NXT Takeover Portland was the best Takeover yet, but will Tampa top it?

NXT Takeover Portland was the best Takeover yet, but will Tampa top it?

What an amazing show top to bottom by NXT. Triple H said it best when we he applauded the fans for really bringing the energy, and I’m with him on that. I also believe this is the deepest roster NXT has produced. Top names were missing from the card, which shows how far this roster can go with talent. Every match really brought it Saturday night.

The opening contest was as good as it gets with Keith Lee continuing his feud with Dominik Dijakovic for the North American Championship and you knew right off the bat the energy was going to be brought. Ending the night with Adam Cole retaining the NXt heavyweight championship from Tommaso Ciampa in the main event brought down the road to NXT Takeover Tampa.

The crazy thing is Triple H said that will be the best card yet. Better then Portland? That might be a hard one to top. From Charlotte Flair accepting Rhea Ripley’s challenge for Wrestlemania to Johnny Gargano turning on Ciampa at the end of the match to cost him the championship belt. Finn Balor and Gargano wrestled a clinic and now questions are starting to arise. Who will challenge Cole in Tampa? What’s next for Balor? Does Ripley have a match the night before Mania? What match will Gargano and Ciampa continue the feud? How does Tegan Knox and Dakota Kai continue their feud? Can anyone take down Keith Lee in the future? Not to mention who will fight the Broserweights for the tag team championship after an unbelievable bout vs Undisupted Era to take the gold.

The beauty is we have time to figure this all out. Talent such as Killer Kross, Velveteen Dream, Timothy Thatcher and Austin Theory I am sure will play a role as well. One thing remains, NXT’s roster is as good as it’s ever been.

Mets Going To Open Bidder

Mets Going To Open Bidder

An exciting season is supposed to be happening this summer. Problem is the Mets find a way to Met it up. Reports came about that according to Bloomberg News the Mets will be going to an open bid and the highest bidder will now get full control of the team. The question is why couldn’t Steve Cohen just get full control?

We read from December till now that a handshake agreement was put in place and it would be a five year plan before Cohen took control. But ownership, namely Jeff Wilpon, found a way to sabotage it all. Just another unfortunate situation for a Mets team that has high hopes going into this season.

Now the question is who will take control of this situation? We know they’ve hired adults to run this now in “Allen and Company.” An investment bank has now taken charge in the process. Even though Jeff’s son works for them.

SNY, which is the cash cow of the organization yet won’t be for sale. This would be the third time the Mets are up for sale. In 2011 David Einhorn had agreed to purchase the team only for the Wilpon’s to back out. The question remains, can these guys be trusted?

We know the Wilpon’s need the money and can’t afford to have this investment anymore, but the fan base needs them gone. This has past them by. They can’t afford to keep the Mets in the state they’re in. They can’t keep acting like a small market team in a big market.

Kyle Shanahan Can’t Defeat His BigGame Demons

Kyle Shanahan Can’t Defeat His BigGame Demons

Did the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super bowl or did Kyle Shanahan give it to them? We can go on and on about who was to blame for the San Francisco 49ers loss in Super Bowl 54 Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lots of factors played into it, and of course will give the credit to Patrick Mahomes and company. But the guy who should be at the head of the blame game table belongs to the head coach. Shanahan has now been on the wrong end of two of the biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history. He was the offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons debacle where they blew a 28-3 loss to the New England Patriots, and the Falcons have still never recovered. People said he got to conservative and didn’t do enough to win when New England grabbed momentum. Super Bowl 54 played out the same way.

Let’s start with clock management. Right before the half, the 49ers defense had gotten Mahomes and the Chiefs to punt the ball. With all three timeouts left, Shanahan decided let’s not use them. What was he saving them for? He had over a minute left on the clock to make something happen. Jimmy Garoppolo had been dominant in the two minute offense all year. So why all of a sudden change up what made you successful? They wound up throwing a deep ball to Tight End George Kittle, but was called back for a questionable offensive pass interference. After that Shanahan said he was content going into the half tied at 10. Even his GM John Lynch was showing signaling for Shanahan to call for a timeout. What does that tell you?

Not having the confidence in his offense was on display when his team had momentum and on a fourth and two, he decided to kick a field goal to go up 13-10 rather than going for it. His running attack had been thriving for the game and they had two very reliable backs in Raheem Moster and Tevin Coleman, not to mention a strong, and likely best fullback in the game in Kyle Juszcyk. Even doing trickery with Deebo Samuel would’ve been wise. The 49ers had plenty of options. So why not go for it and keep the ball in your offenses hands rather than give it back to Mahomes and keep Kansas City in the game? You had a chance to end it early, but instead you kept the Chiefs in the game.

RUN! RUN! RUN! That should’ve been the advice Shanahan should’ve been giving his offense. Instead as the running attack had done well all game, he put the ball in Garappolo’s hands. I thought he could handle it, but didn’t think Jimmy G had to even throw it. He didn’t play his best game and when the score was 20-17, Mostert got a five yard run on first down and instead of continuing to dominate on the ground and chew up more clock, and he elected to let Garoppolo throw it. Incomplete passes would only stop the clock and let Mahomes have his moment. The last two drives were a disaster for the 49ers. By the time Shanahan had confidence in his quarterback, the team lost all momentum. Two weeks ago, in the NFC Championship game, against the Green Bay Packers the run worked. So why all of a sudden are you jumping off of something that was helping?

Many other reasons unfolded, such as the 3rd and 15 completion against the stacked Niners defense, or Garoppolo missing Emanuel Sanders wide open at the end of game. Missed tackles played a role for the Niners defense too. You can also blame the refs for plenty of missed calls. But the one truth remains, and that’s Kyle Shanahan once again chocked away another Super Bowl. The 49ers will be back, but can this guy be the leader to a championship? We shall see.

Drew McIntyre’s Time Is Now

Drew McIntyre’s Time Is Now

Watching the Royal Rumble Sunday night I had my doubts about how the ending would be. I suppose I thought Roman Reigns would win it again, or Seth Rollins, or have Brock Lesnar survive everyone and he’s going to pick his opponent. Instead we wrestling fans got infused with freshness in having Drew McIntyre win the 2020 Royal Rumble thus going on to WrestleMania 36 where he will fight Lesnar for the WWE championship.

I couldn’t be happier for a guy who just as recently as 2009 was labeled “The Chosen One” by Vince McMahon himself. His time didn’t work out so, well as WWE just didn’t have a place for him and a lot of personal issues were going on outside the ring. He then was released from his contract and went on to the Indies circuit where he wrestled for Impact, at the time called TNA, and ICW among others.

Fast forward to 2017 where he was seen at “NXT TakeOver Orlando” in the crowd and the fans erupted when they showed he was the new signee of NXT. A much different attitude and in a better state of mind physically and mentally he was ready to be back. A whole different character and attitude got me supporting his run. He would win the NXT championship at “Takeover Brooklyn III” and would have a great run in NXT.

Once he got on the main roster he was aligning himself with Dolph Ziggler, but bigger plans were on the horizon, or so I thought. He would later have a feud with Roman Reigns and lose to him at WrestleMania 35. Upsetting to me, I started to lose faith in the direction for the “Scottish Psychopath:” But, at the beginning of 2020, I saw the momentum that included him beating both Randy Orton and AJ Styles in a Triple Threat match on Raw. Momentum starting going his way, especially during the Rumble match when he eliminated Lesnar from the Rumble thus getting all of Minute Maid Park in Houston behind him. I know I was. Lastly, eliminating Reigns sealed the deal for the crowd to erupt. I am proud to own his NXT shirt and support him during this run and come WrestleMania 36 he finally gets his opportunity to show what he’s made of. The guy has everything you want in a superstar such as size, skill and mic work. His time is upon us, and I can’t wait to see it unfold.