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I’m obsessed with the weird cut in this video. Did it go wrong and get re-shot? Did they use a crash pad? Or did they do a genuine repeat of the thing Ricochet did with Velveteen, only for their incessant need to have three camera cuts a second to make it look so strange and fake?

It gets funnier every time!

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“Have you got your CEX card with you, mate?”

I can't abide Adam Cole. Hate that crossfit style of wrestling him and Rollins have. It's devoid of emotion 

I couldn't really give a shit what Shayna has or hasn't achieved in MMA. In wrestling, she's the dog's bollocks, and the best heel they have.

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I really like Lumis and Thatcher, both are brilliant additions to the roster. Thatcher is a tremendous hard man.

The camera cuts are what is going to ruin this brand, it happens on Raw and Smackdown, yes, however NXT is meant to be different. It shouldn't be as polished as it is, it should be grittier, with maybe two cameras, one up close and the hard cam. I'm tipping they no longer use the Full Sail students to do the production and have brought in the Raw / Smackdown lot? 

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Lmao. Definitely an edit, either a retake, or a dodgy edit to cover the fact the landing wasn't smooth. On the rotation over his arms are behind him as if he isnt going to get all the way around. After the cut, its as if his arms are in front and he overrotated.

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Timothy Thatcher is everything that Cesaro should’ve been.

Not to build him up as some sort of saviour, but with RAW’s ratings down, would it be worth moving someone like Finn Balor back there to freshen things up a bit. Or is it just best to leave him where he is while we’re still in the Empty Arena era

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1 hour ago, WyattSheepMask said:

 

Not to build him up as some sort of saviour, but with RAW’s ratings down, would it be worth moving someone like Finn Balor back there to freshen things up a bit. Or is it just best to leave him where he is while we’re still in the Empty Arena era

How long has it been since Balor went back to NXT from Raw? Also didn't he move from Raw because they didn't have anything for him and they wanted to boost NXT ratings against AEW. 

Balor's time as a big fish in a big pond is over. Injury and bad timing have seen to that. 

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First match back in NXT was at Takeover in November, but he turned up on TV in early/mid October.

He was moved in an attempt to mess with AEW’s ratings, but clearly that didn’t work as AEW had a number of weeks where they were ahead and only lost a couple of weeks around Survivor Series time

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These last few weeks are the most I've enjoyed NXT in a while. I think they're doing a great job of building up some of the new talent, and I'm really liking the variety too.

Beyond the 'ratings war~!' with AEW, NXT has definitely settled into building future stars, which is extremely difficult without audiences.

The characters are great. Grimes, Priest, Thatcher, Kross etc. They've all got something interesting going for them, and they're not just your cookie cutter indy guys. I'm glad time has been spent on making them more interesting over the weeks.

 

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Something I never would've imagined I'd be saying even a week ago - that Pat McAfee angle was brilliant!

When I saw the original angle on the radio show I thought it was Russo-level shit that achieved nothing other than working~! everyone.

I had no idea who Pat was and just assumed he was another worthless Sam Roberts-style moron. I had no idea he had this in him. He was fantastic as the smug, outsider dickhead. Real K-fed energy. His cheap shot fully turned Adam Cole babyface and I'm super interested in seeing them have a match now. The only problem is that this angle dictates a quick brawl where Cole ultimately destroys McAfee, but it's modern-day NXT, so they've probably already penciled it in to go at least forty five minutes.

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Only in WWE could you have your world title contender punting people into retirement one week and then the following have a former NFL kicker punt someone half their size out cold and expect him to be back next week. 

Bloody brilliant angle all the same. Watched it this morning, Pat's great in it never had him going down as the heel in this. Perhaps Cole's swansong in NXT, proving he doesn't need to be the biggest to be the best. 

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Yep, basically came here to say the same thing. Had little to no interest in the Pat stuff beforehand but damn they played that well.

Solid show overall, although that Priest/Reed car park stuff was cringey as fuck. And I don't like Rhea's hair.

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I’ve watched that Pat/Cole thing back about five times.

What does it say about this company, the way they do things and their system of talent development that a guy can waltz in like that, act like a bog-standard prick and instantly be the second most effective heel behind Randy Orton in the whole company?

Everything he does is how normal humans actually act in a real fight. Bouncing up and down, acting the hard man, shouting his head off. There isn’t a better example of just how much they’ve lost their way.

I’m fascinated as to how this has slipped through the cracks and came off so great. Nine times out of ten McAfee would be Gronk, playing the overproduced, loathsome babyface with them absolutely oblivious to how to make it work. 

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Pat's been involved in wrestling for years though hasn't he? Swear I read he was doing stuff back in football days and a bit before, angles here and there. He absolutely seems to get wrestling, where Grink gets money and playing up to a character. 

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I like Pat McAfee, if you watch any of his show on YouTube he has been a wrestling fan for a long time. He has talked in the past about getting drunk and buying a wrestling ring on Ebay and about doing a little bit of training. 

What they have done is let his natural personality come out, which is something they seem to be particularly loathe to do for any of their actual wrestlers. Like Supremo says though. Needs to be a 5 minute match, not 45 as the payoff to the angle. 

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