Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s my favorite wrestling related hour of the week as it is time once again for everyone to tune into the WWE Network and consume that hour of goodness that NXT churns out each and every week! Tonight’s show will undoubtedly cover the events and happenings that took place in Chicago during TakeOver on Saturday evening, and who knows, maybe we get some news from the concluded, but otherwise not yet aired UK Tournament special (stay tuned for that coverage next week). But for now, it’s time to look at life after Chicago for the NXT roster. Which means…it’s time to crack open this Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
This has to be what it is almost by default. We really only got two new matches, but neither was bad. But, with that said, this one was all about War Raiders versus The Mighty team formerly known as TM61. I love me some War Raiders, I’ll tell you that much.
Worst match of the night:
Well with only two new matches, I guess Belair and Kai land here…but I can’t do it. My “worst match” would be the ever so minor gripe of seeing so many recaps. I don’t mind them in the sense that they were good matches…but odds are if you are watching tonight, you watched Saturday. It’s not as though we are watching NXT on free TV, and might not have paid for the weekend PPV, like in the old days…
Crowd Chants of the Night:
NXT! NXT! NXT!
War! War! War!
Star of the Night
I give it to War Raiders, but there weren’t a lot of options to choose from.
Spot of the Night:
I still have not warmed to Belair, but the finisher she used tonight (which as far as I know is still not named) was pretty neat. Went from a torture rack to almost an AA, but more like a Falcon Arrow, if I had to describe it badly.
I didn’t give credit to Ricochet for it on Saturday, but might as well now. They aired it again, and his 630 splash as they called it? It was awesome.
Jobber of the Night:
Jobbers? We ain’t got no stinkin’ jobbers.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing doing folks. Show was light on new matches
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Honestly, nothing tonight. I mean I guess if you were desperate, you’d say EC3 at the Performance Center with the intent of telling William Regal he wanted everyone in NXT in matches at TakeOver (as in, EC3 is going to be in 100% of the TakeOver shows from here on out)…but it wasn’t really shocking.
Botch of the night:
I have nothing here
Commentary of the night:
As with Saturday, we have Vic Joseph in place of Mauro Ranallo.
And yet..no lines make it here
LOL Moment of the night:
No laughing tonight
Unrelated to NXT, but I would be negligent if I did not mention it. Leon White, better know by his ring name Vader, passed away after a long stretch of health issues. While I wish WWE would have inducted him when he was still among us, he is without question one of the top big men of all time and will one day join the WWE Hall of Fame. That said, not that any of his family would happen to read this, but I extend my deepest sympathy to them in their time of grieving. Rest in peace Leon.
I am interested to see where Velveteen Dream goes next. He gave a very short and vague response on the show, so I have to think there’s more coming.
Nothing really. I mean, since I sat through TakeOver, I kind of dislike the recaps…but I get why they do it.
Really enjoy watching War Raiders. As much as I want to see them as NXT tag champs, I have a feeling they will be on the main roster sooner than later.
After the final bell:
All in all not a bad show, typical for a post-TakeOver show. Was not a bad thing, but only a couple matches were new and nothing was really newsworthy.
Show opens with a montage of the matches from Chicago
Bianca Belair defeats Dakota Kai
We were given a recap of the women’s title match
Then a recap of the men’s title match
Then another, this time a recap of the brutal Chicago street fight
War Raiders dismantle The Mighty