Folks, we are rapidly approaching yet another TakeOver, this time it’s the WrestleMania weekend version, in NXT’s own back yard, Orlando. It’s going to be huge, right? It has to be. Absolutely needs to be. So tonight, we have Bobby Roode going up against Kassius Ohno, in order to see which man goes to TakeOver to defend against former champions Shinsuke Nakamura. Plenty of other action tonight, as the card in three weeks begins to take shape. Buckle up folks, it’s time for NXT!
Best Match of the night:
Hands down it was Kassius Ohno and Bobby Roode. This was my first time seeing Ohno, and he was certainly impressive to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but in the end Roode prevailed and he goes on to face Shinsuke Nakamura at TakeOver: Orlando.
Worst match of the night:
Macy and Nikki, if I had to pick one. But like the other non-title match tonight, it was less about the match, and much more about what happened after.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Kassius Ohno/Bobby Roode
Star of the Night
Bobby Roode gets a big nod, but a bigger nod, even in the losing effort, goes to Kassius Ohno. I had no idea what to expect, but he impressed me.
Spot of the Night:
Honestly, I didn’t feel as though there was one. There were several nice exchanges between Ohno and Roode, but nothing particularly “spot of the night” worthy.
Jobber of the Night:
Macy Estrella. Perhaps there was no better looking jobber on any WWE show. But, she was going to face Nikki Cross. Meaning it wasn’t ending well for Macy.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing. Nothing at all.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Honestly, this one was lacking any really shocking moments. Most everything was good, but pretty much booking-by-numbers.
Botch of the night:
If there was one, I missed it.
Commentary of the night:
Nigel, you look infatuated.
Can you blame a man?
LOL Moment of the night:
I’m sorry, but Ohno’s ring gear made me laugh. It just wasn’t at all what I expected. I need to go back and watch some of his older matches, but I guess the whole look made me chuckle.
Oh goodie, ANOTHER triple threat match. Except, Regal actually made it more like a three way tag team dance (which is really how a triple threat should be contested, because three way dances rock). So it’s a triple threat elimination match. Good. At least it’s slightly different than the other 18 three ways that are scheduled for that weekend.
Vignette for Heavy Machinery aired. It said coming soon…but I am pretty dang sure we saw them a few weeks ago.
Another vignette, cryptic like last week, ending with “Fade to black”
Next week, Oney Lorcan and Andrade “Cien” Almas, as a result of an altercation at the Performance Center.
Also, after weeks of attacks, we have a six man tag match between Dillinger and his posse and Sanity. That should be fun.
Nothing, really. A slight gripe at yet another triple threat match….I mean, all of these matches could be awesome and then it sort of becomes a moot point, but at some point, too much of the same match type gets to be..well…too much.
Neither of the opening two matches were anything special, but the events that took place afterwards? They were much more enjoyable. Forgetting the new triple threat match is a bit repetitive, it’s three good teams. The six man, I assumed would linger until TakeOver, but I suppose we will get a rubber match or a new stipulation for a re-match when Orlando rolls around.
After the final bell:
With less than three weeks to go, TakeOver is coming into focus. We know now the participants in each of the three title matches will be, and I do think we’ve got three good ones. There are numerous secondary feuds that can likely fill out the card, and hopefully we get more than the usual five or so matches. I think there’s enough depth to make for a bigger and more compelling TakeOver card than usual. Which is saying something, I think, because I’ve largely been pleased with all the TakeOver cards I’ve seen.
I am glad to see Oney Lorcan back in action, as he’s growing on me (and, it seems, on a lot of fans). He’s just one of those no frills guys that works his butt off, and you want to see someone like that succeed.
I can’t tell if Ohno has always had that look to him, but I gather he has. I expect that, if he’s going to stick around this time, he’s going to be down in NXT for a bit-long enough to really get polished and whatnot. I know he’s got a wealth of experience, but I can’t help but expect Vince to come down, look at him, and go…”no”. But, we do have guys like Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt on the main roster, so perhaps there is hope, I think. Regardless of his look, he’s certainly fun to watch and has got the skills, so it’s another star who just has a matter of time before he shows up on RAW, or SmackDown.
Akam and Rezar, the Authors of Pain, take care of the Ealy Brothers.
Nikki Cross gives Macy like 7 swinging neck breakers before finally pinning her. Post-match, Jose, Roderick and Dillinger attack Sanity, but the numbers win out.
Bobby Roode defeats Kassius Ohno.