NXT TakeOver: San Antonio
(Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, Texas – January 28, 2017)
Eric Young (w/ SAnitY: Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe) defeated “Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger.
Young invites Dillinger to join SAnitY one final time. He throws a jacket to him but the Perfect 10 discards it.
I did not know that Young trained Dillinger.
Young locked Dillinger in a top rope “Dragon Sleeper.”
Young screams in Dillinger’s face. Dillinger grabs Young by the beard. The crowd is feeling him.
Young hits a neckbreaker and pins Dillinger.
Dillinger seems to be the Tommy Dreamer of NXT. The people believe in him but he never achieves. If the character isn’t allowed to win in developmental, how will he fare on the main roster? There is a major disconnect between being the “Perfect 10” and never winning the “Big One.”
Roderick Strong defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas
Both men are abusing each other.
Strong looks every bit as intense and adept as 10 years ago.
And those chops.
Something is hollow with Almas. He lacks charisma.
This feels like an ROH-style match.
Strong hits a “sick kick” and gets the pin.
Roddy was notoriously stoic in Ring of honor, so I’m shocked how much I like him in NXT.
Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) defeated #DIY (c) (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
#DIY is referred to by announcers as the “feel good story of 2016.”
The champs are substantially smaller than the challengers.
Crowd: “John-ny Wrest-ling!”
Ellering: “Give up, Johnny Wrestling!!”
Gargano is so good when he is in peril.
Ciampa rocks the challengers with German suplexes.
Ciampa eats a “Last Chapter” and is pinned.
Yawn. There is absolutely nothing special about the AOP. From the “Book of Pain” to the bland look and generic theme song, they just reek of indy hackiness.
This reign was way, Way, WAY too short for Gargano and Ciampa. I realize they are best suited in the underdog role, but I hope this means a call-up is imminent.
Seth Rollins made an unexpected appearance by jumping the barrier and entering the ring. He got on the microphone and called out Triple H. Helmsley came out only to be flanked by security guards moments later. They drug the RAW star from the ring and ejected him from the building.
Fatal 4-Way: Asuka defeated Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, and Nikki Cross to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.
Asuka is so dominantly booked that multiple opponents at least add some intrigue to this title defense.
Asuka suplexes Cross off announce table through another one. Cross is out cold.
Both Aussie’s attempt to pin the champion.
Asuka kicks out of Royce’s “Widow’s Peak.” She kicks her in the temple for the pinfall.
There is a two-shot of Cross and Asuka as the segment ends.
Has NXT booked itself into a corner with Asuka? Who beats her? Nikki Cross? “Crazy” Mary Dobson? Perhaps Ronda Rousey?
“Glorious” Bobby Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship.
Roode’s throwback entrance paying homage to Ric Flair is dope.
The crowd is lit for this match.
Roode is riding the moment like a boss. The spot-on look he gives the crowd as they hum the champions theme sells the moment.
Crowd: “Na-ka-mur-a…Bob-by Roode!”
Crowd: “This is Glor-eee-ousss!!”
These are two dudes with major swag. TNA really, truly never had a clue as to how to present Roode.
Roode dumps Nakamura off the top turnbuckle to the floor. Nasty fall.
This match has tons of aura—the very definition of “Big Match Feel.”
Roode ripped out Nakamura’s hair??
Roode’s opossum play was killer.
Nakamura takes the “Glorious DDT” from the challenger.
Roode goes for a single-leg crab, but Nakamura turns it into a Triangle choke. However, the champion’s knee can’t take the pressure.
Bobby Roode is the new NXT Champion.