After three years of TakeOver specials, NXT was bound to hit
a bump in the road.
The little promotion that could, NXT has been the darling of
wrestling geeks, a diamond in the rough that is WWE. NXT has been home to
independent scene heroes and the proving grounds for homegrown stars. The heavy
influence of Vince McMahon is mostly absent, and a more old-school approach
favored by the late Dusty Rhodes and Triple H has dominated.
The TakeOver specials have consistently outshined nearly
every WWE PPV, with crisp pacing, excellent storylines and fantastic wrestling.
But all of this might have come to an end Saturday night, when TakeOver: San
Antonio hit the airwaves.
Saturday’s special event was a fun night of wrestling, to be
sure, and the matches overall were perfectly fine, but the event simply wasn’t
up to par with its predecessors. And with the Royal Rumble PPV looking somewhat
solid right now, it could quite possibly outperform NXT’s offering.
TakeOver: San Antonio featured two title changes and some
nice moments for the fans who attended or tuned in, but it also highlighted
some of the challenges facing NXT as the promotion moves forward.
With that said, let’s take a look at what rose to the
occasion and what fell back to Earth…
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.