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Random Thoughts on NXT Takeover: Respect

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The 4th NXT Takeover special of the year took place yesterday and here I am to share my random thoughts on the show. As always, this post does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen Takeover yet, look away now:
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Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Tournament Semi Final: Finn Balor & Samoa Joe def. Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder via pinfall
Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Tournament Semi Final: Rhyno & Baron Corbin def. Jason Jordan & Chad Gable via pinfall
Asuka def. Dana Brooke via submission
Apollo Crews def. Tyler Breeze via pinfall
Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Tournament Final: Finn Balor & Samoa Joe def. Baron Corbin & Rhyno via pinfall
NXT Women’s Championship Iron-Woman Match: Bayley © def. Sasha Banks 3-2 within 30 minutes

**Random Thoughts**

What a main event! It was risky business putting a women’s match on as the main event, but this match proved that it was a risk worth taking. If my memory serves me right, this is the first time where a women’s match has main evented a pay per view (obviously excluding women based promotions). It’s one of those matches that remind you as a fan that when wrestling is good there’s nothing better. Could Bayley v Banks be the next Trish v Lita? Absolutely, why not? Both of whom are still young and have lengthy careers, should they avoid serious injury. If you haven’t seen it, go do so now! Really pay attention to the spots they take, absorb everything in and think about what this match means to Banks and Bayley. Think about what it means to WWE, what it means to wrestling in general and what it means to young girls like Izzy (the obsessed Bayley fan) who sees these women as heroes and role models. I still remember Sasha Banks when she was a happy go lucky babyface and Bayley was lumbered with that annoying fan girl gimmick. They’ve come a long way, their futures are bright. According to those who were in the crowd, Bayley received a standing obvation which lasted over 20 minutes. That’s awesome; they both deserve the respect from the crowd. This is the Divas Revolution right here!

There was a moment in the main event where Sasha Banks stole Izzy’s headband and made her cry. After the match, Sasha, who’d received a bouquet of flowers from William Regal, handed them over to Izzy as a way of an apology and exchanged a fist bump. Be a star!

Bayley & Sasha wasn’t the only women’s match on the card, there was also Dana Brooke taking on the debuting Asuka. First time I’ve seen her wrestle (although I’m aware of her CHIKARA days) and the first thing I notice is the speed she works at whenever she executes basic moves. Brooke made the mistake of slapping Asuka, and ate a fury of kicks and slaps. It puts over Asuka as someone you don’t want to mess with. I’ve been critical about Dana Brooke in the past, and honestly, I felt that this was one of her better performances. She may have lost, but she’s progressing, and that’s a positive step in the right direction. Still better than the Bella Twins though.

Out of all three of the tag matches on the card, I’ve got to go with Jordan & Gable v Rhyno & Corbin as the standout of the three. Sometimes with tournaments the early matches tend to be safe and bland so they don’t overshadow the finals. The semi-finals were a great way to kick off the show and boosted the importance of the tournament overall. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are rising stars that should have made it to the finals, but I can see why Rhyno & Corbin went over as they come across as more of a threat to Finn & Joe (plus they have history with those guys too). The tournament was created to pay tribute to Dusty Rhodes, but it’s also done wonders for the likes of Jordan/Gable and Wilder/Dawson, with the latter defeating the current tag champs. They seem more legit as a result of it.

Breeze v Crews was serviceable at best. I’ve seen the athleticism of Apollo Crews during his indy days to know just how amazingly talented the guy is, but we haven’t seen that in NXT other than his standing moonsault. Breeze is someone that’s really developed his skills and made his gimmick his own. His role in this match was to establish the credibility of a newcomer and he did it well. It amazes me that he has only won once at a Takeover event. Watching this match makes me want to see NXT introduce a secondary title because that would be beneficial for guys like Breeze and Crews.

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8.5
Yet another good show from the NXT brand. I sometimes forget that his is a two hour show because it’s so enjoyable that you lose yourself in it and it flies by. An excellent main event, no filler, great debut by Asuka and no lame duck booking. Highly recommended, check it out.

NXT Takeover 2015 Rankings
NXT Takeover: Brooklyn – 9.5
NXT Takeover: Arrival – 9
NXT Takeover: Unstoppable – 8.5
NXT Takeover: Respect – 8.5

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