Triple H kicks off the proceedings with a direct message to the audience, saying they are the reason NXT is where it is today because of them. He then fires the crowd up to which they respond with a chorus of NXT chants. Nice start to the show.
The first match of the night is Tyler Breeze vs Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Breeze gets a tremendous reaction as he makes his way to the ring. Liger also gets a good reaction but not on the scale of Breeze. Breeze starts his arrogant posing almost immediately, but Liger replicates Breeze’s top rope pose. Liger is in control before using Breeze’s selfie stick to check himself out. Breeze takes control after a supermodel kick, before hitting a nice looking backbreaker to work down Liger. Liger hits back with a rolling kick, before hitting a rolling thunder off the apron onto Breeze to put himself in control. A Liger bomb shortly after sees Liger pick up the victory on his WWE debut.
Having Liger in a WWE ring was a brilliant moment. He clearly brought hype and it lived up. It was a decent contest. A great way to open the event. Whether Breeze should have lost in questionable. Breeze didn’t really need a loss, but he isn’t heavily hurt by defeat. A solid 7/10 to start the show.
[adinserter block=”2″]A vignette showcasing the upcoming arrival of a new diva happens next. It is short and sweet, and the audience now know the name of Nia Jax.
The tag team title match between the Vaudevillains and Blake and Murphy took place next. Vaudevillains got a tremendous reception as they came out, and actually got a tremendous reception throughout the entire bout. Alexa Bliss insulted the Vaudevillains before the match before they called out the returning Blue Pants to be in their corner to even the numbers. Gotch attempts an armbar to start the match, but the heels soon take control and Blake and Murphy trade tags while keeping the faces down with submission holds and taking out the English on the apron to prevent a tag. Blake and Murphy inadvertently collide, allowing English receive the hot tag and hop in the ring. Blake and Murphy attempt to double Suplex English off the top rope, but Gotch powerbombs them both and English hits a senton for a close two. Bliss attempts to get involved but Blue Pants follows her into the ring and takes her down. A roll up almost see the champions retain, but Gotch and English hit the Rolling Derbish to win the tag team titles. Crowd go wild as the three count is made. A decent tag team match didn’t quite have the pace that would have made it even better. Still, a decent enough match that sees the incredibly popular faces win the titles. 7/10
The debut of Apollo Crews is up next as he faces Tye Dillinger. Crews performs a big cartwheel followed by a huge backflip before leading the crowd in a ten chant as Dillinger usually does. Crews hits an impressive dropkick for a man his size, but Dillinger hits a dropkick of his own to assume control. A few submission holds gives Dillinger a brief time in control, but Crews gets back in it with another huge kick. A slam followed by a standing moonsault from the big man gives him a debut victory. Crews spent a bit too much time on the floor but it was good the match wasn’t a complete squash. A nice showcase of his athleticism though. He will go far with that ability. 7/10 but was never going to be an absolute classic in a debut match.
William Regal appears on a tape next, announcing an upcoming tag team tournament in honour of the late Dusty Rhodes. Having Regal appear was a nice move, and this announcement is fitting in honour of a man who done so much for NXT. I can imagine this will be an emotional tournament and will be taken very seriously, especially given the talent with NXT’s tag division.
Samoa Joe vs Baron Corbin is next. Joe immediately goes in for a submission hold but Corbin gets out of the ring. Joe shows some athleticism with a high kick and flying dropkick that knocks Corbin back out of the ring. Joe goes to fly out of the ring but Corbin catches him with a forearm. Powerful offence from Corbin as he is starting to take control. However, Joe adjusts a roll up into a leg submission move. Joe applies a lot of submission moves in this match as he applies a cross-face onto Corbin. Joe throws Corbin into barricade as he is now control in this match. Corbin applies his own submission, a heel lock, to get back into it. Both men are knocked down by respective kicks to the head as both men stand their ground. Both men exchange strong strikes to the face. Corbin attempts End of Days but Joe applies his clutch submission. Corbin escapes but cannot escape as he is put back into it only moments later. Corbin passes out as Joe wins the match. A strong brawl between two powerhouses where both looked strong. This was by far Corbin’s best show to date while Joe looks strong going forward. A very solid 8/10
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. She references how the divas revolution started right here in NXT. She bills the women’s title match as the second main event of the night. Sasha Banks vs Bayley is next. Banks gets out of a car and makes her way to the ring and is surrounded by bodyguards in doing so, giving her a main event like entrance. She receives a huge pop, especially for a heel. Bayley fires out the block after Sasha taunts her, calling her pathetic and a loser. Bayley hits a springboard elbow, showcasing her grit and desire to win. Bayley avoids the knee drop by Banks but gets booted off the ropes by Banks. Sasha is in control and hits a slap to Bayley’s face. Banks keeps Bayley in submission before throwing her into the corner. Bayley avoids another knee drop but hits the turnbuckle. She doesn’t avoid a third knee drop by Banks, but Banks hits this one on the top rope. Incredible move by Banks. Sasha is constantly winding up Bayley with taunts which Bayley responds with an attack that is quickly countered. Banks then shows the aggression and ruthlessness she possesses when she boots the steel steps with Bayley’s hand trapped behind. It was good to see the women showing such aggression. Banks flies over the ref and out of the ring on top of Bayley with an incredible flip, greeted with this is awesome chants. Bayley selling the injured hand brilliantly as she attempted a punch with it but showed how it hurt her immediately. A corner Suplex as Bayley takes control. Bayley attempts to hit Bailey to Belly but Sasha counters Bailey. Banks gets Bailey into Banks Statement submission hold. Sasha stamps on Bayley’s hand to stop her reaching the rope. Attempts to roll back to get away from ropes but Bayley counters into her own variation of Banks Statement. Banks gets a foot on the rope eventually. Incredible sequence by both women. Bailey hits her finisher, Bayley to Belly, finally but Banks kicks out at 2. Bayley attempts a move from the top but Banks pushes her off the top and Bayley hits the ground. Big move. Banks jumps on Bayley from top with her knees and falls into the cover but Bayley kicks out. Crowd split of who to cheer for as both women are gaining a serious amount of respect from the audience. Both women end up on the top again. Incredible move by Bayley off the top before hitting Bayley to Belly. Bayley goes for the cover and gets the three count. BAYLEY HAS WON THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP!!! A remarkable bout between two fantastic athletes and characters. A beautiful moment after the match as Charlotte and Becky Lynch enter the ring, Sasha hugs Bayley, and all four embrace. The four original members of the revolution, all soaking in the applause, a well-deserved ovation for fantastic athletes. They have all thoroughly deserved it for what they have done for women’s wrestling. The pre match vignette for the women was an exceptional decision, as it made this match even bigger. This is how the women should be booked. An absolute 10/10 for the match of the night.
Finn Balor defends his NXT championship against Kevin Owens in the final match of the night. Showing Owens walking to the ring was a good idea, as it gave an old school feel to it. Balor’s entrance was fantastic. When he does that at Wrestlemania, it will be one of the best ever. Owens sits in a chair, bored, and almost falls asleep during the entrance. A remarkable moment from a remarkable heel. Owens has Finn on the floor early on and he dominates his opponent. A cannonball into the corner really has Owens in control. Owens mocks the fans chanting of Zayn by faking an arm injury. Balor capitalises on a lack of concentration by taking down Owens. Owens makes a run for the ladder by Balor hits him from behind and takes the ladder himself. Owens teases a huge move with the ladder propped up against Balor but only teases it. The fight then spills into the crowd. Owens is flipped over barricade back into ring area before Balor leaps onto Owens, who catches him and throws him over the announce table. Owens takes the top of the table off, throws it at Balor before mocking Balor’s taunt. Balor delivers a dropkick off the table into a ladder that hits Owens’ face. Balor hits an incredible height as he jumps over the top onto Owens. Owens drives a ladder into Balor in a back and forward contest. Owens attempts a pop-up powerbomb onto a ladder but Balor counters and drops Owens on the ladder instead. Owens attempts a cannonball into Balor who was sat up against a ladder but Balor moves out of the way and Owens hits the ladder. Finn Balor hits the Coup de Gras from the top rope. Owens then pulls Balor off the top off the ladder and catches him with the pop-up powerbomb. Balor lifts the ladder with Owens on it and Owens falls into the turnbuckles. Owens dodges a coup de gras outside the ring off the apron and hits a pop-up powerbomb into the apron on Balor. Balor then knocks Owens off the ladder onto another ladder in a brutal looking fall. Balor then hits Coup De Gras off the top of the ladder. Finn climbs and retains his title. BALOR WINS!!! A Brilliant main event with some brutal looking spots. Some of the spots with ladders looked seriously painful but both men kept going. A fantastic main event but wasn’t quite on par with the women’s match. A strong 9/10
What a show. This was fantastic from start to finish. The NXT talent put it all on the line and put on an exceptional show. Two big title changes and two strong debuts made this a night that will be remembered. Sasha Banks and Bayley put on a match that will go down as one the greatest women’s wrestling matches ever. Samoa Joe and Baron Corbin both put on their greatest match in NXT to date. Apollo Crews looked remarkable in the ring. And a special mention to the heel work of both Sasha Banks and Kevin Owens, who were both exceptional with their heel work. The only sour note was Tyler Breeze losing to Jushin Liger. It gave Liger his WWE moment, but having Breeze lose was a strange decision, one that wasn’t needed. Still, the show was exceptional, and the fans were the real winners. NXT is really here. Well done to everyone who competed, you were all fantastic.
[adinserter block=”1″]Full WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn results and winners…
Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley defeated Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
Eva Marie defeated Carmella
Bull Dempsey defeated Elias Samson
Emma defeated Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Dana Brooke in a Fatal four-way match
Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Tyler Breeze
The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) (with Blue Pants) defeated Blake and Murphy (with Alexa Bliss) to win the NXT Tag Team Championship
Apollo Crews defeated Tye Dillinger
Samoa Joe defeated Baron Corbin by submission
Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to win the NXT Women’s Championship
Finn Bálor defeated Kevin Owens in a Ladder match to retain the NXT Championship