Best Match of the night:
Shinsuke versus Sami. If this wasn’t on the card? Maybe I would have given it to the tag match, because that was a strong match. But Sami versus Shinsuke? Felt like a huge match. The crowd was electric. The men brought their A game. It flat out did not disappoint. Every single match on Sunday night is going to have a hard time topping this one.
And, I have to say, it was hard to have to pick just one. Every match on this card was very good.
Worst match of the night:
Surely you are joking, right?
If I had to put one on here, I’d change it to least best, and say Aries/Corbin lands here. But they were all good matches, so yes, I award this to no one.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Jordan
You f’d up
This is awesome
King of Strong Style
thank you Sami
Bayley’s gonna hug you
Asuka’s gonna kill you
Let’s go Bayley/Let’s go Asuka
Joe is gonna kill you
Let’s go Balor/Let’s go Joe
let them bleed
Star of the Night
Shinsuke Nakamura. Honorable mention to Sami Zayn, but the King of Strong Style gets the nod here because, well, he got the win. And in what was one of the best matches of the night, and likely of the weekend? These two blew the doors off the arena. Nakamura came in with a lot of hype, and man oh man did he deliver. Took a ton of abuse from Zayn, and pushed him to the limit, but was able to prevail.
And, in a non-wrestling capacity? Huge tip of the cap to the Dallas crowd. Building looked packed, and the crowd was loud. Chants for every match from start to finish, and loved the singing for Zayn and the serenading for Bayley. An amazing crowd can make a good show great, or in this case, a great show epic.
Spot of the Night:
Corbin, giving a Deep 6 to Aries-on the floor. Ouch.
Aries, reversing out of End of Days into a rollup for the pin.
Sami, going for his diving DDT through the ropes, getting nailed with a Nakamura kick to the head.
Nakamura, finally connecting with his Kinsasha
Bayley, diving from the ring to the outside, nailing a huricanrana on Asuka.
Balor’s dive onto Joe.
Joe’s suicide dive onto Balor, into the barricade.
Jobber of the Night:
Nonexistent. No jobbers tonight, though in the sense of doing a job, Zayn was the consummate pro in that match with Shinsuke. But no, no jobbers tonight.
Upset of the Night:
Maybe not a huge one, as I thought Aries would win his debut. But, Corbin fairly well dominated much of the match, and seemed to have Austin dead to rights, only to have Aires escape End of Days and roll up Corbin for the victory in his NXT debut.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
We had blood. Not once, but twice. And man, oh man, is Joe a bleeder.
Botch of the night:
Two in the tag match. One on the possible finisher, where The Revival completely missed Gable on the top rope maneuver. And on the aftermath of it, where they did not have the legal man making the pin. Now, the oops on the legal man? Probably in the script. So they don’t get dinged for that. But the crowd was on them for the botch.
Commentary of the night:
If you’re not excited right now, you better check your pulse
Nakamura is so dangerous, it’s like he has eight arms and legs.
As beautiful as it is, that is one of the most terrifying smiles you will ever see.
LOL Moment of the night:
Some of the chants made you want to laugh, but there weren’t any comedic moments otherwise. Totally fine with that.
Some pretty big names in the crowd at the show tonight, including Jim Ross, X-Pac and Scott Hall. Oh, and renowned cruiserweight Kota Ibushi. Hmm.
Loved the sportsmanship at the end of Zayn/Nakamura, especially with Zayn acknowledging the crowd as he left. Pretty clear he was saying his good bye to NXT. Does he claim WWE gold on Sunday?
I did not catch all of the pre-show, but unless it was on there, Samson and Crews got cut.
Right before the main event, cameras show Bobby Roode in the audience, and the announcers point out he’s one of the hottest free agents.
Maybe it was me, but the Network feed was terrible tonight, and it started being bad before TakeOver even aired. The first two times I attempted to start watching the pre-show, I got Table for 3, and Today in History. During the card? I got frozen images but consistent audio, and during the Aries match it randomly glitched back to a chunk of the opening bout. I have to think this wasn’t just me having that issue?
And, seriously, if that’s my only gripe, things went really well, dontcha think?
The tag title match. Heck of a strong start to the night.
Nakamura and Zayn. Tell me you can’t imagine those two being a spotlight match at a future WrestleMania?
The women’s match.
Even Aries, winning his debut.
Top to bottom, outstanding show. I have to think with two guys bleeding tonight-even if it was the hard way-that bodes well for fans of the crimson on Sunday.
After the final bell:
Just an outstanding show. Big names in the crowd, big matches in the ring, and the Dallas crowd was hot. On fire. And they absolutely elevated the show, in my opinion.
Heck of a show to start off WrestleMania weekend, and if this is any indication of how Sunday is going to go, then buckle up, it’s going to be one heck of a weekend.
American Alpha defeat The Revival to become new NXT tag team champions.
Austin Aries defeats Baron Corbin
Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Sami Zayn
Asuka defeats Bayley to win the NXT Women’s Championship
Finn Balor defeats Samoa Joe, retaining the NXT Championship