After so many successful NXTTakeover specials, we have another one from Orlando. Most of the names have changed, but the quality of performances in NXT remains the same. With rumors of the inevitable main roster debut of Shinsuke Nakamura, will this be his final NXT match? We also have heard rumors about the possible main roster debuts of the Revival and DIY also. We had a total of five matches on the card with 3 of them being for championships. NXT Commissioner William Regal announced that he will be introducing new championship belts. With all that said, let’s see how things turned out on the night before WrestleMania.
We started the evening with Sanity taking on Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot and No Way Jose. During WrestleMania Access, Sanity attacked No Way Jose and injuring him in the process. It seems like it was going to be a handicap match, but Kassius Ohno came out to be the partner of Dillinger, Riot and Strong. This match was pretty exciting and saw a lot of action from everyone. We even saw the ladies get involved with each other several times and I would love to see them feud in the future. Sanity has been feuding with Tye Dillinger for months now as they tried to get him to join them. Once he hit the ring, he went HAM on everyone and cleared house. In the end, Killian Dain pinned Tye Dillinger to pick up the win for Sanity. Winners: Sanity
Match Rating: 3.25/5- Great way to begin the evening.
In this match, we had Andrade “Cien” Almas taking on the debuting Aleister Black. They played vignettes hyping up his debut and Almas has been very impressive ever since he came to NXT. This match was a pretty physical one and I’ll be honest; I don’t know a lot about Black. He was impressive in his debut as he’s very skilled in martial arts it seems. Black and Almas beat the hell out of each other and I must say that Black has some lethal feet. In the end, he hit Almas with a fury of kicks to the face for the win. Winner: Aleister Black
Match Rating: 3/5- Aleister Black was impressive, but I wish they would do more with Almas because he’s a phenomenal talent.
We had the triple threat match for the tag titles as Authors of Pain defended against former champs, Revival and DIY. If you have followed NXT and these Takeover events then you know the tag matches are usually the best of the night. The Authors of Pain are as dominating a team that has ever been and they’re undefeated. The Revival and DIY are two of the best tag teams in the world and they put on one of the best matches I’ve seen in NXTTakeover Toronto. With this match, once again the tag division shows you that they’re on another level. The Authors of Pain displayed so much power throughout the match as Revival and DIY had to double team them throughout the match. It was cool to see the Revival and DIY helped each other several times throughout the match. We saw one of DIY and Revival hit both teams finishing moves to the crowds delight. AoP hit their finishing maneuver on Ciampa to eliminate DIY. Afterwards, Authors of Pain dominated the Revival and eventually finished them off to retain their titles. Winners and Still NXT Tag Champs: Authors of Pain
Match Rating: 4.5/5- Wow!! What a great match from all three of these teams.
This match is for the Women’s NXT championship held by Asuka as she defended against Ember Moon. Asuka is the longest reigning champion ever in NXT as it’s been a year since she defeated Bayley for the title. For most part of the match, I was thinking Moon was going to dethrone the champ. She dominated most of the match and as she was going for the Eclipse, but Asuka pushed the referee into the ropes to knock her down. Asuka finished off Moon afterwards retaining the title. Winner and Still NXT Women’s Champ: Asuka
Match Rating: 3/5
We have the final match of the evening as Bobby Roode defended the NXT championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. This match was much like their previous one, but I think it was better though. Roode focused on the shoulder and knee of Nakamura while Shinsuke was lethal with his kicks. During the match, Nakamura kicked out of the Glorious Bomb and it added to his frustrations. At one point, he brought in the ring bell, but was quickly grabbed by the referee. Roode countered Nakamura’s offense with a huge spine buster. In the end, Roode hit the Glorious Bomb from the middle rope to retain the championship. Winner and Still NXT Champion: Bobby Roode
Match Rating: 4/5- It seems like this was the final match for Nakamura in NXT. With Drew McIntyre returning to the WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand, will he go after the title?
Overall Rating: 7.5/10- You can’t go wrong with having 5 matches in 2 hours. This was another successful NXTTakeover event with there not being a bad match on the card. What did you think about NXTTakeover Orlando? What was your favorite match of the night? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback about NXTTakeover Orlando. Below are my top 3 matches of the night:
- Authors of Pain© vs. The Revival vs. DIY
- Bobby Roode© vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno & Ruby Riot vs. Sanity