Best Match of the night:
I was prepared to say that Alpha versus Revival takes it…but then we got Nakamura and Aries, and they blew it away. Like, seriously blew it away.
Let’s be real folks. The tag match, followed by Nakamura and Aries, was two of the best back to back matches you are going to see all year. Of course, TakeOver: Dallas had a couple as well. This is something that is frustratingly missing from the WWE main roster. Most of their cards just can’t do that.
As great as the tag match was-and it was, I am not downplaying it at all-the clash of relative newcomers was just on another level. Impressive.
Worst match of the night:
There just cannot be a worst match tonight. Or most nights. Sometimes, sure, but tonight is just not that night.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Jordan
Let’s go Tye
this is awesome
who are you
Shinsuke’s gonna kill you
Star of the Night
I have to say…Shinsuke Nakamura (and Austin Aries). These two put on the absolute match of the night, and they both shone brightly, but with the victory, Nakamura gets the big nod here. Really enjoyable and entertaining match.
Spot of the Night:
Andrade going for the moonsault, Dillinger moved, Andrade landed on his feet and then hit a standing moonsault
Dillinger hitting a super kick as Andrade did a headstand on the top turnbuckle
Aries nailing a DVD on the apron. Ouch
A near top-rope muscle buster? Has to be on here too, as it subdued the Demon.
Jobber of the Night:
You’re joking, right? NXT TakeOvers don’t have jobbers!
Upset of the Night:
Never honestly thought American Alpha would lose, but lose they did. And not only did they lose the match, and the titles, but they got absolutely destroyed in the post-match. More on that below.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
It was bad enough that American Alpha lost the titles, but they then got destroyed by an as-yet unknown new tag team, who apparently were brought to NXT by legendary manager Paul Ellering. Those were some big boys, and they looked pretty good. Liked their debut more than I liked even Anderson and Gallows. Go ahead, call me crazy.
Botch of the night:
Honestly folks, if there was one, I don’t think I saw it. Please, by all means, feel free to point it out, but I think the matches were clean and crisp and well-executed.
Commentary of the night:
Look! It suddenly became a GQ shoot
With hops like those, I’m surprised the Cavaliers aren’t calling Jordan right now to help them out
Good thing Balor has those teeth painted on, because I think Joe just kicked a few of the real ones out.
LOL Moment of the night:
Not much room for an LOL moment on a 2 hour card such as this. It was the model of efficiency, getting as much serious wrestling action as possible packed into the evening. And while everyone surely loves a good laugh, tonight we didn’t get one, and that’s OK.
Paul Ellering is in the house-apparently with a new tag team
Bobby Roode is in the house.
Neville, recovering from injury, is enjoying things from the front row
Honestly, nothing relative to the card. If I wanted to say “lowlights” its that we only get two hours of this card, and that we don’t get TakeOvers every month. But, I also think because we have less of them, and less coverage for them, that helps keep things fresh and interesting and that’s something worth holding onto. So no, not really any lowlights.
Talk about a hot crowd! I don’t know if it’s the size of the arena, or the acoustics, or how WWE mic’s it up compared to RAW/SmackDown, but this just always sounds better. Easier to hear the crowd, and the wrestlers, even while listening to the announcers.
And then there were, of course, the matches!
Andrade looked good, as did Tye Dillinger.
The tag match? Extremely satisfied fan of tag team wrestling right here, and that’s in spite of the bummer that was Alpha losing the straps.
Nakamura and Aries: these guys may not be the biggest names, or the biggest guys, but tell me that a match like that can’t play on the Grandest Stage?
No complaints about Jax and Asuka
And while Joe and Finn was not the best match of the night, it was still quite good.
After the final bell:
Already looking forward to the next one!
Can’t wait to hear more about Paul Ellering and his apparent new tag team. Inquiring minds want to know.
Cien defeats Tye Dillinger
Revival defeats American Alpha (new tag champions)
Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Austin Aries
Asuka defeats Nia Jax
Samoa Joe pins Finn Balor