Shinsuke Nakamura makes his highly anticipated NXT debut.
NXT TakeOver: Dallas was an outstanding show featuring some great action, a few surprises and a lot of chanting from the WWE Universe.
Jason Jordan and Chad Gable became the new tag team champions, while Asuka captured the NXT Women’s Championship from Bayley.
However, the bout everyone was talking about was the clinic put on by Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura. The encounter was everything we had hoped for and more.
Matches were taped for the next few weeks during WrestleMania Axxess, so the roster will have a little break before the next TV taping.
Wednesday’s show will see Eva Marie return to NXT after appearing at WrestleMania 32 to take on newly crowned women’s champion Asuka.
There’s no point in beating around the bush on this one. Marie is going to get her butt kicked. Asuka might not be the biggest, but she is definitely the most dangerous woman on the NXT roster.
She can knock her opponents out with a stiff strike or make them pass out with a submission hold, which is what we saw happen to Bayley at TakeOver.
NXT usually only features one women’s match every week, but we will get a second one Wednesday when Carmella goes up against newcomer Aliyah.
Carmella didn’t debut on Raw with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, which means she is likely going to spend a little more time in the developmental system before being called up.
While it would have been great to see the three of them together Monday night, this might give Carmella a chance to develop her own identity outside of the team.
Thanks WWE universe!
I’m a champion of the WWE NXT!#WWE #WWENXT #WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/MTTWW1um5Z
— ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) April 5, 2016
The bar is set mighty high. TakeOver Dallas was a masterpiece. Your move, WrestleMania.
— Ryan Dilbert (@ryandilbert) April 2, 2016
The #KingOfStrongStyle @ShinsukeN is ready for battle against @iLikeSamiZayn at #NXTTakeOver: Dallas! https://t.co/jfcImLExv3
— WWE (@WWE) April 2, 2016
We will also see two tag team contests this week. The Revival will take on two local talents, and Team BAMF will battle Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder.
This was taped before Ryder won and lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so there might not be any reference to what happened at WrestleMania and Raw.
However, this was taped after TakeOver, so we can expect Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder to be in a bad mood after losing the tag titles.
A few of those matches sound like they will be a lot of fun, but the main event is what people will really be excited about.
After his critically acclaimed showdown with Zayn, Nakamura will take on Elias Samson in his first bout on a regular weekly episode.
Everything about Nakamura‘s debut went perfectly. His entrance was engaging, his wrestling ability was off the charts, and his over-the-top charisma made him a lot of fun to watch.
Samson probably won’t put up the same kind of fight Zayn did, but he is no slouch. He has amassed a string of wins over the past few months, so he won’t just lay down for the Japanese grappler.
It’s safe to say we will see plenty of highlights from TakeOver mixed in with all the action, so if you didn’t see Friday’s live special, make sure you check it out before Wednesday’s show.
Keep in mind, the card may change a bit since this wasn’t a traditional TV taping. WWE may choose to drop a match, or we may see some things shuffled around.
Match information taken from the spoiler report at WrestlingInc.com. Thanks for reading, and follow me on Twitter: @BR_Doctor.