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WWE NXT TakeOver: The End Reaction

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

When you call something “The End,” it can mean plenty.

There were rumors that NXT would affect the upcoming brand extension and be a part of Raw as a lead-in, while others outrageously predicted the end of NXT itself.

Instead, it was a nod to “The End Of The Beginning,” as it paid homage to past NXT stars like Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family, Paige, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks and current NXT stars like NXT Champion Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha, The Revival and others.

With yet another stacked card with NXT’s first-ever cage match for the NXT Championship, a Tag Title rematch between AA-Revival, an “international showdown” between Aries and Nakamura and the debut of Andrade “Cien” Almas, it set the stage to easily deliver again.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 6/1/16: More Than Good Hands

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 6/1/16)

More Than Good Hands

– We can only assume the window of time for The Revival on NXT is closing up, but that said, they’ve solidly convinced us that they’re primed and ready to potentially be the first two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. A lot of this show’s focus was on The Revival and their mission to get back what they felt was theirs, yet also pushed other teams on the rise. The opening in-ring segment between Revival and Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa was solid mic work from all involved. Gargano/Ciampa looked tough in the way they directly confronted the heels and didn’t back down, while Revival came off as overconfident. Surprisingly, the voices who stood out here were Dash Wilder (almost Kevin Owens-like in his delivery) and Ciampa, who we never hear from often. This obviously set the stage for the two to battle later in the show, but we had assumed this would be a way to give Revival a hard-fought win headed into TakeOver: The End and give Gargano/Ciampa a good performance to put under their name. Revival also had some bold insults towards the NXT Tag Team Champions American Alpha when they called them “little amateurs” and it’d be cool to see if AA would follow them up on that.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 5/25/16: Infinite Path To Victory

WWE NXTBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 5/25/16)

Infinite Path To Victory 

– Even though they followed the epic saga that was Shinsuke Nakamura’s NXT debut match against Sami Zayn at TakeOver: Dallas, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka and Bayley kept the drained-out crowd mildly engaged, as Bayley had her toughest Title defense yet at the time, but eventually passed out in the Asuka Lock to lose her belt. Surely a surprise, we couldn’t imagine a Bayley loss to anybody else. We were even more stoked for the idea of a rematch, slated for TakeOver: The End, but the good news would end there, as evidenced from the opening segment where General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley wouldn’t be cleared to compete at TakeOver and thus, had to wait for her contractually obligated rematch (it’d be nice to see them acknowledge that on the main roster) so instead, we’d have a triple-threat #1 contender’s match with Nia Jax, Carmella and Alexa Bliss to determine who’d fight Asuka at TakeOver: The End. This had potential given the right winner. Not Jax, please not Jax. No, no.

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