The Spotlight on NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3

Tonight is NXT Takeover Brooklyn 3, check out my thoughts and breakdown of all of the matches in yesterday’s edition of The Wrestling Drive

Man that is some screencap on the video above lol

If you aren’t interested (or don’t have the time) in my complete breakdown of each match, here is my quick recap of my predictions for each match

Asuka Over Ember Moon

Drew McIntyre over Bobby Roode to win the NXT Title (Unless Roderick Strong gets added to the match then I think he wins it)

The Authors Of Pain Retain the Tag Titles over Sanity

Johnny Gargano over Andrade Cien Almas

Aleister Black over Hideo Itami

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The Spotlight On Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic 

 This past Wednesday evening, as I mentioned in the daily spotlight blog that day, I was able to check out Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. With the show running the Barclays Center over the weekend and around the US over the next couple of months, I thought it would be fun to give you guys some of the highlights of the show. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

Highlights:
1) The Disney Experience In Your Neck of The Woods- I had a chance to chat with one of the ladies on line with her family at the concession stand and she mentioned how her and the family come see Disney On Ice every year. She explained that it’s a bit pricey for the whole family to get down to Florida or California every year and so this is a more affordable way for the family to still get some Disney on their life. I couldn’t agree more! Being as big of a fan of Disney as I am, it really felt that for the two hours that this show was going on that the Barclays Center was transformed into Disney World. There were photo ops, souvenirs, Disney themed desserts and people wearing costumes (Mickey ears and mini princesses were everywhere) filling the lobby of the Barclays Center. On top of that with over 50 classic Disney characters and 14 different stories, you really got a similar Disney experience that you would come to expect at the shows featured in the parks.   2) Fun For The Whole Family- I attended the event with my girlfriend and our 3 year old god daughter and while she enjoyed seeing the princesses and Frozen there was a lot there for my girlfriend and I to enjoy as well. The classic four Disney characters, Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie and Mickey (where was my boy Pluto by the way?)  act as the narrators of the show and continue to appear in between the different stories to talk about Disney history and to introduce the different characters. From there many of the classic Disney stories from The Little Mermaid to Beauty and the Beast to even Pinocchio get their time to have their story told and we had our chance to feel like a kid in the process (there’s even a segment dedicated to “Its A Small World”). The finale featuring the Lion King is a sight to be seen and features all of the characters in a way that only Disney can do right.
 3) Frozen Fun- That’s right, for I believe possibly the first time ever Frozen is now a part of the “100 years of Magic” show. Not only is it featured but it has the most time dedicated to it with about 30 minutes including all of the classic characters and songs. It is quite the sight to see 16,000+ people at the Barclays Center singing “Let It Go” in unison. I will say that I think if you want to see Frozen included with all of the classics you should go sooner rather than later because Disney is as smart as they come and, if they haven’t done so already, it’s only a matter of time before Frozen gets its own “Disney On Ice”.

Closing Thoughts: 
 Overall this was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend it to any fan of Disney.  There were definitely a few times where I had to remind myself that the performers were all on skates as they were incredible in how much they could do without a stumble, they were simply flawless. One thing that did surprise me was that there wasn’t a classic character or two available for photos. They did have the classic Disney sets where you can take take a picture with Anna, Cinderella or Mickey & Minnie butt they were all cardboard cutouts. I can tell you that I would have gladly paid for a photo had it been the “real” characters. That’s just a small constructive criticism though because in the end this was definitely worth it and 2 hours flew by and kept our 2 year old goddaughter engaged the whole time. If you’re in the New York City area, Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic runs the Barclays Center through November 16th!

If you have specific questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below or hit me up on twitter @TommyOnTheSpot.

The Spotlight On SummerSlam Week in New York City

 Hello everyone it is officially SummerSlam weekend!  I have been pretty busy this past weekend as I was a part of a wedding and then literally had a vacation day yesterday in which I spent the entire day catching up on my sleep as I know this is going to be a long and exciting week in the New York City Area and so I am committed to bringing the best Summerslam coverage possible.  I work here in Brooklyn and there is definitely a Wrestlemania esque buzz (and a Wrestlemania esque traffic) in the air.  There are many different events going on in the New York City area as well as television appearances and autograph signings all over the place.  We are lucky enough here at thedailyspotlight.com to be attending several of the different events associated with Summerslam week and will have you covered from pillar to post. Whether it be live coverage or coverage from one of our correspondents, we will have a packed week of content for all of you guys right here.  If you are attending any of the events this week and would like to be a correspondent for thedailyspotlight.com (After all I am only one person, I work a full time job and only have so many hours in the day) you can do so by sending me an email at thedailyspotlight2@gmail.com.  We welcome live event coverage and perspectives and will give full credit your way if you’d like it (you can choose to remain anonymous as well).  With that said let me get into the different Summerslam themed activities and coverage you can expect this week on thedailyspotlight.com

Wednesday: 
 
The Spotlight On Triple H’s NXT Taker: Brooklyn Media Conference Call-  Later today there will be coverage of Triple H’s conference call that he hosts before all of the different NXT Takeover specials specifically for members of the media.  I will be back later today from the biggest highlights from the call this afternoon.
SummerSlam Night At MCU Park- Tonight I’ll be attending the Brooklyn Cyclones’ MCU Park for Summerslam Night.  Prior to the start of tonight’s Brooklyn Cyclones game, there will be a celebrity charity softball game between a host of celebrities and the NYPD and FDNY.  Ryback, Charlotte, Eva Marie and Fandango will all be on hand both playing in the game and signing autographs at the park.  There will also be different prize giveaways and contests from both WWE and Tapout.  I will be back late tonight or early tomorrow with pictures and highlights from that event.
Thursday: 
 
Thursday is an absolute packed day of different events going on for the WWE Superstars and Divas.  Obviously Thursday night is the final stop for WWE before Summerslam but aside from that John Cena will be hosting the 9:00 hour of the Today show and also appearing on the Tonight Show.  I saw some of the highlights from John’s first appearance on the Today Show and thought he came off like a real natural in the role.  I know that Paige and Seth Rollins will be signing autographs at Toys R Us Times Square and Kevin Owens will be signing in New Jersey.  Aside from all of that…
Sam Roberts Live-  On Thursday night in New York City, Same Roberts will be hosting a live podcast and q & a with Corey Graves and Paul Heyman. I’ve been invited to attend and plan on doing so (though I will getting my eyes dilated earlier that day so this will be interesting to say the least).  Sam’s shows are great and I’m looking forward to the event at the famous Caroline’s Comedy Club.  Look for pictures and highlights from that event on Thursday night .
WWE 2k16 Press Conference- Also Thursday night in New York City is a media event for WWE 2k16.  There isn’t much more information that that is out about it but we will also have the highlights of that event, likely Friday morning .
Friday-Sunday-  
 
During Summerslam weekend there are a number of superstar appearances going on at the Barclays center.  Priced at $150 per session you can meet Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns Sting, Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch as well as a host of others.  I’ve never done one of these VIP signings but I’ve heard great things.  The Superstars and Divas spend a bit more time with each person who’s paid to meet them and also include a nice professional photo.  If you go check out any of these appearances, drop me a line.
Ranking The Summerslams-  Beginning Friday morning and continuing throughout the weekend, I’m going to be ranking all of the WWE Summerslams in the history of WWE.  From 1988-2014 all of the summerslams will be ranked by yours truly starting from 27 and going all the day down to number 1, the greatest summerslam event of all time.  I’ll also give a first hand account of several different Summerslam events that either I attended live or I remember being around for.  The countdown will kick off this Friday morning.
Predictions-  Summerslam isn’t the only big show this weekend, Saturday night NXT:Takeover comes to Brooklyn.  On Friday I’ll be running down all of the matches scheduled for NXT:TakeOver and giving predictions for that show.  Then on Saturday, I’ll be back to run down the complete Summerslam card with predictions from all 10 of the matches.
Saturday- 
 
NXT Panel-  Saturday morning at the Barclays Center there will be an exclusive NXT Panel Discussion featuring Triple H, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Sasha Banks and many more.  The panel is said to last for 90 minutes and will include a Q & A.  This should make for a good prelude to the NXT Takeover special that same night as the topic is NXT.  I’ll be on hand and will have highlights from the event.
Ultimate Warrior Day-  This Saturday afternoon 3-5 there will be an Ultimate Warrior book release convention in Brooklyn.  Dana Warrior (The widow of the ultimate warrior) will be on hand for a meet and greet and it’s also being promoted that many of the Warrior’s memorabilia including the official Ultimate Warrior Statue will be on display.  I’ll be attending that event and will be back with photos and highlights from that event as well.
NXT Takeover: Brooklyn- Not only am I attending NXT: Takeover live on Saturday night but I’m doing so on a double date. Anyway for the first of three nights I’ll be at the Barclays Center this time, for NXT live.  Be sure to check out my live event highlights and photos.
Sunday-
 
Summerslam– Not since my very first live pay per view (Summerslam 2002) have I been this excited for a Summerslam live.  I’ll be on hand for the four hour mega event so you can expect the usual highlights and photos from a live perspective on Sunday night.
Monday-
 
Monday Night Raw- Gotta Give WWE credit for selling out the Barclays center three days in a row.  Kudos to them for making Summerslam into such a massive event filled with as many events as you would often find solely during Wrestlemania week.  I actually took a half day from work so that I can catch my breath before heading back to the Barclays Center for a third straight day.  I hope this Raw is similar to those post Wresltemania in that it also has that must-see feel.
Closing Thoughts:
 
This is going to be a very fun and long week filled with a number of events.   This is really like a surprising wrestling paradise normally only reserved for Wrestlemania weekend.  Being in New york City, I can tell you that it really feels like Wrestlemania around these parts.  As pictured at the top of this piece, WWE has a number of Summerslam posters hanging throughout the Brooklyn area and the Barclays Center has been decked out with a number of WWE Superstars and Divas featured prominently.  WWE has done a good job in making sure that Summerslam has that big event feel and I’m hoping it stays in New York for the foreseeable future.  That’s going to do it for now but stay tuned for all of the coverage coming up this week on thedailyspotlight.com