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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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PWO Intermission – Episode 13 – Ready To Celebrate

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

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

Whimsical Topics Include: 

  • Sting/Batista/The Rock To Appear On Raw Tonight? 
  • Useless Wrestling Knowledge 
  • The Shield Reunion At FastLane? 
  • GFW Deletes Master Tapes Of Amped 
  • Who Interrupts Roman Reigns Tonight? 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

  • Check out new episodes of Intermission on YouTube every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:45 PM! 
  • For Apple/iPhone Users – Download the Stationhead app today so you can tune into Nick’s exclusive 30-minute live pro wrestling talk show, “Pro Wrestling Banter!” to debut at 11:30 PM tonight! 
  • Follow Nick on Twitter @NickJasonLopez as he Live-Tweets Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT every week! 

 

PWO Intermission – Episode 6 – WCW Across The Nation

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

 

Check out the latest installment of Intermission, a 15-minute podcast where Nick talks about pro wrestling happenings with help from his Facebook feed!

Inspirational Topics Include:

  • “Wrestling Is Fake”
  • Johnny Gargano At EVOLVE 
  • Young Bucks Discuss AEW Creative Goals 
  • Broken Matt Hardy Coming Back? 
  • WCW Backstage Assault Video Game 

 

 

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PWO Intermission – Episode 3 – Buck It

*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

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

Topics discussed:

  • WCW’s La Vela Ring/Innovative Stages
  • The SmackDown 2 Video Game Montage
  • WWE’s Alleged Offer To Hangman Page/Young Bucks To Stop AEW
  • AEW Picking Up Chris Jericho, PAC And Possibly Jim Ross 
  • Rikishi’s Ass
  • John Cena’s Hair

And More!

 

 

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/13/17: Pittsburgh Punishment

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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 On FITE TV) 

Pittsburgh Punishment 

– Alex Shelley was on commentary with Ian Riccaboni as Coast To Coast (LSG/Shaheem Ali) came out to battle ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks. Once YB’s music hit, our hopes of anything purposeful for a CTC push went out the window. With a superkick-tastic pre-taped promo from YB as they hyped their encounter against The Hardys at Supercard Of Honor XI on April 1, it was obvious where this one would go. YB broke out their typical aerial antics along with a few moveset references to The Hardys. Good, subtle stuff. LSG did a sweet corkscrew springboard plancha. CTC did get to do their namesake double team, but in the end of things, the superkicks (way over with this crowd) did them in and a springboard 450 splash won it for YB. Post-match, YB did a Twist Of Fate/Swanton Bomb combo on Ali to send a clear message to The Hardys. We also liked that their post-match ambush style fit into their “rebellious” ways.

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ROH 15th Anniversary Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, Pa. to Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, NV., Ring Of Honor has undergone plenty in its 15-year history.

It was only appropriate that the face of the “old times” that hadn’t gone to World Wrestling Entertainment, Christopher Daniels, would get his last chance at the ROH World Championship, a belt that alluded him his whole career.

It was also right that the current Champion was Adam Cole, Bullet Club leader, which represented the “new school” ways of ROH.

Of course this show will be regarded as “the one where TK O’Ryan got hurt,” but there was plenty of happiness to go around the card as well.

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/6/17: Party Favors

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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 3/6/17 On FITE TV)

Party Favors 

– Backstage, the foursome of The Briscoes, Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish each took turns to say mean things about Bullet Club. Such insults included the outrageous labeling of them as “fake” and “t-shirt sellers.” Such daggers we got over here. Anyways, what made this memorable for us was Lethal’s labeling of their unit as “The Dream Team,” since they each targeted different BC members. Fish spoke about wanting to end ROH World Champion Adam Cole “if he chose to.” We’ll guess that Cole retained at Manhattan Mayhem?

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – ROH Final Battle 2017

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*Courtesy Of The RSN Wrestling Podcast*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as “Big Guy” Rich, “Mastermind” Sal and PWO’s own Nick aka “The Knight That Runs The Site,” discuss Ring Of Honor’s 2017 Final Battle Pay-Per-View.

Held at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, all three RSN hosts were in attendance for the event and comment on their experiences, as well as match finishes and 2018 ROH plans. 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/27/17: Honor Rising Night Two

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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) 

Honor Rising Night Two 

– The KUSHIDA/David Finlay-Silas Young/Jado match began similarly to the previous night as Young did his “Why am I so disrespected?” schtick, though he at least acknowledged the language barrier. Did anybody still understand him? Doubt it. We got it though, Young. You’re cool peoples. Rocky Romero was back on commentary with Kevin Kelly for the night. They brought up the idea of this “Last Real Man” list from the heels, which was funny. A cheap shot from Young to start. Young taunted KUSHIDA and paid for it with a plancha. Jado took a boot to the face and powered through to not fall to the mat. Young broke out that nice sit-down springboard moonsault from the headstand position on the ring post. It should be noted that Finlay and Young had some great chemistry here. A singles match between them would kill. Eventually, Young hit Misery on Finlay to score the pin. Some more good stuff from Young, as we also liked that Kelly speculated that perhaps Young fits in that CHAOS mindset down the road. Solid opener to set the pace.

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Review – Ron Snyder – Wrestling’s New Golden Age

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was once signified as the “Be All, End All” of professional wrestling.

By now, that statement has been detracted with talent like The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana and Kenny Omega, all of whom have achieved financial efficiency and without any WWE stints (or pushes in Cabana’s case) to boot.

Ron Snyder’s “Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One Of America’s Favorite Sports,” released by Sports Publishing, succeeds in its goal to inform and explore just how independent wrestling came to be from its eerie territorial beginnings.

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