Welcome to the first NXTTakeover of 2017 with it taking place in San Antonio. Despite having the likes of Finn Balor, Austin Aries, The Revival and Samoa Joe not on the card, NXT will deliver. We have all championships being defended on this special, which is headlined by Shinsuke Nakamura defending the NXT title against Bobby Roode. With so many rumors about some in NXT making it to the main roster, will any defect to Raw or Smackdown in the near future? Also, with Triple H saying he’s not happy with where NXT is at now, will that affect some of those names from jumping? Can this NXTTakeover live up to its expectations of past events?
We started the PPV off with Eric Young, leader of Sanity taking on Tye Dillinger, who’s arguably the most popular star in NXT. The weeks leading up to the event, Young has been trying to get Dillinger to join Sanity. Each time, Dillinger has declined the offer and usually received a beat down for it. The match started with Eric Young offering Dillinger his jacket to join one final time, but Dillinger took the jacket, threw it at Young and started unloading on him. They battled for a while until Young finally got the upper hand on him. Throughout the match, the rest of Sanity got involved one way or the other, but Dillinger kept fighting them off. In the end, Dillinger took out the two members of Sanity and tried to tight rope back in the ring, but Young caught him. Eric Young hit his finisher on Dillinger for the three count. Winner: Eric Young
Match Rating: 3/5- Pretty good match between these and I’m thinking Dillinger could possibly be a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble.
In this contest, we had Andrade Almas taking on Roderick Strong, who recently came over from Ring of Honor. This match was expected to be a hard-hitting and one with a lot of action. Guess what, it lived up to the hype as both men pulled out all stops for this match. There were several nearfalls throughout the match and the crowd was really behind Strong in this match. In the end, Roderick Strong hit the running kick to Almas to pick up the win. Winner: Roderick Strong
Match Rating: 3.25/5- Strong match between these two. My question is where both go from here as Almas has lost a lot of steam and Strong is moving up the card now. Will we see Strong challenge Kassius Ohno or be in the hunt for the NXT title?
This was a much-anticipated match for the NXT tag team championship. The undefeated Authors of Pain challenged the champs DIY, who won the title at the NXTTakeover: Canada event in November. It’s amazing how far the Authors of Pain have come since they debuted because they were really green. As far as this match, I think DIY could have a great tag match with anybody. This was a very exciting match and it’s crazy how much we talked about the power from the Authors of Pain, but Ciampa is really strong also. In one sequence during the match, he back suplexed both men back-to-back and the crowd ERUPTED!!! It seems like DIY would retain the titles when they locked in their submission moves of both men, but one of the overpowered Ciampa and slammed him onto Gargano. In the end, the Authors of Pain hit their finisher for the win. Winners and New NXT Tag Champs: The Authors of Pain
Match Rating: 4/5- Awesome match!!!
After coming back from break, Seth Rollins entered the ring and called out Triple H. As he attempted to hijack the show, Triple H appeared on top of the aisle and it seemed like we were about to have a fight. Triple H motioned for security to remove Rollins from the ring, but he took them out one by one. He left the ring heading towards Triple H, but more security arrived and held him back. The crowd was going crazy and this is starting to shape their proposed WrestleMania program.
We had the Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Women’s Championship. Asuka defended against Peyton Royce, Billie Kay and Nikki Cross, who all have been feuding for the past several weeks. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce have been causing havoc by beating down Asuka and Nikki Cross leading into this match. Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations coming into this match, but I was wrong. We all know that Asuka is one of the best female competitors in the world, but the other women brought it also. The match was hard hitting and the biggest moment came when Kay and Royce suplexed Cross from the announce table to another table. When they returned to the ring, they continued to beat-up Asuka. Asuka regained control by hitting those deadly kicks and the final one took out Royce for the win. Winner and Still NXT Women’s Champ: Asuka
Match Rating: 3.5/5
We finally arrived at the main event as Shinsuke Nakamura defended the NXT title against Bobby Roode. Nakamura became a 2-time champion not too long after defeating Samoa Joe in Japan. Bobby Roode has skyrocketed to the top ever since he debuted in NXT less than a year ago. As far as the match, they were playing mind games on each other for the first five minutes. When things got going, this match really took off and the crowd was chanting for both guys. This was a hard hitting match as expected and they both pulled out all the stops. Towards the end of the match, Nakamura hit Roode with a knee to the back of the head on the apron, but he hurt himself in the process. There were trainers and officials came down to the ring and tried to get Shinsuke to give up, but he refused. After a few minutes, he rolled in the ring and Roode hit him with his finisher, but Nakamura kicked out. After Nakamura applied a submission move on Roode, it seemed like he was going to retain, but his leg gave out. Roode hit applied a single leg lock on Nakamura, but he refused to give up and eventually Roode hit his finisher again for the win. Winner and New NXT World Champ: Bobby Roode
Match Rating: 4.25/5- Great match between these two with many questions. Is Nakamura legit injured or he’s really selling it? If it’s not legit, will he appear in the Royal Rumble? If he’s headed to the main roster, who’s the next in line to challenge Roode for the title?
Overall Rating: This was another great NXTTakeover special, but I think the last NXTTakeover was a little better, but no complaints. Below are my top 3 matches from NXTTakeover: San Antonio.
- Shinsuke Nakamura© vs. Bobby Roode
- DIY© vs. The Authors of Pain
- Asuka© vs. Peyton Royce vs. Billie Kay vs. Nikki Cross
What did you think about NXTTakeover: San Antonio? Did it live up to your expectations? What was your favorite match of the night? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback.