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Csonka’s NXT Takeover: R Evolution Review 12.11.14

December 12, 2014 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NXT Takeover: R Evolution Review 12.11.14  

Introduction
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.

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NXT Takeover: R Evolution Review 12.11.14


OFFICIAL RESULTS
– Kevin Owens defeated CJ Parker @ 3:14 via pin [**]
NXT Tag Team Title Match: The Lucha Dragons © defeated The Vaudevillains @ 6:40 via pin [**]
– Baron Corbin defeated Tye Dillinger @ 0:40 via pin [NR under three minutes long]
– Finn Balor and Hideo Itami defeated The Ascension @ 11:30 via pin [***¼]
NXT Women’s Title Match: Charlotte © defeated Sasha Banks @ 12:15 via pin [****]
NXT Title Match: Sami Zayn defeated Adrian Neville © to become the new champion @ 23:20 via pin [****¾]


Kevin Owens vs. CJ Parker: Kevin Owens is of course Kevin Steen of ROH and pretty much everywhere independent fame. CJ Parker is best described as an unmotivated Carlito. This was an overall strong debut for Owens, but I would have preferred that he dominated the match instead of going 50-50 with Parker. He ran wild early and the crowd was completely jazzed for his debut, making for a great environment. Parker got some taken offense and busted Owens’ nose (literally) with a palm strike. The thing was that the accidental blood added to the aura and real feel of the Owens character, leading to him destroying Parker to secure the debut victory. I loved the look, the entrance, the music, his style, it all tied together very well.

NXT Tag Team Title Match: The Lucha Dragons © vs. The Vaudevillains: This wasn’t bas so much as it felt as if it was missing a lot. Sin Cara looked slow and off his game, and since they worked the heat on him, he was in there forever. Secondly, this match simply had none of the juice that the opening match had. It got better when Kalisto got the hot tag, the pace picked up and the crowd was into it better, but overall it was a match. English shoved Gotch out of the way late and ate a double dive from the Dragons, but then Gotch got pinned moments later. It was fine, but it just lacked something. The NXT tag team division, as a whole, continues to lack overall.

Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger: Corbin won in under a minute as the crowd does the count along poorly gimmick. Bull Dempsey was at ringside, and clapped for Corbin and they had a stare down. They’ve been doing an “anything you can do I can do better” feud on TV, and this continued that here.

Finn Balor and Hideo Itami vs. The Ascension: So just give Finn Balor all of the fucking entrances in wrestling, because that man stole the show before the match even started. Beyond breaking out the body paint, he has a very elaborately produced entrance that was just awesome. This feud started all the way back at the last NXT special, when Hideo Itami debuted and instantly had a brawl with The Ascension, who had lost the tag titles that night. Slow beginning portion of the match, I was getting worried because it just felt long and I was starting to lose interest on the overly long (or so it felt) heat on Itami. Balor got the hot tag and the script flipped, and this got really good with the offense clicking better and some very good near falls. They did a spectacular tease of Itami doing the GTS late, the crowd bought it big time. The double top rope double stomps won it for Itami and Balor. No disrespect to Itami, but Balor came off (in performance and in crowd reaction) as the real star of this whole thing. If you know anything about Balor, you know that he can go big time and work with anyone, WWE has something there if they want it.

NXT Women’s Title Match: Charlotte © vs. Sasha Banks: Charlotte and Sasha were previously BFFs, until Charlotte started to show respect for Bayley Sasha would have no part of that. Once again the presentation of the women’s product between NXT and the main roster is night and day, with NXT continuing to get it right. The match is presented as an actual battle for a title that both competitors want. They worked hard, they put together a good match and they were able to keep the crowd emotionally invested because they are given the proper formula to do so. They had a great back and forth match, with Banks providing (in my opinion) her best in ring sampling to date. I had liked a lot of what she had to offer previously, but she stepped up here. Both ladies did an excellent job playing their roles, which could have been difficult due to the size difference and Charlotte appearing to be more natural for the heel role. But the way Banks continually acting entitled and that she was more important than she is allowed the dynamic to play out correctly. It’s so insanely frustrating watching the NXT product do the ladies so right, while the main product refuses to change with the times. Charlotte continues to prove that she is a star, and Banks had a star making night here.

NXT Title Match: Adrian Neville © vs. Sami Zayn: The crowd was wild to begin, and Zayn was all apmed up, so Neville immediately slowed things down and grounded Zayn. Neville couldn’t keep Zayn down, which led to a lot of countering and the whole they know each other extremely well deal. They work so well together, and at times the things they did came off as completely effortless. They did this mini-ref bump spot, where they teased that once again Zayn’s compassion would cost him, but he managed to survive a superkick and reverse RANA to the delight of the crowd. Zayn later ran wild, and Neville pulled the ref into the way as Zayn landed the HELLUVA kick, because he’s stated that he will do anything to win. Neville tried to use the title, got stopped and then Zayn had the big moral dilemma whether or not to use the title. Zayn would refuse, survive a roll up and hit the HELLUVA kick and that was enough to win the title. Sami Zayn is babyface fire, the guy is so good and just gets better. The fact that he treated this win meant something but also that the title meant everything sold it. This was just an awesome match, from the story going in to the story they told, the pacing and the overall in ring work and yes the ref bumps, this all worked to get the goal, which was Zayn with the title. They told the story; they completed the journey and delivered excellent wrestling. This is a true MOTY candidate.

* Post match they did the big post match celebration with Zayn on the shoulders of the guys, and of course this…

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ALL THE FUCKIN FEELS

* BUT WAIT! Kevin Owens then attacked Zayn as they were leaving and killed him with a powerbomb on the fucking apron! Beautiful.

* End scene.

* Thanks for reading.

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“Byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye Felicia!”

8.5
The final score: review Very Good
The 411
This show was awesome overall. The Owens in ring debut was solid, but the crowd reacted well and he came off as an important new figure for NXT. The tag team title match was perfectly fine, while Corbin won another squash and teased his big clash with Bull Dempsey. Finn Balor and Hideo Itami defeated The Ascension ended up being a good match, and a star-making vehicle for Balor to new fans. If you know the guy you already knew what he could do, but he looked like a star in front of a whole new audience tonight. Charlotte vs. Banks was a great piece of business, and not a “good women’s wrestling match,” this was a damn good wrestling match. The ladies continue to get the chance to be taken seriously and the chances to succeed, and they continue to deliver time in and out on these specials.

The main event and was quite the piece of professional wrestling. As I said above, the main event clicked from the journey, to the story they told to the in ring work, it was damn near perfect and is the kind of thing that makes you love wrestling. They made the journey important, they made the title win important and then after all the feels were had, they fucked you and took it away to set up the next program.

NXT continues to be a good and enjoyable product, especially when it comes to these specials. In ways this show felt like a NJPW show, a solid and entertaining first half, with the big hitters and quality carrying the second half and doing a damn good job of it. Go watch this show now, it’s easily in the top 20 major shows I have watched this year.

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  • Kyle Rusconi

    NXT is what a wrestling show should be. It gives everyone on its roster a role and a distinctive character. Their shows are sequential; they have a beginning, middle and an end to them. Things do not happen for the sake of it. The angles/storylines progress and build to a climax. The creative team also pays attention to details. And most of all, they build the entire product around the in-ring product. Yup, the wrestling on a wrestling show is the actual focal point. Go figure.

    • Rocky4228

      The word you’re looking for is continuity. 🙂

  • Kevin

    I wish there were a way to start a “Are you watching this, Vince?” chant.

    • SomeCretin

      Triple H probably does this constantly. He even made reference to Vince’s “brass rings” comment, saying pretty much everyone at NXT grabbed one tonight.

      Not the biggest fan of HHH, but he does genuinely care about NXT.

      • Ice Dagger

        Proud Daddy HHH is my favourite Triple H.

  • i8mypants

    they let him bust out the paint…awesome!

    kinda wish i had access to NXT.

    • Blue Arrow

      Honestly the weekly NXT show is worth the $9.99 price point (apologies if you live in an area without the network).

      • i8mypants

        i have access, but i’m being stubborn and refusing to give the WWE any of my money until they get their shit together.

        • The Saint

          In that case, get the network and only watch NXT and stop watching Raw and Smackdown. You are then showing your support to NXT and letting WWE it’s the only show that’s good.

        • Fan since 97

          They have their shot together with nxt.Its understandable with the current product.

        • Ace

          watch wrestling dot ch

          • Erh

            Tried watching and it was actually a mistitled episode of Impact. The bastards tricked me.

    • Fan since 97

      9.99

    • Ice Dagger

      …there are methods: just gotta FIGHT your way to downloads of it, dig it BB…y?

  • Joseph Lee

    Come on Csonka, don’t be that guy. GO THE FULL MONTY FOR ZAYN/NEVILLE.

    • Austin Powers

      *****

    • Fan since 97

      I thought so too.Easily 5 stars from me.

      • Drayal

        I think it’s the stuff with the ref that kept that last 1/4 star off. It did for me, at least. Nothing wrong with ****3/4, though. It’s easily a front-runner in MOTY.

    • koberulz

      I didn’t really like the way they handled the “Sami’s too nice to win” thing. He just happened to win anyway, rather than smartening up or something. So the major plot they’ve built for the match went nowhere.

      • Joseph Lee

        I believe the point of it was that he didn’t have to cheat to win after all and proved his critics wrong.

        • koberulz

          He wouldn’t necessarily have had to cheat, but he checked on the ref a couple of times and almost got beat, managing to kick out this time because…he got lucky, I guess? There was never a feeling that this time was any different than all the other times, so why has he previously lost so often?

          Even just foiling Neville’s cheating in a way that differed from how he’d have defended himself if the ref were conscious (so kicking him in the face to stop the belt shot doesn’t count) would’ve sufficed.

    • Aoqaz’u

      Come on, Neville/Zayn BROKE the snowflake meter. It deserves ******3/4

  • Rob

    For all the hell people give Triple H, have to give the man credit for helping to set up what is probably the show of the year.

    • Fan since 97

      The. He went on twitter and said that he is outbid brass rings.It was glorious.

    • Scott

      I still wonder how much input he has on booking, etc

      • Ice Dagger

        He is basically an executive producer who gives the final say.

      • From what I heard it’s just him and one of the writers from Smackdown that does all the bookings for all NXT shows.

      • Maravilloso

        A lot. Just because he is Triple H doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get credit for anything.

        • Michael Frias

          From everything I read, HHH is pretty much the Vince of NXT. There’s other writers/bookers, but he makes the final decisions.
          I honestly think the main difference is that none of the guys in NXT have worked with/against any of the main roster guys, at least not on the main stage, so there really isn’t any ego bruising when it comes to figuring out who’s winning/losing or getting the push. Plus, for better or worse, HHH doesn’t have “buddies” he’s looking to protect.

          • Drayal

            He’s doing a bang-up job.

        • Fan since 97

          Which is usually the case.I have been evading that DX wasn’t important for mo the now and wondering when did that part of Hhh hate start?

  • RipStamps

    Freaking incredible show. It made me feel feelings as a wrestling fan that I havnt had for quite some time.

    • Fan since 97

      It really was an emotional roller coaster ride.

  • Don

    That heel turn from Owens was awesome and it made sense, actually. In his vignettes, he was talking about how others (including Zayn) got to WWE before him and with the turn, you now have the backstabbing,jealous best friend ready to destroy his former friend,who’s now NXT’s biggest and beloved star. He also said that he had to support his family and that there was no “Plan B” so to ensure a safe spot on the roster, he has to take out the NXT champion…who happens to be his longtime friend. This should make for some great promo work within the upcoming months and it’d be amazing if we got Owens vs. Zayn in an ladder match for the title in a future network special (due to their history with that particular match).

    • koberulz

      Do they actually have a particularly notable history with ladder matches? They had a couple of good ones that I know of (Steen Wolf, Final Battle 2012), but I don’t get the impression it was central to the feud or anything.

      In saying that, my entire knowledge of it comes from Steen’s two ROH DVDs, so I could be wrong.

      • Chris StOnge

        Yeah, man. Steen v. Generico ended in a Ladder War. Not to mention Ladder War w/ The Briscoes which was sweet…

        • Tiger La Liberty

          Ladder wars with the Briscoe brothers was one of the best match’s of all time.

      • Ripner Cabbit

        There ROH & PWG feuds both ended with ladder matches

  • Pete_k104

    That show was incredible. I ordered the wwe network two days ago just so I could see this show because I knew it’d be something special.
    No words can describe how awesome that show was.

    • Fan since 97

      Go back and wacth all of the shows this month.Not a bad ppv from nxt this year.Make sure to catch tlc Sunday as well.

      • Pete_k104

        I watch Nxt every week. We get the weekly shows on tv here in Australia. It’s must see tv

  • mikecheck

    been saying it, WWE needs to cut down on the PPVs. i think the length of time inbetween the specials makes NXT even better. now with PPV’s being a thing of the past with the network, keep your 4 or 5 big “PPVs” and make them special. the week to week booking needs to stop the NXT formula WORKS

    • Lonestarr033

      It’s just Not going to happen, especially now that they are on the network, not having a pay per view on the network every month is going to hurt the ability to get new subscribers.

      WWE main programming is about making as much money as they can, no matter how bad the wrestling and no matter how dead the crowds are. NXT does not have that objective or pressure to generate as much revenue as their flagship programming and main roster has, so of course NXT can put wrestling first. NXT can give the hardcore wrestling fans what they want.

      • Ice Dagger

        You know what’s a good way to make money? Put out a quality product.

        And it’s not just those “hardcore” fans who perceive NXT as a superior product.

        • Drayal

          NXT is the best thing on the Network hands down. If I were paying $9.99 a month just for NXT, I’d be happy to do so.

        • Fan since 97

          It’s pretty much everybody.I went to Facebook and Twitter and the show was getting praises from everybody.These are the ppl that hate everything and they loved it.

        • Lonestarr033

          The “Put out a quality product” statement everyone in the IWC makes is just lazy, you have to do more. some of the best wrestling shows in the history of wwe and wcw drew low buyrates, history has even shown that some of the highest quality programs get cancelled due to no one watching, There’s a lot of quality out there, and Some of the highest rated shows are awful from top to bottom. You need to do more than that, you need to create a MUST SEE aura for people to go out of their way to come watch you. Most of WWE is not must see, but better matches isn’t going to be what changes that.

          • Ice Dagger

            Well, laterally, wouldn’t a better quality product BE more of a must-see program?

          • Lonestarr033

            I hear if you ask that question in Hollywood, they will laugh all the way to the bank.

          • Ice Dagger

            Too bad that WWE isn’t Hollywood no matter how much Vince pretends otherwise.

    • The Saint

      Like how TNA did and everyone said it was the worse thing they did?

      • Fan since 97

        Sad but true.

      • mikecheck

        thats because it was TNA, and the majority of the ICW are WWE slappies slapnuts

      • koberulz

        When did TNA do that? They decreased their actual PPVs, but they just turned one TV episode a month into a PPV and kept the three-week builds.

    • Fan since 97

      Yeah if they spent time and built ppvs every 3-4 months the macthes would mean more honestly.

  • Jericho Ricardi

    I loved that they did the spot from Steen/Generico match at Final Battle. Steen brought a chair in, Generico got ahold of it. Generico got conflicted about whether or not to break his own moral code and use the chair on Steen. Given how vile Steen was, a pained Generico rose above his own kindness and plastered Steen for the win.

    Tonight, they re-did the spot with the title belt instead of a chair, a crowd chanting “NO”, and Zayn deciding that he wasn’t going to win that way. It was a very different outcome, but the same spot overall.

    MOTY, seriously.

    • Fan since 97

      It def is.Excelent macth.Nights like tonight is why I love wrestling.

    • While a great comparison, there’s also that same moment when Roddy Piper wanted to use the ring bell on Bret Hart during WM8. Piper was a good guy now and struggled with the temptation of using the bell when he had the opportunity.

      • Team J-Rod

        “WHAT THE HELL, USE THE BELL!!” – Brain

    • doctorburningfire

      Thanks for that cool bit of history. I loved Zayn holding the belt and then yelling “F#%& THAT!” and not using it. He has more emotion than anyone I’ve seen in ages, and I was right there with the crowd telling him not to use it. Zayn is one of the best in the world.

  • Bung MC

    My Inner Smark melded with my inner child and they both LOVED this show. Best of the year!

  • gregory dugan

    it’s pretty frustrating knowing wwe can put on such a great product if they chose to and they dont its like wrestling makes wrestling great not guest hosts or fake rigged award shows but seeing one fellow or lady defeat the other

    • Fan since 97

      Vince’s vision is not what’s best for business.

  • Chris Eccles

    Can’t wait to watch this show after work. Sounds unreal!
    Saw Finn’s entrance on wwe.com….I like him, but I do think he needs a less is more approach with his entrances. Love the face paint but the poses he does look bait too much.

    And so far, Hideo hasn’t nearly impressed me as much as I thought he would. From seeing some of his stuff in Japan, he seems like a totally different dude.

    I’m kind of wondering what happens to Neville now too….past NXT champs have moved to the main roster after dropping the title. It doesn’t look like they’ll be a rematch for him now that Owens has took Zayn out….It’ll be interesting to see. I hope he does though, I can’t wait to see Neville face some of the main roster.

    • doctorburningfire

      I’m hoping to see Neville stand up for Zayn and challenge Owens before he leaves. Now that the former two have patched things up, it’d make sense for Neville to put out the challenge, both as a friend and as one who now fully respects Zayn. Plus, if Owens mauled the former champ to send him to the main roster, it’d make Owens look that much more monstrous.

  • CS 22

    Loved the show in its entirety. And just my personal opinion, but I feel that Balor sticks out more than any other wrestler NXT has right now. He has that Jeff Hardy quality of making himself look larger than life. Not discounting the others of course.

    • THE Flying Elvis

      In my opinion, the way the crowd reacted to Owens and the intensity that he showed in his match along with the passion that he showed when hugging and celebrating with Zayn (he was even crying during their hugfest) and the way he flipped the switch and showed the fire and viciousness during the turn made him a bit more interesting. I’ve followed Steen for years and know what he’s made of and this made me want to see even more of what “Kevin Owens” is about. I could only imagine what the casual fan thought, especially after the apron powerbomb which is something that they probably never seen before.

      • CS 22

        As someone that saw him for the first time, I was definitely hooked. And to be honest, when he turned heel at the end of the show, it really felt like he was in his element.

        • Fan since 97

          Me too Harvard great things about the guy but after seeing him tonight.The guy is clearly money.

    • Fan since 97

      He really is unlike anything else in the company imo.He has became my favorite charater in nxt recently.

      • CS 22

        Mine too. Just a hunch, but I think Vince will want to call him up on the main roster fairly soon.

        • Fan since 97

          Him and Neville will be on tv soon IMO.

          • CS 22

            WWE tends to hold back on introducing new talents when Wrestlemania season begins. Hopefully that won’t be the case. The main roster could do with some new blood. Neville and the Ascension should be introduced straight away. Balor might be stay at NXT for another 6 months or so.

    • Scott

      I can see that, they have a similar weird magnetism

    • Ice Dagger

      Just imagine what he’s going to be like when he cuts to cut loose as a heel…

      • CS 22

        Looks like he could go either way, but yeah, he should be a badass heel. As long as, you know, Creative knows what to do with him. A big if these days.

        • Video Beagle

          The Third Dust Brother!

        • Ice Dagger

          I’m not sure that “badass” is quite the right way for him to be a heel, he was great as a braggadocio little snot in Bullet Club…

  • THE Flying Elvis

    I wonder how many main roster guys are dying to be demoted to NXT where the can show their true talent and perform at the best of their abilities vs the number of NXT guys who are dying to get ro the main roster where they can have their characters altered, wrestle 3 minute matches, and be placed in go nowhere feuds before appearing exclusively on Main Event and Superstars.

    The crazy thing is that WWE has enough talent to put on these type of shows across the board on Raw, Smackdown, and PPV. I honestly think that the whole point of NXT is to shut the internet fans up and to please the IWC by giving us what we want on the network (since we are the only ones really willing to pay for it) but they have no intentions of EVER placing this kind of product or booking on the main shows. That way they can have all of their bases covered and be able to say that they provide a little something for everyone, which I don’t really have a problem with.

    On the flip side, the booking of guys like Rollins, Ambrose, Rusev, Ryback, and now Harper, Rowan, and, Bray gives me hope for some of the NXT guys like Zayn, Neville, Ballor, and Owens. I mean they have placed these guys on a pedestal and hyped them up like no one ever in the history of the company upon their arrival. To mix those guys in with the main roster guys that I named above, along with guys like Ziggler, Orton, Kofi, Cesaro, Bryan, and even Cena, and WWE could be set for the next 10 years at least.

    • Jay El Bee

      How many main roster guys are dying to be demoted to NXT, I’m guessing the answer would be zero. How many NXT guys are dying to get to main roster, I’m guessing the answer would be all of them. There’s a reason why guys like Balor & Itami supposedly have it in there contract that they only have to spend so much time in NXT, because nobody wants to be in NXT when they can to be in the WWE.

  • Fan since 97

    Excellent show IMO.I love nxt specials.They are always worth the 9.99 I pay each month.Hell They are worth more.

  • Aarvee Ram

    Balor’s entrance was one of the coolest in recent times.

  • Scott

    Chills! Owens’ whole match, Finn’s entrance, Kalisto, Zayn …chills …but, man I hate the Lucha Dragon’s theme music.

  • Scott

    CJ Parker was Pamela Anderson’s name on Baywatch, is it some inside joke I don’t get?

    • Team J-Rod

      Kevin Owens was also the name of a character on Mr. Belvedere.

  • Scott

    Owens looks so weirdly familiar.

  • Scott

    Baron Corbin has some dead, dead eyes

  • Scott

    Well, so long Bull. It’s been …well not fun, but …bye. Owens is here now and you have become exposed and redundant in your current gimmick

    • Ice Dagger

      If it weren’t for the immediate Owens turn, would’ve been down for a match between the two…

    • Team J-Rod

      Don’t let the screen door hit ya in the ass on the way out, Dempsey…btw, if they really didn’t want him to look some random fat ordinary slob you’d see in the audience, they shouldn’t have put him in the crowd amongat very similar looking folk..

    • Fan since 97

      Yeah Corbin had already took his spot and now he doesn’t stand a chance IMO.

  • Scott

    SNOWFLAKES EVERYWHERE!

    • You’re spamming everywhere again Mr Scott. Lol

      • Scott

        It was a great show, I’m excited

        • Lol. Fair enough. Loved it too!

        • Fan since 97

          Nxt is most consistent show in wrestling IMO.

  • Scott

    Only downside of this show for me is that they continue to waste Dillinger

  • Ace

    I just finished watching this. Steen/Owens is my favourite wrestler anyways but holy mother of god What a show. Maybe the best Womens match i have ever witnessed and a true MOTY candidate from the ladies!!!,. Then Zayn/Neville, Zayn maybe the best I have seen with working the crowd. Unreal, i wanted to cry the crowd did everyone did. I’m not sure i’ve marked out like that since Bryan beat Cena. Fantastic stuff.

    Imagine if NXT was actually TNA the last 10 years, we would have maybe had some real competition, the best 2 hrs wwe have produced in years. Loved the eddie/benoit ending with the hug and then i was thinking they are gonna do the heel turn, i kinda gave up on the idea looked away and then Out of Nowhere, it happened. So so so good. This is Pro Wrestling not Sports Entertainment and this is what we want. As much as HHH has got given shit over the punk thing, give this man the book and retire now vince and take kevin dunn with you. This is Wrestling and That was awesome. Its christmas Snowflakes for everyone!!!

    • Scott

      Zayn is Ricky Morton or Ricky Steamboat (maybe Dreamer?) for the future, he’s got so much babyface charisma it’s just insane

      • Ace

        100% With you Dreamer and Steamboat. Absoloutely bang on. He has exactly the same love from the crowd as Tommy did in ECW and works matches just like Steamboat which gets you emotionaly invested. Great shout.

        • Scott

          Stroke me a clipper

          • Ace

            I’ll be back for christmas

          • dj_bollocks

            Poke me a stripper…

      • **Inzayn

        • Stop giving Michael Cole ideas.

  • Wait, wouldn’t an “unmotivated Carlito” simply be Carlito?

    • Cathulhu Pope

      That’s what I thought. Seems a little redundant.

  • I hope the year in review gives serious consideration to naming Zayn the Wrestler of the Year. And that Ladies Match, while not a MOTY, it deserves to be listed with them.

    One of the best wrestling shows I’ve watched since the two ONS

    • Ice Dagger

      On the other side I’d like to nominate Neville, who basically never had a bad match as NXT Champion.

      • $47546490

        And, of course, we can’t forget the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton! 😀

        • ACynicalBastard

          I can.

        • Fan since 97

          Classic.

        • Ice Dagger

          I find it rather easy to do so, actually…certainly haven’t missed him these past few months.

          (Then again, it must be a testament to how the WWE structures its programming that I’ve had the same “problem” with Reigns lately and Cena in the past…)

      • Fan since 97

        He hardly ever has a bad macth period IMO on nxt.

  • Cathulhu Pope

    A million snowflakes for Balor’s entrance.

  • Sami Zayn have been gold in all of these NXT live specials. Which makes him even more deserving being voted as NXT Wrestler of the Year in the Slammys this year.

  • Tiger La Liberty

    Is it just me or was Charlotte vs. Sasha an awesome wrestling match?

    • Drayal

      The shame of it is that Paige, AJ, Emma and probably a few others on Raw and SmackDown are capable of this…yet you’ll never see it on one of those shows. Maybe the women should stay in NXT where they can keep having these kinds of matches.

  • El Critico Molesto

    The storytelling alone in Zayn/Neville was 5 star worthy

  • dj_bollocks

    So when do the NXT start writing Raw & Smackdown then please ? Let’s say, beginning of 2015 ?

    • Benjamin J

      Even if they did, they’d still be subject to Vince and Dunn’s routine double fisting of creativity.

      • Nathan Justice

        i was watching some shoot interview. Can’t remember who it was. They said that Vince knew zilch about wrestling and that basically everything that was booked well was by Pat Patterson

        • Fan since 97

          Usually is he booked a lot of macthes back in the day and they were usually great.

      • dj_bollocks

        I sense that might be a quadruple fisting… That’s an image I’m sadly not getting out my head for a while…

  • Ryan

    NXT knocked this one right out of the park. Awesome show punctuated by the title win by Sami. Finally, he proved he can win the big one, and to add more intrigue to it, it appears as if he has his next feud waiting for him with a guy he has a lot of previous experience facing off with and teaming up with.

    Sasha and Charlotte was a good reason why I and others I have seen saying that women’s wrestling has a ray of light and hope with them two and the likes of Bayley and Becky Lynch. Just an incredible match between two girls who have been both friend and foe.

    Both the tag matches were good to great (the Ascension and Balor-Itami match being the better of the two), and the Owens-Parker and Corbin-Tye match were there for to serve their purpose. Still waiting for the inevitable Dempsey-Corbin match.

    All in all, probably their best show since the original Takeover back in May.

  • katamari damacy

    Why do they keep teasing the Go 2 Sleep from Itami? We have internet (that’s the only way to get NXT). We KNOW it’s his finisher. Why not go with it instead of the double stomp

  • ENVYotb73

    Wow..its been so long that a forgot that tingly sensation of excitement a wrestling show vould give me. I loved this show! It absolutely kills me that they are capable of doing it right yet continue to drop the ball on the main product.

    If only Vince could get past “pro wrestling” as a dirty word, he might remember what brought them to the dance and that the best live story telling is done in the ring. Thank god for NXT!

  • RatedRKO7210

    I was seriously disappointed by the lack of Tyler Breeze, but overall great show!