NXT had their first two-night TakeOver occasion and kicked issues off with a pair of title matches for Night One on USA Network earlier than the occasion shifts to the WWE’s new residence on Peacock for Night Two.
Night One was a strong show of motion as two new champions have been topped and we came upon who Johnny Gargano would defend his NXT North American title towards on Night Two.
Here’s the way it all went down.
Pete Dunne def. Kushida
There was no motive for this match to occur however no person must care about that. Wrestling is what NXT does rather well and there aren’t too many extra intriguing choices than having Kushida and Dunne give us a wrestling clinic. In the early going, it was Pete Dunne who was out-Kushida-ing (sure, I made that up) Kushida by stringing collectively submissions and out grappling the previous NJPW standout. It needs to be mentioned simply how unbelievable Dunne has appeared because the pandemic. He’s slimmed down significantly and appears to be like each little bit of the ring tactician that he is made himself out to be. As for Kushida, he is at all times been nice however he feels type of caught in the midst of a really loaded roster.
Nevertheless, Kushida labored his means again right into a match and sank in an attractive hoverboard lock off the highest rope that Dunne barely managed to flee from. But Dunne ultimately broke Kushida down along with his finger manipulation, stomped the hell out of Kushida’s arms, landed his Bitter End end and obtained the pin. It wasn’t a traditional but it surely was a unbelievable opener to heat the gang up.
Bronson Reed wins Gauntlet Eliminator for an NXT North American Championship alternative
It’s onerous to be invested in a match to see who will problem Johnny Gargano when no person exterior of Dexter Lumis has had an angle. For no matter motive, they determined to go along with Bronson Reed, who has no historical past with Gargano in NXT’s largest present of the 12 months.
The match itself was tremendous however by no means actually gave us the all-out motion that we have come to count on with NXT. And as soon as Lumis was eradicated, it was a wrestle for anybody to be invested within the winner.
Swerve Scott and Leon Ruff had some nice exchanges early till Bronson Reed entered and used his dimension to bully his opponents. Reed showcased his power however pulling off a German suplex concurrently on Scott and Ruff. Cameron Grimes and his unbelievable millionaire gimmick entered subsequent. He tried to repay Scott to work collectively in an effort to get rid of Reed and Ruff. Ruff would find yourself being eradicated by Scott as Dexter Lumis entered subsequent adopted by LA Knight. Surprisingly, LA Knight and Grimes joined forces to get rid of Lumis. Reed then removed LA Knight. Reed, Grimes and Scott had a pleasant sequence till Scott eradicated Grimes. With Reed and Scott left, we had a good sequence with an virtually nauseating collection of close to falls till Reed hit the massive splash off the highest rope to complete the job.
Unfortunately, this match felt like filler for an pointless two-night present. Reed and Gargano may definitely ship but it surely simply would not really feel like a match constructed for the largest TakeOver of the 12 months.
WALTER def. Tommaso Ciampa to retain NXT United Kingdom Champion
This was a tough match to get invested in contemplating that Ciampa will get a title shot with little momentum towards one of the vital dominant champions in WWE.
These two labored onerous however Ciampa obtained in a major quantity of offense. Maybe an excessive amount of.
The story right here was WALTER injuring his proper hand and being unable to make use of his debilitating chops to take out Ciampa. It led to a aggressive match the place WALTER was hampered by the injured hand. The work was strong however the end was by no means doubtful. It was form of inexplicable to see Ciampa no promote WALTER throughout spots within the match contemplating that the champion has been a dominant pressure for practically two years. But if we’re to assume that we’re getting the Ciampa from a number of years in the past when he was the NXT champion, perhaps it makes extra sense.
Once WALTER kicked out of the Widow’s Bell the match hit one other gear. Another close to fall from an Air Raid off the second rope produced one other close to fall. Some brutal chops from Ciampa adopted however WALTER used his left hand to cut his opponent. A pair of powerbombs from WALTER could not seal the deal as Ciampa continued to kick out. It wasn’t till a sleeper suplex was adopted by a chop that WALTER obtained the job carried out.
This one is hard to grade as a result of no person thought Ciampa had an opportunity to win. The work was strong however we simply did not get an angle the place we may assume that the NXT UK championship would change arms. It could be nice to see WALTER in there towards probably the greatest abilities in NXT and hopefully, that may occur earlier than later.
MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans & Legado del Fantasma for the NXT Tag Team Championship
We knew that this match was going to be enjoyable the second it was booked. MSK, Legado del Fantasma and Grizzled Young Veterans are the proper groups to reboot a division that has been a bit stagnant over the previous few months.
The motion was quick and livid from the opening bell with everybody getting their time to shine. Trying to run down the motion would do the match a disservice. Just know that the pacing was absurd with various breathtaking strikes.
After Legado del Fantasma was taken out, MSK and Grizzled Young Veterans battled it out in a revisit of their Dusty Rhodes Classic finale. MSK obtained the higher hand and landed their finisher to be topped as the brand new NXT tag crew champions. Go out of your technique to watch this match.
Raquel González def. Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship
It’s the daybreak of a brand new period within the NXT ladies’s division.
Raquel González took every little thing that Io Shirai had, together with a fully bonkers dive from the highest of the stage, to choose up the victory in what was simply the perfect match of Gonzalez’s profession.
It’s additionally a testomony to only how phenomenal Shirai has been. One has to surprise if she is now moved to Raw or SmackDown, which feels a bit crowded in the meanwhile.
It was the athleticism of Shirai vs. the ability of González and the 2 performed off one another brilliantly. González is not practically as skilled as Shirai however her energy made every little thing appear plausible as Shirai did her greatest to keep away from her. It was a superb show of violent ballet by Shirai as she discovered methods to outmaneuver her powerhouse opponent and achieve the higher hand.
But this was all in regards to the crowning of González and Shirai gave her every little thing she wanted to start out her journey as champion.
One explicit sequence noticed Shirai hit the moonsault to González on the skin and crush her with a operating knee strike. Shirai then climbed to the highest of the stage and dived onto González that drew an audible gasp from the gang as the 2 hit the bottom onerous.
Shirai would hit her trademark moonsault again within the ring however González kicked out. It was the primary time that any of Shirai’s opponents have kicked out of the moonsault.
González then nailed Shirai with the powerbomb on the skin, rolled her again in and crushed her with a lariat. Another one-armed powerbomb adopted and González pinned Shirai to change into the brand new NXT ladies’s champion.
Nobody is certain if González can maintain this division down. But the identical could possibly be mentioned for Shayna Baszler, who had a dominant reign and received individuals over with an identical model that relied closely on violence. One factor to concentrate to is how Dakota Kai settles into González’s shadow.