NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 8/22/15

Tonight, on the eve of Summerslam, NXT takes over Brooklyn.  We begin the night with NXT Kick-off show.

Here we go.

We are live in Brooklyn, in the Barclays Center.

Renee Young is with Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, and Lita.

We see Kevin Owens had entered the building earlier tonight.  Later, Owens Vs Balor in a Ladder Match, for the NXT World Title.

Also tonight, Baron Corbin faces Samoa Joe, in a Number One Contenders match.

Corbin Vs Joe video is being shown.

Joe is standing by, does he have any concern for Baron Corbin?

Tonight, Baron won’t have those opportunities, because he faces Joe man to man, face to face.  Tonight, Joe will put Corbin down, and he will put him sleep.

Joe has been wrestling all over the world for 16 years.

Tonight, Apollo Crews makes his NXT in-ring debut.

Also tonight, double main event for the NXT Women’s Title.  Bayley Vs Sasha Banks.

Bayley Vs Banks video is being shown.

Bayley has so much to prove tonight.  I have never been a fan of the gimmick, but tonight, they have a chance to just let Bayley do what she does best, wrestle.

Greg Hamilton and Dasha Fuentes are outside the Barclays Center, with the fans.

NXT Tag Titles are on the line tonight.  Murphy and Blake face The Vaudevillians.

Lita is teasing that she might come out with The Vaudevillians tonight to counter Alexa Bliss.

A SUV pulls up, and it’s Neville and Finn Balor.

Cesaro stops by to wish Balor luck, he faces Owens tomorrow night.

Tonight, Tyler Breeze face Jushin Thunder Liger, for the first time in NXT.

Tyler is with Rich Brennan, who is taking a photo shoot.

Tyler puts a Jushin Liger mask on Rich’s face.

Balor Vs Owens video is playing.

NXT Takeover:  Brooklyn starts now.

HHH is in the ring, it started as a whisper, until we started to blurt it out now.  We heard you, and started this quest, you wanted more.  We told you NXT is the future, you said the future is now.

And we pan to the crowd with an amazing house.  We are NXT.

Our first match is Tyler Breeze Vs Jushin Thunder Liger.

Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton welcomes us to the show.

Liger wins with a Liger Bomb.  Amazing Liger is 50 years old, and he can still fly like the best.

Amazing start to the show.

The Wolfpack is in the house.  Great ovation for Hall, Nash, and X-Pack.

Bayley is getting hugs from Charlotte and Becky Lynch.  A big night for Bayley.

Nia Jax is coming soon to NXT.

NXT Tag Title match is up now.  The Vaudevillians Vs Blake and Murphy.

No Lita, but Blue Pants came out to counter Bliss.

The Vaudevillians win the Tag Titles win with a Whirling Dervish, after Blue Pants took care of Alexa Bliss.

We are in The Barclays Center, a big WWE weekend.

Earlier today, we see the entrance of Finn Balor, Neville, and Cesaro.

Our next match is “The Perfect 10” Tye Dillinger Vs Apollo Crews.

Apollo wins with a Standing Shooting Star Press.

Impressive that a guy his size can do the high-flying.  I loved his dropkick.

NXT GM William Regal is welcoming us, he is introducing us to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.  A tournament starts in 2 weeks, with the winners being declared on the next NXT Takeover, October 7th.

We miss “The American Dream”.

The 4 Tough Enough finalists are at ringside, and coming up next, we will see Samoa Joe Vs Baron Corbin.

Joe wins with the Coquina Clutch.  Corbin doesn’t tap out, but he passes out.

I liked that ending, because Corbin is still protected.

The stars are out tonight.  Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair, Kana, and of course Team B.A.D. are there to watch their girl, Sasha Banks.

Enter Stephanie McMahon.

15,000+ are watching this show at Barclays Center.  Millions are watching at WWE Network.  This is history, and a few weeks ago, Stephanie started a Divas Revolution on Raw.  But the truth is, it started in NXT.  HHH said it best, NXT Women’s division isn’t a part of the main event, they are the main event.

And our NXT Women’s Title match is up now.  Bayley Vs Sasha Banks.

Bayley defeats Sasha Banks in what will go down as one of the best women’s matches of the year.  She wins with a Bayley to Belly.

I might be a fan of Bayley after all, if she continues down this path as a serious competitor.

Charlotte and Becky come out to congratulate Bayley, and we see Sasha giving Bayley a big hug too.  An emotional moment, and we also get a mention of The Four Horsewomen, which all four started together in NXT developmental.

Just an awesome moment, and Sasha has a match tomorrow night at Summerslam.

Earlier tonight, HHH made an announcement that NXT will be touring in the UK in December.

Our main event is up now.  Kevin Owens Vs Finn Balor, for the NXT World Title, in a Ladder Match.

Kevin’s family is in the front row, Kevin also brought up during his entrance that when WWE Network started, he was at home watching NXT.  But now, he’s main eventing on NXT, which says it all.

Finn retains his title in a brutal match here, with a Coup De Gras off the top of the ladder.  And before that, Balor pulled off a Belly to Back Suplex on the ladder.  Kevin looked like he was dead, and he has a match tomorrow night.

Incredible match here, and Finn celebrates the win, ending the show.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Once again, the effort was there, the payoff was amazing.  All 6 matches clicked.  It was special to see Jushin Liger in a WWE ring, and that just kicked the show off.

The two main events though was what brought us to the dance.  I have to give the nod to Banks Vs Bayley as best match of the night, but Owens Vs Balor was amazing too.

I need to start paying attention to NXT again on a weekly basis.

Summerslam is tomorrow, so those women and men better bring it, because NXT Brooklyn set the bar very high.

What were your thoughts on the show?  If you have WWE Network, see this event, it’s worth it to see it again.  I will talk to you all tomorrow, for Summerslam.


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4 Responses to NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 8/22/15

  1. adztheman says:

    You have to wonder why Triple H would ask a guy to work two pretty high profile matches in less than 24 hours, but this is a big weekend, and KO is his guy.

    Heard a lot of whining about ”Blue Pants” and wny she was even part of the show on social media over the weekend

    Curious as to when Samoa Joe is going to be called up to the main roster and how he might be used if and when he is…I think they want to use him to build up NXT as a brand…

    • Yeah, problem with Joe is he isn’t getting younger. To me, you build NXT brand around Finn Balor, who has a unique look, but even with him at some point you have to think about calling him up too, right?

      KO was the MVP of the weekend, and curious to see if he wrestles tonight too. I also like WWE is giving us a MSG house show on the network, featuring Lesnar in October.

      • adztheman says:

        Joe was receptive to going to NXT; I think they will use him for the rest of this year to help build the NXT brand, which Paul sees as a sort of WCW type brand that they can market…the fact they are going into the same buildings as Raw and Smackdown only proves how successful this brand can and will be.

        A lot of people not happy with the whole part time thing…as Sting, Taker, Lesner are holding down key spots…but that’s what’s Best for Business 🙂

      • Yes it is, but this is a platform for young guys to learn the craft and get them ready for WWE. I’d think about calling Joe up as an “enforcer” for Rollins though. Something to think about.

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