7 Ups And 3 Downs From NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III

NXT once again throws gauntlet of incredible matches, shocking moments at WWE's feet.

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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 to it…


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.