Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black and Ricochet def. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole
I loved the way this bout was built up immediately following last week's NXT TakeOver: Phoenix special and wasn't announced out of nowhere. All six stars have crossed paths at one point or another over the last year, so it was an amazing clash of styles that resulted in an extremely entertaining and exhilarating six-man tag team match. I have no doubt that they went all out on purpose in order to impress anyone who was tuning in for the first time and isn't familiar with the folks of NXT, and they certainly succeeded in grabbing people's attention and showing the world what they're made of. Dream picking up the win for his team was logical considering he recently won the Worlds Collide tournament (which earned him a future title shot). By the way, I popped big for Cole bringing back the Panama Sunrise. The execution was just beautiful.
Truth be told, I haven't watched a full Super Bowl in years, as I have little interest in the commercials and even less interest in the football. That said, I went out of my way to watch Halftime Heat (despite being at work) and was very happy with what I saw. Whether you're an avid NXT fan or not, Halftime Heat is well worth the time (way more than the game itself from what I gathered). The presentation was awesome and the actual match was exactly what it needed to be and so much more. It's such a cool concept that I hope is brought back next year. The WWE Network has been around for almost exactly five years, so why this didn't happen sooner is beyond me.
D-Generation X Interrupted The Corporation
Days earlier on Raw, Chyna betrayed DX and joined The Corporation. She explained her actions here, only for DX to interrupt her and throw insults her way. It was an entertaining verbal exchange (by Attitude Era standards) on the whole that also successfully furthered two other feuds: Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac and Triple H vs. Kane. It was a solid segment, even if it wasn't my cup of tea.
Big Boss Man def. World Tag Team Champion Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett and Hart beat Boss Man and Shamrock for the tag team titles around this time, so this was Boss Man and Shamrock's chance to bounce back with wins in singles competition against the champs. It made sense from a storyline standpoint, but unfortunately, neither match was worth writing home about. This bout in particular died a death and the crowd couldn't have cared less. If nothing else, it was over relatively quickly.
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