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Two guys I’ve been aware of, but my first time actually seeing either Keith Lee or Marcel Barthel in a match. I very much enjoyed what I saw from both, but have a criticism of each:

1) I don’t like the fact Marcel Barthel’s name rhymes.

2) “Bask in my glory” is a kinda heelish catchphrase for a jovial babyface. The kind of thing you get away with on the indies, but expect WWE to weed out before putting you out there.

Other than that, it was an episode of Brazilians in martial arts gear with oddly ill-fitting music.

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8 hours ago, Ambulance Chaser said:

I always chuckle when they do stuff in an outside environment at full sail, is it like a Uni or somat, you get random shite in the background. Black looks like he's in slug and lettuce beer garden there just sparko.

It's an actual Uni, I believe WWE fund a TV production course in turn for the use of the arena for NXT and the Mae Young Classic

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In any other storyline, with any other character, I’d be applauding the ambiguity and intrigue surrounding Gargano, Ciampa and Black. I’m all for multi-layered stories where you can’t figure out where they’re going. But not with Gargano. He’s too good as a babyface to start hinting at a heel turn or surrounding his character in doubt. It goes against everything they’ve built up so far and works against the natural conclusion of the hero finally conquering the villain. 

Am I alone in thinking this? It definitely feels like they’ve lost a lot of steam the moment Johnny started acting suspicious.

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16 minutes ago, Supremo said:

In any other storyline, with any other character, I’d be applauding the ambiguity and intrigue surrounding Gargano, Ciampa and Black. I’m all for multi-layered stories where you can’t figure out where they’re going. But not with Gargano. He’s too good as a babyface to start hinting at a heel turn or surrounding his character in doubt. It goes against everything they’ve built up so far and works against the natural conclusion of the hero finally conquering the villain. 

Am I alone in thinking this? It definitely feels like they’ve lost a lot of steam the moment Johnny started acting suspicious.

It does feel a little odd, and his reactions the past few weeks have been a bit muted. But as an experiment, I really like the possibility of it and you might as well try these things out in NXT. The idea that even the most pure, incorruptible babyface can become so clouded by hatred and revenge that he starts to be the very thing he hates so much... it’s a fascinating thing to try out. Ciampa is so much the Devil he can even tempt the eternal blue-eye into evil. I didn’t think I’d be up for a Gargano turn but they are playing it in the most compelling way possible. If that is what they’re doing, of course!

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On 9 August 2018 at 11:23 PM, Great Bear Promotions said:

That was Marcel’s first NXT tv outing. Think he’s been over there 12 months at this point and had a few minor injuries over the way. May be a little longer.. 

Very happy to see a very good friend doing well, sure he will push on!

 

Just googled to see who this guy is and realised I actually met him last April as he stayed in a hotel I work in. By chance it was a quiet night so when he arrived I was having a casual conversation and he mentioned he just finished a wrestling show, then got talking about wrestling and he mentioned he was on his way to NXT like a month or so later. Always wondered what happened to him so good to see him make his debut.

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Main takeaway from this week’s show (other than how confident Velveteen Dream was on the mic) was the little news report style video highlighting all the witnesses and potential suspects for the attack on Black. Really liked that, and I’d love a post-Takeover ‘William Regal Investigates’ where he calls each of them into his office to try and find out whodunnit.

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Regardless of anything else, you've made me want to see Regal do a turn as Columbo. The perpetrator thinking they've got away with it, then "Just one more thing" potentially with an uninjured Black return for a match.

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