So how did things go at NXT Takeover: The End, and what comes next? Well if you saw the show you know the answer to the first question but we’re all wondering about the second one. In the aftermath of the show there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. So let’s have at it:
The most surprising result of the night for me was in the Tag Team Title match when The Revival regained the titles from American Alpha. The normal pattern for NXT titles is that once a title changes hands the former champion(s) get a rematch, which they lose, to solidify the new champ and then they’re off to the main roster after putting a few more people over. (The only deviation so far to my knowledge is Blake & Murphy not going up after losing to the Vaudevillains) There haven’t been any multiple time champions until now, which suggests things might be changing there now. With the number of call ups over the last year (Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Tyler Breeze, Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews, Emma, Sami Zayn, the Vaudevillains, and soon Finn Balor) the main roster doesn’t have a lot of free space for the moment. So the workers down there are probably going to be there for a while, and what has been the customary win a title/lose title/lose rematches/get called up method is going to need to change up. I imagine American Alpha is going to get the tag belts back later on this year before they and the Revival end up on the main roster this fall or early next year.
What’s next for the Women?
In beating Nia Jax to retain the Women’s title, Asuka doesn’t really have any legitimate challengers left besides her inevitable rematch with former champ Baley. Which means that in a years time the Women’s division has gone from being on par with the men to being top heavy and not very deep. Nobody honestly believes that Eva Marie, Alexa Bliss, or Carmella are Women’s Title material and Jax has already lost title matches to both the current and former champion. While she makes for a formidable opponent it would be a real shock were she to actually win the title. I’m guessing that the new signing we’ll be hearing about soon will be tasked with help filling the void that’s there now.
What for Nakamura?
Shinsuke Nakamura is the man right now; he’s way over with the crowd at Full Sail University and hasn’t lost a match yet. His match with Austin Aries was excellent and we can’t wait to see him take on Samoa Joe later on this year and Finn Balor next week. But what is the endgame for him in NXT? Will he get the belt and wear it for a while before getting called up, or will he stick around as a live tour ticket seller? There are good reasons to do either, and I can see where he may have more value on the NXT roster than the main WWE roster. I just don’t see the crowds at WWE shows singing his theme music throughout his match the way they did at Takeover. Even if they do book him well up there it’s just never going to click on the main roster like it does for the NXT crowd. But how many more guys are there for him to face down there before there’s nothing left to do? And of course we want to see him lock up with Seth Rollins, John Cena, etc. so you know that’s gonna happen.
And the NXT Title?
I think for the forseeable future Samoa Joe is going to be holding onto it. His win over Balor solidified his place as the guy for now, and he has some potential great matches ahead with Aries, Bobby Roode, and eventually Nakamura. Of all the people on the roster his position seems to be the most stable, and without the competition depth problems of the other top names. Having Joe in place for a while as a take on all comers type figure until it’s time to for a change.
So yeah, Takeover was a great show and there are some really intriguing days ahead. The pre-Summerslam NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show is next, and hopefully that will be as good as last year’s offering.