Saturday, 8 April 2017

NXT Takeover: Orlando Review

NXT Takeover: Orlando took place on Saturday 1st April at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Every Takeover that I have seen have been really good so will that continue on Wrestlemania weekend? Let's take a look.

In the first match, it was supposed to be SAnitY taking on the team of Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Roderick Strong and Ruby Riot. However, Jose decided to take part in a match earlier that day and SAnitY attacked him, resulting in an injured knee. Therefore, Kassius Ohno came in to replace him. SAnitY start to focus on Strong. Despite Strong getting the hot tag to Dillinger, it was not enough as Killian Dain gets out of the Tye Breaker and hits the Ulster Plantation to get the win. I quite enjoyed this match. However, I was disappointed with the women as I feel that they didn't get to do that much.
Winners: SAnitY (1 for 1)

 Next is Andrade "Cien" Almas taking on the debuting Aleister Black. Almas gets the advantage early on, applying an armbar over the ropes. Black gets back into it with kicks. In the end, Black hits 2 big boots to the head followed by the Black Mask to get the win. This was quite a good match and Almas continues his Takeover losing streak.
Winner: Aleister Black (2 for 2)

Our first Championship match as The Revival and #DIY challenge The Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championship. At times, The Revival and #DIY work together, sending Razer through a table and hitting their finishing moves. However, their disdain for each other proves to be their undoing as The Authors of Pain hit the Last Chapter on Ciampia to eliminate #DIY. Soon after, they hit Dawson and Wilder with the Super Collider to get the win. This was a really good match and I loved the psychology of it as well.
Winners: Authors of Pain (3 for 3)

 The penultimate match is for the NXT Women's Championship as Ember Moon challenges Asuka. They exchange moves early on before Asuka sends Ember into the guard rail with a hip attack. Ember does get back into it, although Asuka comes close with a German suplex. Ember goes for the Eclipse but Asuka pushes the referee into the ropes to stop it then kicks Ember's head off to get the win. Ignoring the fact that Asuka should have been disqualified, this was a good match and I look forward to their rematch.  I was surprised that Asuka won but I assume that she will get called up in the summer.
Winner: Asuka (3 for 4)

The main event is for the NXT Championship as Shinsuke Nakamura challenges Bobby Roode. Roode wears Nakamura down by keeping him in the corners and focusing on the neck. Nakamura gets back into it with knee strikes and kicks. After some back and forth, Roode chop blocks Nakamura after avoiding a Kinshasa. Roode hits the Glorious DDT for 2 then tries to use the bell but the referee stops it. In the end, Roode hits a Glorious DDTfrom the top rope to get the win. This was a good match between the two. Im interested to see where Roode goes from here as you can agrue that Ohno is the only one who is at that level. As for Nakaura, he made his main roster debut on Smackdown this week and I'm looking forward to some of the matches that he could have with the likes of AJ Styles and John Cena.
Winner: Bobby Roode (4 for 5)

Before I forget, NXT took this opportunity to debut some new Championship belts. They look nice although I liked the original design of the NXT Championship belt.

I really enjoyed NXT Takeover: Orlando.  The matches were really good and im really looking forward to seeing where they go from here.

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