NXT Takeover Toronto aired earlier this evening, and so I'm giving my raw view on what went down in this recap & review.
1st Match Notes
Tye Dillinger vs Bobby Roode
- Chorus Entrance for Roode
- Surprisingly I think Tye is more over than Roode in Toronto
- Solid match, nothing spectacular, these are two guys who back in the 80s would be the ones having time-limit draws to open live events
- There was an obligatory 'Canadain Sharpshooter' spot done because both are Canadian's and this show was in Tortono
- Roode wins with DDT
2nd Match Notes
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals
TM-61 vs The Authors of Pain
- Paul Ellering was in a a shark cage to keep him from interfering in the match, still he could yell out instructions from being raised 13 feet in the air
- There was some ass-hat yelling 'Russo Booked This' even though putting a manager in a cage to keep them from being a factor is very old school, i.e. the Battle of Atlanta
- Razar carrying Shane Thorn up the scaffold used for Ellering's cage was quite a visual as well as Thorn leaping off of it onto the Authors
- Miller should some impressive strength, though not sure if guys like the Authors shoud be taken off their feet by a guy built like him
- Ellering ended up being a factor, dropping a chain down to Razar which he wrapped around his hand, but didn't get to use, as with Shane blocked the punch the chain went flying into the crowd.
- Regardless, The Authors of Pain win
- Match went a bit too long for the result I think but it was a fun
3rd Match Notes
2 out of 3 Falls For The NXT Tag Team Titles
The Revival Defending against DIY
- I still believe the Revival are the best damn tag team in the WWE today, as they perfectly controlled the match and got the 1st fall
- I did not like that the match didn't continue right away followign the first fall
- There was a great build up for Gargano to tag Ciampa, but the perfect tag team psychology of the Revival leading the to the Ref to miss the tag, so that when Ciampa finally got the tag it meant something and eventually lead to DIY getting the 2nd fall so it became 1-1
- 3rd fall saw a lot of pinfalls attempts and saves, but still the Revivals pacing kept the match from turning into ShINDY nonsense
- Dawson got one of the title belts and used it to block Gargano's kick, injuring his leg and locking in an inverted-figure 4, similar to Brooklyn, but Gargano forced his way to the ropes for a break
- Finish game with The Revival looking to do DIY's finish, they missed, DIY hit the Revival's finish and nearly the win
- DIY locked in Submissions on both members of the Rivial making them tap out for the win at the same time
- This was better than Brooklyn, as it was clearly the Revival dictacting the pace
4th Match Notes
The MAIN EVENT
NXT Women's Championship Match
Asuka defending against Mickie James
- Mickie came out to her classic WWE Music, which still has a great bass line, would've been awesome if she came out to one of her own songs
- Lots of folks at ringside wearing Asuka masks which gave a bit of a creep-cool vibe.
- This was just great, some mat wrestling, some head games, counters, with Mickie actually having Asuka retreating a bit, but things slowly building for things to be more intense the second things went to the floor
- Asuka sent Mickie ass over head with a wicked german on the floor
- Mickie ate a number of Asuka and put her in the Muta-Lock, certainly pushing the champ beyond what she had to do sicne arriving in NXT, certainly raising a lot of dout on if Auska will retain
- Asuka went for the Asuka-Lock, barely was able to lock it in following a series of counters by Mickie looking to escape
- Awesome match
- Post match, Mickie looked to shake Asuka hand, but Asuka held up the title instead, possibily setting up a future match
5th Match Notes
NXT Title Match
Shinsuke Nakumara defending against Samoa Joe
- I didn't care for this match, I haven't been a fan of Joe in nearly 10 years and I haven't gotten into Nakamura
- Nakamura's unnecsarily long entrance exposed a huge problem, as Joe should've beat the hell out of all the violinists and then Nakamura, with the ref asking if Nakamura wants to fight, he says yes and then Joe destroys him for the title.
- Really this match was nothing special and was rather mundane, starting it off like some MMA nonsense and going into the crowd really doesn't hide the fact that Joe is big and slow and that Nakamura is a dangerous performer.
- There were so many strikes thrown in this match that I was actually shocked when there was an actual wrestling move done (such as a late match German suplex by Nakamura). Another problem was also exposed with having so many 'finishers' that the kick-outs and escapes don't feel special the longer it goes on.
- Joe did get the win to become a two-time NXT Champion following a kick ot the balls,and a the incredibly moronic that it's still allowed muscle buster. there was some idiotic crowd shots showing a 'surprised reaction', as if Nakamura is someone on the level of Cena or Undertaker who when they lose it's something that should be 'awe inducing'