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I am currently avoiding all spoilers for tonight’s NXT Takeover. Up until earlier this week, I would’ve watched it tonight and WWE’s second biggest pay-per-view of the year, but I finally decided that my disgust with WWE’s current stories was too much to waste any more money on the WWE Network.
Thankfully NXT gets uploaded to Hulu!
Not that I have followed NXT any closer. The transition for some of my favorite wrestlers to the main roster has soured me on paying too much attention to what develops in “developmental”. Still, it is the better wrestling show and that more than makes up for the main show wasting my time. Every NXT Takeover I have ever watched has been fantastic and I am excited to have folks over to see it tomorrow rather than SummerSlam.
Here are a few reasons why I decided to skip SummerSlam this year:
Whether Roman Wins or Lose, I Lose
This whole Brock Lesnar story is tired. For a brief, fleeting moment they had my interest when they teased taking Paul Heyman from him. Then they threw that away for no reason at all.
Maybe it will payoff with something, but I am ready for Roman to win the title so we can move on entirely from the Brock Lesnar era. I am still in an “anyone but Roman” mood but even more than that I am in a “Less Lesnar, please” mood. The two of them are the weakest part of the weekly recaps I read for RAW and Smackdown.
Dean Too Soon
Similar to walking back the Lesnar/Heyman split, I thought having Dean Ambrose come back on the RAW before SummerSlam was a waste. I miss the surprises and unless he turns on Seth after helping him beat Dolph, then it looks like “more of the same” to me.
Asuka has been a household favorite of ours ever since she debuted on NXT. Having a bad ass hot Asian woman wrestling was a dream come true for all of us. She has been wasted in WWE though and nothing proves that more than leaving her off the SummerSlam card altogether.
Rusev On the Pre-Show
Rusev is perfect. He is also on the pre-show which costs nothing. Why waste money on SummerSlam when I can get someone like Rusev for free?
Why NXT instead if you don’t watch it?
The card is stacked with some incredibly entertaining wrestlers. While I may not be up to speed on the story, story in general matters less on NXT. Unlike the main roster, matches are rarely filler and are often the first time wrestlers get to really face one another. That makes everything feel fresh. It isn’t a month’s worth of tag matches and weak singles matches. It’s one really good match on the biggest show of the quarter.
Also, there’s a hot Asian pirate and a couple of follicly-enhanced handsome manbeasts. I can’t get that on SummerSlam, that’s for sure!