This is it, ladies and gentlemen! The final televised WWE show before WrestleMania weekend officially kicks of with the Hall of Fame on Friday night. This show should give us the final bits of excitement and hype prior to Saturday’s TakeOver, which ought to be as entertaining as ever. And, tonight, just for kicks, we get a loser leaves NXT match too, as Kassius Ohno looks to set The Drifter…welll…adrift.

OK folks, sit back and enjoy the show!

Best Match of the night:

For me, it was a toss-up between the opening match and the main event. They were both entertaining, and I really had a hard time picking one over the other. In the end, however, I think I am fine saying the triple threat match was my match of the night.

Worst match of the night:

The tag match, and it wasn’t really that bad. But, on a night with just three matches, one of the matches has to be the odd match out,and tonight Heavy Machinery came up short. But really and truly, you can see them getting over with the fans, so give it time and these guys could be major players on NXT.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

NXT! NXT! NXT!

Johnny Wrestling

Drift away

Let’s go Ohno

Star of the Night

This seems to be a theme on most of the WWE shows the last week or two, but there was not a single amazing performance on the show. Ohno looked good, and all three in the opening triple threat match worked a solid match…but nothing was enough to say “hey, there’s the star of the show”.

Spot of the Night:

Not much to pick and choose from. Loved Kassius and his roaring elbow seemingly out of nowhere. Also, teasing Samson with his guitar before he stomped it and destroyed it. Not really a spot, more a segment, but it worked.

Jobber of the Night:

Has to be the tag team fed to the big duo that is Heavy Machinery. One guy was named Marshall. The other one sounded like Manigan?

Upset of the Night:

Not a single upset. Three matches kind of makes that hard to get one in on the show.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

None, really. It was surprising to see them book a Loser Leaves NXT match, but I don’t think anyone actually expected Kassius to be leaving again so soon.

Botch of the night:

Looked like there was a sequence or two that was less than crisp between Ohno and Samson, but it worked out.

Commentary of the night:

I don’t wanna give these guys credit, but it almost feels like I have to

The Drifter doesn’t drive, he walked here!

How’s Elias gonna play at coffee shops if he has no guitar now?

We have to give a big thank you to Kassius Ohno for ridding NXT of Elias Samson.

LOL Moment of the night:

Not much. I think the Samson bit where he was refusing to leave the ring was a bit on the funnier side, but beyond that, there was not much in the way of comedic content tonight. NXT seems to be the more serious of the three shows, more often than not.

Noteworthy Moment:

The NXT women’s title match is officially official, as both combatants have signed the contract.

We have a late addition to the card-an eight person mixed tag team match, with Sanity taking on Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot. This one actually might be a really good.

Overall lowlights:

This actually was a bit of a let-down…or more I suppose anti-climactic. Not a bad show, but I think for some it lacked the go-home feel we got on the main roster shows the previous two nights. It was still a good hour of NXT.

Overall highlights:

Nice way to hype the improbability of the triple threat match by having Dash disappear, and then return just in time to get the opportunistic cover. If the same thing happens on Sunday, we have new tag team champions.

After the final bell:

Well, that’s it. All the NXT shows before TakeOver are in the bag. It was a decent enough show, but most of the hype has already happened.

I liked the singles triple threat match to serve as a foreshadowing of this weekend’s tag title tilt. Say what you will, but having Dash disappear and then come back to steal the win? It was a nice little change of pace, in my opinion. Not something we see frequently, and I thought it worked well.

I think I wanted to see a bit more out of the Asuka/Ember Moon signing, but I think this was proof that NXT was sort of handcuffed here, as both women are pretty much babyfaces, though Asuka has been turning a wee bit of late.

Ohno and Samson was, to me, an odd match to have here and now. The match itself? It was fine. But with neither man involved in TakeOver, wouldn’t it have made more sense to hold this one for later, and use the time for more TakeOver work? I guess they really wanted Samson written off…

Results:

Dash Wilder defeats Johnny Gargano and Akam, after The Revival had left the ring. Dawson held Akam away from a downed Gargano, and Wilder came in to make the pin.

Heavy Machinery rolls over Marshall and Manigan (sp?)

Kassius Ohno plays Hero to the NXT fans and is victorious over Elias Samson in a Loser leaves NXT match.

 

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