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Finally caught up with last week’s show. Ranallo is usually pretty grating IMO, but he seemed to be at his shoutiest ever when dives occurred on this show.

”TOWWWW-PAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!” when Dain did it.

”TOW-PAY CON HIIIIIIIROOOOOOOO!!!!!!!” in the main event.

Unbearable.

PS I’ve deliberately spelled his bawlings pho-en-etic-ly before any Spanish scholars turn up,

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6 minutes ago, JohnnyF5 said:

And me, I can only see the 2nd half of the show dated 25th Sep 2018?

That’s the wrong year, no wonder!

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Finn Balor in NXT likely means no Finn Balor costing Bray the Title at Hell In A Cell, so that's five stars from me.

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1 hour ago, Supremo said:

Finn Balor in NXT likely means no Finn Balor costing Bray the Title at Hell In A Cell, so that's five stars from me.

Only negative is it probably means that Seth beats Bray clean with 4 curb stomps.

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Thought it was a solid show, especially for long term NXT storytelling.

Riddle/Cole put on a good effort. You know what you're getting from these two, so if you didn't like previous matches involving them (like vs Strong or Gargano) then you wouldn't have enjoyed this much either, but it was decent enough. I did think they'd go for a Takeover rematch to put on an even better match but with Balor and Ciampa waiting in the wings, it's nice to have a slightly uncertain path going forward.

I was waiting for Ciampa after that first match so it was a nice swerve to bring Finn out. Have to wonder if Balor requested the NXT change. Would be interesting to hear more about that decision.

The Dream segment. Hmm. Didn't love it to be honest. He can be the best character on the roster but this wasn't that.

Io/Mia was fine. I'm much happier with Shirai's direction at the moment. Way more interesting than she was before.

Gargano/Thorne was short but sweet. Curious to see where they go with Johnny now. Decent showing from Shane but not sure if they see much in him.

Baszler and LaRae are a great combo of pure heel/face dynamic so really enjoyed that much. Right decision to have Shayna win as Candice isn't quite there yet, but I think she could be eventually.

Dunne/Burch was alright. Glad they're giving Pete a proper feud though, and I don't hate Priest so let's see how they work together.

Any time I watch the Street Profits I'm just wanting to fast forward to the era of Montez Ford because fuck me what a guy. Another good tag match but obviously it's all about Ciampa at the end. 

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Felt a bit Takeover-ish with the 3 title matches and a couple of fillers, good show all round with some interesting feuds brewing coming out of it. Wouldn’t surprise me if we get the Wargames main event as UE v Ciampa, Balor and two others

Next week looks good with Walter against Kushida too

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13 minutes ago, RIDDUM_N_STYLE said:

Felt a bit Takeover-ish with the 3 title matches and a couple of fillers, good show all round with some interesting feuds brewing coming out of it. Wouldn’t surprise me if we get the Wargames main event as UE v Ciampa, Balor and two others

Next week looks good with Walter against Kushida too

UE vs Ciampa, Balor, Dream & Riddle, or the Street Profits maybe?

Would be strange for a Takeover to have none of the main belts defended though, unless they went all WCW 2000 and have the winning team take all the belts or something?

Edit - I suppose they would still have the womens, cruiserweight & UK title match they could use though

Edited by The King of Old School

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Good show. I'd say it was the better of the two shows overall this time around but then they did pull all out the stops this week.

Cole v Riddle was great and a nice surprise to get Balor. I'm personally expecting him to spend the next few months here before going back to RAW to resume his feud with the Fiend, and it's cool that they can do stuff like that. 

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I won’t hear a bad word said about Montez Ford. All the super experienced talent across both NXT and AEW last night and he was probably the most charismatic of them all. He might be the most exciting prospect going today. Can you even imagine what he’ll be like in his prime?!

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I felt this show dragged. At 2 hours and fifteen minutes, it's too long. The length of the weekly show is likely to mean the TakeOver shows are going to get significantly longer as well. 

I was glad to see the tag match was the main event, as NXT tag title matches rarely fail to disappoint. As well as that, Ford and Dawkins looked like proper stars during their entrance. 

Adam Cole Vs Riddle didn't do anything for me at all. I'm putting that more on Cole, as his matches generally have me feeling cold (similar to Gargano - they just do way too much). A high angle German suplex, where Cole landed slap bang on his head, only to pop back up and hit a brain buster on Riddle. No Ta. I liked the use of the cast in the finish though. He should keep that for several months after it would be necessary, ala Owen Hart's cast and D-Lo's chest protector. 

They did a good job of setting up the title picture going forward as well, with riddle losing through Cole's cheating, Balor showing up followed by Ciampa's return. 

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