Jay's Ways - NXT Takeover Brooklyn Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 08/18/2018 at 01:17 PM
NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2018
EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream
Two of the best NXT has to offer. Any moment now, Raw and Smackdown LIVE are going to be eyeing up some new talent for the Fall season. EC3 and Velveteen Dream may not be finished with NXT just yet but WWE may be ready for them. I tend to enjoy anything Dream does (huge Prince fan), so he gets a pass for the weird/weak pool scene with young Ethan last week. Still, it was one silly little interaction. The rest has been fun, entertaining and most importantly - different. Great balance to the card and one that will surely excite the live crowd on Saturday night. Good stuff all around. Give me the upset, and let's go crazy!
NXT Women’s Title Match<: Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane
I am so tempted to predict a title change this coming Saturday night. The problem is where. If Shayna Baszler is getting the main roster call up (doubtful), then this will be Kairi Sane's moment. Looking at the full picture of NXT and WWE, it makes sense. The Mae Young Classic is returning, and these two are the best to promote such a big tournament due to them being in the finals last year. I get the idea and even dig Sane being crowned champion. I get it...but Baszler is so good as the bully heel running all over the division. Keep her AWAY from Ronda Rousey for as long as possible. Best for both.
NXT Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Undisputed Era vs. Moustache Mountain
Well, these two teams have certainly made me a believer. Originally, I pegged this as a place holder story line with no real potential or interest. Through their great matches and raw emotion, I am officially all in. The Undisputed Era are my pick, but I am secretly going to be rooting for a title change just so we get another showdown with an added stipulation down the road. Yet another match of the night candidate. How does NXT constantly keep topping themselves? It's incredible.
WINNER: Undisputed Era
NXT North American Title Match: Champion Adam Cole vs. Ricochet
All five matches have the potential to steal the show. That is just ridiculous, even by NXT standards. This has not been a well hyped live special if you ask me. However, the talent is so strong that none of that will matter come Saturday night. Adam Cole and Ricochet are perfect examples of that. Who cares what they are even feuding about? Does anyone care? Nope, didn't think so. Just give them twenty minutes in front of a hot Brooklyn crowd and boom. There is your magic. Adam Cole with the North American Title feels like a nice fit right now. Ricochet winning wouldn't shock me but isn't my prediction...
WINNER: Adam Cole
NXT Title – Last man Standing Match: Champion Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano
Truth be told, I was not really looking forward to see a triple threat main event. Nothing against any of the three, but the entire thing was getting off the rails a bit. Nine times out of ten, NXT nails it. In this case, I was not a fan of where things were going. I mean, the fan favorite cost the other fan favorite the title. Ladies and gentlemen, the NXT faithful in Orlando were booing Johnny Gargano! I don't care if he snapped or what the story was; that should NOT have happened. Luckily for us fans but unluckily for Aleister Black, fate has reared its' ugly head. I am fine with the Last Man Standing match as a replacement, and I am fine with the Tommaso Ciampa/Gargano feud getting another chapter at a Takeover. Since this was not the original plan, my gut says nothing will change. The chase shall continue...