Match Ratings For NXT Takeover XXV From Sean Ross Sapp

Matt Riddle defeated Roderick Strong
8/10

  • I can already tell this show doesn't quite have the feel and heat of many, and it looks like they're in a damn dungeon.
  • Matt Riddle is really great at kicking out at the very last second. Backdrop across the apron and Olympic slam can't finish him
  • Everything Matt Riddle does looks crisp and believable. He's just really, really great.
  • Roderick Strong is probably in the best shape of his life, and throws a hell of a superplex.
  • Riddle can sell his ass off for someone who had a job where showing pain and weakness was a major negative. The highlight comes during Strong's awesome rapid-fire strike combo.
  • Show Strong vs. Riddle to anyone who tries to shovel some "no selling in NXT" horseshit narrative.
  • Riddle gets the powerbomb and knee, but it's not enough.
  • Riddle eats knees on a twisting senton. Tiger Bomb and a Strong Hold from Roderick. This is insanity. It gets turned into a Lion Tamer.
  • Riddle repeatedly elbows Strong and wins with the Cradle Brostone!

Vacant NXT Tag Team Titles
Street Profits defeated Forgotten Sons, Undisputed Era and Lorcan & Burch
7/10

  • Dawkins dives on the pile, very cool.
  • Forgotten Sons both had their heads in a ladder, but get German Suplexed, and a ladder FLIES.
  • O'Reilly applies a submission through the ladder.
  • Great double team moves: reverse DDT/Stomp from Forgotten Sons, Doomsday European uppercut from Lorcan and Burch, and a powerbomb/blockbuster from Street Profits.
  • Jaxson Ryker comes out and kills everyone. Then everyone kills him.
  • Ryker was way out of place for Ford's tope con hilo.
  • Lots of powerbombs and slams on the ladder, as is tradition.
  • Forgotten Sons push everyone off the ladders.
  • Angelo Dawkins KILLS a Son with a spear. Ford jumps to the ladder and wins!
  • AWESOME for the Street Profits.
  • The War Raiders should have been in this match to pass the titles along. They didn't need vacated.

NXT North American Championship
Velveteen Dream (c) defeated Tyler Breeze to retain
7.25/10

  • Breeze back in NXT is still surreal, and he's there full time. Live events and all.
  • Breeze works on the leg of Dream, before Dream takes back over.
  • The crowd is really supportive of Breeze, and seem invested in the story he's told.
  • The timing on Breeze's kicks are outstanding.
  • A DreamDT doesn't beat Breeze. Dream ends up using Breeze's Unprettier, though.
  • Breeze lands both of his signature moves, but Breezes' Beauty Shot sends Dream outside.
  • Breeze yanks the title away from Dream, and gets caught off guard. DVD and Purple Rainmaker wraps it up.
  • GREAT match.

NXT Women's Championship
Shayna Baszler (c) defeated Io Shirai to retain
6.25/10

  • The Horsewomen stay backstage.
  • Shirai sets the tone with a big slap to Baszler's back.
  • Shirai does a good job avoiding a lot of Shayna's attacks.
  • Shirai is doing well, then the Horsewomen come out. Candice LeRae helps her.
  • The crowd is VERY hot for this. A lot of fantastic transitions in and out of false finishes and the Clutch.
  • Baszler applies the Kirafuda Clutch, and after forever, Shirai taps.
  • Shirai attacks Baszler with a kendo stick and a chair after the match. She does a moonsault with the chair.

NXT Championship
Adam Cole defeated Johnny Gargano (c) to become champion
7.75/10

  • Adam Cole is played out to the ring and is super over per usual
  • There's a great dropkick reversal into a powerbomb.
  • Cole has some great superkicks.
  • Cole gets sent shoulder/face first into the mat.
  • Tilt-a-whirl Gargano Escape plants Cole.
  • Cole really goes at the leg of Johnny. Outstanding work there.
  • Gargano goes for a suicide dive and gets superkicked. A bad Panama Sunrise lands outside the ring.
  • Cole misses his finish but applies a Gargano Escape of his own! Gargano hits the Last Shot! Very cool. We don't see a lot of that anymore.
  • Cole seemingly wins a strike trade, but Gargano clotheslines the hell out of Cole.
  • Gargano kicks out of The Last Shot. The crowd is unglued.
  • There's a big ref bump, and Gargano superkicks a chair into Cole's face.
  • Gargano Escape is applied in the middle of the ring, but Cole goes after the leg of Gargano
  • Superkicks to the leg of Gargano, and another bad Panama Sunrise hits. The Last Shot wins it.
  • Shout out to Nigel McGuinness for saying "IT'S OVER" one time when the match actually was ending.

Rating guide

10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5.The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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