NXT Takeover: Unstoppable Review

Hello everyone and welcome to my NXT Takeover: Unstoppable review! I woke up as people were buzzing about this show, so my hype levels are through the roof. Lets see what this show has to offer.

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An absolutely awesome video package plays where NXT is shown as the next big thing, and all of our top matches are hyped. Great!

We start off with…

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Tyler Breeze vs. Finn Bálor

We see a video of Hideo Itami, who was attacked in the parking lot before the show. They had to take him out of this match due to injury. Both guys have amazing entrances, especially Finn. Jeez, his entrance keeps getting better and better. Today he got demon wings and a crazy spine. Also, a giant freaking eye is painted on his back. I LOVE FINN BÁLOR!

This match was very, very good. I liked the subtle story of Tyler Breeze scouting Bálor, and being able to reverse many of his patented spots. The pace was kept pretty constant, minus one short slow patch, and the action was very good. Once we got out of the slow patch, though, these two kicked it up a notch and put together a great finishing sequence. There was one fantastic nearfall, and the sequence leading to the finish itself was fun. My only issues are that a few bits were a little sloppy, and, other than the little scouting story, the structure of the match was basic. Even with that, though, this is really good.

Rating: ***½

 

Kevin Owens is seen backstage watching Finn celebrate. We see video of NXT’s trip to Philadelphia and New York. This leads us to…

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Dana Brooke & Emma vs. Charlotte & Bayley

This match was all right. Dana Brook is pretty bad, and really sloppy. She is a rookie, though, so she has a lot of room to improve. Also, the heat segment between Emma and Bayley was as slow as a snail. The finish was pretty meh too, mostly due to Dana’s poor timing. I enjoyed evil Emma, and Bayley impressed as well, but it still wasn’t all that good. I’ve seen worse, though.

Rating: **

 

A video of Sami Zayn on Raw is show. His injury is shown. We then see Sami staring in a mirror. The new signees are show, where Uhaa Nation stands out immediately. That guy is a star in the making. This leads to…

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Rhyno vs. Baron Corbin

This match was pretty decent. Rhyno was good, and brought the intensity, but Corbin did nothing to impress. He does not scream star to me, and has next to no presence. Also, most of his moves don’t have much weight behind them. Furthermore, this is the third match to have the exact same structure. Still, decent enough match.

Rating: **¼

The awesome segment between John Cena and Kevin Owens on Raw is recapped. That was great. Kevin Owens cuts a good promo about NXT’s trip to the North East, his feud with John Cena, and how he is going to take out Zayn. I liked this a lot. Next is…

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Blake and Murphy vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassidy

Enzo cuts his paint by numbers promo, but I enjoyed it, and its over. They also hyped how they will win the NXT Tag Team Champions. Blake and Murphy are just two goobers, one wearing pigtails. This was another very standard match. The heat was long and bland, but Colin’s comeback was very fun. Even though they aren’t very good in the ring, Enzo and Colin are fun to watch. The finish was a downer, but I like Alexa Bliss, and like that she is on TV. Also, plus ¼* for Enzo’s awesome diving DDT.

Rating: *¾

 

A nice video hypes the next match as we get to…

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Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks

This feels big from the very beginning. Big fight feel that I haven’t felt in any woman’s match outside of Japan. The steam punk outfit of Lynch is pretty darn cool! This match was so killer. It started with some good technical wrestling, and a pretty fluid sequence. It wasn’t as fluid as lets say, Zack Sabre Jr., but I’m spoiled. Then, the arm work by Sasha began, which was brilliant. The reason she did it was because she could not let herself be outdone in any way by Becky, which caused her to do what Becky does best. Sasha destroyed the arm, and the holds were spectacular. Then, when Becky came back, the match got even better. Becky sold her arm well enough, and her arm work was fast and furious. Not to keep using this comparison, but Becky’s armwork felt like the armwork done by ZSJ. It was novel to see both wrestlers work the same limb, and novelty is always appreciated. The finishing sequence was equally awesome, but I won’t spoil it. This will be seen as a classic match. Watch this now. It is a MOTYC and may be WWE’s MOTY.

Rating: ****½

(This match is so good that I’m one of the people rating it lowest. Many placed it near *****. WATCH IT!)

 

The crowd chants Becky after the match and gives her a standing ovation. This is awesome, since she started the match getting boos. This segment was as close to perfect as you can get.

Another great video recaps the Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens feud. Legit chills right now.

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Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

Two matches in a row with big fight feel. NXT is the bomb. This match was great; the brawling was intense, the spots were brutal, and the work was smart. They made Zayn look good by giving him a lot of offense (and he didn’t have to bump much with an injured shoulder), while Owens looked good via the finish. Very smart booking! The aftermath, however, was indescribably good. Owens’ title reign is going to be great. He has a rematch with Zayn set up, a potential match with William Regal, another match with Bálor and a match with SAMOA JOE. Joe debuting gave me chills. I’m so happy. These two matches made me very happy.

Rating: ****

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Overall:

Oddly enough, this reminds me of Starrcade 1983. The undercard wasn’t that good (but it was better than the Starrcade undercard) and the final half ruled. This show is better, however, because the bad isn’t as bad, and the best is better. The last hour is one of the best hours of wrestling ever. We got a MOTYC, which is also a potential classic, and a great storyline match. This show was so easy to watch, and I had so much fun. This wrestling made me happy, which is more than I can say for most.

Overall Rating: ***½

Match of the Night: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks

 

-Terrance Smith

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