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This blog predates Jack Swagger's gimmick shift by a year. I named it after Hulk Hogan's entrance theme.

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Real American Live Reactions – NXT Takeover: Unstoppable Tag Team Championship Match

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Here come Enzo, Big Cass and Carmella for the Tag Team Championship match and if you read my “Payback, Unstoppable and Elimination Chamber Oh My!” post from this weekend, then you know that I’ve been waiting for a while now for Carmella to turn on Enzo & Cass.  It just feels to me like the right thing for her to do is go out on her own and her character is kind of a bitch, so it makes sense that when they get their biggest opportunity, she finally sticks the knife in their back if it’s gonna happen tonight.  Here come the tag champions and Wesley Blake is wearing freaking pigtails in his hair.  What in the blue hell was he thinking?

Enzo and Blake start things off, running the ropes and Enzo hits a Crossbody for a near fall.  Enzo with a very nice Dropkick for another near fall.  Didn’t know Enzo had that in him.  Enzo with a headlock.  Blake forces him into the corner and there is a tag to Big Cass.  Blake backs down and makes the tag to Murphy.  Murphy with a big chop and Cass no sells it.  Cass is a great entertainer.  Every time I watch him, his ring psychology and personality just remind me so much of Edge.  Murphy & Blake lure him out to the floor and take the advantage with a cheap shot.  It’s now Murphy and Enzo as the legal men and Murphy wears Enzo down and throws him around the ring a bit.  This goes on for a while, Enzo with a Schoolboy for a near fall.  Blind tag to Blake, knocks Cass off the apron with a cheap shot.  Double team Power Bomb on Enzo for a near fall.  Murphy beats up Enzo some more, Enzo fires back and hits a Flying DDT.  It wasn’t quite a Tornado DDT as there was almost no rotation.  Just dive on the guy, straight down into a DDT.  Tag to Big Cass and Cass has a big boot for each of the tag team champions.  Empire Elbow into a pin, broken up.  Cass takes care of both champs again and hits Blake with a Sidewalk Slam.  Tag to Enzo.  Cass drags him limply to the corner and drags Enzo up to the top rope and gets ready for a Rocket Launcher, but now Alexa Bliss comes out to attack Carmella and cause a distraction.  Superkick on Cass, Enzo tries to get back up on the turnbuckle and Alexa knocks him down and crotches him on the top turnbuckle.  He falls into the ring and Blake covers him for three as the champions retain.

An entertaining match that I thought was surprisingly well executed.  Enzo really impressed me in the ring tonight, snapping off a few nice crisp moves.  He’s known more for his mic work than his wrestling.

Real American Live Reactions – NXT Takeover: Unstoppable Preshow

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Right away, looking at the preshow panel I’m a little disappointed.  In the past, we’ve had guys like Paul Heyman and current or former Main Roster wrestlers join the NXT preshow panels just like they used to do with the PPV preshow panels.  Tonight, unless there is a surprise or two, it’s just Renee Young with Byron Saxton and Corey Graves.  And unless I’m mistaken, that’s the entire Main Roster PPV preshow team save for Booker T.  I miss having Heyman and the bigger name wrestlers on the preshow because they were usually the most entertaining.  I don’t have anything against Renee Young, I think she’s a fairly decent interviewer, but really the interview segments that WWE puts together have been as bland as plain yogurt for several years now.  She was actually a lot better working with William Regal on commentary for NXT than these guys they have doing it now.  And Byron Saxton gets on the mic and is just so bland and insightful.  As much as I criticize Michael Cole, he’s at least excitable.  Cole at least reacts to what’s going on, even if the result is usually ignorant.  Corey Graves is just Mr. Cool on the panels.  He’s always calm, cool and collected and like Saxton he’s not very excitable, but he’s not bland.  He puts his personality out there on full display and while you don’t usually hear his reactions in his voice, you see them on his face.  And he usually says things that make sense and don’t bore you to death.  For a guy that’s mostly there because his in-ring career got cut short due to injuries and WWE is doing right by him, he’s pretty decent at what he does.

It’s been reported for a while now that Hideo Itami had a shoulder injury that was going to keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks and news broke earlier this week that he was officially being pulled from the Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match.  On the preshow tonight, they sold his injury as a parking lot attack perpetrated by Kevin Owens.

Greg Hamilton interview with Stephanie McMahon, basically just a back-patting interview over the success of NXT.  Nothing she’s saying is wrong, but a lot of it doesn’t really need to be said.  The people who are watching NXT already know how awesome it’s been to this point.