Another great night of NXT action happened at the Amway Center in Orlando when NXT took over the city they call home. One of the highlights of last night was NXT GM William Regal revealing new title designs for the three championships NXT has. It was nice to see NXT take a different approach to a normal Takeover event. Debuting new titles makes things seem new. These kind of things happen every couple of years in WWE and who would’ve thought they would do it in NXT. I’m not complaining, I think the titles look beautiful yet they still kind of look similar to each other. The NXT title and Women’s title just have different color which doesn’t make them unique to each other like they once were before.
Aside from debuting new title designs, a huge moment happened last night that not a lot of people saw coming. Drew McIntyre made his long awaited WWE return and it was announced that he has signed with the NXT brand.It’s good to see Drew back in WWE, when he was released he said one day he would be back and that was meet with a lot of criticism but he went on the independent wrestling scene and completely reinvented himself. He got better and WWE noticed his improvement. I like how he is going to be in NXT first because with rumors of a good majority of the current roster getting called up to the main roster NXT needs some big names. I’m excited to see who McIntyre challenges in NXT first.
So already we have two big announcements and I didn’t even get to the main card first, kind of goes to show you how magical WrestleMania weekend can be. Anyways, let’s get to all of the nights action!
Analysis: Sanity looked like a true force during this match but really everyone involved put on a great opening match. It was nice to see Kassius Ohno come out in place of No Way Jose and he put on a great showing during this match. It is amazing that even at 270 pounds he can fly over the top rope with ease. Tye Dillinger is probably the only man on the NXT roster that can pop the crowd like he can and the chants of 10 rang threw the Amway Center. The match was your basic standard affair but still it was a good opener and set the mood for the rest of the night.
Aleister Black vs Andrade “Cien” Almas
Analysis: People have to give Andrade Almas more credit because this man can work with just about anybody. He is one of the best heels on the roster and whenever he does his signature cocky pose, he gets under the skin of his opponent. This was the first we saw of Aleister Black in NXT and boy what a first impression it was. This man is legitimately scary and some of the moves he was pulling off really raised some eye brows. This match was better than expected and I think that is mostly because both men were stars of the indie scene and their two expert prowess was on full display.
Triple Threat match for the NXT Tag Team titles: Authors of Pain vs #DIY vs The Revival
Analysis: Watching this match, I really believe this outdid DIY vs The Revival from NXT Takeover: Toronto. WWE saw how good all three teams can be when they go two on two against each other but when you throw all of them in the pot then you get a match of the year candidate: The MVPs of this match were definitely The Revival because they played the role of the tweeners perfectly. Their heel and face moments were perfect and it goes to show you that they probably are the best tag team WWE has. Despite getting eliminated first, DIY looked good as always and play the role of the underdogs perfectly. There were spots plentiful during this match including The Revival and DIY teaming up to send Rezar through a table, Johnny Gargano and Scott Dawson using DIY’s finisher on Akam, and Tommaso Ciampa and Dash Wilder using the shatter machine on Rezar. Overall this was definitely the match of the night and in the end the right guys won. Smart storytelling and booking made this match better.
NXT Women’s championship: Asuka vs Ember Moon
Analysis: These two women beat each other up and it was awesome to watch. Ember Moon looked amazing by flying off the ropes and almost looking like a female Brock Lesnar in terms of strength. Asuka pulled an odd move to win this match by throwing the ref into Moon when Moon was perched on the top rope. This allowed Asuka to hit a vicious kick and retain her title. Perhaps this was to hint at a possible Asuka heel turn. That actually makes a lot of sense because fans seems to be sick of Asuka ruling the roost like she does and her turning heel can really change things up in the women’s division. I don’t believe this is the last we have seen of Moon and Asuka however.
NXT Championship: Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Result: Roode def. Nakamura to retain
Analysis: This match was alright. It was what you expected to happen and there isn’t anything wrong with that. You knew going into this match that Bobby Roode would retain but that didn’t take away from it being a good match. This was a nice sendoff for Shinsuke Nakamura who will now ascend to the main roster. The question remains however: who will challenge the glorious Bobby Roode next?