NXT TakeOver London Review
NXT from SSE Wembley in London
NXT Championship Match
Finn Bálor (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Balor retained the title with a double foot stomp off the top in an excellent match It felt very much like a Japanese main event. They countered out of each others big moves, they did the big striking exchanges late. Joe kept teasing the muscle buster and never getting it Joe had the choke but Balor rolled out and did the double foot stomp. Both did dives, Joe doing the elbow suicida and Balor doing the running flip dive oer the top. Before the finish Balor used one running dropkick afer the other but Joe cut him off and went for one last muscle buster. The crowd was very different here.
NXT Women's Championship Match
Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax
Baley retained the title with about her fourth attempt at a guillotine. Jax kept slamming out of the guillotine until finally after a long struggle she tapped out. Interesting match. The first part the crowd was more into seranading Bayley with songs and wasn't really paying attention to the flow of the match The match was mostly Jax using power moves and the crowd wasn't taking it seriously. But after Bayley kept kicking out of legdrops that they thought were the finish the crowd was into the match itself and the singing stopped. Just because of the Bayley character this ended up really good.
Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin scored a clean win with the End of Days Interesting result since TV was teasing Crews vs. Balor for the title coming up. The match was fine, Corbin has improved, but nothing compared to the first two matches. Crews is missing something when doing this style of long selling and less spots. His athleticism is there whenever he needs it but this match was mostly Corbin on top beating on him. At one point Corbin backdropped him over the top rope and Crews landed face first on the ring steps. Corbin kicked out of the standing moonsault.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Dash & Dawson (c) vs.
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady
Real good match. Dash & Dawson retained when they took out Cass by throwing him into the post and Enzo went to the top rope and Dawson, who is a really tremendous worker, he's like a Rocky Romero type who doesn't get attention but he's super, did a superplex into a codebreaker by Wilder for the pin. Enzo & Cass did their talking early which got over. There was a good near fall with a rocket launcher on Wilder but Dawson pulled Enzo off him out of the ring. They teased the same spot where Cass was injured before but Enzo brokethe spot up.
Asuka vs. Emma
Fantastic match. The crowd loved Asuka who may be the best worker in WWE, man or woman. The crowd did all kinds of chants for her throughout. The crowd was really mad when there was a ref bump late. Every time it looked like Emma would be able to get the win using a belt shot with Dana Brooke's belt, Asuka countered They teased the screw job twice. Asuka did so much great stuff, all with perfect timing and she just commanded the ring and audience. She's almost so good that the crowd doesn't believe it when she has to sell, but Emma's offense was so good that wans't an issue here. Asuka got the Asuka lock on but Brooke distracted the ref, who missed the tap out. Emma got the belt and they teased a screwjob but Asuka beat her to the punch with a spin kick for the pin. As far as just a technical match, this was better than anything on Sunday.