NXT Takeover San Antonio Reaction
Tonight was NXT Takeover San Antonio, and of course this is my reaction to the five match card that was totally 'okay'.
-Young had Sanity come out with him, Young told Tye it was his last chance to join the group
-Tye picks up Young's jacket, tosses it at him and opens the match with punches
-Solid match, Young is what he is, solid but bland as hell, while Tye continues to be the workhorse
-Young's Sanity associates did get involved in the match, and the distractions nearly resulted in EY get winning and prevented him from taking a loss following a Tye-breaker
-Eric Young got the win with the overly complicated, stupid as hell looking hotshot-wheelbarrow neckbreaker
Andrade Almas vs Roderick Strong
-Since turning heel, Almas has been fairly decent, Strong is yet another 'indy darling' signed by Triple H due to NXT's failure to develop male stars in the past two years
-Match felt very... generic, totally okay, but nothing memorable in the long run.
-Almas did work on Strong's arms during the match, so it had some nice psychology in terms of isolating a body part as a parth to victory
-Match should've ended when Strong did a back breaker on Almas on top of the corner turnbuckle, instead it's treated as 'random indy spot'
-Roderick Strong got the win following a running kick to the face
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Toammaso Ciamp) vs The Authors Of Pain (Rezar & Akam)
-The AOP have Paul Ellering in their corner
-#DIY have been Tag Team Championships since Takeover: Brooklyn II
-The size difference between the two teams is very noticeable, wth the AOP using their size and power to counter act the speed and quickness of the champs until #DIY gets a flurry of high spots in
-Gargano ended up getting isolated for long stretch of time, with Ciampa getting the hot tag, hitting a pair of germans on the larger Akam & Rezar
-Match ended up being much more competitive than I thought it should've been considering the result
-Ciampe kicked out of a double-team sitout powerbomb-neckbreaker, which should've been the finish
-#DIY got in the double arm submissions in, but Rezar powered up out of Garano and used him to save his partner
-The AOP hit double powerbombs on #DIY after blocking their finish and hit the Last Chapter for the win to become NXT Tag Team Champs
In Ring Segment
-Seth Rollins made a surprise appearance, calling out Triple H to further their feud
-Triple H does come out, takes a few steps to the ring and calls for security to deal with Rollins
-Rollins fights off Security and head to the back before security overwhelms him and force him out of the arena
NXT Women's Championship
Fatal Four Way
Asuka defending against Billie Kay, Peyton Royce & Nikki Cross
-Asuka has been champion since NXT Takeover Dallas
-Nikki Cross comes out without the rest of Sanity
-Billie Kay & Peyton Royce came out together
-In a bit of brilliance Billie & Peyton got out of the ring early to let Nikki and Asuka go at it only to come back in to pick an opportunity to get the early advantage
-Asuka hit a double German suplex on both Aussie Starlets, but is seemingly overwhelmed by Nikki at times who had some responses to Asuka's tactics who planted her with a DDT on the floor and then hitting a flying crossbody on Kay and Royce
-Payton and Billi isolated Nikki to get her away from the ring area and near the announce table position where they put her through a table!!!
-They return to the ring, hit a double team on Asuka and nearly got a nearfall, and Peyton hit a widow's peak and also got a near fall
-Asuka got a second win, took out Peyton and got the win
-Rather surprised with the result, but pleased, very fun bout and Match of the Night in my book, Billie and Peyton actually sold what offense they took through the match, unlike Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakumra defending against Bobby Roode
-Roode's entrance had a group of beauties, bit of a downgrade from the choir at Takeover: Tortonto
-Nakamura came out on a motorized cart so he can do his poses without walking
-Match got started at 9:48 PM EST with a ton of stalling to start, and I mean a ton, if these two were not internet darlings, this match would've gotten crapped on from 21 jump street
-Match didn't get interesting until Nakamura took a tumble to the floor, which saw Roode take that the full advantage
-As the norm, when Nakamura goes on the offense he forgets to SELL EVERYTHING! This strong style crap should stay in Japan where it belongs
-Match did break down into a series of hitting or trying to hit signature spots, Roode nearly got a pinfall with his feet on the ropes by got caught by the ref
-Nakamura did a leaping kick from the turnbuckles onto Roode on the apron and then tumbled to the floor clutching his knee. He did his the Kinshasha, but ended up clutching his left leg again and unable to make the pin
-a medic was brought out to tend to Nakamura, however the ref should've started a 10 count on Roode who was knocked out or counted out Nakamura while on the outside.
-When Nakamura entered the ring, Roode hit a DDT and got a nearfall, which should've have ended the match. Roode put a half crab on Nakamura's injgured leg and cranked on it Nakamura reversed it into a triangle choke, but couldn't lock it in, Roode hit's another DDT for the win.
-Bobby Roode did not steal the win, he won fairly and clearly.