Previously on the Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver New York: Back when the show was called TakeOver: Brooklyn we saw Johnny Gargano lose a Last Man Standing match by running into a bunch of production equipment with his knees, watched Kairi Sane get (very) lucky in a match against Shayna Baszler, and put our hands over our mouths when Ricochet backflipped into a superkick to the throat.
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And now, the Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 5 … sorry, NXT TakeOver: New York, originally aired on April 5, 2019.
Before We Begin
If you’re looking for some kind of critical takedown of this show, here’s the short version that allows you to skip the rest of the column: NXT TakeOver is the best that American wrestling ever is these days, and now that every match on the show has a different kind of style, it’s all the best kinds of wrestling at once. I honestly can’t imagine being a wrestling fan and choosing another show over this. It’s got everything, and something for everyone. You’ve got a high-speed, balls-to-the-wall tag team spot fest featuring a Dutch occultist and his happy go-lucky backflip buddy trying to beat a couple of Whiterun guards from Skyrim, a pansexual wrestling Prince trying to out-macho a dopey but beautiful MMA fighter, a scrappy little British dude with a bear tattooed on his knee trying to avoid being killed by an enormous Austrian murder baby, four racially diverse women going at it until one of them hits a Burning Hammer on TWO OF THEM AT ONCE, and a 2-out-of-3 falls masterpiece with a crowd reaching Hogan vs. Rock levels of insanity.
It’s a perfect card where every match delivers at a top level, every match highlights something wonderfully different about why pro wrestling is good, and maintains not only character consistency and internal logic, but lets exciting things happen and have consequences. It’s literally everything I complain about Raw not being on a weekly basis, because one is a dope pro wrestling show, and the other is a 3-hour fried chicken commercial they have to do live in prime-time 52 times a year.