Tonight is the first NXT Takeover event since the brand was overhauled to NXT 2.0. Not to be negative, but I’ve not enjoyed much of what I’ve seen of NXT 2.0. It isn’t the NXT I used to know and love…but all good things must come to an end. And even the NXT I loved struggled to keep me entertained towards the end of its days (truly, Karrion Kross was one of the worst NXT champions). However, the halcyon days of glorious NXT are over. This rebranded, Vince McMahon-influenced NXT 2.0 is now just another WWE brand. Perhaps a true developmental one, but it’ll never reach the zenith of NXT 1.0. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #97 Charlotte vs Natalya (NXT Women’s Championship, NXT: Takeover)

(Click here for the link to the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v33396365?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wwe_nxt&contentId=78122256&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

Charlotte vs Natalya is the first of two Women’s match in the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List,  which is a shame. For example, back in the early 2000s, Lita and Trish had some great matches. Maybe some of those matches were deserving of being in the Best 100 list. However, the brains behind the 100 Best Matches…List obviously thought there was only room for two women’s matches. And, quite frankly, Charlotte vs Natalya puts anything that Lita and Trish did to shame (my memories of watching Lita wrestle are always punctuated by a fear of her injuring herself or her opponent. No doubt, she put everything into her matches, but she was dangerous in the ring).  Continue reading