NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III
NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III delivered a great event at a time when I need something more than what WWE has been providing lately. After G1 Climax 27, I am not expecting much out of Summer Slam. I expected a debut, but I am way more excited about watching NXT now than I was before. I have turned into an NXT major show fan and fell out of the weekly show. That changed tonight. This review contains spoilers.
Nerd Down Wrestling Ratings:
3 Count – Must Watch!
2 Count – If you have the time, check it out.
1 Count – You can skip it.
Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
A great opener to the show. These two really seemed to be laying their stuff into each other. Gargano nearly got the win via the Gargano Escape, but could not force the tap. Zelina Vega caused some interference, which allows Almas to hit the La Sombra for the win. This match was a solid good match. If it was placed elsewhere on the card, I might have bumped it to a 2 Count.
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
Rating: 3 Count
NXT Tag Team Championship
The Authors of Pain vs. SAnitY
Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe started in the ring as Authors of Pain entered the ring. Which was a sprint and immediate fight before the bell sounded. Eric Young setup a table leaning on the barricade. This is important for a spot later. When the bell sounds, Wolfe and Dain are the legal team. After Wolfe starts the match as the active member, Young jumps up on the apron and tells Dain to hop down. Then Wolfe tags in Eric Young. Corey Graves says this is legal because Killian Dain had never been tagged into the match. During one of the times where everyone is spilled to the outside, Nikki Cross gets in the ring and is confronted by Paul Ellering. While the ref is telling Ellering to get out, Nikki dives off the top rope to the outside, but is caught by Akam. Killian Dain crashes Nikki/Akam, putting him through the table. Wolfe then hits a belly to back suplex while Young hits a diving neckbreaker off the second rope for the win.
Rating: 3 Count
SAnitY only has a short time to celebrate when the reDRagons run into the ring and show why Fish and O’Riley are one of the best tag teams! Kicks everywhere! Chasing the Dragon! I know they have made their NXT debuts already, but seeing them together and hit Chasing the Dragon makes me so excited. TakeOver Brooklyn III could be my favorite WWE PPV so far this year. I really hope they win the tag team championships, beat all the other tag teams, issue a challenge for any NXT tag team to come out. Enter the return of DIY, even for one night only. Could reDRagons vs. DIY be a better match than DIY vs. The Revival?
Aleistert Black vs. Hideo Itami
This watch was not a bad match. That being said, it is the weakest match on the TakeOver Brooklyn III card and I forgot about it when I was telling a friend about the show. Sandwiched between the NXT Tag Team Championship/reDRagons demolition show and the NXT Women’s Championship hurt this match. Itami’s kicks look as good as they normally do. Aleister Black thew some kicks back that looked pretty good too. Itami gets a close call with a Falcon Arrow, then calls for the GTS shortly after. Black fights it off, and Itami demands respect from Black and the crowd, which gives Black the opportunity to hit the Black Mass for the win. I guess I want to see badass KENTA and not “Show Me Respect!” Itami.
Winner: Aleister Black
Rating: 2 Count
NXT Women’s Championship
Asuka vs. Ember Moon
I was hoping that this match would be good. Ember Moon looks great in the ring and has a killer finisher. Asuka is the most dominant champion for a reason. My expectations were a little high and this match did not open with strong wrestling. This match opens with Ember Moon delivering a running kick into Asuka’s head as the bell sounds. Moon follows up by hitting the ropes and kicks her in the head again. The two end up outside the ring, but Asuka tries to throw Ember Moon back into the ring. Ember counters by spinning back around on the apron kicking Asuka in the head again, jumps to the second rope, and flips onto Asuka. Eventually Asuka turns it around, throwing Moon into the ring steps, followed by a suplex on the steel entrance ramp. This starts a great continuous sell of Moon’s left arm. When the two are back in the ring, Asuka works the arm. Nigel McGuinness compares Asuka to Minoru Suzuki, I like that he acknowledges other people exist outside of WWE. Moon hits the Eclipse, but Asuka kicks out at a close two. Moon goes to hit another Eclipse, but this time diving over the ref who Asuka was using as a shield, and hits Asuka with a cross body. Asuka rolls this into a pin, but the ref sees the grabbing of Moon’s bottoms. Moon hits a superkick that rocks Asuka but still cannot get the pin. Moon goes to pick her up, but Asuka is playing possum. A short back and forth leads Asuka to the Asuka Lock and Moon taps. This was my favorite match on the card.
Rating: 3 Count
Bobby Roode vs Drew McIntyre
These two guys really looked good in the ring. If this match made its way onto the Summer Slam card, I think it would out rank many others. The match does not start off with any crazy spots. Slaps and kicks, but then McIntyre hits a suplex on Roode, who was on all fours. Then the go to the outside to fight. Roode sprints at McIntyre, but counters with a tilt-a-while slam into the side of the ring. Later Roode hits a diving blockbuster off the apron. Toward the end of the match, Drew McIntyre hits his Claymore Kick, but Roode is able to roll out immediately. While recovering Drew is kept in the ring by the ref. Once Bobby is on his feet, McIntyre dives over the top rope and lands on him. The crowd went crazy. Drew ends up hitting two Glorious DDT’s, but when going for a third, McIntyre pushes him forward and hits the Claymore kick again to get the pin.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Rating 3 Count
At this point, we all know Adam Cole is going to come out. Drew McIntyre is holding the belt in the ring, then a replay comes up, the camera is back on McIntyre, and finally the NXT Logo shows up in the bottom left. I thought maybe it was not going to happen, but the crowed starts cheering loud. Now Adam Cole is coming to the ring. Except when McIntyre turns around, it is the reDRagons who are on the ring apron. From behind Adam Cole attacks McIntrye. All three start kicking him, then Fish and O’Riley hold up McIntyre to let Cole superkick him. The show ends with Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Riley all standing in over the new NXT Champion.