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4 minutes ago, DavidB6937 said:

Ciampa on Lilian Garcia's podcast is an interesting one - basically saying he's refusing to go to either Raw or Smackdown for a number of reasons. I wonder if (a) that'll last and (b) if he's the only one that will try to pull that. Surely the more NXT proves to be sustainable as a weekly TV show, the less those on it will actually want to move to the other shows? Especially considering how diluted so many of the transfers end up becoming.

Was thinking about this earlier. They tweeted out that a referee (Jessika Carr) is leaving NXT for Smackers and it was treated very much like a promotion.

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1 minute ago, tiger_rick said:

Was thinking about this earlier. They tweeted out that a referee (Jessika Carr) is leaving NXT for Smackers and it was treated very much like a promotion.

Their YouTube channel has her getting the big send-off at Full Sail as well. Including a congratulations speech from Ciampa, although he does call it a lateral move rather than a promotion.

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6 minutes ago, King Pitcos said:

Their YouTube channel has her getting the big send-off at Full Sail as well. Including a congratulations speech from Ciampa, although he does call it a lateral move rather than a promotion.

Thing is - is it even seen as a developmental brand at this stage - at least on the TV show. There's no one getting air time right now who's not TV ready from what I've seen. 

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The main takeaway from this week is how incredibly fat Ohno now is.  Like a proper fatty - Vader in the 2000s fat, Jake Roberts in Beyond The Mat fat.  His time in the UK has clearly been spent at Greggs and not the gym.

Otherwise a decent episode but not spectacular.  Kushida is back.  There's a Triple Threat match coming for the No 1 contender, for anyone who wasn't sick of those after Survivor Series. WWE is settling into its traditional Christmas malaise that continues until the Rumble. 

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I wouldn't say that. Not with NXT anyway. Shayna/Rhea and a solid build up to Cole defending his title both have my attention. They've still managed to keep everything quite focused and on track I feel. I'm intrigued what level of involvement they'll have in the Rumble next year though. Especially after Survivor Series.

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I thought NXT did an impressive job in capitalising on the Survivor Series buzz this week. This felt like the most effective show of the wars yet in terms of getting people up and down the card over. I thought the format was something they should stick to, perfect mix of in ring promos, vignettes, short interviews etc. The Kushida and Swerve Scott vids are the kind of little things I wish AEW would do with their mid-card babyfaces, instead of thinking competitive matches is enough. Things have started to heat up too, with the spectacular Shayna/Ripley stuff, the Balor/Dakota heel turns and Keith Lee becoming the biggest rising star in wrestling. It taking main roster exposure for Keith Lee to break out is some bizaroo world shit and it's great to see them run with it. They've certainly got me invested. Where does Lee go from here? I don't think he needs the belt but he shouldn't be losing either. Call up? Whatever happens I hope we get more Lee/Balor out of it.

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Things I enjoyed this week:

- Jaxson Ryker chokeslamming the snot out of a jobber

- “Keith Lee finally feeling like a big deal” continuing

- Them remembering that great humanising video they did for Hideo Itami and repeating it for Kushida. Also his shorts

- Rhea Ripley in general.

 

Things I didn’t enjoy so much:

- Pete Dunne. I liked the Cole match but he’s lost a lot of his aura of specialness since he lost the UK Title and it feels a little like they’re scrabbling to get something back.

- Kushida in the ring still not being as interesting as he needs to be

- The fact that people did or attempted deadlift German Suplexes in THREE different matches this week. STOP. IT.

 

So a positive one overall for me this week.

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Forgot about all the shitting deadlift German Suplexes
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On 12/6/2019 at 5:34 PM, Mr Butternut Squash said:

Where does Lee go from here? I don't think he needs the belt but he shouldn't be losing eithe

I don't see any harm in putting the belt on him.  If they want to continue to have him pop up on the main shows or PPVs, having the gold over his shoulder would help cement his aura.  And when was the last time we had an NXT face champ who had a long run?  Finn Balor?   He could have good feuds against heel Balor, Dain, they could even throw him in against Ryker, I'd quite like to see that match.

 

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On 12/6/2019 at 7:51 PM, HarmonicGenerator said:

 

Things I didn’t enjoy so much:

- Pete Dunne. I liked the Cole match but he’s lost a lot of his aura of specialness since he lost the UK Title and it feels a little like they’re scrabbling to get something back.

 

He definitely has sadly. Seems like he’s working more of a traditional babyface style which has robbed him of his edge. Plus the clean cut look he had in 2017 made him stand apart. His vicious ring style was a neat contrast to his boyish looks. Now he just kinda looks like Killian Dane, The Forgotten Sons and every other hairy bloke. But smaller.

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