Best Match of the night:
None really stuck out, but if I had to, I’d give the nod the the American Alpha match. Really enjoy watching them work.
Worst match of the night:
Corbin beating the jobber. The upside? It was short. Why it lands here? Because it was a meaningless squash and it was only like 2 minutes long.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Here we go Gable
Rage Riley rage
Star of the Night
This one, for the night, I give to….no one. It was the NXT go-home show, and this one was all about setting the table for Dallas and whatnot. So there wasn’t much opportunity for anyone to really be the star of the night. It happens.
Spot of the Night:
I really like American Alpha’s finisher. Maybe not the most devastating, but I like it.
Joe, flipping Finn over the announce table and taking out the announce team.
Finn then leaping from the top of the announce table onto Joe.
Jobber of the Night:
Mike Culari. Or however his last name is spelled-and I apologize, as I am sure I got it wrong. But you know you are a jobber when even the WWE site lists you only as “a local talent”.
Upset of the Night:
None to speak of.
Though, I was upset, by the fact that we got not a single women’s match tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The brawl to close the show was pretty worthy. Bet WWE is wishing Hunter and Reigns could look half as passionate.
Botch of the night:
Maybe this is a reach, but whoever had the idea to let Elias Sampson sing, and walk down to the ring? I mean, maybe they thought he’d channel his inner Johnny Cash, but it was about as bad as Roseanne Barr singing the National Anthem. Just brutal.
Commentary of the night:
With a voice like that, it’s no wonder he’s homeless
LOL Moment of the night:
Tucker Knight’s tights. Sorry, but they made me chuckle. Though, given his size, he can pretty much wear whatever he wants. Who’d argue?
That, and Baron Corbin giving a shoutout to Virgil-telling Aries to get used to sitting next to Virgil at conventions.
The announcers, declaring Finn put Joe through the barricade. Omitting the fact that there was a gap built in already. Oops.
And WWE having the refs, as they try to break up Balor and Joe, constantly telling the guys to “save it for TakeOver”. Always getting their plugs in, I tell ya.
There were plenty of matches, but few really good ones. It’s all about setting things up for Dallas, of course, but it would have been nice to get a few stronger matches tonight.
It’s one of those quality versus quantity arguments. We saw a bunch of matches, but (without looking at a stopwatch) it felt like too many of them barely broke 5 minutes. Give me 3-4 really good matches, near 10 minutes each, and we will be fine.
The hype packages. Hard to watch them and not be pretty excited about Asuka/Bayley, or Shinsuke/Sami, or any of them, really. I think WWE did a great job with those.
The intensity between Joe and Finn. Really good stuff, and really good action.
Cannot wait to see Shinsuke and Sami, for sure.
After the final bell:
For me, this was what hit me. RAW was live this past Monday, while this episode of NXT has been in the can for a while now (as proven by the released Bull Dempsey still showing up).
Look at how Hunter and Roman went. Look at Balor and Joe. Which one, to you, feels like a really emotional, passionate main event? One has “it”, and one looks like…well, you get the idea.
All in all, I know I am looking forward to TakeOver this Friday. The time for the talking is over. It’s time for the biggest wrestling weekend on WWE’s calendar.
American Alpha defeated Skyler and Ross
Baron Corbin defeated Mike Culari (sp?).
Dash and Dawson defeat Cutler and Knight
Apollo Crews beats Alex Riley
Samoa Joe over Bull Dempsey