Sean Waltman Weighs in on NXT TakeOver XXV

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This week on Sean Waltman‘s Podcast, X-Pac weighs on the happenings on this past Saturday’s WWE NXT TakeOver XXV pay-per-view.

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Waltman’s team sent the following transcribed highlights from the episode to eWrestlingNews. You can hear the full episode on YouTube (embedded above) or via the links at the bottom of this post:


Sean Waltman on Matt Riddle vs Roderick Strong:


I’d say toss up. Like for me that and the main event on which one was the match of the night. And I am just giving a slight edge to the main event. Just because of the magnitude of the match, and the build-up and just because it was a masterpiece of a Pro Wrestling match. But Matt and Roddy they WOW, FUCK, like I said, if someone tells me, ‘I think that was the best match of the night’, I am not gonna argue with them. Just the way they started, the way the match built, all the groundwork they did, all the mat wrestling, it was just a thing of beauty. And the different ways of using the ropes and the different ways of hitting the ropes and just making things look different than everyone else, it was just so good. So good, not to mention I am a huge fan of both of those guys.”

Sean Waltman on the NXT Roster:

“Wow… God I look at these matches and I am like so I go back down there to Florida next week to teach them things and I look at that and I am like ‘holy fuck what am I supposed to teach them when that’s the kinda shit they’re coming up with on their own?’ but they’re not coming up with that all on their own, I don’t think, well yeah I don’t know. I am just blown away by all of it and I consider myself one of the people in my generation, in my time that was like that. That was innovating and coming up with new ways of doing things and new ways of going in and out of things, and I look at that and I am like ‘wow, holy shit.’ Boy, they take it to the next level and then some.”

Sean Waltman on Shayna Baszler:

“My favorite of all the women that are currently wrestling right now, period. Not just WWE, NXT but like everywhere. I am not saying she’s the best technically, she’s just my favorite. And when she says something, I believe what she’s saying because she believes it when she’s saying it, and she just knows her character, she knows it because it’s her.”

Sean Waltman on HBK’s impact on Gargano vs. Cole:

“I shot Shawn a text, I am like ‘that main event has you written all over it Shawn.’ And he’s so proud, to be done in the ring and not think that you’ll be able to feel that satisfaction, get your fix, like we got in the ring. And Shawn’s told me, he goes to the Performance Center and he’s working with these guys and ladies and he gets to feel that fix again vicariously through you know last night Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano and whoever else’s match he had something to do with. Which maybe he had something to do with the ladder match, for obvious reasons. And that may be the reason they put the ladder over so much in the match. Do you know what I mean? It’s a ladder match, the ladder is the gimmick and in so many ladder matches they just get around to the ladder when they have a spot to do with the ladder and so Shawn might have had something to do with helping out with that too.”

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