NXT Takeover: Portland Review
The time has arrived! NXT Takeover: Portland is in the books and guys what an event this turned out to be! 4 Championship Matches along with two personal matches made this show on paper looked to be a must see event, but how exactly did the show turn out? Did we see any title changes? Did we see some big moments? This review will tell all! Let's recap NXT Takeover: Portland!
Keith Lee (C) Vs. Dominik Dijakovic (NXT North American Championship)
Very good opening match! Lee and Dijakovic never fails to put on a good match and with the North American Championship up for grabs, you know the two of them were gonna go the distance. This match featured some insane spots that it's too many to recall. For starters, Dijakovic had Lee on the top rope TWICE! One was when he had Lee on his shoulders and delivered the Feast Your Eyes off the top for a near fall. The second time, Dijakovic would deliver the Avalanche Spanish Fly for another near fall! Action then spills by the announce table where Lee chopped Dijakovic like crazy, definitely leaving marks on the man's chest for sure. Lee then sets Dijakovic up on a chair to chop him again then Dijakovic had enough. Dijakovic would then put Lee on the chair to Superkick him, then would proceed to do something absolutely mindboggling. Dijakovic would then leave Lee proned on the chair to go back into the ring and performs a Slingshot Front Flip Senton on Lee on the chair!! Fans went absolutely nuts for this and rightfully so because that was crazy!! Back in the ring, the back and forth action continued til Lee out of nowhere lifts Dijakovic up for the Fireman's Carry Jackhammer for the win! Keith Lee retained the NXT North American Championship in what was a very good opening match and the two men would then embrace afterwards with a great amount of respect for one another.
Tegan Nox Vs. Dakota Kai (Street Fight)
This match was also very good, but with an unsettling ending to say the least. Dakota Kai immediately attacked Tegan as Tegan was making her entrance, then the two would brawl in the crowd before Tegan Speared Kai through the barricade! Match had officially begun once the women made it into the ring and all hell broke loose as they beat the crap out of each other. Kai brought in a trash can with two lids and she used them to her advantage especially knocking Nox in the face with one of the lids. Nox brought in toys of her own including a table that would be used later on in the match. Kai would then bring out some duck tape and tie Nox to the ring post so she can torture her with weapon shots. Nox battled back, then finally would let herself loose and beat Kai down some more til she nailed her in the back of the head with the Shining Wizard! Nox then realized that the table wasn't brought into play yet so she grabbed it from the outside to set it up in the ring. She drags Kai onto it then to add more pain, she hooks a chair around Kai's neck! Nox then climbs the top rope when suddenly the crowd started to notice something. Former Mae Young Classic contestant Raquel Gonzalez arrived to Chokeslam Nox off of the top rope through the table! Kai took this opportunity to pin Nox and she would pick up the win with the assist from Raquel Gonzalez. Good match indeed but this conclusion was just underwhelming I must say. Good to see Raquel Gonzalez, but this match should've had a decisive winner.
Johnny Gargano Vs. Finn Balor
After 3 months of waiting, we finally got to see this match and it did not distracted whatsoever. This was a great match that featured so much aggression from both men as they wanted to beat each other to the point of ending their careers. Gargano especially wanted to hurt Bàlor after what the man had put him through over the past few months. Match started off basic with typical wrestling action but along the way, wrestling went out the window and the two began focusing on hurting one another. Bàlor mainly tried to end Gargano's career as he would attempt the 1916 wherever he could, but Gargano wasn't going down like that again and fought him off. Gargano then takes down Bàlor by the announce table with a Shotgun Dropkick of his own before attempting to hit his own 1916. Gargano teased putting Bàlor through the announce table but Bàlor wasn't going to let that happen and took the man back into the ring. Match goes on with back to back combat from both guys that concluded with Gargano executing the Gargano Escape, but Bàlor somehow managed to escape the hold. After battling for so long, the two would have an impromptu standoff before continuing to battle that had Bàlor hit the Coupe De Grace. Bàlor wasn't done there, as he finally hits the 1916 to successfully pin Gargano after what was a great match!
Rhea Ripley (C) Vs. Bianca Belair (NXT Women’s Championship)
This was another good match that had an underwhelming ending. Bianca Belair was definitely on fire in this match as she at one point Military Press Slammed Rhea with such great strength! Rhea definitely had her moments but Bianca overall was pulling out everything she had in order to win her first championship. Both women were on the top rope when suddenly Rhea got Bianca in the position for the Riptide then executes the move a little awkwardly. That didn't matter at the end as Rhea would pin Bianca for the three count and successfully retained the NXT Women's Championship! Match was good but the ending came out of nowhere and so abruptly. As Rhea celebrated her victory, Charlotte Flair comes from behind and ambushed her! Charlotte then grabs a microphone and simply tells Rhea that she will see her at Wrestlemania! She then delivers the Natural Selection before holding the championship high then takes out Bianca at ringside then walking off and there we have it folks. Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women's Championship at Wrestlemania 36!
The Undisputed Era (C) Vs. The Broserweights (NXT Tag Team Championships)
Great tag match! The Broserweights came in with such confidence that they were going to win the tag titles and weren't gonna hold back in doing so. Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish performed very well as usual, but the chemistry between Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne was just on a whole another level. There honestly wasn't too much big spots that went on in this match it was all action from bell to bell. UE did work over Dunne for most of the match til Dunne made the hot tag to Riddle and the momentum shift was strong with that one as Riddle went nuts from there on out. After Dunne took out O'Reilly, both himself and Matt Riddle hit their finisher on Bobby Fish and successfully Riddle pinned Fish for The Broserweights to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions!!
Adam Cole (C) Vs. Tomasso Ciampa (NXT Championship)
Good main event as these two bitter rivals fought hard in this anticipated match. Match started off a bit slow but picked up throughout the way. Ciampa and Cole mainly dished out some big moves including both men being by the announce table and Cole swung Ciampa onto the announce table, nearly breaking his neck! Later on, Ciampa would return the favor but this time he would Powerbomb Cole through the announce table! Ciampa's neck was a factor throughout the match as he would favor it whenever Cole would dish out a big move on the man. Speaking of big moves, Cole would dish out a few finishing maneuvers to Ciampa but somehow the man would kick out of each attempt. Same goes for Ciampa as he would hit the Fairytale Ending and Cole would kick out of it. This would go on for a bit til suddenly The Undisputed Era came out to interfere. Roderick Strong would distract the referee while Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish hit their finish on Ciampa, making it seem like this would be the end. Cole covers Ciampa but nope Ciampa kicked out! Suddenly the referee gets taken out as Ciampa bumped into him and UE thought they had this in the bag, but Ciampa fought every single one of them off. Cole brings in the NXT Championship and struck Ciampa in the face but yet again this resulted in a near fall. Cole absolutely had no idea on what to do next but then Ciampa hits another Fairytale Ending. Ciampa spots the NXT Championship and started crawling to use the belt then suddenly, Johnny Gargano comes out seemly to guide him to victory. Then, Gargano snatches the title from Ciampa and proceeded to STRIKE him in the face with it!! Ciampa was out cold and this unfortunately was enough for Cole to pin him and gain the victory! Thanks to the unexpected assist from Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole retained the NXT Championship! Gargano sure has some explaining to do, but Ciampa will definitely have revenge on his mind and will come at Gargano sooner than later.
Show Rating: 9.8/10
Show Rating: 9.8/10