Three things that went right at NXT TakeOver: In Your House


Regardless of the artistic group seemingly cobbling the construct to this present collectively on the final minute, NXT TakeOver: In Your Home saved the “these are usually good” streak alive.

All through the two-hour occasion, followers loved the standard in-ring motion that WWE’s “various” model has turn into synonymous with, and, whereas not for everybody, the nostalgic segments with Todd Pettengill didn’t overstay their welcome.

The present missed the mark in some areas, however loads of the matches performed out the best way they had been speculated to as nicely.

These are the three issues WWE obtained proper at NXT TakeOver: In Your Home.

MSK and, most significantly, Bronson Reed hold their respective titles.

When the NXT artistic group booked this Winner-Take-All six-man tag match between MSK, Bronson Reed, and Legado Del Fantasma, it appeared like one other case the place the writers booked themselves right into a nook. Luckily, they escaped that scenario by scripting the right group to win what was an exhilarating opening contest full of fast-paced motion, stable heel work (significantly from Santos Escobar), and quite a lot of cool combo strikes.

Contemplating that the babyfaces accepted a match the place they might lose their titles with out being pinned or made to submit, a loss right here would’ve made them look dumb for enjoying into the heels’ arms so simply and succumbing to their scheme. Plus, it’s method too quickly to have Reed and MSK lose their titles, even to a faction that followers are able to see in a extra distinguished spot within the NXT pecking order.

Raquel Gonzalez and Ember Moon’s title match

There may be a lot to love concerning the Raquel Gonzalez/Ember Moon NXT Girls’s Championship match.

As anticipated, the 2 wove a compelling narrative round Moon utilizing her quickness and method to neutralize Gonzalez’s power. The artistic group made certain to guard Moon’s Eclipse finisher (Moon hit the transfer and had Gonzalez beat, however Dakota Kai positioned Gonzalez’s foot on the ropes to interrupt up the pin). We even obtained a well-timed run-in by Shotzi Blackheart to even the chances for her tag group associate.

All of those parts mixed to create an entertaining championship match between Gonzalez and Moon. Gonzalez successful ought to have shocked nobody — WWE clearly sees her as a possible star within the girls’s division — however the journey to that conclusion was enjoyable.

Xia Li builds extra credibility

To this point, the NXT writers have nailed Xi Li’s presentation since repackaging her as a heel as a part of this Tian Sha group. Between her assaults on the likes of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter to her backlog of spectacular squash wins, Li has remodeled herself into a reputable pressure within the NXT girls’s division.

Nonetheless inexperienced, although, Li’s match with Mercedes Martinez afforded her the possibility to indicate that this gimmick has some endurance past jobber matches.

Whereas there have been nonetheless some considerations — particularly the group response, although the viewers didn’t have a lot of a rooting curiosity provided that Li and Martinez are heels — Li acquitted herself nicely towards the 21-year professional. She offered and bumped nicely all through the competition and her offense principally matched the extent of ferocity that she established in her enhancement matches.

The end — Li pinning Martinez after hitting a spinning enzugiri to the shoulder — fell barely flat, but it surely didn’t dampen Li’s largest win up to now in NXT.


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