Jay's Ways - NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Review Submitted by Justin Watry on 08/23/2017 at 03:36 PM
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"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and nodq.com for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too.8 But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.
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WWE Summerslam 2017 Review
I posted FOUR separate columns on 411mania during the past week. My latest was a review of WWE Summerslam 2017 from this past Sunday night. I talk about every single match and result. It was a jam packed six hours, so there is plenty of material to read. Go to 411mania and read!
Mae Young Classic
Last year, I predicted every single match of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament when it started SPOILER FREE and somehow got three of the final four correct. The only person I missed...TJ Perkins. Ha! Funny. Anyways, I will be doing the same thing for the Mae Young Classic next week on 411mania. Predict the entire bracket SPOILER FREE! Stay tuned for that. Should be fun...
NXT Takeover Brooklyn III Review
- Didn't see the pre-show at all. Tuned in just as the event was beginning.
- Perfect opener in Johnny Gargano taking on Andrade Almas. Selena was splendid as always. Super cool to see her on the NXT stage. For those that don't know, she is one of the better souls in this business and deserves all the success in the world. This one got the crowd pumping and with good reason. I figured Gargano's #DIY past would cost him the victory, and that is what happened. On a night full of surprises (at least to me), this was kept straight forward and simple. No issues with that. Almas needed that little boost and got it.
- Interesting that Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan were there representing RAW and Smackdown LIVE. Very interesting indeed.
- The Authors Of Pain vs. Sanity was arguably match of the night. It was a close battle with the Womens Title match. I do want to apologize to both teams though. I didn't care for the build up. I really had no inkling of a title change at all. I just shrugged this off as a 'filler' bout to give AOP a win and then maybe send Sanity up to the main roster. Nothing really jumped off the page with these two stables colliding...
...and then they went out there and delivered a hard hitting, fascinating match that tore the house down. For two supposedly heel teams, the fans sure were loving every moment. This one caught me off guard big time. A pleasant surprise. Even more surprising is that Sanity WON! No more undefeated streak for AOP. No more belts either. Speculation is they may get called up to the main roster soon. I don't know about that, but their first loss was certainly shocking. Where the tag team division goes from here was answered right after the bell.
- Kyle O'Reily and Bobby Fish attacked afterwards! We had seen them on NXT television weeks earlier losing to Aleister Black in competitive matches, but that has been it from them. Smart use of them here to make an immediate impact. More to come from them later.
- Aleister Black (great entrance) defeated Hideo Itami. One thing was made clear here: Black is on the rise. Itami is not. Good bout that lived up to the hype.
- Asuka versus Ember Moon was the match I was looking forward to the most. I loved the added touch of #TheStreak being the hashtag promoted. WWE and NXT really do need to take advantage of little details and stats more often. Even earlier in the year, the Charlotte pay-per-view record was barely mentioned. I mean, it was talked about but not nearly enough. I would have hyped that up for a long time and sold it to the high heavens. Asuka is unbeatable and is an unstoppable champion - HYPE IT! Promote it! Drill it into the viewers' head that Asuka has a streak going and will not be defeated. Not by Ember Moon, not by anybody.
- As for the bell to bell action, it was awesome. The near falls were believable. The atmosphere was red hot. There was the idea of history being made with a title change and Ember Moon's family being there. A lot at stake here, and the two women went out there and crushed it. When Asuka finally was able to put away Moon, I felt all the right emotions. Absolutely heartbreak for Moon. Such a tough loss for her. On the flip side, you just couldn't help but give it up to Asuka. She will find a way to win no matter what. Truly unstoppable. Now let's hope that minor injury does't halt too much of her momentum.
- Main event was Drew McIntyre winning the NXT Championship over Bobby Roode. Big fight feel with the title on the line and glorious entrances. I wasn't sure if the trigger would be pulled on the Drew victory quite yet with Roderick Strong kinda lurking around. However, the seeds were planted weeks ago when Strong said he wanted to beat Roode - title or no title. Well, that sealed it. No title was the option for them. With The Glorious One now on Smackdown LIVE, I suspect Strong beats Roode at the upcoming tapings to wrap up their long standing feud.
- Then there is the new champ, Drew McIntyre. Got fired, went out on the independent scene to get better, was rehired, and within a few months is on top of the NXT world. Like Jinder Mahal, there is a lot of inspiration there. Nothing negative whatsoever. Props to the guy. A whole new direction for NXT. Roode had his run and is now on the main roster. The cards have been shuffled again because...
- Adam FREAKIN' Cole showed up to end the broadcast with Fish and O'Reily to attack McIntyre. One superkick later, and the crowd had officially lost it! What a moment. A debut well worth multiple re-watches on Youtube or the WWE Network. You could hear the crowd freaking out as Cole made his way to the ring. It was a wonderful moment of anticipation knowing SOMEBODY was about to strike. Most of us may have assumed it was Adam Cole, but that didn't stop anybody from reacting with shock, joy, and excitement.
SUMMARY: Obviously another big event from NXT.
They did it again folks and hit a grand slam. New players have shown up and new champs were crowned. The beat goes on.
The return of NRW is officially over 1,400 views online. Months ago, when this all began, my target was hitting one thousand. After barely a week, we have already crossed that mark. Pleased with the result obviously but mildly disappointed because many did say they would post/share it and haven't. Those with a much larger reach did not hold up their end of the bargain unfortunately. Kinda sucks they backed out but still, positive thoughts baby! I hit the 1,000 view target I set out for myself, and that is what is most important. The match is posted below. Well worth the 15 minutes!
I went to Orlando, Florida for my first ever WrestleMania earlier in the year. I participated in the return of NRW a few weeks ago. Next up for my epic 2017: