NXT TakeOver: The End was met by a lot of understandable excitement with a handful of excellent matches taking place on the card, and now we wait and see whether the events that unfolded mark the end of Finn Balor’s time on NXT.
Now that the dust has settled, fans are left wondering what the future holds for NXT as the WWE draft looms and they are prepared for the fallout from TakeOver.
ANDRADE CIEN ALMAS
One of the final matches announced for the event came at the request of the popular Tye Dillinger but the name fans will be discussing for the foreseeable future is that of Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas.
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There was a lot of hype surrounding his arrival – as he was previously the masked luchador known as La Sombra – and despite suffering from a quiet start in his match, the pace certainly picked up, and he put on a great display.
It’s not easy making your televised debut at a TakeOver event and with the upcoming draft, it’ll be interesting to see how this win can help Almas move up the ladder.
The talent is there, and Triple H is said to be very high on him, so if top guys are going to be moving to Monday Night Raw or Tuesday Night SmackDown, he’ll probably be used as a potential title contender.
BOBBY ROODE & MOOSE
This is another one of those cases where it’s a matter of when and not if, as in when is Bobby Roode officially going to be unveiled as the newest NXT signing?
We last saw him at TakeOver: Dallas, however, the former TNA World Champion was spotted backstage again, albeit for a brief moment during a William Regal interview. It’s clear that the Triple H will want to bring him in as they wouldn’t use him if they weren’t serious about bringing him in, and his potential arrival has NXT fans buzzing.
There have been rumours that he was at the arena to continue negotiations and who knows, perhaps by the time he was spotted, he’d have signed on the dotted line as they continue to tease the fans.
Now we have to wait and see what role Roode could play on NXT; there’s always the possibility that he and Samoa Joe will cross paths again but the way things are going in the company, it won’t surprise me if he’s a surprise name included in the draft.
Ring of Honor star Moose Ojinnaka was also said to be backstage at TakeOver, being pictured with Apollo Crews, Enzo Amore and WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels.
Moose has been on the WWE's radar for quite some time now and was also rumoured to be taking part in Tough Enough last season where he'd be set up to win the show and be given a push as he wouldn't need a lot of training.
It looks as if Moose and the WWE may have finally come to terms on a deal, and with plenty of stars set to exit the brand, his talents will be needed.
American Alpha are also expected to move on, but there were still a few surprises coming out of this match. First off, it wasn’t a surprise that this was an excellent match, this is what we expected from two of the finest teams in the WWE today.
What did prove to be a surprise is that The Revival managed to defeat Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, just a few months after they lost the titles. The interesting thing about this is that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are the first stars in NXT history to become two-time champions.
This is a great feat for them and could lead to bigger and better things, if anything, this should elevate their status on NXT, and it could fare well for their chances to eventually succeed on the main roster.
However, it’s what followed that has fans talking the most.
AUTHORS OF PAIN
Following the match, Gable and Jordan didn’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves in the ring as they were attacked by two large men, the Authors of Pain.
Sunny Dhinsa and Gzim Selmani attacked the former champions as they made their televised debuts as well, and they made a huge statement in the process. Now it’s become clear that an NXT team could be moving to the main roster, making way for the latest team that debuted in a shocking manner.
Not only that, but it was the emergence of Paul Ellering, the legendary manager of The Road Warriors, that shook the NXT Universe, aligning himself with the monsters.
With a legend in their corner, there’s a chance Triple H is looking at Dhinsa and Selmani as the latest monsters that could shake up the tag team division, and they have the perfect look and style to do just that.
THE END FOR BALOR?
Perhaps the biggest talking point coming from the event is the main event, the first ever steel cage match on NXT, which saw Samoa Joe retain his NXT Championship against The Demon, Finn Balor.
The result itself was never in surprise; Joe has recently won the championship, and this was going to be the end of their feud. However, it also means this could be the for Balor and his time on NXT.
For months, it’s been speculated that Balor is on his way to the main roster, and it still hasn’t happened. His actions after the match – which weren’t televised – have given a slight indication that his time on NXT is limited.
If that’s the case, then it marks the end of a fantastic run for the former champion who has given so much to the brand, while all eyes will be on Joe to see how he fares as the man carrying NXT for months to come.
Which other moments have you talking from NXT TakeOver: The End? Have your say in the comments section below.
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