“Worst” is a bit of a misdirect in the title of this article. The ranking format is one used on this website to separate the awful from the awesome, but rarely has a TakeOver even tiptoed near the former.
Since 2014, WWE’s third brand has put on shows of such first rate excellence that the TakeOver label itself holds a qualitative value beyond even WrestleMania. In the modern era it stands as its polar opposite - the two/three hour format is a throwback to the days of the ‘Showcase Of The Immortals’ only having airtime for the absolute elite, with NXT wrestlers working all year to crack the exclusive club of stars given the brand’s brightest stage.
It’s a spot that comes with immense pressure, huge risk and even greater reward. Rebounding from a TakeOver misstep is a rough route, so high is the pedestal upon which the show is positioned. But the fruits of a wrestler’s hard labour are sweetest if savoured - iconic matches have forged even loftier reputations thanks to the furnace created by rapturous TakeOver crowds.
Rewatchable in a unique way the main roster simply isn’t in 2020 and loaded with bangers, EVERY show on this list has something of merit, even the very worst of the lot...
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Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.