21st Jun2021

‘WWE NXT: Takeover – In Your House 2021’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of WWE’s NXT: Takeover – In Your House 2021 event, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the return of the classic Pay Per View name from the 1990s to help NXT in its quest to become 1996 World Wrestling Federation. Michael Hayes is here as Dok Hendrix for those of you who like seeing one of the top drawing wrestlers of the 80s melt into Pizza The Hut while Todd Pettengill is here to sell you a Shawn Michaels T-shirt that has his ass printed on the front. Asses and pizza people? How can you lose? Don’t forget not to complain about anything, because our lord and master Triple H has recently reminded us that we shouldn’t complain about anything. We don’t want to ruin things by trying to make them better when they have problems. Okay. I think we have a few winners on this card, so let’s get right to it.

Match #1: Sarray and Zoey Stark b. The Robert Stone Brand (Aliyah and Jessi Kamea) (with Robert Stone)

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #2: Bronson Reed and MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) b. Legado Del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza) – Winner Takes All Six-Man Tag Team Match For Both The NXT North American Championship And NXT Tag Team Championship

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NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed joined forces with NXT Tag Team Champions MSK to reign supreme over Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza in a historic, high-stakes Winner Take All Six-Man Tag Team Match. In the early moments, the trio of champions worked extremely effectively together to run the table. The action soon expanded outside the ring with a series of earth-shattering maneuvers by both teams through the ropes that caused absolute chaos. Legado del Fantasma briefly took control, but Reed hit a devastating double Samoan drop on Mendoza & Wilde, only to see Escobar nearly put away the larger-than-life champion with the Phantom Driver. When the fight spilled back to ringside, Reed bull-rushed Escobar and drove him through the ringside barricade! And after MSK took down Mendoza back in the ring, Reed finished him off with the devastating Tsunami for the victory.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #3: Xia Li (with Boa and Mei Ying) b. Mercedes Martinez

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In a rematch four years in the making, Xia Li defeated Mercedes Martinez to get payback for her loss in the first round of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. Li targeted the injured midsection of Mercedes throughout the matchup. In a critical moment, Li missed her target outside the ring and drove her leg into the unforgiving steel ring post to even the playing field. Nevertheless, Li used a nasty kick to her opponent’s jaw to pick up the victory. Martinez turned the tables on Li when her ruthless adversary attempted to use the chair after the bell. When she came toe-to-toe with a rising Mei Ying outside the ring, however, Martinez was grabbed by the face and hurled into the ringside plexiglass.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #4: LA Knight b. Cameron Grimes – Ladder Match For The Vacant Million Dollar Championship

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LA Knight literally climbed the ladder to success to overcome Cameron Grimes and become the new Million Dollar Champion in an awe-inspiring Ladder Match. With the victory, Knight earned the right to carry on the legacy of WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Numerous welts formed on both competitors throughout the matchup as the rungs were used in every demented way possible, including a unique two-ladder joust, Knight hitting his opponent with a devastating neckbreaker onto the ladder, and Grimes dropping his foe’s back onto the steel inside and outside the ring. In the final moments of the excruciating showdown, Grimes made a jaw-dropping leap from the ringside tower and crashed down on Knight. But after recovering in time to stop Grimes’ ladder ascent by pushing the rungs backward and sending his rival crashing down onto an earlier-constructed set of ladders outside the ring, Knight climbed the ladder and finally took possession of the Million Dollar Title — earning the standing ovation from DiBiase himself.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Raquel González (c) (with Dakota Kai) b. Ember Moon – NXT Women’s Championship Match

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The dominant Raquel Gonzalez stopped Ember Moon’s bid to become a two-time NXT Women’s Champion. Partially due to Dakota Kai’s early presence at ringside, Gonzalez dominated Moon. Moon roared back and nearly put away the titleholder with Code Red. Although Moon followed up by locking the titleholder in a submission, Kai interjected and pushed the ropes to make sure Gonzalez reached the ropes and broke the hold. This caused Moon to take out Kai and send her flying over the announce table. Despite Kai’s continued interference, the resilient Moon refused to give in. Soon, the challenger hit the Eclipse and looked to put away Gonzalez, only to once again be stopped by Kai’s interference when she threw her friend’s foot on the ropes to prevent the three-count. This final disruption saw Shotzi Blackheart dash to ringside, neutralize Kai, and battle her all the way to the backstage area. With Kai out of the picture, Moon went on the offensive and attempted another Eclipse. This time, however, Gonzalez was really for her, and she finished her challenger with the Chingona Bomb to retain the title.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #6: (Main Event) Karrion Kross (c) (with Scarlett Bordeaux) b. Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne – Fatal 5-Way Match For The NXT Championship

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The undefeated Karrion Kross continued his unstoppable run as NXT Champion by surviving a bedlam-filled Fatal 5-Way Match against elite Superstars Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Pete Dunne. Despite being unbeaten in one-on-one action, the absolute free-for-all undoubtedly represented Kross’ greatest challenge in NXT. Early action included Kross suplexing two Superstars at the same time and Dunne applying his patented joint manipulation on two opponents, only to have Kross pick up The BruiserWeight and hurl him down upon them. In a pivotal moment, Kross found himself getting driven through the front door of the In Your House set. With the dominant NXT Champion out of action, his opponents kicked it into overdrive. Kross soon reemerged, however, to take out absolutely everyone outside the ring before nearly putting away Gargano with a Tornado F-5. The tough-as-nails Gargano refused to stay down, and he quickly roared back to unleash his own carnage on the field. When Kross took over and stood above the rest, the champion’s opponents momentarily banded together to hit him with a Superkick before Cole and O’Reilly reunited for a brief second to slam Kross atop the announce table. The chaos continued when Kross reemerged and Dunne hit the titleholder with the Bitter End and locked in a submission, only to have the other three competitors break it up. In the final moments, O’Reilly trapped Cole in a submission and nearly made him tap out, only to have the NXT Champion reemerge and lock O’Reilly in the Kross Jacket. Eventually, Kyle lost consciousness, forcing him to relinquish his hold on Cole and allowing Kross to emerge victorious when O’Reilly passed out.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

While a third of this card felt like it didn’t belong on this PPV, most of the matches were of decent quality. There was nothing here that felt like it warranted being a PPV match based on quality, but nothing here felt like it didn’t deliver something worth accepting. Spots and stunts were the bread and butter of this event, which works as a demo reel for this show after the fact, but it doesn’t make leave much on the bone in the way of good eatin’. I’d starve if this was all that wrestling was offering for supper. How can you have wrestling matches that are just moves? I know that the WWE at large is built on matches like this, but this whole event reminded me of just how vapid World Wrestling Entertainment and NXT can be. How many slams can you cram into on show before they lose all meaning? Where’s the wrestling? That old adage about Bruno Sammartino was that he was arguably the biggest draw in wrestling history and he never went to the top rope. While many would argue that was only the case because wrestling matches were of lower quality back in his day, maybe it was just that Bruno could connect with the people on a deep level? If Bruno were wrestling today, I’d be completely engrossed by his abilities even with someone like Matt Sydal being in the ring with him, for example. The moves done on this show were impressive, but if they were that great, you’d have more viewers then you have now. There’s close to eight billion people on this planet and, while that number is in constant flux, that’s still a large pool to swim in and only find shallow water. If you can’t even get water up to your knees in an Olympic pool, that likely means you are too dumb to know how to swim or you don’t want to for some reason. NXT is a very interesting league that’s in a very lucrative position, but it constantly acts like it needs to do nothing to succeed. As a few hours of entertainment, this was just that, but it was empty calories compared to the buffet of options that the rest of the world provides. Overall, this was fun, but it was more of the same. This felt like booking for the sake of the next show, as opposed to something great in the making being beheld like a little miracle. Well, maybe the next Takeover will be held to a higher standard by the people making it. I’ll see you next time.

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