Welcome back to yet another WWE DVD review, today we are taking a lot look at the second DVD about WWE’s developmental territory NXT. Released last week, I am releasing the review today as I had an interview out last Monday and have another WWE one out next Monday so it is good for continuity.
To be honest I haven’t watched NXT for over 2 years since Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were prevalent. Of course being involved in Wrestling journalism I keep up with the product but I haven’t really had the time to watch it regularly for a while. So like some of the other DVD’s it is going to be a bit of a history lesson for myself in what I have missed in my time away and also reliving some memories.
The main feature in all honesty was definitely not what I was expecting but that doesn’t mean it’s bad as it was a great main feature. It was a countdown as opposed to a documentary which I am guessing will probably come in the future but with the title you would of thought it would be a documentary. As opposed to best moments though it was a countdown of the top 25 best wrestlers so far in NXT with nods to Tag Team’s and future stars currently in the brand as well. I am not going to give too much away but the likes of Becky Lynch, Samoa Joe, Paige and Tyler Breeze with all of them going up to the main roster barring Ember Moon and Corey Graves are in the countdown and it gives the evolution of each wrestler up until they left NXT which in my eyes is quite cool and adds an extra dimension as opposed to it being quite slapdash and thrown together with some moments.
Despite that being the main feature we get two discs of matches and I am going to run through some of the best ones and leave the rest for you to watch yourself if you decide to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray.
Firstly was a pretty cool match from the NXT Pilot Episode between two future stablemates in Big E Langston and Xavier Woods which despite not being too long is still a great watch to see how far these two have come since then and the whole arena set up as well during the match so it’s a great comparison point.
Another brilliant match came later in 2013 between Dolph Ziggler and Rusev. Ziggler is one of the most underrated performers WWE have had in the past ten or so years and is almost cast off and in this case he is doing a guest spot that despite him winning in elevated his opponent who is now a big fixture on the main roster and that is Rusev. Rusev’s performance was brilliant and really paved the way for him to have future success in the WWE.
Another brilliant match followed and that was between Paige and Sasha Banks. If you have read my reviews before you know that Paige and Becky Lynch are my two favourite female wrestlers in the WWE and so I am glad both feature on this set. Sasha’s heel turn in this match is well worth being on the DVD alone but it is also a brilliant match and the start of ‘The Boss’ that we know today emerging.
Big E vs Bo Dallas with a loser leaves town scenario for Bo was also brilliant. I was a big fan of Bo especially in NXT and his early days on the main roster and despite people not being a big fan of the Bolieve gimmick I really loved it and I am glad this included as both men were massively integral to NXT in the early days.
A match from NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4 Way followed and god is this a trip down memory lane. It is the Fatal 4-Way main event between Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze. 4 men that were integral to NXT and in a way in the case of Tyson it revitalised his career at that point. Zayn won here in a match I did watch live and multiple times following that. It had tons of great spots, great performances and the atmosphere in Full Sail is worth the watch alone.
We then return to the Women’s action and two brilliant matches involving Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch pertaining the Womens’ Revolution and how integral all 3 women were to it along with Bayley and Paige. To be honest it is what made NXT so watchable back in the 2015 time period and to see them put in performances like this knowing that it kind of made women’s wrestling even more serious again and a real attraction on the main roster makes me happy to this day.
Following that, one of my favourite NXT matches of all time. This is from Mania weekend when of course Shinsuke Nakamura made his NXT debut. Of course only a year later, Shinsuke is a main roster stand out and this is where it all started. It was a brilliant decision by WWE to put him with Zayn and was the start of something special for him so it was great that this was put onto the DVD.
The last two matches I will be speaking about are Samoa Joe shocking the world by winning the NXT title at a live event. This was a massive shock to most NXT fans who thought Finn would continue his reign and it shows that in NXT anything can and will happen.
Finally the last match on the set is between Asuka and Ember Moon from the recent NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. This is an excellent match from both sides with Ember showing how good she is and she came close multiple times to finally ending the undefeated streak set by Asuka and I reckon once someone else is established as a genuine contender in the NXT women’s division that Ember will be main roster bound full time.
Rating – 7/10 – A pretty good watch that despite not being a documentary included a good countdown that was easy and informative to watch as well as some of the best matches in the history of NXT. Some matches like the Iron Man match between Bayley and Sasha are left off but I think what they are trying to show is that there is loads of brilliant matches over the years in the company’s most exciting brand.
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