Tagged: WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

Drew McIntyre on NXT TakeOver and the rise of the UK independent scene

When Drew McIntyre began wrestling at 15-years-old, he had to travel 12 hours from his home in Scotland to find training. The Scottish pro-wrestling scene was non-existent, and England only had two independent promotions. Now, January 2019 has punctuated a boom in the United Kingdom with the opening of a...

NZPWI Roundtable: NXT TakeOver

One day before WWE Royal Rumble 2019, The Valley of the Sun plays host to NXT TakeOver: Phoenix! All four NXT Championships are on the line during Sunday’s WWE Network special. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa defends against the man he beat for the title, Aleister Black. Bianca Belair attempts to...

Northland rockers Alien Weaponry provide theme for NXT TakeOver

Kiwi music enthusiasts have heard a familiar sound on WWE NXT this month. Northland thrash metal trio Alien Weaponry’s Holding My Breath is an official theme of NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, and has been played extensively on WWE programming. Bass player Ethan Trembath told NZPWI the band was on tour in...

G5: Balor vs. Lesnar, Royal Rumble, WWE HOF, more

At the start of the year, Braun Strowman was scheduled to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Now, it’s Finn Balor who will attempt to dethrone “The Beast” at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Is Balor a better opponent for Lesnar than Strowman would have been? Balor vs. Lesnar...