NXT Takeover: Chicago Observations

WWE’s NXT brand held one of their patented Takeover shows last night at Chicago’s Allstate Arena. The show featured a bonafide Match of the Year Candidate and a heartbreaking ending. Here are the Turnbuckle Observations…..

If you haven’t seen NXT Takeover: Chicago yet then check it out on the WWE Network.

Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate May Well Be The Match of the Year

Where to start with this match? It was two of the youngest and brightest performers on the UK Independent circuit showing that they can not only match the stars of the WWE, but on this night surpass them.

Before the bout I expected Dunne to capture the title, I also expected him to establish himself as the face of the WWE UK Division going forward. What really surprised me was Bate’s contribution. As a longtime PROGRESS fan I thought I knew EXACTLY what Tyler Bate is capable of, turns out I didn’t, there were spots in this match that I have NEVER seen Bate perform, such as the Spiral Tap from the top rope.

Tyler Bate has the opportunity now to go on and be a major player in the WWE, not just in the UK Division but on RAW or Smackdown. If anything Dunne has even more upside potential than Tyler does, he is a unique ‘bad guy’ who could be a dominant mid card champion right now on either RAW or Smackdown. Go out of your way to watch this match, it is a true 5 star instant classic that will be part of video packages on these two for the rest of their careers, awesome.

How Much Longer will Roode Hold the Title?

Shinsuke Nakamura, Hideo Itami & Kassius Ohno. Who will be next for the Glorious One to defeat? In terms of babyface talent on the NXT roster you have Drew McIntyre, Aleister Black, Roderick Strong and the aforementioned Ohno. The real issue is that aside from possibly Ohno none of these men have been positioned as top tier talent on the brand just yet.

We here at TD believe that Roode’s title reign will last a good deal longer, possibly as far as Survivor Series weekend where a new challenger can be built. Our pick for this eventual match would be the recent debutant Aleister Black.

Dammit Ciampa

The signs were all there. ‘Judas’ by Fozzy was one of the show’s theme songs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were in the crowd, and yet we weren’t quite sure if they would do it where we?

In case you weren’t aware Tommaso Ciampa has finally ‘turned’ on Johnny Gargano. It was perfectly executed, two of wrestling’s longtime friends who had journeyed together on the independent scene and had entered the WWE at the same time were looking to reclaim their tag team titles. The motivation is clear, Tommaso will likely say that he was ‘sick of always losing,’ and that ‘Johnny was the ‘weak link of the team.’ Thinking back on their previous matches I do believe that Gargano had taken the losing pinfall on many an occasion, so the idea that the ‘Psycho Killer’ would finally snap is believable and we here at Turnbuckle Daily are very excited at the prospect of a Gargano/Ciampa feud going forward. Expertly executed, genuinely heartbreaking.

What did you think of Takeover: Chicago? Let us know in the comments.

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