by Adam Salzer
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first Making the Grade of 2017! We're back on a Saturday night for NXT Takeover: San Antonio! What have you got for us, NXT?
Tye Dillinger v. Eric Young
A little surprised that this match opened the show, against Roddy v. Cien, but what are you gonna do.
Grade: B, good match, but I think it suffers a little from being the opener, trying to do too much in too little time. Also the finish was a little suspect, why would he try to skin the cat?
Andrade "Cien" Almas v. Roderick Strong
Yeah, should have switched the first two matches.
Grade: B, maybe it's me, I thought this was a great match, but it just felt like it was missing something.
NXT Tag Titles: The Authors of Pain v. DIY (c)
Let's see how this shakes out!
Grade: B, I am legitimately surprised and disappointed that they went with the title change here, but the match itself was fantastic.
NXT Women's Championship: Nikki Cross v. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce v. Asuka (c)
I think I might be looking forward to this match more than any other match on the card tonight.
Grade: A, I think that was a great match, Nikki Cross looked like a million bucks, Royce and Kay were a bit silly at the beginning, but looked good at the end, and Asuka retained her championship.
NXT Championship: Bobby Roode v. Shinsuke Nakamura (c)
Don't think from the last match that I'm not also looking forward to this match, because I absolutely am. And I honestly don't know who I want to win because I'm perfectly fine with them both being NXT Champion
Grade: A, amazing match from start to finish, great story, Shinsuke looks like a beast, even in defeat
Average Grade: B+, the first few matches bring us down a bit, I think if DIY had retained this could have been an A-. Oh well.
- The Architect: Jason calls it again, though not exactly. No altercation between Seth and Hunter, but it was great to see Seth at Takeover, and a fantastic surprise.
- Remember the Rumble: Yeah, we know tomorrow night is the Rumble, you've showed us the videos all week. Let Takeover be for NXT and skip the ads next time, okay?
Final Grade: B+, One up and One down leaves is right back where we were. As we discussed on The Rundown this week this felt like kind of a weak Takeover going into it, and the grade reflects that I feel.
I'll be back tomorrow for my take on Royal Rumble!
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