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WWE Payback 2014 Preview & Thoughts On NXT Takeover

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Before we get to NXT Takeover, let me state that the NXT ArRIVAL event from February was off the charts amazing. For somebody who is a "casual" fan of the product and rarely keeps up with much outside of Raw/Smackdown, it was completely eye opening. The two hour live show was stacked from top to bottom and would be insanely tough to top. The bar had been raised so much that anything else that followed was sure to disappoint. Now that Takeover is over, were those claims true? Could NXT really best their ArRIVAL efforts? Using my classic Good, Bad, and Ugly format, how about we take a look?
 

The build for this show has been spectacularly poor. There was more hype for NXT Takeover than Payback, and it seems like there has been very little effort put into making the show feel like a big event that you must see. There will be no world championship match on the card due to Daniel Bryan's injury, but there will be a segment where Stephanie McMahon demands he hands over the belts, which will surely feature lots of bad acting and hopefully Bryan holding onto the title. Overall, it's a mediocre line-up that has potential, particularly in the mid-card to be a better than expected event and we should see the end of a few feuds also.

 

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