WWE Opinions: Reaction to NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way


NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way is in the books.

It was an incredible night at Full Sail University that displayed terrific talent, a new Superstar, and potential new rivalries that could be built for the next live special.

There was a lot to take in from this edition of NXT taking over the WWE last night. Here’s some thoughts on the event.

  • Sin Cara is excelling right now with Kalisto. He’s found his place in WWE for now and will be a lot of fun to watch in the newly named “Lucha Dragons” team.
  • I was okay with The Ascension taking two hits last night. It’s setting up a path for them to head to the main roster and inject some life into a weak tag team division.
  • The Superstar that they took the second hit from was Kenta, who is now going to be known as Hideo Itami as a tribute to one of his heroes. His debut couldn’t have gone any better. Sitting on the chair in the middle of the ring and antagonizing Konnor and Viktor to come to the ring was awesome and instantly got him over with the NXT crowd and everyone else at home that watched. I’m really looking forward to his in-ring debut next Thursday.
  • Enzo Amore’s act is hilarious. He’s incredibly over with the NXT crowd. We don’t know how good of a wrestler he is, but either way, the entertainment aspect alone of his character should be on Mondays and Fridays in the future.
  • Baron Corbin’s finisher is vicious and just flat out cool. He has plenty of potential in the ring. It was a little strange, though, that this was being billed as his “official NXT debut” when he’s already appeared in matches on there. I guess WWE wants you to forget that.
  • Mojo Rawley and CJ Parker are spiraling down the roster and will continue to do so with Itami, Corbin, Kevin Steen, and Fergal Devitt all coming up.

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    • Rawley lost very quickly to Bull Dempsey in one of the night’s two squash matches. Dempsey has some potential as a bruiser, but he’s just not getting over with the Full Sail crowds. With Steen on his way, Bull could get lost in the shuffle.
    • Bayley and Charlotte’s performance once again proved what can happen when you give two talented women enough time to put on a match. They continued to tell the story during that has been told through the past couple of weeks as Bayley has battled her way towards the top of the NXT Divas division. It sounds like these two Divas and Sasha Banks will battle it out for the NXT Women’s Championship at a future show.
    • The main event for the NXT Championship was phenomenal. All four men went out there and put on their best efforts. Neville and Zayn told a story throughout the match about their friendship possibly being no more because of the title. Neville would prove that by pulling the referee away as he was about to count three as Zayn was pinning Tyson Kidd. The man that gravity forgot would then land a devastating super-kick on Zayn before hitting the Red Arrow on Kidd for the win. It sets up a rivalry between the two that’s going to be amazing.
    • Kidd has to be applauded for his work on the developmental brand. He has revived his career down there as a real heel and not one of the many “cool” heels of modern day WWE that get treated like faces. I just wonder what’s next for him after this.
    • A big question to take away from this event is if Neville is a face or heel? After what he did at the end of the match and what he said on the post-show, it left some confused. This will hopefully be answered over the next few tapings.
    • Well-done once again by Triple H and the writers of NXT. They continue to put on a better show than the ones Vince McMahon is in charge of on live TV every week. Just about all of the booking makes sense in the ring and outside of the ring as they tell a story to create an actual storyline, which hasn’t been done much on Raw and SmackDown besides the Dean Ambrose-Seth Rollins feud. McMahon should be taking note of all of this for Mondays and Fridays. Odds are he has no interest in doing so.
    • As someone who just bought a WWE Network subscription a week ago today, NXT Takeover 2 made me satisfied with my six month commitment. It was the best wrestling show I’ve seen in a very long time.

    The third live special for NXT was incredible and will be re-watched plenty of times on the network. What are your thoughts following NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way?