Samoa Joe defended the NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in tonight’s NXT TakeOver main event. After weeks of taunting the champ, the King of Strong Style had made the Samoan Submission Specialist as angry as the NXT Universe has seen him since he debuted in WWE’s developmental league.
Undoubtedly interested in the outcome of the championship bout will be former TNA World Heavyweight Champions Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, both of whom won their matches on tonight’s TakeOver. However, with rumors of James Storm returning to NXT, the potential reunion of Beer Money, Inc. could mean Roode is more interested in the outcome of the NXT Tag Team Championship Match.
Aside from one non-title loss at the hands of Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa, The Revival have been virtually unstoppable since they defeated American Alpha and become the first ever two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. Gargano and Ciampa recently put on one of the best matches in the first round of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament, but they weren’t quite able to defeat Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II when the titles were on the line.
But perhaps no match on the card was more anticipated that Bayley’s rematch against Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship. It’s only a matter of time before Bayley gets called up to either the Monday Night Raw or the SmackDown Live roster, so this could very possibly have been her final big match under the NXT umbrella. As Bayley continues the trend of women graduating from NXT to the WWE, Ember Moon successfully made her NXT debut against the up-and-coming Billie Kay. Known previously as Athena, Ember Moon is the most recent talent to make the jump from the indies to NXT.
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on August 20. The special aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Sharing the big weekend with WWE SummerSlam 2016, how high will the NXT Superstars set the bar for the WWE Superstars just twenty-four hours before the biggest party of the summer?
NXT TakeOver Pre-Show On The WWE Network
Unlike the weekly Raw Pre-Show and SmackDown Live Pre-Show programs on the WWE Network, Scott Stanford was not involved in the TakeOver Pre-Show. Instead, it was hosted by Renee Young, Lita and Mauro Ranallo. Charly Caruso served as a correspondent inside and outside of the Barclays Center with the fans who were still waiting to be seated. Other than commentary from this panel of experts, there was no original content on the lead-in to TakeOver: Brooklyn II. Unless you haven’t been following WWE NXT on a weekly basis, there was no real need to watch the pre-show.
Austin Aries Defeated No Way Jose
Despite an impressive pre-match conga line in support of No Way Jose, the NXT Universe in Brooklyn were very pro-Austin at the beginning of this match, especially after Jose slapped Aries in the face. At one point, Aries had The Last Chancery submission hold locked in, but Jose powered his way to the ropes. Austin was able to lock the hold in again later, however, and it was enough to get him the win over No Way Jose. Post-match, Aries put Jose in the hold again, confirming his role as a heel. He was interrupted by Hideo Itami, who otherwise wasn’t scheduled to be on the card. When Itami hit the GTS on Aries, the crowd went crazy.
Ember Moon Defeated Billie Kay
Ember Moon had established herself on the indie wrestling scene as Athena for nearly a decade before finally debuting at NXT. While Billie Kay has been on a winning streak as of late and didn’t look weak at TakeOver, Ember Moon was just too much for her. Moon ended the match with a move that Corey Graves described as a “twisting Steiner of sorts.” Ember Moon will clearly be a serious threat within the NXT women’s division.
Bobby Roode Defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas
After an elaborate entrance worthy of the label “glorious,” former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode defeated Almas, who had previously been very successful in NXT. The crowd was clearly behind Roode throughout the match. He finished Almas off with the Glorious Bomb.
The Revival Defeated Johnny Gargano And Tomasso Ciampa
Johnny Wrestling and the Psycho Killer were incredibly over with the live audience at the Barclays Center. The response of the NXT Universe during this match, at least until the conclusion, was not unlike the response of the crowd at TakeOver: Dallas when American Alpha won the titles from The Revival. Even though they came up short in this match, Gargano and Ciampa both have a very bright future in NXT and WWE, assuming they stay healthy.
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Asuka Defeated Bayley
Although Asuka was fairly over with the NXT Universe in Brooklyn, the former NXT Women’s Champion was incredibly over. Bayley managed to escape the Asuka Lock on multiple occasions, forcing Asuka to use a series of very brutal kicks to Bayley’s head for the pinfall victory. WWE Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was in the front row with Becky Lynch and former champ Charlotte. Post-match, Bayley and Asuka showed mutual respect for each other. As Asuka walked triumphantly to the back with her title, Bayley remained in the ring, looking heartbroken. The crowd erupted with a chorus of “thank you, Bayley,” as they realize this is her last performance at TakeOver: Brooklyn, in all likelihood.
Shinsuke Nakamura Defeated Samoa Joe To Become The New NXT Champion
While it may not be the Olympics, Team Japan left NXT TakeOver with the gold by way of both Asuka and Shinsuke Nakamura. The King of Strong Style was able to kick out of Joe’s patented Muscle Buster, but the champ kicked out of Shinsuke’s first Kinshasa, which hadn’t previously been done in NXT. However, after hitting a second Kinshasa, Nakamura got a three-count and his first NXT Championship.
The above NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II results will be corroborated by WWE’s official NXT page.
Where To Watch NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II aired live on the WWE Network on August 20. It is currently available to stream on-demand with a WWE Network subscription. The fallout from TakeOver will be documented weekly on WWE NXT, which airs Wednesday evenings at 8/7c on the WWE Network.
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