NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn – Picks + Predictions

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn
Picks + Predictions from Robert Esposito

NXT Tag Team Championship Match: The Vaudevillains vs. Blake & Murphy

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I’m a fan of both of these teams. The Vaudevillains, when they were villains, were phenomenal. Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy, when they were jobbers, and I mean, jobbers as a tag team, caught my eye. Fast forward to the near present. Since they last defended the titles against The Vaudevillains, there has been an increase in the number of heel tag teams. This reason alone is what makes me think they are going to lose the titles.

For the most part, in the WWE, it’s good guys vs. bad guys. If they retain, they have no other teams to defend against, except The Hype Bros. If The Vaudevillains win the titles they have numerous other teams to have matches against. I don’t think it’ll be Team Thick’s night, even with the aid of Alexa Bliss.

My Pick is The Vaudevillains.

Tyler Breeze vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger

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All that you need to know going into this match, if you know nothing else, is that Jushin “Thunder” Liger is a legend in the wrestling world. For that fact alone, he is my pick to win. My thought process on this is the same as Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WM XXV (25, for people that don’t know their Roman numerals). I didn’t think HBK was going to win because to me, he didn’t need the victory.

HBK was going to be fine no matter the fact that he would lose. No one is going to think any less of Tyler Breeze if he loses to Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Just having this match elevates Breeze to a higher level.

I suspect that this will be a great one.

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

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I’m not going to get into how neither one of these women has had a bad match in NXT. I won’t bring up that you can go and pick any of their matches, either against each other or anyone else on NXT, and come out saying to yourself that these ladies are an example for future wrestlers, both male and female. I won’t mention that it’s universally accepted that Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch had the Match of the Night at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable.

Okay, I will say all of those things! I can’t say enough good things about both of these competitors. That said, there has to be a winner. With Sasha Banks being on the main roster now, it would make sense for her to drop the title. However, it’s not just her presumably leaving NXT for good. You also have two other women going and with that, there leaves a big void to fill.

The price for these women leaving is that they are obviously some of the best. Bayley winning the title with the three top women leaving also takes a way a huge portion of contenders and match ups. None of the bad guys left are champion caliber, not yet anyway. Bayley winning would be an insult. With no one credible to defend against, she’s almost the champion by default. Sasha can defend the title here and there and hold it until there are better, more permanent contenders for Bayley. At that point, I can see Bayley winning the title.

My pick is Sasha Banks.

Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin

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I was thinking about this match and how I couldn’t pick a winner for it. That is until I realized I hadn’t taken the location into account. I realized I didn’t feel like I had to take it into account for any of the matches. The reason I was finding it difficult was because I haven’t figured out what Samoa Joe’s role is in NXT yet. Is he there as a stepping stone to the main roster? After what happened with the original Sin Cara, everybody has to go through NXT now.

Is he there to help the new talent, the “future” superstars of the WWE? Baron Corbin came out on top with the two feuds he’s had so far, the first being with Bull Dempsey, which led into the second with Rhyno. The latter I felt should have gone on longer but what’s done is done.

Seeing as this looks like the beginning of a feud that could go onto a few matches: what’s one loss at the beginning? I mentioned the location, if you don’t know it, check the title. Our area is full of marks, smarks and other jabronis.

My pick for this match, because he can’t lose here: Samoa Joe.

NXT Championship Ladder Match: Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens

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I’d like to preface this by saying, I’m going into this match thinking it’ll be a good one. Maybe great, I doubt “match of the night,” but good, at the very least. There’s a certain standard these guys bring to a match, I’m not about to say I think this match is going to be garbage.

Also, my critique is really short. Now that, that is out of the way, the reasoning behind the stipulation for the match is so stupid! You don’t want there to be a possibility of anyone interfering? Okay. Wait, what was that, you want it to be a ladder match? A match where anybody that could have a reason to interfere has the complete opportunity to do so? Solid. Getting past that and to my pick.

With Kevin Owens now on the main roster, I don’t see the need to drag him back to NXT when he’s already lost the title there. That’s a lie. I can see why, he’s a huge talent. Not using a wrestling match, but a promo as an example: this past week, the August 19th episode of NXT, he cut an amazing promo. I don’t want to go into what he said, because it wasn’t only what he was saying, but the passion behind it.

Check it out for yourself, it’s on the WWE Network for just $9.99, if you hadn’t heard about that already. Seriously, I’ll wait… Right?! It’s okay, I already knew I was. You’re welcome. Sorry, back to the match. NXT needs someone like that for the promos alone. The current champion, Finn Balor, yes he can wrestle, but his promos are not near the level of that one. That is the only argument for Owens winning, but if he wins, he’s really only being held back.

Let Owens do his own thing away from NXT, build new heels. As for Balor, what’s he going to do if he loses the title? He’ll get a rematch and then what? Win? Lose? Then we’ll get another Balor/Owens match, as good as that may be they will eventually need to do other things, enter different feuds. That’s thinking too far ahead into the future I suppose.

With Balor being as good as he is and Owens being involved in a bunch of things on the main roster. here is my pick: Finn Balor.

Robert Esposito