Halftime has concluded for the 2019 Super Bowl, the place the New England Patriots confronted the Los Angeles Rams. And whereas CBS provided a halftime present that includes Maroon 5 and Atlanta’s personal Big Boi, WWE delivered one thing fully different–shirtless folks punching one another.
The resident wrestling nerds of GameSpot couldn’t have been happier about this, as WWE’s Halftime Heat aired on the WWE Network, together with YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. And in case you’re somebody who frequents GameSpot, then you already know Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner are going to speak about wrestling. Just like every PPV, we’ll evaluation the match.
You can watch the match for your self beneath. Halftime Heat begins at 3:34:29.
Aleister Black, Ricochet & Velveteen Dream vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano & Adam Cole
Wow… Triple H kicks off the entire thing by saying, “If you are all in as a fan, then NXT is for you.” Shots have been fired, and so they did not should be. Or possibly I’m trying approach an excessive amount of into the “all in” side of his line, which was the most important impartial wrestling exhibits of 2018: one I got to attend. The environment is weird, contemplating that is happening contained in the Performance Center and the group is not as large nor as rukus as a traditional NXT crowd. Sure, it obtained higher because it went on, however it did not begin off too sizzling. Velveteen Dream feels so misplaced on this match, in one of the best ways doable. His NFL-inspired ring gear is superior, and he is the one wrestler on his group who’s 100% persona. He rounds out the group rather well. Then, there’s Ricochet, who I might watch flip across the ring all night time. The dude is an entire innovator.
Around the 10 minute mark, I seen I’ve was a morose mouth-breather as my jaw has been fully dropped after a sequence of insane excessive spots. As this match progressed, we obtained some wonderful spots, and Adam Cole grew to become the whipping submit for Team Dream. I wasn’t stunned by the result of this, by any means. It delivered precisely like I believed it could and was the proper counter-programming for CBS’ halftime present.
The solely actual problem–for me–with Halftime Heat was that the in-ring storytelling side of wrestling wasn’t actually as stable because it might have been. It was primarily tons of excessive spots to get new of us engaged with the product, which is completely positive. This match performed as extra of a Greatest Hits than a full-fledged wrestling match. I assume the one actual query I’ve for WWE is, “Who is watching Halftime Heat that already isn’t super familiar with the WWE and NXT products?” Regardless of my nitpicking, this was a blast, and I hope WWE does this once more subsequent 12 months.
Side word: Hey, WWE Network. Work in your app on Smart TVs. During a 16 minute match, it crashed on me three totally different instances, together with throughout the end.
— Mat Elfring (9/10)
When WWE introduced that NXT was going to have its personal Halftime Heat occasion, it was nice information as a result of I do not actually take care of Maroon 5. That mentioned, it additionally meant the model must ship the very best it has to make for a compelling Super Bowl different. Thankfully, NXT delivered in an enormous approach and needed to make a number of new followers tonight, between airing stay on the WWE Network and throughout the corporate’s streaming platforms. Right from the beginning, it was clear that the small crowd on the efficiency heart was made up of die-hard followers that had been able to be loud, as every NXT Superstar–six of the model’s high names–made their solution to the ring.
What adopted was an thrilling six-man tag match loaded with excessive spots, everybody getting of their signature strikes, and an precise story. It was all arrange on the finish of TakeOver: Phoenix, when the three heroes and three villains had a pull-apart brawl, one thing that overflowed onto Halftime Heat. I actually cannot say sufficient about how nice this was, even with some shaky manufacturing work at the start of the printed. It’s hit some highlights, although.
Velveteen Dream’s football-inspired apparel was wonderful, as had been the tackles he doled out early within the match.
Having a feminine referee preside over Halftime Heat was so sensible. Those who watch NXT already know ladies are referees for some matches. However, for non-fans, having a feminine in cost helps to point out how a lot the position of ladies in WWE has modified over the previous couple of years.
Shawn Michaels becoming a member of the commentary group for the present was the precise transfer. He’s clearly tremendous enthusiastic about NXT as one of many model’s trainers and it confirmed in how he spoke in regards to the motion. Honestly, they need to make the most of him in that position extra.
If this did not make you a believer in Ricochet and his capability to do actually something, I do not know what’s going to. That mentioned, he defies gravity frequently and I like it.
Something this match did was permit every expertise to point out off their type of preventing. For Aleister Black, this implies kicking as onerous as he presumably can and itlooks so painful for his sufferer every time.
I do know wrestling followers are cut up on the overuse of the superkick. I like it and liked the way it was on show right here.
I like Tommaso Ciampa and assume he is an excellent NXT Champion, however discover me a greater heel than Adam Cole, I dare you.
— Chris E. Hayner (10/10)