In the midst of this loaded weekend, there was some wrestling that took place on the WWE Network. First up, I’m going to recap NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III.
1. Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Johnny Gargano: This was a great match to kick off the event. While I didn’t know that Gargano was wrestling on this card, it was good to see Cien Almas pick up the win here. The ring psychology of Zelina Vega throwing the DIY shirt at Gargano set the ending up perfectly.
2. SAnitY (Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe) def. Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar): So, I wasn’t expecting the Freebirds rule to be applied here as Eric Young wrestled in this match. It was a great match as we all know that Akam and Rezar ran through NXT since their debut. The craziest spot of this match is when Nikki Cross tried to do a flying crossbody on Akam, who catches her. Then Dain sends them both through the table that was set up outside earlier. I was screaming “SHE DEAD! SHE DEAD!”. SAnitY became the new NXT Tag Team Champions with some kind of back suplex/neckbreaker mix. While SAnitY is celebrating their win, here comes Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly or as fans know them, reDRagon attacked them and Authors of Pain. New blood in NXT? I’m with it.
3. Aleister Black def. Hideo Itami: Great match here and I can’t wait until Aleister Black gets in the NXT title picture. Hideo Itami got in some good offense and I like when he tried to go for the double stomp but intentionally missed and kicked Black in the face. Black wins with the Black Mass finisher.
4. Asuka def. Ember Moon: At this rate, no one may be able to take the NXT Women’s Championship from Asuka. She has eclipsed the reigns of any past title holder and will set the standard going forward. I can see why Triple H doesn’t want her to be called up as of yet. Ember Moon gave her a good run but in the end, Queen Asuka still reigns.
5. Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Roode: Drew McIntyre has made the most of his NXT return and now he can add NXT Heavyweight Champion to his list of accomplishments as well. The build up was one of the best that I’ve seen in recent memory and Bobby Roode was also great in this match. It was kinda like an old school match that went back and forth. McIntyre won with the Claymore. As McIntyre is trying to get himself together after this match, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly appear again, then suddenly a third man appears and it’s ADAM COLE BAY-BAY!!!! The three former ROH standouts attack McIntyre and leaves him laying after a Cole superkicks him in the face.
BRUH!!! What a dope way to end the show!
So let me preface this by saying that I wasn’t completely sold on this event. Plus add on the fact that you still have the Sunday night lineup of Game of Thrones, Ballers and Insecure. Hell, you can throw Power in that mix as well, it was going to be tough in keeping the focus on Vince’s main product.
Also, I didn’t see The Miztourage win over Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz as well as the Neville winning the Cruiserweight title back from Akira Tozawa. And I’m not going back to watch them either.
1. The Usos def. The New Day: One of the best Smackdown Live stories you have going on and this match is on the Pre-Show? Anyway, I enjoyed this match and The Usos win after hitting double splashes on Big E.
2. John Cena def. Baron Corbin: Baron Corbin has found his way in the doghouse. He failed on his MITB cash in attempt and he lost this match to John Cena.
3. Natalya def. Naomi: I was surprised that this match turned out the way that it did. Natalya handled her business in this match and added to her family’s legacy. Naomi was crying post match. She still has me blocked on Twitter. Blah.
4. Big Cass def. Big Show: So this match had Enzo in a shark cage above the ring. And somehow he had some oil on his person and he got out the shark cage. And he still ended up getting knocked out by Cass. Oh yeah, Cass defeated the Big Show as well.
5. Randy Orton def. Rusev: Rusev attacked. #AllLivesMatter Orton hit an RKO to get the win. If you blinked, the match was over.
6. Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss: Eh… Not who I wanted to see in this title match. So I quickly lost interest.
7. Finn Balor def. Bray Wyatt: Highly disappointed that they didn’t keep the Demon King a secret in this match. Finn gets the win over Bray.
8. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins def. Cesaro & Sheamus: Two thirds of The Shield reunites. They win the RAW Tag Team Championship. They need each other.
9. AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens: This match was going on during a pivotal moment on Game of Thrones so they were doing the absolute most. I wasn’t paying that much attention but AJ Styles won. This should lead to an Kevin Owens/Shane McMahon story down the road.
10. Jinder Mahal def. Shinsuke Nakamura: The Singh Brothers helped Jinder retain his title against Shinsuke Nakamura.
11. Brock Lesnar def. Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe: I had long checked out but I kept it on in the background. Braun Strowman was wrecking shop. I wanted Samoa Joe to win but eh.
Final Thoughts: TakeOver, of course, was the better show. NXT is more wrestling driven while the main roster is entertainment. So with these weekend wrapped up, we’ll see what lies ahead for all three brands.