NXT Takeover – Orlando

Sanity vs Roderick Strong, Tye Dillinger, Ruby Riot and Kasius Ohno 

I’m not normally a massive fan of these multinational tag matches but this one came from a good story line and furthered it really well. The match was well.booked and gave all.involved a chance to.to show what they are all about on the big stage. Potential singles matches between Ohno and Dain, Ohno and Young, Strong and Young and Strong and Dain look very interesting. I’m excited to see the WWE careers of all involved progress.

Aleister Black vs Andrade Cien Almas

I was super stoked to see Tommy End in his new personal on the big stage and this match didn’t disappoint. A good way to announce his arrival to WWE and he certainly held some of his repetoire back so has a lot of places to go. Cien was a good foil and they worked well together. I look forward to seeing where they all go. 

DIY vs The Revival vs The Authors of Pain

I was unsure how this one would pan out. I’ve been impressed by all three teams in the past but the idea of a triple threat elimination match including them all was a little hard to comprehend. When it came, however, I was blown away. The dynamic was brilliant. The DIY / Revival teaming up for bits, refusing tags to go and face AoP etc was great. It told a great atopy through out and included some awesome spots. I feel all the teams were elevated in this one. This was possibly my favourite match. Certainly in the top 2.

Asuka vs Ember Moon

This match was incredible. Two phenomenonally talented wrestler went out and put on a phenomenal match. It had some great psychology, some tough strikes and some great sequences. I very much enjoyed this and hope the feud continues a while longer.

Bobby Roode Vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Oh. My. Word. This was a sublime match. Their previous bout from San Antonio was one of my favourite ever matches and I did not think I would enjoy this as much, but in the end I think I enjoyed it more. Both guys are amazing wrestlers and great story tellers and their experience has really shown through in their feud. Their first match was great but this took it up a level and the referencesto match one just made it awesome for me. Probably my favourite match.

Bobby Roode is the real deal.and I think it’s a shame he hasn’t found his way to WWE earlier.  Nakamura has masses of talent and culd be the biggest Japanese star the WWE has ever seen. It’s an exciting time for both of them. I hope to see much much mor of them.

General thoughts:

  • NXT Takeover seems to be the most consistently good thing WWE put out.  Every takeover is awesome and I really look forward to them all.
  • It’s great to see that culture change in WWE that has lead to great indie wrestlers getting a chance to shine on the big stage. It will be good for WWE and will hopefully increase the appetite for indie events.
  • Drew Galloway/McIntyre was at ringside. That was a shock and exciting. I hope he has resigned. He would be a great addition to any of the three brands.
  • Loved the new belts
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