No matter what matches are on the card and how things end up shaking out, there is always a lot to take away from every single NXT TakeOver event. What makes that even more impressive with each passing show is that every TakeOver has just five matches. Here is everything we took away from what was a terrific NXT TakeOver: WarGames on Saturday night. The perfect way to kick off four straight days of WWE shows at the Staples Center.
Matt Riddle Could Not Wait For Wednesday
Matt Riddle versus Kassius Ohno was supposed to be taped prior to WarGames and aired on Wednesday's episode of NXT TV. The newly signed King Of Bros couldn't wait for us to see him perform, though. Instead, Riddle called out Ohno and suggested they settle their differences live at NXT TakeOver. You're likely worried that such cavalier actions messed up the timing of the entire show. Well, you need not worry. It took Riddle a matter of seconds to pick up the win, kneeing Ohno in the face as soon as the bell rang. Time is already ticking down to Riddle being NXT Champion, and we cannot wait.
The Horsewomen's Grip On NXT Has Tightened
The fact that WWE now has all four of MMA's horsewomen under contract is no coincidence. At some point, all four of them will unite and run riot over all of WWE. However, that is already happening with the 3/4 of them currently in NXT, and it is happening a lot sooner than we expected. Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke have not been wrestling for long, but are already in the thick of it. The pair helped Shayna Baszler win the NXT Women's Title at Evolution, and ensured she retained it at WarGames. The two of them haven't wrestled on TV yet, but judging by what went down on Saturday night, we expect that they will relatively soon.
NXT TakeOver Is Aleister Black's Playground
Aleister Black waited a long time to discover who attacked him months ago, and even longer to get his hands on him. That man was revealed to be Johnny Gargano, and the Dutch Destroyer made him pay at WarGames. No one kicks out of the former NXT Champion's Black Mass, but that did not stop Black from delivering it twice, simply for good measure. Had you seen the stats before the match, you'd have likely expected this result. Black has competed in seven one-on-one matches at TakeOver since his arrival in NXT, winning all of them. This was Gargano's sixth singles match at a TakeOver, and his fifth loss.
Velveteen Dream Can Be The Future Of WWE
There are certain Superstars in WWE that seem to ascend and progress even when they lose. Velveteen Dream might be the best example of exactly that in recent history. His record in big matches is pretty dire, but most fans don't care about that. Dream's talent, charisma, and presence outweigh whether he wins or loses his matches. As great a moment it would have been to see him become NXT Champion at WarGames, that sadly did not happen. However, his stock was once again raised by being in the ring with Ciampa and putting on the performance that he did. Plus, his Hollywood Hulk Hogan get up entertained us quite a bit.
Chaos Reigned In The WarGames Match
Normally in WWE's multi-person matches, two wrestlers fight at a time while the others lay out. That doesn't really work with WarGames. There is basically so much going on that your eyes can't keep up with it. Weapons, dives from the top of the cage, wrestlers being slammed onto the steel divider. We got it all, and WWE's second foray into the WarGames cage might well have been better than the first. Despite their underhanded tactics, Undisputed ERA could not make it two WarGames wins in a row. Shockingly, it was the ERA's fearless leader Adam Cole who lost the match. The former North American Champion was covered by Pete Dunne and Ricochet at the same time.