After a couple middling TakeOver specials that were solid
but unspectacular, NXT delivered a must-see program Saturday night with its
third showing in Brooklyn.
The five-match card featured three title bouts and two
grudge matches, but it’s what happened outside the bells that really made this
a noteworthy show (beyond the solid wrestling). A trio of aggressors made sure
to introduce themselves to new champions, laying them out and announcing their
presence. It set up future storylines, future matchups and gave fans a reason
to tune in on Wednesdays other than to see the new champs.
The action inside the ring was solid at worst and excellent
at best. All the wrestlers went 100 kph, and the hot crowd certainly helped
amplify that. It’s hard to pick which match was the best of the night, though
the opening between Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano was hard to top,
and the NXT Women’s Championship match riveted fans and had some of the hottest
near-falls you’ll see.
SummerSlam might have a four-hour PPV schedule – twice as
long as TakeOver – but they’re going to have to work twice as hard to top
TakeOver Brooklyn III in terms of quality and entertainment value. That’s not to
say that it can’t be done, but the bar has been set rather high.
With that said, let’s see what rose and what fell. Let’s get
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.