Last night NXT invaded San Antonio for NXT Takeover it was an action packed night with a lot of history that made I will provide a brief recap.
Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger
The show started with Eric Young as he took on the Perfect 10 Tye Dillinger. I thought it was a perfect start to the night the crowd was so invested. Tye Dillinger held his own against Eric Young but the numbers game seemed to be too much for Dillinger to handle. Dillinger had the upper hand all of the SAnitY members got involved. Young capitalized and hit his devasting Neckbreak.
Roderick Strong vs Andrade “Cien” Almas
Going into this match you knew that Roderick Strong would come out to prove a point. This match was great with a lot of back and forth action. Andrade “Cien” Almas ultimately did not win but he made a statement. Strong got the win via a Sick Kick in his NXT Takeover as he continues to strive for greatness.
NXT Tag Team Championship
Authors of Pain vs. DIY
One of the main focuses on NXT is their deep tag team, division. It was put on display last night Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa defended their titles against The Authors of Pain. The Authors of Pain have incredible cardio for two massive guys.
It was very impressive to be able to hang with Gargano and Ciampa. The Authors of Pain dominated DIY for the majority of the match. DIY showed off they are resilient they almost had the match won with a dual submission. However, The Authors of Pain found a unique way to break up the submission. The Authors’ incredible size and strength with Ciampa finally falling to the Last Chapter for The Authors of Pain and the became the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
Seth Rollins Invaded NXT
Seth Rollins is not playing around and he showed up on NXT Takeover. Rollins is irate because now he not involved in the Royal Rumble match. He called out Triple H he came out but he wasn’t playing any games. He ordered security guards to escort Rollins out of the building.
Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross and Asuka
Now heading into this match my expectations were set low. Due to that, it was unknown what Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, and Nikki Cross would bring to the table.The Australian duo of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce worked as an impressive unit. They attempted to isolate Nikki Cross and Asuka at numerous times. At one point, the pair even took out Cross with a beautiful double-suplex through a table off of the announcer’s position. It was a two on one advantage for the duo against Asuka. However, they still couldn’t capitalize on the NXT Women’s Champion. Asuka overcame all the odds to remain the NXT Women’s Champion with a deadly kick to Royce’s face.
Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
It was the biggest money main event in NXT history. Now before I break down the match the entrances have to talk about. Bobby Roode came out looking like a million dollars with eight beautiful women by his side. Then the two-time NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura came out in style on a moving platform with a light show which looked unbelievable.
Words cannot do this match justice fans need to go back and watch the match exclusively on the WWE Network. Momentum went back for both competitors. The turning point of the match is when Nakamura then hit the Kinshasa he knocked Roode out cold. All of sudden Nakamura could not capitalize and pinned Roode. This forced the NXT medical staff to come down to the ring and check on Nakamura. He insisted the match continues, even though he was clearly in intense pain.
Roode didn’t waste any time he immediately capitalized on the situation he connected with a Glorious DDT, but Nakamura kicked out. Roode then applied a Single Leg Crab to the injured leg of the NXT Champion which was a brilliant strategy. Nakamura showed the heart of a champion as he refused to quit. Somehow Nakamura locked The Glorious Superstar in a Triangle submission. The knee of Nakamura gave out yet again, which allowed allowing Roode hit another Glorious DDT. That was all it took as Bobby Roode is your new NXT Champion.
Overall NXT TakeOver San Antonio exceeded my expectations. I went perfectly in my predictions and I would give this special a 9/10.