Welcome everyone to my WWE NXT TakeOver: War Games 2017 review, right here on RDSWrestling.com.
I’m not sure if these show reviews will become a regular thing or not as I’m working on my Fire Pro Wrestling World show, so just be warned that these might not be consistent.
Also, as a disclaimer, I’m not like most reviewers that do play-by-play recaps of matches. I like to just say how I felt about the match and what I think about it.
Let’s get into it!
Lars Sullivan vs. Kassius Ohno
This man Kassius is incredible. During his entrance, he sings his theme song. Just a badass man singing along to his badass theme song. Before this, I didn’t watch any Lars Sullivan matches. I stopped being a weekly NXT viewer quite a while ago. However, I had some idea that they were building this Lars guy up as an unstoppable monster.
By the way, that Sullivan name is going to go bye-bye soon. Don’t be surprised if it’s just ‘Lars’.
As for the match, I’m not a fan. I got really into it when Ohno started elbowing and kicking the hell out of Lars, but then it ended very soon afterwards. An abrupt ending to a very short match. It felt like the match was just getting started when it ended. It wasn’t even that I was only into Ohno either. Lars was starting to fuck – starting to look impressive, and then it just ended.
Add that to Lars not really knowing how to play that character, I wasn’t a fan of this match.
Rating: G out of G-O-O-D-T
Winner: Lars Sullivan
Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
This was incredible. Match of the Night, no doubt.
The build to the match itself was great and then the match exceeded expectations entirely. Not only was it a good back-and-forth, hard-hitting and exciting match, but they told a story throughout. There were mind games from both parties. This was just a really fun match and one of the rare times nowadays where a program makes both the winner and the loser look better.
Both men got what they wanted out of this match. Dream finally got Aleister to say his name. That’s all this was about to him: recognition. However, for Aleister, while he did play into doing mind games, this match was just about winning. Dream attacked him, interrupted his first promo, etc. While Dream finally got the recognition he wanted, he only got it because Aleister proved that he is the better man, for tonight at least.
Great story. Great build. Great match. Great payoff.
Rating: GOOD out of G-O-O-D-T
Winner: Aleister Black
Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce
NXT Women’s Championship Match
This was a good match. There wasn’t anything terribly bad, but nothing terribly good either.
While I do like Ember becoming champion, the way they went about it was terrible in my opinion.
First, Asuka was the champion and in her match with Ember, used dirty tactics to win. Instead of being upset like she should have, not only did Ember stand on the stage to celebrate Asuka when she gave up the Women’s Title, she was the one who WALKED DOWN TO THE RING AND HUGGED ASUKA, completely ignoring the fact that Ember could’ve been champion had Asuka not used underhanded tactics.
Then, Ember qualifies into this title match. Okay. She wins. I mean, that’s cool and all, but not it’s screaming that the only reason Ember is the champion is because Asuka is gone. She’s presented as the #2 best rather than the best. but see, I would’ve been upset still, but I could’ve lived with that if that’s all they did on this show.
They had to have ASUKA hand the title to Ember. WHAT?! I don’t know how you saw it, but I saw it as Asuka saying “here you can finally have this thing you’ve been working for because I don’t want it anymore.”
I’m a HUGE Asuka fan, but it bothers me that even while she’s gone, she’s at the top of this division.
I just think this is doing a disservice to Ember Moon and I don’t like that.
Rating: GOO out of G-O-O-D-T
Winner: Ember Moon
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
NXT Championship Match
I didn’t care about this match.
And I got bored watching it.
They tried, I just wasn’t feeling it.
Rating: GOO out of G-O-O-D-T
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong vs. Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young and Killian Dain)
This was alright. I feel like they could cut 15 minutes and it would’ve been a better match.
The first part of the match wasn’t all too interesting. And commentary kept telling us, “The match isn’t official yet because all the teams aren’t in the match yet.” Okay, well then why am I watching it?
That’s like saying “This Royal Rumble match hasn’t officially begun. We have to wait until #5 enters, then we start.” Okay well what’s the point of watching the 4 entrants before if nothing meaningful to the match is going to happen?
That’s like saying “This game isn’t official yet until we get to the 3rd quarter.” Okay well then what’s the point of watching the first two quarters?
The point I’m trying to get across is why am I watching something that has no meaning? I already get enough of that on Raw and SmackDown. I come to NXT to have stuff matter.
Plus, if the match could be won at any time, even when there’s still teams locked in the cage makes the match even more unpredictable. But instead we got around 15 minutes of “this match isn’t official yet”.
As for the match, it was fun. There were some cool spots and such, but honestly, that doesn’t justify the time the match got. It felt like there was a lot of filler in this match. Again, if they cut 15 minutes and did everything they did in the match, it would’ve been a lot more enjoyable.
Rating: GOOD out of G-O-O-D-T
Winners: The Undisputed Era
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