As TakeOver began, Mauro Renallo welcomed us, and the lights
in the arena went out. Something big was in store… or so we thought.
The lights slowly came up as music built to a crescendo. Was
this leading to another over-the-top Velveteen Dream entrance? Was a new NXT
superstar debuting in a surprise moment? Then the answer came:
It was a PPV hype video playing on the big screen.
The video itself was fine, but the build-up led to the complete
opposite of what you’d expect. A hype video could show on the full screen for
the viewer, not from a bunch of camera angles inside the arena. (And besides
that, who videos a hype video?)
It’s a minor point, but it was a misfire to start the show
with an odd dodge like that.
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.