Last night we witnessed another brilliant special by the NXT brand. The show was amazing and the crowd was as vocal as ever. Takeover didn’t go without surprises. We saw the end of a reign no one had anticipated. Here’s all about Takeover: The End!
Andrade Cien Almas def. Tye Dillinger
This was one underwhelming debut. I was less than impressed with Cien’s cheap male stripper attire on the way to the ring. Then, without taking away from his athleticism, his debut match wasn’t breathtaking. We barely saw a glimpse of what Cien is capable of.
Tye deserves better than being a stepping stone for every new recruit the WWE pulls in. Dillinger is smooth in the ring and the fans adore him. The reaction he gets becomes stronger every time he wrestles. I don’t think that the WWE are deaf to it; I just think that they don’t know where to put Tye, so he doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
The Revival def. American Alpha
Hands down, this was the best match of the night. The fight was not only incredible in terms of wrestling, but it was also emotionally engaging.
The outcome remained a mystery until the bell rang. Everything – from the brilliant team work by Gable and Jordan, to the brutality of the Revival, to the endless innovative counters, was pure perfection.
American Alpha’s loss was unexpected and heartbreaking. There’s no other team the fans love the way they love Gable and Jordan. Their reign felt painfully short. On the bright side, this probably means a call-up very soon. On a second thought, is a call-up really a good thing? I wonder.
The attack on American Alpha after the match was no less of a surprise. Bringing in a legend, such as Ellering, shows that the WWE have huge plans for these guys.
The mystery team seem to call themselves The Authors of Pain and have been seen on a few non-televised shows. They are the monster heel team that NXT never had.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Austin Aries
Following the Tag Team Titles bout, this was the second best match of the night. Nakamura and Aries needed no title on the line to deliver.
Shinsuke was his impressive self as usual but the credit for making this match special goes to Austin Aries. This was Aries’ best performance in the WWE. He seemed to be able to predict every move Shinsuke was going to make and then counter it. It all resulted in a fight to remember.
The crowd was wild. I have to say, I was impressed that the fans managed to hum Nakamura’s theme song in such a coordinated manner.
Asuka def. Nia Jax
Nia Jax looked strong in defeat, while Asuka seemed to struggle for the first time we’ve seen her in NXT.
The champ started by taunting Jax, which automatically put her above all the other divas who had faced Nia, as she was the only to not show any fear or doubt. Then, as the match progressed, Asuka had to dig deep in her seemingly endless arsenal of submissions to counter Nia’s strength.
Although this was a good match, I don’t think it lived up to the expectations. The fight lacked something to be on par with the rest of the show. The atmosphere just wasn’t as intense.
Samoa Joe def. Finn Balor
In this fight, even the entrances alone told a story. The concentration on Finn Balor’s face and the intense hatred with which Joe slammed the door on his way in both set up the stage for the great performance that was about to come.
The feud was at a point where even a man’s best wouldn’t be enough. The Muscle Buster and the Coup de Grace hit and neither led to a pinfall. This was all setting up for a grand finale, which came in the form of a Muscle Buster from the second rope. The finishing move looked dangerous and painful. It cemented Joe as an almighty champion.
Balor had to lose this to move forward. It’s his time to go to the main roster. With AJ Styles and the Club there, it seems like a given that he’ll show up to join them. Balor heel will be interesting to watch.
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