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NXT Preview: Testing Waters

In his first match since the shocking events that took place at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, Johnny Gargano returns to action as he takes on Raul Mendoza


Testing Waters

Johnny Gargano made it clear the moment he returned to Full Sail a few weeks ago that he has to be at TakeOver: Brooklyn III and to do so, he has to not only be mentally and emotionally ready but also physically which is why his recovered body would be put to the test as he faces WWE Cruiserweight Classic competitor Raul Mendoza. Though people see this as a walk in the park for Johnny Wrestling, the toughness of a Mexican must not be underestimated as well as he tries to make a name for himself and represent his home country of Mexico.

Though Gargano is the heavy favorite in this match, will ring rust be a factor as he prepares himself for a chance to compete at the biggest NXT show of the year?

The Champion replies

Bobby Roode will appear at Full Sail this week as he replies to number one contender Drew McIntyre’s speech last week as the two are set to fight for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn III. The Glorious One has been overflowing with confidence ever since the moment he made his WWE debut on NXT and became more cocky as he won the NXT Title.

Now hungrier than ever, McIntyre is going into Brooklyn with nothing to lose which makes him more dangerous. Will Roode be fazed by the biggest threat to his title reign to date?

Also notable…

Roderick Strong has not kept his dislike for Bobby Roode a secret as he seeks revenge for the disrespect the NXT Champion showed Strong’s family. Though the Messiah of the Backbreaker’s target is no longer the title but Roode himself, the NXT Universe can’t help but wonder if this anger of Strong will affect Roode’s concentration as he prepares to defend his title against a vicious Drew McIntyre at TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

Ember Moon wanted NXT Women’s Champion Asuka for TakeOver: Brooklyn III and that’s what she was granted by NXT General Manager WIlliam Regal and we hope to hear from the Empress of Tomorrow soon about her thoughts on a rematch with Moon. Speaking of title matches, SAnitY has continued to get in the heads of Paul Ellering and the Authors of Pain with the implication that they would be the next in line to receive a title shot and it might not take long for us to see these two teams battle for the NXT Tag Team Titles at TakeOver: Brooklyn III.

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Jaime Luis Aldecoa

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NXT Preview: Testing Waters

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