Best Match of the night:
This might be one of the more challenging ones for me.
Choice one, the tag team title matchup. These two teams went at each other all match, and it was an awesome show which the crowd was hot for. Even though the crowd favorites did not win, they got an awesome display of respect from the fans as they walked to the back. Awesome match.
Choice two? Bayley and Asuka, in what was probably Bayley’s last NXT match. These women put on a show, and again the crowd responded.
Choice three? That would have to be the main event for the NXT title. It was a hard hitting match, as most figured it would be. It did not disappoint, and in the end, Joe was defeated by Shinsuke Nakamura, giving us a new champion (the only time a belt changed hands tonight).
Folks, I can’t pick any of them over the other two. I have to split this one three ways tonight.
Worst match of the night:
It would be unfair of me to name one. There wasn’t a stinker on the entire card.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Ciampa
This is awesome
Asuka’s gonna kill you.
let’s go Bayley/Let’s go Asuka.
Bayley’s gonna hug you.
Thank you Bayley
Joe! Joe! Joe!
King of strongstyle.
Star of the Night
I have to say, there were many, but the one that shone the brightest is the new NXT Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. Takeover Brooklyn effectively served as his coronation, and he earned it.
But, he wasn’t alone. I could list like, ten other performers who deserve a nod, but that sort of defeats the point of this section. So I will resist.
Spot of the Night:
Johnny Wrestling’s suicide dives are fun to watch.
Ember Moon’s leaping Stunner move. Looked sweet, crowd popped, and Billie Kay walked away from it.
Almas with his two consecutive corkscrew springboard moves. I love the Lucha style he brings, and his confidence. It might not be his time yet, but it will be.
Several in the main event, too. Nakamura’s German suplex. The two Kinshashas. So many stiff shots. Take your pick.
Jobber of the Night:
If I were mean, I would say Billie Kaye. And I guess I could, considering she did lose to the debuting Ember Moon in rapid fashion, and took a sweet looking finisher from her in the process. But it’s not really fair to call her a jobber in the sense that I usually call people jobbers. So…nope. No jobbers here.
Upset of the Night:
None, really. Card pretty much went as most expected it would.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Hideo Itami coming down post-match to declare he really is back, and put Aries out¬† with a GTS.
How stiff the main event was worked. Either they made it look that way, or they really worked it that way. I honestly thought, after the first of the two Kinshashas, that Joe might be legit hurt. And maybe he was, or maybe he was selling it well. But that was a stiff match.
Botch of the night:
Folks, if one happened tonight, my eyeballs did not see it. I don’t know what it is about Takeover events, but the roster has an impressive ability to dial things up-a lot-and execute extremely crisp matches. It was a strong show, start to finish.
There was one iffy spot, when Nakamura charged into the corner and Joe floored him, but it didn’t look like a true botch, so I will let that one slide…
Commentary of the night:
Gargano might as well be in Manhattan right now.
He just planted Almas like the grass on top of Barclays Center.
They can’t stand each other, but the have the utmost respect for what each other can do.
LOL Moment of the night:
This was a Takeover. No time for jokes. No time for laughs.
Ric Flair was in attendance, at least for a little bit.
WWE showed off the CWC trophy, made by Orange County Choppers. I wasn’t wowed.
Live violin playing for Shinsuke’s entrance. Was pretty sweet.
I have to say one, right? OK, fine. Here’s my one and only…I thought the Billie Kaye/Ember Moon match was needlessly kept too short-they worked it in under five minutes, but considering the show was over before 10:40pm EST, you can’t tell me those two couldn’t have worked a 1o minute match, right?
I love the ovation Gargano and Ciampa got, in part for the sportsmanship and friendship those two demonstrated, even in the face of defeat.
The crowd, serenading and saluting Bayley, on what was most likely her last match in NXT. And, in a bit of breaking Kayfabe, Bayley post-match hugged not only Becky and Sasha, but also Charlotte.
The main event. Wow what a main event. From the live violinist bringing Nakamura to the ring, to the fierce action in it, this one was a great main event.
After the final bell:
I don’t care who wrestles tomorrow night. I know they have a strong card put together. But the reality is, NXT brought it tonight, so those main roster Superstars better plan on bringing their A games on Sunday, or else people will be talking about Takeover as the show of the weekend.