Here are the match results, my match ratings and review for NXT Takeover Philadelphia. During the show they announced three new signings Ricochet, War Machine and EC3. I’m so glad he kept the name EC3, Derek Bateman Sucked. There was also an appearance from a fourth new signee and that happened during the Main Event when Candice LeRae came to the aid of her husband.
NXT Tag Team Championship
Undisputed Era defeated Authors Of Pain
Match Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Velveteen Dream defeated Kassius Ohno
NXT Women’s Championship
Ember Moon defeated Shayna Baszler
Extreme Rules Match
Aleistar Black defeated Adam Cole
Match Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Andrade Cien Almas defeated Johnny Gargano
While the tag team match was good and I liked how Undisputed Era worked as a team to take down their larger opponents, it was the very basic story of a leg injury after taking a high risk then losing via the dreaded ROLL UP that I thought was not very creative and they could of done something different from what is done a lot on NXT shows. The Velveteen Dream is a Star. He looks like a Star, he walks like a Star, he talks like a Star and he is unbelievable athletic. The outfit he wore, the story he told and his entrance are all reasons why this guy is one of the best talents in NXT and he is young so he will only get better which is crazy to think about considering how good he is already, Okay this match may not of been as good as his match with Black but it was still a damn good match. I’m glad he got the win here he more than deserves to be pushed up the roster. I really thought Baszler would win the belt, she did a decent job in the match and got her heat back after but yet again they used the same story in this match as they did earlier and have done so many times on NXT. The injured body part is a basic story for a match and is good when done well but you should only do it maybe once a show but for some reason we got it twice and another devestating ROLL UP finish. Wow Adam Cole and Aleistar Black put on an amazing match. Yes they took risks they didn’t need to but and the interference was not needed as it really didn’t affect the match. But it was a great to sit back and watch two of the best in the world put together this fantastic performance. The main event was just as good as the match before and again I was certain that the title would change hands or that Ciampa would return but I got neither. It was cool seeing Johnny’s wife Candice Le Rae getting involved and chasing off Selina Vega. This was a dramatic contest that had me sitting on the edge of my seat as it was impossible to pick a winner until the Ref’s hand hit three and that is the kind of wrestling match I love, Suspense and Drama mixed in with unbelievable athleticism always makes for an unforgettable match.