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10 NXT TakeOver: Portland Impulse Reactions

NXT's rich past informs an even brighter future as the biggest TakeOver ever is one of the best.

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The pressure was on. Portland came around amidst a host of new challenges and changes based on the landscape-shifting decisions made outside of NXT's auspices.

An involvement in the Survivor Series threatened to undermine the titular top matches on the show, but TakeOver: WarGames was a rampant comeback from the hugely disappointing TakeOver: Toronto. NXT on USA has always been (and will continue to be) a different proposition than the old one hour version on the WWE Network. Some significant shifts in priority had seen Tommaso Ciampa slide down the card in the pecking order right as the brand appeared ready to tee him up for a title shot. Rhea Ripley's maiden defence of her newly-won prize was muddied by the involvement of Charlotte Flair. A Worlds Collide show confused the motivations of the entire roster, a mere fortnight before they had to resume and potentially wrap up the programmes that have mostly been in place since last year.

Portland came around amidst a host of new challenges and changes based on the landscape-shifting decisions made outside of NXT's auspices. The pressure was on...

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