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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Rundown Slam: NXT TakeOver Chicago

06/08/2017 06:50:06 PM

It was a pleasant surprise to see an  NXT TakeOver staged outside of their usual Florida stages (unless part of the UK Tour) just almost two months since WrestleMania weekend. Refreshing, in fact, considering it happened before the SmackDown-exclusive pay per view called Backlash.


The program featured overcoming the odds, and  'failed' second winds, with four championships on the line. Seeing Roderick Strong emerged victorious against the Eric Young and sANItY made him look strong, literally. And the same goes for the show, too. This should do something big for the Messiah of the Backbreaker soon.

Seeing Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate slug it out for the WWE United Kingdom Championship was such a thing of beauty. They seemingly gave another meaning to the “fight forever” catchphrase. No questions asked: this will be another match of the year candidate, aside from their tournament final last January.

This triple threat match just extended Asuka's reign as the women's champion, and proved that Ember Moon's absence has abruptly shelved the passing of the torch indefinitely. While there were a lot of members in the women's division, plus the fact that  all of them worked very solid on this women's championship contest, it clearly looks like “No one is ready” for the Empress of Tomorrow. And hey, I even thought she was supposed to be villain here? The clean finish doesn't looked impressive by all means. Ugh.

It's good to see Hideo Itami fight/perform again at NXT – and this time, in a program against Bobby Roode. Looks like this has certainly erased a huge part of Itami's long-time plague. And despite coming up short on the contest (and probably, the comeback story he built in for just six or seven weeks), it showed how his Strong Style offense looks fluid and natural. Once again, Roode proved he's the best storyteller in the brand now. And their chemistry in putting up this match should earned raves and even a match of the year candidate.

It was an a-okay main event. There's nothing really left to say except they clearly owned the spot and how much of a beast both Akam and Rezar can be in the ring regardless of the stipulation. Probably more vicious than The Revival, The Ascension, and even the Wyatt Family.

But the aftermath proved one thing: DIY has done a lot enough for NXT. It's time for both Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano to make their own statements as individual performers. And knowing their prowess, they could be another best teammates-turned-rivals story since Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

That sequence has signaled the warning, like a “Resorts World Manila” whisper.
06/08/17 06:50:06 PM

It was a pleasant surprise to see an  NXT TakeOver staged outside of their usual Florida stages (unless part of the UK Tour) just almost two months since WrestleMania weekend. Refreshing, in fact, considering it happened before the SmackDown-exclusive pay per view called Backlash.

The program featured overcoming the odds, and  'failed' second winds, with four championships on the line. Seeing Roderick Strong emerged victorious against the Eric Young and sANItY made him look strong, literally. And the same goes for the show, too. This should do something big for the Messiah of the Backbreaker soon.

Seeing Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate slug it out for the WWE United Kingdom Championship was such a thing of beauty. They seemingly gave another meaning to the “fight forever” catchphrase. No questions asked: this will be another match of the year candidate, aside from their tournament final last January.

This triple threat match just extended Asuka's reign as the women's champion, and proved that Ember Moon's absence has abruptly shelved the passing of the torch indefinitely. While there were a lot of members in the women's division, plus the fact that  all of them worked very solid on this women's championship contest, it clearly looks like “No one is ready” for the Empress of Tomorrow. And hey, I even thought she was supposed to be villain here? The clean finish doesn't looked impressive by all means. Ugh.

It's good to see Hideo Itami fight/perform again at NXT – and this time, in a program against Bobby Roode. Looks like this has certainly erased a huge part of Itami's long-time plague. And despite coming up short on the contest (and probably, the comeback story he built in for just six or seven weeks), it showed how his Strong Style offense looks fluid and natural. Once again, Roode proved he's the best storyteller in the brand now. And their chemistry in putting up this match should earned raves and even a match of the year candidate.

It was an a-okay main event. There's nothing really left to say except they clearly owned the spot and how much of a beast both Akam and Rezar can be in the ring regardless of the stipulation. Probably more vicious than The Revival, The Ascension, and even the Wyatt Family.

But the aftermath proved one thing: DIY has done a lot enough for NXT. It's time for both Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano to make their own statements as individual performers. And knowing their prowess, they could be another best teammates-turned-rivals story since Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

That sequence has signaled the warning, like a “Resorts World Manila” whisper.

Author: slickmaster | © 2017 september twenty-eight productions

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