WWE Mae Young Classic Episode 1 (August 28, 2017)

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We start things off with a video package, narrated by Stephanie McMahon that shows us women wrestlers throughout history. We go from Mae Young and Moolah to Wendi Richter and Sensational Sherri. From Bull Nakano and Alundra Blayze to Trish, Lita, and Chyna before seeing the current batch of women wrestlers. It’s a pretty solid opening package and makes me wish that WWE did more documentaries and stuff on the network.

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ECW (June 20, 2006)

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We get a cold open with a fortune teller (Shelly Martinez/Ariel/That Lady With the Boobs/etc.) using tarot cards to recap what happened on Raw the night before. Apparently ECW invaded and Sabu left John Cena bleeding. Tonight there will be a tag team event pitting Van Dam & Angle against Edge & Orton. For all the dumb shit WWE’s ECW did I think this is honestly a pretty cool way to recap a show.

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WWE 205 Live (August 22, 2017)

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It’s time for some high flying, death defying crusierweight action. It’s time for 205 Live! Tonight we start things off with highlights from the SummerSlam Kickoff Show of Neville vs. Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Championship where Neville ends up winning his title back.

After the opening video we head to the arena. Vic Joseph and Corey Graves are on commentary. This apparently is the nightcap to SummerSlam Week according to Graves who gives us a rundown of the two huge matches we have tonight and then we head to the ring for action!

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NXT (August 23, 2017)

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We start things off with a video package highlighting TakeOver: Brooklyn III while Code Orange plays. WWE always does a solid job of video packages and highlights and this is no exception.

We head to the Barclays Center for tonight’s wrestling action which means these matches were recorded prior to TakeOver and that they’re more or less going to be wrestling for wrestling’s sake, which is fine by me.

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NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III (August 19, 2017)

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Time for a wrestling show! Time for NXT TakeOver! We kick things off with a band called Code Orange rocking out live while some sort of video package for TakeOver plays. Code Orange is pretty good and I’ll probably check them out at some point in the future.

It’s a fine way to open the show since it’s different and doesn’t really fuck with the flow of the show the way musical performances in the middle of wrestling shows generally do.

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Big Show vs. Kane (WWE Backlash 2006 April 30, 2006)

Dear God, this match…of all the random full length matches WWE could put up for free on the internet in an effort to get people to sign up for the WWE Network, this is the one they selected.

So Show and Kane have a hoss fight. They slowly clubber one another for awhile. JR calls it an “ugly match” which is code for “I also think this match is complete shit, but I have to act like it isn’t.”

They colossal jostle for awhile until the arena suddenly is bathed in a weird, red light, while voices muttering, “May 19!” are piped in over the PA.

Kane starts beating himself up. Show gets in the ring, seems like he missed a cue or something, heads back out of the ring, grabs a chair, gets back in the ring, brains Kane with the chair causing the voices to stop and the lights to return to normal, and then just heads up the ramp looking absolutely disgusted.

Complete and utter shit.

NXT (August 16, 2017)

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This is the final NXT show before TakeOver: Brooklyn III and the main event will see Roderick Strong taking on the #1 contender for the NXT Championship, Drew McIntyre. If Strong wins he gets a shot at Bobby Roode at some point in the future. If McIntyre wins…uh…I don’t know. Nothing happens I guess. The stakes couldn’t be more middle of the road!

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WWE 205 Live (July 11, 2017)

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We kick things off with Tozawa talking Titus on speaker phone backstage. Titus says that Tozawa shouldn’t feel bad about how he beat Neville on Raw because due to that victory Titus should be able to get Tozawa another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.

Daivari shows up and hangs up on Titus and then tells Tozawa that he doesn’t deserve a rematch and that he should worry about Daivari, not Neville since they have a match coming up next!

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