• NXT TakeOver: Respect Preview and Predictions

    We didn’t have time to collaborate this week.

    It’s just @JoeyOnEarth with a quick preview for the big NXT show this week. I suggest you tweet the T-Boyz asking for their interest levels on Dana Brooke vs. Asuka!

    EDIT: IT’S THE BIG DOG HERE WITH A LAST MINUTE RUN-IN AFTER JOEY TRIED TO SHAME ME FOR LIKING DANA BROOKE.

    EDIT 2: The T Man took time out of his VERY busy schedule to pop in for a second.

    Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze

    Joey:

    This match makes sense considering Apollo Crews is on the rise and Tyler Breeze is one of the more consistent wrestlers on the roster. I think we’re reaching a point with Breeze where he’s either being called up to the main roster soon or he’s going to become “just another guy” in NXT. Aside from his entrance, he’s kind of getting there already. Crews has looked impressive thus far and should get a big win here to propel him higher up the card.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Tom:

    ALRIGHT, LET’S GO. I’ve not watched any NXT since the last TakeOver show so I feel VERY prepared to comment on all this. How have things been going for Crews? Pretty well? Same for Tyler Breeze? Cool, cool. I’m sure these guys will both do just fine, nothing more, nothing less.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Apollo Crews wins.

    Dana Brooke vs. Asuka

    Joey:

    Dana Brooke is terrible. (Sorry, Tom.) Asuka is very good. Hopefully they reach a middle ground where it’s at least okay. Asuka has to get the big win here. It sucks her match isn’t with Emma instead.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tom:

    Joey mate, Dana Brooke is MOSTLY OKAY. She’s more good than she is bad, at least. This Asuka girl, I tell you what, she seems to be pretty good. I’m sure this will be p. decent.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Tim:

    I went with a nice eggplant color for my name. Spicing things up a bit? Do you like it? Leave comments underneath to let us know. We really care about your feedback. Like and subscribe.

    Tom, man. Dana Brooke has a long way to go. You’re out of your damned mind and probably need to take a nap. Asuka’s first WWE match, though. That’s exciting!

    Since I’m already here I’ll just post this picture of country music legend Randy Travis someone saved onto the computer at my workplace for some reason. Look at this maniac.

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    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Asuka wins.

    Finn Balor and Samoa Joe vs. The Mechanics

    Joey:

    I’ve seen The Mechanics a few times, including live once, and I don’t remember a thing about them. No memory of how they wrestle, what their names are or how they look. It’s weird but that’s not a good sign. Finn Balor is superb but I hope he doesn’t use the paint on this show. Samoa Joe has been pretty forgettable on NXT but maybe that changes.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Finn Balor and Samoa Joe wins.

    Tom:

    Are they really called The Mechanics? Weird. I’ve seen these guys live once, they were perfectly okay. Wearing the jackets like a couple of ’80s lads is kind of… I don’t know, it rubs me the wrong way a bit. Maybe that’s the point, who knows.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Finn and Joe win.

    Rhyno and Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan

    Joey:

    I love Chad Gable and Jason Jordan as a tag team. Most of the new NXT talent that aren’t from the indies tend to get lost on me and I just can’t get into them. This is one of the rare acts that’s the exception. I enjoy watching Gable and Jordan wrestle and I’ll be extremely disappointed if they lose to Rhyno and The Motorcycle Wolf.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Chad Gable and Jason Jordan win.

    Tom:

    Did they explain why Rhyno and Baron Corbin are mates now? They should explain that. I want to see the two of them hanging out. Chad Gable seems like a GOOD TIME and fair play to old Jason Jordan for being there too, fair fucking play.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Chad Gable and Jason Jordan win.

    Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals

    Joey:

    I’m expecting Gable and Jordan vs. Balor and Joe here which I would be very interested in seeing. Like many, I expect Joe is turning heel on Balor to be the payoff to all of this but I don’t think it will be on this show as it could ruin the moment of the trophy presentation. I think tension between Joe and Balor will rise leading to Gable and Jordan getting the huge win.

    Interest Level: 10/10 (if it’s this pairing)
    Prediction: Chad Gable and Jason Jordan win.

    Tom:

    Is it me or is this show feeling super predictable? Like, I usually try to be a bit contrary in these things but I can’t picture any of these matches going any other way. Like Joey said, the point of the Balor/Joe team seems to be a Joe turn, but… I guess maybe they could just win the whole thing? Though what point would that serve? I’m also excited to see Cody Rhodes be on commentary, maybe he’ll be entirely adequate or maybe he’ll be in character as fucking Stardust.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Chad and his mate Jason win.

    Bayley vs. Sasha Banks in a Tony Stark Match for the NXT Women’s Championship

    Joey:

    The match between Sasha Banks and Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn was the greatest wrestling match I’ve ever witnessed live. It was a perfect match with everything you can ask for in pro wrestling. The Iron (Wo)Man Match should follow strongly with it being the main event. I can’t imagine they’ll top the prior classic with factors like the show being smaller, an overall lesser crowd and the story not being as perfect as before. That being said, I can’t wait to watch this. Sasha Banks is on another level with these live special performances.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Bayley wins.

    Tom:

    I did NOT witness the Sasha/Bayley Brooklyn match live and I’m still a bit annoyed about that. Iron Man matches aren’t always my favourite, but half an hour is a lot more tolerable than an hour and these two are fantastic together.

    I’ve said it before, but I’m really glad Bayley was kept in NXT for now – I’m sure it was a bit of a heartbreaker, but if handled properly, I think she could be something pretty special on the main roster. However, the Divas Revolution is pretty much the exact opposite of something being handled properly – if she was on Raw right now, she’d be lost in the shuffle delivering awkward “quirky” lines and that would be a colossal bummer.

    Sp. I’m sad that this is likely the end of this feud for now but I’m sure it’ll be rekindled at some point in the future.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Bayley wins.