The Best And Worst Of NXT TakeOver XXV


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Previously on NXT TakeOver: We’ve finally made it to NXT TakeOver XXV, the 26th NXT live special, remembering that NXT Arrival never gets any love. If you’d like to go back and check out our favorite memories from each of the previous shows, click here.

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And now, the Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: Connecticut, originally aired on June 1, 2019.

Best In Show, Holy Crap: Matt Riddle Vs. Roderick Strong

Going into the show, Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong was the match I was least excited about. I’ve never been much of a fan of Strong in singles matches unless he’s getting wristlocked into helplessness by Bryan Danielson for 58 minutes, and there wasn’t really anything on the line. Keep in mind that “the match I was least excited about” on TakeOver is still EXTREMELY EXCITING, but this is where I was at. As it stands, I think Riddle vs. Strong was my favorite match of the night.

It’s a simple review, honestly; it’s two extremely athletic guys beating the absolute ever-loving shit out of each other, and dropping these bonkers move chain combos that not only would’ve pinned me, but put me somewhere between critical condition and the grave. I can’t imagine looking at Matt Riddle in his current form, having these matches he’s having and connecting with people the way he is, and not having your eyeballs turn into big green cartoon dollar signs. It’s like they put Brock Lesnar and Kerry Von Erich into a cocoon and out stepped a shoeless Adam Warlock. And to throw some love at Strong, that guy has never looked or moved better.

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