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NXT Take Over Brooklyn Recap

No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries

The match opened up with a conga line following No Way Jose around the ring, which was fine but what put the whole thing completely over for me was the fact that the first guy in the line had an Austin Aries t-shirt on. Priceless.

Why does Austin Aries wear a cape? Seems silly. 

The match started out pretty slow with a lot of cat and mouse stuff but after a few minutes these two picked up the pace and started fighting. Jose was able to crawl out of Aries’ finisher, the Last Chancery, which was an odd choice. Why go for a finisher so early in the match? 

For what it’s worth, I really enjoy watching Aries wrestle. I’m not the biggest fan of his character but in the ring he’s a very solid performer. I’m also glad to see that No Way Jose has been given room to develop his character and to showcase his skills in the ring. I was very happy with this match.

Aries wins.

My score: 1/1

Itami came out at the end of the match to confront Aries, it was a bit sloppy for a second, but he hit GTS on Aries. Cue brand new and very exciting feud. 

 

Ember Moon vs. Billy Kay

Ember Moon looks good, very quick, intelligent counters. Billy Kay, on the other hand, can hit, hard. I’m much more interested in Ember’s character than Billy’s but it’s still very early in both of there NXT careers to pass judgment on character development. 

This match was definitely what I was hoping for. Each lady got good spots in and showed what they are best at. I look forward to seeing these two develop. I think we’ve got some serious potential here. 

OH MY GOD, Ember Moon’s finisher is AMAZING. She climbs to the top turnbuckle, does a diving barrel roll and then hits a Stone Cold Stunner. Are you kidding me?!?! That is what I’m talking about! A fresh, insanely difficult twist on a classic move. Bravo Ember Moon. I’ve got a new favorite in the Women’s Division.

Ember Moon Wins.

My score: 2/2.

 

Bobby Roode vs. Adrade ‘Cien’ Almas

Bobby Roode is the quintessential prick…and I love it. He is so committed to being ‘glorious’ that you have love it. I don’t know anything about him so I’m excited to do some research and watch him in the months to come.

What I really enjoyed about the early stages of this match was watching Almas upstage Roode on multiple occasions, often with a big grin on his face. Lots of fun. Every time I see Andrade Almas I am impressed. He is inventive, exciting, and definitely a big-time showman.

Bobby Roode wins.

My score: 3/3

 

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Revival

This match started fast and kept pace for a long time, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Lots of classic and quality tag team wrestling from both teams. Gargano and Ciampa had The Revival on the ropes numerous times but they always found a way out. 

This match, while very good, lasted too long. Perhaps this is my disdain for The Revival coming through. Regardless, this went on for too long. The live crowd loved it though, so I must be in the minority here. Don’t get me wrong, this match was a ton of fun, with a lot of close calls, but it lasted forever. Plus, we all knew how this was going to end, right?

The Revival Win.

My score: 4/4

 

NXT Women’s Championship Match

Bayley vs. Asuka

The crowd was incredible for this match. So were both Bayley and Asuka. These women, so good, potentially the match of the night…it’s very close. 

This match was so close. Both of these women deserve serious credit. I didn’t write much because I was so distracted by the performance. These two are world class performers. Plus the post match was incredible. Thank you Bayley. Welcome to the Main Roster. 

Asuka Wins.

My score: 5/5

 

NXT Championship Match

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe

Nakamura’s entrance…it’s so freaking good. The only competition is Finn Balor, that’s it. 

This match was evenly fought early on, which is what I expected. This match as never going to be a one-sided affair. I really don’t like Samoa Joe, at all, but the man is a top performer in the ring. My main issue with him is his character, there is nothing likable about him. Nakamura, on the other hand, is far more likable and flamboyant. 

The best part of this match were the counters, each Superstar was on point, and the counter wrestling was top-notch.  This match lived up to the hype, with each superstar delivering what we wanted. It did go on longer than I expected but in the end I got exactly what I wanted. 

Nakamura wins. 

My score: 6/6