NXT Preview – April 11, 2018 – TakeOver: Fallout

Well, I know what show was the best show from Wrestlemania weekend.

Supercard of Honor was…good. However, it left people wanting more. ‘Mania was fantastic, aside from the last hour in my opinion. However, Takeover: New Orleans was stacked from top to bottom. We saw great matches all throughout, incredible storytelling in the last two matches especially, a surprising heel turn, and Ricochet just doing stuff most people can only dream of.

As always, I’m Parker Love (@Parkman15Love ), here with your weekly NXT Preview!

First, a recap of this weekends show.

  • Adam Cole becomes North American Champion.
  • Shanya Baszler becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
  • The Undisputed Era retain the NXT Tag Team Championships, with help from new member Roderick Strong. 
  • Aleister Black becomes the new NXT Champion.
  • Johnny Gargano defeats Tommaso Ciampa in an unsanctioned match. Johnny is reinstated within  NXT.

The Main Event

WWE.com’s official preview is all about the fallout of TakeOver: New Orleans. Not surprising at all, it was an unbelievable show that effectively hit the reset button on the main event scene. Aleister Black is now the face of NXT’s men division, Shanya Baszler choked out Ember Moon, and Adam Cole won one of the best ladder matches I’ve seen in recent memory.  Johnny Gargano also got a measure of revenge against his former best friend Tommaso Ciampa in one hell of a match.

Perhaps the biggest winner though is collectively the Undisputed Era. As mentioned, Cole shockingly won the ladder match to become the Inaugural North American Champion, but Roderick Strong joined the Era by hitting his partner Pete Dunne with The End of Heartache to cost them the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Now, Roderick may say he was frustrated by not winning a championship… but why would Roddy turn on his partner just as they were about to win the tag championships? He’s got some explaining to do. And Pete Dunne’s got some friends he can count on too…

I am on board with this. NXT, proceed.

Other Segments

Getting one of my favorite superstars on NXT is always a positive, and that’s exactly what will happen when Kairi Sane takes on Lacey Evans. Sane’s been treading water for a while, and I think she could have helped make the women’s match at TakeOver a bit more exciting. However, I think she’s close to next in line for a push in the women’s division. Evans has been a character that is improving, but still a little ways away. 

Authors note, it’s hard to believe that NXT is still perceived as the developmental brand. 

Expect the Pirate Princess to win her on her build to the #1 Contender Status. Ember Moon and the Iconic duo’s departure have left the division wide open, and I think it’s Sane’s time to step up.

Anything to keep this elbow drop on my screen makes me happy. 

As well, we’re scheduled to see Heavy Machinery vs Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss again today. This match has happened a lot, and I can’t say I’m too excited about the most recent chapter. However, I am a going to tune in for a specific reason that I wont say. I’ll just leave this link here for people to look at. Beware though, spoilers ahead if you click. Find out why I’m excited here!

Otherwise, expect a lot of recaps from New Orleans. Should just be a classic Post-TakeOver episode.

The Championship Scene

Aleister Black is now NXT Champion. His signing was big, but I don’t know if anyone expected this much from him. He has been absolutely brilliant throughout from top to bottom. Andrade Cien Almas has his rematch clause… but he doesn’t need the title back at all. Will we start to see who becomes the first challenger in the Era of Aleister?

Black isn’t alone though, as the Queen of Spades Shanya Baszler choked out Ember Moon to win the women’s belt. I am a big fan of Bazler – she simply gets what she does best. Is she the best wrestler? No. But she has an aura around her that makes her legit. I’m excited to see what she can do with the belt in the coming weeks.

The Undisputed Era had quite the weekend too, not only retaining their tag team championships, or by having their leader become the inaugural North American Champ: but they grew more. Roderick Strong became one of the most interesting characters in NXT with one simple move. Seeing Roddy wrestle as a heel again should be great, as will tagging with two of the best in the business. It seems a feud with British Strong Style is up next for the collective unit, but who will step up to challenge for the new championship in NXT? There’s five guys who never got pinned to lose the match that all have a solid claim.

My Thoughts

  • What’s next for Tommaso Ciampa? After tapping out, he now shares a locker room with Johnny Wrestling. Triple H put him over huge after TakeOver; I’m intrigued on what happens next with NXT’s biggest heel.
  • Good luck to the Authors of Pain, Iconic Duo, No Way Jose and Ember Moon on the main roster!!!
  • What’s next for SAnitY? Killian Dain lost in the ladder match, Nikki Cross has been out of the title scene for a while, and so has Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe. 
  • Drew McIntyre called out Andrade Cien Almas on the Takeover pre-show… do we see this feud continue in NXT? Or will we see these two move up on next week’s Super Star Shakeup?
  • What will Lars Sullivan destroy after losing the ladder match? And how will EC3, Velveteen Dream and Ricochet respond? PS. How good is Ricochet?

That’s all from me folks! Excited to see the next step in NXT? I know I am! For anything involving NXT, tweet/follow me @Parkman15Love or follow Win Column Sports @WCSportsCA! Thanks for reading!

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NXT Preview – April 11, 2018- TakeOver: Fallout
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