Do you know what do Superman, The Godfather, Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean have in common? Terrible third sequels… But for any bad third sequel, there will be always a Return of the King somewhere.
This was perhaps the best TakeOver this far! Every match of the night (five in total) was better than the previous one, and it doesn’t mean that the show started weakly, oh hell no!
Andrade Cien Almas (with Zelina Vega) vs. Johnny Gargano
On the contrary, the starting match between Andrade Cien Almas (accompanied to the ring by Zelina Vega) and Johnny Gargano (A.K.A Johnny Wrestling and justly) was a pure indie wrestling exhibition: sequences of faints and chains, high-flying moves, awesome moments involving Gargano and the former Ingobernable sharing locks was brilliant, even the foreign intervention meant something by playing with the feelings of the opponent, getting through his mind… Simply brilliant.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler” style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]Zelina threw a #DIY shirt to Gargano, who doubted and got a Hammerlock DDT by Andrade, who got victorious.[/su_spoiler]
SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross) vs. The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) with Paul Ellering, for the NXT Tag Team Championship
Even before the bell rang there was action everywhere, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain attacked both members of AoP, Eric Young took out a table and let it outside the ring, even Nikki was involved in a face-off with Paul Ellering. Alexander Wolfe began the official action, but surprisingly, was Eric Young who took the tag instead of Killian Dain (the unwritten “Freebird Rule” that allows any member of a team to be part of the match). This match was a fight between these four, there was even friendly fire after Akam hit Rezar with a Powerbomb on the corner. Outside the ring the action didn’t stop, Nikki Cross flew with a steel from the corner on Akam, but he caught her and Killian tackled both through the table that Young assembled.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler” style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]The SAnitY members are the new NXT Tag Team Champions, after a combined finisher Alexander Wolfe won the match. However the action won’t be over yet, because after the match, everyone were attacked by Bobby Fish and Kile O‘Riley (reDRagon at ROH and NJPW), one of the greatest tag teams of the indie scene is finally on NXT, just the first surprise of the night, for sure.[/su_spoiler]
Hideo Itami vs. Aleister Black
Do you know what happen when you put in the ring a purosesu wrestler (Japanese strong-style) and a kickboxing hard striker? Usually pain, blood, and a great fight!
Aleister Black, former Tommy End came to the ring accompanied by the band Code Orange, playing his awesome the song “Root of all Evil”, candles everywhere, smoke over the ramp, just a dark and astonishing entrance!
Early in the match, Black was deeply bleeding after sharing a lot of punches, kicks and knees with Hideo, who was on fire since the start. However, you cannot trust in a tiny cut on your opponent’s face, even less if your opponent can kick your head out of your body without even know it.
Nothing more to say, there is no much history between these guys except for two pure strong-style wrestlers trying to kill each other.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler” style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]Aleister finally connects his Black Mass (a spin kick to the head) on Hideo, Hitami lights out and victory for the dutch.[/su_spoiler]
Ember Moon vs. Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship
Best female match of the weekend? By far!
Savage start from Ember, taking Asuka by surprise, focused only on the victory and the title. Quickly, the action is taken out of the ring by Ember, but Asuka turn the situation around after she drove Ember on the steel steps and hit a suplex on the steel ramp.
Asuka was focusing her attacks on Ember’s injured left arm and shoulder, and eventually had the chance to capture her on the Asuka Lock, both Ember reverse it and give Asuka her own version of the lock.
Easy, this was the best match between these two girls, arguably the best of the night and perhaps of the whole weekend.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler” style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]Ember hit Asuka with the Eclipse but Asuka kicked out at 2 for first time on NXT. After a sequence of counters, Ember tapped out after a devastating Asuka Lock. Asuka retains the championship and the streak continues. After the match, the crowd shows their respects for Ember (should we see her on the main roster soon?)[/su_spoiler]
Main Event: Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship
My least favorite match of the night, honestly, but in the end, it accomplished what was promised: a battle between two great heavyweights for the main title.
Once again, we got two special entrances: Drew McIntyre entered the ring accompanied by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums and Bobby’s… His entrance is always awesome (sorry, I meant GLORIOUS!).
Bobby Roode searching for an early Glorious DDT, but failed against the powerful Scottish. And since the very beginning McIntyre was physically dominant.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler” style=”simple” icon=”arrow”]But after 2 glorious DDT’, Drew finally hit the Claymore Kick to get the victory, and now he is the new NXT Champion.
Nevertheless, the action won’t be finished there, without even having the chance to celebrate his victory, Adam Cole made his awaited debut on WWE and accompanied by ReDragon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly), they attacked Drew and formed that rumored ex-ROH faction and they’re definitively looking for gold!
Nothing more to say than: Adam Cole is here bay bay![/su_spoiler]
Final thoughts? If you haven’t seen TakeOver Brooklyn III, what are you waiting?! Go and watch it, You won’t regret…