Another Week of Wrestling 16 (NXT Reboot)Geeks + Gamers

In yet another week of NXT, feuds continue to develop and shake out. In the world of the WWE, just about every match serves as a training ground for the future superstars on the main roster. That means we’re going to see a lot of these two-out-of-three falls main events that we’ve become accustomed to on NXT and at Takeover events. This week we saw Sasha Banks and Bayley battle it out on top of the ramp, and we saw some good, old-fashioned MMA-style action as Sami Zayn and Dash Wilder took to the ring.

Week 4 of WWE NXT Reboot is in the books, and it was a big one! Greetings to all you new(ish) NXT fans out there, show your support by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or your other podcasting app of choice! You can also follow along with the show on Twitter @NXTPodcast.

#16 of Another Week of Wrestling (30th August 2021)

Chris Jericho, Reboot of NXT, Nick Khan, Bray Wyatt, Impact Wrestling, Karrion Kross

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NXT Reboot, Bray Wyatt, Impact Wrestling, Nick Khan, Vince McMahon, Karrion Kross, Chris Jericho, MJF, wrestling news, and more are all discussed. Thank you for visiting Geeks + Gamers, and welcome!

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I’ll be mouthing off on a Monday about other wrestling events that grab my attention, in addition to giving you That’s Not Wrestling every FRIDAY and raving about PPVs on YouTube. This is Another Week of Wrestling, and I’m Danny Damage, writing for Geeks + Gamers.

Demolition by Karrion Kross

Karrion Kross got no relief after losing the NXT Championship to Samoa Joe at Takeover 36 last weekend. On Monday Night Raw the following night, he surprised everyone by appearing as a bright red pallet-swapped member of Demolition. Scarlett was once again missing, but she may have been represented in spirit by Kross’ clothing choice.

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What a scumbag! Isn’t he going to take a powerbomb from his wife in the future?

To be honest, I’ve never been wowed by Kross, but few individuals on this planet are deserving of such treatment. I assumed Big Cass had been shredded and shaved his head when Kross initially arrived in NXT. I’m not sure whether I’m prejudiced since I can’t seem to unsee this now. He’s obviously a muscular monster, yet I still see a lump of clay. It has some form, and you can see where it might go, but it hasn’t been made into anything yet. I don’t believe it’s the mask that’s missing!

I believe that placing him at the top of the mountain so quickly pushed us to accept him as he was, but the fans were skeptical. It’s a little two-dimensional to have half the audience headbanging to your entrance tune while the other half drools over your escort. You can only go so far with it. When the lights go down and that special portion of the performance is done, it’s clear that everything in the ring has become fairly generic.

Kross has previously been defeated by Jeff Hardy on many occasions. Perhaps he’ll get thrashed a few more times until Scarlett takes him by the balls and tells him to get his act together. Maybe this is it, a new beginning with Kross on the main roster. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been told to forget about anything that occurred to someone in NXT/prior to joining WWE.

A Retired Life or a Funeral

Tony Khan, the Booker of the Year, seems to have received too much praise lately. The Final Labor of Jericho, I thought, was the end of the Chris Jericho and MJF rivalry. I was mistaken. After losing to the younger guy for the third time, Jericho requested one last opportunity to defeat MJF in a bout. MJF agreed, but only on one condition…

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Jericho accepted to the conditions, and if he loses against MJF this weekend at All Out, he will have to retire from wrestling. If he follows through on what he’s stated, I’d be on board with it. Since the pandemic struck and the Fozzy tour was canceled, I’m sick of hearing myself claim that Jericho has been on the decline.

People will miss Jericho if he goes away for a while, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s time for him to put up his boots. He can’t go wrong with MJF if he’s looking for someone deserving to give the mantle to.

If Jericho wins, he’ll be no different from HHH and/or John Cena when it comes to burying up-and-coming talent with that golden shovel. MJF has already had to deal with a lot of monkey business in AEW. He’s running out of opportunities to create a lasting impression, from getting his head flushed in a toilet to the dinner-date dancing farce.

We’ll find out what happens on Sunday. I’m thinking that hearing himself yell every week on commentary will be enough to satisfy Jericho.

Let Me In, Impact!

Bray Wyatt is said to be on his way to Impact Wrestling, according to the internet. Not a terrible idea, given that AEW should probably post a “no vacancies” sign in their window for the time being. Impact ruined its chances of being taken seriously, and it seems like a never-ending dress rehearsal if you haven’t seen it. Impact does, however, offer moments of clarity from time to time. Last summer, we had a good couple of months leading up to Slammiversary 2020, with the bullshit kept to a minimum.

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My biggest reservation about Bray joining Impact is the company’s habit of using pre-recorded skits in lieu of bouts. Impact may offer Bray too much creative leeway and go too far from realism, same to how AEW had too few restrictions. If done correctly, it has the potential to breathe new life into a campaign that many people are unaware of.

When the FireFly Fun House was only shown on the large screen, I really liked it. This created the appearance that it was all in Bray’s mind, a manifestation of his personality. He was a huge brute with a frightening mask who paid off/intimidated a stagehand to kill the lights at the appropriate moment in the real world.

Sami Callihan may need to explain himself. Callihan was going about like a dollar-store Bray Wyatt/The Fiend last year while I was watching Impact every week. Now, I’m not expecting to see “The Fiend” anyplace. Those rights will be branded and locked up tighter than Kenny Omega’s basement cage. Bray, on the other hand, must have a plethora of personalities and personas at his disposal. When he’s ready to return to wrestling, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on what he’s up to.

NXT Reboot

Giving something a new coat of paint and hoping we all wipe the slate clean, that’s WWE. Just when things seemed to be getting up, WWE ruins it all by announcing something dumb like an NXT relaunch. More on NXT’s recent achievements can be seen in my PUTTING IT BLUNTLY: NXT Takeover 36 Review.

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When I found out, I didn’t know what to say. There’s no need for a whole NXT relaunch. Since being sold to The Vultures of Television, it’s grown large, fat, and lazy. It was just a matter of going for a run and losing a few pounds.

“In terms of an NXT makeover, watch for it in the coming weeks; it’ll have a whole new appearance, a whole new feel, and we think it’ll be because of a lot of the ‘indie wrestlers,’ as you could call them, who have gone through our system and are now in our system with SmackDown and RAW. We don’t want to keep doing the same thing; instead, we want to search for outstanding new talent elsewhere.” — WWE Chairman and CEO Nick Khan*

That didn’t tell us much, did it? Will they bring in individuals who are less experienced than those who have already joined up and been assimilated? That, I don’t believe, is the issue. It’s probably more to do with Raw and Smackdown snatching up the majority of the talent as soon as it’s available. This leaves a void, which is filled by the people closest to you, not always the best people.

Why would someone believe such a thing? It’s almost as if they don’t understand what they’re saying…

Who Will Be Vince’s Successor?

Is Vince McMahon biting off more than he can chew in his search for a modern-day version of himself to run his company? Many people believed that when Vince departed the business (or this life), Triple H and Stephanie would step in and seize the reins. However, as I have said, it seems that passing along the family company is no longer a viable option. Was this done on purpose? Or has the issue gotten out of hand? I’m curious as to how Triple H feels about the NXT relaunch and how his hold on it is eroding. When he was left alone, he did a good job.

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Vince seems to want to take his big little money monster down to the market and make a nice profit on it for whatever reason. However, there are a few of issues that must be resolved first. Vince wanted someone to give his Sports Entertainment business the 10 Years Younger treatment since the company’s image was tainted by avarice, selfishness, and other dubious conduct. He need someone to clean WWE and prepare it for its major event. Nick Khan was just what he needed.

WWE President Nick Khan has said that he is not looking for a buyer but is open to any business proposals. When asked about a possible sale and the NXT relaunch, he’s said a lot of things without saying anything at all. He’s even contradicted himself a few times.

“We signed a dozen new players, and we’re constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. We don’t live in the past, we live in the present, and we don’t live in the future.” *

“We’re giving NXT a full makeover, spearheaded by Triple H and Paul Levesque, who was one of the original NXT’s creators. What we discovered, and this is probably why we had the audition yesterday, is that finding out how to become a WWE superstar is a difficult task for most people. If you think about an elite athlete’s career, the chance to play someplace has always been simple, but the ability to play somewhere has never been.” *

“Of course, I care what people I love and care about think of me as a person. People I don’t know are free to express their views. It has no effect on me; I don’t read it, I don’t look at it, and it’s not anything that gives me any joy or pain.”*

“It’s OK with me if I’m blamed for anything the fans don’t like.” — WWE Chairman and CEO Nick Khan*

That’s it; I’ve had my fill. With something like this and what he stated about the NXT relaunch previously, it’s clear that this guy is a complete salesperson. Nick Khan takes the cake when it comes to stretching/stalling for time and waffling nonsense. I thought Vince and some of the slick buggers he’d brought on board over the years were bad enough. He doesn’t know anything about wrestling, and he either doesn’t or can’t view things from the standpoint of a wrestler or a fan. He’s just interested in making money. Still don’t trust me?

“From my perspective, RAW would benefit from being four hours long, as we would be paid more money, and SmackDown would be eight hours long, but I understand that as talented as our creative team is, there is only so much great content they can produce on a weekly basis, so we’re fine with the three and two system.” (*quotes transcribed by HeelByNature, complete video interview here) — WWE President Nick Khan

To Khan, it’s just like a movie rental shop. He’s just attempting to make the opening hours as long as possible. He believes that same mindset also applies to wrestling for some reason. Perhaps he’s heard the word “universe” in the context of the WWE Universe and associated it with the Marvel and DC worlds. Offering to lend a character to any enterprise ready to pay for it seems like a fast and profitable way to make money. It’s not like WWE stars already dress up in KFC costumes and dance around like idiots.

Vince, at the very least, is attached to his business, which was once his father’s and is now his family’s… supposedly. Even if it’s simply personal pride, no matter how cold and screwed up Vince is, there’ll be something deep down linked to WWE. Nick Khan, on the other hand, views this as purely commercial. When they’re on the same page, relationships like theirs are peaceful, but when they disagree, they’re tumultuous.

The NXT relaunch seems to be a minor cog in the overall scheme. To be honest, I have no clue where WWE is headed. I don’t think anybody does. I’d want to see Triple H and Stephanie manage the business, or at the very least, let them use NXT for their own purposes and see what they can come up with. They know more about the wrestling industry than any smooth-talking suit you could get on their own. They’d be a formidable force if they worked together.

I realize it’s a “better the devil you know” situation, and they are awful. There will be no turning back if WWE is purchased by someone like Disney, who will dilute and whore it out even more ruthlessly than Vince McMahon.

That concludes this week’s activities. Think about it and talk about it! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for “That’s Not Wrestling!” which appears every FRIDAY on GeeksandGamers.com – yes, the day is changing! Take care, and I’ll see you on Monday to talk about #AnotherWeekOfWrestling!

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