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NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable Review

Last year, NXT Arrival would become the first live event to take place on the WWE Network. Since then, the TakeOver series has proven to be a successful addition to the network as it provides the superstars of NXT with their own Pay-Per-View series of sorts. While this is clearly not WrestleMania; there remains a nice feel to these NXT specials – some times coming off as better than a main roster Pay-Per-View.

The latest edition of NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable has shaped up nicely with the focal point of this event being lost friendship. With the NXT Championship on the line; two old friends – once closer than brothers – will settle their score in the middle of the squared-circle. While the rest of the card is solid; the build up for this championship encounter has been intense and personal.

The eyes of the NXT Universe will be locked upon the two boys from Quebec as they do battle over the NXT Championship.

Now then, let's take a look the card for NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable.

NXT Championship Match

-Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn

NXT Women's Championship Match

-Sasha Banks (c) vs. Becky Lynch

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

-Blake and Murphy (c) vs. Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady

NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat Match

-Finn Balor vs. Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze

-Baron Corbin vs. Rhyno

-Bayley and Charlotte vs. Emma and Dana Brooke

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Charlotte's version of the Figure Four Leg Lock – known as the Figure Eight – is a masterful maneuver. That being said: this match was nothing out of the ordinary. Some nice teamwork from Charlotte and Bayley at one point but nothing overtly spectacular.

The eventual finish came when Charlotte hit the Natural Selection for the pinfall – another nice move from the daughter of The Natch. It's good to see a new side of Emma as that weird dancing hands thing had certainly run its course. Perhaps she will find a spot back on the main roster soon enough.

On a side note: too much talk about headbands throughout this match.

Winners: Bayley and Charlotte

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Smashmouth wrestling here as the two big bulls were placed inside of the ring and sent head-on at one another. There was a lot of slugging going on as the match was rather slow and bland. Rhyno in NXT just seems odd. The former ECW Champion wrestling down in NXT with superstars who are nearly twenty years younger … it doesn't fit.

The finish came when Rhyno attempted to hit a Gore on Baron Corbin but ran into a hard clothesline. This would allow Corbin to hit the End of Days on Rhyno and pick up the victory. Usual stuff here but I don't think anybody was expecting any high-flying action.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Match Rating: 4/10

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The No. 1 Contender's match would lose a participant when during the NXT pre-show, “fan footage” was aired from earlier in the day that saw Hideo Itami laid out in the parking lot while NXT Champion Kevin Owens passed by and snidely commented: “that's a shame.”

The match would now become a singles bout between Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze. Prior to the bell, the theatrics were turned up during the entrances of both men. The match itself got off to a slow start but an offense onslaught from Balor would soon get the ball rolling.

Tyler Breeze would expose a turnbuckle in an attempt at stealing a victory ... no such luck. The action would spill outside and following crazy leap from the NXT set, Finn Balor would bring Tyler Breeze back into the ring and hit the Coup de Grace for the victory.

Winner: Finn Balor

Match Rating: 7/10

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Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady are beyond annoying … beyond! Cassady is an awkward big guy who certainly does not have the technique of an Undertaker or Kane. It seems as though he needs to hone his craft a lot more. There was much back-and-forth throughout this match and a nice spot from Enzo when he hit a second rope DDT.

Then along came Alexa Bliss – who looks like a million bucks by the way – and cost Amore and Cassady the match by attacking Carmella and knocking Enzo off of the top rope – allowing for Blake and Murphy to pick up the win and retain their championship.

Winners: Blake and Murphy

Match Rating: 5/10

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This may come as a surprise to many but Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch put on the match of the night. The early stages of the match saw back-and-forth pining predicaments as the girls fought to establish position.

Sasha Banks quickly found a weakness in Becky Lynch and applied a long straightjacket submission hold; causing damage to Lynch's arm and continuing to target the injury throughout the remainder of the match.

Despite, continuous submission attempts, Becky Lynch would not quit; eventually targeting the arm of Sasha Banks. Now, both women were essentially fighting with one arm. The high point of this match came when Sasha Banks dove through the ropes but was caught on the outside and dumped by Becky Lynch.

Eventually, Sash Banks would get Becky Lynch to submit and retain her championship. Becky Lynch received a well deserved standing ovation form the NXT crowd.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Match Rating: 8/10

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The match would see a lot of action take place outside of the ring and even spill over into the crowd. Sami Zayn was all over Kevin Owens but the NXT Champion would eventually gain the upper hand and plant Zyan onto the ring apron with a Pp-Up Powerbomb.

This would bring out officials and a doctor to check on Zayn but Owens was relentless in his attack; continuing to pummel on his former best friend. NXT General Manger William Regal was out next; only to receive a headbutt from Owens.

Just as it seemed that nobody would be able to stop Owens' attack on Zayn; it happened … Samoa Joe finally arrived in NXT. Joe and Owens would have a stare-off with Owens eventually backing down. Kevin Owens would then make his way back down towards the ring and tease a physical altercation with Samoa Joe but would once again walk away.

Winner: No Contest

Match Rating: 6/10

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