7 Ups And 3 Downs From NXT TakeOver: WarGames

Brutal, hardhitting PPV kicks off weekend in awesome fashion.

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The recipe that NXT employs for its TakeOver specials is like Coca-Cola – it’s been working perfectly for what seems like forever, and you just hope they never tamper with it.

But until the equivalent of New Coke comes out, we’ll just to continue enjoying these specials, like Saturday’s TakeOver: WarGames, which delivered a hard-hitting PPV with everyone flying at each other at 100 kph. We saw some wrestlers who stole the show, and we saw others who stole matches because they aren’t as invincible as they thought they were.

We saw the TakeOver debut of another MMA star making the transition from the octagon to the squared circle, and we saw a heel faction continue to be effective in protecting its gold. We saw a star growing before our eyes, and we saw the mother of all babyfaces continue to slide further down a dark path.

We also saw WarGames, a brutal, stiff, battle of attrition take its toll on eight men, but we saw them rise to the occasion and put on a hell of a show for the crowd.

It was a great kickoff to Survivor Series weekend, but we’ll have to wait to see if WWE’s Fall Classic can stack up.

With that said, let’s get to it…


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.