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Every once in a while I have to cover the WWE and NXT and this weekend happened to have two big events on Saturday (NXT Takeover Brooklyn) and Sunday (WWE Summerslam). So lets get things started off with the best event over the weekend:
NXT Takeover Brooklyn:
Breeze vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
From there, we shoot to the entrance area where Tyler
Breeze makes his grand entrance to the ring for our first match of the evening.
Rich Brenan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton officially
welcome us to the show on commentary. From there, we shoot back to the entrance
way where the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger makes his way down to the ring.
The fans go nuts for Liger, chanting his name once he
gets in the ring. The bell sounds, the lights go down and it's time for our
Breeze gets an early offensive advantage over Liger, so
he leans on the top ropes and lays back, old-school Shawn Michaels style. Liger
gains the upper hand now and he goes over and does the same thing to mock
Liger gets Breeze in a surfboard submission hold.
Breeze breaks free. The action picks up a bit, as the fast-paced offense sets
the perfect tone for the evening. Liger knocks Breeze down, picks up his iPhone
holder and takes a selfie to further mock Breeze.
Breeze finally establishes the offensive control in the
match. Breeze dominates the action for a few minutes until Liger hits a big
flip off the apron onto Breeze on the floor. Back in the ring, Liger hits the
Liger-bomb on Breeze and covers him. 1-2-3. Jushin Thunder Liger kicks off NXT
Takeover: Brooklyn with a victory.
Jushin Thunder Liger
The Vaudevillains (with Blue Pants) vs. Blake &
Murphy (with Alexa Bliss)
After the backstage segment, we head back to the ring
where everything goes black-and-white for the TV viewing audience. With that
said, out comes The Vaudevillains. From there, Blake & Murphy's music hits,
the fans boo, and out comes the NXT Tag-Team Champions.
Alexa Bliss gets on the mic and mocks The Vaudevillains
for not having someone out to help them. Bliss calls them pathetic. The Vaudevillains
call for their help. With that said, out comes Blue Pants to an awesome
reception from the fans in Brooklyn. The fans actually chant "This is
Awesome" before anything happens.
The fans chant "Blue Pants City" as Blue
Pants and Alexa Bliss go out to the floor as the action begins in the ring.
Gotch takes it to Blake early on, establishing control and then tagging his
partner into the match. English hits a running boot to the face for a quick
Blake gets in a cheap shot on English on the floor. He
tags in Murphy, who takes over control of the offense back inside the ring. The
fans try and rally behind English, but Murphy stays on him.
Gotch slams both Blake & Murphy off the top rope
leading into a swanton from English off the top rope. 1-2 ....two and a half.
Bliss jumps on the apron to get involved but Blue Pants yanks her down and
chases her around. They get into a cat fight, leading to English hitting his finisher.
1-2-3. We have new tag-team champions.
and NEW NXT Tag-Team Champions: The Vaudevillains
Dillinger vs. Apollo Crews
From there, we head back to the ring where Tye
Dillinger makes his way out. Out next is his opponent for tonight, Apollo Crews
(aka Uhaa Nation). The bell sounds and here we go.
This one doesn't last long at all, as Crews basically
dominates the action from beginning to end in what amounted to a glorified
squash match "Takeover" debut for the former Uhaa Nation.
In the end, after dominating from bell-to-bell, Crews
hits his new finisher and picks up the victory.
Corbin vs. Samoa Joe
From there, a video package airs documenting the
history between Baron Corbin and Samoa Joe. Then, Corbin makes his way to the
ring to a chorus of boos from the fans inside the Barclays Center. Out next is
his opponent for this evening, Samoa Joe.
The fans go ape-sh*t for Joe, chanting and cheering the
moment his music hits. The bell sounds and here we go with our next match of
the evening here at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.
Early on, Joe goes for his submission finisher, so
Corbin ducks out of the ring and takes a breather. Back inside the ring, Joe
gets Corbin in a weird-ass submission hold. Joe cranks back on the arm of Corbin
so Corbin gets his foot on the ropes, forcing a break of the hold.
Corbin takes over control of the offense and has been
spending the past several minutes beating down the respected wrestling veteran.
Joe gets a hope spot, as he looks for a Muscle Buster on Corbin; however Corbin
cuts his attempt short and continues his dominance.
Baron Corbin goes for his End of Days finisher; however
Joe reverses it into a rear naked choke attempt. Corbin escapes and slams Joe
down. Joe reverses Corbin back into his rear naked choke finisher. Eventually,
Corbin passes out, so the ref calls for the bell.
Women's Championship - Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (c)
Stephanie McMahon then says it's an honor to introduce
our first of two main events tonight. He mentions Sasha Banks and Bayley and
then their pre-match video package airs. NXT Women's Championship action is up
next here at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.
From there, Bayley's music hits, the fans pop like
crazy and the ultimate underdog makes her way to the ring for this championship
contest. Out next is her opponent for tonight, the current NXT Women's Champion
and member of Team B.A.D. -- "The Boss" Sasha Banks.
Banks comes out in a car. Four security guards open the
door for her and she struts her proud self-down to the ring, raising the NXT
Women's Championship high in the air. Once she reaches the ring, the security
guards lift her up onto the apron.
The fans are electric for this one, as they erupt in
split chants, with half of the fans chanting "Let's go Sasha" and the
other half chanting "Let's go Bayley." The two trade turns in the
offensive lead thus far. Bayley ties Banks upside down in the corner and hits a
springboard elbow drop for a near fall.
Bayley gets in a couple more moves as the announcers
point out she's way more serious than her usual fun-loving self. With that
said, Banks starts to take over control of the offense in this one. Banks goes
after the knee of Bayley and knocks her off the top rope and out to the floor.
Bayley gets dumped out to the floor, so Sasha does an
awesome spot. The ref is leaning between the top and middle ropes to look at
Bayley on the floor. As he does that, Banks runs and flips off of the ref and
onto Bayley on the floor.
Back in the ring, Banks gets Bayley locked in her Bank
Statement submission finisher as the fans go nuts. Bayley reverses it. Banks
gets her foot on the ropes to break the hold. The crowd goes nuts again with
"NXT! NXT!" chants.
Bayley hits the Bayley-to-belly suplex for a close near
fall. The fans break out into a loud "This Is Awesome!" chant. Bayley
goes for a huracanrana off the top rope but Banks just shoves her. This results
in Bayley taking a very bad, awkward looking landing. Banks simply jumps off
the ropes onto Bayley and splashes on her, but Bayley kicks out during the pin
The two go back to the top rope and this time they hit
an insane move. Bayley does like a backwards huracanrana to Banks. She follows
that up with a Bayley-to-belly suplex. 1-2-3. We have a new NXT Women's
and NEW NXT Women's Champion: Bayley
Championship (Ladder Match) - Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor (c)
After the big women's post-match celebration, we switch
gears and prepare for our main event of the evening. The video package airs to
tell the story behind tonight's ladder match for the NXT Championship between
Finn Balor and Kevin Owens.
From there, we see Kevin Owens headed to the ring from
the backstage area as the ominous main event music plays. Finally, Owens' theme
hits and out he comes. Out next for tonight's NXT Takeover: Brooklyn main event
is the NXT Champion -- Finn Balor.
Our ladder match main event of the evening for the NXT
title is officially underway. After Balor finishes his entrance, the fans, as
usual, chant "This is Awesome" and "That was Awesome."
Meanwhile, we see Kevin Owens sitting in a chair outside the ring simply
waiting for Balor to finish his thing.
The ring announcer does the formal introductions for
this one since it is a title match main event. The fans boo Owens and cheer
Balor as expected.
Owens dominates Balor early on. Balor hits Sling Blade
to slow him down. We get our first glimpse of a ladder heading to the ring as
Balor drags one behind him. Owens stops him and smashes the ladder into his
mid-section over and over again.
The announcers point out that it's 11pm EST., noting
that if they were on pay-per-view, they'd be forced to end the show, but
because they're on the WWE Network and there's business still at hand, they're
going to go long tonight.
Owens takes the top half of the announce table and
slams it into Balor's skull. Then, he does Balor's pose to mock him. The fans
chant we want tables as Owens pulls another ladder out from under the ring.
Balor jumps off the announce table and dropkicks Owens down.
Balor gets up and throws the ladder into the ring. The
fans join up and now pretty much everyone in the ring is chanting "We Want
Tables." Balor hits a big dive onto Owens on the floor. The "NXT!
NXT! NXT!" chants break out again.
"Let's go Balor" and "Fight Owens
Fight!" dueling chants break out as Owens beats down Balor with a ladder
in the ring. He slams Balor onto the ladder now and hits a senton splash on top
of him for good measure.
Balor reverses a powerbomb attempt from Owens,
essentially back-body dropping Owens on a ladder that was not lying flat, but
on it’s' side, in the ring. Ouch. Owens follows that up by cannon-balling
himself into a ladder in the corner of the ring.
Balor goes to the top rope and hits his double foot
stomp finisher on Owens. Balor sets the ladder up in the ring under the belt as
Owens is laid out next to him. As Balor climbs to the top, Owens gets back to
his feet and yanks him off with a big powerbomb. Both guys are down now.
"This is Awesome!" chants break out now as
both guys start to show signs of life. Owens slowly climbs up the ladder but
Balor lifts the ladder up and pushes it over, knocking Owens off and smashing
him into the corner with the back of his head slamming into the turnbuckle,
Owens wedges a ladder like a bridge on the bottom of a
ladder standing up under the belt in the center of the ring. Owens tries
suplexing Balor off the one ladder and onto the bridge ladder, instead, Balor
shoves Owens backwards and Owens lands on the bridge ladder. Owens momentum
takes him off the bridge, so Balor hits his double foot stomp off the top of
the regular ladder. He climbs back up and takes the title down. Balor wins and