The wrestling portion of WrestleMania weekend kicked off
Saturday night, and the show might have been stolen already.
NXT TakeOver: New Orleans delivered an absolutely phenomenal
show that has already garnered talk about being the best TakeOver special yet.
If you weren’t entertained and didn’t like this show, you probably should crawl
back under your rock and stay there. The worst match of the night was above
average, while three of them were in the “great” range.
The centerpiece to TakeOver was of course the culmination of
the long-simmering feud between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, a rivalry
that began nearly a year ago. Ciampa had since cost Johnny a title match and
his job at NXT, and Saturday’s match was his last chance to win back employment
and exact revenge on his former tag partner.
The other four matches were title bouts, including a ladder
match for the new North American Championship, which also served as
introductions to two new NXT superstars, the debuting Ricochet and the
returning/re-debuting EC3. That contest delivered several memorable moments,
and nearly stole the show.
If you missed this show, watch
it. There’s no excuse.
With that said, let’s count the ways this was awesome. 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.