Compared to the last few Takeovers, this wasn’t anything special. Apart from being too critical, it was still something worth watching.
Sanity vs Kassius Ohno, Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, & Ruby Riot
I thought it was a terrible idea to replace No Way Jose with Ohno. Nothing against Ohno, but Jose has done so much work in this feud and it’s a shame he didn’t get to compete in the pay off.
In terms of the in ring action, I enjoyed this eight man tag. It was the perfect match to kick off the show. They followed a typical tag formula, but it worked for them. With Sanity being such a dominant heel team, it only made sense for them to take charge for a good portion of the match.
With Dillinger being as over as he is, it was smart to give him the hot tag. That added a lot to the excitement. However, it’s shame that he had to take the pin. I genuinely was against the booking decision, as it was Dillinger’s time to finally pick up a big win.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Aleister Black
It was cool to see Black debut, but I had a tough time getting invested in this match. Everybody knows that both of these men are talented, but what’s the point without any story?
Quite honestly, there was nothing intriguing about this match. The action was decent, but it didn’t warrant a spot on the show.
Triple Threat Tag Match
From start to finish, the wrestling in the match was fluid. There was a solid amount of action from all three teams, and that was great to see. When the AoP was taken out early, I assumed they’d come out for the finish, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. In fact, they’re presence in the match only complimented the back and forth of the others teams.
The spot of the match was undeniably the table spot with Razor. It wasn’t anything of beauty, but it was just built as something every fan wanted to see. In that sense, spots don’t necessarily have to be fancy.
Once DIY was eliminated, it was tough to buy into the action. The tragic part about that was how the crowd completely turned against the match. It’s a shame, because I thought the Revival and the AoP still put forth a good match. With that being said, the finish was pretty anticlimactic. It was obvious the other two teams carried the match, so it’s understandable how fans would be upset with the outcome.
Asuka vs Ember Moon
Even though these two have never met in the ring before, their chemsitry was instant. The opening sequence between the two was witty, and it worked for the story they were trying to tell. In fact, I liked how the two took their time before getting into heavy action.
I’m glad the two worked a quick pace at the start, because the middle of the contest became rather slow. However, that slow pace showed how equal the two were.
The finish definitely threw me off. Seeing Asuka cheat was a surprise, but at least that’ll add to their eventual rematch. Also, was anybody else surprised with how quickly this ended?
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode
Thankfully, Nakamura was able to keep his entrance simple. He’s had a few too many “big” entrances, and this felt refreshing. As for Bobby Roode, his was amazing. While his was simple, the pianos were a magnificent touch.
The first half of this match was rather slow, and if it wasn’t for crowd the action wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. Essentially, it was about showing the how Nakamura was fine, which is something we already knew.
Once they got into the second half, this become a lot more entertaining. After that, the pacing became better, and the two found a way to keep the crowd on the edge. Also, they did great job at keeping it unpredictable. The usage of submissions were solid spots, and that added a lot to the finish. Sure, nobody thought it would lead to a finish, but it certainly built towards it.
Towards the end, I was convinced Nakamura would make the babyface come back, but that wasn’t the case. When Bobby picked up the clean win, my jaw literally dropped. Overall, the finish was an abolished beauty.
This Takeover had it’s ups and downs. There were some good moments, and there were some bad. I don’t think it was a bad show, but it certainly missed a chance of changing the NXT landscape.
The low point was Almas vs Black, while the high points consisted of the triple threat tag and the main event. Overall, I give this show a 6.9/10.