If you watch the WWE, then I can only hope you watch NXT. If you don’t, you’re slacking, you silly son of a bitch. Pound for pound, it’s the best wrestling around. Mostly, because it’s pretty much all wrestling. There’s some story, but it’s usually told through short promos, thankfully. Though, there are scripted segments (Bull Dempsey trying to cut weight comes to mind).
For this piece, we’re going to focus on the women of NXT. They’ve been blowing up this year, and it’s well deserved. These ladies are putting on clinics.
It all started with Emma and Paige…
This was the first NXT Takeover, and Paige and Emma killed it. The psychology was tight, as were the submissions. That’s the best part. It’s also not the last time we’re going to be talking about these women wrenching each other in submissions (not even close).
Back on subject: Poor Emma. She gets no credit for what she did in NXT. It’s the stupid character that she got saddled with. When she finally got to the WWE. she was doing ridiculous dance offs, and not pulling bad ass stuff like the picture below.
Paige, on the other hand, gets more than her fair share of credit. There’s no need for me to add fuel to that hot, British fire.
Next up on the list: the fatal 4-way that blew my fragile, little mind. I have never been a fan of this match concept. For the most part, in WWE, all I remember getting out of it was unorganized chaos. NXT changed the game. First, it was Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn, and Adrian Neville. Then it was Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Bayley, and Sasha Banks.
I don’t know how else to get this over without hitting the nail right on the head, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This match is incredible.
I’m torn on where to go next.
I did make it a point of talking about submissions before, so I suppose we should get into this classic:
This is one of the most physical matches that I have ever seen. I’m a big fan of both The Sharpshooter and The Figure Four. I used to slap ’em on my little brother, all the time. They were the easiest ones to apply, and they hurt the most.
That being the case, I suppose my brother would have a better idea of how painful this must’ve been for Natty Neidhardt.
Only two matches remain. The first didn’t take place at a Takeover, or a special event, or any of that. It was Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte in the main event of an episode of NXT. That’s a big deal. That’s the equivalent of Trish and Lita getting the Raw main event. They were also the main event of a house show in Philadelphia, which is a brutal wrestling crowd. From everything I’ve heard, the two of them killed it. That’s an even bigger deal than the TV taping, if you ask me.
If you can get over with the Philly and New York crowds, then you can get over anywhere. And as Sasha tells it on the most recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, not one person left during their match, and they all stood up and clapped after. Unfortunately, that was a, “you had to be there,” type of thing. Which is why I’m going with their TV main event for this spot.
Finally, we’ve come to the end. You may have noticed that i didn’t slap any numbers on the previous entries. That was for a reason: I simply couldn’t decide. Those are four of my favorite matches ever, regardless of gender. They’re all dynamite. The storytelling is on point in all of them, and that’s the biggest thing I look for in wrestling. If there’s not great storytelling, then why am I watching it? You take away that element, and all you’ve left me with is a pretend fight between some people who get paid to play for a living. That’s not what I want to watch.
This final match is exactly where I want it to be. It’s the only one I can positively say that I like more than the others. It had incredible storytelling, and stiff, physical action. It’s Sasha Banks versus Becky Lynch at NXT Takeover – Unstoppable, and it is a certified banger.
PS: Thank you, Sara Del Rey, for everything you’ve done to bring all this awesome women’s wrestling to us. You’re the best. If I had to deal with another ten years of terrible 3 minute matches, I would’ve eventually lost my mind.