8 Ups And 2 Downs From NXT TakeOver: New Orleans


2. Wasting Time

Bands playing a wrestler’s entrance music and accompanying them down to ringside are cool. Bands playing mini-concerts during the PPV to drag out the running time are not.

NXT misfired by having Cane Hill open TakeOver: New Orleans with a performance. It isn’t that the song was bad – though it wasn’t this writer’s favorite genre – it’s that you turn on the PPV at a certain time, and instead of getting a match, you have to sit through a performance that means nothing to you.

If Led Zeppelin reunites with Jason Bonham playing drums and they want to open a PPV with “Black Dog,” then let’s do it. But sticking a band out there to open the show… it just wasn’t a great way to fire up this fan. Sorry.


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.