Jay's Ways - NXT Takeover New Orleans Review Submitted by Justin Watry on 04/10/2018 at 10:52 PM
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NXT Takeover New Orleans
- Adam Cole defeated EC3, Killian Dain, Lars Sullivan, Ricochet, and Velveteen Dream to become the first ever North American Champion in a ladder match. Unbelievable bout. The commentators added to it immensely, as did the lively New Orleans fans. This felt big time from the get go. With those six out there taking high risk moves, you KNEW it would deliver. Hopefully, everybody is alright. There were quite a few scary moments. Luckily, we had only one small "mishap" towards the end. This thing could have ended bad numerous time but didn't.
As for the winner, I am cool with it. My money was on EC3 or Velveteen Dream. Felt like this was destined to go to a heel. Lars was not winning; this is not his environment. Killian, ditto. This isn't his thing. Ricochet was the most popular guy in the squared circle. However, he feels like a special attraction after debuting - not the right person to hold the mid-card title in NXT. Adam Cole had lost a bunch of times, and The Undisputed Era has needed a boost for awhile (more on that later). Excellent way to begin the show.
- Shayna Baszler is your new NXT Womens Champion, beating Ember Moon via submission. In hindsight, I would have just done the title switch back in January. I had Shayna winning then, as I did here. Ember Moon made a Royal Rumble appearance, so the main roster call up was coming regardless. Babbling aside, NXT got it right. Shayna won the strap in dominant fashion (with Ronda Rousey and crew watching in the front row), and Moon is strong in defeat by never actually tapping out. She will do amazing things on the main roster. Her time in NXT was up though.
- The Undisputed Era are the undisputed NXT Tag Team Champs besting The Authors Of Pain and Pete Dunne/Roderick Strong. Of course, the twist coming out of this was the heel turn from Strong and his apparent partnership with The Undisputed Era. Sorry Dunne, you're done with this story. I have mentioned a bunch of times that The Undisputed Era were missing a spark. Well, now they have it. All due respect to Bobby Fish, but this works out for the best. We'll see how Fish fits into the group once he heals up. Until then, everything here made sense. AOP finished up their run in NXT and can now move onto bigger and better things. Dunne all but completes a weird/strange/awkward/logical face turn...and The Undisputed Era have a ton of gold and a new member. Nice.
- Aleister Black beat Andrade Almas to become the new NXT Champion. The time was right, and the atmosphere was right. The popular theory is that Adrade moves up to the main roster soon, but I don't know. His act with Zelina Vega has more life left to it. Keep the duo in NXT for awhile. Raw and Smackdown LIVE will always be waiting. Black had all the momentum in the world, so him overcoming the odds was predictable but correct. I love the decision and eagerly await Drew McIntyre getting involved. Unless HE is heading to the main roster upon return? Lots of moving parts during these next few weeks.
- Johnny Gargano defeated Tommaso Ciampa in an Unsanctioned Match. No rules, no mercy, no forgiveness, no way this wouldn't be top notch. The crowd DESPISES Ciampa and love Gargano. What more could you ask for to main event? I know tradition says the title goes on last, but there are exceptions to every rules. This was not out of place at all and after the year long build, it was more than deserving of closing out the NXT WrestleMania Weekend live special on the WWE Network. At 37 minutes, it was also one of the longst NXT matches ever - maybe the longest ever. Great brawl with a great finish. Gargano showing sympathy for his best friend only to sucker him into showing his true colors as a coward one last time was gold.
SUMMARY: Another spectacular NXT Takeover is no surprise. What is a surprise is how all of this shakes out. I have no clue who gets called up, who stays, who turns, who is returning, etc. I have my suspicions like all of you but without seeing WWE television yet, who really knows? Stay tuned I guess.