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Random Thoughts on NXT Takeover: The End

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The second Takeover event of the year is in the history books, and here I am to share my random thoughts on the show. As always, this is a random thoughts blog so please be aware that this is spoiler heavy. If you haven’t seen Takeover: The End, look away now.

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Andrade Cien Almas def. Tye Dillinger via pinfall

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) def. American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) © via pinfall to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions

Shinsuke Nakamura def. Austin Aries via pinfall

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka © def. Nia Jax via pinfall to retain the NXT Women’s Championship

NXT Championship – Steel Cage match: Samoa Joe © def. Finn Balor via pinfall to retain the NXT Championship

 

*Random Thoughts*

 

My brother pointed out that we made an appearance in the opening video package at the start of the show! Just thought I throw that one out there!

What the fuck was Tom Phillips wearing?!?

It doesn’t surprise me that America Alpha lost the titles. True be told, I had a gut feeling that they would. It sucks they only had a two-month title reign, but I think it was done to pave the way for them to be promoted to the main roster which isn’t a bad thing. Their match was fantastic. It followed the same formula used at Dallas. It was hard to keep up with every move because they are very quick with a lot of reversals throughout the match. The chemistry with these guys is point on. There were several moments in the match where it could have ended it, but they kept on going. It was one of the best tag matches in WWE in a long time.

Post match, Jordan and Gable were attacked by the debuting tag team of Sunny Dhinsa and Gzim Selmani, The Authors of Pain. They’ll be managed by the legendary Paul Ellering, the former manager of the Legion of Doom. Ellering presence will help them get over. His daughter Rachel was signed to a WWE development deal, so it’s no surprise that he’s getting involved.

Asuka vs. Nia Jax was damn good. I liked the story they told of the overpowering heel tossing around the small babyface. The announcers pointed out how nobody had manhandled Asuka the way Jax has and they were right to say so. By saying that they put over Jax even though she lost clean. I did predict that Jax would win beforehand, but I’m glad that Asuka won because she is clearly the best women’s wrestler in the WWE right now. Nia Jax continues to impress me. She’s been wrestling for less than two years and is always improving. I still believe she’ll be the NXT Women’s Champion one day.

Good debut for Andrade Almas. Both he and Dillinger worked at a fast pace right at the beginning with both guys hitting some big moves. I believe most people wrote Dillinger off since he’s facing a debutant, but he got a lot of offence in, so I’m glad with that. From what I’ve seen, Almas has the perfect combination of speed and power. I look forward to seeing what else he brings to the table. I would love to see Dillinger get a push, the crowd obviously like him too. Hopefully this can encourage Triple H to introduce a secondary title to NXT.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Austin Aries was a great, solid wrestling match. Quality performance from both guys. I like the story of Aries going for a big move late in the match (when he missed an attack outside and hit the guard rail), missed it and allowed Nakamura to capitalise on the opening. Once Shinsuke made the comeback you knew it was all done and dusted. Although it wasn’t on the same level as Nakamura vs. Zayn in Dallas, this was still a very good match. Check it out.

I thought the main event was very good. It’s safe to assume that the rivalry between Joe and Balor is over. Joe used his power offence early on, Balor turned the momentum in his favour and nearly won the match. Both guys kicked out of each other’s finishers, so it made sense that it would take something extra for the match to end. That’s why Joe hitting the Muscle Buster off the middle ropes was the right move. Having Balor sell the finish big time was smart because it put over the massive finishing move that Joe needed to do in order to win the match. On the main roster, you almost never see that. It’s very, very rare for that to happen. In NXT, stories are told in an old school way where guys sell moves big time, making the victor look like an even bigger star. I wish the main roster did it more often. I reckon that Joe will move on to feud with Nakamura, with both guys facing off at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, and Balor will get promoted to the main roster within the next month or two.

 

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 8

Another impressive outing for the NXT crew. It be impossible for them to put on a bad show in this format. When you only have five matches in a two hour show that means there’s going to be a lot of time for the talent to show what they can do. We saw that on this show as three matches went over 15 minutes, the women’s title match told a good story and the opener was a fine way of debuting a new star.

 

NXT Takeover Rankings 2016

NXT Takeover: Dallas – 10

NXT Takeover: The End – 8

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