It was announced over last weekend that the expansion of NXT is continuing and growing to an incredible point that nobody thought they would reach. Putting aside the thoughts that NXT just sold out Barclay's Center which was a 15,000 seat building with a raucous crowd and was an amazing experience.
Both prior to the show and then during the broadcast that they just signed a deal to have NXT tour the United Kingdom in December of this year. Just hearing that is incredible for me, because when people ask what is NXT and I say it's the WWE training system and then you say they are touring the UK on their own which is amazing to think. Nobody thought that when this began about 2 years ago that this would reach the point it has, but it just shows what real wrestling, simple booking, and character development can do for a brand and a group of tremendous talents.
I do believe that the dates for the tour are December 6-10 and there is a rumor out that WWE will hold a TV taping while on tour, but at this time that isn't confirmed at all so take it with a grain of salt. Just think of the effect this could have on TNA! Every show in England usually has a great crowd and this will turn NXT into even more of a world wide fixture then it already has become and just picture what the brand will accomplish next year.
I for one am looking forward to the changes Triple H will make when he and Steph take over the WWE from Vince. Can the company handle drastic changes?
For a little over a year now it has been rumored that the least talented diva in the WWE has the apparent widest potential on the roster. Why well only reason I can think of is that much like certain divas of the past, and some still on the current roster I would wager to guess that certain members of the creative team find those attractive and that is the only reason why they are in the position they are in or even have a job. The wild fire has been spreading more so now then in past especially after Eva trained with former WWE superstar Brian Kendrick in California.
I have seen Eva on TV and I saw her live on Saturday night in Brooklyn and I must say I don't know what WWE sees in her. From what I have seen she is not talented, has no in-ring skill, and damages the reputation of what it means to be an NXT diva. The last thing that not only the NXT Women's Division needs is a joke of a wrestler taking up a spot that someone with actual talent could use instead of the no talent insult to NXT that has the spot. Everyone keeps saying Eva is going to replace the Bella's is that suppose to be a good thing, because in my book the Bella's are the ones who are keeping the division from changing for the better on the Main Roster. Eva belongs in the same place as Summer Rae, Rosa, Lana, and Layla later in her career and that is at ringside, and not because she is someone I want to see on my TV it's because she isn't cut out for the ring.
The two divas on Tough Enough are leaps and bounds better then Eva Marie and that should tell you just how bad Eva really is. The crowd booed the hell out of her in Brooklyn when she worked the TV taping, her match with Carmella was horrible and it wasn't Carmella's fault. The idea of a chosen one clogging up the WWE's future direction will hold the WWE back until the figure out that they can't pick who will lead the company every time sometimes it needs to be organic. For anyone to tell me that Eva even deserves to be featured in prominent role on NXT within a year of her debut is delusional, in my book she isn't even ready for the live shows and should still be training in the performance center.
Every women that has come through NXT has worked the F**** ass off to change the perception of what a Women means in the WWE. Giving Eva the spotlight even in NXT will set all that hard work back to the beginning and with all things consider and how the women are booked on the main roster maybe spitting on all the hard work those women did to build the division is the right thing to do. Because, letting Eva be champion is insult to the women's division, because for once saying "You Can't Wrestle" is actually the truth.
If there is one wrestler who deserves a push in NXT its Blue Pants. Yes you read that right I want to see Blue Pants get a push. As the Diva Revolution is going on and many of the Divas in NXT are getting promoted to the main roster this thins out the NXT roster. Fear not though my friends because they have a wrestler down in NXT who is way over with the fans and her name is Blue Pants. Ok so Blue Pants real name is Leva Bates but none the less how great would it be if Leva Bates/Blue Pants got a push. Blue Pants is a face and I dont think they could make her a heel but with Bayley being the biggest face soon on NXT you could have Blue Pants as the second face kind of like Becky Lynch. She could still get a push and maybe even a title shot. Blue Pants is great with the fans and on top of that is a really good wrestler.
Granted her name is Blue Pants, but what if it was just Blue Pants Leva Bates or Leva Blue Pants Bates perhaps the heads of WWE would take her seriously. She is an incredible talent and her independent work is fantastic. I think kids would love her as well, she would be like a Bayley.
Blue Pant is a fantastic person and I really want her to succeed. I honestly think that a feud with Alexa Bliss would be fantastic and a good start for her. If you get a chance I would recommend going to see Blue Pants wrestle whether its NXT or in the Indys, but either way she is definitely a must see.
After months of competing on the live events for NXT getting ready for his official TV debut it was then only a few months ago that the man formerly known as Uhaa Nation made appeared on NXT for the first time. When he made his way out to the ring for the first time on NXT many new that his named had been changed, but few if anyone knew what it would become. Now after months of wondering and some fans even making lists of possible names for the man formerly known as Uhaa we finally have found out his name.
The man once known as Uhaa will now be known as Apollo Crews in NXT. I have been a fan of Crews for a while and was very excited when I found out that the WWE signed Apollo to a contract, because of how unique he is in the ring. I mean for a man his size to do what he is capable of in the ring is incredible, and I hope he can show his stuff in NXT.
We wont have to wait to long to find out as it was announced not to long ago that Apollo Crews will be making his NXT in ring debut at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn in a little more then a week. So after long build up his time has almost arrived and though his opponent is still unknown I have a strong feeling that Apollo Crews will not disappoint at Takeover. His future bright in NXT and next Saturday at Takeover is just the start of things to come.
As the biggest event of the summer draws closer we also draw closer to one of the biggest NXT events thus far and not just because it will see NXT's debut in New York City. Overall I do believe that this Takeover could turn out to be the biggest and the best Takeover yet. Another thing that has been happening as the events draws closer more matches have been announced. Below is a look at the matches that are announced already for the show and some that might be rumored:
NXT Takeover: Brooklyn
NXT Debut of Apollo Crews (Uhaa Nation of Indy Wrestling Fame)
NXT World Tag Team Title Match:
(c) Blake & Murphy w/ Alexa Bliss vs The Vaudevillians
NXT Women's Title Match:
(c) Sasha Banks vs Bailey or Becky Lynch
Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs Tyler Brezze
Ladder Match for the NXT World Championship:
(c) Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens
Right now the above matches are the only matches that are confirmed for the event, but more matches will be confirmed for the show as the event draws closer. Still being 3 weeks away there is still time for more matches to be added to the card. Below are some rumored matches for the show:
Samoa Joe vs Baron Corbin