American Alpha whipped the NXT TakeOver: Dallas crowd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center into a frenzy Friday night as they defeated The Revival to become the NXT tag team champions for the first time.
WWE provided a clip of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable capturing the gold:
From the minute American Alpha came into the ring, the Dallas crowd was fully in favor of the challengers. It was a back-and-forth contest that provided many near-falls from both sides.
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder both provided underhanded tactics to stop the falls, as the heel tag team even scored a near-fall while holding the tights. In the end, however, Jordan and Gable gained enough momentum to hit the Grand Amplitude finisher for the three-count and ended Dawson and Wilder's nearly five-monthlong reign as the tag team champions.
Former NXT star Becky Lynch congratulated the new champs after their performance:
Dawson and Wilder shocked many by winning the straps in October after spending much of their time in NXT under a veil of anonymity, but they have taken off since then and had run roughshod over the division prior to Friday's event.
Around the same time of The Revival's ascent, though, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan came together and immediately piqued the interest of the NXT Universe. Thanks to their combination of charisma and finely tuned in-ring work, they quickly developed into one of the most popular acts in NXT.
Their rise through the ranks was meteoric, and they eventually established themselves as the No. 1 contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championships by defeating former champs The Vaudevillains a few weeks before TakeOver.
After scratching and clawing his way to the opportunity, Gable was proud to be one step away from taking the gold:
The Revival made it clear they had different plans, however, much like they did when Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady attempted to knock them off.
Dash and Dawson beat Enzo and Big Cass at NXT TakeOver: London and then did so again at the live Roadblock special on WWE Network, which had them feeling confident leading up to NXT TakeOver: Dallas:
The crowd was entirely behind American Alpha because of the connection they have fostered with the fans in recent months, which played into The Revival's persona.
Not only did that make it easier for them to be heels and generate heat, but their "no flips, just fists" mantra was also a good contrast to Gable and Jordan and the exciting style of wrestling they bring to the table.
That dichotomy made for an amazing moment when American Alpha were declared the winners and confirmed the notion that the fans were behind them as much as perhaps any other NXT act throughout the brand's existence.
Having Gable and Jordan lose to continue the chase could have potentially made them even more popular, but the massive stage of NXT TakeOver: Dallas seemed like the perfect time and place for them to cement themselves as the top team.
There is seemingly no limit to what American Alpha can accomplish at this point, but remaining as entertaining and engaging with the titles as they were without them could be a challenge.
Based on how entertaining they have proved to be in all facets, however, that shouldn't be a problem for the new champs.
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