I know this could be said of any thread discussing any show, but comparison is the thief of joy around here. I loved this show. Absolutely loved it. The tag title match had so much shine it was hard to look straight at it. Here comes the cutoff...no, more shine. Ah, HERE is the cutoff...HAHAHA NOPE SHIIIIIIINE!!! By the time Revival finally got the advantage, those devious bastards, I thought Full Sail was going to go full Korakuen. This was joyful tag team wrestling at an elite level.
I certainly enjoyed the main event more than most. The Dallas match was very cool, but it was wild and unpredictable in a way that few things are, or are allowed to be, anymore. So it gets points for that, but it's not necessarily reasonable to take points away from something that lacks that. Joe is a monster, yes, and maybe even a monster first and foremost, but anybody who watched "Champion" Joe in ROH knows that he's a mastermind as well. Joe is a winner and will win any way he can, so when I see him going for the door I don't think "oh shoot, this is an escape match and I hate escape matches" (although I generally do), I thought here is Joe trying to win and showing Finn that his priority is leaving with the belt. Furthermore, when Joe would make later attempts to escape through the door, and specifically over the top, I loved the inversion of expectation that Joe would be the one chasing the smaller, faster wrestler around and trying to prevent him from escaping. None of the escape "spots", which were really just moments of fluid action, were labored or extended in the way that many historically bad escape matches are laid out. The intensity was there but without the blood. Joe throwing Finn into the cage over and over again was ferocious, and Joe absorbs Finn's dropkicks like nobody else on the NXT roster. They look fantastic.
I'm pretty much in agreement with everyone on the rest of the card, except maybe some comments about Aries getting too much on Nakamura, but that's probably because I love Aries and he really needed to look like a guy that could beat Nakamura here. Can we please get Joe vs. Aries for the title before this is all over?