Five Star Drama

Tyler Bate

Two weeks ago, British wrestling standouts Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate tore the house down in a superb encounter at NXT TakeOver Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar with WWE’s U.K. initiative, watching this match will serve as the perfect introduction.

Seemingly, however, online drama coming after the match has fans voicing their displeasure at journalist Dave Meltzer, who, based on his popular rating system, gave the Dunne vs. Bate match 4 ¾ stars out of 5.

We’re talking about a smidge of a point away here. Yet, a lot of fans are left shaking their heads wondering what would this match had to have done to earn five stars. 4 ¾ is an excellent score, however, there is a bigger issue here.

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NXT TakeOver Orlando Preview Show

 

Atlee Greene and Adam Kohn give their preview and predictions for NXT TakeOver: Orlando, which emanates from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL this Saturday. The show will air live on the WWE Network at 8:00 PM EST.

There are five big matches headlined by the NXT Title match where Bobby Roode defends against Shinsuke NNakamura.

NXT Tag Team Championship will also be on the line as The Authors of Pain defend against #DIY and The Revival in a Triple Threat Elimination Match.

Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose & Ruby Riot team up to take on SAnitY in a blockbuster 8 person mixed tag team match

Aleister Black makes his NXT debut against Andrade “Cien” Almas and someone’s 0 has got to go when Asuka defends the NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon.

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Is Shinsuke Nakamura Ready for WWE’s Main Roster?

If you’re an NXT fan, there is one question that comes up in every conversation: “when will Shinsuke Nakamura make his WWE main roster debut?” Those who appreciate the work of this ultra-charismatic and super talented superstar want to see him on either Raw or SmackDown, sooner rather than later.

Conventional wisdom says that Nakamura should be on the main roster by now. He’s a great worker who, unlike most Japanese wrestlers. is tailor made for WWE and the showmanship it requires to be one of their performers. I mean, come on…anyone who can dress as a hybrid of Michael Jackson and the Statue of Liberty, and make it work, is a performer through and through. Continue reading

NXT TakeOver Toronto Review

Adam Kohn and I review NXT TakeOver Toronto as all three championships are on the line, with Shinsuke Nakamura making his first NXT title defense against Samoa Joe. The undefeated Asuka defends the NXT women’s title against the returning Mickie James. The show will also feature three big matches to round out the card.

NXT Takeover Toronto Preview & Predictions

Adam Kohn and I give our preview and predictions for Saturday’s NXT Takeover Toronto, which airs live on the WWE Network. Matches include

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe

NXT Tag Team Championship (2 out of falls) : #DIY vs. The Revival

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka vs. Mickie James

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Authors of Pain vs. TM61

Bobby Roode vs. Tye Dillinger

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The NeXT Level (3 of 4) – NXT 11/9/16 Review

Adam Kohn and Atlee Greene review the 11/9/16 episode of NXT headlined by the contract signing between Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Plus, the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tournament are determined.

The NeXT Level (2 of 4) – NXT 11/2/16 Review

The eight remaining teams in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic battled it out to see who would advance to the Semifinal Round. Who won, who forfeited and who couldn’t compete due to injury. Adam Kohn and I break it all down on the second installment of The NeXT Level.

It’s Time For The NeXT Level (1 of 4)

My co-host on the SmackDown BreakDown, Adam Kohn is obsessed with WWE’s developmental touring band, NXT. So, we decided to try a four week pilot leading into Takeover Toronto, where we review the 10/26/16 episode of NXT along with a look at the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

What SmackDown Needs Tonight

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The word is out. Last night, Raw was a hit. The show was great from top to bottom and now it’s SmackDown’s turn to woo the pro wrestling faithful. The blue brand is fighting an uphill battle not only because they have the weaker roster, but the length of their show is held to a strict two hours with no five to fifteen minute overrun.

There is one thing that SmackDown must do to make sure that their maiden voyage into the new era is smooth sailing.

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