Former WWE NXT women’s champ The Boss Sasha Banks invokes her rematch clause to challenge NXT women’s champ Bayley for the title in a 30-minute Iron Woman Match in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Respect, which starts 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Oct. 7 on WWE Network from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.
Talk about respect. It marks the first time a women’s match main events a WWE special, and Bayley and Banks deserve it. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn during SummerSlam Weekend in August at the Barclays Center, Bayley won the NXT women’s title over Banks in a show stealing match.
During the celebration, Charlotte and Becky Lynch joined Bayley and Banks in the ring as they broke character for a curtain call. To the delight of the crowd, they hugged and gestured four fingers, signifying their Four Horsewomen alliance and a Divas Revolution. WWE approved.
The Curtain Call 2015
How times have changed.
In 1996, four of The Kliq members (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H) broke character, unheard of at the time, at the end of a non-televised WWF show (also in New York City) at Madison Square Garden in an incident known as the controversial “Curtain Call.”
Hall and Nash were leaving the company for WCW, and the four real-life friends (babyfaces and heels together) said good-bye to each other by hugging and flashing the Kliq sign in the ring. The crowd erupted, roaring its approval. A video surfaced from a fan in the upper level, making it WWE unapproved. Triple H paid the price because of it, losing a crowning King of the Ring achievement.
The Curtain Call 1996
The one constant between curtain calls, nearly 20 years in the making, is WWE Executive Vice President (Talent/Live Events/Creative) Paul Triple H Levesque.
Unlike what happened to Triple H in 1996, wrestlers Bayley and Banks are rewarded (and rightfully so) for their NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn match and post-match celebration with Charlotte and Lynch.
Levesque is the driving force behind the growing NXT brand and the successful WWE Performance Center in Orlando. The Four Horsewomen helped build that stellar brand, and their post-match gathering in the ring, Kliq style, at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn appeared to have his finger prints all over it.
Awesome match. Awesome emotions. Right? Inquiring minds want to know more.
Divas Revolution Grows
Empowering the Divas Revolution further, NXT TakeOver: Respect features more top cailber women’s wrestling action with the NXT wrestling debut of Asuka (a.k.a Kana) against Dana Brooke.
Respecting The Dream
Also at NXT TakeOver: Respect, the semifinals (NXT champ Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe vs. The Mechanics Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder; Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin and Rhyno) and finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze and more.
The show will be live on WWE Network, beginning 8 p.m. EST.
The British rock band Bring Me The Horizon, a favorite of former NXT women’s champ Paige, provides the official theme music for NXT TakeOver: Respect. “Happy Song” and “Throne” are the official tunes for that spectacular show.
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