Tommaso Ciampa vs Aleister Black
January 26, 2019
Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
NXT TakeOver: Phoenix
NXT Heavyweight Title
I don’t know what the f*ck Meltzer was thinking when he only rated this match ****, as I’d have gone at least ****1/4. Perhaps it was because we had seen two other phenomenal matches on the TakeOver undercard, still this was quite the main event.
The build was slower and the heat wasn’t the best at first, though they did work the people into a frenzy towards the end and in key spots building the match. The selling was strong as well, and everything looked solid. The finishing sequence alone was worth a half star, as it was brilliant and kudos to whoever came up with it. I loved this, and it’s a shame it was overshadowed by the other two great matches on the show.