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The TNA/WWE Rumor Mill Keeps Churning Out Unverified Reports and Rumors


      Just when you think the rumors are over about WWE purchasing TNA, they start up all over again. Prior to Bound for Glory on October 2nd, there was a large group of people who assumed that if WWE didn’t bite the bullet and buy out TNA, the BFG PPV would have to be cancelled. Obviously, neither of those things ended up happening. Now, the rumor is that WWE is looking to buy out TNA’s video library. It’s said that it may be about to happen or has already happened and simply hasn’t been announced yet.

      It’s no secret that Impact Wrestling has seen quite a few ups and downs over the years. It seems that the threat of running out of money and, to quote Matt Hardy, becoming obsolete is always hanging over their heads. It doesn’t help that Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe are a big part of NXT right now, involved in major storylines. Eric Young will be debuting soon, Austin Aries has been having stellar matches for months, and AJ Styles is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Those were five big names in TNA who are now wrestling with the enemy.

      On the flipside of that, you could argue that TNA has been able to pick up some of WWE’s talent as well, which wouldn’t happen if they were truly circling the drain. WWE’s Brodus Clay made the jump to TNA after his release, debuting as Tyrus and being featured alongside Ethan Carter III as a bodyguard. He’s now solo and in a new gimmick as The Fixer. Damien Sandow was released after creating comedy gold as The Miz’s stunt double. He debuted on TNA as Aron Rex and is now the current and inaugural Impact Grand Champion. Cody Rhodes requested his release from WWE after growing tired of the Stardust gimmick, and his wife Brandi Rhodes (ring announcer Eden Stiles) followed suit. Now known as simply “Cody,” he made his TNA debut at Bound For Glory alongside his wife by confronting Mike Bennett and wife Maria to begin a feud between the couples.

      TNA also currently has one of the most successful factions and greatest stories currently going on in any company. Jeff Hardy threw his brother Matt from a staircase in the Impact Zone and “broke” him. Matt returned as Broken Matt Hardy, a blond streak in his now frizzy hair, an insane accent, and aspirations to DELETE DELETE DELETE! We got The Final Deletion, Delete or Decay, and The Great War; three battles that are beyond epic, overly dramatic, and definite masterpieces. WWE has tried to capitalize on the success of the Broken Hardys by enlisting Bray Wyatt and company. They tried to recreate their version of The Final Deletion by pitting The Wyatt Family against The New Day in an outdoor brawl. Now they have Bray Wyatt torturing Randy Orton, who he is calling “damaged.” Try as they might, they can’t match the broken brilliance of the Hardys.

      One thing that hurts TNA is their need to tape multiple shows within a very short period of time, then show those tapings over weeks or months. TNA reportedly has already finished filming enough to carry them to the end of the year. Thanks to the internet, I already know about a major title change, and I wasn’t even searching for anything related to that. There are us fans who avoid spoilers like the plague, and then there are those fans who adore being the first to know and try to share their “knowledge” with anyone who will listen. I’m still going to be tuning in every week, but I can understand how a casual fan would just say to hell with watching after finding out about this title change.

      2017 could be TNA’s year though. With Billy Corgan edging out Dixie Carter as TNA President, big changes are in store. If WWE does buy out the library, that would give Corgan more money to use for improvements; new talent, more live tapings, and more opportunity to travel and play to different cities. There is also the idea of Corgan changing the company’s name, rebranding and starting fresh. No more TNA, no more Impact Zone. A name is just a name, but because “TNA” carries so much negativity to so many people (not to mention makes people think “tits and ass” instead of wrestling), a name change brings about a new beginning.

      Even if you’re not a fan of TNA wrestling, preferring the company of others, its existence is important. WWE is top dog, but it doesn’t thrive without TNA, NJPW, ROH, AAA, the companies that were left in the past and those that will come in the future. Your favorite wrestlers don’t get to where they are now without the independent circuits, trials and failures in other companies, and competition. TNA needs these other companies, but they also need TNA. All rumors aside, I am cheering for TNA to succeed, and if you’re a true wrestling fan, then you should be too.

Article by Mrs Jamie Bakermrsjcb


NXT Full Match Results and Review (10.05.2016)


      It’s time for another episode of NXT! As we reported last week, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic begins tonight with first round competitions. Last year, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe won the tournament in its first year. Our first match features the Bollywood Boyz, Gurv and Harv Sihra, versus the Authors of Pain, Akam and Rezar. I’ll be honest, I can’t tell who is who within the teams, but neither can our announce team. A “please don’t die” chant begins as Corey Graves and Tom Phillips predict that the Authors will win the entire tournament. They are dominating the Boyz, who have at least managed one tag for a fresh competitor. One Bollywood Boy is in the wrong corner as the Author hits him with a splash. The Authors use quick tags and simultaneous moves to quickly squash the Boyz and advance in the tournament.

      Next up, Rich Swann faces off with the flamboyant Patrick Clark. If I went to a gay bar in the early 90s, Patrick Clark is who I would expect to see working the stage. The audience starts singing Swann’s entrance theme as the bell rings and the two men lock up. Clark earns the first takedown with an elbow, but Swann’s athleticism and high-flying ability quickly turn the match back in his favor. He tries a moonsault, but is caught with a spinebuster into a pin by Clark. Swann regains control with a kick to the midsection followed by one to the face that takes Clark to the mat. Swann flips head over heels into a pin to win the match. A short one, but very entertaining. It’s a shame that we don’t see Swann this over when he competes on Raw.

      Peyton Royce, accompanied by Billie Kay, has a match now against newcomer Danielle Kamela. Royce looks like a terrible Poison Ivy cosplayer, and Kamela looks like a serious competitor. She hits a nice arm drag takedown after kicking out of a pin, and gets Royce down for a pin of her own. Royce quickly takes her down for a second pin attempt before throwing her into the ropes and locking her into a brief submission that the referee breaks up. Kamela gets some good punches in, but Royce is controlling this match while Kay cheers her on. Royce gets Kamela in a chin lock, looking for a tap out victory. Kamela breaks the hold and tries a suplex, but Royce blocks and counters with a suplex of her own that nearly sends Kamela’s face right into the mat. It’s enough to earn her a pinfall victory.

      Moving on, Dan Matha is set to make his debut but Samoa Joe comes to the ring and assaults Matha before his music even stops. Joe takes Matha down and grabs a microphone, saying “tick tock, tick tock, who will be the next to get their head rocked.” Joe is still on his campaign to strip Shinsuke Nakamura of the NXT Championship. Joe demands that William Regal either bring him Nakamura or hand over the championship. He gives him one week to get this done.

      Time for our main event! Andrade “Cien” Almas teams up with Cedric Alexander, who he gracefully lost to in a recent match. They are facing our NXT Tag Team Champions, The Revival for a chance to move on in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Dash quickly tags in Dawson rather than face Alexander. The two lock up and Dawson takes Alexander down with some hard elbows. Alexander counters, hitting both Revival members with arm drags. Almas jumps in to follow suit and take them both out. Almas and Alexander are working great as a team as Almas tries for a pin. The Revival hit Almas with dual headbutts before starting with quick tags to keep him down. Alexander manages to tag himself in, and the two men send both members of The Revival flying out of the ring. While Almas catches himself in the ropes to block the view of Dash and Dawson, Alexander makes an amazing jump over him and out of the ring to knock down The Revival once again.

      Almas pins Dawson, not realizing that Dash has tagged in. He ends up thrown into the ringpost thanks to the confusion. Dawson tags back in, hitting a vicious suplex into an unsuccessful pin. I don’t know if The Revival will win this entire tournament; I suspect the winner will be a different team that will end up becoming the number one contenders for their titles. Almas is able to knock Dash from the ring and get Dawson down for a pin, but thanks to a distraction from Dash, the referee doesn’t see the pin in time for the three count. The crowd starts chanting for Alexander, who quickly gets the tag in. He takes out Dash, then pins Dawson, but his partner breaks it up. Alexander flips into a pin and nearly wins the match! The crowd yells “that was three!!!” Alexander is up against both men, who hit the Shadow Machine while Almas is down and out. They pin our cruiserweight for the three count and advance in the tournament.

      After The Revival leave the arena, Almas snaps and begins attacking Alexander. The crowd boos loudly as he throws Alexander into the stairs and goes to scream into the camera. This is a great move for Almas; he was falling a bit flat as a face and definitely needed this change. We end the night with a “you suck” chant at Almas’ expense. Overall, this was a great hour of wrestling. Lots of fast paced action and great performances by nearly everyone. Don’t miss next Wednesday as our Tag Team Classic continues, and follow FaceToHeel on Twitter for additional coverage.

Article by Mrs Jamie Bakermrsjcb


NXT Tapings Match Results and Feedback (09.28.2016)


      Catch up on last week’s NXT taping as the WWE Network ushers in a new class of workers with our full REVIEW and all match results. And make sure to enter our Twitter Giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight EST, with the winner announced tomorrow!

      The broadcast kicked off with NXT General Manager, William Regal, talking about the one year anniversary of the death of Dusty Rhodes. He says they are again doing the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament with the Finals culminating at NXT Takeover: Toronto. First round of matches kick off on next week’s show. Very cool and a great tribute to one of our fallen heroes. Corey Graves and Tom Phillips on commentary as per usual.

      Tye Dillinger starts things off coming to the ring, Perfect 10 style. His opponent is Angelo Dawkins. Dawkins starts the match ‘stirring up trouble.’ Dillinger puts a stop to that and throws two hands in his face as the crowd chants “Ten! Ten! Ten!” Dawkins doesn’t like that and he attacks Dillinger in multiple corners. Reversal by Dillinger, followed by a big chop. The two trade blows in the middle of the ring. Dillinger wins the exchange. Averted Atomic Drop and Dawkins is down. Dillinger stomps him in the corner. Dillinger removes his knee pads and hits Tye Breaker for the pinfall victory. Okay match, no real magic here. Two young guys with not very much momentum trying to carve their way. Unfortunately, we have to suffer through it.

      As Dillinger walks up the ramp we have a GLORIOUS interruption as Bobby Roode’s music hits. Roode says he sees potential but that Dillinger is not a perfect 10 yet. Roode says he wants to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! The crowd immediately starts a “Glorious 10!” chant. I am so excited right now! Yes! Roode says to be in the tournament, he needs a partner. And not just any partner….the perfect partner. He holds out his hand and Dillinger shakes it as the glorious theme song hits. Dillinger points to the heavens and mouths, “For Dusty.” Wow! This is a really amazing idea, provided the booking allows them to win the tournament. Time will tell, but initial reaction is this is awesome!

      Hideo Itami is interviewed backstage and asked about facing Lince Dorado. Itami says he is looking forward to fighting him because he has heart, unlike Austin Aries. He calls Aries a baby and a coward. “Maybe I need to put him to sleep again.”

      Tag team action up next with the twin siblings, The Ealy Brothers, taking on The Revival. As Dash and Dawson walk down the ramp, Samoa Joe runs past them and gets in the ring, destroying The Ealy Brothers without mercy. He turns and looks at The Revival, but they back away and head towards the back. Joe gets on the mic and says this is the first two victims and it’s Regal’s fault. He says the beatings will continue until Regal gives him Shinsuke Nakamura or the NXT Championship.

      Women’s action next. Hopefully Samoa Joe doesn’t come out and beat up any females. Mandy Rose comes to the ring set to take on Ember Moon. Stiff, strong style to start with both women hitting a little too hard. If this is a work, I believe it. They seem to not like each other at all. Before long Ember is bleeding from her mouth, which seems to only piss her off. She attacks, violently, and plants Rose with a spinning stunner off the top rope for the pinfall win. This was too brief. Was into it quite a lot, just not given enough time. The 60 minute broadcasts really hinder NXT. Maybe they should put in less and longer matches.

      DYI (Gargano and Ciampa) interviewed backstage and they say they have a long checklist of things still yet to accomplish. First and foremost is winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They also want to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.

      Authors of Pain with Paul Ellering come down to the ring, set to take on a couple of jobbers. The bell rings and I start a stopwatch on my phone; assuming this one won’t go two minutes. This is a brutal. AOP just destroys these two guys. They double team and cover for the pin. One minute, 14 seconds and this one is over. Goodness. These guys are dominant. Vince is tripping over himself to try and get these behemoths called up to the main roster.

      After the match, Paul Ellering gets on the mic. He says the first chapter started with “The Arrival.” He says the second chapter will start with a “Plethora of Pain.” And for now, that’s all the NXT Universe needs to know. He tells his boys to go and they stomp up the ramp. No mention of the Dusty Rhodes Classic. William Regal backstage and says he doesn’t know what’s going on because Nakamura doesn’t answer his phone. He is asked about the Dusty Rhodes tournament and Blake and Murphy interrupt saying they want to be included. Before he can answer they start arguing with each other. Regal stops them and says they obviously don’t have their act together and to please get out of his office.

      Liv Morgan heads to the ring. She’s about to be in for a rude awakening as she takes on Asuka. The NXT Women’s Champion wastes no time going right at Morgan. She tries to counter, but Asuka reverses it down to the ground and makes her tap out! Good god, what a ridiculous match. After, Asuka is asked who is the next victim on her list. She says nobody is ready for Asuka. This isn’t really impressive for the Women’s Champ. They need to find her an opponent and quickly.

      Hideo Itami and Lince Dorado square off in the main event. Crowd goes wild for Dorado when he comes out. The pair shake hands before the match. Slow grappling to start this one, crowd is quiet. Hideo controls the tempo at the start. Dorado recovers, gets Hideo out of the ring and then moonsaults out onto him. Both men down on the ramp. After relishing the Cruiserweight Classic, this match is very sloppy and slow. Both men seem almost timid and too controlled. The crowd must feel the same because they are mostly silent throughout. Not sure if the language barrier is making them hesitant, but this is a very spotty match for both guys. Dorado misses with a Shooting Star Press off the top rope and Hideo makes him pay. Dropkicks in the corner and the crowd starts chanting, “GTS!” Hideo hits it, covers, and that’s the ball game. Very lackluster, uneventful match. Maybe the CWC spoiled us. Or perhaps, and more harshly stated, Hideo Itami has peaked in his current slot. Austin Aries attacks Hideo from behind. No surprise there. As Hideo comes back after him, Aries rolls out of the ring and hightails it up the ramp.

      The new class of NXT “stars” need to step up their game immediately. NXT has been flat the past few weeks. This is the problem with too many main roster call ups before having new talent ready to go. It’s been hard to watch. Still, fans must be patient. We often forget that NXT is the developmental area of WWE, as crazy as that seems. Things won’t just happen over night. Keep tuning in and start picking out your future favorites now because they won’t always suck and it won’t be long before they are main eventing shows.

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NXT Match Results and Feedback (09.14.2016)


      I am skipping the live Masterchef finale to watch NXT tonight, so this better be good! Our night kicks off with former NXT champion, Samoa Joe. Joe isn’t yet medically cleared to compete, but is still due his rematch. The crowd boos him as he talks about his loss and how it made him reflect on himself. He calls himself a disgraceful champion, and acknowledge the friendships he ruined during his quest to become champ. Even so, Joe has no regrets, because his goal was to hold that championship and be the standard that NXT was held to. He then invites Shinsuke Namakura to the ring, saying he won’t leave until the champ faces him.

      After a long pause, Nakamura makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. Joe tells Nakamura that he meant everything he said before Takeover: Brooklyn. They went to war, and he has learned that not only was Namakura a deserving contender, he is a worthy champion. Joe says that as soon as he is medically cleared, he wants his rematch. Nakamura goes to respond, but decides to keep Joe in suspense before telling him that it’s on! Joe goes to leave, but returns to shake Nakamura’s hand. As Nakamura walks towards the back, Joe reappears and attacks our champion. He slams Nakamura into the steel steps, leaving him motionless on the ground as the referees beg him to leave. Joe screams “I DID THIS TO YOU!” A stretcher is brought out to tend to our injured champ and the crowd chants his name as he is strapped in by the medical staff.

      Our first match features Liv Morgan versus Rachel Fazio. The two lock up, with Morgan trying for a roll-up early on but missing the mark. Morgan flips over Fazio, brushes off her shoulder, then hits her with an arm drag. Fazio gets back in the match, pinning Morgan in the corner. Morgan hits a drop kick and starts to get hyped up, but Fazio manages to counter and get her up on her shoulders. Morgan is then able to lock Fazio in a submission and get a quick tap for the victory. A shaky match for both women. Morgan grabs a microphone and calls out Fazio for tapping out. She then says that she wants to fight for the NXT Women’s Championship.

      Drew Gulak from the Cruiserweight Classic is up next to face Hideo Itami. Gulak is ready to go; amped up and in Itami’s face before the bell rings. The two lock up, and Gulak delivers a vicious slap cross Itami’s face. He responds with one of his own before taking Gulak down with knees to the midsection. Itami mocks Gulak with a kick to the head, and tries to charge him, but Gulak slips in a dropkick. Gulak locks up Itami’s leg to force a tap, but Itami manages to break free only to get his arms wrenched behind his back. Itami is getting hit over and over again, but just getting angry about it. He lands a strong kick to Gulak’s throat and the crowd begins chanting “GTS!” Itami hits it, and pins Gulak for the win. A very solid match by both men.

      Up next, the Authors of Pain have a tag match against local talent. The Authors gang up on their unfortunate opponent while shooting glares at the other back in his corner. Akam of the Authors attacks one man while Rezar looks after the other. The two gang up to deliver a bodyslam, then hit a clothesline for Rezar to get the pin for the victory. An incredibly fast squash match, but I don’t know much about the Authors other than they’re big and don’t seem to speak much English.

      No Way Jose and Bobby Roode are in our main event tonight, and Roode is so shiny! The fans are chanting “That was Glorious!” They move on to singing his song as Roode gets Jose in a headlock. He knocks Jose to the mat, but Jose counters and hits an arm drag, dancing in victory. The crowd is not saying “You’re Not Glorious!” Jose drives Roode from the ring, then dives from the apron to take him down again. Back in the ring, Roode is able to hit a spine buster and regain control of the match. He gets Jose caught on the rope, shoving his chest into it. Jose is hit with a suplex and looks to be in trouble. Jose hits a crossbody into a pin, but can’t finish the match. Jose starts hitting punches in the middle of the ring, then gets Roode on his shoulders and nearly gets the win after slamming him into the mat. Jose tries to finish the match, but Roode counters with a neckbreaker. He yells GLORIOUS and hits a DDT for the win! This was such a fun match; I’m glad it was the main event.

      Tonight started off fantastic with Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe’s confrontation. It was a little shake in the middle, but ended in such a GLORIOUS way! I hope the women’s division gets beefed up; they are going to have to find some serious competition for Asuka. Follow us on @facetoheel on Twitter for updates throughout the week, and let us know what you think about the “injury” to Nakamura in the comments below.

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NXT Full Match Results and Review (09.07.2016)


      I’m excited to be back among the living on Wednesday nights and able to watch NXT live. With Shinsuke Nakamura as our champion and Bayley off on Raw, the entire landscape has changed. Tonight, we’ll get an interview with Asuka, but first, we have a tag match with Shane Thorne and Nick Miller of TM61 and Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari of the Cruiserweight Classic. Thorne and Nese start things off, with Nese effortlessly flying around the ring to out-maneuver Thorne. Daivari and Miller are tagged in, Miller gets pinned in the wrong corner as our CWC competitors dominate TM61.

      Nese makes an amazing dive out of the ring, but not to be shown up, Thorne takes a dive of his own and shows that TM61 can fly with the best of them. With the distraction by Daivari, Nese takes a cheap shot on Thorne. Nese lifts Thorne high, throws him on the ropes, then hits a high knee into a pin. Miller is desperate for a pin, but Nese and Daivari won’t allow it. Daivari taunts Miller, allowing Thorne to sneak in an uppercut. Nese and Miller are tagged in, and Miller starts delivering slaps to the face, then a forearm into an unsuccessful pin. TM61 is getting their footing back, nearly getting the win but Daivari breaks it up. Daivari hits a frogsplash into a pin, but can’t get it done. TM61 tag team Daivari with Thunder Valley, allowing Miller to get the pin and win the match. An absolutely phenomenal showing by all four athletes.

      Tom Phillips shows us his interview with Asuka from earlier today. Asuka says she was excited by the Brooklyn crowd during her title match with Bayley. She calls Bayley the heart of NXT and says she fought hard, but Asuka fought harder. Our current champion is still undefeated, and Phillips goes through the list of competitors she has destroyed. Asuka says she cleared out the women’s division; the women who went to Raw and Smackdown got saved because they don’t have to fight her anymore. The championship is of the utmost importance to Asuka. She defends it for herself and for her country, then addresses her fans in Japan in her foreign . Finally, Asuka says that no one is ready for her. She will be hard to dethrone.

      Ember Moon is set to compete next against Leah Von, who to her credit, isn’t looking intimidated in the least. Von is able to get Moon into a headlock, but Moon launches herself off the ropes and into a crossbody on Von. Moon is struggling a bit to get her footing, as Von launches her into a corner, then shows off with a cartwheel. Moon gets Von into the corner and flips into a clothesline. She goes to the top rope as the crowd cheers, and grabs Von’s head to deliver a stunner and pin her for the victory. Moon is a serious competitor and I’m glad she’s a part of the NXT roster.

      Backstage, No Way Jose addresses the disrespect he received from Bobby Roode. He promises to make sure that Roode finds out that no one messes with No Way Jose. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are also backstage discussing injuries. They will get a chance to compete next week at the Cruiserweight Classic to prove that they are back at 100% and able to take on The Revival.

      Our next match is Andrade “Cien” Almas versus Austin Aries. Cien gets Aries to his knees quickly with a wrist lock, but Aries is able to counter with an arm bar. Aries goes into a handstand and then hits a dropkick before taking a break and lounging on the ropes. After Cien gets a few good hits in and tries for a pin, Aries takes a break outside of the ring. He tries to throw Cien from the ring, but he catches himself on the ropes and then throws Aries towards the barricade. Cien goes to the top rope, then Aries shoves him off, sending him head first into the ramp.

      After the short commercial break, both men are back in the ring with Aries in control. Half the crowd is chanting for Aries, the other half thinks he sucks. Hugn up on the ropes, Cien manages to get a kick in to get Aries down. He is trying to get the crowd behind him, but Aries sneaks in a dropkick into a pin. Both men are on the ropes, with Cien able to elbow Aries off of him. He flips off and gets Aries down for a near pinfall. The two begin trading punches, then Aries delivers a deafening chop. Cien tries for a hurricanrana, but Aries counters it into a powerbomb to a Last Chancery, and gets the win via tap out. The crowd wasn’t as into this match as they should have been; it was a killer match.

      Our main event is Shinsuke Nakamura versus Steve Cutler, with Samoa Joe on commentary. Nakamura’s entrance gets me every single time; I’m never getting sick of this. I love the crowd participation in his song, I love his charisma; he has that special something that only comes around once in a blue. Samoa Joe doesn’t seem as impressed, but he does say that Nakamura was the better man in Brooklyn and he deserves that championship. The crowd starts chanting “Shinsuke’s gonna kill you” as the bell rings and the two men approach each other.

      Cutler tries to get close, but Nakamura won’t allow it, with well times kicks. They eventually lock up, and Nakamura sneaks in a kick to his head. The crowd is chanting for Cutler to take the count out, as Nakamura hits him with a hard knee before pinning him in the corner. He charges Cutler, who is able to counter and throw Nakamura into the corner and deliver some hard hits. He pins the champ, but Nakamura is out quick. Cutler tries for a Suplex, but Nakamura hits him with a knee and then gives us a clinic on why he is King of Strong Style. He throws Cutler over his head, then hits the Kinshasa for the win! Man, that title looks good on Nakamura. We close out the show with our champion holding his title high.

      Next week, No Way Jose will face off with Bobby Roode, which I’m anxious to see. This was an absolutely amazing episode of NXT; if you missed it tonight, get on the network now and watch! It was much better than last week’s episode. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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NXT Results and Feedback (08.24.2016)


      All new episode of NXT from Full Sail University hits tonight, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you missed Takeover: Brooklyn 2, we were treated to an amazing night and a new NXT Champion in Shinsuke Nakamura. Let’s see what the WWE Network has for us tonight!

      The show kicks off with the Perfect 10, Tye Dillinger. Crowd goes ballistic as he enters. The music for Wesley Blake hits and the crowd starts to boo. Crowd starts a ten chant, as Dillinger stalks Blake. They tie up and push off each other against the ropes. Dillinger crams him in the corner, but Blake reverses it and grabs him in a headlock. Crowd loud and angry, booing at Blake. Dillinger kicks him in the gut towards the corner and then chops him. Blake thumbs Dillinger in the eye and takes control. Huge clothesline from Blake and he covers for a one count. Chinlock puts Dillinger on the mat. Crowd starts another ten chant and Dillinger fights back, rolling Blake up for a near pinfall in a small package. Blake does a backstabber off the rope into a two count. Blake tries a move off the top rope, misses, and Dillinger makes him pay by throwing him into the corner. Clothesline, then another, stomps in the corner, and Dillinger takes control. Side Russian leg sweep and then he pulls his knee brace down. Tye Breaker finisher and Dillinger covers for the pinfall. Solid little match. Crowd was great, both guys held their own, and a nice story was told. Kept it brief and simple. Don’t fix what isn’t broken. Nice start to the show.

      Interview backstage with Bobby Roode, asked about his NXT debut at Takeover. He says beating Cien was the first step towards “cleaning up NXT.” Austin Aries cuts a great promo on Hideo Itami, also taking shots at Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. And then a really sad promo package of Bayley through the years with NXT and her heartbreaking loss at Takeover. It’s a tearjerker. And a good promo from The Revival fresh off their successful title defense this past Saturday.

      TM61 come down to face to monstrous Authors of Pain. Pain is accompanied by Paul Ellering. Before the bell even rings, Pain come into the ring and shove TM61 to the ground. The four start fighting throughout the ring. TM61 clean house and toss the Authors of Pain out of the ring, and follow them out off the ropes and leaping over the top rope to knock them down. Ellering gets his guys to settle down. Finally, the two teams go to their corners and we get two guys in the ring. The ref rings the bell. It’s not long before the Authors of Pain take over the match with some massive moves. I don’t know any of the four guys individual names yet, so forgive the limited coverage in this article. Crowd falls silent as the Authors of Pain destroy one member of TM61 in their corner. A really nice back and forth story in this one. Pain dominates harshly at times, and TM61 fights back with quick action. Nice job to all four competitors. TM61 double team and take down one of the Pain members. Near fall, but he kicks out at two. This is a fun tag match. Double powerbombs by Authors of Pain, taking down both members of TM61 at once. Pain hit their finisher for the pinfall. I really enjoyed that match. Brief, but loaded. That was pleasant to watch. Ellering is going to take them to the top.

      Only two matches tonight, but they were nice. Shinsuke Nakamura is supposed to come out next week, so we’ll find out who his next challenger is going to be as Samoa Joe needs time off to heal his jaw. See in a few for the Cruiserweight Classic!

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The Whereabouts of Eric Young


      Eric Young was with TNA Impact Wrestling for twelve years and held multiple championships during that time. He left the company in March of 2016, which immediately started the rumors of Young making the move to NXT. His former coworkers Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Bobby Roode have all made the move from TNA to WWE and have been successful since changing companies. Young did make a one-time appearance on the May 4th edition of NXT, when he confronted Samoa Joe, but he was not committed to the company at this point.

      Young reportedly left TNA on bad terms, as did Bobby Roode. The two are allegedly owed a combined six figures by TNA, who already has a bad reputation when it comes to paying their employees on time. Whether or not this is true is not for me to say; many of TNA’s employees will tell you that there is no issue whatsoever with getting paid on time, and any word otherwise is simply lies and/or someone being bitter. At this point it’s all speculation.

      According to CBS’s Jamey Eisenberg, Eric Young told him personally that he has already signed with NXT and his return is pending, but will likely occur within the next few weeks. The video package that was shown at NXT Takeover with the word “Sanity” is rumored to be connected to Young, but there are a handful of other newly signed talents that this could also be alluding to. Let us know your thoughts on Young making NXT his new home, and follow us on Twitter at @facetoheel for future updates.

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 Full Results and Feedback


      Summerslam weekend officially begins with NXT Takeover in Brooklyn. We have a very highly anticipated title match, a chance at redemption, two in-ring debuts, and some good old fashioned revenge on tonight’s horizon. The preshow kicks off at the Barclays Center with Renee Young, Mauro Ranallo, and Lita. We get a look at Shinsuke Nakamura’s arrival, which he makes alone, and then go to Samoa Joe who is flanked by security due to his out of control temper. Afterwards, Bayley takes us back to look at her journey through NXT leading up to this rematch against Asuka.

      Discussing the match between No Way Jose and Austin Aries, Ranallo believes that both men need to win tonight. We then move backstage to see Bobby Roode’s arrival; he calls Brooklyn the “armpit of New York” and says that tonight, he will take NXT to the next level and will make it glorious! Billie Kay gets interviewed afterwards, promising to make Ember Moon suffer a loss during her debut. After a look at the growing crowd, we get a look at The Revival and their opponents for the titles tonight; Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Finally, we get a fantastic look at Nakamura and Joe; I cannot WAIT for this match!

      NXT Takeover officially begins with the competitors for tonight conducting separate interviews about where they were one year ago and what they hope to accomplish tonight. It’s an incredibly cool video package. Tom Phillips and Corey Graves are on commentary for a sold out crowd, of course. Over 15,000 fans are in attendance tonight for what is sure to be a fantastic evening.

      First off, it’s party time! No Way Jose comes out and the crowd is screaming his name! Jose circles the ring with a conga line of lucky fans following behind. Austin Aries gets a fantastic pop himself as he enters the arena. This match has been two months in the making, and Aries looks confident and cocky as hell. Aries gets Jose down on the mat quick, angering Jose who better control his temper if he’s going to win. The crowd is chanting Aries’ name as Jose slaps him across the face. He slams him to the mat and hits Aries across the back, then delivers chops to the chest. Aries uses his ring awareness to avoid more attacks, exiting the ring and baiting Jose in to deliver a serious kick. Aries waves off the match and tries to retreat up the ramp, but Jose won’t allow it. He tries to go into the crowd, but Jose drags him back.

      Aries regains control and smashes Jose’s throat into the ropes before hitting him with some hard knees. Aries tries for a cover, but Jose isn’t ready to give up. The rowdy crowd is cheering for Jose, who regains his footing and sends Aries over the top rope. Aries locks in the Last Chancery in the middle of the ring, and the crowd loses it, but Jose makes it to the bottom rope to break the submission hold. Aries dives from the ring to knock Jose into the barricade, then throws him back into the ring, using the ropes to hurt Jose even more. Jose is getting fired up, but Aries is determined to break him down. He locks in the Last Chancery one last time, and it’s enough to make Jose tap. This was a great match and one hell of a way to kick off our evening!

      Aries has won the match but he isn’t done with Jose yet. He locks in the Last Chancery yet again, adding insult to injury. As he’s torturing Jose, Hideo Itami’s music hits! This is awesome! Itami goes to the ring, and Aries hits him with a cheap shot. Itami isn’t having it, he hits Aries with some fast flying hits and takes Aries down with ease. A great match just got even better with this ending it. Itami is fantastic!

      Billie Kay heads to the ring now, followed by the debuting Ember Moon! She walks out shrouded in darkness, then rips off her hood and mask and becomes a ball of energy! I like her already, and I love the red contacts! Moon has got some amazing moves, but Kay is holding her own. Kay hits Moon hard in the chest and goes for a cover, but Moon kicks free. Moon hits a flying crossbody into a cover, but Kay kicks out at two. Kay gets moon on her shoulder to lock her in a submission hold that doesn’t look comfortable for either woman. Moon regains control, doing a flip to hit Kay in the corner. She goes to the top rope and hits a spinning stunner to pin Kay for the win! A couple speedbumps in this match, but overall a very solid debut for Moon. I’m eager to see what else she has in her arsenal.

      Andrade “Cien” Almas is undefeated, and Roode is just now making his on-screen debut, so this is a must win for both men. Roode’s music hits and the crowd loses it! He is on top of a giant pillar of awesomeness, arms outstretched, slowly lowering him to the ground as he looks up at the lights. His entrance is GLORIOUS! Almas sadly does not get the warm welcome that Roode received. The match begins as the crowd starts a “This is GLORIOUS” chant for Roode. Brooklyn is all about Bobby Roode tonight. Roode tries to throw Cien from the ring, but he catches himself in the ropes and poses, then hits a serious chop followed by a dropkick. Still, very little fan support for our high flier. He finally fakes out Roode and gets a good reaction from the audience. Roode knocks Cien from the ropes, then the two men begin trading chops.

      Roode lifts Cien straight up in the air, then hits a vertical suplex into a cover. He gets Cien in a chinlock in the center of the ring, but Cien breaks free, kicks Roode from the ring, and delivers a springboard corkscrew onto Roode. He then hits a crossbody for the win, but Roode kicks out. Cien tries to build momentum but Roode hits a rough clothesline and tries for a pin. Roode tries for a suplex, but Cien counters and rolls him into a pin. A lot of close calls during this match. Roode hits a spinebuster and looks ready to end this match. He hits the Glorious Bomb and pins Cien for the win. Questionable finisher, but great match for both men. It was, dare I say… GLORIOUS!

      Time for some tag team action; Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are challenging The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championships. The Brooklyn crowd is very much behind Gargano and Ciampa, so we’ll see if luck will be on their side or if the fans are in for a letdown. Dawson and Ciampa start things off, with Dawson rolling out of the ring to break Ciampa’s momentum. Dawson is nearly counted out, getting back in the ring at the last second. Gargano is tagged in and the two team up against Dawson, with Gargano going for a pin. The “Johnny Wrestling” chants begin as Gargano tries to keep control and Wilder tries to drag his partner back to his corner. Wilder tags in and Gargano is able to get him into an arm bar, but Wilder lifts him and slams him into the mat, tagging Dawson back in. The Revival try to double team Gargano, but he sees it coming a mile away, slides to safety, but then all four get in the ring and start fighting. The Revival quickly move out of the ring, but Gargano dives out to take down Wilder, and his tag partner follows to destroy Dawson. The Revival soon begin using quick tags to keep their opponent down and isolated in the wrong corner of the ring.

      The Revival try and steal a victory, but Ciampa isn’t done fighting. He tries tagging in Gargano, but Wilder won’t let him reach. To Ciampa’s credit, he is kicking out of everything they throw his way. Wilder fakes a fall into the ring, distracting the ref. Ciampa tags in Gargano, but the referee didn’t see it and throws Gargano back out to the apron. Dawson knocks Gargano off of the apron and tries to attack Ciampa, but he dodges. Gargano finally gets the legal tag in and hits a kick to the side of Dawson’s face, but he kicks out! He pins him AGAIN for another nearfall, and this is intense at this point. They have got to be trying to give us heart attacks with all these hear falls. Ciampa locks Dawson in a painful looking submission, but Wilder is able to break it up. Ciampa and Dawson look ANGRY at this point, and begin trading punches. Wilder and Gargano and legal; Ciampa and Gargano hit a double kick to Wilder’s face and he is pinned, but he gets his foot on the rope. HOLY SHIT, GUYS. Dawson is attacking Ciampa outside of the ring, then Wilder hits Gargano’s knee hard; he looks injured. Dawson locks in a submission, targeting Gargano’s injured knee, and he finally taps. I’ve gotta say, I’m let down at a tap out victory after such an epic tag team match. Even with a shaky finish, this was incredible. What a show. Gargano and Ciampa receive a standing ovation from the crowd after the champs leave the arena.

      It’s time to see if Bayley can recapture the NXT Women’s title! She comes out first to a huge pop; everyone loves Bayley! I love the addition of the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Men at ringside. Asuka is out next, and she’s added a bit to the face paint; she looks intimidating as hell and ready for a fight. The “Asuka’s gonna kill you” chants start as Referee Eyebrows holds the title above his head. This is a different Bayley we’re seeing tonight; she knows what to expect now from Asuka and she is better prepared. Asuka hits Bayley hard in the nose with her knee, and Bayley looks legitimately hurt as Asuka laughs. Bayley isn’t giving up; she gets back in the ring and Asuka continues her assault. She slams Bayley in the corner, pounding her into the ringpost. Bayley tries to get a hit in, but Asuka dodges and gets Bayley caught up on the ropes. She lands a vicious kick to Bayley’s head, then tries for a cover. Bayley finally gets control, slamming Asuka’s face into the ringpost and hitting a suplex to take her down. She hits a knee to Asuka’s face as she lays on the mat and goes for a pin. Asuka gets herself caught in the ropes, and Bayley takes advantage to land some punches. She hits a crossbody into a pin, but Asuka kicks out.

      The “Bayley’s gonna hug you” chant starts as she goes to the top rope, but Asuka dodges the effort and retaliates with a Shining Wizard. The two women are on the top rope, Asuka trying for a superplex, but Bayley slips away. She hits Asuka with an elbow drop, but can’t get her down for the three count. Asuka gets Bayley in an ankle lock, then starts hitting her with kicks to the chest. Bayley finally catches her leg, but Asuka starts punching her in the face. Bayley tries for a backslide into a pin, but it doesn’t work. Asuka tries for the Asuka Lock, finally getting it in; Bayley is in trouble. She yells, flipping herself over and managing to get to her feet to fight the champ off. She hits a Bayley to Belly into a pin, but Asuka kicks out. Bayley gets caught in the Asuka Lock yet again, but Bayley breaks loose and pins the champ, but she kicks free. She slaps Asuka across the face, angering the champ who kicks her in the face. As Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch look on, Asuka pins Bayley in the middle of the ring for the win. This was an excellent match, and I’m glad Bayley has Banks and Lynch there for support. Bayley is looking broken in the middle of the ring. Asuka learn down and pulls Bayley up, and the two embrace in the middle of the ring. It’s really nice to see the match end in this way; a show of mutual respect. As the crowd chants “Thank You Bayley,” she exits the ring and goes to hug Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and some of her adoring fans. Thank you, Bayley.

      It’s time for our main event! Samoa Joe leaves the locker room flanked by security while Shinsuke Nakamura sits alone in his locker room to prepare quietly. I probably won’t cover this match in too much detail because I want to watch as much as possible. HOLY SHIT THEY HAVE SOMEONE PLAYING VIOLIN LIVE FOR SHINSUKE! This entrance!!!! Fifteen thousand people singing Nakamura’s theme as he walks to the ring. Magical, is the only word to describe it. Samoa Joe comes out without all the bells and whistles, but the crowd is still chanting his name. Joe shows Nakamura no respect, shoving him as soon as he gets into the ring. The bell rings as Brooklyn sings Nakamura’s entrance song. This is epic. The two go down to the mat, and neither is able to gain the advantage.

      Joe locks Nakamura’s wrist and takes him to his knees, but Nakamura breaks out. Joe gets his arms around Nakamura’s head; the two go to the corner and Nakamura starts taunting his opponent before laying in some hard knees to Joe’s midsection. The two move outside of the ring and just barely beat the count back into the ring. Joe hits an insugiri but doesn’t even bother going for a cover. Nakamura gains control back and hits a knee on Joe’s face, but Joe quickly counters and sends Nakamura to the mat outside of the ring. Joe dives from the ring to take his challenger down, then rolls him back into the ring for a cover. Joe has the clear strength advantage here, but Nakamura refuses to lay down. He gets Nakamura’s arm locked behind his body, but he gets to the bottom rope to break Joe’s hold. Every time Nakamura gets the edge, Joe knocks him down. Nakamura lifts Joe to the top rope and delivers a knee to the midsection. Is this match going to go until 11pm? Because it should. It should go on forever.

      The King of Strong Style is in control, but Joe is able to hit a counter; not full strength but enough to stop his momentum for the moment. Joe hits Nakamura HARD and send him spinning. Nakamura tries for a cross armbreaker, but Joe has his hands locked in and won’t allow it. Joe locks in a Cloverleaf to try and get Nakamura to tap, but he makes it to the bottom rope. I lied when I said I wouldn’t cover in detail; there is too much going on to skip over anything! Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch, but Nakamura gets his foot on the bottom rope. Nakamura hits a German Suplex to send Joe flying! The crowd is losing it! But Joe hits a powerslam and pins Nakamura, nearly getting the victory. The nearfalls are coming now; this is getting tense. I am now cussing in my living room. Nakamura hits two kinshasas and HE WINS THE TITLE! More f-bombs are dropped; I can’t believe it! What an amazing moment! This is quite honestly the best ending to a PPV. I love Nakamura and I am so happy right now, there are no words. Nakamura goes undefeated still, taking down the beast that is Samoa Joe. Top this, Summerslam. I dare you.

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NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 2 Match Card and Predictions


      On the night before Summerslam, The Barclays Center in New York will host NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II. I’m insanely jealous of everyone living in the area and with the money to travel who gets to attend what will be an amazing show. NXT is everything right about wrestling; they know their product, they know their fans, and they know exactly what to do and how to do it to produce A+ shows on a consistent basis. Let’s take a look at the Takeover match card and make some predictions.

      Ember Moon vs Billie Kay – Singles Match

      You may know the mysterious Ember Moon better as Athena if you are familiar with Shimmer, Women Superstars Uncensored, or Anarchy Championship Wrestling where she has competed regularly. Moon has wrestled since 2007, training at Reality of Wrestling, formerly known as Booker T’s Pro Wrestling Alliance. She signed with NXT in September 2015, making her in-ring debut in October in a tag match. She also competed in a dark match at NXT Takeover: The End in June 2016. Moon has held multiple championships and was ranked number 23 of the top 50 female wrestlers in Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2014. With Nia Jax now on the main roster, I’m thinking that Moon is stepping up to fill Jax’s former role of the strong arm and unstoppable force. I’m excited to see what she has in store for us. She’ll be facing Billie Kay, who is a strong opponent and doesn’t hold back in the ring. I hope Moon lives up to the hype and gives Kay a run for her money.

      F2H Prediction – Ember Moon

      The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) (c) vs Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa – NXT Tag Team Championship Match

      The Revival are two time tag champions and are currently the most dominant team in NXT. Dawson and Wilder took the titles back from American Alpha and have called all the other tag teams unworthy ever since. Both TM61 and Ciampa and Gargano wanted a shot at the titles, but TM61 missed out on their shot this time around. Ciampa and Gargano recently competed against each other at the Cruiserweight Classic, and it was the best match they’ve had so far. Dawson and Wilder are talented, but their opponents are equally as so, and they just might have the edge here. This is going to be a fast-paced, action filled fight that you won’t want to miss.

      F2H Prediction – Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa

      No Way Jose vs Austin Aries – Singles Match

      I’m a big fan of No Way Jose. On the surface, he’s a goofy dancing gimmick that is geared towards the kids, but underneath the big hair and dance moves, he’s a serious wrestler. His opponent is the greatest man who ever lived, Austin Aries, who is a serious athlete in his own right. Aries was a powerhouse in Impact Wrestling and brought all that intensity with him when he signed with NXT. Their feud started innocently enough, with Jose trying to help Aries, and Aries turning on his new friend. We got to see the intense side of Jose for the first time, and it came across beautifully. He can play both the goofball and the powerhouse with minimal effort. I’m expecting to see a lot of high flying and risky moves in this match.

      F2H Prediction – Austin Aries

      Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Bobby Roode – Singles Match

      I’m thrilled that Roode is finally making his on-screen debut. My husband and I were lucky enough to see him compete at an NXT live event back in July, and the crowd reaction he received was very positive. He has established himself as a serious heel and makes a perfect opponent for Almas. Like Roode, Almas is also very new to NXT and has established himself as a strong competitor. This will be interesting, as the two men have very different wrestling styles. I quite honestly don’t know what to expect out of this match, but it should be a good one.

      F2H Prediction – Bobby Roode

      Asuka (c) vs Bayley – Women’s Championship Match

      Ever since Bayley lost the Women’s title to Asuka, she has been on a rough path to redemption. Bayley connects with fans in a way few others are able to, and she is well respected backstage. Asuka is quite different from Bayley as far as personality goes. She doesn’t try to connect with fans or colleagues. Instead, she looks to dominate and intimidate. Bayley was not pinned and did not submit when she lost the title to Asuka; she passed out and was unable to continue the match, so the referee called the match in Asuka’s favor. If she can avoid being caught in the Asuka Lock again, she definitely has a great chance at winning. Bayley doesn’t give up. On the flip side, Asuka has never had to give up because she always comes out on top. This match will be a wonderful example of what women’s wrestling can and should be, and is 100% main event worthy.

      F2H Prediction – Bayley

      Samoa Joe (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – NXT Championship Match

      I absolutely cannot wait to see this match! Samoa Joe has been on a warpath ever since signing with NXT, and succeeded in taking the title off of Finn Balor to become our reigning NXT champ. Shinsuke Nakamura has gone undefeated since his debut with NXT and shows no signs of slowing down. Nakamura is one of a kind and captivates the audience in a way no one else quite can. I’m so excited to see Nakamura getting a title shot. He stated that he had to beat the icon, Finn Balor, before becoming champion and he accomplished exactly that. Now, he’s on his way to the top of the company. Unfortunately for him, he has a giant obstacle in his way. These two are so vastly different in every imaginable way except for one; both can hit hard and hit often. This main event could quite possibly overshadow everything we see at Summerslam; it wouldn’t be the first time that NXT has outdone the main roster. Whatever you do, do not miss this.

      F2H Prediction – Shinsuka Nakamura

      Watch Takeover live on the WWE Network at 8pm, with the preshow starting at 7:30pm. If you don’t have the network, you will get a free month when you sign up, so you have nothing to lose but a few hours of your time. Let us know in the comments below what match you’re most looking forward to and whether or not you think NXT will outshine SummerSlam. And please check out our Go Fund Me page to help us out.

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Is “The Cowboy” James Storm Parting Ways With TNA?


      Is James Storm done with TNA? At Impact Wrestling’s taping in Orlando on August 17th, Storm reportedly announced that he has fulfilled his obligations to the company, and due to some “bullshit contract stuff” that happened, he is done for good. Storm also commented that he wanted his last match to be against Bram, and teased an NXT return to possibly team up with Bobby Roode.

      On Monday, August 15th, Storm tweeted:

“Due to some things that happened this Thursday on @IMPACTWRESTLING.
It seems I can’t talk about things yet due to some legal BS.”

      Impact Wrestling retweeted this comment, lending to the theory that this is all part of a storyline and Storm is not actually leaving the company. He is “indefinitely suspended” thanks to Billy Corgan after tonight’s episode, so he could just be taking a breather and some much deserved time off.

      Storm was absent from most of this week’s Impact tapings, but this was due to a pre-approved vacation and had nothing to do with any sort of ‘contract bullshit,’ as he said. If he is truly departing, I would thoroughly enjoy seeing him reunite with Roode in NXT; those two could do a hell of a lot together. That said, all signs point to storyline, so we’ll have to keep watching Impact to see how this develops.

      What do you all think? Is it a work or a shoot? Has TNA seen the end of The Cowboy, James Storm, or is he ready to revitalize and take on an entirely new path in his career as a TNA Original? Let us know in the comments below. And please take a moment to check out our Go Fund Me page. Enjoy your night, wrestling fans!

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