Gutteridge’s WWE NXT Hit List: Final hype for Takeover: San Antonio, featuring a face-off between Asuka, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan, and No Way José vs. Kona Reeves

By Darren Gutteridge

NXT Hits

Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan: I wasn’t expecting much out of this one given Morgan’s tendency to blow hot and cold, but this was one of her better matches. They had some nice moments, and it kept Moon ticking over until she can really kick things into gear with her inevitable rise to the NXT Women’s Championship.

Asuka, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay: An effective way to send us into this four-way, which has managed to evolve past just a holding pattern match for Asuka into one with real intrigue. Based on how they have been the focal point, I wouldn’t count against Cross taking the title by pinning either of the Australians, which would get the title off Asuka without her being pinned, and give Moon a heel to chase.

NXT Misses

Eric Young vs. Chris Atkins: Have you ever heard Full Sail as quiet as they were during this match? It perfectly encapsulated the general hype for Takeover: San Antonio, which for me is by far and away the most inconsequential Takeover in history, with more than one buzz-less match like Young vs. Dillinger.

No Way José vs Kona Reeves: The match wasn’t actually bad, with the only real negative being the hatchet job commentary did on Reeves, making him out to be a creepy, useless loser. What moved this over the line was the prospect of Elias Samson taking on José in a feud. Any Samson feud is not a fun prospect, but going up again a cold José is real bottom of the barrel stuff.

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