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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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WWE NXT Takeover: New York Preview/Predictions

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

It has become yearly tradition that NXT trumps the main roster and this time around on professional wrestling’s biggest weekend, it’s set to happen again.

Two nights before WrestleMania graces New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, NXT “takes over” Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (yet again) and if history’s doomed to repeat itself (again), we’re in for a treat.

Compared to WrestleMania’s overbooked 15-match extravaganza, TakeOver’s refined to five simple bouts.

We’ll give our preview and predictions below.

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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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PWO Intermission – Episode 10 – Beware The Raw Sexual Magnetism

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of “Intermission,” a 15-minute podcast where Host Nicholas Jason Lopez talks about current pro wrestling news and social media ramblings with help from his Facebook feed!

Blissful Topics Include:

  • You Mean NXT Halftime Heat WASN’T In An Empty Arena? 
  • Adam Levine’s Nip(s) Slip 
  • Bad Scott Steiner Impressions 
  • Will AEW Avenge WCW? 
  • Rusev Feeling Lost Without WWE United States Championship

And More!

 

 

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – WWE Royal Rumble 2019/NXT TakeOver: Phoenix Preview/Predictions

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*A RSN Wrestling Podcast Exclusive*

 

Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast as Hosts Rich, Sal and Nick break down the cards and cast predictions for both this year’s Royal Rumble and NXT TakeOver: Phoenix!

 

 

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