NXT – January 25, 2017

Date: January 25, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Corey Graves, Tom Phillips

It’s the go home show for Takeover: San Antonio and that means we’re in for the final push towards a card that isn’t the strongest in the world. However, that seems to be where NXT shines. They just know how to turn something that might not look the best into something that’s a lot of fun. Tonight’s focus seems to be on the Women’s Title match so let’s get to it.

Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan

They start faster than expected with some small packages getting two each. Morgan misses a charge into the corner though and Moon blasts her in the face with a jumping knee. It’s off to a Crossface until Morgan fights up and gets a bulldog. A guillotine choke has Moon in more trouble than she’s ever been in….so she throws Morgan over the top for a big crash. The Eclipse is good for the pin at 4:00.

Rating: C-. I’ve seen worse but I’m really getting behind the idea of Moon vs. Asuka in Orlando over Wrestlemania weekend. Moon has been treated like an unstoppable force and that’s the more than anyone else has been able to do in the division. Better match than I was expecting here and that’s encouraging for Morgan.

Andrade Cien Almas is in the back when Roderick Strong says he’s ready to go right now. Almas beats him down without much effort.

Long video on DIY vs. Authors of Pain.

No Way Jose vs. Kona Reeves

Jose dances out of a waistlock to start and the threat of a right hand sends Reeves into the corner. Reeves suckers him in with the offer of a dance and hammers away, setting up a Samoan drop for two. Some surfing on Jose’s back doesn’t really do much, allowing him to come back with a series of right hands. A pop up right hand finishes Reeves at 4:04.

Rating: D+. Not much to see here as the combination of somewhat goofy gimmicks didn’t do a lot of good. You had a dancer against a surfer here and since this isn’t GLOW, I’m not sure that’s the best idea. Reeves hasn’t shown me much and while Jose is one of my favorites on the roster, he needs something better than this.

Post match Elias Samson comes out with a song but Jose suggests something else and sings YOUR SONG SUCKS to the beat of his theme song. Samson gets punched in the face.

Chris Atkins vs. Eric Young

I’ve heard Atkins’ music (something about putting your hands up if you’re scared to fly) somewhere before but I can’t place it. A Sanity distraction lets Young jump him from behind and the beating is on in a hurry. Young chokes in the corner and drops a middle rope elbow to the back. The wheelbarrow neckbreaker ends Atkins at 1:54.

Young shouts about choices and Damo crushes Atkins again.

We look at the Revival destroying Shane Thorn’s knee. Thorn had surgery earlier this week and will be out seven to nine months. I love that WWE seems to be bringing back the idea of crediting someone with injuring wrestlers. Thorn was going to be out no matter what so let Revival get some heat on it instead of just letting Thorn go on the shelf and be forgotten.

Video on Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode.

William Regal is here to keep an eye on the four way interview to hype up the Women’s Title match. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce come out first and say you know what the two of them can do. Asuka has already taken a beating and Nikki is just crazy so there’s no way both of them are losing. Nikki doesn’t say anything and it’s Asuka coming out for the big showdown with Cross. The Aussies jump them from behind and that goes as well as you would expect. Security is easily dispatched and Asuka kicks Nikki in the head. Security pulls Asuka to the floor and Cross dives on the pile. Billie and Peyton look terrified to end the show.

Overall Rating: C+. They pushed the card as much as they could but I’m not sure it’s enough. There isn’t one match on the card that seems like it could carry the rest of the show and I’m not sure there’s a way around the fact that the challengers all seem to have no chance. I’ve seen longer shots but I don’t really buy anyone as having a chance against Asuka and Roode doesn’t seem likely to win the title. Stranger things have happened and I’ll never doubt Takeover’s ability to surprise me but this is a long shot. They did what they could this week but I’m not convinced just yet.


Ember Moon b. Liv Morgan – Ecclipse

No Way Jose b. Kona Reeves – Pop Up Right Hand

Eric Young b. Chris Atkins – Wheelbarrow neckbreaker

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  • Stuart_Chartock

    Billion-dollar idea:

    Elias Samson t-shirts that say “Do You Even Drift, Bro?”

  • I’m just not into this one at ALL. I think Roode will get the title, but as you noted, it hasn’t been built up particularly well as something believable outside of the fans getting to do the “Glorious” singalong. Asuka running through the entire division multiple times is a glaring problem now and they’ve gotta either move her up or get the belt off her somehow because all it does is expose how amateurish everyone else is.

    On the bright side, apparently Ryan Ward lost a power struggle to Road Dogg on Smackdown, so maybe he’ll return to save the show soon.

    • Joeyjojo

      I know alot was made of Ward leaving but really, the booking and writing is still fine. The big problem is just that they’ve lost the most talented performers and the replacements are nowhere near their level. Whether they go on a hiring spree or just have faith in who they’ve got I have no idea.

    • I like how people complain about 50/50 booking, but when they put the rocket on someone they complain about that too. Asuka is basically the Brock Lesnar of the division where she’s clearly the star and above everybody else, so if Asuka has to lose it has to be someone the fans care about. You can’t just have her lose for the sake of it as it would spoil all the time they spent on Asuka. It’s just a shame WWE haven’t booked a full timer the way they have with Asuka.

      • Having no 50/50 and a dominant champion doesn’t conclude all the booking issues. The problem here is obvious – Asuka is 5 miles ahead of her challengers.

        And really, none of the women are believable champions. Not even ‘aw shucks’, Mortal Kombat cosplayer Ember Moon. (And I like Ember.) The prospects are there but not ready at all. This isn’t a Daniel Bryan situation where the solution is obvious and someone’s just spiting the audience with the booking.

    • Bervda

      I’d like to know more about the Ward vs Road Dogg situation.

      • wnyxmcneal

        Oh, you didn’t know? Your ass better call somebody.

  • Buster Abbott

    Is the women’s title match an elimination bout, or one fall to a finish? If it’s the second option, this could be the way to get the title off of Asuka without actually jobbing her out

    • Joeyjojo

      I assume it’s one fall. And really, if asuka is going to lose she should do the job, to really put someone over.

      • I’m assuming the Aussie’s screw up and cost each other, leading to Cross taking the gold and Asuka on the main roster at Mania as Charlotte’s surprise opponent. Either way the four way and Roode/Nakamura should be the best matches of the weekend.

  • Two weeks of international house show viewings has really flattened out the Takeover build. I didn’t even realise the Authors of Pain had a NXT Tag title match. Roode and Nak have interacted once. Hell, I don’t think any of the feuding stars have faced off MORE than once. And Full Sail are sitting on their hands now.

    The bloom is falling off the NXT rose, but I’m ok with it. Main roster needs all the over acts it can get once the part timers go home after WM.

    • I think NXT will rebound after this week, the time off during Christmas kinda killed this Takeover. Not doing one this weekend would have been better. They could have built up for the Wrestlemania weekend Takeover for the next two months and then go with Roode/Nakamura. Should still be a better show then the bloated mess that is the Rumble.

      • I sure hope so but I think the Rumble’s going to be a solid show.

  • PhilStubington

    If they put the title on Roode (and they should) at least the belt will be on someone who can actually do a freaking promo to build a title feud.

    They need to get Asuka out of there as the gap between her and the others is too high and she’s not drawing. I’d have one of the Mean Girls or Nicki Cross pin Ember after some interference. That way Asuka goes up undefeated which might be worth some thing on the roster and it gives Ember and the new title holders a decent feud for the next few matches.

    • Vyolynce

      Ember’s not even in the match.

    • Mike Mears

      “she’s not drawing.”

      How, specifically, are you determining who “draws” in NXT?

  • Vyolynce

    “All of the challengers seem to have no chance.”

    So you don’t think the Authors are going to crush DIY? I thought that was inevitable for a while.

    Then again I don’t really have a good read on the NXT tag roster right now. If both Revival and DIY are ready to call up and TM61 is shelved I’m not sure who’s left other than the Authors and two random guys from Sanity.

    Checking the official NXT roster on WWE.com suggests “nobody,” so maybe those call-ups are going to have to be put on hold for a while. In that case I guess face champions would be better since the other three teams are heels.

    • I thought there was a rumor of WWE bringing in War Machine from ROH. They would be fun to watch against the AOP. I still contend that next week on NXT TV we start getting a massive rebuild of the roster and build towards WM Takeover.

      • Vyolynce

        Yeah a rebuild does seem to be in order.

    • kbwrestlingreviews

      For what it’s worth, I recently went to an NXT house show and it was Wolfe/Damo vs. DIY.

  • slapdabass

    NXT has got nothing going on right now. Nakamura and roode are miles beyond anybody else. Who is the next challenger gonna be? No way Jose? Eric young?

    • PeteF3

      Sanity feels like a group that should just be completely fucking shit up, destroying the format of the show and making enemies of everyone. Properly booked I think you could sell a Takeover on Nakamura and Roode being forced to team up and teaming with either DIY or Revival to take them on in a multi-man match. But the ship has sailed there.

      • Mike Mears

        Why has that ship sailed? All of those people are still in NXT, and Saturday isn’t the last NXT show ever.

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