MURPHY REVIEWS: NXT TAKEOVER: TORONTO

Posted November 19th, 2016 by 1Wrestling News Team

MURPHY REVIEWS: NXT TAKEOVER: TORONTO
By Don Murphy

Match #1: Bobby Roode defeated Tye Dillinger

Analysis: This was a great opener, as the crowd is lively and engaged. With Roode’s fantastic choir entrance, I was concerned that it would hinder him from establishing himself as the heel. But, as the match went on, the crowd slowly rallied behind Dillinger throughout the closing sequence. Though Roode went over here, Dillinger had a strong outing as the underdog who could withstand a lot of punishment, so his stock shouldn’t have suffered too badly in the loss. As I said during my preview, now is the time to add more dimensions to his character to supplement his improving in-ring work.

Match #2: The Authors of Pain defeated TM61 to win the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Analysis: The crowd was quiet for part of this match but seemed to get into near the end. Hanging Paul Ellering in a small cage above the ring was a nice touch, bringing back memories of similar matches, featuring Jim Cornette and JJ Dillon. Given the result of the next match, it seems that the Authors would be the logical number one contenders for DIY. TM61 had a strong showing, but the fans just aren’t rallying behind them the way you’d hope they would at this stage.

Match #3: DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) defeated The Revival in the best two-out-of-three falls to win the NXT Tag Team Championship
Analysis: I felt that this would be the match of the night and I wasn’t disappointed. This match surpassed their Brooklyn match, which I knew wouldn’t be easy to do. The fans were fully invested in the near falls, in addition to DIY’s roller coaster journey throughout this match, all the way through to the exciting conclusion. In particular, Gargano has mastered the art of the babyface sell and used that rally the crowd behind him. In addition, Wilder and Dawson were excellent, combining throwback moves, including Tully Blanchard’s slingshot suplex and the Hart Foundation clothesline. The ending sequence, where both Wilder and Dawson took turns preventing the other from tapping out was a nice touch. I now look forward to the rematch on NXT TV, before DIY likely moves on to meet the Authors of Pain.

Match #4: Asuka defeated Mickie James to retain the NXT Women’s Championship
Analysis: This match was solid, but never really got out of first gear. James showed little signs of ring rust, and as anticipated, Asuka continues to look dominant. It was a tough task to follow the tag team title match and the crowd seems to be catching its breath. Still, a solid effort by both women, with Asuka likely moving on to meet Ember Moon.

Match #5: Samoa Joe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to regain the NXT Heavyweight Championship
Analysis: As predicted, this was much more hard hitting than their last match, with a decent amount of submission wrestling. Joe’s title win will obviously start rumors that Nakamura is moving to the main roster, but I think we still have a little bit more fuel to this feud before that happens. I’m usually not a fan of 50-50 booking, but in this case, it makes sense for the sake of telling a complete story.

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