Since NXT only has 60 minutes a week, it’s tough for them to deliver proper go home shows for their Takeover specials. I feel this show was able to create more excitement within 50 minutes. With a well paced show, and some awesome in ring action, I loved NXT this week.
Big Cass & Enzo Amore vs Samoa Joe & Finn Balor
Come on, we knew the result of this match was quite predictable, and I felt bad for Cass & Amore. The two have been in such high demand and I just wish they weren’t put in a position to lose. On a more lighter note, the visual of Balor having his entrance synced with the rest of the crowd never gets old. Since Cass is agile for a man his size, I loved how well him and Joe connected at the start. Similar to Reigns and Wyatt on Raw, their moves looked rather impactful. While I wasn’t keen on Joe and Balor destroying their opponents, their finishing sequence was easily the spot of the show. It was executed perfectly and truly made them look stronger than the entire roster.
Johnny Garganno vs Apollo Crews
I was expecting this match to end quickly, yet the two gave us a solid outing. I know Garganno has been on NXT programming before, but I thought he truly found a way to stick out in this contest. I’m also happy that the commentators continued to build on the competitors past history, as it gave everything context. It was even more effective since Garganno seemed familiar with Crews’ move set .Overall, I thought this was an awesome follow up match to the opening one.
Emma & Dana Brooke vs Peyton Royce & Billy Kay
I know Royce & Kay have teamed at NXT house shows, but this was the first time I had seen them wrestle. The two looked well together, and I think it would be wise to keep them together for the foreseeable future. I just thought their ring gear wasn’t visually appealing. Although Peyton completely botched on her top rope cross body, she looked great in her hot tag. I can’t remember the last time a diva was able to use kicks like that. While I enjoyed this match, I felt the tempo of the show slowed down after it was over. I guess it was just tough to top the first two matches.
Tommaso Ciampa vs Tyler Breeze
Once again, Breeze was showcased for the third or fourth consecutive show. This shows me that they trust him as a reliable worker. What I absolutely love about his matches is how he’ll find some way to incorporate comedy, even when it’s serious. He didn’t fail to include a funny moment when he took a ride on Ciampa. Apart from this, I thought both men had wicked chemistry together. There was no way Ciampa was going to win, but the way he wrestled made me second guess myself for a moment. His strikes alone look stiff and painful. The spot of this contest was executed by Breeze, as he was able to land a counter drop kick on Ciampa’s top rope attempt. Essentially, this acted as the main event, and it delivered 100%.
Sasha Banks/Bayley Video Package
I can’t say I was a fan of this video package. For the most part, it was simply a recap of their encounter at NXT Brooklyn, which we’re seen several times already. If they had just taken that last bit of them training, and expanded it by three more minutes, I think I’d be more impressed. This could have easily been aired earlier in the show.
Last week’s edition of NXT fell flat, face first, and I think they did a great job at picking themselves up. Just about every match had context, and was worked well. I’m glad to see the competitors were given a decent amount of time to perform on this show. The low point was definitely the video package, while the high point was Breeze vs Ciampa. Overall, I give this show an 8/10.