It’s been more than two years since I’ve written a post for this blog.
Looking in my account, I see I started a draft of something in September 2012 about how Randy Orton and AJ should switch theme songs.
So, what’s brought me back to the TCS blog, you ask?
Believe it or not, it’s NXT Takeover.
I have so much to say about this show that I don’t even know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with this: This was the best of professional wrestling. The absolute best.
There was passion, there was drama, there was superior athleticism — NXT Takeover had it all.
It is amazing to me that NXT and Impact are taped in the same city. The crowd at the Impact Zone more often than not drags the show down by not responding to anything, even when it’s great. At Full Sail University inside the NXT Arena, the crowd brings everything up, makes everyone seem like a star. This crowd added so much to NXT Takeover. They managed to stay hot for the entire two hour show. They deserve a lot of credit for making this show a success.
This was unbelievable. The highlight of the show for me. Let’s start out with the video package for this. This was so unlike anything WWE does. Having not watched NXT in the build up to this show, I really had no idea how this was set up. This video package drilled everything home and made this match seem GIGANTIC, especially considering the involvement of Ric Flair and Bret Hart. WWE would really benefit from more video packages like this — almost UFC-esque. It made the match more intense. This was a job well done.
And that’s not even getting to the match itself. Charlotte is a natural. It’s unbelievable to me how good she is with such little experience. The NXT brass made the right call by putting her in there with Natalya. The two had a great match with such great flow. It really got Charlotte over as a big deal. Then you add in the post-match emotion, and this was the definition of a home run.
We all know Sami Zayn is awesome. To me, this was Tyler Breeze’s coming out party. I don’t know what he would do on the main roster, but he delivered here. The dive Zayn put on Breeze late in the match was insane. This was great. Zayn is great and I really hope the OLE chant translates when he gets the call.
Only one thought on this: The extreme look of disdain Paul Heyman gave Sami Zayn after Zayn started dancing with Adam Rose was the best thing ever. Only to be topped by Heyman telling Natalya to go hit Charlotte from behind. Oh my goodness that was awesome.
Go out of your way to watch NXT Takeover. This was the best of professional wrestling in all aspects for two hours. I just spent 500 words talking about this show and I didn’t even mention the main event for the NXT Championship between Adrian Neville and Tyson Kidd, which was also awesome. I find it unbelievable that WWE and NXT are run by the same company sometimes. NXT is great because they DO THE RIGHT THING. They don’t swerve for the sake of swerving. It’s basic professional wrestling at its finest. And guess what, folks? Professional wrestling is at its best is when it’s simple, and NXT pulls that off to perfection.