NXT Review – NXT Sets Table for Takeover Brooklyn

8/19/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Kevin Owens cuts scathing promo against Full Sail fans

Owens entered carrying a ladder, setting it up in the middle of the ring. He tried to promote his title rematch at Takeover Brooklyn, but a few members in the crowd started chanting “Brooklyn sucks!” Owens asked if the fans knew how hypocritical they were being, because they are the John Cena of wrestling fans, seeing as nothing genuine ever comes out of their mouths.

Owens said that the fans claim they want NXT to grow, but then boo him when he references the biggest show in the promotion’s history. He went on to say the fans in attendance are bitter because they don’t get to see Takeover live this time, and that he hates wrestling at Full Sail because the crowd is so trashy. Owens said he couldn’t wait to defeat Finn in front of a crowd deserving of the match.

Owens added that his loss to Finn in Tokyo was a fluke, and that he no longer wants the NXT Title, but now needs it, so that he can come back to Full Sail and shove it in the fans’ faces. Finn’s music hit, but he did not appear on the stage. Instead, he appeared out of nowhere, sitting on a turnbuckle.

The two rushed each other, and Finn hit a Pele kick. Finn tried to hit Owens with the ladder, but Owens rolled out of the ring and retreated up the ramp.

Scott’s Thoughts: Owens’ promo was a thing of beauty. Absolutely outstanding. His improvisational abilities on the mic are nearly unmatched in wrestling today.

Sasha Banks and Bayley sign the contract for Takeover

Bayley said that although she’s had a title shot before, she can feel that there’s something different this time. She added that Sasha probably feels it too, then signed the contract. Sasha responded that Bayley is scared because she knows she can’t beat Sasha on the biggest stage NXT has ever seen, then stamped her name on the contract using a giant rubber stamp.

Sasha started to leave the ring, and Bayley told her that she must be afraid of her if she’s not even willing to get physical at a contract signing. Sasha said that she had fought Becky Lynch at their contract signing because Becky was a threat, which Bayley is not. Sasha said that Bayley isn’t worth the trouble of a physical confrontation, and walked up the entrance ramp.

Bayley ran up behind her and attacked her on the stage. Several officials separated the two to end the confrontation.

Scott’s Thoughts: Not bad, but not really anything other than your typical contract signing.

Tyler Breeze def. a local wrestler by pinfall, taunts Jushin Thunder Liger

Breeze entered with a replica Liger mask hanging off his selfie stick. Breeze hit a quick Supermodel Kick for the squash victory. After the match, Breeze put the Liger mask on his fallen opponent, addressing him as if he was Liger. Breeze said he would give the fans a preview of what to expect, picking up his opponent and hitting him with a Beauty Shot, then counting his own pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: Defeating Liger at Takeover should help move Breeze back into the title picture. I’m very much looking forward to that match.

Blake and Murphy (w/ Alexa Bliss) def. Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton by pinfall

Dawkins hit dropkicks on both Blake and Murphy, and Fulton added a backbreaker on Murphy. Fulton hit a deadlift spinning gutwrench suplex, but Blake tagged in. Murphy hit a running vertical suplex, and Blake added a frog splash for the three-count. The Vaudevillains entered, and Bliss approached them, as they told her not to make them be ungentlemanly. Bliss slapped both of them twice, trying to get them to fight back. The segment then suddenly ended.

Scott’s Thoughts: Blake and Murphy have been the tag champs for months on end, and I still have to double-check their names on their tights to make sure I don’t have them mixed up. They’re that generic. The post-match angle was awkward, but I guess it sets up The Vaudevillains’ acquisition of an as-of-yet unknown female member.

Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady and The Hype Bros (w/ Carmella) def. four local wrestlers by pinfall

Ryder hit a gorgeous missile dropkick to open things up, and Enzo added a dropkick. Cass hit a side slam, which Ryder followed with a Broski Boot. Cass hit another spinning side slam, then tagged in Enzo for the assisted frog splash to finish off the four jobbers.

Scott’s Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve seen an eight-man tag with an entire team full of enhancement talent. Ryder’s missile dropkick was the highlight of this match.

Samoa Joe def. Steve Cutler by submission

Joe hit a lifting side slam, then locked in a Coquina clutch to polish Cutler off. As Joe exited, Baron Corbin attacked him and hit him with a big boot, then threw him back in the ring and hit the End of Days.

Scott’s Thoughts: I’m ready for Joe to start facing real opponents.