It’s time to see some new faces really step up and take advantage of the opportunity. Who steps up? We might find out tonight.
Best Match of the night:
Hmm…this is somewhat tough. There were a few good matches, though it wasn’t a night where we only had a couple and they were both decent. After some thought, I have to give this to the match between Kota Ibushi and Buddy Murphy. Hard not to be impressed by Kota. Love the influx of new talent from Japan, and elsewhere. It’s exciting, it brings new styles into the mix, and it’s refreshing.
Worst match of the night:
If I had to pick one, I’d say I was least captivated by Billy Kaye and Santana Garrett. I don’t know if it’s Kaye’s look, or her persona in ring (wasn’t feeling much of a ring presence). With all the women headed to RAW and SmackDown, she has a golden opportunity presenting itself, so I am sure the training staff will be working with her to maximize things. She looks like she’s got a lot of positives, so it’s not like it was a terrible match. Just missing something.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Shinsuke
Throw it back
Aussie Aussie Assie, Oy Oy Oy
No Way Jose
let’s go Kota
Star of the Night
Splitting this one between Kota Ibushi and Shinsuke Nakamura. Both men impressed in their actions tonight.
Spot of the Night:
Hard not to like Thunder Valley from TM61.
Really liked the kicks and chops from Kota, and the powerbomb finisher looked quite nice too.
Jobber of the Night:
Has to be Ryzin and Nails.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing. No upset to see here. Move along…
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
OK, it wasn’t a stunning night overall, but how can you not be excited about the NXT debut of Kota Ibushi? Yes, I know he’s working in the CWC, but tonight was his first foray into the NXT and it did not disappoint.
Botch of the night:
Looked like something didn’t quite go right, just before the finish of the Kaye/Garrett match. Maybe it was planned that way, but it looked like Garrett might have missed the call.
And then Tom mentions on commentary that we saw The Authors of Pain and Ellering earlier in the evening. Unless I missed something and it didn’t come through on my Network feed, I don’t have any recollection of that duo on the show tonight.
Commentary of the night:
For a second there, Full Sail turned into Wrigley
Looks like he’s been spending time with Professor Xavier at the Academy, with those sideburns.
LOL Moment of the night:
I guess the only things I could go with here, would be Shinsuke’s mannerisms. In particular, his grabbing of an air kiss during the match, and throwing it back.
Outside of that, there wasn’t much in the way of comedy this evening. It happens from time to time. It is, after all, only an hour show.
New look for Wesley Blake as he goes the singles route. Weird entrance theme, too.
The main event at NXT TakeOver in Brooklyn is confirmed, by William Regal, to be Samoa Joe versus Shinsuke Nakamura.
As the post Nia/Alexa/Bayley (soon) phase gets moving, we get some more of Billie Kaye (and Santana Garrett)
Looks like Bayley/Asuka is also pretty much official for TakeOver, too.
Rather cryptic promo for what I gather is a bizarrely gimmicked new Superstar, but no discussion about it…so stay tuned.
Next week promises to be the arrival of Bobby Roode. And, the return of Hideo Itami. The pipeline is strong, which is a good thing.
Honestly, very little to complain about tonight. I wanted to see more out of Billie Kaye, but she has time to develop, so I can’t really vent about that.
Tonight we saw a lot of change-old faces in new roles-so I kind of am inclined to give this one a pass. It was a decent hour of NXT.
While NXT lost a good tag team in American Alpha, they have a new team that is worth watching in TM61. These guys look primed to go far.
After the final bell:
It’s hard to judge NXT based on life after the draft, because while they can plan things out around the call-ups, it’s still not quite the same, being it’s a taped show.
But it’s nice to see two strong matches at the top of the TakeOver lineup, for one. And it’s hard not to love the evolution of No Way Jose. After he debuted, I couldn’t get behind him. Now, he’s shown the relaxed side and the angry side, and it’s like there’s a whole new wrestler. Looking forward to watching him develop, as I think he could really impress moving forward.
I definitely want to see more of Kota Ibushi. That match was a tease, and knowing he’s worked against the likes of Balor and Styles and Nakamura, I can only imagine how great their matches on NXT or a WWE main roster show can be.
Shinsuke Nakamura keeps rolling with a victory over Wesley Blake
Billie Kaye over Santana Garrett
TM 61 defeats Ryzin and Nails (I’m guessing someone, somewhere, has a sense of humor about those names).
No Way Jose dispatches Steven Cutler
Kota Ibushi conquers Buddy Murphy
Samoa Joe has a heated exchange with GM William Regal, not happy with his opponent at TakeOver. Then Nakamura joins the conversation.