“On the Marc” 08/07/13 WWE NXT Review

From Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida

Commentators: Tom Phillips & Alex Riley

Unfortunately I have not had that much time to devote to wrestling in the past few weeks. All I can seem to fit in is NXT.

Ring announcer Byron Saxon announces that Tyler Breeze has entered the building.

WWE United States Championship Dean Ambrose vs. Adrian Neville:   THIS out to be a good match. They open with a lockup and Ambrose backs him into the corner immediately. They run the ropes and Neville scores with a spinning leg lariat. Ambrose comes back and pounds away in the corner; he gets a few elbow rakes to the face. Neville fights back and hits a spinning head scissors. He tosses Ambrose into the corner face first and then tips-over in the opposite corner with a series of handsprings and a crossbody off the second rope, for two. Neville grabs a hammerlock until Ambrose frees himself with a short-arm clothesline. He beats up Neville for a while until he nails a straight kick to the face. Neville heads up to a bit too prematurely and Ambrose escapes to the floor. Neville gives chase but runs right into a clothesline on the floor giving Dean the advantage again. Back from break with Ambrose punching, kicking and dropping elbows. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 07/27/2013 WWE Superstars Review

Commentators: Alex Riley & Tony Dawson

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas… NXT Tag Team Champions: Adrian Neville & Corey Graves… Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee… NXT Women’s Champion: Paige

The Usos vs. 3MB (w/Heath Slater):   I really enjoy the Usos including their unique entrance. 3MB gets a pretty big pop for their entrance, actually. Jimmy and Mahal open the match as they have an “us” versus air guitar battle; Jimmy nails a shoulderblock and then a double chop off the ropes. Jey tags in and works he arm; 3MB regroups on the floor so both Uso Brothers leap over the top with planchas as we head off to break. We return with Mahal knocking Jey to the floor where Slater nails a Whammy Bar leg lariat. McIntyre heads out there as well and rams Jey into the apron and barricade a few times. Back in the ring, 3MB takes over with some double teams and Mahal goes to the chinlock. Jey frees himself but runs right into a high knee and a tag to McIntyre; he chops in the corner but that serves to piss the Samoan off and he fires back with knife-edges of his own. Drew maintains control however and gets a two count. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 7/18/2013 WWE NXT Review

From Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida

Commentators: Tom Phillips & Brad Maddox

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas… NXT Tag Team Champions: Adrian Neville & Corey Graves… Divas Champion: AJ Lee… NXT Women’s Champion: Vacant

Paige vs. Emma NXT Women’s Championship tournament, finals:   This title belt is MUCH nicer than the Divas title. They lock up and twirl along the ropes; Emma with a clothesline and then Paige with a headlock and shoulderblock of her own. Paige counters a slam and tosses Emma into the corner; she fires back and stick an elbow into the face of a charging Paige and schoolgirls her for two. Emma slips and slides along the ropes and gets a few nearfalls; she applies a hammerlock on the mat. Paige tries to use the hair but rolls free and nails a headbutt. They fight into the ropes and Emma hooks the DilEmma in the ropes but gets kicked to the floor when the referee forces the break. We go to break and return with Emma hitting the low crossbody in the corner, for two. Paige tries a sunset and they go through a series of counters where Emma keeps her advantage and locks in a chinlock. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 07/15/2013 Monday Night Raw Review

Live  from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas

Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas NXT Tag Team Champions: Adrian Neville & Corey Graves… Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee

Brad Maddox is already in the ring with his drumroll. He calls himself the sheriff; he notes that his decision to allow John Cena to pick his opponent. We have a contract signing so here’s Cena. Maddox ponders why he picked Daniel Bryan as his opponent; Cena says because the decision was his, via Maddox, and Cena listened to the Universe. Maddox feels that Bryan is unstable and unworthy of the title. Here’s Bryan who has the crowd eating out of his hands. He feels that Maddox thinks that he does not believe he deserves the title shot. Cena interrupts. Cena puts Bryan over and says that size does not matter otherwise Maddox should just give the title to the Great Khali. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 07/20/2013 WWE Superstars Review

Commentators: Alex Riley & Tony Dawson

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas… NXT Tag Team Champions: Adrian Neville & Corey Graves… Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee

Tons of Funk (w/The Funkadactyls) vs. The Primetime Players:   Clay and Young opens the contest and Daren tries a chinlock but Clay uses his girth to toss him around. O’Neil tags in and this is a more even battle but Tensai gets a tag and they bowl him (and Young) over with a pair of shoulderblocks. Sweet T gets the one-footed monkey flip out of the corner; he tosses Titus cross-corner but O’Neil FLOATS OVER and clobbers him with a clothesline. The Players take over and hit the tandem release suplex splash for two. Young tries some European uppercuts but it has zero effect on Tensai so Darren uses some speed to avoid him and power to plant him with a back suplex. Titus tags in and applies an armtrap chinlock. Tensai fires back but runs into a big boot from O’Neil. Young comes back in and they double up on Tensai. He tries a straddle but Tensai moves and tags in Clay. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 7/18/2013 WWE NXT Review

From Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida

Commentators: Tony Dawson & William Regal

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas… NXT Tag Team Champions: The Wyatt Family… Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee

Sami Zayn vs. Leo Kruger vs. Antonio Cesaro triple threat, number one contender’s match:   Cesaro has the Gadsden Flag with him but no Zeb Colter; he attacks Zayn at the bell and Kruger tries to get involved but gets cast aside; Zayn comes back with come Generic Armdrags to Cesaro and a leg lariat to wipe out Kruger. He focuses on Cesaro in the corner while Kruger recovers; Cesaro comes back but Kruger shows up and plants Zayn with a hammerlock suplex. Now Kruger takes his turn beating on Sami but Cesaro pills Kruger to the floor and they brawl so Zayn leaps over the top with a somersault plancha. We return from break with Zayn stomping on Cesaro to “olé!” chants. He tries a snapmare but it’s blocked and nailed with a European uppercut. Zayn recovers from a backdrop attempt in the corner to try a crossbody but Cesaro catches him in midair with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, for two. I was wondering where Kruger was. He and Cesaro gets into an argument over who is going to beat on Zayn and then turn on each other. Zayn keeps himself involved but takes another European uppercut; he counters a Cesaro charge in the corner but cannot stop Kruger from trying an exploder suplex out of the corner. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 07/15/2013 Monday Night Raw Review

Live at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY

Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: John Cena… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel… United States Champion: Dean Ambrose… Tag Team Champions: The Shield… NXT Champion: Bo Dallas NXT Tag Team Champions: The Wyatt Family… Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee

Brad Maddox, the new Raw GM, opens the show to a drumroll and welcomes us to the Maddox Era; we have a MitB rematch between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio. He promises to be the best GM of all time but is promptly interrupted by the champ, John Cena. So this is the Maddox Era? He notes that the person in the ring is more hated than him and it will probably be the only time that happens. Brad admires John and is also allowing him to pick his opponent for Summerslam. Cena says how stupid that is because he could choose Brie Bella. Here’s Randy Orton marching to the ring with his MitB briefcase. Orton tells Maddox not to get ahead of himself because Cena may not be the champ come Summerslam. Randy is going to take his advantage, unlike Cena last year when he failed, but is also being straight up with him: he will never see the cash in coming. Fandango comes out? He shushes everyone and tells Orton that he will cash in against himself, not Cena. Continue reading

“On the Marc” 07/13/2013 WWE Superstars Review

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“On the Marc” 07/11/2013 WWE NXT Review

William Regal puts on the tights to help Adrian Neville and Corey Graves take on the Wyatt Family, plus a good one between Sami Zayn and Leo Kruger and the final piece of the puzzle concerning the NXT Women’s title. [...]

“On the Marc” 07/08/2013 Monday Night Raw Review

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