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NXT In A Nutshell: It’s All About Brooklyn

As always, it’s another Wednesday and another hour of NXT fun! This week, the show gets an interesting opening, as we start off with a shot of newly-signed Bobby Roode exiting GM William Regal’s office, all the while thanking him profusely. Can’t wait to find out what that is all about, but we will have to wait, as the in-ring portion of the show kicks off, again with Regal, but it’s time for Bayley to join him. Which means, we get to open the show with the contract signing for the NXT Women’s Championship match, which is now less than two weeks away.

Best Match of the night:

OK, this one was tough to pick, because the vast majority of the matches were, admittedly, fluff pieces. There were no Nakamura/Balor bouts to be found here. So, almost by default, Mojo versus Joe lands here. Why? Because, if for no other reason, it was the only bout tonight where it was star versus star, as opposed to star versus jobber. But, as far as matches go, it wasn’t much of anything spectacular.

I also did enjoy Ciampa and Gargan0-just a fun team to watch work.

Worst match of the night:

The Authors of Pain/Ryzin and Nailz. Something had to land here, so this is what lands here. These behemoths have been here long enough that, well, it’s time for them to work against real competition in a real match.

Crowd Chants of the Night:



Let’s go Liv

Johnny Wrestling


Let them fight

Got his nose


Star of the Night

This one had no single standout. Bobby Roode was strong, to be sure. As was Nakamura in his head games with Joe. I think either could claim the prize tonight, but I am flexible on it.

Spot of the Night:

The Authors of Pain, with what appeared to be stereo power bombs out of opposing corners, but before dropping the guys, they had them up and smashed them into one another. Then dropped them.

Cien with a unique take on the DDT, adding a hammerlock to his move, which he used to finish off Dawkins.

Jobber of the Night:

Nails and Ryzin were absolutely just fed to the Authors of Pain. This was just about as big a mismatch as we could ever get.

Upset of the Night:

Didn’t happen. Nothing to see here.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

TM61, running in to save the jobbers, got just as badly crushed by the AOP. I am wondering who thought that was a good idea, as it at least in the short term knocks TM61 down a notch or two. I suppose this could set up a fairly significant program between the two teams, but for right now, no one would be left with the feeling that the Aussies are a serious threat to the Authors.

Botch of the night:

No botch, per se. I do think Liv has some work to do, and I wish Creative worked with her a bit to change up her look and mannerisms. I felt like she’s just Carmella 2.0, even though Carmella is from New England. But, if Liv can become Carmella 2.0, I think WWE would sign on for that.

Commentary of the night:

You can pick up your spleen in Section 103

Like standing in front of a parade of tanks

Give TM61 the credit for having the bravery, or lack of brain cells.

That will rearrange your face at a fraction of the cost of surgery.

LOL Moment of the night:

Ryzin’s look on his face when he was inadvertently tagged in to get clobbered by the Authors of Pain.

Nakamura, with Joe restrained, plays “got your nose” with him. I kid you not.

Noteworthy Moment:

Bayley and Asuka with a testy little bit of a contract signing. I think some of this came off a bit forced, since the last time Asuka signed a contract, she got leveled by Nia Jax, so these two had a high bar. That, and seeing as Bayley is all about hugs and sportsmanship, it’s a bit odd to see her smacking away an attempted handshake and leaving the ring. Perhaps she’s turning over a new leaf, so stay tuned.

Bobby Roode decided to come down after Andrade “Cien” Almas beat Angelo Dawkins. And it’s then that we find out what Roode was up to earlier in the evening, as he’s been put in a match, in Brooklyn, against Andrade. That should be quite interesting.

Austin Aries versus No Way Jose has also become official for TakeOver.

Overall lowlights:

Tonight was not about the matches. That’s not a shot at anything, it’s just a reality. Tonight’s MO was all about setting the stage for Brooklyn, and everything did that. So it meant that most of the matches-basically, all of them-were one-sided affairs. It happens. Compared to some other NXT Wednesday shows, this one wasn’t the best, but it was the extracurricular activities that made the show work, and that’s fine.

Overall highlights:

In spite of the lack of a stellar match tonight, we got a lot of setup. And that’s excellent for fans, because it is all setting up for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, and that is fixing to be one stacked show.

Loved the intensity out of Mojo, even in the loss.

Love Ciampa and Gargano

How can you not love the brash, cocky presence of Nakamura?

After the final bell:

If you missed this, you missed TakeOver’s card really shaping up. We already knew about Bayley and Asuka, as well as Shinsuke and Joe.

But now we have No Way Jose/Austin Aries, plus the debut of Bobby Roode against Cien Almas. Plus the tag team titles on the line, as The Revival fight Ciampa and Gargano. And, of course, the debut of Ember Moon. And I have to think that the Authors of Pain land a match, too, right?

Saturday night may be a hotter show than Sunday. Maybe.


Bayley and Asuka have their contract signing for TakeOver.

Authors of Pain crush Ryzin and Nailz. Afterward, TM61 runs in to attempt a save, but they too are destroyed.

Andrade “Cien” Almas defeats Angelo Dawkins. And then found out he’s wrestling at TakeOver, against newcomer Bobby Roode.

Billie Kaye pins Liv Morgan

Gargano and Ciampa make easy work of Tucker Knight and Patrick Clark

Samoa Joe submits Mojo Rawley. Afterward, Nakamura makes it down to the ring to confront Joe as the show goes off the air.

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