5 questions from NXT Takeover: WarGames that most need answering
With one of the most highly anticipated Survivor Series on the horizon, NXT WarGames needed to set a high bar for the weekend of wrestling to come. More often than not, the Wednesday night developmental territory has surpassed the main roster PPVs, leaving WWE's main event wrestlers and writers looking slightly embarrassed.
With the in-ring return of Triple H and the Shield, NXT had to do something special in order to keep the pace. The result we received was War Games, a match made popular by WCW which involves multiple men/teams in the ring at one time, all vying for supremacy.
Did they do enough to impress us on a weekend that will also see an ROH show and the start of NJPW's world tag league? Here are 5 questions from the event that might help us decide:
#1 How low must Kassius Ohno be feeling right now?
Lars Sullivan's victory over Kassius Ohno at NXT Takeover had a degree of cruel irony to it. For those unaware, Ohno was the man originally set to join Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as part of The Shield before the role was given to Roman Reigns back at Survivor Series 2012.
Now, five years later, while The Shield is set to take part in a highly anticipated traditional Survivor Series match involving Kurt Angle, Triple H and John Cena, Ohno finds himself kicking off the weekend by ''jobbing'' to Sullivan.
The loss might not have been a complete squash, but there was little hope of Kassius coming away with the win. The WWE clearly want to push Sullivan owing to his size and strength, and they needed him to look impressive against somebody relatively established on the roster.
Perhaps Ohno is the kind of person who takes all this in his stride and uses it as motivation to get better. However, it would take quite a strong constitution to not feel disheartened seeing as though things could have gone so differently for him if the WWE's bookers had listened to CM Punk all those years ago.