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Random Thoughts on NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

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SummerSlam weekend kicks off with NXT returning to the Barclay Centre for Takeover. Last year’s show was a success, especially Bayley vs. Sasha Banks, and it only makes sense for them to return to a bigger arena once again. This post contains spoilers so look away now if you haven’t seen Takeover yet.

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Austin Aries def. No Way Jose via submission

Ember Moon def. Billie Kaye via pinfall

Bobby Roode def. Andrade Cien Almas via pinfall

NXT Tag Team Championship: The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) © def. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa via submission to retain the Tag Team Titles

NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka © def. Bayley via pinfall

NXT Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Samoa Joe © via pinfall

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

Match of the night has got to go to the tag title match. Flat out awesome! I’ll even go as far to say that it’s a legit match of the year bout, that’s how highly I rank it. It had that old school tag team vibe about it where both teams pulled out the tricks of yesteryear. The crowd was on point from the get-go. Ciampa & Gargano came so close yet so far. It’s easy to feel sympathetic for them. I loved the false finishers. Perhaps a rematch may happen down the line. Superb match

 

I guess we’ve just witnessed Bayley’s final ever match in NXT. She’s got nothing left to do in NXT, and the time is right for her to move on. I expect her to move to Smackdown since they need more depth in the women’s division.

 

As for her match with Asuka, I enjoyed it. Slightly better than the one they had in Dallas. I loved the way that Asuka used her submission moves throughout the match to try to finish off Bayley, but Bayley kept on fighting back. It was the kind of heart and toughness you’d expect to see from a babyface competitor.  I thought it was over when Bayley hit the Bayley to Belly suplex, yet Asuka found a way to kick out. Like in the tag match, the false finishes really had you on the edge of your seat. With Bayley more than likely to get the call-up, where does that leave Asuka? She’s been teasing a heel turn leading up to this match, but I think they’ll keep her a face for the meantime.

 

Sticking with the women, what a finisher Ember Moon has! The best to describe it is like a catching, twisting stunner from the top rope. The crowd popped for it and it really made me raise my eyebrows at just how impressive it was. It’s unique and different. I’m glad Kaye got some offence in and it wasn’t a total squash. Triple H has high hopes for Ember. Expect her to get a big push in NXT.

 

No Way Jose and Austin Aries was a solid opener. Jose came close countless times, but Aries was able to use his experience to turn the tide. No Way Jose really showed something here, and while the quality was mostly thanks to Aries, Jose did more than enough to make me take another good long look at his potential.

 

After the match, Aries attack Jose. Hideo Itami entered the arena to a good ovation. Itami was wearing a suit. Aries hit him first, but then Itami punched and kicked him. The crowd chanted “GTS” and Itami picked up Aries and hit the GTS to knock him down. Wow. Great moment. Has CM Punk ever performed the GTS whiles wearing a suit? Nah, I don’t think so.

 

Bobby Roode’s entrance theme is fantastic. I think we should start a campaign to get it to the top of charts! No surprise that Roode won his televised debut. It would have been dumb to have him lose. Almas has had a hard time winning over the crowd, but he’s a very good performer if people give him a chance. At least he wasn’t heavily booed.

 

An excellent main event match between two of the very best in WWE. It was only right for them to have 20 plus minutes and they really made the most of the time they were allotted.  It wasn’t the match of the year like I thought it might be (that’s still Nakamura/Zayn), but it was damn good. I liked the strikes by both guys. The crowd was into it the entire time and seemed to get stronger later on as they rallied behind Nakamura by humming his theme song for much of the night. Joe kicking out the Kinshasa knee strike was a surprise to me. The title change isn’t a surprise, though. It felt like the right thing to do since Nakamura is undefeated and Joe is ready for the main roster although it may be a few months. Nakamura should be on the main roster, but they need to keep NXT strong as well.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 9.5

Yet another quality NXT Takeover event. It’s becoming repetitive, a good kind of repetitive, though, because it means we keep getting outstanding shows from the NXT brand.

The Tag match was the highlight of the night with the main event coming in at second place.

The reason Takeover event are so well received is because there’re only five or six matches on the card with most of them getting time. It’s all about the in-ring action. Keep it simple, stupid.

 

NXT Takeover Rankings 2016

NXT Takeover: Dallas – 10

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II – 9.5

NXT Takeover: The End – 8

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