Sunday, 17 June 2018

Early start, NXT Takeover: Chicago, Dietland and Pose

In stark contrast to yesterday I woke up early today and couldn't get back to sleep again. As Toni was happily snoozing still I got dressed and headed downstairs. I started catching up with NXT Takeover: Chicago 2018.

Although NXT has seen some its key stars move up to the WWE main rosters it still remains a strong brand and is still better viewing than RAW or Smackdown (I stopped watching RAW and Smackdown over a year ago but I continue to watch NXT every week.

First up we saw Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan take on Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championship. This was a good opener with plenty of near falls before Undisputed Era got the win and retained their belts.

Next up was Velveteen Dream taking on Ricochet. This was a fun match watching Dream do loads of Ricochet's move to try and psych him out. Needless to say this only lasted so long before Ricochet turned the tables. It was hard to call this one as both are good athletes who take risks. In the end Ricochet held out to win a fantastic match.

The Women's Title was on the line next as mad Scot Nikki Cross took on defending champion Shayna Baszler. This was a match I couldn't wait to see with Baszler's MMA style against Cross' off the wall madness. This was never going to be a match of wrestling prowess but it was certainly entertaining. Unsurprisingly Baszler won by being put to sleep but I suspect this feud is far from over!

Aleister Black defended his NXT Title against Lars Sullivan. This match was athleticism (Black) versus brawn (Sullivan). This was another great match. Sullivan is surprisingly versatile given his size and stature. There was some great close calls before Black finally retained after two Black Mass spinning heel kicks.

Last up was Johnny Gargano versus Tommaso Ciampa in a Chicago Street Fight. This feud has been going on for a LOOONG time and so for me it's lost a bit of sparkle and excitement especially as Ciampa has come out the victor in most of their meets. The match was good overall with the Street Fight element being played well with some brutal parts. Gargano flipping out was genius but it was so disappointing to have Ciampa walk away with the win once again. Who knows where the feud goes after this......

Once Toni was up we watched the first three episodes of Dietland which is a new series. The show explores the beauty industry and society's obsession with weight loss. Everybody should watch this show for the learning experience.

We then followed this up with Pose. Pose is set in the world of 1987 and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world." I think this one has some potential although Toni was less than impressed. I might watch a couple more episodes and see what happens.

Sam came back from a weekend in Southend to present me with this wonderful Father's Day gift:

Thankfully it doesn't have sound and do the whole, "NOOOOOOOO" thing!

We caught up with RuPaul's Drag Race and Battlebots while we ate dinner and then finished the day off back on the Suits trail.

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