destroying everyone.
The referee tried to break it down and knocked it down, then broke into the plexiglass for good measure. Cole walks into the ring to eliminate Johnny Gargano, and an enraged William Regal comes down with two security officers to take him out – but not before he gets in another cheap shot at O’Reilly!
Your opinion of what happened next at this point is that it was either a carefully crafted chaos or a show that was announced too little that would quickly “send people out and give them whatever Let’s do it.” Ember Moon ran out to challenge Raquel Gonzalez to a fight. Moon gets the better of him as Regal and the security guards run back into the ring. But while Moon was celebrating his arrival and Gonzalez was being held back, Dakota Kai came after him and smashed him with his kicks.
Even WWE’s official Twitter account for NXT said that the show had “going,” but even though it was planned to the extent it was, it was not entirely satisfying to watch. Who wants to invest nearly half an hour in a triple threat match to determine a new challenger for the NXT title that ends with no winner? Not me. Who wants the chaos (even the written chaos) to take over the show completely? Not me. That chaos continued directly into the next section.
With the callback to Impact Wrestling, LA Knight made his way to the ring and announced that he would face Jake Atlas. As you might expect, we were both walking down the entrance ramp to see Ted DiBiase, and Cameron Grimes was coming out to talk to Million Dollar Man. Grimes did not interfere much in the match as he annoyed DiBiase by running his mouth non-stop. Atlas finally took advantage of Showboating Knight and hit a cartwheel DDT off the ropes to get the pin.
Why send Grimes out if he’s not going to pay for a straight night match? You could argue that this moves the story along with Ted DiBiase, but if Knight looks too stupid to lose at intervention, he looks too stupid to lose without anyone! It doesn’t make me want to see one of these men vying for DiBiase’s love.
Adam Cole hijacks the show (again)
for example his first interruption That wasn’t enough, Adam Cole again came into the ring to take over the show. Read the full blog if you want word for word – here’s the short version: I was a champion for 400+ days for a reason, I run this place, and the carrion cross is a jack up muscle that lifts my shoes. Not suitable for lace. An enraged Cross hits the ring to argue with him, Regal comes out in a vain attempt to regain control, and Cross tells him he wants everyone out of triple threat and Adam Cole at the same time.
Of a show that felt like a million things being thrown at a wall to see what sticks, this segment stuck the most. Cross and Cole hit all the right notes in their respective promos and even though I would have preferred that Cross had just one contender, their justification for not wanting a one-on-one title defense could at least help make sense of it. does. There’s only one problem here – if he destroys four different top contenders at once on June 13, who could possibly challenge him for the title after that? Will Bronson Reid vacate the North American title to get a shot? who else is there? I’m serious. who else is there???
MSK face Legacy of the Phantom
in spite of Interference Of the Grizzled Young Veterans, to ensure that Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher lost their own contender’s match against Legado del Fantasma, GM Regal ruled that the outcome of the match would stand and Legado would face MSK for the title. Will have to I didn’t suspect that WWE would switch titles within just two weeks before Takeover, but so we see right? Let’s talk about what happened.
As you would expect Legado spent a lot of time cutting the ring for two on a beatdown, sitting by the all-smiling Santos Escobar commentators, squeezing their time for an opportunity to intervene. When Wes Lee fell to the ground right in front of him, Escobar posted him on the steel stairs and threw him back. Nash Carter saved him with a pin at the last possible second, and then an angry Bronson Reid charged at ringside for breaking Escobar into the Plexiglas.
Joaquin Wilde devoured the pin moments later for a solid main event for a very chaotic show.
Hit Row vs Killian Dan and Drake Maverick
Do not sleep in the parking lot outside the Capital Wrestling Center. Having NXT stars face each other before or during a show is practically a trope at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’m tired of it. What’s really impressive is that they almost always have white cameras that are properly balanced for the broad sunlight of the bright outdoors. Take it from someone who worked on television in college – it’s not that easy to do. Whatever the case, when Hit Row arrived for today’s taping, things quickly heated up between him and the tag team of Killian Dan and Drake Maverick.
One would have assumed it would be followed up with a match on NXT. Somebody will take it wrong. He showed the video package, but made no other mention of the incident nor did the match between these teams take place. maybe next week?
Kushida’s open challenge
We got the breaking news through social media less than half an hour after the show aired.
Who will take action to accept Kushida’s open challenge? A young rookie named Carmelo Hayes. The powers that be backstage must have thought of Young a lot, as he took a large percentage of the match, and Kushida sold him a lot to show that he could go toe-to-toe with the longtime veteran. is. Eventually though going through a commercial break with Hayes taking control of the latter, he was still taken down and put in the hoverboard lock for submission.
As the announcers like to say, Hayes has some fresh offense so I enjoyed his late information challenge to Kushida. I’m not sure I’ll have a newcomer “play bingo,” but if they go somewhere with Hayes in the future it was probably a necessary evil. If they left it to Zayda Ramier as soon as possible after her show with Tony Storm, it just wasn’t worth it. Talking so that…
Candice LeRae & Indie Hartwell vs Zayda Ramier & Zoey Stark
It was a non-title match for The Way, and the challengers still didn’t have a chance to snowball in hell. A few quick hope spots didn’t turn the champs into winning.
In a show this disorganized and messy, this kind of squash restored sanity to the proceedings. Good job to all involved.
What else do you need to know?
Xia Li wants to avenge her loss to Mercedes Martinez at the Mai Young Classic.
Mercedes Martinez vowed to “walk through him” in the takeover in response.
Speaking of wrestlers booking their shows, Ember Moon vowed to take out “Lucky” Dakota Kai on next week’s show.
She also promised that with Kai out of her way, she would be able to take from Raquel Gonzalez what matters most to her – the NXT Women’s title. One more thing: Grizzled Young Veterans tried to get a closer look at the night’s main event, but Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher had none of it.
I know giving NXT a C or less is tantamount to fighting words, but we’re pretty close to that mark tonight. A really good tag team main event and a really strong opener before Adam Cole was interrupted, along with a Cole vs. cross segment to explain why Adam Cole (Bay Bay) ruined a perfectly good Done, enough book ends for a show to save grades. triple Threat. Along the way winning a squash non-title match also helped. To be honest, I should have known that the show would be a cluster, as they had announced only two matches till Monday night, but later a solid last week This show cannot be compared with that show. Here’s hoping they fix the ship before takeover.
Get up from the seats on the side of your cage and sound down. See you in seven days!
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