NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II definitely was the show to watch this weekend with 6 great wrestling matches and one big title change. Check out how I did with my predictions from earlier this week and my analysis of the night as a whole right here!
Austin Aries vs. No Way José
I predicted the outcome of this match correctly as Aries pulled it out over No Way José. It was a pretty predictable result unless this feud was going to continue, but I didn’t really see it doing that. Aries definitely elevated José to higher levels in this one. These two had a highly competitive match with a few near falls. No Way José definitely became a far more serious threat with this quick feud and showed everyone that he is more than just dancing. I’m looking forward to seeing José evolve into an even more complete star.
Austin Aries got a GTS from Hideo Itami after the match and it looks like these two will be squaring off in the near future. I’m glad Itami is getting back into the ring with a talent like Aries. Hideo’s injury took him out for a long time, but it really seems like he’s going to be thrust towards the top of the card, as he should be.
Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay
I’ve never seen Ember Moon wrestle before, but WOW! She was impressive! Not only is she incredibly athletic in the ring, but her whole look and the way she carries herself in the ring is pretty unique. It was definitely mostly about Ember Moon in this match as she got the win and the fans got the first glimpse at who is sure to be the face of the NXT Women’s Division before long. I was really happy to see Billie Kay get the chance to go against her. I’ve been a big fan of Billie and it was nice to see her get a spot on Takeover, even if it had to be in a losing effort.
Bobby Roode vs. Andrade Almas
Bobby Roode has made quite the impression since debuting on NXT television. The glorious one is definitely winning over the majority of the audience despite being a heel. Bobby seems to be highly-motivated to be the best he’s been in his career and with this character, I think he can pull that off. He and Almas had a good, competitive match that really left fans on the edge of their seat. I feel like Almas was a great first opponent for Roode and they really brought out the best in each other. Roode has a character that can easily turn into a massive heel at a moment’s notice, but right now, he seems more like a cross between a face and heel. I think we’ll see Roode challenging Nakamura before long for the NXT title. That may seem like a stretch, but Roode is as popular as anyone in NXT right now.
Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival (c) for the NXT Tag Team Championship
This was the match of the night without question. These two teams threw everything at each other. The near falls were incredible and it almost felt like nothing would get the win. The Revival have my respect as a tag-team. I haven’t seen a team this creative and under-handed in years. These guys will do anything to gain an edge whether it’s distracting the referee, cutting off the ring, or attacking a body part. They’re systematic and truly rely on their teamwork. Dash and Dawson are the champions for a reason.
Gargano and Ciampa proved that they’re worthy competitors in this match too. They looked like they were walking away with the titles multiple times before Gargano tapped after getting his knee attacked. I was impressed by how much these teams put into this match, it was certainly the best tag-team match I’ve seen this year. I’m hoping for a rematch!
Bayley vs. Asuka (c) for the NXT Women’s Championship
This match was a sore spot for me as it was for many Bayley fans I’m sure. Bayley has taken the fans on such an emotional journey that it’s hard to not feel let down by Asuka once again getting the pinfall. These two had a great match and I’ll take nothing away from Asuka, she’s been fantastic, it’s just hard to not cheer for Bayley. She’s done it all. She even got a hero’s send-off after the match. Was that the final time we see Bayley in a big NXT event? It looks that way. All I know is Asuka is firmly entrenched as the woman in NXT while Bayley is moving on to bigger things. It was nice to see Ember Moon show Bayley some respect after her match, though. It was a great 3 1/2 years for Bayley in NXT and those times have finally paid off.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship
I’ve never seen someone rise as quickly in NXT as Shinsuke Nakamura. He went on to defeat Joe at Takeover for the title after only 4 months in NXT. Shinsuke has easily been one of the most popular Superstars in NXT. Joe, on the other hand, has been the steady hand in NXT and ends his first reign fairly quickly after winning it in April. NXT hasn’t quite had a champion like Nakamura, so it should be an exciting time for the brand. There are almost too many stars to go around in NXT and that is probably the reason for the title changing hands. I’m curious as to what will happen with Joe. He’s undoubtedly ready for the main roster, but will he get the opportunity? Let’s hope so.
Overall, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II was a great night of wrestling and will be remembered for Bayley’s last stand in NXT as well as Nakamura’s first championship in North America. Ember Moon had a great debut and The Revival showed everyone why they’re the champions. There was even a strange teaser for “Sanity”, whatever that is.
Oh, and I predicted 5 out of 6 matches correctly. Ok, so that’s not exactly a difficult feat, but still! The next This Week in WWE article will combine SummerSlam and Raw since so much has happened in the last 24 hours.