If you spent your Saturday night watching NXT TakeOver:
Philadelphia, chances are you had a pretty damn enjoyable evening. And chances
are you are wondering how in the hell WWE is going to top this with the Royal
Rumble on Sunday.
NXT has made a habit of throwing down the gauntlet with its
Saturday TakeOver shows before a big WWE PPV, but the Philly version might have
topped them all, with the last two matches being as close to flawless as you
can get. Despite some hiccups here and there, nearly everything clicked during
the show. Even the one match this writer didn’t care for was more of a personal
opinion, and others won’t see it the same way.
And let’s just say this: If you didn’t like the main event,
you have no business calling yourself a wrestling fan. Just call up Cameron the
Funkadactyl and discuss the merits of Melina versus Alicia Fox. Johnny Gargano
and Andrade “Cien” Almas mesmerized a traditionally tough Philly crowd that
already had seen great action from Velveteen Dream, the Undisputed Era and
Clocking in around two hours, these TakeOvers are usually
easy to digest, but you might find your heart racing a little bit in the main
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.