The recipe that NXT employs for its TakeOver specials is
like Coca-Cola – it’s been working perfectly for what seems like forever, and
you just hope they never tamper with it.
But until the equivalent of New Coke comes out, we’ll just
to continue enjoying these specials, like Saturday’s TakeOver: WarGames, which
delivered a hard-hitting PPV with everyone flying at each other at 100 kph. We
saw some wrestlers who stole the show, and we saw others who stole matches
because they aren’t as invincible as they thought they were.
We saw the TakeOver debut of another MMA star making the
transition from the octagon to the squared circle, and we saw a heel faction continue
to be effective in protecting its gold. We saw a star growing before our eyes,
and we saw the mother of all babyfaces continue to slide further down a dark
We also saw WarGames, a brutal, stiff, battle of attrition
take its toll on eight men, but we saw them rise to the occasion and put on a
hell of a show for the crowd.
It was a great kickoff to Survivor Series weekend, but we’ll
have to wait to see if WWE’s Fall Classic can stack up.
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.