NXT TakeOver San Antonio Recap: The ‘Glorious’ era of NXT is upon us as Bobby Roode is champion

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NXT Takeover took place from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Charly Caruso and Corey Graves hosted the NXT pre-show. Biggest news to come out of pre-show was Graves announcing that this was his final broadcast on NXT and introduced Nigel McGuinness as his new replacement, and will join Tom Phillips and Percy Watson to call NXT each week.

Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young

Dillinger came out and received a huge reaction. Young came out to the ring with Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe. Highlights include Dillinger scaling to the top and suplexes Young off the top and but only gets a two-count. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Wolfe, then superkicks Dane. Dillinger hits the Tye Breaker on Young but Wolfe puts on the bottom rope to stop the count. Dillinger dives to the floor and takes out both Dane and Wolfe. Dillinger attempts to spin-the-cat but Young counter and connects with the wheelbarrow neck breaker and gets the win. 

Winner: Eric Young 

Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Cien Almas 

Almas worked on the left arm of Strong. But Strong comes back with a Gord Buster and a running knee in the corner. Almas went back working on the arm of Strong and applied a modified Fujiwara armbar but Strong gets to the bottom rope. Strong blocks the hammerlock DDT and hits a flying knee, a suplex onto Almas’ chest and then lands the Sick Kick and pins Almas.

Winner: Roderick Strong

NXT Tag Team Championship: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Authors of Pain

Highlights include: Gargano and Ciampa connecting with suicide dives to both on opposite sides of the ring. Ciampa delivered German suplexes to both Akim and Rezar and to a big reaction. Gargano and Ciampo both speared Akim through the ropes into the ring. The Authors connected with a combination of a sit out powerbomb / reverse neck breaker to Ciampa but he kicked out. 

Ciampa applies the armbar to Akim, Rezar returns and Gargano applies the crossface to him for the double submission attempt (playing of the NXT TakeOver: Toronto finish with The Revival) Rezar powers out and slams Gargano on top of Ciampa to break out of the submission. Ending comes with the Authors, countering the double knees who catch them and powerbomb into each other and then hit the Last Chapter to Ciampa for the win.

Winners: The Authors of Pain are the new NXT Tag Team champions

Seth Rollins calls out Triple H 

NXT TakeOver came to a halt as Seth Rollins ran into the ring and demanded that Triple H comes out and faces him (crowd went crazy) Triple H eventually came out from the back and sent security to escort Rollins out. Rollins attacks security but was eventually taken away. This angle was terrific which sets up the build for their WrestleMania match. 

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross

Highlights include: Asuka connecting with a double German suplex on both Kay and Royce for a big reaction. Cross nailed Asuka with draping spinning neck breaker off the apron to the floor. Cross connected with a crossbody off the top to Kay and Royce to the floor. Cross, Kay and Royce brawled near the announce table as both Royce and Kay vertical suplex Cross through another table. Kay and Royce, ran back to the ring and continued to double team Asuka as Royce nailed the Widow’s Peak but Asuka kicked out. Finish came with Asuka nailing spinning wheel kick to both Kay and Royce for the victory.

Winner: Asuka retains the NXT Women’s championship

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode 

Bobby Roode came down to the ring with eight women in gowns. While, Nakamura came down to the ring on a small platform. Crowd went insane for Nakamura entrance. Crowd was super hot for the match. 

Highlights include: Nakamura hitting Roode with a running knee from the floor then drops a knee to the back of the head. Nakamura then connected with a running knee in the corner then had Roode set up for the Kinshasa. But Roode played possum as he rolled up Nakamura and then with a back stabber. Nakamura attempted another Kinshasa but Roode countered with a roll up and used the ropes for leverage but the referee caught him. 

Nakamura mounts a comeback with with knees to the head and stomps and then into a flying armbar into a triangle. Nakamura finally connects with the Kinshasa but doesn’t get all of it and Roode kicks out. Roode was on the edge of the apron as Nakamura connects with another Kinshasa as both wrestlers were on the floor. Nakamura returns to the ring and connects with another Kinshasa but is favouring his knee from the injury he suffered on the floor as Roode is laid out. 

The trainers checked on Nakamura’s knee but insists on continuing with the match as Roode takes advantage and hits the Glorious DDT for a terrific near fall. Roode then applied a half-crab to the injured leg but Nakamura counters and attempted a triangle but couldn’t apply the hold because of the injury. Roode hit another Glorious DDT on Nakamura and gets the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode is the new NXT champion. 

Overall: Nakamara and Roode had the best match of the night. DIY looked great in the loss and Asuka continues to impress and remains undefeated. 

After loosing to Young, looks this this maybe Dillinger’s swan song from NXT and Samoa Joe who was seen chilling in the crowd and may also be on his way to the main roster and could make his debut at the Royal Rumble. 

NXT TakeOver: San Antonio was a pretty good as TakeOver never doesn’t disappoint despite the lack of the superstars compared to the main roster. But the quality of wrestling on NXT remains solid thoughtout the roster.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line Recap: Charlotte is the Queen of the Women’s division as Jericho and Owens are together again.

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After watching tonights episode of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line PPV it seemed like I was watching just another episode of Monday Night Raw with longer matches. Simply put this show had only one objective to set up rivalries and feuds for the Royal Rumble which starts of the kickoff to WrestleMania. So without wasting anymore time here are my ups and downs coming out of WWE Roadblock: End of the Line. 

The Ups: 

WWE Universal Championship Match: Kevin Owens def. Roman Reigns by DQ. 

Some highlights in the match included Owens landing a pair of frog splashes to Reigns on the outside which caused the announce table to break. Reigns ended up breaking the referees ‘10’ count but Owens nailed a third frog splash but Reigns kick-out again. Owens nailed a pop-up powerbomb on Reigns but snuck his foot on the bottom rope. Reigns nailed Owens with a spear which led to Chris Jericho coming down to the ring. Jericho nailed Owens with a codebreaker for the dq. 

The fans did cheer as Jericho and Owens are united again. But what took place post match was more interesting as Owens speared Reigns on the outside, as Rollins nailed Jericho with a pedigree. Reigns and Rollins delivered The Shield powerbomb to Jericho through the announce table. Then caught Owens who was limping away, and delivered The Shield powerbomb to Owens through the announce table. 

Raw women’s championship (30-minute Iron Man match): Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks 3–2 in OT.

Banks and Charlotte delivered yet another terrific match. Early on in the match Banks went for the Bank Statement but Charlotte escaped. Banks tossed Charlotte to the outside and nailed a suicide dive. Charlotte kicked Banks leg on the apron as she crashed face first on the steel steps. 

Charlotte nailed Banks with the Natural Selection but Banks kicked out. Banks tried to stop Charlotte on the top turnbuckle, but fought her off and nailed the Natural Selection from the top and pins Banks around the 19:00 minute mark for the first fall. 

Soon after that Banks cradled up Charlotte and got the pin and tied up the match 1–1 around the 8:00 minute mark. Later on in the match Charlotte misses a moonsault of the top turnbuckle as Banks capitalizes and locks in the Bank Statement. Charlotte tapped out as Banks is now up 2–1 with 6:00 minutes remaining. 

Charlotte came down with her knee on to Banks knee. As a great heel Charlotte worked on Banks knee and locked in the figure-four then transitions into the Figure 8 leg lock as Banks is forced to tap out with just 0:02 seconds left. It was announced that the match would go into overtime as Charlotte attacked Banks before OT began. 

Banks nailed Charlotte with a backbreaker, sells the knee injury then applies the Bank Statement. Banks mouth got busted open from a shot to the mouth and was bleeding heavily. While in the Bank Statement, Charlotte nicely transitioned into the figure-four. Charlotte then turned the figure-four into a Figure 8 leg lock as Banks tapped out in OT. 

Banks and Charlotte have raised the bar to the next level in the women’s division. Not a fan of the Raw Women’s Championship getting swapped as Roadblock: End of the Line looked to conclude this great feud as Charlotte is now a 4x Women’s champion. 

Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho. 

Highlights in the match included Rollins going for a springboard but Jericho caught him with a dropkick as Rollins was sent tumbling to the ground. Rollins attempted a pedigree but was blocked by Jericho who then went for the Walls of Jericho but Rollins countered. Jericho side-stepped a springboard flying knee and applies the Walls of Jericho as Rollins made it to the bottom rope. Rollins then went for a frog-splash but missed as Jericho nailed the lionsault but Rollins kicked out. 

Owens ran down ringside but Rollins fought him off, Jericho rolled up Rollins and had the match won but the ref was distracted by Owens. Jericho started to yell at Owens, then attempted a codebreaker but Rollins countered into a pedigree and got the win. 

Both Rollins and Jericho put on a great match and Owens interference added more to a potential match with Y2J in the coming months. Rollins winning was the right decision as it leads him to closer to facing Triple H most likely at WrestleMania. 

Raw Tag-Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus def. The New Day

Highlighted included Cesaro pressing Kingston in the air and lands an uppercut in mid-air for a two-count. Kingston tags in Big E. and spears Sheamus off the apron to the floor. Cesaro swings Kingston then transitions into a sharpshooter. Sheamus tagged himself in, as Xavier Woods shoved Kingston out of the way and took the Brogue kick, Kingston then connected with the S.O.S. but Sheamus kicked out. 

Ending came when Sheamus went for the tag, but Cesaro moved his hand so Sheamus never tagged in, Cesaro went for Kingston which led to Sheamus rolling up Kingston for the win ending the New Day tag-team championship reign. Good match by both teams who have great chemistry together. Interested to see what happens on Raw. 

The Downs:

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Rich Swann def. The Brian Kendrick and T.J. Perkins.

Crowd was completely out of this match as the cruiserweight division hasn’t connected with the Raw crowd like the CWC did on the WWE Network. Highlight in the match was Kendrick applying the Captain’s Hook to Swann. Perkins stops the submission and puts Kendrick into the knee bar and Swann splashes Perkins to break his submission. In the end Swann landed the the spinning wheel kick on Perkins and got the win. 

After the match, Neville music played as he came down to the ring and attacked both Perkins and Swann . After Neville laid out both Perkins and Swann the crowd chanted “Thank You Neville” It’s clear that Neville is now the main heel in the cruiserweight division while Austin Aires is out out action due to injury. 

Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman 

There was a strict 10-minute time limit for the match as WWE was playing up the underdog story with Zayn. Strowman was in complete control of the match and had a chance to win the match but stopped the pin. Raw GM Mick Foley came down to the ring with a towel in hand as the crowd chanted “Delete” Strowman charged into Zayn but got crashed into the ring post. Strowman charged again but crashed through the barricade. Ending came when Zayn connected with a crossbody off the top but Strowman powered out. Zayn returns and nailed the Helluva kick as time expires and Zayn was declared the winner by lasting 10:00.

Overall 

Like I said earlier this PPV seemed like another episode of Raw which had some great matches and performances. With Banks feud apparently done let’s see where Charlotte goes from here most likely into a feud with Bayley which will happen at WrestleMania? What happens to The New Day now and does WWE hold off on the Jericho and Owens match till WrestleMania? 

Rating: 7 out of 10.