Finn Balor def. Tyler Breeze
This is the one match where the entrances actually deserve a mention in the commentary. First of all, Tyler Breeze replaced the furry selfie stick for a group of duck-faced models, strolling around in furry outfits. I would have kept the selfie stick.
Finn Balor, on the other hand, had the best NXT entrance up to date. The body art on his backs was spine-chilling. It’s a shame that this epic entrance is reserved for specials only, instead of being a permanent part of his character. Potentially, it could be added to Finn’s routine, once he’s on the main roster where money is spent more freely. However, it takes him a long time to get from the ramp to the ring and time is precious.
The wrestling was good. We got all we could expect from Tyler and Finn but nothing more. Except Balor’s dive off the entrance curtain, of course. I expected something on top since it was a Takeover edition.
I wonder when and if it will be Tyler Breeze’s time. He’s one of my favorites as an in ring style but I’ve lost count of the times when he’s been jumped over in the line for the title. Prince Pretty seems to always be in #1 Contender’s matches and never in a championship matche.
Charlotte and Bayley def. Dana Brooke & Emma
Dana Brooke is so overhyped. It’s not only that her stereotypical Barbie mean girl gimmick is annoying. She’s also slow in the ring. Her timing is terrible. She completely botched the ending. She obviously stood there with her fists raised over Charlotte, waiting for Bayley to do her move, so she can break the count. It was off and killed any vibe the match had.
Emma’s doing much better as a heel. She countered the fans chants for her by leaving the ring and hiding behind Dana Brooke. Also, Emma’s way of handling the feud with Bayley gave birth to a commentary gem. “Sarcastic hug” deserves a hashtag.
Bayley was good but she was lost in comparison to Charlotte. The Queen of NXT proved once again that she is the cream of the Women’s Division. It was a pure pleasure to watch Charlotte decimate both Emma and Dana on her own. Her Figure 4 to the Australian ended the match.
Baron Corbin def. Rhyno
This was the most enjoyable match up to that moment in the show. I was thoroughly impressed since I had low expectation to start with. I thought that two men, who get no wrestling time in favor of producing squash matches every week might not work well together. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
The fight was engaging. It was one of those that get you glued to the screen and won’t let go until the very end.
It’s the first time Baron Corbin’s been that overwhelmed. Rhyno took him by surprise in the beginning. However, Corbin soon pulled himself together. There was nothing graceful about the way Baron Corbin unceremoniously shoved Rhyno off the top rope but exactly that is the beauty of Corbin’s style. He’s unstoppable.
Blake & Murphy def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
First Kofi Kingston, now Blake. There must be some sort of a male ponytails trend I’m not aware of.
Enzo was getting beat up throughout the match as usual but this time he pulled of one move that compensated for it. This DDT he executed off the top rope while being on the verge of passing out was incredible.
You’d hear that Alexa Bliss caused Enzo and Big Cass to lose the match and it’s partially true. She got involved, caused a distraction and helped the champs retain, yes. However, if you ask me, it was Big Cass, who put the beginning to the end. He was on a roll and then suddenly decided to tag in Enzo, who was obviously out cold and couldn’t stand on his fee. Why? If Big Cass was the legal man, Alexa’s antics might not have been that successful.
Sasha Banks def. Becky Lynch
Now THAT was the match of the night. Forget the build up, forget Becky’s attempts at cutting life style promos Ryback-style. The wrestling last night was outstanding.
At one point, it felt as if Sasha Banks was going to break Becky’s arms, both of which were bent and twisted in unnatural ways. The Bank Statement off the top rope would have ended any match against any opponent. Becky has absolutely nothing to regret. Her performance got the crowd on their feet in a show of respect.
I look at the main roster Divas Division and I think that they’ve improved. Then I watch NXT and I see that they are still miles away.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn – No Contest
I guarantee you, you’ve never seen the good, always smiling Sami Zayn in this light. At least not on NXT. He was the embodiment of fury. Zayn took Owens and picked him apart, piece by piece. Most of the action was outside the ring in the audience.
It seemed like Sami was unstoppable. Yet, Kevin Owens surprised him with a pop up power bomb to the ring apron and this stopped Sami dead in his tracks. From that moment on, the referee completely lost control of this match.
There were four/five official and a doctor out. Even Mr. Regal came out and attacked Kevin Owens to protect Sami Zayn and still nothing could stop the champ. That’s until Samoa Joe showed up and Kevin Owens reverted to his usual cold, disengaged self and left the ring.
It’s sad that this had to happen to Sami Zayn but it was necessary. If Kevin Owens is to feud with John Cena, he needs all the momentum he can get.
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