Thu. News (03/17): WWE NXT Takeover Dallas Lineup, Sting Retiring & More!

The NXT Takeover Dallas is nearly complete after three matches were announced during last night’s NXT broadcast. The matches were known for months because the taping took place over  a month ago, but now that it’s official the excitement for this show has grown.

It was announced by NXT General Manager William Regal that Sami Zayn will face the debuting Shinsuke Nakamura. It’s a huge match that, when announced online, led to ticket prices for the NXT Takeover Dallas event to go up in price significantly. There are $40 tickets that are selling for about $400 on the secondary market. Fans holding tickets for the event might be thinking about selling them, but if it were me I’d still go to the show because it should be awesome.

Since Nakamura won’t actually appear on NXT leading up to the event, WWE will have to try to get him over using video packages. They put one up on their Youtube channel after they announced the match.

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I’m really excited for the match. It definitely has Match of the Year potential if they get enough time and usually with NXT shows, they do get the time. The atmosphere in that building is going to be amazing, which will help Nakamura in terms of getting him over as a huge star right away.

Who will win? Probably Nakamura. He’s debuting in WWE while Zayn may be done in NXT since he’s a regular on the main roster now.

The full card looks like this:

*NXT Champion Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe – This was set up on last week’s NXT when Joe beat Zayn to become the number one contender. This is a rematch from the last Takeover event in England in December 2015. A title change is possible. Both guys are candidates to go up to WWE’s main roster immediately after WrestleMania.

*Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Asuka – It was announced this week when they teamed up to win a tag match and Regal named Asuka the number one contender.

*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn – The debut of Nakamura. As mentioned, it would be a shock if Nakamura lost.

*NXT Tag Champions Dash & Dawson (The Revival) vs. Jason Jordan & Chad Gable (American Alpha) – Jordan & Gable earned their title shot on this week’s NXT show. They’ll probably win the Tag Titles in Dallas.

*Austin Aries vs. Baron Corbin – Aries is new to NXT and Corbin has been there for a few years. Corbin’s not happy about a newcomer like Aries getting a lot of attention.

*Apollo Crews vs. Elias Samson – It’s not announced yet, but it was taped.

There may be other matches added to the card as well although it also could just be these six matches.

To read about this week’s NXT broadcast, check out Kurt Zamora’s review right here.

Sting Has Unofficially Retired From Active Competition

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A new report from TMZ was posted online on Friday noting that WWE Superstar Sting has wrestled his last match with a possible announcement coming when he’s the headliner at the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2. Our Mark McAllen has more info on it here.

This news shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody because of the spinal stenosis injury he suffered at last September’s Night of Champions event. When Seth Rollins – the WWE Champion at the time – gave him a Buckle Bomb (Powerbomb into the turnbuckle), it stunned Sting. The 56-year-old’s body was in shock for a moment. It’s a miracle that he didn’t collapse right there. They went to the finish soon after and Sting hasn’t been in a match since.

Retiring is the right move because when you’re his age you don’t want to risk taking one more bump that could result in being paralyzed for the rest of your life. Sting has millions in the bank thanks to a 30 year career that he spent in NWA/WCW, TNA and WWE for a few matches. The article noted that he was willing to have another role with WWE if they had something for him. I think making him a babyface GM on a show would be perfect because he’s a good promo guy that has everybody’s respect, so he would handle the role well. Plus, when he did that in TNA he was really good at it.

Kurt Angle was an opponent and ally of Sting in TNA over the last decade. He sent out an encouraging tweet after seeing the Sting news.

The reason why I put “unofficially” is because until we hear it from him, you never know. I think he’ll save it for the the Hall of Fame. That’s the perfect time for it. Too bad his in-ring career in WWE didn’t last longer, but at least he can say he competed at a WrestleMania once. Better than nothing!

I’m going to skip the other news because this is going up a few hours late.


Read Our Stuff

You can check out Kurt Zamora’s NXT review right here. He does a great job with it and covers it all for you, so read all about how some of the NXT Takeover Dallas matches were set up.

Hank McAllen is our resident wrestling historian and did an awesome job of looking at some Canadian wrestlers while mentioning how awesome it is to see Kevin Owens feud with Sami Zayn.

That’s all for now. I’ll have the Smackdown review up on Friday and then on the weekend I’ll post a retro PPV review as well. Wayne Tomkins should be here tomorrow with another news update. Have a good weekend.