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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Global Localization: How Big Can NXT Get in the Pro-Wrestling Industry?

Pro-wrestling companies based in the United States having working relationships with pro-wrestling companies based in other countries is nothing new. ROH works with NJPW, a Japan-based company that has existed for 46 years and is continuing to grow. However, NXT has the potential to become the most international professional-wrestling promotion in the industry since World Championship Wrestling. WCW was not as recognized worldwide as WWE, but WWE usually focuses on only their own expansive roster and only has events outside of the United States on occasion. In the 1990's, WCW simultaneously had a working relationship with not only NJPW, but also AAA, one of the biggest pro-wrestling companies in Mexico. WCW and NJPW co-produced many PPV events, WCW took part in an NJPW-produced supercard in 1996, and the two companies traded talent on a regular basis. Meanwhile, WCW co-promoted a lucha libre PPV with AAA in 1994, and booked AAA talent for WCW events frequently in the mid-1990's. Out of all of the companies that defined themselves as being of worldwide status, WCW best represented that definition.

Now, NXT has positioned themselves where they can potentially be established in the same manner that WCW was as being a true GLOBAL promotion. At the 2018 Business Partner Summit, NXT producer Triple H introduced "Global Localization", his plan of creating NXT brands in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. This plan began taking shape with NXT UK, and with the birth of this brand began relationships with PROGRESS and ICW, two major companies in the UK. This relationship enables NXT UK to present fans outside of the UK to names that they are familiar with as well as talent that they currently are unaware of but should know about. Not only does this legitimize NXT as a global brand, but it also gives PROGRESS and ICW increased exposure as well.

As the NXT brand continues to expand globally, NXT could be used to provide the unpredictability that pro-wrestling fans enjoy, and opportunity that all pro-wrestlers desire. With NXT currently having an NXT North American Championship, the NXT Championship could be elevated to world title status. The blueprint of NXT could be different from traditional pro-wrestling governing bodies, where the main brand stands at the top of the heap, while the affiliates are treated as the minor-leagues. In NXT, each territory could be treated as an equal. The next NXT World Champion could come from NXT. They could come from NXT UK, where Pete Dunne is making an impact. Or they could come from one of the other NXT brands than will be created as a result of the Global Localization project. NXT could feature a form of surprise and excitement that has not been seen in the industry for quite some time.

I look forward to seeing the Global Localization project continue as NXT expands worldwide. I currently reside in Japan, and there many promoters and talents here who would be a great for WWE/NXT. It is only matter of NXT coming into contact with those people. Like I had mentioned in my blog post about WWE shining the spotlight on independent wrestling, every time NXT expands to a different area, people with knowledge of that pro-wrestling scene will need to brought in if the Global Localization project is going to be a success, which of course WWE has the resources to accomplish.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

[Blu-ray][PREVIEW] WWE: NXT Greatest Matches Vol.1

"WWE: NXT Greatest Matches Vol.1" presents NXT's picks for the best matches of 2017. Matches on this Blu-ray disk are as follows:

NXT Championship Tournament Final
Seth Rollins
vs.
Jinder Mahal

NXT Championship No Disqualification match
Seth Rollins (NXT Champion)
vs.
Big E Langston

Chris Jericho
vs.
Bray Wyatt

NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Final
Paige
vs.
Emma

Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match
Sami Zayn
vs.
Antonio Cesaro

William Regal
vs.
Antonio Cesaro

NXT Championship Ladder match
Bo Dallas (NXT Champion)
vs.
Adrian Neville

NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Final
Charlotte
vs.
Natalya

Sami Zayn
vs.
Tyson Kidd

NXT Championship match
Adrian Neville (NXT Champion)
vs.
Sami Zayn

NXT Women's Championship Fatal Four-Way match
Charlotte (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Sasha Banks
vs.
Becky Lynch
vs.
Bayley

NXT Championship match
Sami Zayn (NXT Champion)
vs.
Kevin Owens

Adrian Neville
vs.
Cesaro

Hideo Itami
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Enzo Amore
Colin Cassady
Carmella
vs.
Blake
Murphy
Alexa Bliss

NXT Championship match
Kevin Owens (NXT Champion)
vs.
Finn Bálor

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Bayley

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament Final
Finn Bálor
Samoa Joe
vs.
Baron Corbin
Rhyno

CM Punk
Seth Rollins
vs.
Antonio Cesaro
Kassius Ohno

Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match
Adrian Neville
vs.
Corey Graves

Paige
vs.
Becky Lynch

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Charlotte

Apollo Crews
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Saturday, December 8, 2018

[DVD][PREVIEW] WWE: Best of NXT 2017

"WWE: Best of NXT 2017" presents NXT's picks for the best matches of 2017. Matches on this DVD are as follows:

NXT Tag Team Championship match
#DIY (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
TM61

NXT Tag Team Championship match
#DIY (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
The Revival

NXT Championship match
Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT Champion)
vs.
Bobby Roode

NXT Women’s Championship match
Asuka (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Peyton Royce

Eight-Person Mixed Tag Team match
Sanity
vs.
Roderick Strong
Kassius Ohno
Tye Dillinger
Ruby Riot

Drew McIntyre
vs.
Oney Lorcan

Steel Cage match
Tye Dillinger
vs.
Eric Young

#1 Contender’s Match
Hideo Itami
vs.
Roderick Strong

United Kingdom Championship match
Tyler Bate (United Kingdom Champion)
vs.
Pete Dunne

NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder match
Authors of Pain (NXT Tag Team Champions)
vs.
#DIY

Hideo Itami
vs.
Oney Lorcan

NXT Women's Championship Last Woman Standing match
Asuka (NXT Woman's Champion)
vs.
Nikki Cross

NXT Championship match
Bobby Roode (NXT Champion)
vs.
Roderick Strong

Ruby Riot
vs.
Ember Moon

#1 Contender’s Match
Drew McIntyre
vs.
Killian Dain

Aleister Black
vs.
Kyle O’Reily

Johnny Gargano
vs.
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

Johnny Gargano
vs.
Raul Mendoza

Undisputed Era
vs.
Sanity

NXT Championship match (Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
Drew McIntyre (NXT Champion)
vs.
Adam Cole

NXT Championship match
Drew McIntyre (NXT Champion)
vs.
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas

War Games match
Undisputed Era
vs.
Sanity
vs.
Roderick Strong
Authors of Pain

[DVD][PREVIEW] WWE: NXT - From Secret to Sensation

"WWE: NXT - From Secret to Sensation" presents matches featuring the 25 Superstars that NXT has chosen as their greatest. Matches on this DVD are as follows:

Big E Langston
vs.
Xavier Woods

NXT Championship match
Seth Rollins (NXT Champion)
vs.
Corey Graves

Bo Dallas
vs.
Bray Wyatt

Antonio Cesaro
vs.
Sami Zayn

Dolph Ziggler
vs.
Alexander Rusev

Paige
vs.
Sasha Banks

Adrian Neville
vs.
Tyler Breeze

Big E Langston
vs.
Bo Dallas

Fatal 4-Way Match NXT Championship match
Adrian Neville (NXT Champion)
vs.
Sami Zayn
vs.
Tyler Breeze
vs.
Tyson Kidd

Barron Corbin
vs.
Elias Samson

NXT Championship match
Kevin Owens (NXT Champion)
vs.
Finn Bálor

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Becky Lynch

NXT Women’s Championship match
Sasha Banks (NXT Women’s Champion)
vs.
Charlotte

Sami Zayn
vs.
Shinsuke Nakamura

NXT Championship match
Finn Bálor (NXT Champion)
vs.
Samoa Joe

Bayley
vs.
Alexa Bliss

Tye Dillinger
vs.
Bobby Roode

NXT Women’s Championship match
Asuka (NXT Women's Champion)
vs.
Ember Moon