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 Posted: Wed Jun 15th, 2022 03:58 am
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A Tuesday drunk? Nice.
Takes too many days to recover for those these days for me.



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khawk wrote: A Tuesday drunk? Nice.
Takes too many days to recover for those these days for me.

Working from home plus day off for kindergarten graduation plus transitioning to a new job in 2 weeks. All of that equals me not giving a fuck and having 5 drinks of Ketel plus 2 shots of Metallica’s Blackened on a Tuesday night while watching the Yankees game and then skimming though another appalling episode of NXT. 



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Joe Gacy introduces 2 unnamed robes men to wrestle 2 jobbers, and they have a ridiculously competitive match for 7 minutes. How do you fuck up a squash match?!



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Joe Gacy introduces 2 unnamed robed men to wrestle 2 jobbers, and they have a ridiculously competitive match for 7 minutes. How do you fuck up a squash match?!



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Tony D’Angelo promotes Two Dimes from Associate to Soldier and proclaims his family the strongest in NXT. That aged well.



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Bron Breakker absolutely destroys Duke Hudson in what seemed like a gay-bashing. Shame! Shame!

Then Cameron Grimes comes out and says, “Everyone knows that if you didn’t have that last name, you wouldn’t have that NXT championship.”  Um, but he doesn’t have that last name. They changed it. This makes no sense. 



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After watching the match between Two Dimes and Stacks vs. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams, I can understand why Two Dimes was fired but can’t understand why the other 3 weren’t.



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srossi wrote: That Apollo Crews vignette at the diner…there are no words.
Nigerian prince. Angry black man. He's going through all the stereotypes. Next week he'll be a Black Panther or join the Nation of Islam.

Thoughts...

This show is so, so, so, bad. But it's back into so bad it's good territory. None of these guys know how to wrestle. They want to put them on TV when they should still be learning the basics, so they are being given more complicated stuff to do that they can't pull off. Pretty much every time there is any kind of lift or throw, you can see the opponent jumping into the move. They don't have the timing down yet. You hardly ever see indie goofs who don't have the benefit of editing and multiple camera angles do that.

Also, none of them can act. Apart from Bron Breakker. He's the only one whose acting isn't completely amateur. (EDIT: The big Indian guy isn't bad. And Grimes...) Apollo Crews has been in WWE for over seven years, and he can't even read a voiceover script with conviction.

If someone would kick the crap out of Wendy Choo they would be the biggest babyface in all of wrestling. A confetti gun into a distraction roll-up? Fuck off.

Imagine having to make your wrestling debut wearing a velvet hooded robe. Roberts and Martel in the blindfold match could see better than those two. One of them was wearing work boots as well. These guys would have been rejected as WCW jobbers on Worldwide back in the day for being too goofy. If you ever need to prove that wrestling is fake, show them this match. Imagine having to put these two over. Surely the end game is to have Gacy's enemies pretend to be the hooded guys, and Breakker would have gotten a big pop by doing that, but Gacy isn't even feuding with anyone now.

The real mafia should whack Tony D'Angelo for bringing the Italian-American community into disrepute. What is the audience supposed to do with these fugazi mafia in-ring segments. Apart from wanting them to end? There is no reason for the audience to connect with any of this nonsense. If they are going to do this, it should be done on location, not in the ring. Wade Barrett should be on QVC with his willingness to sell anything with how enthusiastic was was about the watches. Not a single cheer for the two guys who came out to interrupt this abomination, so they must be the least over wrestlers in the history of wrestling. When Tony asked for a title shot, they piped in some mildly-enthusiastic crowd noise while the live crowd set on their hands.

The Grimes promo was good. At least Breakker has a real wrestler to work with again. Why was that not at the end of the show? I gave up after that, it started to get pretty dull.

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Kriss wrote: The real mafia should whack Tony D'Angelo for bringing the Italian-American community into disrepute. What is the audience supposed to do with these fugazi mafia in-ring segments. Apart from wanting them to end? There is no reason for the audience to connect with any of this nonsense. If they are going to do this, it should be done on location, not in the ring. Wade Barrett should be on QVC with his willingness to sell anything with how enthusiastic was was about the watches. Not a single cheer for the two guys who came out to interrupt this abomination, so they must be the least over wrestlers in the history of wrestling. When Tony asked for a title shot, they piped in some mildly-enthusiastic crowd noise while the live crowd set on their hands.

The Grimes promo was good. At least Breakker has a real wrestler to work with again. Why was that not at the end of the show? I gave up after that, it started to get pretty dull.

I still can't figure out who the faces and heels are.  Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams are heels, entering a new feud with Tony D'Angelo's crew, who all appear to be heels, a crew that was just expanded after the heel D'Angelo made the heel Santos Escobar join, which completely negates the premise of the stipulation since they were all heels in the first place and now they're still all acting like heels.

And so is Cameron Grimes a heel now too?  I've never heard anyone cut a promo about his dead father before and that be the start of a heel turn.  Grimes was maybe the only over babyface left.  They have to be intentionally sabotaging this show for some reason. 



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Reports are HHH is once again in charge of the PC and NXT



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I tried to check out NXT 2.0 again tonight because it's the first show with HHH back in control (supposedly), but this show is too far gone to save. I made it 40 minutes but it's just dreadful.  We need a whole different board to talk about this show compared to AEW, not just a different thread.



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Two Dimes got whacked. Surely having a high-ranking mafioso admitting to orchestrating a murder live on their TV is something else the WWE board might want to investigate.



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I skimmed the rest of the show. There was nothing to watch until the final segment other than Mandy Rose being particularly cheeky. The main event slot with the promo segment between Breakker and Grimes was great. Grimes is a tremendous promo and Breakker is already better than almost everyone on the WWE roster despite probably cutting less than 10 real promos in front of a crowd so far.  Those two are on such a different level than the rest of NXT, and of course Grimes is exactly the type of talent they like to cut because he has a good indy background, the difference being he wasn't a big enough indy darling before being signed so they let it slide.  Smart thinking.



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Kriss wrote: Two Dimes got whacked. Surely having a high-ranking mafioso admitting to orchestrating a murder live on their TV is something else the WWE board might want to investigate.

The clip I just watched shows DeAngelo saying Two Dimes "made a move for his chair" which justifies him sleeping with the fishes.   In the last taping where Escobar misdirected a foreign object toward Carmelo Hayes, there was also the match where Two Dimes accidentally tripped his own family member leading to the team's loss.   It would be interesting to know who booked things this way as a precursor to Two Dimes' release, and if they knew it would be a cleaner way to tie up the storyline by the next taping.    Continuity has never been their strong suit, though, so it could have been something they lucked into.

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I checked out Level Up this morning. I was interested to see the debut match of "Hank Walker". Not that he is supposed to be anything special, but he's one of the NIL college sports (football here) failures making his first appearance (after one house show match) on television after three months of training. Interesting choice of ring gear... jeans, an oversized shirt and Timberland boots. Looked every bit the farmboy that they were pushing him as (although poor Nigel McGuiness was scripted to believe that he was Seth Rogen) and you wouldn't guess that he was a professional wrestler in a million years. At least his opponent, Stacks, was wearing wrestling boots with his slacks and white vest combo.

It wasn't a wrestling match. Just a series of basic wrestling 101 moves one after the other. Nothing was sold except immediately after the move. Not even an attempt to tell a story. Stacks won without cheating, without any help from Tony D'Angelo on the outside. Surely in a basic wrestling match, the heel always cheats to win, because I don't think this was meant to be a squash match, it was supposed to be somewhat even and competitive.

The best (and by best I mean funniest) was when Walker ripped of his shirt, to the delight of the crowd, to reveal his pasty white wobbly belly, which probably points to one of the reasons he washed out his dreams of pro football. I really don't care what a guy's body looks like if he's a good performer, but this just shows that this dude knows nothing about sports entertainment or the company he works for. Rumor has is that Gangrel lost all favor with Vince McMahon when one day his puffy shirt rode up and exposed his out of shape body. I'd be inclined to think that someone did him dirty by letting him go to the ring looking like this. I expect to see him released very soon.


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