It’s almost hard to believe that the same company that put on WrestleMania, a show as full of boneheaded decisions as it was great wrestling, could have, not two days earlier, put on one of the greatest wrestling shows we’ve ever seen. NXT TakeOver: Dallas was the latest in a series of WWE Network events designed to showcase WWE’s developmental system in a PPV-like environment, as another way of preparing the next crop of wrestlers for the bigger stage of the main roster. In 2015, NXT’s TakeOver specials were among the highlights of the year, topped by the incredible Brooklyn event on SummerSlam weekend, which featured what may have been the best Women’s match in wrestling history up to that point. Well, we’re here to tell you that, with their very first TakeOver of 2016, NXT has topped even the lofty, seemingly insurmountable heights of that Brooklyn show, with a special that was incredible, from start to finish, and by our estimation, miles ahead of the show put on by the main roster just two days later. Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve got some examples here, but more importantly, you need to watch NXT TakeOver: Dallas on the WWE Network and see it for yourself.
10. Finn Balor
It feels ridiculous that we’ve ranked the NXT Champion so low on this list, and we don’t want to turn this into one of those “Finn Balor isn’t actually that good” discussions we’ve seen cropping up lately. Finn Balor really is that good, and the only reason he comes in relatively low is because on a show like NXT TakeOver: Dallas, being the NXT Champion and a guy who dresses up in demon bodypaint, who also brought a freaking chainsaw with him for his entrance, just wasn’t good enough to get any higher on this list. The fact that we’re telling you this should give you an idea of just how high a bar we’re setting for your expectations, and we want to assure you right now that this show will absolutely clear that bar. Finn was his usual solid self at TakeOver, wrestling a good, physical brawl with Samoa Joe, escaping with his title due to superior tactics, and, of course, might have some associates coming around to watch his back in the very near future. All in all, a good night for the Demon.