For the third-straight year, NXT returns to the Barclays Center for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. WWE has already begun to advertise a reunion of sorts as several former NXT stars are expected to be on hand, but the focus will clearly be on the in-ring action. The WWE United Kingdom Championship will not be defended this time, but we’ve still got five high-quality matches that will greatly impact the future of NXT.
Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas (w/ Zelina Vega)
Ever since joining forces with Zelina Vega, Andrade Almas has been more focused and more dangerous than ever. His laid back “tranquilo” mindset has become more refined, but he’s got no easy task ahead of him.
After being viciously betrayed by his former tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, the former tag team champion known as Johnny Wrestling is looking to make a name for himself in the singles division in NXT. The man who comes out on top here will have a big boost on the road to a potential NXT Championship shot in the future.
Predictions: Johnny Gargano (Patches, Jonathan, Gur, Dimitar, Ash, Jaime, Toby, Craig, Dom, Dan, Kyle, Cathal, Andrew), Andrade Almas (Jeremy, Ed)
Aleister Black vs Hideo Itami
On paper, this is a bit of a dream match for some fans. Since arriving in NXT, Aleister Black has been one of the most dangerous strikers around. Not only has he squashed lesser talent, but Black successfully defeated both Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish (together, they are former ROH Tag Team Champions and IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions) in their respective NXT debuts.
Meanwhile, Hideo Itami’s attitude has gotten the better of him as his frustration has built since failing to capture the NXT Championship against Bobby Roode. Will the Black Mass consume Hideo Itami or will Aleister Go To Sleep?
Predictions: Aleister Black (Patches, Jeremy, Jonathan, Gur, Ash, Jaime, Toby, Craig, Dan, Kyle, Cathal, Andrew, Liam, Binnzy), Hideo Itami (Dimitar, Ed, Dom)
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Authors of Pain(Akam & Rezar w/ Paul Ellering) (c) vs SAnitY (Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe w/ Eric Young & Nikki Cross)
Since capturing the NXT Tag Team Championship back at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio at the beginning of 2017, the Authors of Pain have been completely and utterly unstoppable. Every team that’s stood against them, even the massive duo of Heavy Machinery, has come up short. One of the benefits Authors of Pain normally uses is having Paul Ellering at ringside to run interference or cause a well-timed distraction in critical moments.
That advantage will be completely neutralized this time as they go up against SAnitY. With the return of Eric Young to lead this unorthodox faction and Nikki Cross adding another element at ringside, it will be Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain taking on Akam and Rezar. Wolfe has shown himself capable, and Dain even came close to toppling the current number one contender for the NXT Championship in singles action. With the numbers advantage, can SAnitY finally topple the Authors of Pain?
Predictions: SAnitY (Patches, Jeremy, Gur, Dimitar, Jaime, Toby, Dan, Cathal), Authors of Pain (Jonathan, Ash, Ed, Craig, Dom, Kyle, Andrew, Liam, Binnzy)
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs Ember Moon
“Nobody is ready for Asuka.” It’s a quote from the current NXT Women’s Champion that seems to ring truer and truer with every passing match. The undefeated Empress of Tomorrow has started letting her cockiness get the better of her, but so far she’s always been able to back it up once the bell sounds.
Ember Moon came extremely close to victory back at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, but it was Asuka’s action of shoving the referee into the ropes to knock Ember off the turnbuckle that made the difference. Can Ember Moon change her fortunes this time, or will Asuka remain undefeated?
Predictions: Asuka (Patches, Dimitar, Ash, Ed, Cathal, Liam, Binnzy), Ember Moon (Jeremy, Jonathan, Gur, Jaime, Toby, Craig, Dom, Dan, Kyle, Andrew)
NXT Championship Match: Bobby Roode (c) vs Drew McIntyre
The world has been buzzing since Drew McIntyre returned during WrestleMania weekend at NXT TakeOver: Orlando. Simply seeing him at a WWE event was enough to get the hype train rolling, but McIntyre has proven the hype right since stepping back into the ring. He’s more dangerous than ever, and the Claymore may be one of the most devastating striking finishers in NXT. McIntyre has his eyes set on the NXT Championship after plowing through formidable foes such as Andrade Almas and Killian Dain.
In most situations, McIntyre would be the favorite. This isn’t most situations. McIntyre is going up against the “Glorious” Bobby Roode, and whether you like his arrogance or not, there’s no denying the skill of Roode. On top of being willing to take every shortcut and advantage needed to escape with a victory, Roode won the NXT Championship from Shinsuke Nakamura. He’s also successfully defended it against Nakamura, Hideo Itami, Roderick Strong, and Kassius Ohno. Roode’s veteran instincts have served him well, and he’ll give everything he can to remain a glorious champion at the end of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
Predictions: Bobby Roode (Patches, Ed, Jaime, Craig, Dan, Kyle, Cathal, Andrew), Drew McIntyre (Jeremy, Jonathan, Gur, Dimitar, Ash, Toby, Dom, Liam, Binnzy)
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