So after watching this past weekend’s NXT TakeOver XXV, I felt it appropriate to write up another one of these. For those of you who are in various Facebook groups with me, some of this may sound familiar, but I figured I’d post it here as well and expand upon it.
So a lot has been said, rumors are flying every which way and everyone pretending to be a “wrestling journalist” is writing stories regardless of how legit and truthful they are about people asking for their releases and speculating on people jumping to the new upstart wrestling company being thrown together by the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes. And to be honest, I’m actually getting sick of seeing the damn letters AEW already — which stands for All Elite Wrestling — that hasn’t even had it’s debut event yet!
So as the story goes, WWE ran a storyline on Monday night where the women of the SmackDown Live brand showed up and attacked the women of the Raw brand. WWE SmackDown Live Womens’ Champion, Becky Lynch took out her opponent for this weekend’s Survivor Series pay per view, WWE Raw Womens’ Champion, Ronda Rousey in a backstage segment while the chaos continued in the arena in the ring and around ringside.
After seemingly taking care of Ronda backstage, Becky headed out to the ring to help her brand mates in the ring and in doing so,
So I know last time I wrote, I had been a real downer about everything around the business of professional wrestling, wrestler deaths and the state of the current WWE main roster product. While very little of that has changed, I’d like to think that my outlook has a bit and I’m going to go into that a bit here.
I attended Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 show at the Barclays Center with my friend Dave, and while we had arrived late due to my having to work and not being
So I’ve been a bit in the dumps lately specifically when it comes to watching professional wrestling. I believe a lot of it stems from the recent losses of Big Van Vader, Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Christopher Lawler and now the most recent addition to the list: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
So as I type this, I’m once again saddened to be writing about the loss of yet another piece of my childhood. Leon White, a.k.a. Big Van Vader, who had been in bad health for the last couple years after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. For the last month, had been fighting a bad case of pneumonia, and passed away Monday night.
So last night, while recording Revival Radio, we kind of ran out of time and didn’t get to talk much about this weekend’s Survivor Series Pay Per View event. So I figured maybe I’d just do a writeup. This weekend’s shows should provide quite a lot of great matches for us fans to watch on the WWE Network! The NXT group starts the weekend off on Saturday night with the latest TakeOver event in which a gimmick match we haven’t seen in 20 years when SAnitY, The Authors of Pain with Roderick Strong & The Undisputed Era face off inside two rings surrounded by a cage in War Games.
Along with that awesome attraction, they’re giving us an NXT Title match between defending champion, Drew McIntyre & Andrade “Cien” Almas and will also determine a new NXT Womens Champion when Nikki Cross, Ember Moon, Peyton Royce & Mae Young Classic Tournament winner, Kairi Sane face off for the title that Asuka vacated upon leaving for Monday Night Raw. Other matches include: Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan and Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream. A pretty stacked card that also includes for the live audience, a match for the WWE UK Title when Pete Dunne defends his title against Johnny Gargano. For us not attending, that match will air on NXT next Wednesday and it’s sure to be another great match!
But on to my original purpose for writing today…this year’s Survivor Series card is seriously stacked! I mean let’s break this thing down and just marvel at the show that we’re about to witness on Sunday night, shall we?
So it’s been a little while since I’ve written one of these up about wrestling, but to be honest…there really hasn’t been a whole lotta good stuff worth writing about lately. I mean WWE’s been doing an alright job at giving us some fresh matches like when they pulled AJ Styles off the South America tour to fill in for an ill Bray Wyatt at the last Pay Per View or reforming The Shield…but for whatever reason, I just haven’t had the motivation to write about the product — until now.
Monday night, after Raw went off the air, WWE aired another installment of their documentary series WWE 24 on the WWE Network. If you haven’t seen any of these pieces, please go out of your way to find them as they’re some of the best programming WWE puts out. This latest edition of the show revolves around last year’s return of Bill Goldberg to the world of professional wrestling.
Cellular phones are becoming such an integral part of our everyday lives these days. We rely on them for so much…keeping up on social media, keeping in touch with family and friends, getting sports scores, weather updates and important news tidbits all on the go. Most of the time, it’s great to be up on everything going on in your world all on this singular device you can keep in your pocket. Tonight wasn’t one of those times for me.
After leaving work tonight, I made a stop for a soda at a 7-Eleven for the ride home. Just before putting the car back in gear to leave, I checked my phone and saw a notification from Google telling me that legendary wrestling manager and commentator, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan has passed away at the age of 73. Boy can that put a real damper on your day. And I’ll say this…I’ve been looking for a reason to write another one of these columns recently and coming up empty, but while I’ve now found a reason to write one, I really hate that I have to add yet another entry to my “Career Retrospective/Tribute” section here.
It’s been called the WrestleMania of NXT by none other than the man behind the scenes running the whole operation, Triple H. This year was NXT’s third trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY to run their biggest show of the year and as usual…they didn’t disappoint!
A little backstory here…I was at the first one of these things two years ago when Bayley defeated Sasha Banks for the NXT Women’s Title, Finn Bálor successfully defended his NXT Championship in a ladder match with Kevin Owens and Jushin “Thunder” Liger wrestled in a WWE ring for the first and only time of his career to date.