WWE NXT Takeover: Rival 2015 Review

Before I start, I’d just like to say that I have never watched NXT before, and so it won’t be the best blog post from me, but I’ll give it a try!

Hideo Itami vs Tyler Breeze

This was a very entertaining match for me. It was between two great competitors, who look to have a bright future in the WWE. The match was constantly good. It was high paced, and end to end. I especially liked the figure 4 leg lock around the ring post. It takes great athleticism to perform a move in that position. Hideo Itami won the match up, with some very hard kicks.

I am a fan of both of their wrestling skills. I’d love to see Hideo Itami one day going for a championship, as it could lead to some very entertaining fights. However I didn’t like Tyler Breeze’s gimmick, it reminded me too much of Zack Ryder. Saying that, where is Zack Ryder?! But overall, they were two great competitors who opened the show well.

Bull Dempsey vs Baron Corbin

Again, a well paced match up. Bull Dempsey looked very strong using the outside of the ring well. I loved the superplex on the entrance ramp. We don’t see enough violent wrestling matches these days. There was one botched move with the clothesline over the top rope.

Bull Dempsey seems like an absolute beast, but came up short on this one. Corbin was made to look tough in this one. I think both these guys will have a future in the WWE.

The Lucha Dragons vs Blake and Murphy

This match wasn’t the best ever. There were at least 3 botched moves from the Lucha Dragons which made it look a little weak. I also thought it had too many near falls in for my liking. There were still many good moves from the Lucha Dragons, like the head scissors. However, Blake and Murphy finished strongly to retain the NXT Tag Championships.

I didn’t actually realise that Sin Cara was on both the main roster and NXT. Looking back, might it of made sense putting the Lucha Dragons up to the main roster rather than The Ascension due to Sin Cara’s experience, Judging from this match up though, The Lucha Dragons have a to get better in ring.

Adrian Neville vs Finn Balor

My word was this a good match. Both competitors put their all into this. The fans got well behind this match too, which made a massive change for the atmosphere. It was an end to end bout which kept me on the edge of my seat. The series of kicks from both competitors showed how tough it can be in the ring. It looked like Adrian Neville would get a chance to regain his title from Kevin Owens, but Finn Balor picked up the victory.

Overall, this was my favourite match of the night so far. I love both competitors, but especially Finn Balor. His entrance is awesome, but I wouldn’t like to see it every week as it was a bit too long. Despite that, I’d love to see both Finn Balor and Adrian Neville on the main roster.

Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn

This one was okay.. It seemed a bit too long for my liking with the slow start to it. Kevin Owens dominated this, with Sami Zayn only getting a couple of near falls. It was good to see the resilience of Sami Zayn, but the referee ended it early and declared Kevin Owens the winner, and the new NXT Champion.

I didn’t really get to see a lot of what Sami Zayn can do, but of what I saw, he’ll be great in the main roster. Kevin Owens might need a little longer in NXT, but I’m sure he’ll make the step up to the main roster too. I love high-flying wrestling (when they aren’t botched), and so I am a fan of Sami Zayn.

With this being the first time I’ve seen NXT, I was very impressed with what I saw. It was a show with fairly decent storylines, but proper wrestling, with long matches. I get the feel of the old 2007/08 TNA feel with the small arena, and loud crowd. Triple H has created a very good product for us here, but it’s a shame that Raw and SmackDown can’t be done to the same level as NXT. I must say, I will be watching again.

Thanks for reading guys, I would love to hear your opinions on it. My Top 10 Championship Belts will also be out tonight for you guys!

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