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This is obviously my opinon, but I also tried to make sure I added the general consensus. I could be wrong, lol. 2018 was an insane year for Takeover matches.

1. Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Cien Almas
- Takeover: Philadelphia

2. Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano
- Takeover: New Orleans

3. Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black
- Takover: WarGames 2

4. North American Championship Ladder Match
- Takeover: New Orleans

5. Moustache Mountain vs Undisputed Era
- Takeover: Brooklyn 4

6. Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano
- Takeover: Chicago 2

7. WarGames Match - Takeover Wargames 2

8. Velveteen Dream vs Ricochet
- Takeover: Chicago 2

9. Adam Cole vs Aleister Black
- Takeover: Philadelphia

10. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs Undisputed Era
- Takeover: Chicago 2

HM: Adam Cole vs Ricochet - Takeover: Brooklyn 4, Tommaso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream - Takeover: Wargames 2


What are your lists?
 

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This year I'm assuming?

1.) Adam Cole © v. Ricochet, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4 - *****

2.) Johnny Gargano v. Tomasso Ciampa, NXT Takeover: New Orleans - **** ¾

3.) Adam Cole v. EC3 v. Ricochet v. Velveteen Dream v. Killian Dain v. Lars Sullivan, NXT Takeover: New Orleans - **** ¾

4.) Andrade Cien Almas © v. Johnny Gargano, NXT Takeover: Philadelphia - **** ¾

5.) Aleister Black v. Johnny Gargano, NXT Takeover: WarGames - **** ½

6.) Adam Cole v. Aleister Black, NXT Takeover: Philadelphia - **** ½

7.) Ricochet, Pete Dunne & War Raiders v. The Undisputed Era, NXT Takeover: WarGames - **** ½

8.) The Undisputed Era © v. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, NXT Takeover: Chicago - **** ½

9.) The Undisputed Era © v. Mustache Mountain, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4 - **** ½

10.) Johnny Gargano v. Tomasso Ciampa, NXT Takeover: Chicago - **** ½


Adam Cole & Johnny Gargano have had a hell of a year

 
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1. Andrade Almas vs. Johnny Gargano (Philadelphia) - ****1/2
2. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong (Chicago) - ****
3. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (Chicago) - ****
4. Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler (Philadelphia) - ***3/4
5. Akam & Rezar vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly (Philadelphia) - ***3/4
6. Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate (Brooklyn) - ***1/2
7. Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler (Brooklyn) - ***1/2
8. Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler (WarGames) - ***1/2
9. Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream (Chicago) - ***1/4
10. Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler (New Orleans) - ***1/4
 

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Not a bad list at all OP.

These things are always so tough with NXT as Takeovers are so reliably great. I'll go with something like:

1. Almas vs Gargano - Philadelphia
2. Gargano vs Ciampa - New Orleans
3. Black vs Gargano - Wargames 2
5. Black vs Almas - New Orleans
4. Ciampa vs Dream - Wargames 2
6. UE vs Burch/Lorcan - Chicago 2
7. Ciampa vs Gargano - Chicago 2
8. Ciampa vs Gargano - Brooklyn 4
9. NA Title Ladder Match - New Orleans
10. Ricochet vs Dream - Chicago 2
 

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Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Cien Almas - Philadelphia

^the defining match of the year and the NXT era imo. Nothing touches and the rest is great too. Gargano is the mvp and the greatest performer in NXT's history. The guy has produced the best matches as both a tag team wrestler and a singles wrestler. Absolute monster.
 

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1. Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Johnny Gargano - NXT TakeOver Philadelphia - ****1/4
2. Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream NXT Takeover New Orleans - ****
3. Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane - NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV - ****
4. Shayna Baszler vs Ember Moon - NXT Takeover New Orleans - ****
5. AOP vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly - NXT Takeover Philly - ***3/4
6. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong - NXT Takeover Chicago - ***3/4
7. Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane - NXT Takeover War Games - ***3/4
8. Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano - NXT Takeover Chicago - ***3/4
9. Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate - NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV - ***3/4
10. Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Aleister Black - NXT Takeover New Orleans - ***3/4

Top 10. Pretty good top ten actually. Loads of fun matches to be had watching these; some great ones too.
 

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This might have been NXT's best year ever in terms of match quality. Not just on Takeovers, but in general they had almost 30 matches this year that I would consider great to amazing. If I was to rank Takeover Matches:

1. Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Almas (Philadelphia)
2. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (New Orleans)
3. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (Chicago)
4. Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream (New Orleans)
5. Undisputed Era vs. Mustache Mountain (Brooklyn)
6. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream (Wargames)
7. Undisputed Era vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan (Chicago)
8. Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black (Wargames)
9. Undisputed Era vs. War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Richochet (Wargames)
10. Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (Brooklyn)

Any other year, Black vs. Almas, Cole vs. Ricochet, Cole vs. Black, Ricochet vs. Dream and Sane vs. Baszler would have made my top ten easily, but this year was so loaded that just missed out.

Overall, NXT had 17 of my top 21 WWE matches of the year, which is just insane.
 

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1. Tomasso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano (new Orleans)
2. Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch (chicago 2)
3. Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black (wargames 2)
4. Tomasso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano (chicago 2)
5. Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas (philadelphia)
6. 6 man ladder match (new orleans)
7. Ricochet vs Cole (brooklyn 4)
8. Tomasso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream (wargames 2)
9. Aleister Black vs Adam Cole (philadelphia)
10. Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain (Brooklyn 4)

Yeah I admit this was tough as hell so many matches I loved for different reasons and I'm just talking about the ones I left off the list in the firstplace. I am not 100% sure I can always get behind the booking of NXT this year but the matches have been just as quality as ever given how hard this was to put together.
 

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Listed chronologically:

1) Aleistair Black Vs. Adam Cole: Extreme Rules Match (Philly)
2) Andrade Cien Almas -c- Vs. Johnny Gargano: NXT Title (Philly)
3) Ladder Match to Crown 1st North American Champion (New Orleans)
4) Johnny Gargano Vs. Tomasso Ciampa: Unsanctioned Fight (New Orleans) (*My number one personal fav NXT match of the year)
5) Ricochet Vs. Velveteen Dream (Chicago II)
6) Johnny Gargano Vs. Tomasso Ciampa: Chicago Street Fight (Chicago II)
7) Undisputed Era -c- Vs. Mustache Mountain: NXT Tag Titles (Brooklyn IV)
8) Adam Cole -c- Vs. Ricochet: NXT NA Title (Brooklyn IV)
9) Johnny Gargano Vs. Aleistair Black (War Games)
10) Tomasso Ciampa -c- Vs. Velveteen Dream: NXT Title (War Games)
 

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1. Gargano/Ciampa New Orleans - *****
2. Gargano/Almas Philly - *****
3. Gargano/Black Wargames- *****
4. Gargano/Ciampa Chicago - ****3/4
5. Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch - ****3/4
6. Ladder Match New Orleans - *****3/4
7. Cole/Ricochet - ****1/2
8. Undisputed Era vs. War Raiders/Ric/Dunne WARGAMES - ****1/2
9. Ciampa/Dream Wargames - ****1/2
10. Black/Almas - ****1/4
 

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1. Gargano/Ciampa New Orleans - *****
2. Gargano/Almas Philly - *****
3. Gargano/Black Wargames- *****
4. Gargano/Ciampa Chicago - ****3/4
5. Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch - ****3/4
6. Ladder Match New Orleans - *****3/4
7. Cole/Ricochet - ****1/2
8. Undisputed Era vs. War Raiders/Ric/Dunne WARGAMES - ****1/2
9. Ciampa/Dream Wargames - ****1/2
10. Black/Almas - ****1/4
Not a bad rating for someone who intially wasn't too keen on the match :mj
 

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Not a bad rating for someone who intially wasn't too keen on the match :mj
I always thought it was good, just not great. But as I've always said. Even for the matches I like; for some reason, I don't process them completely if I'm watching them live while they're happening. In the days after, when I give it a 2nd and 3rd watch when it's not live, I'm able to digest matches better. Just like practically every match I like, I liked it more on 2nd and 3rd watch then I did watching it as it was happening.

I feel like when I'm not watching it live, I'm able to take it in better than I am when I'm watching a match live. Don't know why, but that's how I've always been.
 

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1) Almas vs Gargano - Philadelphia - *****
2) Ciampa vs Gargano - Chicago - *****
3) Black vs Gargano - War Games - *****
4) Ciampa vs Gargano - New Orleans - ****3/4
5) Undisputed Era vs Burch/Lorcan - Chicago - ****3/4
6) Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain - Brooklyn - ****3/4
7) Ciampa vs Dream - War Games - ****1/2
8) Ladder Match - New Orleans - ****1/2
9) Cole vs Ricochet - Brooklyn - ****1/4
10) Ciampa vs Gargano - Brooklyn - ****1/4
 

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1 Gargano vs Almas, Philly
2 Cole vs Ricochet, Brooklyn
3 Gargano vs Black, War games
4 KOR/Roddy vs Burch/Lorcan, Chicago
5 Gargano vs Ciampa, NO
6 NA title ladder match, NO
7 Cole vs Black, Philly
8 Ciampa vs Dream, War games
9 KOR/Roddy vs Moustache Mtn, Brooklyn
10 Gargano vs Ciampa, Chicago

Best year ever for NXT. Don’t want this group broken up. Gargano is the best wrestler in the world right now imo. Undisputed are the best performers.
 

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My Top 10:

1. Undisputed Era vs War Raiders/Pete Dunne/Ricochet WarGames match (NXT Takeover: WarGames) - 10/10
2. Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa Unsanctioned match (NXT Takeover: New Orleans) - 9.5/10
3. EC3 vs Killian Dain vs Adam Cole vs Velveteen Dream vs Lars Sullivan vs Ricochet Ladder match (NXT Takeover: New Orleans) - 9.5/10
4. Andrade Cien Almas vs Johnny Gargano (NXT Takeover: Philadelphia) - 9/10
5. Tommaso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream (NXT Takeover: WarGames) - 9/10
6. Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa Chicago Street Fight (NXT Takeover: Chicago) - 9/10
7. Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black (NXT Takeover: WarGames) - 9/10
8. Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano Last Man Standing match (NXT Takeover: Brooklyn) - 8.5/10
9. Undisputed Era vs Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch (NXT Takeover: Chicago) - 8/10
10. Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain (NXT Takeover: Brooklyn) - 8/10
 

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1) Gargano vs Ciampa - NXT Takeover Chicago - *****1/4
2) Gargano vs Ciampa - NXT Takeover New Orleans - *****
3) Gargano vs Almas - NXT Takeover Philadelphia - *****
4) NA Championship Ladder Match - NXT Takeover New Orleans - *****
5) Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano - NXT Takeover WarGames - ****3/4
6) Gargano vs Ciampa - NXT Takeover Brooklyn - ****1/2
7) Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream - NXT Takeover WarGames - ****1/2
8) Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain - NXT Takeover Brooklyn - ****1/2
9) Adam Cole vs Ricochet - NXT Takeover Brooklyn - ****1/4
10) Undisputed Era vs Burch and Lorcan - NXT Takeover Chicago - ****1/4

What a great it's been year for NXT and as great as Gargano has been (when it comes to match quality no one has touched him this year) Ciampa's heel work, Velveteen Dream's character, Undisputed Era along with their tag matches have made this easily the best era of NXT and honestly in quality, this has been much better than NJPW this year.
 

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1) Gargano vs. Ciampa, NOLA
2) Dream vs. Ciampa, WarGames
3) Gargano vs. Black, WarGames
4) Gargano vs. Almas, Philly
5) AOP vs. UE, Philly

Can only give five because I hate spotfests and didn’t watch Chicago.
 

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Seeing all those matches, wow, what a fucking year it was for NXT! Probably the best ever, and totally SHITS all over the main roster which had the worst year in wrestling history.

1- Andrade “Cien” Almas vs Johnny Gargano - Philadelphia
2- Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano - War Games
3- Adam Cole vs EC3 vs Killian Dain vs Lars Sullivan vs Ricochet vs Velveteen Dream - New Orleans
4- Tommaso Ciampa vs Johnny Gargano - Chicago
5- The Undisputed Era vs Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan - Chicago
6- Ricochet vs Adam Cole - Brooklyn
7- Aleister Black vs Andrade Cien Almas - New Orleans
8- Tommaso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream - War Games
9- Aleister Black vs Adam Cole - Philadelphia
10- The Undisputed Era vs Moustache Mountain - Brooklyn
 
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