So I went along and took the boy with me. Along with his 'perfect 10' sign. My first ever live wrestling show...
Akira Tozawa (who?) v Cien Almas
Big pop for Akira, nothing for Cien. I don't know how they've messed up Cien, I like him but he seems to have got no momentum going in NXT. Good match, Akira got the crowd into it plenty. (Yah! Yah! Yah!) Good finish for Akira to take it.
Liv and Aliyah v Peyton Royce and Billie Kay
Heel work on the mic by Kay. Asked to be announced from Orlando. Really boring match compared to the one before. "Eyyy bailey" chant attempted for Billie but didn't really take off. Liv pinned. Meh.
Oney Lorcan (who?) v Patrick Clark
"You look stupid" chant off the top for Clark. Followed immediately by "you are a wanker". Clark runs around the ring and takes off his gloves. Crowd chants "you're still a wanker". Biggest crowd noise of the night so far easily. I don't care for Clark but hey the idea is to get a reaction right? Done. Lorcan wins after barely doing anything all match. Also ECW chant ...?
Video backstage of Revival and Dillinger plays. "Hey Tye hope this match goes better for you than Toronto", "Oh yeah? Where's your tag belts?" etc.
Out comes Elias Samson. Gets on the mic. Getting hammered. "What" chants. I love the Drifter so screw everyone else here.
Elias Samson v Buddy Murphy
Crowd goes nuts for Murphy. So many delete chants in the Drifter's direction. I like him. Okay match but nothing too spectacular. My attempts at getting "drifter's awesome" and "drifter mania" don't catch on. For shame.
Sabatelli and Moss v DIY
Zero pop for the first two. DIY however are well over. And with good cause. Crowd gets plenty into the SnR. "Who are you?" "Go back to football!" Etc. Ciampa joins in the ten chants that have been happening since Takeover Toronto. Plenty of crowd interaction. Solid finish. DIY pose for photos and do autographs after which is ... kinda weird?
(Disappointed DIY aren't in the main event instead of TM61. I like TM61 but they aren't main eventers yet.)
Glorious v 10
Excellent match. A lot of fun back and forth with the crowd. Bit shorter than I expected though. Shenanigans! Revival come in to cost Dillinger the match.
Ember Moon v Asuka
These two are putting on a decent match and some idiots in the crowd want to start an Ellsworth chant?
For. No. Reason.
They're shut down with a "shut the f up" chant. Minutes go by. "Ellsworth". Immediately boos fill the arena. Great match now. For a while it looks like Moon might actually do it (house show Joe v Balor style) as she sets up for her crazy stunner finisher (that will one day break her hip but hey it looks so rad) but Asuka counters and gets the Asuka lock in. Bah. They hug it out after the match (which is weird). Maybe match of the night surprisingly.
I have a problem with Moon dressing like a Mortal Combat character but acting as happy as Bailey. Pick one.
Six man tag
Joe and Revival vs Nakamura and TM61
Moments before the match begins the obvious dawns on me. Glorious and 10 had a short match, combined with the video package, means we'll get a pay off in the last match.
Before Nakamura makes it out Revival and Joe take out TM61. Out comes Dillinger to even it up and following behind is Roode. Finally the violins hit and out comes Shinsuke. Heels get tossed out. 10 grabs the mic. Proposes an eight man tag. Many, many vulgar chants ensue. Terms are agreed to.
Eight man tag
Joe, Revival and Glorious vs Nakamura and TM61 + 10
TM61 in the flesh raise the same question they do on television. Why do they have the baggiest jocks in wrestling? It seriously distracts me every time I see them. "Aussie battler" chants do the rounds as the guy in orange does a marathon stint in the ring.
Getting these eight in the ring at once is fun but it also means it's not really a great match. Revival and TM61 do good things but everyone else is relegated to bit parts. Joe barely gets involved all match. Plenty of non-wrestling back and forth though. Revival are such good heels. Roode accidentally low blows Joe while he's holding Nakamura. Everyone gets to yell "kinshasa". Good guys win. Everyone is happy.
Overall great fun show but no real particular stand out match. NXT still kinda has its problems right now with the four headline acts being over age 35 though ... it's not exactly developmental.
I wonder if Dillinger has a future? He's so over right now but would be the very definition of a lost mid-carder on the main roster. They wouldn't know what to do with him. Also proves how far a gimmick can get you. How do absolutely boring guys like Apollo Crews get so far without one?