Hey everybody, it’s Rydogg95 back here again, and I know that NXT Takeover: The End is less than 24 hours away, but I figured I may as well review the go home show for the event. So with that in mind, let’s just get into it.
We kick off the show with two of my favourite performers in NXT at the moment, we start with the “Absolute Greatest Tag Team On This Planet Today” Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, The Revival. I’ll be honest, I love The Revival, Dash and Dawson fit into their role as a top heel tag team so well. And they’re loaded with in ring talent and charisma. While I was happy for American Alpha to win the NXT Tag Team Championships, at the same time I was shattered by the fact that my boys Dash & Dawson lost said championships. Anyway, The Revival come out and say that they’re going to become the first ever 2x NXT Tag Team Champions. And if any team was to to that, it would be The Revival. They are interrupted by another tag team taking the division by storm, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano who are fresh off of a win against Australian debutants TM-61 (former TMDK members Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls renamed Shane Thorne and Nick Miller). Gargano and Ciampa say that The Revival can’t beat American Alpha and that they probably couldn’t even beat Gargano and Ciampa either. Both teams go back and forth calling each other “good hands” Dawson tells Ciampa and Gargano to “go back to the bingo halls while the top guys take care of business” and then Ciampa brings up the loss at Dallas, Wilder tells them to come back to them when they actually win tag titles and then they leave the ring. Gargano tells them they’re running up the ramp pretty fast for “top guys” a brawl ensues with Gargano and Ciampa gaining the upper hand. End Segment
Up next is an interview with Shinsuke Nakamura who is asked about his match at Takeover against Austin Aries. Nakamura says he’ll make Aries bow down to the King Of Strong Style and leaves. The announcers hype up Aries vs Elias Samson tonight and the contract signing between Asuka and Nia Jax.
Match #1: Tye Dillinger vs. Buddy Murphy
Our first match is between two of the most underrated talents in NXT at the moment. Yes, I did just call the perfect 10 underrated, fight me. It was good to see Murphy get his first name back and interesting to see what will happen with Murphy. I have an interest in seeing how far Murphy goes mainly because he’s a fellow Australian and was held in pretty high regard in the Australian wrestling scene under the name Matt Silva. Both men have a solid opening match with Dillinger going over after Dillinger slams Murphy’s head onto Dillinger’s knee which was exposed after Tye took his kneepad off which I believe this move is called “The Perfect 10”. Again solid opener and this is proof as to why NXT needs a midcard championship.
We get more hype for NXT Takeover: The End and then go to the interview hosted by Corey Graves interviewing NXT Champion, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor. Balor explains how he felt after losing the title in Lowell, MA. Balor says he has no regrets as champion and that his 292 day reign he was good and on that one day Joe was better. Joe explains his side of the story about how he had to jump through hoops to get the title. Balor says Joe came to NXT with a sense of entitlement and that 100 guys at the PC deserve the title. Joe asks “why aren’t they champ?” Joe explains that he feels like Balor didn’t fight hard enough to get the match against Joe. Graves asks both men where it went wrong? Balor asked what happened to his friend Samoa Joe. Joe asked what happened to the man who would fight for his friend. Balor recalls his history in the UK and Japan. Graves asks about Dallas and mention Finn not being in a cage before, Balor brings up the fact that he’d never been in a ladder match before TakeOver Brooklyn against Kevin Owens. Joe says he has the advantage in the cage due to his experience and that he’s going to win the match. Graves asks if Finn realises the risk about going into the cage against Joe, to which Balor responds with by saying that he’s living in the present and the NXT title is the most important thing to him right now. The interview begins to turn into an argument about trust. Graves thanks them and hypes the match. Balor says that Joe has a week left of being champion and both men go face to face to end the segment.
Match #2: Elias Samson vs. Austin Aries.
We get the familiar music of “The Drifter” Elias Samson, who despite being a heel, Corey Graves continues to bury him on commentary. Which leads to confusion with me, isn’t Graves meant to be NXT’s heel commentator? Aries out next wearing his vest with a great looking cape attached to it. Aries completely out wrestles Samson in the early going, I enjoy Samson’s gimmick, but I think that the man behind the gimmick needs to play up his character more. Nonetheless, he gets fairly high profile matches. Samson takes control around the middle of the match. showing a fair bit of aggression. Aries takes control again, showing his aerial abilities. Aries gets the win after a neckbreaker and making Samson tap out to the Last Chancery. After the match Aries gets on the mic and hypes up his match with Shinsuke Nakamura at Takeover and saying that he’s going to remove any doubt that he’s the greatest in NXT and that the spotlight will be on him.
We get a vingette for Andrade “Cien” Almas with him watching old Lucha Libre tapes and taking his mask off. The vingette ends with the logo for NXT Takeover: The End.
Match #3: Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano vs. The Revival
This match was made earlier in the show and was announced during Dillinger/Murphy. While The Revival made their entrance, all I could think was Dawson didn’t get the memo that they were wearing the red jackets on that show. This match had everything that makes these two popular. All four men have a hell of a lot of chemistry with eachother. The slow pacing of The Revival worked really well with the fast paced action of Gargano and Ciampa providing a hard hitting contest and in case you weren’t sure, Dash and Dawson played up their heel tactics like having the illegal man attacking his opponent on the outside while the referee is distracted. The finish comes when Scott Dawson hits Johnny Gargano with a superplex and Gargano rolls through for the 3 count. Dash and Dawson are stunned and start attacking the internet darling tag team (please don’t take that the wrong way, I’m a fan of Ciampa and Gargano too). They knock Gargano out of the ring, drop Ciampa with a Shatter Machine and go to take out his knee with Dawson locking in a leg lock while Dash got onto the second rope. Luckily for Ciampa’s knee, American Alpha came out for the save with the two rival teams brawling with each other and AA getting the upper hand on multiple occasions ending the brawl with dual german suplexes.
Nia Jax and Asuka Contract Signing
Our main event segment has the contract signing for the NXT Women’s Championship match between Nia Jax and Asuka. I legitimately have no problem with this. They are two of the best in the company and they’re both at the top of their game. The seeds were laid during Jax’s feud with Bayley and I’m glad that this is happening now because at Takeover, it’s going to be a fight! Nia Jax has been dominant since her loss to Bayley at TakeOver London and Asuka has been dominant since her debut 9 months ago. So it was inevitable that these two unstoppable forces would come fact to face. Nia Jax states that she doesn’t understand why Asuka has been feared saying that she broke Bayley and that she’s going to break Asuka at Takeover. Showing no fear, Asuka responds with “You talk too much” she then signs the contract and yells in Japanese, I can only assume what she yelled was what she said directly afterwards “If you are not scared of me, you should be!” A brawl ensues with Asuka ending up being powerbombed onto the mat really hard. The segment and show ends with William Regal escorting Nia out of the ring.
So that was your go home show for NXT Takeover: The End. Personally, I am so hyped up for this show as every match on the card has the potential to steal the show. I hope you’re all as excited for Takeover as I am.