Summerslam season is here and it is Easter for the pro wrestling fans all across the world. But before the biggest PPV of the summer came the third edition of the NXT Takeover Brooklyn, and it surely did not disappoint in any way. Here’s a detailed review of the whole card.
1.) Andrade Almas (with Zelina Vega) vs Johnny Gargano:
The night kicked off with the non title singles match between Johnny Gargano and a rejuvenated Andrade Almas. Crowd favourite Johnny Gargano was having his first singles match in a Takeover and the crowd was fully rallied behind the former #DIY member. Andrade had been mostly used as a takeover-jobber for new the new stars arriving up until now. With Zelina Vega by his side, the former Luchador gave a wonderful performance like he does in all takeovers. The hugely popular baby-face Johnny Gargano was cheered vigorously by the crowd and he did not disappoint one bit. Johnny Wrestling, as what he is popularly known as gave in his all and was vibrant throughout. Unfortunately for him, a distraction from Vega costed him as Andrade picked up his first takeover victory since his debut against Tye Dillinger back in 2016.
Winner: Andrade by pin-fall after a hammer lock DDT.
Verdict: The match was awesome. Pure display of in ring abilities of two world travelled performers. Great story telling. The rivalry will grow.
2.) NXT Tag Team Championship Match:
Sanity (Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young) (with Killian Dain and Nikki Cross) vs The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) (with Paul Ellering):
The NXT tag team division had been on a standstill since nobody could match up to the dominance of the Authors of Pain until Sanity took them on. It had been long since WWE offered a heel vs heel feud and it could not have been any better. After an onslaught on Dane and Wolfe by Akam and Rezar, the match kick started and in the last moment Eric Young replaced Dane with himself. The match was wonderfully fought with all four members producing their best performances in NXT till date. Even the likes of Nikki Cross, Killian Dane and Paul Ellering played their parts brilliantly. The most under rated person in the ring produced probably the best performance as Wolfe showed immense strength to suplex both the monsters as well his athletic ability by performing moves like Tope con hilo and Frankensteiner.
Winners: And the new tag team champions Sanity after hitting their Devastation. Wolfe picked up the pin.
Post Match: After the match however, Kyle O’ Reilly and Bobby Fish came out and attacked both the tag teams and left them laying inside the ring.
Verdict: The match was again awesome. All the four men put up stellar shows and the crowd was fully behind Sanity. The post match ambush by Reilly and Fish was great story telling.
3.) Aleister Black vs Hideo Itami:
The last non title match of the night featured long time NXT veteran and Japanese sensation Hideo Itami and the Dutch Destroyer Aleister Black. It was expected to be a hard hitting affair and it was! Two men from the strong style background just tore the house down with kicks, chops, fist, elbows, knees, collisions and more. They even went top rope and the fight got nasty at times. The crowd was firmly behind the undefeated Black and booed the once favourite Itami.
Winner: Aleister Black via pin fall, after hitting a Black Mass out of nowhere.
Verdict: The match was exactly what everyone anticipated it to be; hard hitting, exciting and nasty. Both men gave their bests and the story telling was great too, with Itami being a very good heel.
4.) NXT Women’s Championship Match:
Asuka (c) vs Ember Moon:
The women’s division has been dominated by Asuka over the last one and a half year as Asuka has had a 504 days championship reign and also being undefeated since arrival. Ember Moon had long been tipped to be the one to topple the undefeated streak of the empress of tomorrow. But she had lost the last time they met. This time she took Asuka to the limit and Asuka obliged with the same. The match had great moments and the match ran for 15 long minutes garnering many a cheers and pops from the crowd.
Winner: Still the women’s champion – Asuka after making Ember tap out to the Asuka lock.
Verdict: The match was wonderfully competitive and produced some great moments. Ember took Asuka to the limits. Both were awesome.
5.) NXT Championship Match
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Roode (c):
The main event featured two former TNA World Champions fighting for the NXT title. Both the men going into the match were undefeated and had huge pedigree beside their names. Both had glamorous entrances and both delivered in the main event. The Holy Shit moment came when the 6’5, 260+ pounder Drew hit a tope con hilo on Bobby Roode.
Winner: And the new NXT champion, Drew McIntyre after pinning with a second claymore.
Post Match: In another great debut after Fish and Reilly, former Bullet Club member Adam Cole appeared while Drew was celebrating and with the aid of the former two ambushed the newly crowned champion, thus establishing a new stable. The crowd went absolutely ballistic on seeing Adam Cole in the ring.
Verdict: The match was truly worthy of a main event and neither men disappointed. The crowd was heavily involved and the incidents after the match made the crowd go crazy. Great main event.
Overall Verdict: The one word that came out of the mouth after watching the full show was WOW! What a Takeover. Arguably it was THE Best! And what a time to deliver. It is an absolute treat and delight for the eyes. Must Watch!
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