Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE NXT: Sean Maluta was given the world’s worst Titantron graphic, NXT’s video editing department forgot that Hideo Itami had been injured for two years, and Kassius Ohno wore vertical stripes and it was very unflattering.
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And now, the Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: Chicago.
Best: Man, It’s A Hot One
This was the perfect opening match for NXT TakeOver: Chicago. It started off hot with Roddy running in from the crowd to take out the extra members of SAnitY (finally, a babyface with brains!), it had enough high spots to get the crowd boiling over, and it was, at the end of the day, completely forgettable and did nothing to potentially overshadow any of the matches on the card yet to come. It also featured plenty of examples of SAnitY murdering Roddy (I was particularly fond of Killian Dain’s flying crossbody outside the ring).
This match was also one of the very rare examples of when an official is more bronzed than both of the competitors he is refereeing. (I see you, Drake Younger, and I am sincerely concerned about the amount of time you spend in a tanning bed.)
Roddy wins, which was a little surprising, since he was only a bit player in the Tye Dillinger/SAnitY story but was now able to slay the beast on his first try, whereas it took Dillinger months to climb that mountain. Between this win and the “Who is Roddy Strong?” vignettes, it sure seems like the dude is being elevated to main-event status pretty soon, though in reality, this is where NXT would benefit from having a mid-card singles title.