Next week the WWE will release ‘NXT Greatest Matches – Volume 1’ on DVD and blu-ray. Thanks to our friends at Fetch Publicity we are able to review that set today. So, here’s to the journey that NXT has made…
DISC 1 – CHAPTERS
It Started as a Whisper
Creating the Future
NXT Championship Finals: Seth Rollins v Jinder Mahal – NXT August 29, 2012
No Disqualification NXT Championship Match: Seth Rollins v Big E Langston – NXT January 9, 2013
Chris Jericho v Bray Wyatt – NXT May 1, 2013
Women’s Wrestling is Back!
NXT Women’s Championship Finals: Paige v Emma – NXT July 24, 2013
2 Out of 3 Falls Match: Sami Zayn v Antonio Cesaro – NXT August 21, 2013
William Regal v Antonio Cesaro – NXT December 25, 2013
DISC 2 – CHAPTERS
NXT Championship Ladder Match: Bo Dallas v Adrian Neville – NXT ArRival February 27, 2014
NXT Women’s Championship Finals: Charlotte v Natalya – NXT Takeover May 29, 2014
Tyler Breeze “#MMMGorgeous” Music Video – NXT June 5, 2014
Sami Zayn v Tyson Kidd – NXT October 16, 2014
NXT Championship Match: Adrian Neville v Sami Zayn – NXT Takeover: REvolution December 11, 2014
The Four Horsewomen
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal Four Way Match: Charlotte v Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch v Bayley – NXT Takeover: Rival February 11, 2015
DISC 3 – CHAPTERS
NXT Championship Match: Sami Zayn v Kevin Owens – NXT Takeover: Rival February 11, 2015
The Arnold Classic
Adrian Neville v Cesaro – Columbus, OH March 5, 2015
Arena Cam: Hideo Itami v Tyler Breeze – San Jose, CA March 27, 2015
6 Person Tag Team Match: Enzo Amore / Colin Cassady / Carmella v Blake / Murphy / Alexa Bliss – NXT June 17, 2015
Beast in the East
NXT Championship Match: Kevin Owens v Finn Balor – Beast in the East July 4, 2015
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks v Bayley – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn August 22, 2015
Long Live the Dream
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Finn Balor / Samoa Joe v Baron Corbin / Rhyno – NXT Takeover: Respect October 7, 2015
The Future is Now!
BLU-RAY – EXTRAS
C.M. Punk & Seth Rollins v Antonio Cesaro & Kassius Ohno
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls Match: Adrian Neville v Corey Graves
Paige v Becky Lynch
NXT Womens Champion Sasha Banks v Charlotte
Apollo Crews v Tyler Breeze
So here we are, a NXT DVD set. After last year’s tour, it really was only a matter of time. First up, it does ignore the original version of NXT but that’s only a slight issue in the grand scheme of this set.
We kick-off with the final of the gold-rush tournament to crown the first-ever NXT champion with Seth Rollins facing off against Jinder Mahal – that’s right, Jinder Mahal. Interesting to see how the careers of both panned out. The latter would be released while the former would become WWE Champion and is a huge loss for the promotion going into next month’s WrestleMania.
One thing you notice about this set, much like the NXT more generally, is the consistency across matches. You’d considering that “to be expected” with a ‘best of’ style set but it is something that’s by and large replicated across the NXT product.
We really see, over the three discs, the very best that NXT has to offer and all the things that have gone in to making it such a popular part of the WWE brand. We get the great NXT title match with the crazy over Big E. Langston challenging Seth Rollins. We get the insanely good 2-out-of-3 falls bout between Cesaro and Sami Zayn which really elevated the NXT product.
The women also get a look in, with three all-female matches and a mixed-tag, which is only fair as the women in NXT have elevated the perception of what women can be in WWE if they are allowed to just wrestle. I mean, it’s not like the promotion didn’t know before (Lita, Mickey, Trish, Victoria, Jazz, etc, were all allowed to just wrestle), but they got so stuck in a rut of what a Diva should be, they forgot what a woman could be.
As much credit as Triple H, rightfully, gets for the success of NXT the efforts of Dusty Rhodes can’t be overlooked and thankfully they are not. After his sad passing, NXT held the excellent tag team tournament was put on over a month with the final between Samoa Joe & Finn Balor and Baron Corbin & Rhyno for the trophy also being included on the set.
But back on to Triple H, the clips dotted throughout this set really show how much the NXT brand means to him and boy have we benefited from his interest in NXT’s success.
Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of focus on the TakeOver events which have allowed us to witness the rise of the likes of Zayn, Kevin Owens and Neville as well as the Four Horsewomen. From the TakeOver held the night before SummerSlam, we get the match with Bayley defending her title against Sasha Banks – a practically flawless match that shows yet another strong string on NXT’s bow.
But have we seen it all before? Not at all, there are two untelevised matches that make this set with Cesaro vs. Adrian Neville – as shown briefly during the ‘best of NXT 2015’ two-parter shown on The Network and Hideo Itami battling Tyler Breeze. If you have The Network you will have the best bits of this seat on tap but, as ever, this is an excellently put together set.
The drawbacks? The length is undoubtedly one. The best PPV matches of the year from the main WWE product come in longer than a set telling the first few years of NXT but maybe even that’s clutching at straws.
This is an excellent set showing the journey that the NXT product has made from being a feeder league of sorts through to where it is now: a legitimate third outlet for the WWE. Worth buying? Oh absolutely.
‘NXT Greatest Matches – Volume 1’ is available on March 7 in the UK and March 8 in the USA. Fans in the UK can order it now via WWEDVD.co.uk now.
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