Baron Corbin def. Solomon Crowe
When I saw that Baron Corbin will be Solomon Crowe’s opponent my one and only thought was “Please, don’t let it be a squash! Please, don’t let it be a squash!” It was obvious that Corbin was going to win, otherwise he wouldn’t be unstoppable and Rhyno wouldn’t have any interest in him anymore. The question was how.
Solomon had almost no offence but then again he survived longer than the usual 20 sec before he got hit with the End of Days. That, though, didn’t create the impression that Crowe was better. It was made to look as if Corbin was toying with him. As good as that is for Baron’s character, it’s unfair to Solomon Crowe. The fans were never really given the opportunity to grow fond of Crowe. The reaction he gets is purely based on his work in the indies.
After the match, Rhyno came out to challenge Baron and a fight broke out. Seven men weren’t enough to keep Rhyno safe from Baron Corbin, so Rhyno decided to spear a few members of the staff to make a point.
I’m not particularly excited about their match at TakeOver. It could be potentially brutal in an exciting way. However, the WWE doesn’t do “brutal” and neither man has been shown to compete in long matches. It could end up being a short and boring match in the end.
Sasha Banks def. ???
The Boss need to make statement and was given a local competitor as a tribute. Still, it was a match. The unnamed girl kept going for quick pins and rollups. I was kind of expected Becky Lynch to distract the Boss, leading to an upset victory. It didn’t happen. Sasha hit a devastating Bank Statement and won.
There is truth to Sasha Banks’ words. She did make Becky Lynch relevant. However, the Boss still is a nuch more prominent character in NXT and judging by the mic skills Becky showed last week, I don’t see this changing any time soon.
Bayley and Charlotte challenged Emma and Dana Brooke to a match at NXT Takeover. That’s a good way to include both rivalries at the event, without having to break them into two smaller matches that wouldn’t get nearly enough time to develop.
Alexa Bliss def. Carmella
Playing heel and wrestling a mediocre opponent didn’t do wonders for Alexa Bliss. The match was not at her usual exciting speed.
Playing the face, Carmella was put on top. She had Alexa in torture position when Blake and Murphy came out. They caused a distraction and Carmella couldn’t lock her submission move, which led to the Sparkle Splash and a victory for Bliss.
After the match, Carmella and the champs had a verbal faceoff which was won by Carmella. This says a lot, knowing how bad she is on the microphone. If it wasn’t for Enzo and Big Cass’ popularity, she could have never got the crowd going.
Heel Emma is fine. I have nothing against her. Dana Brooke however, makes me want to face palm hard. “Charlotte thinks I’m jelly of her”. I’m jelly of her. Who on earth says that?! No, really! I knew this girl would be annoying from the very first time I saw her.
Tyler Breeze & Adam Rose def. Hideo Itami & Finn Balor
Tyler Breeze’s face when Adam Rose decided to join his selfie was priceless. Prince Pretty can make me laugh and then still deliver an outstanding performance in the most serious way.
Finn Balor and Hideo Itami had tension in their team from the very first tag and Finn’s to blame. Rose and Breeze, on the other hand, were working well together. Throughout the match Balor took most of the punishment. When Hideo finally tagged in, he was on a roll and he was closing on a win very quickly. Then the “I’m just going to tag myself in” game between him and Finn Balor started. It obviously led to Tyler Breeze picking up the victory.
Prince Pretty wasn’t done. He floored both of his opponents at Take Over and even Adam Rose for good measures. Seeing Breeze do so well makes me happy. Momentum’s important. Yet, he’s doing a bit too well. He’s coming on top a second week in a row. This usually says nothing good about his chanced at TakeOver.
Sami talked about his injury on RAW. We all know how it happened. The good news is that it won’t stop Sami from competing at TakeOver. That’s something to be happy about.
Sami Zayn/Kevin Owen
Once again Sami Zayn didn’t get any answers. He poked Kevin Owens in places it hurts – in his career and even his family. Still, all Owens had to say was that he was going to hurt Sami.
Although it gave no answers, the exchange between the two was powerful. You could see that Zayn’s words hurt Owens but he kept it inside and turned it into a threat. And that threat was so on point that it brought fear on Sami’s face. It was beautifully done.
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