NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Review

MATT RIDDLE VS. KASSIUS OHNO

Matt Riddle holds zero appeal for me. I’d like to see Ohno smash his jaw. Wait… what the fuck was that? Did they just bury the hell out of Kassius Ohno? Well I guess it’s more putting Riddle over, Ohno will be fine but… ok. I really just hate the stoner “bro” thing. Still, I’ll admit that was a great way to fire up the crowd to start the show.

Booking Rating: Six Dustys

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NXT Review, 11/7

HEAVY MACHINERY VS. FORGOTTEN SONS

Cutler and Blake compete for the Forgotten Sons. The Sons do a great job on tagging in and out quickly and controlling Knight, until Knight hits a double cross body then tags in Dozovic. I think we’re gonna see the Caterpillar. There it is! But Dozovic gets dropped with a DDT, and the Sons retake control.

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NXT Review, 10/10

IN-RING PROMO: TOMMASO CIAMPA

Ciampa calls out Velveteen Dream, and Dream comes out and cuts what sounds suspiciously like a face promo. Ciampa brutally says maybe Dream is just not… Tough Enough. That’s COLD. Dream says he’s more man than Ciampa can handle. Out comes… Nikki Cross?!? Hell yeah, give her a title shot! It probably has more to do with Aleister Black, but I want to see her wrestle these guys. The crowd launches into a “TRIPLE THREAT!” chant while Nikki plays with both men.

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NXT Review, 9/5

KASSIUS OHNO VS. KONA REEVES

Kona Reeves doesn’t connect with me one bit. I don’t know if Ohno is becoming a heel or a more aggressive face. My money is on a full heel turn. Reeves seems like a good dude and I want almost everyone to succeed, but this gimmick doesn’t seem to be working at all. Ohno makes quick work of Reeves with a rolling elbow and you can see the change in his disposition. More about the psychology here than the wrestling. He cuts an almost-heel promo that gets a cheer from the crowd, saying that he was the new guy and got a lot of buzz, but there’s always someone new, and he’ll be there to knock out that next new guy.

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