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Random Thoughts on NXT Takeover: London

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As part of their UK tour, NXT have ended the tour with a special Takeover event taking place from London, England. Here I am with my random thoughts on the show and remember, as always, this post with obviously contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the show just yet, please look away now:
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Asuka def. Emma via pinfall
NXT Tag Team Championship: Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder © def. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassedy via pinfall
Baron Corbin def. Apollo Crews via pinfall
NXT Women’s Championship: Bayley © def. Nia Jax via submission
NXT World Heavyweight Championship: Finn Balor © def. Samoa Joe via pinfall

*Random Thoughts*

First off, the crowd was loud throughout. I loved the chants they came up with. As a fan of the Beatles, I appreciate them singing Big Cass in tune to Hey Jude, Southerners have good taste. It’s such a refreshing change hearing a hot crowd compared the usual silent audiences you hear on WWE programming.

What a main event! That was pro-wrestling at its very best. The final 19 minutes was a thing of beauty. Hard-hitting, strong-style, Japanese style wrestling. It wasn’t overloaded with finisher after finisher, the story was about who would hit their finisher first and, in the end, it was Finn who ended it all with the Coup De Grace. Both men sold the match as if they had been to war, Joe had to helped to the back whiles Finn is signalling to the trainer that he’s injured (not sure if it’s legit or not). I see both guys going their separate ways here, but don’t be surprise if their paths cross again in the future.

I’ve never been shy in sharing my thoughts on Baron Corbin. I’m not a fan of his, but he’s starting to shine as a performer. In a way I’m pleased he won, it gets boring seeing the faces win the feud all the time, so this was a nice break from the norm. His win against Crews was huge for him, so much so, that I’m interested to see where he goes from here. My gut feeling is that he’ll be next in line to face Balor. Again, Corbin isn’t my favourite or anything, but he deserves the chance to move up the card.

I’ve got to honest here guys, I did not expect Bayley to win, let alone get a submission victory over Nia Jax! The story told in this match was incredible. To steal an ever popular phrase; it was the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. I loved how both girls were booked, especially Bayley. The way she kicked out of Nia’s signature moves made her look like a tough by showing a lot of heart and determination. I’m also surprised that Jax was made to tap out so early in her career, I would have had her pass out, but the submission made sense because Bayley knew that the Bayley to Belly was out of the question due to height/ weight differences, so the submission was the more realistic route to go down. Check this match out. It was fun to watch and the popularity of Bayley continues to grow. Outstanding stuff!

Emma v Asuka was a tremendous opener. I liked how competitive it was and how Emma was made to look like Asuka’s equal. If this match took place on the main roster, I would say that Emma would have won it via DQ because of Dana’s belt coming into play, thankful, that wasn’t the case. I would have been seriously pissed off had that have happened. I’ve been singing Asuka’s praises since day one and it’s well deserved because she’s an outstanding performer. The same can be said about Emma, too. Turning heel has been a God sent for her and she’s so comfortable in that role. So much so, that I truly believe that she deserves a second chance on the main roster. A solid, competitive opening match.

When, oh when, are they going to put the straps on Enzo and Cass? The crowd wanted it so bad and were ready to raise the roof on that near fall at the end before Dawson pulled the ref out the ring. It’s all a matter of when Enzo & Cass win the titles, not it. My feeling is that they win them at Takeover: Dallas next year. Man, the pop is going to be out of this world when it happens! In the meantime, we’ve got Dash and Dawson who are ticking all the right boxes. I like their old school approach; they’re two tough guys who don’t care how the job is done just as long as it’s done. A very good match where both the story and psychology were top class.

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 9.5
Joint top best Takeover show of the year, I’d put Brooklyn before it just because of that awesome Bayley/Banks match. NXT have once again delivered the goods with another quality Takeover event. I’m sure people will be surprised about the tag titles not changing, but that doesn’t bother me too much for the reasons I mentioned before. I’m prepared to wait. Will they have another Takeover in the UK? Of course. Listen to the crowd. They were loud from the word go and because of that they made each match seem like a big deal. Having a Takeover event taking place from England shows just how fast NXT has grown over the last few years and it’s only going to better bigger and better this point forward.

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

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