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WWE NXT TakeOver: XXV Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

All Elite Wrestling grasped the wrestling world after their first Pay-Per-View last week, topped off with a Five-Star Rhodes Brothers match, Awesome Kong, a tag team classic between The Young Bucks and Fenix/Pentagon Jr. and of course, Jon Moxley (the former Dean Ambrose of WWE fame) at the end.

Anybody who looked to WWE for an answer was left hopeless on Raw and SmackDown, side for a surprise mention by Sami Zayn on Raw.

The only true competitor with WWE’s name is its NXT brand, spearheaded creatively by Triple H. The 25th TakeOver event celebrates all that has happened before while also giving us another five-match standout card to feast on.

The essence of TakeOver is the heart of NXT itself – it’s where the up-and-comers showcase their true potential. Who knows where we would be if we didn’t get Zayn-Shinsuke Nakamura, Bayley-Sasha Banks, Johnny Gargano-Adam Cole and The Revival-#DIY, amongst other countless memorable bouts? It’s matches like those that have elevated NXT to the bar that has been set for wrestling expectations in 2019.

TakeOver has become more than a live event. It’s a movement. Beyond that, it has happened in America, United Kingdom, Canada and other places. It has brought NXT to the conversation of actual world domination.

Triple H’s formula to build stars, sign big names, focus on wrestling and characterization is one for success. It’s hard to believe there have been 25 TakeOvers, but we don’t think anybody will disagree that NXT can make 25,000 more TakeOvers for all we care.

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WWE WrestleMania 35 Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

NXT TakeOver: New York (or TakeOver: Brooklyn V?) came, conquered and impressed everyone in all its glory.

300-pound Heavyweight Hanson performed a handspring back elbow and a top rope senton to the floor, Velveteen Dream was the GODDAMN STATUE OF LIBERTY and the main event between Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole delivered more wows than a summer blockbuster.

To be frank – WrestleMania will pale in comparison to its NXT counterpart and that’s to put it nicely, despite the fact that Mania will run more than twice the amount of time and contain more than three times as many matches.

Below are our predictions to shape Mania into a halfway decent show. If you’ve followed the Raw side (without falling asleep), the build has been abysmal while SmackDown has held themselves together better thanks to Kofi Kingston’s journey, but there are still some flaws here and there.

Let’s get to it.

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PWO Intermission – Episode 12 – Jamaican Me Believe In Kofi

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of Intermission, the 15-minute podcast where Host Nicholas Jason Lopez shoots on social media and talks current wrestling news!

Classy Topics Include:

  • Why Can’t He Be Named Donovan Dijak in NXT? 
  • GARGIAMPA
  • Big E/Xavier Woods Should Turn On Kofi Kingston 
  • WrestleMania 35 Rumor Mill – Kevin Owens Vs. Daniel Bryan, Lacey Evans Vs. Asuka 
  • Where Was Tommaso Ciampa Watching That Match Though? 

 

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RSN Wrestling Podcast – Shoot February Edition

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode from The RSN Wrestling Podcast as Rich, Sal and Nick “shoot” on the last week in wrestling – WWE Royal Rumble and after!

 

 

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PWO Intermission – Episode 7 – What The World Needs Now Is Gore Sweet Gore

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Check out the latest episode of Intermission where Host Nicholas Jason Lopez talks about pro wrestling news for 15 minutes with help from his Facebook feed!

Life-Essential Topics Discussed Include:

  • Thoughts On Raw And SmackDown Live 
  • Wrestling Moves We Don’t See Anymore 
  • Worlds Colliding 
  • Sami Zayn or Mustafa Ali Winning Championship Gold
  • Lacey Evans’ Debut Promo 

 

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RSN Wrestling Podcast: Year End Show 2018

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast as Hosts Rich, Sal and Nick discuss the year that just was – 2018! Categories include Match Of The Year, Superstar Of The Year, Tag Team Of The Year, Breakout Star, Top Prospect, Botch Of The Year and much more!

 

 

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PWO Intermission – The Inaugural Episode!

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Check out the inaugural episode of PWO Intermission, where Nicholas Jason Lopez discusses current pro wrestling news and events. Intermission will never run longer than 15 minutes, so even if you’re swamped for time, you can still listen to it in its entirety!

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/13/17: Trim The Fat

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/13/17)

Trim The Fat 

– The opening video showcased WWE Universal Champion Goldberg’s victory over Kevin Owens at Fastlane. They wasted no time to show Brock Lesnar’s interruption of his promo last week and subsequent face-to-face. All of this was to of course, hype their encounter for the Title at WrestleMania 33. As we remember, Lesnar stood tall at the end with an F5 while Paul Heyman provided the verbal bloodshed. Basically, the momentum shifted from Goldberg to Lesnar. Good time for this to happen with Mania in the wings.

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WWE Backlash 2007 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Fresh off the thriller that was WWE WrestleMania 23, that year’s Backlash had plenty to offer itself.

Let’s start with the Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Champion The Undertaker and Batista that actually stole the show.

That would’ve been the main event if you ask us.

There were other moments that you probably didn’t realize happened here – Vince McMahon was crowned ECW World Champion (eye-roll), WWE Women’s Champion Melina and Mickie James traded fists while in splits and a Batista spear literally brought the stage down.

This made us realize that 2007 maybe wasn’t so bad after all, as veterans like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker delivered gutsy performances.

Now, let’s get to the nooks and crannies of “WrestleMania 23: The Important Stuff Part II.”

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/27/17: Post Breaker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/27/17)

Post Breaker 

– We began with Goldberg, who we know challenges WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at Fastlane in six days. Cue his classic “walk from the back and snort aggressively” entrance. Goddamn, his pyro gets so bright. Among the fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin looks like an adult woman decked out in WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley’s gear. Well, something seems off about that. Not a bad promo from Goldie – “KO talks too much” and “I’m six days away from gold” are things his character should be saying. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? We think people just like to chant Goldberg’s name more than it being an indication that he’s actually over. He sure was throwing a lot of promises out there. Things looked to wrap up there, but we got a KO appearance. Luckily for last week’s sit-down suit promo, we can take the Champ slightly more serious now. Okay, he flubbed “mood” for “mool,” but that can slide. We liked that he sold his credibility and reminded us of how he beat John Cena on his first night on the main roster and scored big wins over AJ Styles and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He even name-dropped WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. The telling line was that he outright said Chris Jericho didn’t matter. Foreshadowing. We’ll say that Goldberg has gotten better at promos than we can remember. “I don’t speak neanderthal” was a very KO response. Ha. Pick on the hometown, classic heel move. “The Goldberg chant dies” was a pretty morbid way to end the exchange, but that set the table for FL nicely. KO ultimately stands no chance in the long run with Brock Lesnar in the wings and his history with Goldberg.

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