Best Match of the night:
I could have gone Balor/Swann, because that match was honestly a lot better than I presumed it would be.
But seriously, folks, this one goes to Asuka and Emma, in what was a pretty entertaining women’s match.
Worst match of the night:
Bull Dempsey versus Danny Burch. Because Joe made sure it didn’t happen.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Apollo
Let’s go Finn
Let’s go Asuka
Star of the Night
Giving this one to Asuka. She impressed me in the main event against Emma. Though, I do have to say, this Emma is so much better and more worthwhile than the goofball Emma we had on the main roster.
Spot of the Night:
Honestly, not that many that really stood out. I liked the intensity of Sampson’s post-match beatdown, but that’s not really one specific spot. I liked the hip attacks from Asuka, but that’s not really overly wowing. I did like the one exchange in the main event where Emma nailed Asuka, but right into the ropes and Asuka nailed her with another hip attack. Not getting mentioned because of the moves, but because of how everything fit together and was well executed.
Jobber of the Night:
Swann did a good job with Balor. Looked good, but gave the champ a tune-up heading into TakeOver.
Sarah Dobson too, putting Alexa over.
Dempsey and Burch too, since all they did was take a beating from Joe.
Upset of the Night:
Gargano over Sampson, maybe. And only because it was Sampson’s first NXT loss.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Could have given it to the circumstances surrounding Gargano and Sampson, which lead to Apollo Crews saving Johnny Wrestling. But, not tonight…
Nope, tonight it was Joe, refusing to do a backstage bit and instead going out and destroying the released Bull Dempsey and Danny Burch, letting his actions do the talking.
Botch of the night:
Folks, if there was one, I missed it. So, if you saw any botched spots tonight, let’s see ’em in the comments.
There was one on the play by play, however, as when Asuka was taking Emma down for the Asuka Lock, the one announcer said she was taking Asuka down to the mat. It happens…
Commentary of the night:
In a first for me, nothing jumped out. I am sure there were some decent lines and all, but nothing that screamed to me “put me in this section”. That being said, I had no issues with the commentary tonight. Just didn’t give me any fodder.
LOL Moment of the night:
Not a joke, but it did make me laugh. Bull Dempsey was fired like, two weeks ago. But of course, NXT is taped, and he still had a match or two in the can. And considering he got destroyed by Joe and it was integral to the setup of the TakeOver main event? Well, it stayed. So it made me chuckle, but it’s the one downside to NXT being taped-much like RAW had issues in the earliest days of the Monday Night Wars. But, no, I am not expecting, suggesting or even wanting NXT to change. I kind of like that it’s taped, because even when I’ve known the results ahead of time, I still tune in.
Balor wrestled in the second match of the evening. Nothing major, but I usually like to see the major champions kept to the main event.
Asuka and Emma had a really good main event.
Joe demolished Bull Dempsey and Danny Burch. I’m betting Bull wished his release had come before that taping.
Nothing really. The show was solid, if unspectacular. Tonight (and next week) will be all about finishing the setup for TakeOver. I think we’ve gotten the majority of the surprises we are getting, and things will be played safe until after Dallas. It makes sense.
Finn Balor versus Rich Swann was better than I was expecting. Swann may need a tag team partner to make him really competitive, but he seems to have a lot of things going for him. That, or maybe he’s just really a new great enhancement talent, and nothing more.
The video package setting up American Alpha as they prepare to challenge for NXT tag team gold. I knew that each had an extensive amateur background, but I didn’t grasp the full extent. And, as with many WWE video packages, even if you knew things, it was still informative and exciting. I have a feeling those two may have a very bright future.
Asuka and Emma. This one garnered my match of the night award, and it was really good. Not great, but really good. I give a lot of credit to Emma, as she re-invented herself upon her return to NXT. I don’t know if she has a spot on the main roster, but she’s got one in NXT.
After the final bell:
Good, if predictable show just ahead of the go-home NXT next week leading to TakeOver. No shocking announcements, no stunning new wrestlers joining the company. But they booked Balor and Joe to look strong, as they also did with Asuka, and there was the aforementioned video package hyping the #1 contenders to the tag team titles. So WWE had a punch list and they hit all the items they needed to this week. No issues with that at all.
Johnny Gargano rolls up Elias Sampson
Finn Balor over Rich Swann
Alexa Bliss over Sarah Dobson
Asuka defeats Emma