Is Scott shooting too high, or are we in for something special? Does Takeover outshine WrestleMania this year?
The go home episode for NXT Takeover New York didn’t need to do a lot as the hype is already very high. Half of the matches got some very well put together video packages & that’s all they needed. We had the War Raiders sending a message to Black & Ricochet at the expense of some jobbers. The Main event say a brawl between the competitors in the NXT Women’s championship ending with Io moonsaulting everyone.
Too often it’s said that a Takeover has stolen a WWE PPV weekend or it features one or more potential match of the year candidates. Also since Takeovers keep topping themselves most have a case to be called the best ever.
For me Takeover New Orleans is the best Takeover of all time. A big part of that is thanks to how invested I was in Gargano vs Ciampa. New York has a lot going for it which could lead it being the best.
Gargano looks to finally complete his story by becoming the NXT champion. While it would’ve been fitting to win it from Ciampa but I think they’ve made the best considering the circumstances. Usually a replacement doesn’t win making the result more obvious however that’s not the case here.
Cole has the numbers advantage with the Undisputed Era so there’s the slightest chance he could take it. He has made it clear he wants every member of the Era to hold gold.
I’ve explained in detail why I think Walter vs Pete Dunne for the UK Championship will steal the show. No matter what happens the rest of the card this Takeover will become immediately memorable if Dunne’s reign finally ends.
The result Tag Title match seems the most obvious. Having said that I’m interested to what type of match they put on with Ricochet & Black being a relatively new team. There’s also the chance they could swerve us so Black & Ricochet can walk out at Mania with the NXT tag titles.
Dream vs Riddle is less obvious. Dream has finally won a championship & I really want to see him have long run with it. Riddle is still new to NXT & Dream has been known as the guy who gives new guys their first great Takeover match.
I think Dream deserves more than being a transitional champion.
I like the fact that a women’s match is main eventing WrestleMania, and also closed the go home episode of NXT before Takeover. They even got a brawl with all the locker room trying to separate them.
A lot of the interest surrounds Baszlers status in NXT. Is she going up or ins’t she? Rumours suggest that she is. The horsewomen will be in here corner & given there is no DQ in a 4 way there is room for chaos.
Io held the title up at the end of NXT & I think the result will be the same at Takeover. She’s the only one who hasn’t really had an opportunity at the title & I think they could use her being champion to create tension between her & Sane.
Looking at this card it was a smart decision not to go head to head with G1 Supercard. This way the winner is the fans who will be in New York & can now go to both shows.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!