This past weekend, NXT held its TakeOver special In Your House. Despite no fans, guys like Triple H made sure to give the best event to wrestling fans alike, with the addition of adding non competing superstars posing as fans in the stands was a nice touch. Six matches took place on the card rather than the traditional five with […]
This past weekend, NXT held its TakeOver special In Your House. Despite no fans, guys like Triple H made sure to give the best event to wrestling fans alike, with the addition of adding non competing superstars posing as fans in the stands was a nice touch.
Six matches took place on the card rather than the traditional five with three titles on the line. How did the 2020 NXT TakeOver: In Your House pay-per-view do? Here are my quick thoughts and grades.
Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart, and Tegan Nox def. Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez
The show kicked off with an intro from Todd Pettengill and a live performance by Code Orange before the six-woman tag match took place (side note, Blackheart coming out with the tank is one of the best entrances in all of NXT).
It was a fast-paced tag match where everyone got a chance to shine with some storylines within (the continued Kai and Nox rivalry and the Yim/LeRae feud). On top of that, there were a lot of multi-person spots that kept the match interesting throughout.
Will probably see the rivalries continue but this was a good way to get some superstars on the card.
Finn Bálor def. Damian Priest
Both Priest and Bálor have never really worked together but there was a lot of chemistry off the bat. Priest looked like a beast throughout despite the loss, taking the punishments from Bálor. A physical match that will likely see them in this one-off with Bálor chasing the NXT title and Priest going for the North American title once again.
North American Championship – Keith Lee (c) def. Johnny Gargano
A clear mismatch on paper with the size difference but man this was a fun match to watch from bell to bell. Lee having control early made sense but Gargano had the smart play but trying to take out Lee’s lower body for the advantage. It was also good storying telling to add Candice LeRae and Mia Yim in the fold but without having them in too much.
One of my favorite spots here was when Lee threw Gargano into the plexiglass divider that was around the ring (the dividers were there to separate the crowd from the performers). If there was a crowd, you would have hurt a ton of pops and cheers. Overall, a solid match and hopefully, we can see these two work with a crowd.
NXT Championship – Adam Cole (c) def. Velveteen Dream in a Last Chance Backlot Brawl (Dream can no longer challenge for the NXT Championship while Cole is champion)
The Backlot Brawl was a cinematic style match (much like the past WrestleMania 36 matches). The entrances were cool, where Cole rolled up in an Undisputed Era custom truck, while Dream drove in with a Lamborghini, complete with dressing like Negan from the popular ‘Walking Dead’ T.V. show. The match was simple, anything goes but the pin or submission but happen inside of the ring.
The match was what you expected, with the action going throughout the parking lot, using the cars as weapons. On top of that, U.E. members Bobby Fish, Roderick Strong, and Kyle O’Reilly jumping into the fold with Dexter Lumis joining in to take them out to somewhat even the playing field.
I was not sure who was going to win here. Given that Cole has been champion for well over a year, some might think that his title reign has run its course. With Dream now out of the title picture and reports that he will stay in NXT, it’ll be interesting to see what the plans are there, on top of Cole’s next opponent.
It was not a great as the Boneyard or Firefly Fun House matches, but still a fun one to look back on.
Karrion Kross def. Tommaso Ciampa
Given the fast push with Kross, it made sense for him to win here and win so quickly against the NXT veteran in Ciampa. With not showing any offense, it is clear that NXT is REALLY high on Kross. Winning in dominating fashion against a guy like Ciampa makes you curious as to what happens next for him.
It made Kross look dangerous and a star from the start.
Women’s Championship – Io Shirai def. Charlotte Flair (C) and Rhea Ripley
A good call making this the main event as this was no doubt the best match of the night. A lot of action from the start and it was a great way for Ripley and Shirai to get a nice rub from a star-like Flair. All three had great chemistry together from the start and this was clean throughout without it getting too cluttered or one superstar being overpowered.
Ripley and Flair had an intense rivalry dating back to NXT TakeOver: Portland but Shiari did not look like the odd person out. It was a toss-up between the non-title holders to win this match and it was a good call to have Shirai win here. There is no doubt that she deserves this moment and to see what can she do as the leader in the women’s division. A great match that I recommend watching back.
Overall, this was a solid pay-per-view from start to finish. Sounding like a broken record but NXT really hits it out of the park TakeOver after TakeOver. All the matches were lined up perfectly with one match leading to the next one, with the main event being the icing on the cake. Definitely a TakeOver you should watch if you haven’t