Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WWE NXT Takeover: Respect

Lita is in some giant denim thing on the pre-show. They plug the Bayley stuff on WWE 24. Human Friend interviews Sasha. Excellent hype for the main event - shame they'll never get the point of any of this on the main roster. I'll be watching as much of the first hour as I can before switching over to Impact - and I might knock out hour 2 after ROH or tomorrow. Storm is basically confirmed to be debuting here too, so it should be a really exciting show for many reasons. Hilarious early '00s emo music here to hype up Sasha-Bayley.


The opening hype video focuses on respect being the most important thing. Then the wacky "THE SCARS WILL BUILD MY SOULLL!" music plays. Finn Balor is out first with his slick Balor Club tron - it's a better tron than a shirt. Speaking of which, a fan has a slick Scarface setup for Joe that needs to be a shirt. Joe runs wild and Balor gets a big rushing dropkick to Dawson. Knee clip by Dawson takes him out. Dawson gets a half crab and a 4 1/2 count. THEY GET 2 OFF A DEMOLITION DECAPITATION! Balor finally tags Joe, who runs wild. Big senton onto Dash. ST-JOE! Finn wants a tag and gets it after the Muscle Buster. Double stomp hits and he seemingly hurts his knee worse. I'm sensing an Owen/Bret Rumble '94 turn here, and I like it. I also love the cowboy boots in the Dusty trophy.


Jordan and Gable are out to face Rhyno and Corbin. Such a shame Rhyno won't be in 2K16 because he's been great in NXT .JORDAN FLIPPED OUT OF A HIPTOSS. HE IS AWESOME! I really need to make Jordan and Gable in FPR.Tremendous fling bump into the corner by Gable there. THE FANS ARE SINGING GA-BLE TO THE TUNE OF KURT'S THEME! Gable gets a rope armbar on Rhyno. Gable and Jordan each have more charisma than Team Angle did combined. "SAVE THE GABLE!" CHANT! Jordan FINALLY GETS THE TAG and hits some backdrop drivers! Corner spear to Baron in the corner. Super duper black hole slam by Corbin hits, but JORDAN SAVES. They are now officially a giant babyface team. Jordan and Gable are being made not quite in one night, but DAMMIT, Rhyno prevents a German suplex pin. GORE TO JORDAN! Motherfuckers - Baron and Rhyno won! Well, Jordan and Gable still shined and of course, the heels had to win...but damn it, that was heartbreaking. They just made two stars tonight. Such a shame they can't just transplant NXT to Raw.


Dana Brooke ISN'T YOUR ENEMY. OR FRIEND! Emma's new gear remains amazing. Asuka debuts a new mask and IT'S TERRIFYING. THEN SHE'S HAPPY AND THAT'S EVEN SCARIER! Asuka eats slaps, so we get a super-long hammerlock exchange with flips. A SLAP LEADS TO A YOU FUCKED UP CHANT AND A BUZZSAW COMBO! ASUKA DOES DANA'S POSE! Kick right to the ass. Ouch. ANKLE LOCK INTO A GERMAN BY ASUKA! JUMPING ARMBAR BY ASUKA! Dana rolls into a modified crossface chickenwing! SPINNING BACKFIST TO EMMA! So to recap, Asuka is more of a star in one night than KENTA has been in NXT. ASUKA CITY! Crossface chickenwing with a bodyscissors gets the win, and it's the AsukaLock. THIS RULED! Dana talks smack and EATS A KICK. ASUKA HAS HER NEW VICTIM! STEAL EMMA STEAL. GET AWAY FROM ASUKA!

The trainer works on Finn's knee. Nia Jax video. Breeze is out to get squashed. He eats a great pounce on the floor. Crews avoids a schoolboy and lands a kick to the face. OUCH! Crews BOUNCED off that fucking LED board. Damn. Breeze drops an elbow to the back and whips him hard into the buckle for 2. Nice camel clutch/chinlock variant here, right out of Angle's playbook. Sideways backstabber for 2! Crews gets a slick flip, but eats a superkick for 2. Breeze gets a corner forearm, but eats a giant boot! Atomic whip into a powerbomb wins. Okay then - good match, iffy finisher. Funaki and Itami are in the crowd.

Dusty finals are up and Finn's got his knee wrapped up. Rhino attacks the left knee on the floor. Joe gets overwhelmed by the odds and eats a Gore, but Balor saves. Balor punts Baron on the apron, and Joe punts Rhyno during the gore. Joe and Balor repeat the earlier finish, without a swerve! The Rhodes family presents the trophy. Dustin looks incredibly young for his age - God bless him for getting things in his life fixed up while his dad was around. Cody says that Dusty's dad died 37 years ago, and they can all remember and respect the Dream.

Cody is so much better as Cody than as Stardust. It isn't like Goldust where he comes alive in the paint - he is actively held back by it. They play Dusty's theme and Finn and Joe hold the trophy high. Bayley-Sasha hype video. Sasha's out first and it feels a bit like an ECW alumnus coming out in the ECW Arena - she is just beloved here. Bayley gets a new red and gold cape with the dramatic music before THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW!

The crowd chants MAIN EVENT and man does Bayley's new gear rule. I might just make her in FPR. Bayley's gear colors are based on Iron Man, which is a great little touch. They stare for a bit to a "you deserve it!" chant. A back and forth tie-up starts things off. Sasha lands badly on a Japanese armdrag and Bayley shows sympathy - but pays for it. Bayley comes back with a pair of sliding dropkicks to the floor. They each avoid hitting the ref, so Sasha hops in front of him and pokes Bayley's eye and GETS A FALL OFF A SCHOOLGIRL!

Sliding Bayley against the ropes leads to a snap belly to Bayley for the fall! They're now 1-1. GIANT SWING BOMB INTO THE STEPS TO BAYLEY! Bayley is sent into them a second time, and I just realized that she has a tattoo on her neck. THIRD STEP SHOT! BAYLEY KICKS OUT! Bayley gets thrown to the floor and they play up her re-injuring her bad knee. Sasha TOSSES HER INTO THE TRON! Sasha's up 2-1 via countout! Izzy starts crying. This is amazing. Bayley beats a second count at 9.

A Sasha's ratchet/no she's not chant breaks out during a 2 count. Sasha stomps the back and man is Bayley one of the best babyfaces in peril out there. Sasha pulls her out of the corner for an iffy backbreaker for 2. LIONTAMER! NOW WITH FACE STOMPS! BAYLEY COUNTERS IT INTO THE BULLDOG-BRET CRADLE FOR A SECOND FALL! It's now 2-2.

Bayley avoids double knees with some kicks and lands some clubbing blows. They try a wacky lucha armdrag and it doesn't work, but a makeshift DDT gets 2. SHE'S HAIR TIE-ING UP and hits a diving back elbow for 2. Tree of woe elbow gets 2 for Bayley.  Bayley gets crotched and locked into a tree of woe for double knees, but Bayley kicks out at 2. They're tied up at 2-2 with nine minutes left. Love Sasha mocking Bayley by doing her wacky tube men dance.

Sasha goes for a corner spear, but misses! Sasha tries to attack Bayley's hand, but Bayley hurts hers! Bayley moves the steps around and smashes Sasha's hand onto them before diving onto her! Bayley catches her on a dive and hits the belly to Bayley on the floor! SASHA KICKS OUT! RUN UP BELLY TO BAYLEY GETS 3, but Sasha's foot is on the rope. REVERSE BAYLEYCANRANA IS ROLLED THROUGH AND SASHA GETS THE BELLY TO BAYLEY AND THE BANK STATEMENT! BAYLEY GETS IT ON, BUT SASHA GETS IT BACK ON! BAYLEY SMASHES THE HAND WITH 40 SECONDS LEFT!Backstabber, but Bayley gets A DOUBLE ARMBAR! SASHA TAPS AND BAYLEY WINS!

The women's roster and the real cause of the women's revolution Stephanie stand front and center to clap for her. Regal and HHH presented flowers to each of them. Sara Amato looked so proud here, and she should be. HHH hugged Bayley and she cried in his arms. This ruled.


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