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NXT Takeover: Unstoppable reaction: Like a BOSS.

Highest WPA: Sasha Banks, .520 (carried the best WWE women’s match…I dunno, ever? Maybe?)
Lowest WPA: Colin Cassady, -.120 (S A W F T, sawwwwwwwft)

Bullet points!

* Tyler Breeze and Finn Balor had a good little match. Finn’s whole demon thing is over going to take off huge on the main roster or get him treated like a joke, and it basically all comes down to how the crowd reacts to his first appearance. If he gets treated like a star and pushed like a star, he’ll be a really big star. If he gets treated like a joke, he’ll be the Boogeyman. As for Tyler, I think he has an outside shot at having the first half of Shawn Michaels’ career. As with all optimistic WWE predictions, this carries the caveat of “unless they fuck it up, which they probably will, because they do that.”

* Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady could be the next New Age Outlaws, if they can get 10,000 people in Des Moines to sing along with their shtick as easily as they get 400 people in Florida (or 1,000 in Philadelphia when I saw them live) to. I don’t know why Carmela was added to their act, and I don’t know what she brings; judging by how much the crowd hates her, I think I’m not alone in those thoughts. Gunner and Blake and Murphy are bland as fuck.

* Rhyno and Baron Corbin had a match.

* Every NXT special is another reminder that NXT has the best women’s wrestling on the planet, and tonight was no exception. Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch had a grueling, physical, technical match, not unlike one you might have seen Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle have. Seriously, it was that good. From the opening video package to the final shot of a beaten but not broken Lynch walking through the curtain, the match had a big fight feel that you simply don’t get from women’s wrestling. Nowhere is the difference between WWE and NXT starker than in the women’s division, and it’s going to be a shame to watch Sasha and Becky (and Charlotte, and Bayley) follow in the footsteps of Emma and Paige and go from NXT megastar to main roster afterthought.

* Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are both really great, and neither of them should be in developmental anymore, but they are, so they may as well have great matches with each other. So they did. Zayn did such a good job selling the apron powerbomb at the end of this match that I seriously began to wonder if he was selling at all; I was sitting there saying things like “Hey, Sami, move your left leg a bit, okay? … You know, just to prove that you can?” WWE played up the debut of Samoa Joe like a big deal, and if you cared about Joe when he was on the indies or TNA I’m sure it felt like a big deal. I’m not one of those guys. I’ve seen a handful of Joe’s best matches, and they’re all really good, but he doesn’t do anything special for me. I’ll be interested to see if that changes now that he’s working in WWE.

* Joe Kelly had a really good start, which is weird. Brock Holt and Blake Swihart can’t hit, which isn’t weird. When you’re starting multiple black holes in your lineup, you can’t really afford to have your best hitters have off nights; unfortunately, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez had off nights, and the rest of the team couldn’t pick them up. More unfortunately, Clay Buchholz is pitching tomorrow.

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