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Legado del Fantasma vs Tony D’Angelo, Two Dimes, & Stacks | 6 Man Tag Team Match | Losing Team Joins Winner’s Family

IMG Credit: WWE

Stacks def. Raul Mendoza via Pinfall at 12:51

The whole point of this match was kinda dumb cause either way they were conjoining teams, but besides that this was a really fun match with great crowd reception which nearly carried this entire contest. Loved the dramatic finish as well. ***1/4

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Toxic Attraction(c) vs Katana Chance & Kayden Carter | NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Match

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Gigi Dolin def. Kayden Carter via Pinfall at 9:02

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Wasn’t really interested in this one, but overall it’s a solid title match with some nice exchanges and near falls. They did a lot with the time they had. **1/2

Cameron Grimes(c) vs Carmelo Hayes | NXT North American Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Carmelo Hayes def. Cameron Grimes via Pinfall at 15:29

I’m very surprised by the decision to make Melo Champion again, but I’m happy to see they’re continuing his momentum. That being said, a very good match this was. Not as fantastic as their first encounter, but a very enjoyable contest overall. ***1/4

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Mandy Rose(c) vs Wendy Choo | NXT Women’s Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Mandy Rose def. Wendy Choo via Pinfall at 11:04

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Better than expected with Wendy putting on a fight against the near unstoppable Mandy Rose, but failing in the process. It’s a solid contest. **1/2

Pretty Deadly(c) vs The Creed Brothers | NXT Tag Team Championships Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Julius Creed def. Kit Wilson at 15:07

Unfortunately I couldn’t catch most of the match so I won’t rate it, but that shooting star press from Julius was magnificent. Congrats to the Creeds!

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Bron Breakker(c) vs Joe Gacy | NXT Championship Match | If Breakker is Disqualified he Loses the Championship

IMG Credit: WWE

Bron Breakker def. Joe Gacy via Pinfall at 15:45

Solid action, but I really like the storytelling of Gacy doing anything to win even if it meant cheating a DQ victory. From the classic Eddie spot, to making Bron mad after the low blow spot, this was some good drama. The two spears to Gacy were knarly as hell too. ***

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Overall I think this was a solid show from NXT, but not much different then their TV shows. Just bigger matches in the same atmosphere. None of the matches were bad, but none of them excited me either. Hopefully the talent in NXT start improving. 5/10

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Rating The Champ – NXT Edition: Adam Cole

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be heading over to NXT and looking back at the TakeOver career of the one and only, former NXT Champion, Adam Cole.

2017

  • Triple Threat WarGames: W/ Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY vs. Roderick Strong and The Authors Of Pain (TakeOver WarGames) ****1/2

2018

  • Extreme Rules: Vs. Aleister Black (TakeOver Philadelphia) ****1/2
  • Ladder Match: Vs. Ricochet vs. EC3 vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Killian Dain vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver New Orleans) ****3/4
  • Dusty Rhodes 2018 Tag Team Classic Finals: W/ Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Authors Of Pain vs. Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver New Orleans) ****
  • Vs. Ricochet – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver IV) ****1/4
  • WarGames: W/ Undisputed Era vs. War Raiders, Ricochet and Pete Dunne (TakeOver WarGames II) *****

2019

  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Vs. Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship (TakeOver New York) *****
  • Vs. Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship (TakeOver XXV) *****
  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Vs. Johnny Gargano – NXT Championship (TakeOver Toronto II) *****
  • WarGames: W/ Undisputed Era vs. Team Ciampa (TakeOver WarGames III) *****
  • Vs. Pete Dunne – NXT Championship (Survivor Series) ****1/2

2020

  • W/ Undisputed Era vs. IMPERIUM (Worlds Collide) *****
  • Vs. Tommaso Ciampa – NXT Championship (TakeOver Portland) ****3/4
  • Backlot Brawl: Vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT Championship (TakeOver In Your House) N/R [Not Rated] (C)
  • Vs. Pat McAfee (TakeOver XXX) ***3/4
  • WarGames: W/ Undisputed Era vs. Team McAfee (TakeOver WarGames IV) ****3/4

2021

  • Unsanctioned: Vs. Kyle O’Reilly (TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2) *****
  • Vs. Karrion Kross Vs. Johnny Gargano Vs. Kyle O’Reilly Vs. Pete Dunne – NXT Championship (TakeOver In Your House II) ****1/2

TOP FIVE

5. Vs. Johnny Gargano (TakeOver Toronto II 2019)

4. W/ Undisputed Era vs. War Raiders, Ricochet and Pete Dunne (TakeOver WarGames II 2018)

3. Vs. Kyle O’Reilly (TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2 2021)

2. Vs. Johnny Gargano (TakeOver XXV 2019)

1. Vs. Johnny Gargano (TakeOver New York 2019)

Average rating per year

  • 2017 – 4.5
  • 2018 – 4.5
  • 2019 – 4.9
  • 2020 – 4.56
  • 2021 – 4.75
  • Overall average rating
  • 4.64/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at former NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa.

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Rating The Champ – NXT Edition: Johnny Gargano

Welcome to a new series on the website, called Rating The Champ. This will follow my prior World Title Series, where I reviewed each and every WWE Heavyweight Champion in history from Hulk Hogan’s first title win in 1984 all the way to the current days. Money in the Bank cash-ins will not be included for obvious reasons, unless it was a proper match (ie: Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006). Royal Rumble and battle royales won’t be included as well.

In this new series, I will rate all the PPV matches from each and every WWF/E Heavyweight Champion in history. To be fair, since this is the WWF/E title, I’ll only rate their PPV matches in the WWF/E. In this edition, we’ll be heading over to NXT and looking back at the TakeOver career of the one and only, former NXT Champion, Johnny Gargano.

2016

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Brooklyn II) ****1/2
  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Toronto) *****

2017

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver San Antonio) ****
  • Elimination: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain vs. The Revival – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Orlando) ****1/4
  • Ladder: W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors Of Pain – NXT Tag Team Championships (TakeOver Chicago) ****1/2
  • Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (TakeOver Brooklyn III) ****1/2

2018

  • Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas – NXT Championship (TakeOver Philadelphia) *****
  • Unsanctioned: Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver New Orleans) *****
  • Chicago Street Fight: Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver Chicago II) ****3/4
  • Last Man Standing: Vs. Tomamso Ciampa – NXT Championship (TakeOver Brooklyn IV) ****1/2
  • Vs. Aleister Black (TakeOver WarGames II) *****

2019

  • Vs. Ricochet – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Phoenix) ****3/4
  • 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver New York) *****
  • Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver XXV) *****
  • Vs. Adam Cole – NXT Championship (TakeOver Toronto II) *****

2020

  • W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. Moustache Mountain (Worlds Collide) ****3/4
  • Vs. Finn Bálor (TakeOver Portland) ****1/2
  • Vs. Keith Lee – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver In Your House) ****
  • Ladder: Vs. Damian Priest Vs. Cameron Grimes Vs. Bronson Reed Vs. Velveteen Dream – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver XXX) ****1/2
  • Vs. Damian Priest – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver 31) ***3/4
  • Vs. Leon Ruff Vs. Damian Priest – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver WarGames IV) ****1/4

2021

  • Vs. KUSHIDA – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Vengeance Day) ****3/4
  • Vs. Bronson Reed – NXT North American Championship (TakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 2) ***1/2
  • Vs. Karrion Kross Vs. Adam Cole Vs. Kyle O’Reilly Vs. Pete Dunne – NXT Championship (TakeOver In Your House II) ****1/2

TOP FIVE

5. W/ Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival (TakeOver Toronto 2016)

4. Vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas (TakeOver Philadelphia 2018)

3. Vs. Tommaso Ciampa (TakeOver New Orleans 2018)

2. Vs. Adam Cole (TakeOver XXV 2019)

1. Vs. Adam Cole (TakeOver New York 2019)

Average rating per year

  • 2016 – 4.75
  • 2017 – 4.31
  • 2018 – 4.85
  • 2019 – 4.94
  • 2020 – 4.29
  • 2021 – 4.25

Overall average rating

4.57/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Don’t miss the next article here on Rating The Champ, where we’ll be looking back at former NXT Champion, Adam Cole.

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WWE NXT August 3rd 2021 Review

Hello, readers! Prince Osborne here, back with a review of this week’s NXT on Syfy Network. This will be the final week of a spoiled show as we will return to the USA Network from next week. After witnessing a recap of last week, we’re set to start things with a tag team match.

Tag Team Match: Hit Row (Top Dolla & Ashanthe “Thee” Adonis) w/Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & B-FAB vs Legado del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde) w/Santos Escobar
Hit Row def. Legado del Fantasma by disqualification @7:23 after Escobar hit Top Dolla with a steel chair. A solid match to kick-off the proceedings and this rivalry takes a slow turn to become a really good one for both. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Backstage, Samoa Joe is surrounded by security as William Regal orders not to have any altercations with Karrion Kross until TakeOver: 36. How much did Joe miss this?! But, there’s something that we missed and it’s next! The man who returned last week and made a statement, Ridge Holland is back in action next!

Singles Match: Ikemen Jiro vs Ridge Holland w/Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan
Ridge Holland def. Ikemen Jiro by pinfall @3:13 after a unique suplex. Extended squash for the returning superstar. Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Post- match, Pete Dunne ran his mouth on Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher and billed as “people will act bad until the real bad men arrive.” Interesting!
Coming up next, another match from the broken pieces of The Undisputed Era as Bobby Fish takes on the leader of Diamond Mine, Roderick Strong next!

Singles Match: Bobby Fish vs Roderick Strong w/Diamond Mine
Roderick Strong def. Bobby Fish by pinfall @12:40 after Strong hit the End of Heartache for the win. A solid match that was put together nicely. I’m totally in for Diamond Mine and I really don’t know what’s in store for this group. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Up next, a match straight form last week’s entertaining ‘golf course’ battle as Grizzled Young Veterans face the impromptu team of LA Knight & Cameron Grimes.

Tag Team Match: LA Knight & Cameron Grimes vs Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake)
Grizzled Young Veterans def. LA Knight & Cameron Grimes by pinfall @4:45 after GYV hit the Ticket to Mayhem on Grimes for the win. Another short match but more improvement on the storied feud between Knight & Grimes. The sympathy built around Grimes was so pleasing to watch. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

Post-match, Ted DiBiase Sr. came out and consoled Grimes for being a man of his word. He requested Grimes to find a solution to get away from this as he carries Grimes to the back. But, someone stabbed their back last week as Dakota Kai made her intentions clear by attacking her former best friend, the NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez. She’ll address her actions next!

Dakota Kai addresses her actions
Dakota said that she needed the help of Raquel when she saw her being knocked out of the Mae Young Classic tourney so that she could watch and learn from a veteran like her. But, she learnt and didn’t repay. All she did was become selfish and take the spotlight from her. That’s what happened when Raquel won the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and when she had her beautiful moment the following week with Rhea Ripley & Bianca Belair. This made Dakota furious that she will prove to all that she is not worth of being a sidekick. A good video package that showcased Dakota’s dark side very well. Grade: B

Up next, the final match in the first round of the NXT Breakout Tournament is bound to happen!
First Round Match – NXT Breakout Tournament: Trey Baxter vs Joe Gacy
Trey Baxter def. Joe Gacy by pinfall @5:10 after Baxter hit the 450 Stomp for the win. I’ve seen Baxter’s work outside WWE and I’m impressed already but Gacy is super talented too. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

We were shown a video from last week, where Io Shirai and Zoey Stark had a hanging out situation in a sushi restaurant. That didn’t sit well with Stark as she didn’t like the food. Ha! Comedic relief worked really well. Grade: B+

Karrion Kross came out suddenly and provoked Joe, which led to Joe thrashing the guards. He followed suit by locking a guard with the Coquina Clutch and warning Kross that he’s coming for him. Incensed Joe is really dangerous!

IMG Credits: WWE

WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov: Prime Target
This rivalry is one of the very best from NXT UK as this video was put together so well with the thoughts collected from main roster stars like Drew McIntyre & Sheamus and from the NXT management. Both men are poised to prove their own statements – Dragunov wants to show who he is again to the champion, while WALTER wants to knock some sense into Dragunov’s head and say that he’s fragile all along. Great hype for what is billed as another stellar contest! Grade: A

It’s time for the main event! Either you’ll get the girl or you’re away from her! Lumis vs Gargano, next!

Before we head to the main event, we had a challenge being accepted as KUSHIDA nods to the call-out of Roderick Strong! Expect a hard hitting match-up.

Next week, we will have Raquel Gonzalez respond to Dakota’s actions while Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly come face-to-face under the mediation of the NXT General Manager William Regal! And, we have ourselves a first time ever match between Ember Moon and Sarray! And, Ilja Dragunov will be in attendance for the very first time in the CWC! Next week looks super stacked!

Singles Match – Love Her or Lose Her: Dexter Lumis vs Johnny Gargano
Johnny Gargano def. Dexter Lumis by pinfall @12:49 after Gargano hit the One Final Beat for the win. Such an entertaining main event. Apart from the solid in-ring action, the story of InDex almost coming together was told really well and it benefitted both sides in a positive way. Grade: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Post-match, Gargano & LeRae console Indi for her heartbreaking “loss” but Indi is not accepting it! She runs back to the ring, jumps onto Lumis and kisses the life out of him! InDex is alive! A happy ending to a solid episode of NXT.

IMG Credits: WWE

Overall Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 7.5 out of 10 points

This was another solid episode of NXT with really good matches and promising segments. Fish vs Strong bagged the MOTN while WALTER vs Dragunov’s Prime Target and InDex becoming official were the key moments of the show. Tonight was a really good mix of fast-paced action and great storytelling. Satisfied with tonight’s show and can’t wait for next week!

What are your thoughts on tonight’s show? Mention in the form right below. Until next time, see you all and enjoy wrestling!

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WWE NXT July 27 2021 Review (Samoa Joe Cleared To Wrestle, Next Challenger For Women’s Championship Revealed, Adam Cole vs. Bronson Reed)

Hello, readers! Osborne here to cover up tonight’s special show of NXT on Syfy Network. The show starts with a recap of last week’s unhinged altercations between Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe as we expect something huge to happen this week.

But, we kick things off with a tag team match that is about to hit hard.

Tag Team Match: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher vs Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan
Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan def. Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher by pinfall @12:57 after Pete Dunne hit Ciampa with the Bitter End. Really good match between these two teams. I’ve predicted already that this is going to hit hard and it did so. The return of Ridge Holland is a surprise for me and I’m excited for what’s in store for this powerful upstart. Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Carmelo Hayes’ video package airs, stating his mindset being tailor made ready for the NXT Breakout Tournament. Up next, Samoa Joe is incensed as he is about to address the NXT Universe.

Samoa Joe addresses the NXT Universe
Joe asked Regal to come out and explains his conditions to settle the hostilities between him and Karrion Kross. Step one is to accept his resignation letter as an executive of NXT ; step two is to add him in the active roster and the final roster is to make Joe vs Kross official at TakeOver: 36. Regal gave the GREEN SIGNAL and made everything official!!! Joe is officially back to business! This was so good to see even though this was a short segment. Instant hype was injected ahead of TakeOver: 36. Grade: A-

IMG Credits: WWE

Earlier today, we had a segment from one of the most entertaining storylines in NXT currently between Cameron Grimes and LA Knight as they play golf.

First Round Match in the NXT Breakout Tournament: Carmelo Hayes vs Josh Briggs
Carmelo Hayes def. Josh Briggs by pinfall @7:23 after Hayes hit a diving leg drop on the back of Briggs’ neck. Another solid match in this tourney as I highly expect Hayes to be a potential finale contender since he is among the favorites. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Backstage, we were known on how Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter had their noses poked in the business of Franky Monet as we will see a tag team bout later. But, up next, the NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez will address the NXT Universe.

The golf course session continues as LA Knight loses the golf ball in the mudpit and orders Grimes to search for it. Ted DiBiase appears in a caddy and motivates Grimes that he was born to be a champion and he feels sad to see him in this state.

Raquel Gonzalez addresses the NXT Universe and the NXT Women’s Division
Raquel made a recap of her showing last week and said that no one is there to challenge her next. Then, Dakota Kai gets the mic and appreciates her as one of the dominant champions of NXT history. She calls out the locker room to step up but no one did, until Dakota Kai smashed Raquel’s face with a kick and made her intentions clear! Great turn of events and a possible change of scenery for the women’s division as Dakota is long overdue of a championship run here. Grade: B+

Backstage, we saw Io Shirai and Zoey Stark still being non-supportive but I accepts a hang out evening with Zoey. We move on to see Mandy Rose having a ear-to-ear conversation with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne. Interesting!

IMG Credits: WWE

Tag Team Match: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs Franky Monet & Jessi Kamea w/Robert Stone
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter def. Franky Monet & Jessi Kamea by pinfall @3:30 after Catanzaro hit an elevated 450 Splash on Monet. An extended squash to be said. This one is more of a match that improvised the rift of Robert Stone. Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

IMG Credits: WWE

Wade Barrett had an interview with the leader of Diamond Mine, Roderick Strong. He is poised to be the very best in the business as Malcolm Bivens bills him a #1 athlete. Next week, he challenges Bobby Fish to a match so that everything would be settled. And, NXT UK’s premier match is made official for TakeOver: 36 as WALTER will defend his NXT United Kingdom Championship against Ilja Dragunov in a rematch for the ages.

IMG Credits: WWE

Tag Team Match: Hit Row (Top Dolla & Ashanthe “Thee” Adonis) w/B-FAB & Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel)
Imperium def. Hit Row by pinfall @8:51 after imperium hit the European Bomb on Adonis. A decent showing for Hit Row with some green pastures to be worn out, especially Top Dolla. Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

Backstage, The Way were really sad to see Austin Theory leave them as they argue the reason behind. All of a sudden, a gift arrives for Indi Hartwell which is a painting from Dexter Lumis with The Way. Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae get furious and stop her from fantasizing her dream. A match was made by Indi between Gargano and Lumis next week with a condition that if Lumis wins, #InDex will be official or it will be no more.

The golf session continues as Grizzled Young Veterans interrupt them and bark them to leave. But, Grimes counter attacks them with a punch and they have a golf challenge on the boards. Knight fails which infuriates Grimes as he picks the cue and hits the money, and Knight too. Such an entertaining segment as always. This pairing speaks volumes for sports entertainment. Grade: B+

Main Event – Singles Match: Bronson Reed vs Adam Cole

IMG Credits: WWE

Adam Cole def. Bronson Reed by pinfall @11:14 by hitting the Last Shot knee strike. Good main event with a nice ‘power vs smart’ work scenario. Cole winning was predictable but Reed was experimented as a main eventer and looks like it would work effectively. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Post-match, Kyle O’Reilly comes from behind with a chair shot on Cole and follows it up with a brainbuster on the steel steps! Jesus!

IMG Credits: WWE

Overall Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Show Rating: 8 out of 10 points

This show was another hit from NXT weekly irrespective of the spoilers we had. Dakota’s heel turn and Joe’s clearance to return were the key moments that took the spotlight while the opener tag was the MOTN for me. the build to TakeOver: 36 is really captivating as it might turn out to be one of the best TakeOver events.

What do you think, people? Was tonight’s NXT a good one or a bad one? Show your support through the poll and chime in your opinions by the feedback form.

Until next time, see you all and enjoy wrestling!

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NXT Championship – 2016 & 2017 (Subscriber’s Ratings)

Welcome everyone to this community article, written by subscriber Runn O. He’ll take it from here, enjoy the piece!

In front of the star ratings for the matches, you’ll either see “HR”“R” or “RTA”“HR” means the match is highly recommended ; “R” means the match is recommended ; “RTA” means recommendation to avoid. In case nothing appears, the match is watchable but nothing spectacular.


Samoa Joe (April 21 2016 – August 20 2016)

  • Televised matches: 4
  • Record: 3-1

My match ratings:

  • Samoa Joe (c) def. Finn Bálor – NXT Live Event April 21 2016 (N/R)
  • Samoa Joe (c) def. Finn Bálor in a Steel Cage Match – NXT TakeOver: The End (***¾) *R*
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Samoa Joe (c) – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn (****½) *HR*

This reign wasn’t bad in particular. Actually, it was quite good. Joe won the belt at a random NXT live event (out of all places). And four months later, he eventually dropped the title to Shinsuke Nakamura. Both of his title defenses were great and he always cut some brilliant promos on TV but having him win the title in a godd*mn live event out of all places just ruined this reign right at the start and downgrade the overall rating.

Rating: 7/10

Shinsuke Nakamura (August 20 2016 – November 19 2016)

  • Televised matches: 3
  • Record: 2-1

My match ratings:

  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Samoa Joe (c) – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn (****½) *HR*
  • Samoa Joe def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) – NXT TakeOver: Toronto (****¼) *HR*

After one hell of a debut against Sami Zayn at Dallas, Nakamura wrestled Austin Aries at TakeOver: The End in another great match up. Finally at Brooklyn, the belt would find it’s way around the waist of The King of Strong Style. Then, Nakamura was wrote off TV by Joe setting the rematch between the two in which we saw the ending of the reign. Good reign but too short, both of his matches are highly recommended so that’s that.

Rating: 5/10

Samoa Joe (November 19 2016 – December 3 2016)

  • Televised matches: 3
  • Record: 2-1

My match ratings:

  • Samoa Joe def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) – NXT TakeOver: Toronto (****¼) *HR*
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Samoa Joe (c) – NXT December 7 2016 (***½)

One question: Why the hell do you need to put the belt back on Joe? That doesn’t make any sense, at least to me. This reign wasn’t terrible, but it was extremely pointless and unnecessary.

Rating: 2/10

Shinsuke Nakamura (December 3 2016 – January 28 2017)

  • Televised matches: 3
  • Record: 2-1

My match ratings:

  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Samoa Joe (c) – NXT December 7 2016 (***½)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (c) def. Samoa Joe in a Steel Cage Match – NXT December 14 2016 (***¼)
  • Bobby Roode def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) – NXT TakeOver: San Antonio (***¾) *R*

Poor Nakamura, both of his reigns individually didn’t even last a hundred days. I have a feeling his first reign was slightly better, but still, both were too short. Next.

Rating: 3/10

Bobby Roode (January 28 2017 – August 19 2017)

  • Televised matches: 7
  • Record: 6-1

My match ratings:

  • Bobby Roode def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) – NXT TakeOver: San Antonio (***¾) *R*
  • Bobby Roode (c) def. Kassius Ohno – NXT March 15 2017 (***½) *R*
  • Bobby Roode (c) def. Shinsuke Nakamura – NXT TakeOver: Orlando (****) *R*
  • Bobby Roode (c) def. Hideo Itami – NXT TakeOver: Chicago (****) *HR*
  • Bobby Roode (c) def. Roderick Strong – NXT July 5 2017 (***¾) *R*
  • Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Roode (c) – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III (****½) *HR*

Now, we’re taking! After a brief game of hot potato between Joe and Nakamaura. We finally got ourselves another great, or should I say… GLORIOUS (no pun intended) NXT Title reign in Bobby Roode. This man was just awesome on TV with his heel character along with his tremendous mic skills. Roode’s reign came to an end in August when McIntyre took the title from him in a fantastic main event. None of his matches were bad and I have no reason why this isn’t a ten. This is what a perfect Championship Reign should ve.

Rating: 10/10

Drew McIntyre (August 19 2017 – November 18 2017)

  • Televised matches: 4
  • Record: 3-1

My match ratings: 

  • Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Roode (c) – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III (****½) *HR*
  • Drew McIntyre (c) def. Roderick Strong – NXT October 4 2017 (****) *R*
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Drew McIntyre (c) – NXT TakeOver: WarGames (****) *HR*
  • Drew McIntyre (c) def. Adam Cole – NXT January 3 2018 (***½) *R* [Taped on November 17 2017]

So, we all know Drew won the belt from Roode in August at Brooklyn. But since winning the belt, Drew had only one successful televised title defense (two if you count that fun hidden gem with Adam Cole that was tape but didn’t air until 2018). McIntyre never failed to deliver in the ring as well. This reign was great despite being a little bit too short.

Rating: 7/10

Andrade “Cien” Almas (November 18 2017 – April 7 2018)

  • Televised matches: 6
  • Record: 4-2

My match ratings:

  • Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Drew McIntyre (c) – NXT TakeOver: WarGames (****) *HR*
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) def. Johnny Gargano – NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia (*****) *HR*
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) def. Johnny Gargano – NXT February 21 2018 (****) *HR*
  • Aleister Black def. Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) – NXT TakeOver: New Orleans (****¼) *HR*

Not to take anything away from Andrade, though. But before all of this happened, he was stuck in the midcard of hell for probably forever. That was until they decided to pair him with Zelina Vega, leading to his shocking win over the NXT Title in November. Soon afterward, he would go on to have arguably the 2018 Match of the Year against Johnny Gargano before losing the belt to Aleister Black in another great match at New Orleans. Andrade was (and still is) such a spectacle to watch in the ring, and pairing Zelina with him was literally a perfect fit.

Rating: 8/10

ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS RANKING

  1. Bobby Roode (28/1/17 – 19/8/17) 10
  2. Kevin Owens (11/2/15 – 4/7/15) 10
  3. Finn Bálor (4/7/15 – 21/4/16) 9
  4. Adrian Neville (27/2/14 – 11/12/14) 9
  5. Andrade “Cien” Almas (18/11/17 – 7/4/18) 8
  6. Drew McIntyre (19/8/17 – 18/11/17) 7
  7. Bo Dallas (12/6/13 – 27/2/14) 7
  8. Samoa Joe (21/4/16 – 20/8/16) 7
  9. Sami Zayn (11/12/14 – 11/2/15) 7
  10. Seth Rollins (29/8/12 – 9/1/13) 6
  11. Shinsuke Nakamura (20/8/15 – 19/11/16) 
  12. Shinsuke Nakamura (19/11/16 – 28/1/17) 3
  13. Big E (9/1/13 – 12/6/13) 3
  14. Samoa Joe (19/11/16 – 3/12/16) 2
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NXT Rating The Champ

Subscriber’s Ratings – NXT Championship 2014 & 2015

Welcome to a new series on my blog. Usually I write the articles you see here, but in order to further engage with my YouTube subscribers and make them feel even more apart of the SmarKDown community, I will also accept articles made by them. This one is written by Runn O. He’ll take it from here, enjoy!

In front of the star ratings for the matches, you’ll either see “HR”“R” or “RTA”“HR” means the match is highly recommended ; “R” means the match is recommended ; “RTA” means recommendation to avoid. In case nothing appears, the match is watchable but nothing spectacular.

Adrian Neville (February 27, 2014 – December 11, 2014)

  • Televised matches: 22
  • Record: 18-4

My match ratings:

  • Adrian Neville def. Bo Dallas (c) in a Ladder Match – NXT Arrival (***½) *R*
  • Adrian Neville (c) def. Bo Dallas – NXT Vengeance: March 27 2014 (***¼)
  • Adrian Neville (c) def. Tyson Kidd – NXT TakeOver (***¾) *R*
  • Adrian Neville def. Tyler Breeze – NXT August 14 2014 (***½) *R*
  • Adrian Neville (c) def. Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd – NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way (****½) *HR*
  • Adrian Neville (c) def. Tyson Kidd – NXT October 2 2014 (***½) *R*
  • Adrian Neville (c) def. Sami Zayn – NXT November 13 2014 (***½) *R*
  • Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville (c) – NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution (*****) *HR*

When Neville won the NXT Title, it was a breathe of fresh air in the NXT Title picture. The start of this reign was okayish but after the match at the first ever TakeOver event, this was where his reign truly excel with great matches after great matches every months. Seriously, take a good look at how many “R” or “HR” he got. Neville was one of the if not the most consistent NXT Champion ever and I see no problem giving him a nine at all.

Rating: 9/10

Sami Zayn (December 11, 2014 – February 11, 2015)

  • Televised matches: 3
  • Record: 2-1

My match ratings:

  • Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville (c) – NXT TakeOver: R-Evolution (*****) *HR*
  • Sami Zayn (c) def. Adrian Neville – NXT January 14 2015 (***¾) *R*
  • Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (c) – NXT TakeOver: Rival (****) *R*

Sami Zayn was more than deserving of the NXT Championship when he won it at R-Evolution. A title defense against Neville in a not-quite memorable-yet-good TV match would follow before Zayn dropped the belt to his “former best friend”, Kevin Owens in a match full of compelled storytelling. Sure, this reign maybe short and consists of only two defenses (both of which are recommended, by the way), but you can’t deny it was a hell of a short reign!

Rating: 7/10

Kevin Owens (February 11, 2015 – July 4, 2015)

  • Televised matches: 17
  • Record: 12-3 (2 draws)

My match ratings:

  • Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (c) – NXT TakeOver: Rival (****) *R*
  • Kevin Owens (c) def. Finn Bálor – NXT March 25 2015 (***¾) *R*
  • Kevin Owens (c) draw. Sami Zayn – NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable (***½) *R*
  • Kevin Owens def. John Cena – Elimination Chamber 2015 (****½) *HR*
  • John Cena def. Kevin Owens – Money in the Bank 2015 (****½) *HR*
  • Finn Bálor def. Kevin Owens (c) – Beast in the East 2015 (****½) *HR*

After turning heel on his best friend Sami Zayn, Owens captured the NXT Title at TakeOver: Rival approximately three months after his debut. Owens then started a mini-feud with Alex Riley in what would turn out to be a nice program between the two. At TakeOver: Unstoppable, Owens absolutely murdered Zayn and wrote him off TV again. Around that time, Owens also debuted on the main roster and started a feud with the the then U.S. Champ: John Cena and actually went over him in Owen’s first match on the main roster. His reign came to an end in Japan when Finn Bálor dethroned him. It wasn’t an incredibly long reign or anything but it was fantastic. The program with Cena really elevated Owens a lot (and I mean A LOT) and Owen’s heel persona and promos were always spectacular to watch.

Rating: 10/10

Finn Bálor (July 4, 2015 – April 21, 2016)

  • Televised matches: 14
  • Record: 12-2

My match ratings:

  • Finn Bálor def. Kevin Owens (c) – Beast in the East 2015 (****½) *HR*
  • Finn Bálor (c) def. Kevin Owens in a Ladder Match – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn (****½) *HR*
  • Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe vs. Dash & Dawson in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Semi-Final Round Match – NXT TakeOver: Respect (***¼)
  • Finn Bálor & Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin & Rhyno in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Final Round Match – NXT TakeOver: Respect (***¼)
  • Finn Bálor (c) def. Apollo Crews – NXT November 4 2015 (***¼)
  • Finn Bálor (c) def. Samoa Joe – NXT TakeOver: London (****¼) *HR*
  • Finn Bálor def. Apollo Crews – NXT February 3 2016 (***½)
  • Finn Bálor def. Neville – NXT March 2 2016 (***½) *R*
  • Finn Bálor (c) def. Samoa Joe – NXT TakeOver: Dallas (***½) *R*
  • Samoa Joe def. Finn Bálor (c) – NXT Live Event April 21 2016 (N/R)

Bálor won the belt in his hometown, Japan (I know he’s from Ireland, but still), and successfully defended it at Brooklyn in an amazing ladder match against Kevin Owens. Bálor then found himself teaming with Samoa Joe in a quest to become the winner of the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The partnership with Joe didn’t last long, as Joe quickly turned on Bálor, resulting in a string of great matches between the two, which ultimately saw Joe beat Bálor for the title at an NXT Live Event in April. The end of this reign came out of nowhere, but lacks an importance due to it taking place at a live event, therefore preventing me from giving this a perfect ten.

Rating: 9/10

ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS RANKING

  1. Kevin Owens (11/02/2015 – 04/07/2015) 10
  2. Finn Bálor (04/07/2015 – 21/04/2016) 9
  3. Adrian Neville (27/02/2014 – 11/12/2014) 9
  4. Bo Dallas (12/06/2013 – 27/02/2014) 7
  5. Sami Zayn (11/12/2014 – 11/02/2015) 7
  6. Seth Rollins (29/08/2012 – 09/01/2013) 6
  7. Big E (09/01/2013 – 12/06/2013) 3
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NXT Rating The Champ

Subscriber’s Ratings – NXT Championship 2012 & 2013

Welcome to a new series on my blog. Usually I write the articles you see here, but in order to further engage with my YouTube subscribers and make them feel even more apart of the SmarKDown community, I will also accept articles made by them. This one is written by Runn O. He’ll take it from here, enjoy!

Since NXT doesn’t have any PPV or live special during 2012 – 2013, I will include some monthly title defenses on TV instead.

Seth Rollins (August 29 2012 – January 9 2013)

  • Televised matches: 9
  • Record: 7-2

My match ratings:

  • Seth Rollins def. Jinder Mahal in a Tournament Final NXT Title Match – NXT August 29 2012 (***½)
  • Seth Rollins (c) def. Michael McGillicutty – NXT October 10 2012 (***¼)
  • Seth Rollins & CM Punk def. Antonio Cesaro & Kassius Ohno – NXT October 17 2012 (***¾) *R*
  • Seth Rollins (c) def. Jinder Mahal – NXT December 12 2012 (***¼)
  • The Shield vs. Ryback & Team Hell No in a TLC Match – TLC 2012 (****¼) *HR*
  • Big E def. Seth Rollins (c) in a No DQ Match – NXT January 9 2013 (***¼)

Seth Rollins won the NXT Championship in a ‘Gold Rush’ Tournament to crown the first-ever NXT Champion by defeating Jinder Mahal in a pretty good final round match. He then went on to defend the title against several wrestlers and even team up with the then WWE Champion: CM Punk to take on the ‘Kings of Wrestling’ in a hidden gem. Shortly after that, Rollins would debut as part of ‘The Shield’ at Survivor Series and have that fantastic TLC match with Ryback & Team Hell No before losing the belt to Big E the following year. For a first ever Champion, Rollins did a solid job and his promos were quite decent, not to mention his impressive W-L record as well.

Rating: 6/10

Big E Langston (January 9 2013 – June 12 2013)

  • Televised matches: 23 (13 Main Roster)
  • Record: 8-1 (1 draw)
  • Main Roster Record: 5-8

My match ratings:

  • Big E Langston def. Seth Rollins (c) in a No DQ Match – NXT January 9 2013 (***¼)
  • Big E Langston (c) def. Conor O’Brian – NXT April 3 2013 (**½)
  • Team Hell No (c) def. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston in a WWE Tag Team Title Match – WrestleMania 29 (**¾)
  • Big E Langston (c) def. Damien Sandow – NXT May 15 2013 (**¾)
  • Alberto Del Rio def. Big E Langston – Main Event May 22 2013 (***½) *R*
  • Bo Dallas def. Big E Langston (c) – NXT June 12 2013 (***¼)

When Seth Rollins started to move on to the main roster as part of ‘The Shield’, NXT was in need of a new top guy. Enters Big E Langston, who was just awesome with his ‘five count’ gimmick during 2012. After winning the belt, Big E would go on to squash some jobbers and defend the title in some forgettable matches on TV. Oh, and do I need to mention the fact that he was already on the main roster at that point being the bodyguard for the heel Dolph Ziggler therefore making his face run on NXT quite confusing. The start was great but the rest wasn’t memorable at all.

Rating: 3/10

Bo Dallas (June 12 2013 – February 27 2014)

  • Televised matches: 16
  • Record: 11-5

My match ratings:

  • Bo Dallas def. Big E Langston (c) – NXT June 12 2013 (***¼)
  • Bo Dallas (c) def. Antonio Cesaro – NXT July 3 2013 (***¼)
  • Bo Dallas (c) def. Leo Kruger – NXT August 7 2013 (***½)
  • Bo Dallas (c) def. Sami Zayn – NXT October 6 2013 (***½) *R*
  • Bo Dallas (c) def. Adrian Neville in a Lumberjack Match – NXT December 18 2013 (***)
  • Adrian Neville def. Bo Dallas (c) in a Ladder Match – NXT Arrival (***½) *R*

Unlike fellows jobber, Jinder Mahal (with all due respect to The Maharajah). Dallas’s reign was actually comparable to JBL’s WWE Title Reign, maybe even better as some may say. Bo captured the belt by defeating Big E (who was already a heel on the main roster at that point but was still a face on NXT, WTF?) and went on to defend it occasionally on TV. A heel turn soon followed since the crowd was always booing him as a babyface, I gotta admit it was smart of them to turn him heel since he can’t connect with the fans as a face. After holding the belt for record 260 days, he would drop it to Adrian Neville. The first half was meh, but the second half was great which elevated my rating, his promos always delivered as well especially with the ‘Bo-Lieve’ gimmick. And then he got move to the main roster where his career would (kinda) died there.

Rating: 7/10

ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS RANKING

  1. Bo Dallas (12/6/13 – 27/2/14) 7
  2. Seth Rollins (29/8/12 – 9/1/13) 6
  3. Big E (9/1/13 – 12/6/13) 3