Whenever NXT runs a TakeOver show the night before a WWE
PPV, do you think the wrestlers on the main roster get antsy? The developmental
brand often sets the bar pretty high for the seasoned wrestlers to match or
top, leaving them in an unenviable spot the next night.
TakeOver: Chicago featured five matches that were varying
degrees of good, with one of them being purely great. Nothing really dragged,
and the two-hour show breezed by, with a truly memorable ending. If you were
looking for an enjoyable escape for the evening, you could do a lot worse.
The highest high point of the night had to be the United
Kingdom Championship match between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne, with both men
turning in epic performances en route to Dunne defeating Bate to capture the UK
title. That match alone is worth the replay, along with a nice performance from
Roderick Strong and good showings from Hideo Itami and Bobby Roode.
And we saw a jaw-dropping heel turn that should lead to some
high-octane, bitterly personal matches between former best friends. But let’s
not spoil that just yet.
Let’s take a look at what scaled the ladder to reach for
greatness and what crashed and burned. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.