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 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.
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.
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.
Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, Bayley, American Alpha…with the WWE Draft coming up on July 19, everyone wants to know the fate of NXT as 6 – 12 wrestlers are rumored to be called up to the main roster. Breaking Raw co-host Adam Kohn and I break it all down and give our thoughts on who’s staying and who’s leaving NXT for Raw and SmackDown.
I’m six days removed from the NXT live event that took place in Lowell, MA. Words such as amazing, spectacular, and shocking, don’t even begin to describe the experience. The night was capped off by the shocking title change where Samoa Joe pinned Finn Balor to win the NXT Championship, which is a rare occurrence for a non-televised event. Continue reading →
If Shane McMahon beats the Undertaker at WrestleMania, he gains complete control of Monday Night Raw. This has fans talking about the possibility of another brand extension. PWInsider noted that WWE has discussed the idea, even before Shane returned to the company. I would like to put to rest and let me explain why.
The reason why WWE is not going to move forward with a second brand split is because Monday Night Raw is three hours. The length of the show makes it a chore for most fans to watch while the writers have a hard time producing 180 minutes worth of content. That’s with the entire main roster and Imagine splitting that in half? Continue reading →
Professional wrestling maybe the strangest business in existence. That doesn’t mean the word “respect” is lost on the genre. In fact, it’s one of the first things listed on the syllabus of Wrestling 101. Whether you are humble or arrogant, no one is immune to taking part in this lesson.
Those who learn to appreciate the privilege of being in the business will, in time, start to earn respect from those who’ve come before you. The ones who are stubborn and hard headed will either learn the hard way or be shown the exit.
Tough Enough winner, Josh Bredl, made headlines this week for a disparaging remark he made on Twitter about the Social Outcasts being “Social Jobbers.” This reportedly drew the ire of several WWE superstars, with Stardust and Kevin Owens publicly firing shots at the Division I athlete.
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