2. The PLEs Always Hit
It doesn't need to be said but NXT have always smashed it out the park when it comes to PLEs and late 2022-2023 is no different. What made Takeovers so special was the short nature of the show and the fact that every match was something completely separate from the rest and that is what recent NXT has captured since bringing back a few of the classics.
Using The Great American Bash as an example, the show featured six matches. After the accustomed multi-person tag on the kickoff show, the PLE began with a feel-good moment of Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo winning tag gold. The mood was then switched up with a fun and at times dangerous Weapons Wild match followed by the debut match of the overly hated Gable Steveson which was one of the slower affairs of the night.
The Triple Threat North American Championship match sped the show back up which led nicely into a submission match showcasing the vast improvement of both Tiffany Stratton and Thea Hail. Finally, the show was main evented by one of the best NXT bouts of the year between Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov that mixed the traditional athletic ability of Hayes along with the physical chop-throwing nature of the Russian.
Whether it's Battleground or Vengeance Day, this formula is repeated PLE after PLE and is the most fun two and a half to three hours of the wrestling week and even if the TV doesn't appeal then you know that the NXT specials will always stand and very much deliver.