5 Takeaways From NXT TakeOver: Chicago (6/16)

NXT Takeover: Chicago aired live on June 16th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:

4Ricochet Outlasted Velveteen Dream

Velveteen Dream battled Ricochet tonight at NXT TakeOver: Chicago. Velveteen Dream laid on the announce table and watched Ricochet’s entrance before the match. Both Superstars had a stare down in the ring when the bell rang. The crowd chanted “Velveteen!” as they then circled each other.

They locked up in the middle of the ring and Dream drove Ricochet to the corner. Velveteen was in red and yellow attire and took a break to flex in the middle of the ring. Ricochet applied a Headlock and brought Dream to the canvas.

Dream battled to his feet and leveled Ricochet with a shoulder tackle. Dream connected with a Headscissors but Ricochet landed on his feet. Ricochet flipped across the ring and avoided a strike by Dream. Ricochet and Dream had another staredown as the crowd cheered.

They traded slaps and Ricochet went for a roll-up for a one count. Ricochet hit a Dropkick and then a jab from the ring apron. Dream battled back and knocked Ricochet to the floor outside. Back in the ring, Dream stomped on Ricochet in the corner of the ring and hit a flurry of jabs to the face.

Dream connected with a Senton and posed in the ring. Velveteen danced a bit before dropping Ricochet with a Neckbreaker for a two count. Dream shoved Ricochet out of the ring and springboarded off the middle rope and flipped onto Ricochet.

Back in the ring, Dream went for a cover but Ricochet was able to kick out at two. Dream applied a Headlock and started taunting Ricochet. Ricochet battled to his feet but was knocked down with a forearm to the face. Ricochet connected with a boot to the face and then threw Dream to the outside.

Dream quickly got back into the ring and ducked an Enziguri attempt from Ricochet. Ricochet then connected with a Dropkick and tossed Velveteen to the outside. Ricochet hit a Suicide Dive and then flipped onto him. The action quickly returned to the ring and Ricochet an uppercut off the second rope for a two count.

Ricochet hit a Neckbreaker and followed it up with a standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ricochet made his way to the top rope but Dream pulled down the rope and crotched Ricochet on the turnbuckle. Dream joined him up there but was knocked back to the canvas with a punch to the face.

Ricochet hopped down to the apron and slapped Dream in the face. Velveteen hit a rolling Death Valley Driver off the second rope and went for the cover but Ricochet was somehow able to kick out at two. Dream climbed back up to the top but hopped to the apron when Ricochet got back up.

Ricochet slapped Dream in the face, but Velveteen responded with a Suplex off the ring apron and to the floor outside the ring. The crowd chanted “holy shi*t!” as the referee started his count. Both Superstars were able to get back into the ring at the count of nine.

Dream and Ricochet slowly got back up to their feet. Velveteen hit another Death Valley Driver out of nowhere for a two count. Ricochet and Dream then traded shots in the center of the ring. Ricochet went for a Suplex but his back gave out. The two then traded Superkicks. Dream hit an elbow to the face but was then turned inside out by a Clothesline from Ricochet.

Velveteen responded with a ridiculous DDT for another two count as the crowd got on their feet and cheered. Dream slapped Ricochet in the face and shouted: “you belong in a bingo hall and I’m awesome”. Ricochet hit a Death Valley Driver of his own on Dream and made his way to the top. Ricochet posed like Dream and connected with the Purple Rainmaker Elbow Drop for a two count.

Ricochet dragged Dream to the corner and made his way back to the top rope. Dream rolled away and Ricochet went for a Shooting Star Press anyway. Dream got his knees up and went for the cover but Ricochet somehow kicked out at two. Dream climbed to the top as Ricochet was on the other side of the ring. Velveteen went for the Purple Rainmaker but Ricochet was able to get out of the way. Ricochet climbed to the top rope and hit the 630 for the pinfall victory.

Opinion: I had high hopes for this match and Ricochet and Velveteen Dream blew those away. The first hour of this show has had two matches that were simply excellent. Hopefully, this feud continues because I’m already looking forward to the rematch.