Wrestle Review: All That Is, Was, and Will Be( and NXT) Submitted by Andy Sullivan on 06/01/2019 at 01:36 AM
Monday was my 40th birthday so I didn't watch Raw live. Okay, I don't watch Raw live most Monday nights. I can tell you that I thought it sucked. And what in the world was that new lie detector interview segment with Corey Graves? I can only imagine when he got the notes. "okay, here's what Vince wants you to do. Yes, I know it's stupid but it's what the boss wants so you have to do it". The segment itself did lead to Sami Zayn(who was the unfortunate guest) against Seth Rollins in the main event. Seth wins, the Lesnar threat is still in play, etc...
Vince's rebuttal to AEW wasn't much of a rebuttal at all. It was nothing more than a one-off reference by Sami Zayn. I guess that's how little he thinks of the new company: that the lone reference comes from a guy Vince likely couldn't give two craps about.
Ric Flair posted a video updating his progress but also took an out-of-the-blue shot at Shawn Michaels. At least I thought it was out of the blue. That is, until the reference of Shawn's 30 for 30 Fleihr reference. This won't really result in a match between the two will it? I mean, it is WWE's MO to have legends face off at their Super Showdown events. Maybe they're setting up for this match at the next one. Or perhaps Shawn and Ric have guys fight for them. We'll see where, if anywhere, this goes.
Jon Moxley's Talk Is Jericho interview was VERY interesting! It happened to drop the day that I had to mow this week. Obviously, I had to listen. Boy, was it juicy! Jon definitely spilled the tea, as it were. Some of the stuff he revealed, on one hand it was so outlandish that it was hard to believe. On the other hand, not so hard when you consider how things seem to be in WWE. If you heard it, I won't recap. If you haven't, a recap doesn't do it justice. You must go listen to it!
NXT Takeover 25 is Saturday night(or tonight, depending on when you read this). To my knowledge, it's the first stand-alone NXT event with no Sunday main roster let-down. Let's run down the 5-match card, complete with my predictions.
Matt Riddle and Roderick Strong should be interesting. Saturday could be a boom or bust night for the Undisputed Era. If Riddle wins, though, the night starts out rocky. I think Strong takes this one, though.
Burch & Lorcan, Street Profits, UE and Forgotten Sons battle in a ladder match to determine the new NXT tag team champions. I think that, somehow, the Undisputed Era wins the titles. Besides, wouldn't dysfunctional tag team champions be fun?
Velveteen Dream defending the North American title against Tyler Breeze. I like both guys so I'm good either way this goes. I would think Tyler is the sentimental favorite here. I know it's his first match back in NXT(not a demotion, by the way) but I'm picking Breeze. I hope he wins, at least. Will he? We'll see.
An injured Shayna Baszler defends the NXT women's title against lo Shirai. Shayna has her buddies so I don't see Shirai escaping with the title. Shayna retains in a fantastic match.
Johnny Gargano defends the NXT Championship against Adam Cole in the main event. If the Undisputed Era is indeed going to remain a unit, I would think Adam Cole needs to walk away with the NXT Championship. And it would be a crying shame to split Undisputed Era before Vince gets a chance to ruin them on Monday or Tuesday night.
Whatever the aftermath, I am looking forward to NXT 25. Should be a pretty awesome show!
Heyman says Brock is cashing in on Seth Monday, Steph has a problem with Brock all of the sudden. They're trying to turn him face, aren't they? I'm going to go ahead and say he loses the cash-in thanks to Corbin and some McMahon chicanery.
Sandman showing up and helping Eddie Edwards beat Killer Kross gives me an idea: Sandman, Sabu, Edwards and RVD make up Team ECW-Impact. That's all for this week, fellow wrestling fans! Enjoy Takeover and/or whatever other wrestling you like!