NXT Takeover The End recap: It’s Samoa Joe’s world and we’re just living in it

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For the 11th time WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, “took over” the WWE Network and put on yet another excellent live special.

Was this NXT’s best Takeover special?

No.

Was it an awesome wrestling show?

yep

Got ya! I know you were expecting a Daniel Bryan gif.

The show kicked off with the debut of Andrade “Cien” Almas (formally known as La Sombra) against “The Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger.

Dillinger is so over. It got to a point where I thought that Almas was going to get booed, but ACA quickly showed why he’s a perfect fit for this roster. His lucha libre style is unique to NXT and to boot, he has a look that is tailor-made for the main roster.

The spot where Almas did a headstand on the top turnbuckle and Dillinger superkicked him was awesome spot number two of 783 on this show. The crowd totally bought that as a legit finish.

Awesome spot number one was Almas performing a moonsault from the second rope, landing on his feet and then hitting a standing moonsault.

Almas got the win after hitting his finish, which is a running double knee strike to a seated opponent in the corner. It looks very dangerous and can be done to anyone. So it’s a great finisher.

Three ½ stars out of five

American Alpha (C) vs. The Revival

So let me start off by saying this was the best match on the show. These four individuals made magic happen in the ring in front of a rabid audience at Full Sail University.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise because they also had an incredible match at Takeover: Dallas, but this one was a bit cleaner and featured so many believable false finishes, that I legitimately had no idea when the finish was coming.

There were also so many awesome double team spots:

– A double ankle lock by AA.

– A dropkick-German suplex combo by AA.

– An incredibly dangerous spot where Dash Wilder had Chad Gable in a position to deliver a powerbomb closeline combo with Scott Dawson, only for Gable to reverse into a belly-to-belly suplex. It could have ended so badly.

After Jason Jordan ran wild and proved why he’s the treasurer of Suplex City, AA was in position to retain their NXT tag titles, but Gable was tossed out of the ring and The Revival hit the Shatter Machine and pinned Jordan clean in the middle to become NXT’s first two-time tag team champions.

After The Revival headed to the back, American Alpha was standing in the ring soaking in the applause from the crowd when the Authors of Pain made their surprising debut and wiped out Jordan and Gable. The team is made up of Sunny Dhisna and Gzim Selmani, two huge guys who can actually move.

And then out of nowhere Paul Ellering (!!!), the Legion of Doom’s former manager, showed up on the entrance ramp and walked away with the new duo.

Four ¾ stars out of five

The beauty of these NXT Takeover shows is that the card doesn’t usually have the “popcorn” filler matches that are strategically placed to bring the crowd down, so they can come back up later on in the show. There isn’t time to take a break, which is exactly what happened after the tag match because it was time for Austin Aries vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.

Nakamura’s entrance is just incredible and got even better because the crowd started singing along and continued to do so after the music ended (a la Sami Zayn). They continued to do it during the match as a way to pick up Nakamura after Aries beating down on him for a solid chunk of time.

This was the best that Aries has looked in NXT and it wasn’t just because he was in the ring with the “King of Strong Style,” AA was physical and sharp. The Death Valley Driver he delivered to Nakamura on the ring apron looked BRUTAL and then he followed it up with a suicide dive right into the barricade.

But the real star here is Swagsuke.

swagsuke

His offense is hard-hitting, his selling is spot on and his personality can fill up any arena. He’s going to be a gigantic babyface on the main roster and on top of that, he’s going to be a legitimate star.

Nakamura ended the match with the KINSHASAAAAAAAA and appears to be on his way to a program with Samoa Joe, which will be an awesome main event at Takeover: Brooklyn.

Four ½ stars out of five

The crowd came down a bit for the NXT Women’s Championship match between Nia Jax and Asuka (C), but the two had the crowd invested by the end.

While Nia Jax is the butt of quite a few jokes on the Internet, this was her best performance to date. The size difference between Jax and Asuka really made this match stand out because Asuka is shorter than almost every other women on the NXT roster (Hi, Alexa Bliss!). It’s not every day that you see multiple high impact power spots in a women’s match and Jax delivered them with confidence.

Asuka once again proved why she’s the best in-ring performer in the women’s division. The quick transitions into submissions were just beautiful and her strikes looked vicious especially in the finishing sequence of the match.

The champ kicked Jax four times in the head and then pinned her to retain the title. This was great because after the third kick, Jax let out a primal scream, only to get drilled by a Shining Wizard.

It looked like Asuka legit rocked Jax with the first front kick to the left side of the head.

Four stars out of five

There was a backstage interview with William Regal that was shot earlier in the day. As Regal was talking, Bobby Roode walked behind Regal and went into his office. A production assistant whispered something to Regal and he promptly left the interview.

Main event time!

Samoa Joe (C) vs. Finn Balor

For the first time in NXT history a steel cage match took place as Samoa Joe defended the NXT title for the first time since he defeated Balor at a house show in Lowell, Massachusetts last month.

Balor entered in his “demon” paint, complete with a great entrance where he appeared behind a cage wall that was set up on the entrance way. He then knocked it down and crawled over top of it on his way to the ring.

The two had a very physical match. I got yelled at by The Roommate for freaking out when Balor legitimately soccer kicked Joe RIGHT IN THE FACE.

Totally worth it.

I thought the two used the cage really well here. There were multiple times where someone was either thrown into the cage (usually Balor) or trapped in between the ropes and the cage (Joe). They both teased going out of the door and Balor almost climbed out of the cage multiple times.

Balor kicked out of a muscle buster and then Joe kicked out of the Coup de Grace. In a nice throwback spot to their match at Takeover: Dallas, Joe locked the Coquina Clutch, but Balor ran up the turnbuckles and flipped over to break out of the hold.

After this sequence, Balor did a standing double foot stomp on Joe and then started climbing up the cage to escape, but Joe grabbed his foot and eventually slammed Balor’s face into the cage and hit a TOP ROPE MUSCLE BUSTER to pin Balor and end the “demon’s” undefeated streak (Balor hadn’t lost while wearing his body paint).

Four out of five stars.

Hot take: I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main event. I appreciated the physicality of the match as the two always beat the hell out of each other when they’re in the ring together, but I thought they’re previous two bouts were better.

Quick power rankings of their three matches:

  • Dallas
  • London
  • Full Sail

After the match Joe walked up the ramp as the trainers attended to Balor in the ring and Tom Phillips gave the hard sell as the show went off of the air.

Overall it was a wonderful show. I did leave the show wanting more due to the comments by HHH earlier in the week. Hunter stated that the name of the show (Takeover: The End) would have multiple meanings, so of course as a wrestling fan I’m going to shoot for the moon and assume that we were going to witness absolute chaos.

Well we didn’t get that, but we did get an awesome two hours of wrestling, so everyone should have gone home happy.

Twitter: @ScottDargis

WWE Clash at the Castle: How to watch, start time, PPV schedule, live stream

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For the first time in over 30 years, the WWE is holding an event in a UK stadium for the world to witness.

The 74,000-capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales will be the epicenter of the wrestling world when Roman Reigns takes on Drew McIntyre in what is sure to be one of the best matches of 2022.

Not to be outdone by the main event of the evening, Liv Morgan looks to follow up her SummerSlam victory over Ronda Rousey with another win over an ex-UFC fighter in Shayna Baszler to defend her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship title.

Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch WWE Clash at the Castle live now!

What time is WWE Clash at the Castle Today?

  • Date: Saturday, September 3
  • Pre-show: 12 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 1 p.m. ET

What channel is showing WWE SummerSlam 2022?

How to watch and stream WWE live on Peacock:

Peacock is now the exclusive streaming home of WWE. With an upgrade to Peacock Premium, you will have access to all WWE Premium Live Events like WWE Clash at the Castle, as well as original series, groundbreaking documentaries, and your favorite shows from the WWE Archives.

Select a Premium Plan to create a new account or to upgrade. You can also upgrade or change your existing plan at any time. Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a recurring charge, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

Clash at the Castle will be available on pay-per-view or via Peacock for fans in the U.S.

What to know at WWE Clash at the Castle

After a controversial victory over Ronda Rousey in a rematch at SummerSlam, Liv Morgan finds herself in the ring against another established mixed martial artist in Shayna Baszlier, who overcame Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah, Shotzi, Xia Li, Natalya and Sonya Deville en route to a title shot.

While there isn’t a belt on the line in this matchup, bragging rights certainly will be when Matt Riddle enters the ring against Seth “Freakin” Rollins in the fan’s main event of the evening.

After being scheduled to throw down at SummerSlam, Riddle withdrew due to injury which led to a postponement. However, he has not stayed out of the spotlight. A huge brawl on the August 15th of RAW sparked the rivalry between the two superstars once more, resulting in Riddle challenging Rollins once more to settle things once and for all at the WWE Clash at the Castle.

WWE Clash at the Castle matches

  • Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. The Judgment Day
  • Intercontinental Championship – Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus
  • Matt Riddle vs. Seth Rollins
  • Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship – Liv Morgan (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

WWE SummerSlam 2022: How to watch, start time, PPV schedule, live stream

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Will Roman Reigns defend his undisputed Universal title against Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match? Is Logan Paul the real deal or just a flash in the pan? Tonight at WWE SummerSlam 2022, these questions will finally be answered.

While Riddle’s highly anticipated showdown against Seth Rollins was scrapped earlier this week due to injury, tonight’s main card of matches is still one you won’t want to miss.

Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch WWE SummerSlam 2022 live now!

What time is WWE SummerSlam 2022 today?

  • Date: Saturday, July 30
  • Pre-show start time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Main card start time: 8:00 p.m. ET

What channel is airing WWE SummerSlam 2022?

SummerSlam will be available on pay-per-view or via Peacock for fans in the U.S.

In addition to Roman Reigns’ title bout, The Usos will put their undisputed WWE tag team titles on the line against The Street Profits. Ronda Rousey also makes her return with vengeance on her mind as she takes on Liv Morgan in a rematch for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Logan Paul, who was teammates with The Miz at Wrestlemania, will now be on opposite sides of the ring with his former teammate tonight at SummerSlam. Can Paul get his revenge on The Miz after being humiliated by The Awesome One and prove who the bigger draw is in the WWE?

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WWE SummerSlam matches 2022

  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar: Last Man Standing Match for the undisputed WWE Universal title
  • The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (c) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford): Undisputed WWE tag team titles
  • Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch: WWE “Raw” women’s title
  • Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey: WWE “SmackDown” women’s title
  • Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory: WWE United States title 
  • The Miz vs. Logan Paul
  • Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
  • The Mysterios (Dominik Mysterio and Rey Mysterio) vs. The Judgment Day (Damian Priest and Finn Balor)

How to watch and stream WWE live on Peacock:

Peacock is now the exclusive streaming home of WWE. With an upgrade to Peacock Premium, you will have access to all WWE Premium Live Events like WWE SummerSlam 2022, as well as original series, groundbreaking documentaries, and your favorite shows from the WWE Archives.

Select a Premium Plan to create a new account or to upgrade. You can also upgrade or change your existing plan at any time. Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a recurring charge, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch WWE SummerSlam live!