Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

The WWE had the wrestling world buzzing for the weekend. On Friday night, they debuted their Thunderdome concept on SmackDown Live. The Thunderdome concept was a big hit for me and it was highlighted by Jeff Hardy capturing his 5th Intercontinental Championship. Tonight, the WWE has a stacked card for the 2020 edition of Summerslam. Last night was the 30th edition of NXTTakeover and it was highlighted by Keith Lee defending the NXT championship against Karrion Kross. NXTTakeover: XXX had stacked card itself, but with no crowd my expectations weren’t too high. Io Shairi defended the NXT Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai. In a ladder match, Damian Priest, Cameron Grimes, Bronson Reed, Johnny Gargano, and Velveteen Dream battled. Let’s see how things turned out with the NXTTakeover: XXX special.

 

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

We kicked things off with Finn Balor taking on Timothy Thatcher. This match came about when Thatcher cost Balor his chance at the North American championship opportunity against Velveteen Dream. If you’re someone that loves grappling and technical stuff, this one was for you. Timothy Thatcher is a throwback and he worked on the arm of Finn Balor throughout the match. Balor used his speed and high flying to slow down the big man. Unfortunately, it seemed like Thatcher had a counter for everything Balor threw at him. In the end, Balor came away with the win after the Coup de Grace and hitting the 1916. Winner: Finn Balor

Match Rating: 3/5

 

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

Here we had the ladder match to determine the new North American Champion that Keith Lee vacated. Coming into this match, Cameron Grimes and Damian Priest were my favorites to walk away new champ. The match itself was crazy with some crazy spots. There were two that really stood out with one from Bronson Reed and Candice LeRae diving from top of the ladder. The other saw Velveteen Dream take a crazy bump from the top of the ladder onto the outside. All of the competitors had opportunities to grab the title, but Damian Priest was finally able to secure the belt. Winner and New North American Champ: Damian Priest

Match Rating: 4.25/5- Great match and the right guy won the match. Cameron Grimes was the other pick and they could feud for the championship. I’d like to see Grimes eventually capture the title and Priest head to the main roster when they have the WWE Draft. Triple H normally takes pictures with the new champ and he done it with Priest in a hot tub with champagne and women.

 

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

We had the much anticipated battle between Adam Cole and Pat McAfee. As we all know, this feud started when Cole and McAfee got into it on Pat’s podcast. McAfee showed up in NXT and kicked Cole, which set up the match between the two. Coming into this match, we didn’t know what to expect from Pat McAfee. In this match, McAfee pretty much impressed everyone with his ability and athleticism. McAfee did the crazy dive from the top rope to the outside. He also displayed a nice backflip from the top rope also. Cole and McAfee put together a nice match, but Cole won with the Panama Sunrise. Winner: Adam Cole

Match Rating: 3.5/5- Really impressed with McAfee and would like to see him in some way in the WWE.

 

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

Io Shairi put up her NXT Women’s Championship against Dakota Kai. Dakota Kai had been targeting Shairi ever since she won the championship. Kai eventually won a match to become the new #1 contender and she continued to attack Kai. The match between these two was really amazing and there were times I thought Kai would win. Towards the end of the match, the referee took a bump and Shairi had a pin on Kai after a moonsault. Dakota Kai’s sidekick, Gonzalez came from behind and laid out Shairi. We thought she wasn’t with Kai anymore, but she laid out Io, put Kai on top, but Shairi kicked out. Shairi eventually took out them both on the floor and she rolled Dakota in the ring. Shairi hit the moonsault for the win. Winner and Still NXT Women’s Champ: Io Shairi

Match Rating: 3.75/5- This was a great match and afterwards, Gonzalez hit the ring and beat up Shairi. Rhea Ripley hit the ring and went face-to-face with Gonzalez, but Kai pulled her out of the ring.

 

Daddy’s Hangout NXTTakeover: XXX Review

We had the main event with Keith Lee putting up the NXT Championship against the undefeated Karrion Kross. Kross has dominated ever since making his way to NXT. This match came about when Kross beat down Lee’s best friend, Dominick Djakovic. This was just a physical match between two big guys with both of them hitting big moves on each other. Kross worked on the arm of Lee throughout the match after he punched the plexiglass. This match was more impressive after we learned that Kross worked the majority of it with a separated shoulder. They tangle in the corner as Kross climbs up with Lee. Kross ends up hitting a big Doomsday Saito from the second rope for the pin to get the big win out of nowhere. Winner and New NXT Champ: Karrion Kross

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

Overall Rating: 7/10- This was another great NXTTakeover with all the matches delivering. NXTTakeover: XXX was really good and below are my top matches of the night.

 

  1. North American Championship Ladder Match
  2. Io Shairi© vs. Dakota Kai
  3. Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee
  4. Keith Lee© vs. Karrion Kross
  5. Finn Balor vs. Timothy Thatcher
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