NXT- 5 Points to Note (3rd May, 2017)
Asuka's takeover opponent(s) announced, huge NXT number 1 contender match next week, and much more.
While Payback was a relatively decent pay-per-view, Raw and SmackDown were disappointing follow-up shows, which were packed to the brim with filler content. Thankfully, NXT saved the week from being a dull one for WWE with a fairly interesting show from top to bottom. The new era is in full effect, and the characters and storylines do feel fresher. A few weeks removed from what should be an entertaining Takeover show in Chicago, the pieces are falling into place for the yellow brand.
We have picked 5 critical components from the show that should have a bearing on the following weeks. Presenting our weekly countdown once again:
#5 Nobody is ready for Asuka except these three
Last week, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that NXT Women's Champion Asuka’s challenger for NXT Takeover: Chicago would be determined in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal. Many of NXT's in-house talents as well as big indie names were a part of the match, and the action continued until only three women were left in the ring- SAnitY's Nikki Cross, Ruby Riot, and Ember Moon. At that point, Asuka interfered in the match and completely obliterated all three women.
While Asuka proclaimed proudly that nobody was ready for her, William Regal did not agree with her assessment and said that all three of the women- Moon, Cross and Riot would take her on in a Fatal Four-Way contest. This is not really a bad decision, as we've already seen Moon vs. Asuka, and neither Riot nor Cross seems ready for her in a singles contest on such a massive stage for the NXT Championship. While the outcome was hunky-dory, we did have one major issue with the Battle Royal.