Welcome everyone back to Wrestling News World during SummerSlam weekend! We are just two days removed from NXT TakeOver Toronto! Check down below for my review of last night's show!
The Street Profits vs The Undisputed Era
I love tag team matches, especially when it comes to NXT tag team matches. They usually all start TakeOver shows and I am cool with it. The matches get the night going strong. With this match, while it was good, it was definitely not my favorite. It started out slow and both teams seemed to have trouble clicking in the beginning minutes. Things started picking up down the stretch and I was a little more invested. I am glad the Street Profits picked up the win since they captured gold last TakeOver.
Match Rating- B
Io Shirai vs Candice LeRae
Both women worked very hard and the pace was fast and hard hitting. Shirai plays this badass heel that does not care and Candice played the face who did not give up. The story being played fit in perfectly and I am happy with the work both competitors put into this match.
Match Rating- A-
Velveteen Dream vs Pete Dunne vs Roderick Strong for the North American Championship
WOW. What a match between these three talented performers. All three men stood out and had a chance to showcase their work. Dream going over was a smart move but I was surprised to see Dunne get pinned and not Strong. Regardless, I was hooked the entire time and I was impressed with how things played out.
Match Rating- A
Shayna Baszler vs Mia Yim for the NXT Women's Championship
I was not a fan of this match. They had to follow up a huge triple threat match and the crowd seemed like they were sitting on their hands. Meh.
Match Rating- C+
Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship in a 2-out-of 3 Match
This was better than the previous two encounters between both men and I could have watched them for another hour. WWE announced the cage match with all the weapons to be the third fall, so everyone automatically knew it would go to the three falls. I would’ve been okay with a 2-0 sweep because we haven’t seen that in so long. Regardless, a great main event to a rather forgettable TakeOver event.
Match Rating- A+