4 reasons why NXT TakeOver: New York will be better than WrestleMania 35
A week from tomorrow, NXT will stage its latest TakeOver extravaganza, TakeOver: New York. Triple H is promoting it as the biggest TakeOver ever, and indeed, looking at the card, it does have a chance of making its way onto the Mount Rushmore of the NXT brand adjacent to the likes of the original TakeOver: Brooklyn, TakeOver: R-Evolution, and TakeOver: New Orleans as perhaps the best ever.
Either way, it's easily going to exceed WrestleMania 35 in quality, much like TakeOver does every year. Here are the reasons why.
#1 The two-hour format
Let's face it, WWE's shows are for the most part too damn long. Nowhere is this truer than WrestleMania, which has evolved into a seven-hour event over the years. That sounds like it should be an extravaganza, but it just leaves everyone exhausted by the show's end, and it has hurt the quality of the past few WrestleManias.
Some might say that it's a marathon, not a sprint, but it's difficult for the human mind to engage in watching a single event for that long without interruption. By the time WrestleMania ends, you're relieved that it's over, and it does the competitors in the main event dirty by having to engage with such an exhausted audience.
NXT takes the opposite approach. Its shows are short but go at 100 miles an hour, keeping viewers engaged on a wild ride from start to finish. It's true of the hour-long weekly shows and it's true of the TakeOver specials. So much is packed into those two hours that you're always left wanting more at the end, which is a good thing.
The format of the two shows means that WrestleMania will have to fight from behind before the curtain even gets raised.