This week, NXT crams a lot of content into an hour long episode. Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre go face-to-face, the Street Profits debut, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch have their rematch, and Andrade “Cien” Almas takes on No Way Jose.
Before Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuiness can even finish introducing the show, Nikki Cross is already screaming in the ring alongside Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe for The Authors of Pain. The NXT Tag Team Champions come down to the ring and they are blindsided by SAnitY’s leader, Eric Young. While Dain and Wolfe take care of Akam, Young zipties Rezar to the guard rail at ringside.
After the assault, SAnitY holds the titles up high in celebration, perhaps giving us a preview of what’s to come. At TakeOver: Brooklyn III, SAnitY will challenge the Authors of Pain for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Next week, Asuka and Ember Moon will participate in a contract signing to make their NXT Women’s Championship match official.
After Aleister Black swiftly knocked Hideo Itami out last week, Itami tried to sneak attack him in the parking lot. Luckily, security was able to pull them apart, but this isn’t the only fight they are getting in soon. General Manager William Regal makes another match for TakeOver: Brooklyn III, with Black and Itami facing each other.
Metro Brothers (Chris & JC) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Both team in this match are debuting, but only one team was advertised for their debut. The Metro Brothers were not advertised at all prior to this match, but they were trained by the most decorated tag team in WWE history, The Dudley Boyz. The Street Profits, on the other hand, have been get hype videos for the past few weeks and seem to emphasize having a good time.
Angelo Dawkins hits JC Metro with a Pop-up Spinebuster, then Montez Ford immediately follows through with a Frog Splash to give the charismatic team its first televised victory. Winners: Street Profits
NXT Championship Face-Off
Before they collide at TakeOver: Brooklyn III for the NXT Championship, champion Bobby Roode and challenger Drew McIntyre have a war of words in the middle of the ring. They start saying why they are going to leave New York with the title when they are interrupted by Roderick Strong.
Strong doesn’t care about the NXT Championship, he just wants to fight Bobby Roode. During Strong’s pursuit for the title, Roode disrespected his family and Strong wants to get revenge on the champion, so he challenges him to a fight. Roode comes up with an idea that benefits him, but it seems like everyone still wants to go with it.
Next week, Roderick Strong will face Drew McIntyre and if Strong wins, he will get a match against Bobby Roode after TakeOver. If Roode is still the champion by then, it will also be for the title. This benefits Roode immensely since McIntyre will be competing in a physical match just four days before challenging for the title.
Oney Lorcan vs. Danny Burch
A few weeks ago, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch competed in one of the hardest hitting affairs in NXT history. Lorcan would win the match, then Burch would immediately challenge him for a rematch.
Lorcan looks to attempt the Single Leg Boston Crab, but Burch learned from his loss last time and prevents it from getting locked in. Lorcan then locks in the regular Boston Crab, but Burch counters it into a pinfall tying up the series at one a piece. After the match, Lorcan is reluctant to shake Burch’s hand at first, but he ends up shaking his hand and the two have mutual respect for each other. Winner: Danny Burch
Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Salina Vega) vs. No Way Jose
A few weeks ago, No Way Jose defeated Cesar Bononi and Andrade “Cien” Almas rushed the ring to assault Bononi while he was down. Jose prevented the assault from continuing, and that has led to this match. Almas is now accompanied by Salina Vega (formerly known as Thea Trinidad), who seems to keep Almas focused instead of “tranquilo.”
Almas looks to go for a cocky cover after hitting No Way Jose with the running double knees, but Vega yells at him to finish Jose off. Almas does just that with a Hammerlock DDT that gets the victory, showing Almas exactly what he needs to do to get back on track. Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas
After the match, Vega grabs a microphone and addresses the fact that Johnny Gargano is still looking for an opponent for TakeOver: Brooklyn III. If William Regal makes the match official, his opponent will be Almas.
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