WATCH: Poppy Cosplayed as Kakegurui’s Yumeko at NXT’s Halloween Havoc
April 28, 2023
Poppy dressed up in the role of Yumeko Jabami, one of the characters from the cult anime Kakegurui to perform at NXT Halloween Havoc.
Poppy is a musician cosplayed as Yumeko Jabami from the cult animated show Kakegurui to perform her appearance in NXT’s special Halloween Havoc.
Poppy was seen in Halloween Havoc, as part of Io’s entrance, taking her to the ring, in which she was scheduled to take on Candice LeRae, who is the current NXT women’s champion. During the entrance/performance, Poppy could be seen sporting the distinct red school uniform worn by Yumeko in Kakegurui. Poppy has been a part of WWE’s developmental brand as well as NXT previously. Poppy also appears to have chosen the right star since Shirai defeated LeRae at the end of the match to keep her title.
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Based on the manga Kakegurui-Compulsive Gambler written by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Nakamura. The KakeguruiAnime was first shown in Japan towards the end of 2017. The second season called Kakeguruixx is scheduled to be released in the year 2019. Netflix has both seasons available in the United States. The show follows Yumeko whose obsession with gaming breaks down the social order of her high-end school. The manga’s original story was adapted to become not just an anime, but also a live-action television series that ran from 2018 to 2019 and a feature film.
NXT: Halloween Havoc marked a return to an established professional wrestling company that was long cut off from funding. Halloween Havoc originally was a World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view event. The first broadcast took place in 1989. WCW hosted 12 Halloween Havoc pay-per-views between 1989 and 2000. The last Halloween Havoc PPT was broadcast on Oct. 29th, 2000. WCW went out of operation in March of 2001 and was later bought by WWE. Halloween Havoc remained mostly inactive following the purchase and was used only in a handful of WWE’s videogames.
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NXT, however, has revived several previously sunk WWE brands as well as WCW names. Halloween Havoc is, perhaps, the closest to NXT The Great American Bash from July. It was an exclusive version of the NXT weekly show which revived Great American Bash earlier used by WCW and WWE. NXT introduced WWE’s WarGames and WCW’s TakeOver to specific variations of the TakeOver.
NXT is broadcast on the USA Network on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET. USA Network broadcasts ET.