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So... Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas at Takeover.

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So... Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas at Takeover.
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:08:58 PM »
I might be in the afterglow of having watched a great match, but that wasn't just an early MotY candidate... that is one of the best matches I have ever seen.

Top-to-bottom, Takeover Philly was a great show.

The Authors of Pain have really come into their own and are definitely no longer just a pair of big monsters who look large and get carried. They have proven to be capable of delivering. Solid 4* match against Undisputed Era that told a story.

Velveteen Dream is a character that shouldn't work as well as he does. That kid just has "it". That said, Kassius Ohno is not doing anything for me in NXT; I don't know if he's unmotivated or out of shape or what, but I have yet to see an NXT match from him that meets the heights of what I have heard about from his Chris Hero days. This was the worst match of the night, but it still was a solid mid card bout because Dream puts his soul into his character work.

Ember Moon vs Shayna Baszler was a match I really wasn't sure about until the end sequence where I was POSITIVE Moon was going to be forced to tap. Baszler came across as a MONSTER who I can see going from just hating because WWE is overbooking her to a heel I could love to hate. She was a fucking asshole all match who seemed like she wanted to murder Moon's whole bloodline. And then Moon won in a bit of veteran desperation and out-thinking. I think the ending made the whole encounter better because the storytelling just worked and got both characters over.

I was disappointed we did not end up getting the Killian Dane/Lars Sullivan match I thought I saw advertised. I am all-in on Dane and wanted to see him defeat Sullivan. I hope Dane is in the Rumble tonight and gets a good run.

Aleister Black is FLYING up the list of guys I love in the modern era. He and Adam Cole (BAY-BAY) had a tremendously fun overbooked car crash of a match. I become more and more excited by the day to see how the main roster will end up ruining Black.

And then, yeah, Gargano vs Almas. If you had told me a year ago that Andrade Almas would be in a match I might put in my top 20 all time, I'd have laughed at you, but god has he improved dramatically since they paired him with Vega.

I can't believe that NXT manages home run after home run with these Takeover specials. And now for WrestleMania weekend we are possibly gearing up for Black/Almas for the NXT title, Gargano/Ciampa on a bloodfeud, and, what, Undisputed Era vs War Machine? All with EC3, Ricochet, a returning Drew McIntyre, Velveteen Dream, and SaNiTy all waiting in the wings?
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Re: So... Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas at Takeover.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 06:16:19 PM »
ah thank you for reminding me of this. i'll have to watch it on Hulu in a few minutes

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Re: So... Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas at Takeover.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2018, 09:24:01 PM »
I'm not quite as orgasmic about it as Bamf here....but yeah, it was a good show.

for the most part, the heels didn't cheat to win....for the most part When they did, it was exactly what was needed like when Zelina interfered in the main event I was all "Why isn't Johnny's wife jumping in? and then she did.

but yeah, good show.

loving Velveteen Dream and Aleister Black. Cole's good, Johnny and Cien had a great match, Shayna is working as a heel for me...and I loved how Ember beat her. Not the most amazing women's match, but good, had good psychology and it helped get both women over.

basically, this is what RAW 25 should've been...and as i type this CIAMPI!

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Re: So... Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas at Takeover.
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 05:06:33 PM »
I read a good little blurb earlier talking about this show


"Whenever Orlando Jordan sees Velveteen Dream on TV, a single tear runs down his face"