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NXT In A Nutshell: Closing In On TakeOver

It’s another Wednesday, which of course means two things…it’s hump day, and it’s time for another NXT Nutshell, ladies and gentlemen! As with most NXT shows, this week’s hour was recorded from Full Sail. Things are continuing to come together for the next TakeOver, so let’s see what news tonight brings us, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

I might get yelled at, but I favor the opener over the main event. Both were good, but I think the opening tag match with Ciampa and Gargano taking on TM61 was, I think, really well done. The teams worked together well, and there was also the requisite plug for the Cruiserweight Classic, coming to us this Summer. What’s not to love?

Worst match of the night:

Something has to go here, right? And with only three matches tonight, there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room. I swear I need to rename this one the least-best match of the night. That being said, tonight the nod, unfortunately, goes to No Way Jose and Ordigan. Mind you, I thought the match was decent enough, and Jose continues to entertain, so I really don’t see this as the worst, or bad in any way.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Johnny Wrestling

Austin Aries




How you doin’

Asuka’s gonna kill you


Star of the Night

This one was a tough call, because while there were some really nice performances, I wouldn’t say I was blown away by one specifically. Like, for example, the opening match was really strong, and it was an excellent debut for TM61, even in a losing effort.

So, I am going away from the ring for this one. Or rather, away from the wrestling matches. I give this one to Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura, for a pretty nice exchange in the ring, setting up their match for TakeOver, which ought to be outstanding.

Spot of the Night:

Johnny Wrestling’s unique submission move.

TM61’s finisher

Johnny Wrestling’s suicide dive.

Gargano and Ciampa’s finisher of the night, a running knee/superkick sandwich

Nia Jax suplexing Alexa and Carmella at the same time.

Jobber of the Night:

Ordigan, getting taken out by No Way Jose

Upset of the Night:

None to speak of. Three matches, and they basically followed the chalk.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura will tangle at TakeOver, in a match that could very well decide who is the next number one contender.

Botch of the night:

Nothing, I really did not see a botch tonight. It’s possible I missed it, just as it’s entirely possible none happened.

Commentary of the night:

Dynamite drop in (points if you name that movie!)

Did you take part in No Way Day?

No, because I’m not a sheep.

Ordigan, an Abraham Lincoln enthusiast…

LOL Moment of the night:

Nakamura on the mic, making a joke as he started to speak Japanese, and asking Aries if he spoke it. Aries said “I don’t understand you”, and Nakamura said “me neither”.

No Way Jose getting Graves up and dancing was pretty funny too.

Noteworthy Moment:

Nice preview vignette for Andrade “Cien” Almas, coming soon. Looks like we get another impressive luchador to enjoy.

Austin Aries with a nice in-ring promo to declare his intent in challenging whomever wins at TakeOver between Balor and Joe.

Overall lowlights:

That there were only three matches. That’s really the gripe tonight, is that we didn’t get to enjoy another match or two. As I seem to say a fair bit, my one constant lowlight is that NXT runs under an hour.

Overall highlights:

The opening tag match was exceptional, and it looks like NXT has yet another really good tag team. This makes me, a tag team fan, very happy.

Another week, another NXT main event featuring the women. This one was pretty solid, though perhaps a notch or so down from some of the other women’s matches we’ve enjoyed in the main event spot.

After the final bell:

I can’t say I am super excited for a Nia Jax versus Asuka match at TakeOver, because Nia Jax just does not thrill me. Then again, I don’t know if Carmella or Alexa would have done much for me either. Losing Bayley to injury hurts the women’s title match for TakeOver, there is no doubt about that.

TM61, wow, what can you say? They lost, sure, but the Aussies look like they could be a force in NXT given some more time. I certainly thought, as hot as Ciampa and Gargano have been, that that duo could very well have lost tonight. Loved the show of sportsmanship at the end, however.

Shinsuke and Austin Aries. Need I say more?

No Way Jose grows on you. He just does. Now, with that said, I don’t know what the long term viability of his act is, but at the same time, gag acts like Santino Marella had really nice runs with the big company, so anything is possible. If you prefer not to look at Santino, then instead let’s look at Fandango or Tyler Breeze. Fandango especially, because he too is a dancing fool.

I love the moxie of Asuka, coming out after Nia Jax became the number one contender. She wasn’t satisfied just coming out to the stage. Nope, she had to come into the ring and throw that belt in Nia’s face. Nia dwarves the Women’s champion, but Asuka was as unfazed as ever.


Ciampa and Gargano defeat a game new team, Thorne and Miller, aka TM61

No Way Jose dances his way past Ordigan

Nia Jax defeats Alexa Bliss and Carmella to become the number one contender, to face Asuka at TakeOver.


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    Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura will tangle at TakeOver,

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