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NXT TakeOver: Phoenix - Ranking all the matches

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First TakeOver of 2019 down
First TakeOver of 2019 down

Another TakeOver is in the books. Usually, among WWE's most anticipated events, the critically acclaimed NXT TakeOver series has often shined brighter than the main roster pay per views which follow an edition of the yellow brand's big show.

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How will the Royal Rumble tomorrow night compare to what just went down in Phoenix?

As usual, there were five matches on the card, and while this wasn't the best TakeOver, and had a dull crowd by the series' standards, it was still a good show.

Here are the five matches ranked in order, in case you missed the show live.


#5 Shayna Baszler vs. Bianca Belair

Another letdown in the women's division.
Another letdown in the women's division.

Unsurprisingly, this match ranks the lowest. It wasn't the train wreck that many people were fearing, but it wasn't a good match by TakeOver standards. This was something that easily could have been done on regular television.

It didn't help that this followed the night's best match, either. Bianca Belair didn't deliver a breakout performance compared to what we've already seen her do, and the match was plodding for the most part until the very end, where it relied on overbooking to try and get its finishing sequence over. The crowd, for the most part, wasn't into it until the end of things.

The interference from Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke didn't help things either, as the spot where they made their entrance wasn't a critical one that actually cost Belair the match. It just felt unnecessary, and again made Shayna Baszler less of a champion compared to what she was in her first reign.

Tomorrow night's women's matches should easily be able to outdo this. If you don't want to watch the show in its entirety, don't feel bad about skipping this one.

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