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    Cole turning on KOR was something I considered happening last go 'round so I'm hoping it is what happens now. The UE break-up is over due.

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    The subtle teasing of a civil war within UE seems like it's been incredibly slow-played for a hopeful spark within NXT or its just something that's being done as they're creatively spinning their wheels with UE. I tend to think it is the latter. For better or worse, the group has outgrown NXT and needs to be on the main roster. The pandemic likely caused a delay of a larger exodus of performers from NXT to the main roster. We saw a few people but the list was incredibly short. If that's the case, they found a program of convenience with War Games and they're just trying to do what they can to keep them involved on weekly programming. Case in point: an incredibly cold match for the main event of this week's episode. As I said, it was a match that didn't even make sense with utilization.

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    TONIGHT:

    Year End Award Winners Announced

    Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne

    NXT North American Championship Match
    Johnny Gargano vs. Leon Ruff

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    MORE ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT:

    Breezango vs. GYV

    Bronson Reed vs. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott

    Mercedes Martinez in action

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    Reed vs. Scott has potential to be a pretty dope clash of styles if they get some time to work.

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    Bronson is someone who realizes they already have a Keith Lee so no need to be that "high flying agile big man". He's doing his own thing and I was worried for him but he could be something of a threat.

    GYV v. Fashion Police....I know FP are doing the job but I hope they have a good match. I have no doubt Dunne v. Strong will be a good technical battle like watching Dean Malenko v. Jerry Lynn for the LHW title.

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    Tropey but wouldn't mind if Scott/Reed dissolves due to Atlas interfering or just getting involved after the fact to create a triple threat. Let Reed get the win there too and then Atlas and Scott continue.

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    I just don't want to see Reed try to have a CW style match because that's what happens more often than not with this younger big guys. They need to stop watching tapes of Jushin Liger and watch tapes of agile big men like Bam Bam Bigelow, Big Bossman, shit even Kamala had a presence.

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    I felt like I was watching a modern entrance for Earthquake when Reed came out to the ring. Very nice touch there. Fun match between the two of them and went ahead to continue to emphasize that Reed is a dude that is probably going to be a major problem for everyone in NXT in 2021.

    Considering the sheer volume of the nominees for the award, I'm not sure I fully buy the argument that Shotzi was the breakout star of 2020. I don't have a major gripe over it, but I'd suggest McAfee, Grimes, Priest, and Lumis have pretty significant cases.

    Solid enough match between Breezango and GYV. Certainly helps with the calendar that NXT has started to put more of an emphasis on the tag division with The Dusty Classic coming back around. I imagine GYV have to be one of the early favorites to take the whole thing. I guess UE winning Tag Team of the Year was a default choice. I am looking forward to seeing Cole/Strong working as this version of UE for the tournament.

    Xi and Boa arriving during NYE is a good addition to an already stacked show.

    Spotlight squash for Mercedes. Very good timing with her promo after the match and the sound effects lol. I seriously think she threatened to kill everyone. Not surprised with Io winning Female Competitor of the Year but a little surprised Cole won Male Competitor of the Year. I guess he rode the wave of finishing his historic reign as champion.

    Interesting but valid point being made multiple times during Strong/Dunne with them acknowledging Strong really hasn't had a singles match in a few months and having to do so against a guy as fierce as Dunne. Very fun, physical match and the right guy won. I'm really interested to see what happens for Dunne in 2021. He was brought back late this year with loose connective tissue with McAfee and Lorcan/Burch. McAfee very well could be out of the mix for a while and I don't really know what value there is in the three-man group, so a breakout for Dunne should be coming.

    Great choices for NXT Match of the Year. Walter/Dragunov was pretty damn great but I just loved the unexpected tension that came with KOR/Bálor. Really, really good and passionate promo by KOR. Bálor came across as a guy who is definitely centered on delivering a receipt to the guy who busted up his jaw. Just a guess, but I think the bleeped out line was: Make you wish you "shit the bed". Really good segway into the Priest and Kross brawl. Again, like the fact Priest isn't scared and actually bowed up and fought Kross head on. Two matches I'm definitely looking forward to seeing.

    I'm really surprised they included the real-life friendship between Rhea and Raquel. It's very good wrinkle to add - albeit late - into the story and a fun way to spin it, suggesting Raquel played Rhea. Very well-done promo package and set the stage incredibly well for what I'm guessing very well could be Rhea's swan song in NXT.

    Big week for Metalik. I'm not really sure why LHP was suddenly on NXT (maybe a spare team for the Dusty Classic) but I wasn't mad at the idea of an impromptu match. If they're not going to do anything but be fodder on Raw, just send LHP to NXT. Not a surprise but the match probably invigorated LHP in a hurry.

    Not a surprise to see Theory win Future Star of the Year. Good to share it with Indi Wrestling. Theory has taken a step in the right direction by getting some personality to his look. The cat didn't make a lot of sense at the start of the episode but they went ahead and rolled with it by creating ridiculously hilarious doses of bad luck for Gargano prior to the main event. Wearing Browns colors was just pushing Gargano's luck.

    We're essentially a month and a half into this run and Ruff main evented an episode of NXT. He's no longer a joke and can hold his own with top-tier talent. Wild. Ruff's quickness and agility really do seem to know no bounds. It was a really solid match and helped work in a way to get Ruff over and Gargano over with a silly, manufactured curse lol. Fitting Gargano/Ruff was set as this was something that could have been on NYE but made sense to keep off to just main event the show prior to it.

    NYE:
    Escobar vs. Metalik for the NXT CW Championship
    Thatcher vs. Ciampa in the Fight Pit
    Priest vs. Kross
    Rhea vs. Raquel in a Last Woman Standing match
    Bálor vs. KOR for the NXT championship

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    Reed/Scott was real good and what I was hoping to see. Reed seems primed to have a breakout 2021 and I am here for it. Nice not to have a predictable Atlas interference.

    I absolutely buy Shotzi winning Breakout star. She was the overwhelming response on Twitter. I think the real thing is that NXT does such a damn good job breaking out so many folks that it's such an even playing field.

    Breezango/GYV was good. Breezango once again showing they are so much more than the joke team they used to be. NXT has too many heel teams. Will be curious if the Dusy Cup has any thrown together singles dudes as those seem to fare pretty well (I vote Ruff/Lumis become a team).

    'Bout dang time the Xia/Boa thing resolves(?) at NYE. Super damn intriguing what goes down next week and how things are going to progress with them.

    Mercedes is Queen Badass and I am super stoked for her and Io to throw down whenever that happens.

    Strong/Dunne was very good, as expected, glad to see Dunne win and glad to see Dunne have a run in with Balor and the fact that they know that's a wanted match makes me more ok with Dunne losing to KOR for this shot, since it seems highly likely he's getting one later on and it'll be worth the wait. Still not sold on KOR as a personality and his mic work still seems performative rather than genuine.

    Kross/Priest confrontation into the brawl was dope and things got pretty wild with what looked like it was supposed to be a Doomsday saito suplex but Priest maybe countered? into the equipment.

    Absolutely outstanding video package for Rhea/Raquel. Love that they brought the personal depth to it.

    I'm actually surprised it wasn't until now that Lucha House Party showed up to challenge Legado as their promos seemed directly targeted at them from the start. Damn fine match, real good week for Metalik, would love to see these guys hang around, would love to see more matches between these dudes, and will be glad to see Metalik get a CW Title match, should be a real banger.

    Leon Ruff is the fucking man. Love how he went for enhancement talent losing squash matches to signing a contract to winning the NA Title to being regularly featured and main eventing NXT. Great stuff and exactly the kind of story 2020 needed. And the dude can fucking GO in the ring. Hopping around the ringside area like Spider-Man, that springboard cutter on the floor, dude is fast, agile, and fun to watch. Love him. Should have gotten Future Star over Theory. Damn fine main event.

    Loved Lumis closing the show with the NYE sketches. Killer work and great way to put in the final hype for next week.

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    The Fight Pit Match is no longer being promoted. You'll notice it's not listed on this from NXT's FB page...also wasn't listed on the new poster/t-shirts for NYE that are on WWEshop.com...

    TONIGHT:

    Hosted by Dexter Lumis

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    Kross vs. Priest will probably be a short impactful hoss fight. Kross winning seems certain to me.

    Speaking of hoss fights, Ripley/Gonzalez should be a war. They tore it up last go 'round the only thing that might slow it's pace is the 10 counts but hopefully they're not too frequent to drag it out, just a few big spots. Fully anticipate Rawuel winning, Rhea disappearing until the Rumble and potentially winning that.

    Escobar/Metalik will be some solid lucha action and could be a sleeper. Don't think Metalik has a chance of winning.

    I give no real shits about Balor/KOR though I'm sure it'll be very good. I'm more than ready for UE to split or get called up or something. With Strong/Cole being in the Dusty Cup I'm not sure about either of those happening anytime soon unless those two opt to boot Kyle out of the group...

    Curious to see what Lumis does as host considering what I expected him to do is what he already did to close last week's show with the drawings. Unless he just pops up with each drawing pre-match but that seems a little underwhelming. Shotzi got involved in the in-ring action at HH if I recall correctly so I wouldn't mind seeing Dex do more than just stand around and stare (though I'm happy to take just that, too).
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    I’d love it if Dexter broke character for a night and turned pure game show host then go back to normal the following week.

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    Either cut for time or someone tested positive I’d guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caito View Post
    Either cut for time or someone tested positive I’d guess.
    Thatcher’s injured so the Fight Pit match is cancelled so cut for time.

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    Ahhhh ok didn’t know he was injured

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    Yeah, i just saw the news on Thatcher while I was farting around on YouTube...


    Hopefully we still get the match later on.

    On the plus side, gives more time to the rest of the card, i guess.

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    They did seem to have a decent amount of
    matches with the fight pit included. It’s not like it’s a Takeover show either, where they have a tad more leeway with the time

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    Hot start with Kross/Priest and two phenomenal entrances. It's been presented across through the duration of the build for this match and held true at the start: really appreciated the fact that Priest wasn't scared and was ready to go at Kross. I do like how Priest tried to change his approach a bit and tried to get a little more technical to shake things up too. Kross looked like he was moving relatively slow through most of the match and Priest's stuff looked more impressive. I think Kross works better with smaller guys but I would say this was better than the match against Keith Lee. The Saito Suplex setup for the running forearm works better for him versus the Krossjacket. I think the tealeaves suggest Priest (thankfully) needs to move on. Kross is going to be a player in NXT for a while it seems and Priest has achieved so much in the last 8-10 months. Time is probably running out for him so let him level up and do some work.

    Chugs versus Breezus taking part in a challenge next week? Da Party will be representing, and there will be a lotta respect. The field for the Dusty Classic seems to be coming together nicely. Great announcement by Regal to have a women's Dusty Classic coming. More than enough depth there to make it happen and that means they'll have a chance to bring the tag titles to NXT (Dakota and Raquel...).

    Another great facet of NXT is how it can shift gears and have diverse styles going from match to match and that was on display going from the opener to the CW championship match. Really nice recovery by both guys as Metalik and Escobar didn't quite get things set up cleanly for that hurricanrana to the outside. Metalik has some of the prettiest planchas I've seen. It just looks like the dude can levitate. Escobar is just so damn smooth when he's rolling. The CW championship isn't getting a ton of attention in NXT but he looks every part of being a champion.

    Loved the stuff from Mercedes. Looking forward to seeing her square off with Io.

    Xia looks shredded to the heavens since she's been off TV with this angle. The striking looks pretty fierce, too. She has a great look but it didn't look like they knew where they were going to go with her prior to this stuff. The division is absolutely stacked but they've clearly put a lot of time in terms of a commitment to her, so I'm very curious to see how far she can go.

    Shame we didn't get the Fight Pit tonight but I'm sure they're going to find subtle stories to tell to help keep things continuing until they want to really go with it.

    It's crazy to think Raquel reappeared in February of 2020 and has come this far, so fast. She's seen a couple of different layers to her character and that was all radically different than the Cowgirl look we saw from her at the MYC. She's going to be a real player as long as she can stay healthy. Great spot with Raquel ripping the cuffs off the fence. The table spot with the backdrop looked really, really painful for Rhea's back. Goodness. The swanton spot was really cool. Rhea was just willing to sell/bump and feed like crazy and do a lot of stuff in this one. Hell of a way to snuff out Dakota by Rhea haha. Wonderful and fitting spot to finish at the end with the slam into the floor. It goes without saying that these two have fantastic chemistry together and they have no problem beating the crap out of each other. Both women look fantastic and this was a class LWS match. The next time we see Rhea better be at the Rumble. Her job in NXT is done.

    Theory got his learner's permit and got to drive his parents to the celebration. Good for him. All four of them are insufferable as a group but it's wildly entertaining. I'm not really enthused to see Shotzi and Candice together but I do like Kushida and Gargano together some more. They need to do something to help Kushida back up as he's been a little stagnant for a month or so after getting a pretty healthy push prior to that if he's going to be going up against Gargano more. Not for nothing, it was funny how Barrett needled Lumis for drawing the match setup so quickly and then had to defend himself so quickly after being positioned to suggest Lumis wasn't doing a good job hosting the show.

    Bálor/KOR II didn't hit the peaks of the Takeover match but it delivered as they just beat the crap out of each other and were adding some great mat wrestling in along the way. Based on Bálor's comments leading up to the match it was obviously was going to be built towards Bálor getting his pound of flesh. Nice receipt spot as KOR creatively found his way to break the submission hold by biting the rope. It's also nice to see how they mixed it up in terms of the body part that was exploited. That was heightened by the submission finish with the final adjustment to be pulling back and causing some torque on the jaw. Hell, an abdominal stretch was the finish!

    We've now got 10 hours of programming to hype Takeover.
    I imagine we're gearing towards
    - Bálor/Kross
    - Gargano/Kushida
    - Io/Mercedes
    - Lorcan and Burch/Dusty Classic Winners
    - Ciampa/Thatcher in the Fight Pit

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    Dexter's show opening was hilarious.

    Priest/Kross was pretty decent but I chalk up most of that to Priest as he impresses but Kross still has yet to really knock my socks off. I did like that finishing forearm, though. Still, probably Kross' best match so far. Rumors are Priest might be getting called up so i could see this as his swan song and then we see him again at the Rumble if not sooner.

    Escobar/Metalik was as good as I'd hoped with both guys really showing how they shine and with only that one really glaring botch that they recovered from quite nicely. Some amazing dives and springboards from Metalik throughout.

    The new entrance and presentation for Xia/Boa is dope and Xia is looking even more beastly when she was already looking pretty beastly before. Love it. Reset as a killer, she should be on track to buzzsaw her way towards the Women's Title hopefully.

    Last Women Standing lived up to the hype. Just beating the shit out of each other and doing some big creative nasty spots to try to keep each other down. Loved the ripping the handcuffs off the fence. Real scary announce table bump for Rhea, hope she didn't fuck up her back on that. Loved Dakota getting stuffed in the locker. Good finish with the stage bump. Big Bad-ass Chick torch has been passed. Rhea's going to the Rumble and the main roster.

    The Way appearing was a nice surprise, I assume taking the place of the Fight Pit. Great little celebration, nice to see some of Nalanium's work on the poster. Fun way to set up the match with Dexter. I had been thinking recently that he'd be interesting to have in the booth and while he didn't do much other than some stuff with Barrett, it was still amusing. I'm surprised he wasn't on the show a bit more, though, didn't do a hell of a lot of hosting. Mixed tag was fun stuff. Would like to see Shotzi/Candice blow off their feud at TakeOver and move on to other things. Gargano/Kushida should be dandy. i was kind of hoping since Dex stayed out there that he might get involved and start something with Gargano but oh well.

    Balor/KOR was all good and fine but as I said going in, i ddn't really care and nothing particularly noteworthy came out of it so meh. Biting the ropes and getting it kicking in your mouth is a pretty good spot and the only thing I'm really going to remember about it.

    Women's Dusty Cup sounds VERY interesting.

    All in all, a good show.
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    I like everything about Karrion Kross except his wrestling. Damian Priest is way better in the ring. Karrion just seems so slow.

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    Oh and that powerbomb on Priest legitimately scared me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Oh and that powerbomb on Priest legitimately scared me.
    Oh god, yeah. That and Ripley's announce table bump both had me wincing. Hopefully no injuries.

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    Thatcher's injury is reported not legit and just a kayfabe way to push the match back.

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    Kross' powerbomb on Priest was indeed ugly, dude needs a smack on the head for that one. I like Kross, but I think it's time they started toning back the entrance. It's become quite comical at times w/ the theatrics, mostly due to Scarlet's lip syncing. Karrion seemed to take a lot of damage against Priest, which really didn't do him any favors as far as looking like a force to be reckoned with.
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    Yeah, Scarlett is legit laughable during the entrance with her over the top cartoon faced lip syncing.

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    The only thing I don’t like about her.



    other than that... god damn

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    I swear to God last week when Priest and Kross went through the table she was acting like she was squirting in her gear. She's so beautiful, ever since her ROH days.

    I agree about the entrance though. Honestly this guy doesn't need the theatrics. And stop the whole "tick tock" thing it sounds so corny. He honestly reminds me of Triple H back in 1999-2000, not 100% but I get those same vibes. I feel like 10 years from now he'll have the 40 minute walk out at Mania.

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    I totally made that sort of comment to Melly when Scarlett was seemingly getting off on the table. She's like Lana for me, I get it if other people think she's hot but she doesn't do anything for me. Sometimes she wears cool outfits, at least.

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    Lana does nothing for me, but Scarlett certainly does. The lip synching isn't good though.

    Loved NXT this week. The Way are so much fun.

    Escobar's group bores me to tears, I've been meaning to say that for a while.

    Opener was good, but not great. Match I enjoyed the most was Rhea and Gonzalez, 100%.

    Balor and Kross should be a blast.

    Love the Xia stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    Kross' powerbomb on Priest was indeed ugly, dude needs a smack on the head for that one. I like Kross, but I think it's time they started toning back the entrance. It's become quite comical at times w/ the theatrics, mostly due to Scarlet's lip syncing. Karrion seemed to take a lot of damage against Priest, which really didn't do him any favors as far as looking like a force to be reckoned with.
    To me, as it was presented along the way in the build, Priest was booked to be an equal to Kross in terms of physicality. You can take that for whatever its worth but that seemed to be the story they wanted to tell from the jump. Depending on how you take it, the story then becomes that Kross took out another impressive foe.
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    Yeah Priest has been booked strong and has the physique so it was never going to be the usual Kross squash.

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    The field for the 2021 Men's Dusty Cup (winners face Lorcan and Burch):

    Austin Grey & Curt Stallion
    The Bollywood Boyz
    Breezango
    Drake Maverick & Killian Dain
    Ever-Rise
    Grizzled Young Veterans
    Imperium
    Jake Atlas & Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
    Kushida & Leon Ruff
    Undisputed Era (Cole and Strong)
    The Way (Gargano and Theory)

    Wednesday has UE versus Breezango, and GYV versus Ever-Rise

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    Brain says UE to Maverick. Everything else wants Dain/Maverick to pull it off.

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    Feel like all the teams I'm interested in will probably be out early and it'll come down to UE and GYV or something and I won't care. Far more excited about the Women's Dusty Cup personally.

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    Does NXT really have enough women to do a Women's Dusty Classic?

    It'd be great if they teamed up Mia Yim and Mercedes Martinez as their regular selves and then as their Retribution identities in opposite brackets. So if they win both matches, they'd have to wrestle themselves. But they never acknowledge it on TV.

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    So over the last 3 days I watched War Games and the next 4 episodes. Onto New Years Evil tonight.

    At the War Games men’s match, I feel like the commentators didn’t put over Pat’s swanton dive of the cage enough. Great stuff that match.

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    The field has been updated, bracket established, and it includes one mystery team.


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    I imagine the final four will be UE versus GYV, then MSK versus Legado.

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    As I said earlier, I'm not that interested in the Dusty Cup as the only people I really like involved are probably going out early and it'll progress with teams I'm not into, Maybe the mystery team will be someone rad, though...?

    Only thing announced for tonight is two of the Dusty Cup matches, GYV vs. Ever-Rise and Breezango vs. UE. Outcomes seem super obvious so I'd love to see a shock upset in one of them, at least. Otherwise, I'm far more interested in whatever else happens on the show tonight, NYE fallout type of stuff and setting up TakeOver. Would love to see Gargano mad at Lumis for making the impromptu tag match setting up a match between them. Hell, a full-on feud between them would just be about the best thing.

    UPDATE: ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT: Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LaRae

    UPDATE 2: WELL WHADDAYA KNOW! Dexter Lumis vs. Johnny Gargano in a non-title match has been announced!
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    I didn't realize "MSK" is an actual team. They're plugging "Who is MSK?"

    Isn't there a tag team from Impact that got signed recently? Maybe them?

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    Seemed like a change of pace for Shotzi in the matchup with Candice, by showing more a technical side to her at times. I can appreciate if she sprinkles that in more with her daredevil-like spots. It does seem quite telling in regards to how respected she seems to be with that approach to a match with Candice and how much she took of the match before taking the L.

    Piss and vinegar Bálor is a pretty good Bálor. I like how that segment ultimately provided multiple angles in one fell swoop. Dunne has been calling for a shot for weeks and he's finally coming to collect. It did seem kind of off at first that Bálor was so outnumbered but that's what happens when you're a loaner. Then it got intriguing with KOR coming out for the save and the rest of the healthy UE guys coming out. Teasing more cohesion between Bálor and UE does raise some eyebrows. Cole and Roddy being pissed at Lorcan and Burch obviously provided a red herring for the tournament. Did all of that and didn't go with the obvious move of bringing Kross out then and there. Like it.

    Crazy to think NXT had maybe, at best, eight tag teams and they manufactured a 16-team tournament. Really solid, traditional tag match for the opener. Ever-Rise was douche-y and overly confident but they held their end of the bargain. GYV have really crisp and fresh tandem offense.

    "Rhea Ripley is like 2020: A bad memory we're all trying to forget." Damn, Raquel. Great video package and it looks like 2021 is going to be big for her.

    I kind of wonder what plan they have with Lumis. I think they were ultimately wanting to go a tag route with Dream back in the summer but that clearly didn't pan out. I imagine that team and its eventual breakup was going to take them through most of the year. He might have shifted towards something with the NA championship regardless but I'm still curious what trajectory they actually see with him. The match with Gargano was quite good. Theory fast-tracking his personality towards being a full-on putz works for me.

    Good to see they're going with The Fight Pit next week. Really surprised they decided to go with a talking segment to sell the match but they did their job building anticipation for the match. Feels like a missed opportunity for Barrett to chime in and say he needed some decorum with the tension building between Ciampa and Thatcher.

    "These rascals are high-flying." Okay, Joseph lol. Good to see the ones fka The Rascalz (minus one) as MSK. Kind of felt like that was a fit and a smart entry point by facing Atlas/Scott. Got MSK some shine and created a new chapter for the angst between Atlas and Scott. The energy was frenetic for most of the match, which helps show some diversity within the division and the show itself. MSK clearly are bringing a lot of freshness and innovative stylings to NXT. Reed being a peacekeeper for Atlas and Scott is interesting.

    Seems like it could go either way, but I'm hoping the women's Dusty Cup tournament is more than just four teams. That said, those four teams are solid.

    Xia's not getting paid by the hour. Sheesh. She's basically working as a Mortal Kombat character now and it's working.

    "LOTTA RESPECT, LOTTA RESPECT!" Great shout to Da Party by Chugs. Swiss and Creed watched on IG Live too...wonderful. Once the stuff from earlier in the episode happened, it opened the door for Breezango. With that in mind, I think it was great to use that as a way to kind of zig and zag within the finish of that match. Great sell by Dango on that superkick by Cole. I really could have gone with either team winning so I'm curious to see how this story with UE and Bálor continues to play itself out. Seems like we could be gearing up towards Bálor/Cole/Strong versus Dunne/Lorcan/Burch at some point in the very near future. Just as important, if the matches from tonight and the matchups for next week indicate anything, this is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic tournament.

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    Dave Meltzer on Dexter Lumis from last night's show:

    Dragging Johnny Gargano down that low? I always like every Johnny Gargano match. This one, it was slow and it was boring. Lumis, he doesn't have it. I don't even know what they see in him. He's in his thirties. He's just boring. He's not even that big. They've probably got 75 guys that are bigger than him, that are probably better athletes, that are younger. I'm sorry. I don't know why they are pushing. He's such a negative to me. I went in with the idea, Johnny Gargano can carry him and he couldn't. It was just boring.

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    Shotzi/Candice was real solid, as always.

    Glad Dunne's remaining in the NXT Title conversation after losing his shot to KOR. Can't say as I'm particularly thrilled with UE and The Brand still feuding, though. Dunne/Balor should be fucking terrific whenever it happens.

    Ever-Rise got to look better than I've ever seen them and I was surprised they did as they're usually a joke.

    So Gargano/Lumis gets about five seconds in and because God hates me, MY POWER GOES OUT. Nasty winter storm last night so I didn't see anything after Lumis' Thez press until this afternoon. What a fucking spot for me be left hanging. Match was dope. Dexter rules so much, love how he moves unlike anyone else, loved some of the sequences like the bit out onto the floor where he kips up on the floor. One of Dex's better matches (I think Lumis/Gargano could kill it on a PPV with more time) and given how it finished with Theory interfering and the post-match stuff I could see Lumis costing Gargano/Theory their Dusty Cup match next week. Thing about NXT is there's always so many possibly contendors and viable options going on that yeah, Dexter could go after the NA Title but about four other people might also be in line. Not a bad thing unless you're me and you want your man to get that program.

    Fight Pit next week, hell yeah. Solid enough segment to hype it though I still think Thatcher's mic work is a bit unconvincing.

    So MSK are the dudes I suspected, that's cool. What the hell does MSk stand for, I don't think they ever said? Liked what i saw from them, though, some rad moves and good energy. Wes Lee in particularly impressed. Some nice double-team work from Scott/Atlas though the implosion was obvious.

    I guess the Women's Cup is a much shorter tournament if it's only those four teams, hey? Still, going to be damn good.

    NXT's Mortal Kombat shit is far more effective than when WCW tried it back in the day. Notcied the group got a name in their graphics though the announcers never mentioned it. Incredible presentation, feels like a PPV entrance every week. Xia just killing folks is dope 'cuz the woman is a legit badass mofo and I love it. Maybe Raquel takes the title from Io and then Xia comes for her?

    Great line by Barrett about Breeze's "polka dots". Fuck cupping. Was really hoping Breezango would pull off the upset with all the outside the ring bullshit that went down in the main event so I did go from not being too invested to getting fairly hyped only to ultimately be disappointed when UE still got the win.
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    Wasn't feeling NXT this week, but I think I'm just a bit burnt out from wrestling at the moment. NXT, Dynamite and NXT UK each week is quite a lot. Or maybe it's tag wrestling, as there are a LOT of tag matches in AEW.

    Was very impressed by Wes Lee.

    And cannot wait for Dunne/Balor.

    Austin Theory is going to be fantastic. You could argue he already is.

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    Austin Theory surprised me in that little backstage skit with Gargano. Good stuff.

    Dunne is great. Really looks the part now with Oney and Burch as his back up.

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    I like the Grizzled Young Veterans as a team and as workers. But that name is awful.

    MSK is a way better name than The Rascalz. This isn't the 90's anymore. Putting random Z's on shit doesn't make it cool. Err... never mind.

    Anytime I heard the name "The Rascalz" I always thought of Alfalfa and the Women Haters Club. So anything works as an improvement from that goofy shit.

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    Theory is getting the Grimes treatment. Grimes was getting a lot of ring time without getting a feel for who he is as a person. They finally let Grimes talk and gave him some promo videos and he was off to the races. Glad that's happening for Theory because he's certainly got some promise.

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    Thoery used to be boring AF and one of my least favorite people in NXT. The Way has really turned things around for him and I'm very much enjoying him as the big dumb manchild sidekick.

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    Love him in the Way too.

    “It was me all along....Austin!” Loved that in-joke.

    That should be a shirt even if fans not in the know end up confusing it to be about Austin.

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