Last year, NXT had its biggest show today at the Barclays Center with Takeover: Brooklyn. From top to bottom, the show was spectacular with great action and good character building. Bayley versus Sasha was a lot of people’s Match of the Year for 2015. One year later, WWE’s alternative brand returned to Brooklyn for Takeover. With talent call ups following the draft could this sequel live up to the original? I’m happy to say the answer is yes.

From its presentation to match quality, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II delivered from top to bottom. You could tell the night was going to be fun when you start out the night with a conga line.

No Way José has definitely gotten over as a character but had yet to establish himself as an in ring performer. He definitely stepped it up with Austin Aries as they had a solid opener. And even though José experienced a loss he looks a lot stronger as a performer then he did few months ago.

Just when you think the feud may continue with an enraged Austin Aries attacking No Way José, Hideo itami comes out for the save. The crowd was electric. The Barclays Center went crazy when the Japanese superstar hit his former finishing move the GTS officially on television. Awesome feeling and awesome moment.

A new feud is set in motion. Hopefully, Austin Aries can get Hideo back on track as the former KENTA has not been able to find his footing on the roster.

Ember Moon defeated Billie Kay with her off the top rope standing stunner, formerly called the O Face, in a solid debut. Love the entrance for Ember Moon. It’s like an anime character come to life. The former Athena Reese is an awesome competitor and I’m anxious to see what they have in store for her on the NXT roster . If the WWE NXT exclusive on YouTube is any indication they definitely have big plans in store for Ember Moon going forward.

The next match had a lot to prove as “Glorious” Bobby Roode battled Andrade “Cien” Almas. Both men had to establish themselves while making the other look good. And I think finally the former Lucha star made the right impression doing some amazing stuff. The crowd was already into Roode thanks to his theme song and his entrance. There’s plenty in the tank for both of these competitors. This is the reason why you have experienced talents work with people that need help with getting themselves over. I’ll be interested to see if Almas can keep this momentum going and have another strong performance with someone else on the roster. Bobby Roode could be a new contender for the NXT Championship soon.

We now heading to championship territory as DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano) lose to The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) and get a standing ovation in Brooklyn. Some were wondering what the loss of tag teams like Enzo and Cass, The Vaudevillians and American Alpha, the division has rebuilding to do. But I think with solid teams like Gargano and Ciampa and The Revival everything will be fine. Their story was great as the challengers got so close a couple times to the gold. The Revival are great in their heel tactics. I would love to see a rematch between the two teams anytime.

One year ago, Sasha and Bayley revolutionized Summerslam weekend telling the ultimate underdog story. This year, Asuka and Bayley took it to a different level. I love a more serious Bayley. The intensity and match psychology was absolutely perfect. I have no problem with no title change. The story that they are telling with Bayley is great as sometimes the baby face comes up short. From the crowd reaction, it almost seems that the heart and soul of NXT may be going to the main roster relatively soon with the split house shows coming next month. It will be interesting to see how long Asuka will stay undefeated and who will get the big win.

And we close out with the NXT Championship Match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe. The match was phenomenal with both men going back and forth trading strikes and going back and forth with holds.

I was impressed with the entrance of Shinsuke Nakamura. I never thought I would see a violin player at a WWE event.

The King of Strong style made everything look smooth as usual. Joe looks like a beast and they get over the knee strikes as Joe sells that Nakamura broke his jaw. Nakamura is the new NXT Champion as the show goes off the air. This opens up a lot of possibilities for matches against Bobby Roode and others that will be amazing. Considering how much the brand has grown in the last year and a half the skies the limit for WWE NXT.

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