Jay's Ways - NXT Takeover War Games Review Submitted by Justin Watry on 11/20/2017 at 09:01 PM
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NXT Takeover War Games Review
My WWE Survivor Series 2017 review is going up on 411mania in the next day or two. For today, this is what I thought about the Saturday night WWE Network live special from Houston...
Lars Sullivan over Kassius Ohno - Just your typical slugfest. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Two dudes just going at it with the newer/bigger dude coming out on top. Good start to the event.
Aleister Black over The Velveteen Dream - My match of the night. Maybe match of the weekend. Top three for sure, including Sunday night. I loved every single thing about this feud, entrances, match, and of course, the short post-match scene. Who ever put this feud together deserves a raise and some public accolades from the whole NXT staff. Seriously, I want to know who wrote this and then produced the NXT Takeover bout. Absolutely riveting stuff and was so cool to watch.
Back in July, I wrote that Patrick Clark (Dream) was somebody to watch out for. He is young, clearly a diehard passionate WWE fan, has a gimmick and has improved little by little in the squared circle. This is not just some Prince knockoff anymore. It may have started that way, but this guy put on a performance to remember Saturday night.
In my preview, I said that Black would win clean after a surprisingly good match. See? I knew these two could do it. The fact that these guys had such a fun match was not a shock at all. I knew they could do it. The real question was if the live crowd would be invested and if proper time was given. NXT gave them time. The fans ate up every move, and the performers delivered big time. What more could you ask for?
Ember Moon over Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce, and Nikki Cross for the vacant NXT Womens Championship - I am so happy for Ember Moon. Super thrilled that I was wrong in my prediction that she wouldn't win. I made my thoughts pretty clear when Asuka up and left NXT without losing the belt to her in August. I was heartbroken for Moon after that loss to Asuka. Honestly. It was devastating. I thought for sure time had passed her by, and there would be no more second chance.
Not only did Moon get another shot, she did so in Houston where HER fans and HER crowd were backing her up. Excellent victory and only fitting that it was Asuka who presented Moon with the title. Classy move, even if I still believe things should have gone just a tad bit differently.
As for Sane? She will be fine. NXT was smart to not have her involved with the finish. Her career is just beginning. Don't worry.
Cross is in Sanity and will continue to be her 'crazy' self. No coincidence it is always her that takes the pinfall losses. She can easily recover and get the fans support on her side.
Peyton Royce is an interesting one. There were two rumors going into this event. The first was her and Billie Kay (The Iconic Duo) would finally rule over the women's division with the title and be the focus. The other rumor was the complete opposite - both were heading to the main roster soon, Raw or Smackdown LIVE. Well, we may have got our answer. Time will tell.
Congrats again to Moon. So glad she got her moment.
Andrade "Cien" Almas over Drew McIntyre to become the NEW NXT Champion - Wow! The match was pretty good and certainly felt like a huge deal down the stretch. Once it started, everybody just assumed Drew would win and move on at the next set of tapings. After about ten minutes, there was a weird sense in the air that this match may actually produce a new champ.
Thanks to the feisty Zelina Vega, the latter proved to be true. Almas shocked the world and won the NXT Championship. A massive surprise and one that got the fans in Texas buzzing. I was more stunned than anything and couldn't believe what just happened.
After taking some time to think about it, the move makes a ton of sense. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Drew McIntyre was always destined for a quick NXT run. Kevin Owens got about six months. Shinsuke Nakamura got a year. Bobby Roode had about a year. Heck, AJ Styles and The Club spent zero time there in early 2016 when they signed. Drew already knows the 'WWE system' and is more than capable of succeeding on Raw or Smackdown. He won the title pretty quickly and is already eyeing up the next step in his comeback...the main roster.
2. The "injury" to his arm seems fishy to me. Maybe I am wrong here? Almas worked on his arm the whole match and now his arm is hurt? This feels like off. Might just be an excuse or something minor to explain the title loss. Asuka anyone?
3. Don't forget it was just two years ago that Almas was the BIG signing for NXT. He got all the publicity and headlines. He was the star. He was the international stud coming in. He was pushed hard right out of the gate. While his face run and initial appearances had some hiccups, the talent was always there. He didn't suddenly suck or anything. The dude just had to find the right fit. With Vega, he was a made man. The duo is great. No reason to delay his main event status any longer.
4. NXT is always evolving. Talent come and go. Triple H has mentioned this a million times. We all get upset or worried over RAW/SD Live call ups, but that is the nature of the beast. Welcome to the entire point of NXT. If Drew goes or stays, you never know. Rather than simply transition the belt from Drew to Adam Cole (that was my prediction for the NXT January live special), we got this little curveball instead.
Ultimately, we will see what happens next. Will Drew get surgery for this mysterious injury? Is he moving to the main roster after just six months in NXT? Was this just a shock for the sake of a shock? All those questions will be answered in due time. Until then, I know that I trust NXT. When push comes to shove, they typically make the correct decision. I trust them here.
The Undisputed Era wins War Games - I have never been a huge WCW fan. I say that constantly, but it must be stated. War Games returning did not really get me jacked up. It was never my gimmick bout, so my reaction was "Meh." Cool and all for the old school feel but whatever.
That being left to the side, this was a heck of a main event. Roderick Strong and The Authors Of Pain did their best mock up of The Shield. Strong was Kurt Angle from TLC last month. Sanity, all of them were just out of their mind. Seriously guys, tone it down a notch. I don't want to see anybody get injured out there.
Then we had the winners - The Undisputed Era. Simply a way to treat Adam Cole as the star of the show and give him a quality victory. As noted before, I see him going after the NXT Title fairly soon. With his buddies by his side, this win was just a formality. Brutal, brutal stuff - looked like EVERYTHING hurt out there.
SUMMARY: Another good outing from NXT. Surprise new champs in Ember Moon and Almas. Excellent, amazing, sweeeeet match between Dream and Black. Hard hitting contest to open the show and rage in the cage to end the evening. Two thumbs up.
Podcast Co-Host? - Sometime in November, I want to partner up with somebody and record my first podcast ever. Before 2017 is up, that has been the goal. Anybody out there interested can email or tweet me. Announcement coming soon.
The return of NRW is officially over 1,700 views online. Months ago, when this all began, my target was hitting one thousand. After barely a week, we crossed that mark. The match is posted below. Well worth the 15 minutes!