Adrian Neville, Baron Corbin, Bull Dempsey, Charlotte Flair, CJ Parker, Dean Muhtadi, Enzo Amore, Hideo Itami, Kalisto, Kenta, Mojo Rawley, NXT, NXT Takeover Fatal 4 Way, Red Arrow, Ric Flair, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Sylvester Lefort, The Ascension, The Lucha Dragons, Tyler Breeze, Tyson Kidd, WWE, WWE NXT
NXT is worth the $9.99 a month alone one fan tweeted out during the show and I have to agree with them. In an epic first match to open up the show The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara & Kalisto) pulled off the unthinkable defeating the longest reigning WWE NXT Tag Champions in The Ascension with their speed and high flying capabilities. Some of the matches in the night were real quick only last five minutes or less and the debut of Baron Corbin was no different seeing that ended in 15 seconds as he defeated CJ Parker. The next match that lasted all of five minutes or so was the Hair vs Hair match between Enzo Amore and Sylvester Lafort that saw Lafort dominate most of the match until Enzo got the roll up and a handful of tights for the win. Lafort didn’t stick around to get his head shaved, but his partner did and it was hideous when we finally saw it later on. After that, we had another short match between Bull Dempsey and Mojo Rawley (former NFL player Dean Muhtadi) that saw Dempsey dominate a brawl that wasn’t really wrestling. Dempsey ended the match hitting a flying headbutt reminiscent of the late Chris Benoit. One great moment in the beginning was the unveiling of Kenta who was changing his name to Hideo Itami to honor someone close to him. The Ascension tried to attack him in an attempt to demand a rematch, but Hideo one upped them.
The real meat and potatoes of the NXT Takeover Fatal 4 Way was the last two championship matches that first saw Charlotte defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Bayley and Adrian Neville defend his NXT Championship against Tyson Kidd, Sami Zayn, and Tyler Breeze. Bayley is NXT’s new Emma with Bayley being goofy and having a fun ring entrance taking on Charlotte who is the daughter of one of Wrestling’s greats in Ric Flair. The match was one of the most incredible women’s wrestling matches that I have seen in a very long time. Charlotte dominated most of the match giving Bayley everything she had that included some incredible wear down moves like the figure four head lock. Charlotte eventually hit her finisher the natural selection for the win.
In the NXT Championship match, Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze had the right idea of teaming up and dominating their opponents until Breeze tried to cover one of them and the alliance ended. For the most part, Tyson Kidd dominated the match isolating Sami Zayn in the ring and keeping everyone else out, but no matter what he tried he couldn’t get the win. At one point in the match, Kidd and Breeze were about to deliver a double super-plex from the top rope to Neville when Zayn came in and power-bombed them with Neville hitting the mat as well. At one point, it looked lie Zayn was about to win the match, but Neville stepped in and pulled the referee out of the ring. He would deliver a super-kick to Zayn and he would hit his Red Arrow finisher on Tyson Kidd for the 1-2-3. This was wrestling people and I have to agree that the most exciting wrestling in the WWE is in NXT. I am going to give this event an A- for a final grade based on those two matches and the tag title match. Check out some photos from the event below: