121. Damien Priest (c) vs Johnny Gargano (Devil’s Playground Match for the NXT North American Championship, NXT Halloween Havoc 2020)

NXT first brought back WCW’s Halloween Havoc moniker in 2020, in the days of the pandemic. I must have missed it in 2020, as I don’t remember anything about it. But thanks to WWE Network’s ‘Most Hellacious Halloween Havoc Matches’, I caught up with one match from the 2020 show: Damien Priest vs Johnny Gargano in a Devil’s Playground bout for the NXT North American Championship. Well, it certainly was an hellacious match!

Continue reading

118. Carmelo Hayes vs. Nathan Frazer vs. Oro Mensah vs. Von Wagner vs. Wes Lee (Ladder Match for the NXT North American Championship, NXT Halloween Havoc 2022)

The Inaugural NXT North American Champion was decided in a Six-Man Ladder Match many moons ago at NXT Takeover: New Orleans. Four years later, it would be defended in another multi-man ladder match at NXT Halloween Havoc in the match of the night. Although it never reached the heady heights of that six man ladder match, it still blew everything else away on the card.

Continue reading

105. Carmelo Hayes (c) vs Ricochet (NXT North American Championship Match, NXT When Worlds Collide 2022)

Sunday night saw NXT When Worlds Collide, and the last vestiges of NXT UK. The NXT UK titles were to be united with their NXT counterparts. Admittedly, I only watched the opening bout and the closing bout, but they were both entertaining. However, it has to be the opening bout that took Match of the Night honours. Carmelo Hayes and Ricochet gave us a highly-choregraphed, balletic display of outstanding athleticism.

Continue reading

66. Pretty Deadly (c) vs The Creed Brothers (NXT Tag Team Championship Match, NXT : In Your House)

It may be crass to say it, but NXT : Stand and Deliver did not deliver for me. There was nothing terrible on the show, but it was not a spot on any NXT 1.0 Takeover (well, there may have been a few terrible matches, but I didn’t watch them all!). I only remember enjoying the multi-man ladder match, and the main even between Dolph Ziggler and Bron Brekker. However, it’s safe to say that NXT: In Your House was a far, far better event, almost approaching those halcyon days of NXT 1.0 Takeovers. The match of the night, however, had to belong to the Tag Team Championship match (closely followed by the North American Championship match!).

Continue reading


Okay, it’s late…but here are my Top 10 WWE/NXT Matches of 2017! I’ve taken time to go back and rewatch those matches that have stuck in my mind…which amounted to fifteen matches! A lot to re-watch, as you can appreciate. Let’s be honest, the main event scene in both NXT and WWE hasn’t been stuffed full of fantastic matches. Bobby Roode was a great champion, but his wrestling style doesn’t immediately lend to a great match. On the main roster, Jindar Mahal stunk up the arena and Lesnar wrestled occasionally. Still, the sheer amount of quality wrestlers meant that we were never far away from a great match. And here’s my Top 10 WWE/NXT Matches of 2017! Continue reading