SummerSlam weekend is over, though to be honest, on the basis of everything fans witnessed, it should probably be called TakeOver weekend. NXT put out yet another reliably barnstorming five-match show, high on killer contests, low on filler and just a joy to watch.
The divisive fan reaction to SummerSlam only further highlights how fantastically the NXT booking considers things like storytelling, tone, callbacks to prior matches and a clear roadmap for future showdowns. They're basically trusting fans to have an actual memory for these characters, storylines and, yes, matches.
With three top-tier bouts, one very good match and a worst-of-the-night battle that was still pretty decent, the brand's strength continues to flourish even though some fans bang the drum that NXT's coveted "specialness" doesn't feel fresh anymore.
If you're of that opinion, maybe sit through six bloated hours of SummerSlam after this tight, thrilling two-and-a-half-hour show and reconsider whether that's really true...
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