NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II Predictions
This Saturday night, NXT returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for their second Takeover special that precedes the WWE Summerslam PPV. Last year, the arena was sold out and packed with fans anticipating one of the best wrestling cards of the year. And this year should be no different although only two wrestlers, Bayley and Samoa Joe, are still on the NXT roster from last year’s event. But with full of fresh young talent and stars from around the globe, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II is sure to be another memorable event.
1. Ember Moon vs. Billie Kay – Singles Match
Ember Moon has received promos recently on the NXT show on the WWE Network and this match will be her debut with the brand. I personally do not know anything about Ember Moon, but I have heard that she was recently wrestling for Booker T’s promotion Reality of Wrestling. That leads me to believe that she is probably pretty good and will be one of the new faces of the women’s division in NXT. Kay has wrestled a few times on the NXT show, but has looked average at best. No matter what though, when someone debuts for NXT at a Takeover special, it is a safe bet to assume that person will win.
Winner: Ember Moon
2. No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries – Singles Match
If Fandango and Carlito had a baby, it would be No Way Jose. The wrestler from the Dominican Republic has Carlito-like hair and dances more than Fandango ever did. He seems like a wrestling version of a Dirty Dancing 2. But when Jose stops dancing and gets aggressive, he can be pretty impressive. Aries is one of many former TNA stars that are now in NXT and could stay with the brand to help progress younger talent or jump to the main roster in a hurry. This match could go either way, but I will give the win to Jose in his Takeover special debut.
Winner: No Way Jose
3. Andrade Almas vs. Bobby Roode – Singles Match
Roode is another former TNA star that is having his debut televised match for NXT after signing with the brand earlier this year. Roode, if used properly, can be a great asset to the WWE overall as he can hold a championship on either roster almost immediately. The former TNA champion though is seemingly placed a role to work with younger talent and that is great for someone like Almas. After debuting in June, Almas has looked good, but has not stood out to me. Working with someone like Roode could help bring more out in Almas and that may be what he needs to elevate to the next level. The 26 year old can gain valuable experience from Roode that will definitely help his future in WWE. But for now, the veteran Roode gets the pinfall.
Winner: Bobby Roode
4. The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) (C) vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa – Tag Team Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships
The NXT has had a great run of tag teams that continues to this day. Since a few teams have been elevated to the main roster recently, The Revival are now the veterans of the NXT roster. Dawson and Wilder are an excellent team that are a flashback to teams of the past. The only team to ever win the NXT Tag Team championships twice, The Revival now face Gargano and Ciampa, two new NXT stars that made a name for themselves in the independents. Both are great singles wrestlers as evidenced by their match against each other in the Cruiserweight Classic, but they also work great as a team. And I think they will get the win here and become the new champions as I expect The Revival to be on the main roster soon since Smackdown Live is obviously in need of teams to deepen that division on their roster.
Winners: Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
5. Asuka (C) vs. Bayley – Singles Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Last year in Brooklyn, Bayley won the NXT Women’s championship in an amazing match against Sasha Banks. It was a match talked about for a while and one of the best matches of the year. Bayley held that title until April when she lost to Asuka in Dallas. Now, the veteran wrestler must avenge her loss to Asuka to become the first ever two-time NXT Women’s champ. But that won’t be an easy task. Asuka has been a great addition to NXT since coming over from Japan and she is not likely to be drop the title yet. She is still undefeated in NXT and I don’t think that will change just yet. I imagine she will lead the women’s division for the next year or so and Bayley will be moving up sooner rather than later.
6. Samoa Joe (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – Singles Match for the NXT Championship
Samoa is a former champion in companies like TNA and Ring of Honor and quickly made an impact in NXT, winning that championship in April at an NXT live event. Joe has held championship gold just about everywhere he has been and it was no surprise that he won it here. And now, after defending his title against former champ Finn Balor, the 37 year old champion must face Japanese star Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura came over to NXT and debuted at NXT Takeover: Dallas on Wrestlemania weekend. He beat Sami Zayn in a classic match and then worked his way up the ladder to earn this title opportunity. The former NJPW is undefeated since arriving in NXT and has the potential to be a huge star no matter which WWE brand he appears on. But he is 36 and if the WWE has plans for him on the main roster, they may want to move soon. And I do believe he will have a career after NXT so that makes me believe that the title will change hands. Shinsuke Nakamura will become the new NXT champion and a feud with Samoa Joe will follow, maybe culminating in a final match at the beginning of next year.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
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