NXT TakeOver: London is next week, and it feels like it has been building forever. It was officially announced by Triple H at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August, but so much has happened since then.
Last week, Nia Jax set her sights on Bayley and the NXT Women’s Championship. Emma targets Asuka and is dead set on ending her run in NXT before it really gets started. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan continue to solidify themselves as a top tag team in NXT. Meanwhile, Samoa Joe makes another serious claim that he is the top guy in NXT and is on the warpath to end Finn Balor’s title reign.
This week’s edition of NXT is the final before NXT TakeOver: London and did an excellent job of setting the tone for next week’s special. Last night, Enzo Amore and Big Cass stopped the fun antics and adjusted their focus. Apollo Crews is set to destroy Baron Corbin just as Finn Balor and Joe have their final confrontation before TakeOver. Bayley and Nia Jax have final words, and the rest of the roster is ready to invade the U.K.
Here are the top five moments from this week’s edition of NXT:
5) Blake and Murphy vs. The Hype Bros
No offense, but I’m not a Hype Bros fan. I’ve never understood Mojo Rawley’s gimmick and adding Zack Ryder isn’t going to generate much interest from me. I still love Ryder, but it’s not 2o12 anymore. He’s found a nice niche with Mojo in NXT, and they’re a good team in the division; I just don’t see them going much further than a solid run as better teams get the opportunities in the division.
Having said all that, there is nothing wrong with them and their position in the division. They’re fun, and no matter what I say, they get a good response from the NXT Universe. It will be fun to see them take on a heel group like The Vaudevillains, or Dash and Dawson. Next week is going to be interesting to see what NXT brass has in store for the division.
4) Asuka-Emma Feud Reaches Boiling Point
The build for Asuka vs. Emma has been really interesting. They’ve been building up their match with limited physicality and a lot of head games. Asuka has a really dark aura about her, but it’s endearing in a way for a face. One day, she will make a terrifying heel, but right now that’s for Emma.
Her role in NXT has been solid despite not gaining many wins of quality. Emma is right. She is one of the pioneers of the women’s revolution along with Paige in early NXT. That makes her the perfect choice to put over a future big-time player in Asuka. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave her with many choices after London next week. Hopefully, future plans for her are strong. She’s going to have a hard time with so many new faces.
3) Bayley vs. Peyton Royce
Bayley vs. Nia Jax is set for London. After Eva Marie’s match with Bayley two weeks ago, Jax has quickly taken the spot of challenging Bayley’s NXT Women’s Championship title reign, and she’ll get her chance next week. It’s going to be very interesting to see how NXT books that match because there are many opportunities for great feuds out of this situation.
Everyone was worried about Eva Marie taking the title off Bayley, but it’s been Nia Jax that’s gained a ton of momentum with only a few easy weeks of building her properly. What makes her so dangerous is her ability to dominate a match. She’s a great foil for Bayley, but the question is if she is going to be pushed into a title run far too early.
Bayley is going to have to lose the title eventually, but losing it to Jax seems a little bit early for a character that is in her first big match situation. That push worked for Kevin Owens, but he had been wrestling for a decade on the independent circuit. Jax just got started. My guess is Eva Marie gets jealous and costs her the match.
2) Enzo Amore and Big Cass Get Serious
I’ve wanted Enzo and Cass to become the NXT Tag Team Champions forever. Last night, they finally got serious. I was surprised when they ignored the routine of their entrance, but they just put their focus into high gear. Seeing Enzo and Cass get serious and passionate was a great sight to behold.
Dash and Wilder are a good team because they stand out. Their dynamic is brutal and radically different than the rest of the division. Enzo and Cass have to get serious to match their intensity, and it’s great character development. I hope this is it for Enzo and Cass. It feels like the right time.
1) Corbin and Joe vs. Balor and Crews
The main event of NXT was Corbin and Joe vs. Balor and Crews. Corbin and Crews is a solid feud that has brought out a lot of intensity for Crews that was necessary. Next week, Crews gets the win and then he moves onto the NXT title picture that could be radically different depending on if Samoa Joe wins the title, or Balor retains.
Samoa Joe has been ahead of Balor every step of this feud ever since his heel turn. Joe is right. He deserves the title shot and he shouldn’t of have had to work so hard for it. He’s Samoa Joe. That point has been proven time and time again as Joe has choked Balor out multiple times over the last few weeks.
Finn Balor’s title reign is in serious trouble, and if you ask me, it should end. In my opinion, Joe walks out of NXT TakeOver: London as the NXT Champion. Sami Zayn is returning. Joe vs. Zayn is a great feud that I’m dying to see.