Most times, these NXT TakeOver events are so good, it’s a
struggle to find more than one or two negatives. In this case, let’s lodge a very minor gripe in what otherwise was
an incredible match – as we’ll see later in the “Ups” column.
The tag title match between Undisputed Era and Mustache
Mountain was rising to a crescendo with Trent Seven ditching the towel (rather
than throwing it in), getting the tag and running crazy on UE. He hit Kyle O’Reilly
with the Seven Stars Lariat for a close 2. Then he and Tyler Bate hit O’Reilly
with the kneedrop/Burning Hammer combo that won them the tag titles earlier
this summer… for 2.
Moments later, Roderick Strong and O’Reilly hit Seven with a
high-low for the pin. The gripe here is that O’Reilly was hit with two
finishing moves, including one that looked lethal, only for Seven to fall to
the high-low. There were a dozen more hard-hitting moves hit during the match,
making that move look less impressive.
If there has been a more explosive finisher, it would have
capped off this trifecta perfectly. As it stands, the finisher didn’t hurt the
match – it was the only thing this writer noticed worth noting as a negative.
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.