At a time when so many aspects of WWE's product feel rote, stale, or overdone, and so many acts and concepts have lost their aura through oversaturation, NXT TakeOver retains its mystique.
It is the most reliable pay-per-view brand in wrestling. Time and time again, TakeOver delivers to astronomical levels, and even when the card doesn't look all that enticing beforehand, developmental's uber-talented roster never fail to craft a stunning night of cutting-edge action punctuated by big, powerful story beats. Betting against it is foolish, and we'll all look back on this as a golden era when it eventually comes to an end.
But what about the live experience? If TakeOver is that good when watched on a TV, tablet, or phone, surely it must be a borderline religious experience when surrounded by thousands upon thousands of screaming, passionate, smart wrestling fans?
Your writer is happy to report that, after attending last night's 10/10 TakeOver: New York show (his first NXT show outside of a live event in Aberdeen, Scotland a few years ago), it exceeded every single expectation - including some he didn't know he had. It was a mindblowing night, and one that put a totally new perspective to WWE's most acclaimed braind...
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