This Wednesday is the new NXT special Takeover: Rival. The buildup to this event over the past few weeks has been phenomenal. NXT has really shown how to properly build up to special events week in and week out and alone makes the $9.99 a month for the WWE Network worthwhile.
All the matches on the show have great potential, but there are 2 that really stand out:
1) Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship – The build up to this match has been excellent. It started a couple of months back when Zayn won the belt and Owens came to congratulate him and then suddenly turned on Sami and attacked him. The weeks following have featured great confrontations, excellent promos, and a fun contract signing that makes this match must see. This has been an excellent example of how to properly build up a feud that the fans will care about.
2) Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville for an NXT Championship shot – Oh boy…beyond a doubt two of the best wrestlers and greatest athletes not only on NXT, but also all of the WWE. The potential for this match to become the best match of the year is high. This has ‘must-see’ written all over it.
Overall, this show has a good shot of being one of the best of the year and next week I will give my review of it.
In the past year NXT has not disappointed and I really hope they don’t start anytime soon.